Alumni feature: Katleho Motaung
Meet Katleho Motaung, an Enactus Vaal University of Technology Alumnus who was crowned the Alumnus of the Year 2012. Nowadays, he is a Feature Analyst and Scrum Master: Group Information Technology, for Personal and Business Banking (PBB) in the African Region at Standard Bank. He is an enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated individual whose commitment for the development and upliftment of others is unquestionable. He continues to serve EnactusZA as volunteer annually during the National Competitions. This year, he even made time to show his support when he was awaiting the birth of his first born.
Katleho is the type of person who is willing to go out of his way to give a helping hand to others without expecting anything in return. He was raised by a single parent in Soweto. His mother believed that “each one of us has the responsibility to make the world a better place”, he said.
He joined Enactus in 2007 after hearing how members of this organisation create economic opportunities in disadvantaged communities. He was impressed about how the organisation enabled the youth to become socially responsible citizens and positively impacted lives and created sustainable communities. His love for Enactus grew tremendously… as the community outreach projects they did – small as it might have seemed at the time – improved and impacted many lives both directly and indirectly. Enactus took Katleho out of this comfort zone and motivated him to play a crucial role to contribute with creativity towards the university team’s projects. This led to his election as PR and Marketing Officer from 2008-2009, and his position as Secretary General during the 2009-2010 Program Year.
Lessons and skills gained through Enactus:
The things he learnt through the Enactus programme made it easy for him to quickly adapt once he got to industry. Some of the values and key learning’s he felt equipped him for his workplace role was: emotional intelligence, respect, teamwork, importance of time management and the ability to be creative and proactive. The projects he worked on with his team gave him a different view of the world. Katleho also gained communications, presentation, leadership, people and social skills.
Memorable Enactus moments:
His attendance of the annual National Competitions was the best experience for Katleho as it provided opportunities for peer teams to present their outreach efforts to business leaders, while it enables the teams to learn from one another. One of his most significant memories was being part of the 2015 Enactus World Cup that was hosted by Enactus in South Africa. He says the event was just splendid and rich with diversity of culture, language, passion and the transformative power of entrepreneurship; this got him to see the world from a new perspective.
Life after Enactus:
Katleho is a Feature Analyst and Scrum Master: Group Information Technology, for PBB in the Africa Region at Standard Bank. Here his objectives are to facilitate and participate in discovery/inception workshops to create a shared understanding of business, identify user journeys which map out how a user will go through the system and providing the Product Owner with key information for prioritisation and estimation.
Some of his achievements in industry include the following awards: Mark of Excellence 2016; Channel Champ 2013; Beyond Excellence 2015; and Beyond Excellence 2016. Katleho is also an entrepreneur by heart and is currently looking into starting his own business.
Furthermore he supports showcasing stories to stakeholders and the product owner while working very closely with user experience teams to ensure that processes, wireframes and content are optimally intuitive to end-users. His job requires him to wear different hats by being a designer, developer tester, facilitator, and product owner, to name but a few. Mentor developers, testers and user experience teams guide how things work in the business domain and serve as a support to product owners, therefore creating a shared understanding of what the product is supposed to do. He works to support 16 African countries to deliver applications and support in testing applications.
“The world is not all sunshine and rainbows. It can be a very mean and cruel place, regardless how strong you might perceive yourself to be, and it can beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you allow it. There is nothing that can hit as hard as life. Therefore one should have a winning spirit that drives to keep you moving forward and never to give up”, says Katleho.