Karabo Kanyane Malatji

April 3, 2018 in Developer, Digital, IT, Profiles, Women in Tech

Name: Karabo Kanyane Malatji

Designation: 1st Year Junior IT Auditor

Company: Nkonki Incorporated

What do you do every day? I start off my day with a prayer. Every morning I get ready for work and I make my way to the Gautrain to travel to work where I’d grab my coffee fix before making my way to a client with the team. Each day is different some days are filled with a lot of admin and paper work. Some days we work through client systems using application controls and ITGCs to test the systems. So my day purely depends on what the client wants or who the client is. So it is quite flexible compared to the jobs I did previously.

How did you get into the tech space? I studied a BIS Information Science honours degree at the University of Pretoria and I’m currently a Master’s in Information Technology student at the university as well. I completed two internships in Information and records management previously at the Human Science Research Council and Education Labour Relations Council. I am also a Golden Key International Honour Society member which is a membership awarded to the top 15% students in their respective degrees for two years in a row. I am also a self taught Microsoft SQL database creation.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? The best advice I got was from my father. To always work hard for what drives me and keeps me up at night, not be short sighted and not be too hard on myself. To work towards my dreams everyday but still acknowledge my strengths and weaknesses at the same time. He always advices me to work hard as though I did not know where my next meal will come from. And to basically be smart with my money.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?
I would advice them to always make time for themselves to relax and unwind because it gets hectic very quickly and be willing to put in the extra work and extra hours . They must have a teachable spirit and be willing to take up new challenges. They must be willing to grow because the tech industry is constantly changing. So there’s a lot to learn and produce in order to grow our ICT industry.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday?
I am motivated by the woman I aspire to be on a daily basis. A woman who is comfortable in her skin. A strong woman; academically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. A woman who inspires young girls to be themselves and not let society and their circumstances define them. Lastly, I am motivated by my dream to be an entrepreneur in the tech and education space That’s what motivates me to get out of bed, to be that woman and she is constantly on my mind everyday.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be someone who has inspired the next person to dream big and reach for their dreams especially in the academic space. I’d really love to be involved in seeing more young girls entering the science and technology space and reach their limits/ potential. I also want to be an innovator that has taken our tech and business industry to new heights .

Twitter handle: @fabiekay
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karabo-kanyane-malatji-Oab13a6b

Stacey Hudson

October 30, 2014 in Developer, Enterprise, Profiles
Stacey Hudson, Discovery Vitality

Stacey Hudson, Discovery Vitality

Name: Stacey Anne Hudson 

Designation: Senior Development Manager

Company: Discovery Vitality

What do you do every day? I “herd” technical IT teams across the globe, to ensure we deliver value and quality IT solutions for global partners.

How did you get into the tech space? I received a bursary from a big mining company to study IT and work for them in that space when I graduated, the rest is history…..

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? It’s a question but guides my thinking in a lot of difficult situations…. “do you want to be successful or significant?”.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? It’s exciting and dynamic, but it’s complex and it isn’t a 9-5 job, and you work with highly intelligent, often crazy people. The frameworks are always changing. Be prepared to try things and be prepared for change.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? I never quite know what the day will bring, so it’s a new challenge everyday!

Who do you want to be when you grow up? An executive coach.

Find me on:
Twitter – @Staceysuperr
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=101420515&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Ulrike Weitz

October 16, 2014 in Marketing, Profiles
Ulrike Weitz, Microsoft SA

Ulrike Weitz, Microsoft SA

Name: Ulrike Weitz

Designation: Enterprise Marketing Lead

Company: Microsoft South Africa

What do you do every day? My job is about creating brand awareness for our enterprise-oriented solutions. I engage with suppliers, vendors and partners to ensure that marketing collateral is aligned and that global campaigns are easily transitioned to impact the local South African enterprise market.

How did you get into the tech space? I was offered this opportunity at Microsoft 12 years ago and never looked back. Prior to joining Microsoft I worked at the Post Office HQ in Pretoria and was very fortunate that after the split of the Department of Telecommunications into the Post Office and Telkom, I was able to join the Post Office team to develop a corporate identity for the Post Office that covered a completely new brand – new look and feel for the post offices, a vibrant logo, uniforms, stationary, signage and many more to ensure the transition was well noted.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? The more your practice the luckier you get!

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? It is the sector to be in, if you look at the top brands today they are mostly technology companies as they are innovating faster than light and this offers customers a means to create new streams of business, ensure staff are much more productive and deliver on business requirements much quicker than before.

What motivates you to get out of bed every day? The team of smart people at Microsoft. Every day we have the opportunity to sit around a table, apply our minds and come up with exciting and new ways of showing real business value to customers in a creative and fun way.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? A conservationist- I want to save the rhino or any other animal that is in danger of not seeing the next generation.

Find me on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/ulrike-weitz/13/582/3ba

Tracy Bolton

September 16, 2014 in Director, Marketing, Profiles
Tracy Bolton, SAP Africa

Tracy Bolton, SAP Africa

Name:  Tracy Bolton

Designation: Marketing Director for Africa

Company: SAP

What do you do every day? Coach people, coordinate meetings, analyse data – marketing is more a science than an art now in the days of technology and have fun – I love what I do.

How did you get into the tech space?  I started in the tech space 18 years ago at a reseller after trying a few different industries.  I loved the fact that change is constant and that technology is literally changing the world we live in and the endless possibilities

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Don’t be afraid to fail. 

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector?  Be prepared to learn something new every day, the industry is changing rapidly with new business models, solutions and a new generation who wants things done quicker and easier.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? Wanting to showing my sons that a person can succeed at anything they choose to do by pushing through barriers, giving your best, being able to adapt and change with the times. Knowing that I can help my team be successful and motivating others to be the best they can be.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? An inspiration to young women – “you are empowered, we live in a world where everything is possible”.

Find me on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=93174635

Lorraine Sefolo

August 19, 2014 in GM, Profiles
Lorraine Sefolo, SABC

Lorraine Sefolo, SABC

Name: Lorraine Sefolo

Designation: GM: IT

Company: SABC 

What do you do every day? I provide the strategic leadership and management of the IT Business Unit within the SABC. I am responsible for all the provisioning and back-office support of all IT systems for the SABC, from the network internal data runs on, to all the radio and television websites, to how we secure the electronic IP of the SABC as a National Keypoint, to the HR and financial ERP system. I am a very involved GM, so be it a business case or turnaround strategy for the services we offer as IT within the SABC, I’m involved with it.

How did you get into the tech space? While studying Industrial Engineering I bumped into a friend at a Checkers store and she told me she was studying IT and she was going to be a computer programmer. I had no clue what she was talking about, so she showed me the receipt from her purchases and said: “A program was able to create and calculate what’s on this receipt…a programmer wrote this”. I subsequently qualified as a Cobol Programmer, although I spent most of my career in the open server environment as a Certified Unix Solaris Engineer.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? My mom, growing up, showed me that if you lean with all your weight on a wall, if anybody removes that wall, you will fall. She taught me that I must have balance enough that if the wall is removed, I can still remain on my feet. It’s the mantra in my life. I always strive to learn, to work for all that I have achieved without waiting for someone to hand it to me. Of cause that’s not to say one is an island. And I’m grateful to those that have offered their help in my career by offering opportunities to work and make a difference, I am very thankful as I don’t believe that anybody owes any of us anything. God gave us talents and abilities to make a positive difference in this world, we must use them. It is this strong belief in God that has helped me discover my unique talents and abilities to charge my career to where it is and where it is headed to.

What advice would you given someone wanting to get into the tech sector? It is definitely the future. With the concept of the “internet of things”, technology is a part of our daily lives and offers so many rewarding aspects for those who are scientists at heart but don’t want to dissect plants and insects or mix up chemicals in the lab. The world has now become that very IT lab.

What motivates you to get out of bed everyday? To be honest, getting out of bed in the morning daily is the least pleasant experience for me, BUT I view my chosen career the way I view user problems – with excitement. I get excited about searching for an answer and watching how technology has, for example, made the world so small and enabled access to people one would have never had access to before via social networks, how it has also changed the way we study etc. I think I am wired that way…I think it’s called “geektisis”…J

Who do you want to be when you grow up? Tina Turner *straight face*

Find me on:
Twitter: @sefolol
LinkedIn: za.linkedin.com/pub/lorraine-sefolo/39/398/b50