We wish to emphasise that our team at Beech Veltman are not dispassionate lawyers. To the contrary, we are people who care for our clients and community. This series allows you the reader to get to know our team better. We kick off the series with Refiloe Vengeni, Director.
As a starting point Refiloe, can you please outline your area of law that you specialise in?
I specialise in mine health and safety, regulatory requirements, and commercial litigation within the mining, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. I have further experience in data privacy in terms of advising clients on the Protection of Personal Information Act (“POPIA”), and assisting clients to ensure that they are POPIA compliant.
Have you carved out any more recent expertise to your practice that you wish to share?
I have added chairing internal disciplinary hearings to my practice and endeavour to build that part of my practice.
What is keeping you busy at the moment?
For the last six months I have been immensely enthralled in all matters relating to data privacy and the protection of personal information in lieu of the end of the grace period attached to the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013.
Tell us a bit about your family life?
I’m a mother of two kids under 5 years old who keep me very busy but also very fulfilled, and a wife to their amazing father. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Aside from practising law, what do you love to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my family over a good meal and laughter. I also have a keen interest in health and fitness even though I don’t have as much time as I used to for the gym. And lastly I am an avid fan of retail therapy 😊.
What do you feel most proud about in your practice/firm?
The encouragement and support given in order for one to thrive. I joined the team in 2014 and 7 years of ‘climbing the ladder’ and growth is testament to that. I am also passionate about women empowerment in the mining and infrastructure sector, and in the legal fraternity as a whole.