In conversation with Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, Funeka and Khomotso share their insights on the significance of one’s heritage, their tips on how to keep up with change and why entrepreneurship is so vital right now. 

“The job of leadership is to create more leaders”

This week we are joined by Standard Bank SA’s Chief Executive of Personal & Business Banking, Funeka Montjane, and Chief Information Officer, Khomotso Molabe. In conversation with Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, Funeka and Khomotso share their insights on the significance of one’s heritage, their tips on how to keep up with change and why entrepreneurship is so vital right now. They discuss the importance of giving the South African youth a chance to move forward in their own ways, while simultaneously taking on the responsibility of role models.

Key takeaways to listen out for in this wide-ranging podcast include:

  1. Despite COVID-19, there is a currency of hope and possibility in South Africa – how do we back this up with real opportunities?
  2. If you stay with the right people, you’re going to be okay.
  3. We need to give the youth a chance and at the same time remain role models. Their eyes are wide open and we also need to make a point of keeping that open-mindedness as we get older.
  4. Machines are going to be able to do many of our jobs in 10 years’ time. We need to keep a sense of wonder and openness throughout our lives – this means lifelong learning.
  5. Everything changes in life and the pace is picking up – it’s vital to stay open to change and embrace it in all its forms.

Prior to her current role as Chief Executive of Personal & Business Banking, Funeka Montjane held positions as the Head of Credit PBB SA, Head of Home Loans PBB SA and Chief Financial Officer PBB SA. As a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Johannesburg, Funeka brings with her a wealth of knowledge both inside and outside the workplace. Amongst many of her achievements, Funeka was voted Top Woman Executive and Top Woman of the Year in Business at the 2012 Top Women Awards.

Chief Information Officer, Khomotso Molabe is a well-known industry thought leader in digital client experience transformation. Having trained as a chemical engineer, he started his career in component manufacturing and eventually became the production manager for the largest Johnson Matthey plant in the world. Khomotso went on to complete an MBL degree and this resulted in a 360° career change. He joined Standard Bank in Group Operations in 2008. Khomotso is a recipient of the DOW Sentrachem Award for outstanding Academic Achievement at Undergraduate Level and Quality Improvement Award as well as the Standard Bank 2010 True Blue Top 100 Award.

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