• COVID-19

    • Government Sector Whitepaper
      Effective management of information systems and communications is critical for the success of the public sector.

      Mining Sector

      Increase productivity & build a culture of innovation

      Financial Sector

      Meet the challenges of disruption & cyber security

      Healthcare Sector

      Empower your patients & leverage data by deploying customised solutions

      Retail Sector

      Embrace the changing retail landscape & know your customer

      Government Sector

      Use digital transformation to grow the economy & build capacity

      Industries Overview >

    • Innovation Through Simply Navigating The Complex

      Specialized digital diagnostics, solutioning, consulting, development and maintenance across legacy and cloud-based systems.

      Digital Innovation Awards

      Enter the 2020 BCX Digital Innovation Awards

      BCX Exa

      Innovation through simply navigating the complex

      Digital Transformation

      Intelligent systems upgrading

      Analytics

      Data that works for you

      Applications

      Tools to streamline operations

      Services

      Strategies for efficient ICT

      Cloud

      Computing for today & the future

      Cybersecurity

      Protection for your critical systems

      Devices

      Processes & network foundations

      Connectivity

      Connections within & without

      Partners

      Partnerships moving business forward

      Solutions Overview >

    • Speak To An Expert
      We'll need just a few details from you, and one of our specialists will be in touch as soon as possible.
      BCX HEAD OFFICE

      Employee Entrance:

      1021 Lenchen Avenue North
      Centurion
      Gauteng
      South Africa
      0157

      Contact Us:

      +27 (0) 11 266 5000

      Visitors Entrance:

      1266 South Road
      Centurion
      Gauteng
      South Africa
      0157

This is
WOMEN IN TECH

Home > An inspirational female business leader: Tshifhiwa Ramutha

An inspirational female business leader: Tshifhiwa Ramutha

11 Mar, 2019

A passionate advocate of the transformative capabilities of technology and a visionary who believes in creating spaces that allow others to grow, Tshifhiwa Ramuthaga’s career has seen her work at large organisations, including Telkom, Standard Bank, the Financial Services Board, and now Barloworld, where she is its Chief Information Officer (CIO). 

“I didn’t know anything about computers or computer science as a teenager,” she says. “I just knew that I didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of my father and siblings and take up a career in medicine. One day, my brother’s friend pulled up in a Jetta and I knew that I wanted to work in whatever industry allowed him to drive that car. When I asked him what he did for a living, he told me ‘Computer Science’. I didn’t know what it was, but I went to study it.” 

The rest, as they say, is history. Ramuthaga fell in love with the potential and transformative capabilities of technology and was given the opportunity, during her career at Telkom, to work across numerous areas of the IT profession. 

“My parents instilled a work ethic in me from an early age and I took this into the workplace,” she says. “I did experience racial and gender discrimination, but it didn’t stop me, because my parents had taught me to stand up for myself and the generations that will come after me. It’s also important to point out here that I received amazing support from many of my bosses.” 

From Bob House at Telkom to Justin White at Standard Bank, Ramuthaga shares a list of people who saw her as a worker and a colleague, not as a woman. This was a profound gift that allowed her to expand her skills and become a leader in her own right. 

Asked what advice she would give women entering the industry, she says: “Yes, we are still battling and grappling with the challenges facing women in this industry, but don’t walk into the industry carrying the baggage of the past. You just end up throwing it at people and don’t recognise those who do give you space.” 

Perhaps one of her most salient pieces of advice for any woman walking into a room of men is this: “Your excellence determines the way they treat the next woman who walks into that room, and it’s about creating opportunities for the future generation of women entering the workplace. 

“I’m committed to going back to my old village and showing them what they can dream, the possibilities that lie ahead,” concludes Ramuthaga. “I tell them, I know where you come from, and the possibilities are real.”

Share

Related Posts

Explore our articles about the initiative and be inspired by stories from women who are role models in the ICT sector and beyond.