Gundo is hot prop­erty in law

Youngest black fe­male con­veyancer on a high

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Karabo Led­waba

At 25, Gundo Nevhutanda has been named by the Law So­ci­ety of the North­ern Prov­inces as the youngest black fe­male con­veyancer to be ad­mit­ted.

Last week the at­tor­ney gave a rous­ing speech at the women’s re­treat cock­tail din­ner with busi­ness­woman Baset­sana Kumalo.

Nevhutanda spoke about women em­pow­er­ment and her ex­pe­ri­ence in prop­erty law as a black fe­male.

To reach her sta­tus, Nevhutanda, joined an elite group of at­tor­neys who spe­cialise in the trans­fer of prop­er­ties. Only 14% of at­tor­neys who take qual­i­fi­ca­tion ex­ams pass.

Nevhutanda, who was born in Vondwe vil­lage in Limpopo, qual­i­fied as an at­tor­ney af­ter serv­ing her ar­ti­cles in 2016.

She si­mul­ta­ne­ously stud­ied BCom (Law) and Bach­e­lor of Laws (LLB) from 2010 to 2014 at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria.

She is cur­rently study­ing towards her mas­ter’s de­gree in bank­ing law at the same univer­sity. Yes­ter­day she spoke to Sowe­tan about her achieve­ments from a her plush of­fice at Web­ber Wentzel At­tor­neys in Sand­ton, Jo­han­nes­burg.

She said af­ter she was ad­mit­ted into con­veyanc­ing in De­cem­ber, her cell­phone has been ring­ing off the hook. “My phone was [busy] with phone calls from law firms.

“They were giv­ing me of­fers for jobs be­cause of the low ad­mit­tance rates into con­veyanc­ing,” she said.

Nevhutanda was work­ing as an at­tor­ney when she de­cided to take the con­veyanc­ing ex­ams which took six months to pre­pare.

“I had to work all day which means that I could only study at night.

“I would get home at 6pm and start study­ing un­til 10pm, I would then go to sleep and wake up at 3am and study un­til 6am. Then I would pre­pare to go to work,” she said.

“My mother is a Grade 4 teacher and my fa­ther is an econ­o­mist at the South African Re­serve Bank. Ed­u­ca­tion is a big deal in my fam­ily,” she said.

The young at­tor­ney said she en­joyed see­ing young peo­ple pur­chase ex­pen­sive pieces of land for de­vel­op­ment. She wished for more black peo­ple to be af­forded the same op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It’s a chal­lenge know­ing that we are still be­hind in own­ing and pur­chas­ing land,” Nevhutanda said.

She ad­vised young women who want to get into her field to work hard and be open minded.

“You must have a thick skin and not let any­one make you feel like you don’t be­long.

“You be­long and you mat­ter.”

/MDUDUZI NDZINGI

Gundo Nevhutanda.

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