In 2011 she left the high-rise buildings of Sandton and her job as a financial adviser at one of the country’s biggest investment banks to work in agriculture. If that comes as a surprise to you, don’t worry.
It was just as much of a surprise to her. “It was quite spontaneous,” she recalls. “My father bought a farm in the Free State in 2008 and asked me if I wanted to work for him three years later.”
As managing director of Makolobane Farmers Enterprise, Sekhoto is responsible for the financial wellbeing of the company and its employees. She also networks with clients and brings in business.
“I’ve always wanted to work with people, so it’s the perfect job. Plus, I feel like I’m learning something new every day because agriculture’s completely different from what I used to do.”
If there’s one thing she’d change about the agriculture sector, it’s the lack of gender parity. “I’m a young black woman; you don’t see that many of us in the industry. I’m usually the only woman in business meetings. That needs to change.”