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Coffee and roots

We met up yet again with some of this year’s mentees and with a coffee in hand, sat down for a catchup to find out a bit more about them and their journeys.



“My name is Xoli Khumalo, internal broker at SATIB Insurance Brokers. Fun fact about me? I’m a foodie but too scared to try out sushi, Lol. “


Why Roots and Wings?


“ I wanted personal and professional growth and to understand the journey of those before me ( how they dealt with “life”), so that I can better myself in the work environment and in my personal space as well. When I saw the ad back in Jan, I didn’t hesitate, and my manager also pushed for it which was great motivation.


When we asked about her experience so far, Xoli had this to share with us :


“It has been a humbling, learning experience. I have grown so much both professionally and personally. I have learned to navigate situations on a personal level in a way that I would not have thought of previously. My mentor (Tshepiso Chocho) is such a great person, the knowledge she imparts is always without judgement but with wit and love and I am always left with so much introspection.

On a professional side; My manager is so proud of how much I have blossomed since I started the mentorship program and how my confidence is growing each week. I believe there is still so much to learn and explore professionally, so I am still looking forward to tapping into that part of my life. All I can say is watch the space.”


“My name is Elizabeth Ngaruwe, I work for Marsh. I am scared of chickens, birds & everything with feathers”


Why Roots and Wings?


I realised I needed to grow personally and professionally and for me there was no other way to do that without being guided by the expertise & perspective of a Mentor. I want to reach my full potential and develop my confidence and leadership skills as these will remain valuable beyond the formal mentoring period.


Elizabeth shared the following on her journey so far:


My experience has been incredibly amazing. It has been a journey of learning, unlearning, and relearning. I look at myself in the mirror and I am proud of the person I am becoming. My mentor Asiya is firm, she has helped me define my career goals and have a clear view of the future I am trying to achieve. I have connected with her on both personal and professional level, and I consider myself lucky to have someone who always make time for me.


I am still looking forward to achieving the goals we have set specifically to be attained in year 2023 & discovering myself more.


Article written by: Jabu Mtimkulu