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But home is where Phuti Malabie's heart is and South Africa remains her country of choice

By unknown | May 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Lihle Mtshali

Lihle Mtshali

Phuti Malabie, Shanduka Energy's managing director, has lived and travelled all over the world, but her heart remains on the great continent of Africa. South Africa is her favourite country to live in and Ghana comes a close second.

"It is the food, the people and our rich cultures that do it for me," says 35-year-old Malabie.

Malabie, daughter of renowned businessman Mohale Mahanyele, was born in Soweto and grew up in Claremont township outside of Durban. In 1976 Malabie and her younger sister moved to Lesotho to live there for the year as the country underwent political turmoil.

She studied and matriculated at Mc-Auley House Convent in Johannesburg, where she says that she experienced her first dose of racism.

"My friends innocently invited me to their parties at public places where there would be confrontations that highlighted to me that I was different," she says.

After matric Malabie spent four years in the US, where she studied towards a BA Economics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she was also ostracised by those she thought would embrace her.

Malabie has worked as the head of Project Finance South Africa unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and before that she spent six years with Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets.

Malabie holds an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester in the UK.

She is married to Liberty Life's executive director, Bobby Malabie.


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