March 2015 - Maverick Mind

Getcho Life with Zama Maphango

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Sweet, soft-spoken and funny are just some of the words one would use to describe Zama Maphango. She is the Account Manager at Maverick Mind, but there is so much more to her. She will read you like church lady reading bible scriptures on Easter Sunday if you don’t “getcho life” which is her favourite line.

Zama was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Dube, Soweto later moving to the South of Johannesburg to Walkerville, where she’s been a resident for 20 years now. She did her primary studies at Aloe Ridge Primary and later completed at Queens High.

On why she chose a career in digital marketing, Zama says because it is an industry that is yet to fully ‘take off’ in South Africa, she was hyped about being a part of it and wanted to be part of those actively taking part in its establishment “I see myself as a nurturer and I love to see things grow” she said.

She has been with Maverick Mind for 7 months now and she says she can recall her first day on the job, she says she was supposed to come in at 8:30 to sign her contract but she showed up 30 minutes late, but before she knew it, she was already attending meetings and has enjoyed every aspect of her job since then, “I enjoy the atmosphere in the office, my colleagues and the final outcome, when you know you’ve given it your all and the client is happy with the finished product.

In her spare time she says she enjoys cooking, singing, watching reality TV shows, sleeping, eating and Tamar Braxton.

When asked where she sees herself in the next 5 years she lets out a chuckle, says she hasn’t thought that far ahead yet and then says she sees herself still being a part of Maverick Mind, just on a bigger scale, with many titles to her name and she wants to see Maverick Mind becoming one of the biggest agencies in Sub-Saharan Africa.


My First Day on the Job

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SEO, PPC, ROI was all I heard about  and call it vertigo, but I didn’t know my left from right or whether I was coming or going when I started working at Maverick Mind, because here I was, fresh from school and having studied Journalism and now I somehow found myself working for a digital marketing agency.

So there I was, dressed in a suit and tie that seemed to be strangling the life out of me, wearing glasses to hide the look of incompetence in my eyes, not knowing what to expect but nonetheless eager to learn.

Maverick Mind is an agency that is still relatively small, so that made the transition a bit easier for me as there seemed to be someone there to give guidance and support as opposed to working for a huge corporation whereby you get thrown into the deep end with no life vest.

Despite the size of the company, I found a team of people that is deadline-driven, overzealous about giving 110% in everything they do and ensuring client satisfaction is guaranteed.

From Account Managers Thantaswa Matshobongwana and Zama Maphango, Commercial Director Sydney Phakathi, Digital Strategy Director  Philani Mdingi, Web Developer,  Zweli Sikhakhane and UI/UX Designer Mxo Mathe, I have blended in quite nicely and give me a few months; I will be a walking, talking marketing campaign.

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