A leader with a compassionate heart

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 02/09/2015 - 00:00

A leader with a compassionate heart

At the age of 31, Ms Tumi (Boitumelo) Hatla, alumnus of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), has already worked her way up to the position of senior analyst at African Bank.  However, despite her success, she never forgot where she came from. 

Tumi Hatla - a proud alumna of the Vaal Triangle Campus

Climbing the ladder

"One of my foremost missions in life is to climb the corporate ladder, all the way to the top," she says. "However, while climbing, lives have to be touched and impacted in a positive way." Tumi first graduated in BCom Economics and Informatics in 2005, and was a Golden Key International Honour Society member. She finished her BCom Honours in Risk Management in 2006 while serving as vice-chairperson of four sub-committees of the Student Christian Fellowship, being the first female in this role. She was student assistant for first-year Economics students in the same year. In 2007 she journeyed to Norway where she spent a year at the Molde University College, completing an international programme in Supply Chain Management. In 2011 she achieved her master's in Economics. 

Keeping an eye on risks

Tumi currently works at the African Bank in Midrand as a senior analyst in the credit risk space where she has to look at risk-related elements across all the bank's products. 

She sees herself as a leader and had to quickly learn to manage change and overcome personal and professional obstacles such as losing loved ones, being over-looked, giving in to self-doubt, or selling herself short. "Prayer and advice from those whose opinion I value and trust have always pulled me through to the other side." Her student years were some of the best of her life to date. "If I could, I would turn back the hands of time, even if it's just for a day. By the time I left campus I had not only graduated, but I had made friends, learned lessons and begun on my path towards being the woman I am today," she says.

Surrounded by many

"It's so funny how I grew up being a loner and extremely shy, but somehow with time I have found myself always being around people. In my free time (the little I have nowadays) I love reading - loads of books and don’t forget dancing and travelling!”  Norway was her first experience outside South Africa. "My year in Norway was priceless. I did a lot of growing up. The one thing I learned and soon applied was to work and play hard, while never forgetting the importance of family."

This stems from her childhood, "I am an only child... and no, I am not spoilt. My dad passed away when I was very young so it has just been me and my mom, but we were supported by a whole lot of other people. My mom has a warm, big heart. She has been caring for children and adults for as long as I can remember. I am blessed for all those experiences and memories.” 

One love above all

Passionate about young people and acquiring new knowledge, there is one love above all: "My greatest passion is Christ Jesus and all I do is influenced by my desire to be more Christ-like."

"The one lesson my mom instilled in me from an early age was to do everything to the best of my ability and never to forget to ask for wisdom from God." Her faith and upbringing ensure that her ambition to climb to the top of the corporate ladder is tempered by empathy and compassion for others. 

"My nature prevents me from standing on the side of the road whilst I know and can see that someone needs my help," she says. 

Tumi (front right) was a member of the very first NWU Vaal Alumni Advisory Committee

For more information about the alumni activities of the Vaal Triangle Campus, contact Alwine Naude on 016 910 3250 or visit the Facebook page