People of Joburg

Get to know Belinda Mapongwana

August 9, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

Belinda Mapongwana is the founder of Mapongwana Attorneys, a 100% black-woman owned boutique law firm in Sandton, that offers specialist legal services in corporate and commercial law. She is also the Founder and CEO of Seza Isizwe, a company focused on providing mentoring, career guidance, workplace and life skills to the youth.  Belinda is extremely passionate about female empowerment and she is a member Women Leading in Law (WOLELA). 

What inspired you most while starting your entrepreneurial journey?  

I was inspired by possibilities. I set myself ambitious goals and every time I ticked them off my list I was inspired to dream bigger and reach new heights.  

The first law you would pass if you were president?  

I would make it compulsory for law students to be placed in law firms to gain practical experience. 


What makes you feel empowered as a woman? 

I am empowered by the knowledge that I stand on the shoulders of giants. Women who came before me, and under more difficult circumstances, carved the way for me to enjoy the opportunities I now have.   

3 things people don’t know about lawyers? 

Other than being hard workers, most lawyers are shy, they do not enjoy the spotlight. Deep down, they are kind-hearted and service oriented. 



If you could have dinner with 3 influential people who would you invite?  

I would invite Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Ms Oprah Winfrey and Mrs Angela Merkel. 

Give your younger self one piece of advice? 

“Give yourself the validation you seek from others.”  


How do you balance your personal life with your career? 

I make sure that I spend as much time with my daughter as possible. I also make sure that I keep abreast of fashion trends and I love sport. Catching up with my family, friends and mentees.  

Who’s your female role-model? 

I have two – My mom and sister, both are self-employed and have been on an entrepreneurship journey for many years. 



Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!

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