Basani Maluleke’s top life lessons


You don’t get to be the CEO of a bank without determination, hard work and a level of self-awareness that helps you overcome the challenges that surely crop up along the way.

Basani Maluleke was appointed African Bank CEO in March this year. In celebration of Women’s Month, we’ve rounded up some of the best advice she’s shared during the many interviews which took place over the past few months.

Work and career

  • There is no substitute for hard work and passion.
  • As a woman it is important to learn how to diffuse a situation and when to stand your ground.
  • Invest in relationships and consistently produce good work.
  • Be engaged – know what is happening around you and surround yourself with different people.
  • Take pride and place effort in mentoring and uplifting other women.


Personal growth

  • There are no quick routes – keep investing, especially in your intellectual capital.
  • Reading fiction is critical to help you better understand people.
  • Be patient – settle into the journey and unpack your bags because there is a long road ahead of you.
  • Remember life is unpredictable - if you don’t face failure or adversity from time to time, then your dreams are not big enough or you are not trying hard enough to realise them.



  • One can never underestimate the value of support from family and friends and strong mentors – they are your best cheerleaders.
  • We can all do anything we set our minds to. The key is to surround ourselves with the right people and to be resilient.


More Women’s Month reading:

Investing in Women: An African Bank priority

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