Mpumi Mazibuko

Legal manager, Fifa

He has worked in some of the foremost legal firms that deal in copyright, trademarks and intellectual property such as Spoor and Fisher. So it seem appropriate that Mpumi Mazibuko is working to protect the Fifa brand and the rights of its commercial affiliates in the run up to the 2010 soccer world cup. South Africa, says Mazibuko, is one of the few countries to host the world cup, with laws already in place to protect intellectual property. After finishing his LLB in 2004, Mazibuko was fascinated by intellectual property rights and the work it takes to build up brand equity, to establish the goodwill of a brand and to protect it. For Mazibuko the challenges for young South Africans "are vast and brutal, but the opportunities are immeasurable.� � Lynley Donnelly From her humble beginnings as a waitress at Cape Town's Cafe Africa, Yolanda Cuba has become one of the youngest chief executives at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Her interests include architecture, interior decor and ballroom dancing, so you have to wonder how she finds time to run Mvelaphanda Group Limited � one of South Africa's leading listed black-owned investment companies. Cuba is a chartered accountant by profession and holds a BCom honours degree in accounting. In 2006 she was recognised as the Top Empowered Businesswoman of the Year. In 2007 she received the Youth Excellence Award from the Black Management Forum. A year later she was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. � Karabo Keepile

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