Bold, brave and resilient

Kahorongo makes an impact that matters

08 June 2018 | People

Kapurua Kahorongo does everything she can to make sure she makes an impact that matters.

Elizabeth Joseph

Kapurua Kahorongo is the governance, risk and regulatory manager at Deloitte.

She says she has many dreams to achieve, so there’s no stopping her now.

After matriculating in 1998, Kahorongo went to university and completed a Bachelor of Accounting degree at the University of Namibia (Unam).

She also obtained a BCompt Honours from the University of South Africa (Unisa).

In 2005 Kahorongo was inspired to study further and completed a management development programme at the University of Witwatersrand. This programme helped her broaden her managerial horizons.

Kapurua Kahorongo also pursued a Masters in Risk Management on a fulltime basis with the DeMontfort University in the United Kingdom, which she completed in 2017.

Later that year she embarked on and completed a certificate in compliance management through the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Kahorongo started her career at Deloitte, where she completed her articles. After that she worked for the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) as an accountant for accounts receivables.

She also held a compliance role at the Bank of Namibia (BoN) for nearly eight years and rejoined Deloitte in 2017.

The job

When asked what her job entails, Kahorongo gave some interesting, in-depth explanations of what it takes to be a governance, risk and regulatory manager at Deloitte.

“The role is one that incorporates diverse functions. On the risk end, I am responsible for the identification of pertinent risks for entities, in consultation with the management and board members. After identification of risks, we also identify controls/actions that should be implemented to mitigate and manage the identified risks,” she says.

Her role further involves drafting risk policies and frameworks, depending on the maturity of the risk function at the entity.

“Sometimes it also involves conducting training on risk management,” Kahorongo said.

She also assesses whether entities are complying with the laws and the Corporate Governance Code for Namibia (NamCode).

“The last aspect involves reviewing internal audit work and presenting reports to management. I also perform other managerial functions, such as planning, budgeting etc.

“The role is a very unique one. It requires flexibility and very good interpersonal and communication skills, because one works with a diverse group of people,” she says.

Inspiration

“I am inspired by people who are bold, brave and resilient and stand up for what they believe, in against all odds,” Kahorongo said.

She is further inspired by seeing things change for the better - at work, in her personal life and society at large.

Kahorongo is passionate about helping other people, and seeing the progress or betterment in the lives of other people, especially the youth.

She describes herself as a very inquisitive person, when it comes to the work environment, and says there’s no better place to stimulate this trait than in her workplace.

“I am inspired by optimistic and selfless people; they certainly make the world a better place - we need more of them,” she adds.

Kahorongo sees herself becoming an expert in her field within the next two years. She is also excited about making a greater impact than anticipated.

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