Born in Westville,a suburb in Durban,nine years after it was declared a whites-only area when Group areas Act No 41 of 1950 was enacted. Dr Judy started out as a medical doctor before changing into business. She is entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. She is the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and the founding chairman of Mbekani. She is married to Sifiso Nxasana,a South African business executive and accountant. He is the former CEO of Telkom Group and FirstRand Group and was a chairman of NSFAS and is founder of Sifiso Learning Group. Sizwe is also a member of South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
One chapter that reminded me of who I am as an African child is Siziwe Nxasana. "Moulding 21st century ethical leaders". Africa needs more young leaders to be moulded. Young people need to be inspired to want to contribute to making a difference in Africa. Young Africans need to be reminded about honesty and integrity. Corruption is a critical challenge faced by Africa. The system has been compromised and this influences how young leaders are being moulded. We need to create a platform that reinforces the importance of integrity in leadership. Africans need to be reminded that leadership is a role and not a possession. Young Africans its time to use your God-given talents and take ups spaces. The time is now. .
Sizwe Nxasana answers a very important question What is leadership? “You can’t be a leader if there are no people to follow you. A leader is someone who plays a role in really helping and working with others to chart a way, regardless of what it is, in the pursuit of an objective and working towards galvanising everyone to pursuing that journey. You have leaders in communities, leaders in churches and religious settings, leaders in education, leaders in business and leaders in other pursuits. Typically, leaders are those people who are going to lead others in making sure that whatever the objectives of those organisations, those entities, they are pursued by the collective. And that’s what a leader is all about”. An insightful, profound, and life-changing read. To be read by all and liberate Africa.