Professional banking became her career path

Professional banking became her  career path

By Basetsana Makhalemele

Name: Lindokhuhle Mkhwanazi

Age:  42

From: Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal

Education: Unisa, Stellenbosch and Wits

Profession: Professional Banker

Growing up all Lindokuhle ever wanted to be was a policewoman, a career as a banker was far from her mind.

But as fate would have it, all the opportunities she received were in the banking sector.

“I was not forced into the sector but rather grabbed opportunities available with both hands,” she says.

She joined the banking institution she currently works for, straight after matric.

Due to her enthusiasm towards work and opportunities afforded to her, she furthered her studies through Unisa, and now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management.

As part of her leadership training she has also completed the New Managers Development Programme and Management Advancement Programme acquired at University of Stellenbosch and Wits Business School respectively.

She is currently doing her honours in business management.

Lindokuhle believes that success lies with the person’s attitude.

Career path

It took her ten years to be a professional banker and her career started flourishing in 2009 when she was promoted to be a bank manager and further accredited to be an Associate Manager – Senior Branch Manager.

In 2012 Lindokuhle discovered her passion and purpose when the bank started grooming her as a future leader through the African Woman Leadership Programme.

In 2013 she was asked to represent her organisation as an expert, doing financial literacy at different radio stations and being given the opportunity to study further.

In 2018 she was given an opportunity again to lead a very big region in respect of sales and service for self service delivery.

Working in what is mostly believed to be a male field comes with challenges but the courageous Lindokuhle knows what it requires and she is able to put those to display.

“As a woman leader operating at the man’s world becomes a bit difficult sometimes and but it really does requires confidence, assertiveness and focus,” she says.

Why banking:

 To her, banking is like any other career that requires a person to be qualified, to grow and acquire personal values like honesty and integrity.

“Understand that you need to work hard to earn a living. Nothing comes on a silver platter,” she says.

Sound Advice:

Be determined, focus, work hard and have a purpose in life. Banking has lot of opportunities available, so a positive attitude will make it easier for one to grasp those opportunities and flourish.

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  • Zee
    February 5, 2019, 2:59 pm

    On Point
    May you forever prosper on your

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  • Thandeka
    February 5, 2019, 3:16 pm

    You are an inspiration to many young women out there may you forever prosper. We look up to you

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  • Siboniso
    February 5, 2019, 3:34 pm

    You such an inspiration to everyone mom may God keep on blessing you and give you more opportunities to shine.

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    • Sandra@Siboniso
      February 5, 2019, 3:44 pm

      Wow you are such a great inspiration, especially for us women with family and kids. You are able to grow your career and still maintain your family responsibilities. You are an inspiration. May the Lord continually bless you and grow you in your career.

      You are a great blessing.

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    • Nana @Siboniso
      February 5, 2019, 4:08 pm

      May you continue on touching so many lives of young people, we are humbled by your success everyday. The Lord be with you… always

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    • Nokuthula Kubheka@Siboniso
      February 5, 2019, 6:38 pm

      I am so proud of you Sisi…you are such an inspiration to us.Rise n shine Lindo .

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  • NomsaN
    February 5, 2019, 4:35 pm

    Wow!!!! This is really inspirational and motivating. Especially being a woman in a men’s world. I look up to you and absolutely blessed to be in your team. #keepshining

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  • Pride
    February 5, 2019, 5:51 pm

    You are truly a force to be reckoned with. Keep up the good work, the sky is the limit. I will be watching the space closely so I can learn the ropes of becoming a true leader. #womeninbusiness

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    • Tshegofatso@Pride
      February 5, 2019, 7:31 pm

      You are a role model to many young people.
      This is great ma
      God bless you.

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      • Tebogo Dikobe@Tshegofatso
        February 5, 2019, 8:40 pm

        Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi a force to be reckoned with everything you touch turns to Gold continue serving and empowering others may you get all desires of your Heart.

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        • Zanele Mbatha@Tebogo Dikobe
          February 5, 2019, 10:55 pm

          I’m so speechless, it is very inspiring sisi Lindo. Nothing can literally stop an individual to archive any dream in life. You are inspiration to us as young adults and you youth of SA. Coming from the rural areas and be where you are now. To God be the Glory. #SEBENZAGIRL

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