Founding director, Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Programme
Itumeleng Merafe joined Investec in 2006 and has worked his way up; he’s now the head of the Treasury Structuring Team. While at Investec, he completed the Finance Executive Development Program at GIBS in conjunction with Cass Business School in London, which was awarded with distinction. He then went on to further complete a Master’s in the Management of Finance and Investments at Wits Business School, which was also awarded with distinction.
For his undergraduate studies, Merafe completed a bachelor of commerce in economics and finance from Unisa, while also working as a telesales consultant at FNB to fund his studies. Having always been involved in activities such as soccer, squash and chess from an early age, he’s learnt to manage his time well, a skill that he says helped him thrive later in his studies and career.
He is also the founding director of the Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Programme, an initiative which started in 2007 that mentors grade 11 learners from both privileged and underprivileged backgrounds. “The most rewarding experience with Bokamoso has been seeing some of the learners from the programme grow into their own,” he says of the project.
He highlights a learner who joined the programme eight years ago, who made it through university and ended up working at Investec. He believes that it’s important for Bokamoso to be targeted at learners from township schools, former model C as well as private schools to allow for a broadening of views.
Merafe is also the founding director of the Young Professionals Association, which he says was born out of a need “to find a space where young professionals can interact, debate and learn from each other”. Through the social capital, resources and networks available in a gathering of young professionals, the association is a platform that allows young people to pioneer projects that will have a greater impact through various synergies instead of isolation.
As someone who’s constantly finding new and exciting ways to use his knowledge to help create new opportunities, Merafe is very optimistic about the future of South Africa, believing there is so much more we have yet to achieve as a nation.
— Welcome Lishivha