DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS AT SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SA Potgieter is responsible for Samsung South Africa’s marketing portfolio. She previously held management positions at various prominent companies in the technology sector, including Telkom, Cell C, Sentech and LG Electronics South Africa. Potgieter completed her MA.Ed and PhD degrees at the University of Pretoria and obtained her MBA degree from DeMontfort University (UK). Early in my career I worked as an academic at the University of Pretoria. I was part of a project to bring education to learners in needy towns and cities Telling my father I wanted to do quantity surveying. He was supposed to pay my fees, and it was not his first choice for me. I had to convince him and make him understand what quantity surveying is. He told me to do what makes me happy. Now both my parents are proud of my choice and where I am in my career. Disappointments, failures and setbacks are a normal part of life and as the leader of a company, I constantly have to remind myself “we have a problem, let’s see how we can fix it”. As a woman, a mother Mandela Washington Fellow for 2015, Mthiyane is currently in the US as part of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Mthiyane graduated from the USB with an MBA degree in 2014. She also has a BA Communication Science and IT degree from the University of Zululand, an MDP from the Unisa school of Business Leadership and a grade A security certification. Mthiyane started an organisation called Ibutho Youth Organisation (IYO) with the aim of giving young people the opportunity to create the country they want to live in. She also heads Zoluhle Polymerics, a company that manufactures glass reinforced plastic composites using 3D-printing techniques.
Africa needs to move from aid to trade.