Director Woman Fastrack Edition 2

DIMAKATSO MOHAPI: Break the rules

Dimakatso, 24, is a TECH head from the dusty streets of Orange Farm. She was raised by a single parent who more than made up for their financial lack with the age-old love.

Dimakatso has always had BIG DREAMS for herself. “I initially wanted to become a Medical Doctor, [but] unfortunately didn’t qualify. I ended up going with Information Technology, which was my second choice – all with a very limited computer background and no funding,” she recounts.

After an initially successful stint at North West University, her tech career took off at Omnia Fertilizer where she worked as a SOFTWARE Developer. “Next, I moved to Vodacom as a Radio Planning and Optimization Intern (Bloemfontein) and then transitioned to my current role as a graduate in Predictive Data Analyst (Cape Town) – what a life changing event,” she says.

The young CORPORATE rockstar isn’t just smart, but she has big ideas too! Dimakatso co-founded RunTech, a program that teaches Grade 1 to Grade 9 students how to code. “My PASSION for teaching started after getting the opportunity to facilitate Vodacom’s Code Like a Girl program. I enjoyed working in the program, but what concerned me and ultimately inspired RunTech, was its focus on top performers,” she shares. “I continued to teach code in my community during weekends for the children below the academic fray.”

However well Dimakatso is doing in her tech career, she shares that she hasn’t given up on her dream of becoming a Doctor. “I am currently looking forward to joining VODACOM health using my Computer Science skills to make an impact in rural areas using Technology.”

It has been quite a journey for Dimakatso, but she is grateful that she has rewritten her story from selling sweets in high school, depending on a SASSA grant as a child and living in a 2-room shack to acquiring shares, assets and various academic qualifications that for a very long time, she could only dream of. She encourages other aspiring women in tech to BREAK THE RULES. “I encourage women to break the rules, but to [do so] sober-minded.”

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Director Woman Fastrack is a monthly, in-depth publication that profiles African business and career women. The feature articles are designed to inspire, impact and inform readers interested in starting their own business or pursuing a particular career field.