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When women come together, something magical happens – and that’s exactly what went down at the Investec Women’s High Tea. Go Hustle writer Ondela Mlandu had the good fortune of chatting to Naspers’ first black female CEO, Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa, and came away with a handful golden nuggets to share…

The day itself was about investing in the next generation of women. The insightful panel was facilitated by media personality and MC Elana Africa-Bredenkamp and included social entrepreneur and co-founder of youth-led NGO Blackboard Africa Amonge Sinxoto, co-founder of NGO Read to Rise Taryn Lock and, of course, Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa.

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These are the valuable career lessons she’s learnt along the way. Take notes – they could have a major impact on your life as well…

CEO of Naspers, Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa.

1/ “From my early years, I was never afraid of hard work. I had a long-term goal to come home and be knowledgable.”

2/ “My father taught me the importance of building relationships with people – not only influential people, but the people you work with too. Form relationships with everyone you engage with…”

3/ “It’s easy to look at people you admire and want to be like them. [Rather] understand the importance of being your authentic self. “

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4/ “Understand and learn [about] the organisation you work for. Understand the company values and find out if they align with yours.”

5/ “You have to put pressures on companies for there to be change. I’m very fortunate to work for a company that supports transformation and there are a significant number of female leaders.”

6/ “Self-care is critical for me. A few years ago I had a stroke, lost my short-term memory and couldn’t work. I had gone from being someone who was used to doing everything for myself to being fully dependant on my family. Having gone through that, I’ve learnt the importance of taking care of myself. I’m grateful that I can sufficiently work again, to walk, hear and see unaided. I don’t take anything for granted. I live a life of gratitude.”

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  1. I’m so impressed with the profound words of this lady who is a CEO of her business. I’m also the CEO of my company but it’s not generating any income yet I’m still applying for grants to assist me in my journey. Big up to young woman’s of South Africa

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