By on August 7, 2013

Women working at MultiChoice will tell you that the strides the company has made towards gender empowerment are significant. We profile five leading ladies at MultiChoice.

Fhulufhelo Badugela

HR Director – M-Net

Fhulufhelo has been in the field of Human Resources for the past 10 years. She started her career at Edcon and joined the MultiChoice Group in 2007 where she occupied various roles in HR. She joined M-Net as an HR director in July 2011. Her main responsibilities are to ensure that M-Net has an engaged and talented workforce equipped to contribute to the achievement of the organisation’s strategic objectives, drive a high performance culture throughout the organisation and, develop and implement the HR strategy. Fhulu has an honours degree in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, a Management Certificate from Wits University and a Certificate in Negotiations from Harvard Law School. She is also a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner. Fhulu is currently completing her master’s degree in Industrial/  Organisational Psychology through the University of Johannesburg. She is passionate about people and truly believes that any organisation that takes care of its people will definitely flourish. Outside of work, Fhulu enjoys spending time with family, travelling and having some “me time”. Her “me time” entails cuddling with a good book and simply recharging her energy.

Robyn Lok 

Strategic Product manager for the premium market – MultiChoice SA

 Robyn is the Strategic Product Manager  for the Premium Market at the Strategy and new Business Development Department within MultiChoice South Africa. Her current role as Strategic Product Manager  required her to develop and implement product strategies for the premium market. She has been with the MIH Group for the past nine years, initially joining as the MIH Senior Internal Audit Manager where she gained extensive exposure to the national and international Pay TV and Technology streams of the business. She played a significant role in the establishment of the Internal Audit Competency and the successful implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley at Naspers. Robyn also held various positions within NMS Insurance Services under the MIH Group, such as Chief Operating Officer and Operations and Compliance Manager. Robyn currently serves as an Executive Director on the NMS Insurance Services Board. She has previously served as Chairperson for the Gauteng Certified Internal Audit designation and as Chairperson for the Annual Afria Micro-Insurance Conference. She is as passionate about her family as she is about her work, happily married and has an energetic son.

Fahmeeda Cassim Surtee

Sales and Marketing Director – DStv Media Ssales

Fahmeeda has been involved in the media industry for more than 20 years. She started her career at City Press newspaper as both an advertising consultant and freelance sports writer. Her career in sports journalism extended to radio broadcasting and regular contributions to publications in European magazines. Fahmeeda joined the MultiChoice Group in 1998  and has since held a variety of positions within DStv Media  Sales, the advertising and sponsorship arm for the business. Her current role is that of Sales and Marketing Director for DStv Media  Sales. Her core responsibility is managing sales efforts for the South Africa and Africa business. Apart from daily operations, Fahmeeda is also responsible for finding new ways to retain advertisers and sponsors and devise sales strategies to bring in new customers. She holds a variety of qualifications in media management, strategic marketing, business management and journalism. Some of her achievements include, being nominated for Women of the Year, co-authoring a book on branding and setting up a foundation for women in sport in South Africa. Fahmeeda lives by the motto of pursuing what you love as the key to true happiness.

Lee Davies

DStv Connect and M-Net Original Productions – DStv Online

Lee is passionate, talented and dedicated to achieving success through collaboration  and teamwork. In 1995  Lee completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Informatics and quickly realised that she was a techie at heart. With more than 15 years of new media experience, working at DStv Online has offered the best of all worlds, often described as the place where digital, video and broadcast collide. Lee is a portfolio manager for a diverse product range, which includes DStv Connect and Original Productions, such as Idols and MasterChef SA. Lee has been involved in all parts of DStv Online, moving from a senior developer to product manager. She has completed various programming, project management and management courses. She is always looking for more opportunities to further her growth, recently graduating at the top of her New Management class and is working on a Management Acceleration programme. Between her exciting work and demanding study schedule, Lee is a devoted mother of two beautiful children. In her spare time, she can be found behind an easel with her oil paints

Nomsa Lewisa

Group HR Technology Manager – MultiChoice SA

Nomsa manages the HR systems for the Group. She is responsible for ensuring that the company keeps abreast with the latest technology development in this area. Nomsa joined MultiChoice in 2010 as the group Learning Technologies Manager and helped set up the first learning technologies portfolio for the Group. This required her to establish technology enabled learning solutions for all employees across the Group. This innovation e-learning platform has received many accolades. She has since gone on to roll-out the on-line development plan on the platform. Nomsa’s experience is backed up by an HR Certificate and book-keeping qualification, and she has recently completed a BSc Informatics Degree, and a management development programme. Nomsa was recently a nominee in the Young Achievers Top Women awards. She is married and a young mother of a busy three year old. She works hard to balance the pressures of home, social and career

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