02 May 2013
Lekgolo Caroline Mayatula was born in Johannesburg in 1975. She was raised from a very humble background and although her parents had very little formal schooling they were well schooled in the ways of life and they firmly believed in allowing their children to pursue their dreams without any limitations.
She completed her primary school education at Ha-Mulima in Venda in 1988, and completed her high school education at St Brendance High School in Botlokwa (Polokwane) in 1993. After matric she completed a one-year executive secretarial course with Rosebank College in Randburg.
In 1995 Lekgolo was admitted to study Town and Regional Planning at the Cape Technikon (currently known as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) where she attained her National Diploma as well as her B-tech degree. In 2003 she attained her B.A. Hons degree in Social Development from the University of the Western Cape, and in 2007 she attained her B-PHIL degree in Sustainable Development Planning & Management from the University of Stellenbosh.
Lekgolo was introduced to the town planning profession in 1996 when she completed a year of in-service training with The Planning Partners (currently known as The Planning Partners), she then worked as a planning technician at Larry Aberman Town Planning in 1998, and from 1999 – 2004 she worked as an Assistant Town Planner and then Town Planner for the City of Cape Town. In the latter part of 2004 she joined Old Mutual Properties where she started off as the national operations manager for the specialty retail offering and by 2008 she was the gift card manager for company. During her time with Old Mutual Properties she was exposed to a number of retail and marketing concepts and she also got great exposure to the basic dynamics of marketing, retailing and shopping center management industry. She also worked as Specialist Planner at the Provincial Government Western Cape: Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning and was involved in with the rollout of the Western Cape Spatial Development Framework.
In 2009 she was Managing Director of Mamaila Mayisela & Associates Development and Infrastructure Consultants where she was able to work on a number of projects within the rural and township areas. This included the demarcation of 300 residential units and related amenities within the Blouberg District Municipality (GaMachaba Village in Limpopo), research and compilation of land use applications within the Khayelitsha area. She was also one of the Directors for The Practice Group and was involved with the development of Waterberg District Agricultural Land Use Policy.
Currently Lekgolo is employed by Amdec Property Development as a Development Manager where she is responsible for the pre-construction planning process of their national retirement business known as the Evergreen Retirement Lifestyle Villages.