‘A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent’ (Douglas McArthur). This encapsulates the essence of Lerato as a leader and his leadership style.

As Senior Manager: Forensic Services and Head of Investigations for the MTN Group, Lerato is responsible for managing fraud risk frameworks, and developing and driving appropriate monitoring and mitigation policies, procedures and controls for internal use within MTN Group and across the 22 MTN Operating Companies on the African continent and in the Middle East.

Lerato won the 2016 MTN SA Business Risk Management Certificate of Excellence which is bestowed on an employee that epitomises BRM’s mission of being a value-adding partner to business through providing leadership and support on matters of ethics, governance, risk and compliance.

Lerato challenges himself, especially when it comes to self-development. This was confirmed in 2016 when he attained his certified fraud examiner qualification and was elected as part of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Pretoria regional committee. The committee was voted 2018 ACFE regional committee of the year.

He leads by example and inspires and motivates his team through his actions. His leadership style is anchored by his humility, which makes him approachable as a manager. This led to him being elected as chairperson of the BRM Employee Engagement Forum, which made a significant impact on the well-being of employees. Lerato truly embodies the characteristics of a servant leader.

He is passionate about career development and regularly mentors and provides career guidance to young people. He was recognised as one of the best career development coaches during his tenure at KPMG and he continues to support young people through the ‘Yes Initiative’ and mentorship programmes in MTN.