THIS LAWYER BECOMES YOUNGEST TO EVER BE ADMITTED AS A CONVEYANCER
At 25, Gundo Nevhutanda has been named by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces as the youngest black female conveyancer to be admitted.
Last week, the attorney gave a rousing speech at the women’s retreat cocktail dinner with businesswoman, Basetsana Kumalo.
Nevhutanda spoke about women empowerment and her experience in property law as a black female.
To reach her status, Nevhutanda, joined an elite group of attorneys who specialise in the transfer of properties. Only 14% of attorneys who take qualification exams pass.
Nevhutanda, who was born in Vondwe village in Limpopo, qualified as an attorney after serving her articles in 2016.
She simultaneously studied BCom (Law) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Pretoria. Currently, she is studying her masters in banking law at the same university.
She spoke to Sowetan live about her achievements from her office at one of the South Africa’s biggest law firms, Webber Wentzel Attorneys in Sandton, Johannesburg where she admitted to receiving several offers from many firms as there aren’t many who get admitted into conveyancing.
Another inspiring thing about the Gundo is that she worked and studied part-time while preparing for her conveyance exam. She would work all day meaning that she could only study at night.
“I would get home at 6pm and start studying until 10pm, I would then go to sleep and wake up at 3am and study until 6am. Then I would prepare to go to work.”
The young attorney whose mother is a teacher and whose father is an economist at the South African Reserve Bank speaks of the importance of education in her family. She said she enjoyed seeing young people purchase expensive pieces of land for development. She wished for more black people to be afforded the same opportunities.
“It’s a challenge knowing that we are still behind in owning and purchasing land,” Nevhutanda said.
She urged young women who want to get into her field to work hard and be open-minded.
“You must have a thick skin and not let anyone make you feel like you don’t belong.
“You belong and you matter.”