Machela Bridgette Sathekga
Machela Bridgette Sathekga was born in 1987 in Mohodi Ga Manthata, Limpopo.Driven by her belief that “impossible is nothing”, Machela enrolled for an actuarial science degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT), after being awarded the prestigious Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship. She started her actuarial studies as one of over 250 hopefuls, and graduated in 2008 as one of only 67 graduates. Furthermore, she obtained a bachelor of business science degree in actuarial science with first class honours (average greater than 75%) and in the top 10% of her class.She joined Liberty Corporate as an actuarial specialist in 2011 and later qualified as the first black female actuary at Liberty. She is now the business manager at Liberty Corporate in the chief executive’s office, providing right-hand support, while learning the ins-and-outs of the corporate business, honing her business acumen, and developing her leadership potential. At this young age, Machela has already served on two of the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s committees. While finance, academia and success are important, Machela has always understood that, “Motho ke motho ka batho” (I am who I am because of other people). With this in mind she has participated actively in activities empowering children, and now sponsors students through the Machela Sathekga Scholarship administered by the Fund-A-Dream Foundation.