Destiny Man - - ED’S NOTE -

Le­gal Ad­vi­sor: North West Pro­vin­cial Leg­is­la­ture, Mma­batho

Sonakile’s job in­volves en­sur­ing that all deal­ings – law­mak­ing, pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion and over­sight of the ex­ec­u­tive – are car­ried out within the am­bit of the law. In ad­di­tion, he drafts opin­ions on dif­fer­ent le­gal mat­ters, ad­vis­ing port­fo­lio com­mit­tees and analysing, as well as draft­ing leg­is­la­tion.

“Mem­bers of the leg­is­la­ture are politi­cians and most of them don’t have a le­gal back­ground. They need a le­gal pro­fes­sional to help them so that ev­ery­thing’s done cor­rectly,” says Sonakile.

A grad­u­ate of North West Uni­ver­sity, he’s proud­est of the key role he played in draft­ing the prov­ince’s for­ward-think­ing con­ser­va­tion laws, in­clud­ing the North West Bio­di­ver­sity Man­age­ment Act, the Parks Board Act and the Tourism Act. “I’m glad fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will ben­e­fit from these laws,” he says.

The long hours de­manded by his job don’t faze him. “When you’re pas­sion­ate about what you do, it be­comes part of you,” he says, adding that he still finds it hard to be­lieve he’s risen to this level in his ca­reer. “I’ve al­ways been a hard worker, but I never imag­ined I’d be mak­ing such an im­pact on the coun­try at this young age. Ev­ery day feels sur­real.”

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