Avontuur Buiness Club

Compliance with Melanie Coetzee at Avontuur Business Club

What is COMPLIANCE?

Why would I want to do something so mundane considering the previous corporate successes which I had reached in my professional career?
There is nothing better than finding your niche in life. Most people struggle for years, often a lifetime, to find their happy place in work. There are many reasons for this:

  • We all grow up institutionalised;
  • We grow up fearful of failure;
  • We grow up supressing our own authenticity.

During school, I took both art and academic subjects. I have always been a little bit different and artistic so when I had to choose my career path, I faced the choice and chose law. How do I reconcile the artistic side of my brain with my academics? That is the secret to my happiness and I will be sharing the joys of living authentically AND finding your success path.


A bit about me:
Between being born in Burgersdorp, growing up on a farm in Barkly-East and ending up in the largest corporate property law firm in SA pretty much sums up my meander. I obtained both my BPROC and LLB degrees at UPE in 1999 where after I worked at a law firm in London for a few years. Upon returning to SA, I took up a position at Buchanan Boyes attorneys and worked there as an attorney, conveyancer and notary until 2020, 10 years of which as a partner.

Until breast cancer halted me in my tracks in 2018. As with all cancer survivors, I questioned my WHY and whether I was really being fulfilled in the fast lane. In addition, I realised that I badly neglected to continue my self development and just being present in the moment during the years in corporate and based my “success” in life on the amount of money that I had in the bank. I also compromised massively on other areas in my life in my quest to be successful.

In 2020, I made the massive leap and left the corporate law firm to start my own small compliance business. What a leap to say the least!
Looking back, I now realise that I never really felt fulfilled or took in most of what was going on inside and in my environment. Since I left corporate, I have realised my own professional boundaries. I am in control of my time and my income and enjoy every moment of generating connections and doing business with people who appreciate my skills and knowledge.

Date: 14.7.2021

Time: 08h30

Cost: R200

RSVP: 0218554296 or email us at openhand@polka.co.za

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