Nelisile Thanjekwayo the Deputy Chairperson of the South Africa Day
Nelisile Thanjekwayo is currently the Global Commercial Legal Counsel at Shell Downstream South Africa Pty Ltd, providing legal advice and support to the Shell Downstream business in South Africa encompassing manufacturing, retail, global commercial, and trading and supply businesses. Nelisile is primarily responsible for the following divisions; Shell Lubricants, Shell Fleet Solutions, Procurement, Real Estate, Aviation and Finance. Her responsibilities include, managing counsel and stakeholders within the global commercial portfolio and reactively identifying regulatory risks and alternative business strategies.
Nelisile’s educational background is primarily in law. She obtained her LL.B degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013. Whilst pursuing her LL.M in Commercial and Business Law(“LL.M”) at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2014, she was offered an opportunity by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs to study towards a Masters in International Trade Law and Economics (“MILE”) at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Having pursued both qualifications concurrently, Nelisile successfully obtained her LL.M and MILE in 2015.
Having worked at Norton Rose Fulbright, Nelisile is a lawyer with a demonstrated history of working in the legal practice industry. She has experience in a range of matters, including; compliance investigations in relation to the forex trading complaint and post dawn raid edible oils complaint, opinion drafting, and the drafting of notifications to the competition authorities in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and COMESA. She is skilled in competition law with multi-jurisdiction dimension, Banking and Finance Law, Consumer Law, Commercial Litigation, International Trade Law and drafting of commercial agreements. Her career has seen her work with clients such as banks, major tobacco companies, various funds, telecommunication companies, regulators and companies within the oil and gas sector.
Nelisile’s area of interest and focus has always been the interconnected nature between corporate law and public law. More particularly, how businesses could contribute to the realization of the economic rights and development of the communities in which they operate. Testament to this is her voluntary involvement in numerous community initiatives including the PAIA project and the Towns Makeover Project with South Africa Day. Nelisile’s personae is characterised by her good work ethic and passion for the advancements of communities with sustainable economic development at its helm.