Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub’s career shows that hard work, making the most of opportunities and sticking with a company can pay off handsomely.
Joosub had an interest in business from a very young age, and was selling samoosas and earrings in townships for “2 Bob” when he was only five years old.
He continued with this when he went to school and was running a small business by the age of 7. At 12, he was running an uncle’s bottling factory during the school holidays.
His interest in business encouraged him to study a Bachelor of Accounting Science at the University of South Africa, which he funded while working.
His first full-time job was as an accountant doing his articles, where he earned a salary of R850 a month.
After completing his articles, one of his friends recommended that he join a new company which had just started – Vodacom.
Joosub was one of Vodacom’s first employees, and his dedication to the company paid off when he became Vodacom CEO in September 2012.
He credits his rise at the company to hard work and making the most of the opportunities which were afforded to him.
To those looking to emulate Joosub, he said a good education is an important launchpad for success.
“Study. Education is a leveler, so study hard and then use the opportunities that are there,” said Joosub.
“No matter where you have come from, education can help you. There is no substitute for hard work and passion, which will help you to become successful.”
Joosub’s tech and business choices
MyBroadband asked Joosub about his business and technology choices.
Which smartphone do you use?
iPhone X and Samsung Note 8.
Which laptop do you use?
What is the best gadget you’ve ever bought?
A smartwatch for tracking swimming laps and running.
What is the worst gadget you have ever bought?
A Maxon phone.
What Internet connection do you have at home?
What is the best investment you have ever made?
What is the worst investment you have ever made?
Buying mining stocks.
What is the best business book you have ever read?
Good To Great by Jim Collins.