- 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
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.
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.
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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