During its first alumni event of the year, members of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Zimbabwean Society (ZIMSOC), a student society at UCT, recently enjoyed the opportunity to hear from and engage with Ralph Mupita, a UCT alumnus, fellow Zimbabwean and now the group president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Africa’s largest telecommunications company, MTN.
The event, which took place online, provided students with insight into Mupita’s life before university, his journey to and at UCT, his transition from university to work, and valuable lessons from his time at Old Mutual and now at MTN.
Mupita graduated from UCT with a degree in civil engineering and an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s graduate management programme. Before joining MTN, he was the CEO of Old Mutual Emerging Markets, which provided financial services to individuals and corporates across 19 countries in Africa, South America and Asia. In 2017, he moved to MTN as group chief financial officer, and in 2020 he became group president and CEO.
Tips for success
Here are nine tips Mupita shared with ZIMSOC members for success in university and work life. His full contribution can be found online, via ZIMSOC.
The alumni event was one of many events ZIMSOC has managed to organise despite the challenges brought about by the lockdown. Last year, they facilitated a three-day human rights webinar series, hosted online game nights and introduced members to prominent lawyer Fadzayi Mahere.
ZIMSOC president, Kudzai Chris Kateera, a final-year BScEng (Electrical and Computer Engineering) student, explained that ZIMSOC seeks to provide holistic assistance to students throughout their journey at UCT.
“We are committed to uniting our members for them to network, excel, collaborate and realise great synergies, regardless of background. We work together with our alumni network to bring opportunities and their experience to the table,” he said.
Kateera added that ZIMSOC, which includes additional events such as forums and informative webinars, is open to everyone “so people get to learn about the rich Zimbabwean culture, meet amazing people, network, innovate and get to contribute to building a better Zimbabwe”.
Plans for the rest of the year include the Big Sibling Mentorship Program where more experienced UCT students are paired with first-years to help them settle in and navigate UCT, Africa Day cultural exchange in collaboration with other African societies, a sports day to promote sporting activities and encourage healthy living, a financial literacy talk, and a discussion around the socio-economic situation in Zimbabwe.
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