A local female audiologist believes there aren’t as many opportunities for women in the working field as there should be.
“But why should we wait for someone to create opportunities for us and not create them for ourselves?” questioned Refiloe Maloa.
“I wish economic emancipation for all women in Midrand.”
Maloa runs her own private practice at the Midrand Health Emporium Medical Centre, which she established in 2016 after working for various hospitals in Mpumalanga and Gauteng as a clinical audiologist.
She also lectures at the University of Pretoria on a part-time basis.
She graduated in 2010 at the University of Cape Town and eight years later, she is her own boss.
She said she joined the field for the purpose of serving. “In my case, it happened to be providing services for people with any form of hearing challenges or disabilities.”
As she took a road less travelled by her peers, Maloa has experienced some form of wariness from her patients due to her age. “I find that patients expect to be helped by an older healthcare worker.”
She said she believes that acquired skills, passion and smart work can prosper anyone in any field. Regarding her busy life of being a lecturer and running her own business Maloa said, “Honestly, I have not yet found a good balance between the business, studies and family. I take each day as it comes but it does help to have a supportive family.”
She also highlighted that to run a business, one needs to have a level of assertiveness in order to sustain it, which is often only expected from male counterparts. “Focus on your own goals. It is always good to draw from the strength of others who are in the same field as you. Mentorship also helps a lot.”
Besides work, she enjoys travelling and escaping from her busy schedule through sleep.