Bringing about a more just and equitable society in South Africa is one of the goals alumna Phumzile Langeni has set herself. Read more here about her career, highlights and ‘golden guidelines’.
Q: What is your current position and what does it entail?
A: I am co-founder and Chairperson of Afropulse Group, an investment and advisory business founded by Bongi Masinga and me in 2006. I also serve on the boards of a number of listed and unlisted companies as a non-executive director and chairperson.
Q: How did your career unfold since graduating, with special mention of highlights/milestones?
A: Much time has passed since graduating with my first two degrees. Milestones have included a wonderful career as a multi-faceted stockbroker, co-founder of a new stockbroking firm and economic advisor to a government minister. With regard to my last degree, the highlights must be my appointment as a Special Presidential Investment Envoy as well as my appointment as non-executive chairperson of Imperial Logistics.
Q: To what extent did your studies at UP benefit you in your career and contribute to your success?
A: My thesis contributed considerably to my view on governance and the execution of my duties as a director of companies.
Q: In terms of your own studies and experience at UP, what advice can you offer current students?
A: UP has great lecturers and supervisors and I was blessed to have had a wonderful supervisor in Professor Derrick de Jongh. He was truly a pillar of strength and provided great support and guidance as I embarked on my journey. I would say that there is plenty of support that will aid current students in their quest to further their studies.
Q: What is your “golden guideline” that keeps you on track?
A: Be the change you want to see and master of your own your destiny.
I also firmly believe that you must be and do the best you can all the time and always act honestly, even if you’re the only person watching.
Q: If you could have a face-to-face meeting with an inspiring person - in any domain - who sets an example in transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same, who would it be and what would you like to discuss?
A: I’m really not sure, because during my life I’ve been blessed to meet so many people who have transformed the world in many different ways. With these people – be they ‘big names’ or influencers in their sphere – I would like to discuss how they achieved change and their reasons for embarking on being change agents.
Q: What would you still like to achieve?
A: Using my time and the knowledge that I’ve acquired during my studies and career wisely to uplift our communities and to contribute more towards achieving a just and equitable society.