ANSIE VAN RENSBURG
HEAD OF STANLIB MONEY Ansie van Rensburg and her team manage the largest money-market portfolio in South Africa. Van Rensburg is responsible for managing over R100bn worth of assets in Stanlib’s three money-market funds and segregated mandates. Starting the money-market fund in 1997 is one of her greatest career achievements. It has grown from R1m in seed capital to over R100bn today. I was in my late twenties when I got the opportunity to start my own business – a money-broking operation, CM Interbank. My whole career developed from there. The biggest challenge is getting people to accept something different or unknown and to make them believe change is not always bad. There is value in diversity and we need to embrace the unknown. We need to create businesses that are multigenerational, multicultural and crossborder. We need to connect people by finding some commonality, interests or expertise to overcome preconceptions. You have got to find something that gets you out of bed in the morning. Not simply just putting one foot in front of the other, but something that gets you to leap out of bed. You need to link what you’re passionate about with your job. Be the best version of yourself and not who other people think you should be.
AS SOMEONE WHO’S PASSIONATE ABOUT TRANSFORMATION IN THE WORKPLACE, WHAT HAVE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES BEEN IN LEADING CHANGE? ANY ADVICE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO MAKE IT IN YOUR SECTOR?