I worked as the Regulatory and Policy Manager for the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa. Through leveraging my network, I was in a position to raise controversial issues on tobacco and influence the legislative process.
I have interacted with senior political stakeholders, Free Market Foundation, South African Chamber of Commerce (SACCI), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), Black Business Council, to name a few.
I am also the Deputy Chairperson for Business Western Cape (BWC) and I sit on the Provincial Executive Committee for the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF). I coordinate the Parliamentary Desk for the PPF.
As Vice Chairperson for BWC, I have interacted with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC), Black Business Chamber (BBC) and Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum (WECBOF)
I am also the former Parliamentary Liaison Officer (PLO) for the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA). The LSSA has 35 specialist committees comprising of attorneys and experts who commented on legislation and policy. I assisted in creating an environment within which the LSSA can interact, comment and make constructive inroads on legislation before Parliament and to build and maintain effective networks for the LSSA. This linked me to stakeholders within the justice cluster.
My extensive network has assisted me in achieving measurable inroads into the legislative process, including briefings to various Parliamentary Committees where various stakeholders had opportunities to consult, build strategic networks and find meaningful solutions.