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Making silent moves: Thandi Ramathesele

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Thandi Ramathesele. Photograph by: Andile Mthembu
Thandi Ramathesele. Photograph by: Andile Mthembu

“I’m very calm by nature, which keeps me even-keeled during moments of crisis. As much as I have an early start on most days, I always try to squeeze in an element of calmness. For instance, I enjoy burning my Jo Malone candle while getting ready in the morning – its aroma always helps set the mood for the day. I also start my mornings with worship music,” shares 7de Laan executive producer and Moja Love shareholder Thandi Ramathesele.

Considering the many responsibilities that this broadcast entrepreneur juggles, you’d expect her to always be sprinting between appointments. Yet, she says knowing where and when her expertise is needed, and being a good delegator, helps her get around her tight schedule. It is this, coupled with a solid support structure and the reassurance that success can be achieved while building a strong family, that helps her remain calm.

Lesson to be learnt: we’re the only ones responsible for creating calm in our demanding careers! To those who have encountered Ramathesele within the broadcast landscape, her name is synonymous with diligence. Even though she hit some remarkable career highs during her 14-year tenure at the SABC and in her entrepreneurial chapter, she insists that the background is where she’s always felt happiest. “I get asked all the time why I’m not out there making noise about my achievements [chuckles]. But, I’d rather have my work speak for itself,” she says resolutely. 

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