UJ Alumni Impumelelo Magazine Edition 8

He is co-founder and non-executive member of Diaspora Meds, a fast-growing Johannesburg-based insurance broker that acquired over 200 clients in less than 9 months. The company was started in September 2021 and offers medical solutions to Zimbabweans across the world and their loved ones in Zimbabwe. As the company is still very small, Bright wears several hats and works cross-sectionally within the organisation to lead it to greater heights. Bright has a few wise words for current accounting students: “Discipline and consistency are important, especially in your studies. Once you qualify, that’s when you start making decisions about your career, as until then, all steps are laid out for you. Be true to who you are and do not be afraid to take a leap of faith and try something new or out of your comfort zone.” Bright Mhazo holds a BCom Honours in Accounting from UJ and was a member of the Top Achiever society.

and also runs a programme where he mentors and financially assists selected boys from his former high school who share similar dreams and whose families are disadvantaged. “It is important to me to give back. My family and I received so much help after my father passed away. We struggled to afford school fees, uniforms and even food but the community and church would come together to assist were they could. Coming to UJ was not even part of my wildest dreams, but I was awarded an academic scholarship and that’s how I found myself in South Africa. “I saw how important it was to give back, especially in a society where a lot of young boys grow up without fathers or male role models. I decided to start with my old boys’ high school and reached out to a former teacher and told her I was keen to help. That’s how it all started. Since I started this outreach programme in 2019, I am happy to say that two of my mentees successfully managed to get fully funded scholarships for their tertiary education, one to a university in India and the other to the USA.”

In 2020, when Quick Consols was barely a year old and the first COVID-19 lockdown was imposed, Bright rethought the distribution of their product. “While the pandemic negatively affected many businesses and industries, it propelled the Quick Consols brand into a fast-growing cloud-based global company as we managed to ride the wave of video-conference calling to reach out to clients all over the world. Quick Consols now has clients all over Africa, USA, UK, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.”

Bright also makes time to reach out to those he might be able to help


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