22 August 2017 – With women’s month slowly coming to an end, we profile the last two women who are part of the daily operations of the South African Football Association (SAFA).
Ms LESEDI MARUMO – SAFA ADMINISTRATOR
I joined SAFA in August 2016 under the Cathsetta Internship program.
I cannot recall the exact age when I fell in love with football but, I have always been a football fan.
I am responsible for SAFA’s administrative duties in the Chief Executive Officer’s office.
One of my fondest memories in football was being involved in the CAF Super cup between Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe. Being a small constituent in making the event a success and engaging with delegates from all over Africa
I believe being a woman gives me an advantage in my job because the ability to multitask is inherent in women and in the eventful & dynamic world of football, multi-tasking is pivotal. Another added advantage is that the fight against patriarchy makes us more tenacious and unrelenting in our endeavours.
What I enjoy/love the most about working in football is the nature of this field allows one to constantly meet new people and learn new things.
Ms ZANELE MOFOKENG – SAFA SWITCHBOARD
I joined SAFA in 2016 under the Cathsetta Internship program and became full time in June 2017.
I fell in love with football when I was young, proud supporter of Soweto’s Orlando Pirates FC. Generally. Sport has always been a pastime in my community.
I am responsible for switchboard of SAFA house and other office administration.
One of my fondest memories in football has being volunteering at the Department of Sport, Art, Culture and Recreation as well as being a part of the LOC for a Women’s Football Tournament in 2014. For the first time I could apply my academic knowledge practically and seeing all the efforts and hard work during preparation come to life is an experience to treasure. Another worthwhile experience was working at CAF Super Cup between Mamelodi Sundowns FC and TP Mazembe.
I believe being a woman gives me an advantage in my job because we are relentless and driven despite the challenges we face on a regular basis. The future is definitely bright.
What I enjoy/love the most about working in football is the daily interactions with different people, there’s so much to learn from everyone. The opportunities that sport has to offer are numerous; one must just know the right channels and stay focused.