ANSIE VAN RENS­BURG

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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?

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