No shortcuts in life: Calvo Mawela rose from R5K salary to become MultiChoice SA CEO

No shortcuts in life: Calvo Mawela rose from R5K salary to become MultiChoice SA CEO

- Mawela's mom got a loan from a "loan shark" to pay for his engineering studies

- His first job had a salary of R5,000 a month

- He's now CEO of MultiChoice South Africa

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MultiChoice South Africa CEO, Calvo Mawela, has shared how he rose from earning just R5,000 a month to his current coveted position.

Mawela grew up in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, Briefly.co.za gathered. His mom raised seven children on a shoestring budget.

Speaking to mybroadband.co.za, he said his mom got money from a "loan shark" to pay for his engineering studies.

Calvo Mawela rose from humble beginnings to become MultiChoice SA CEO. Source: MultiChoice Africa

Calvo Mawela rose from humble beginnings to become MultiChoice SA CEO. Source: MultiChoice Africa

Mawela subsequently graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He soon landed his first job, an engineer-in-training at Sentech, earning R5,000 a month. He said it gave him a good foundation to break into ICT and broadcasting.

READ ALSO: SA's education system ranks low in Global Competitiveness Report

Mawela credits hard work and determination for his incredible career progression. He said there are no shortcuts in life:

If you want to succeed, there are a few elements that you need to have as part of your DNA. I would describe them as being hardworking – if you are given a job, make sure you do it as best as you can. Excellence should be the driving force behind everything you do in life.

Having a strong team around you is also important, he added.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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