|Newly appointed Media24 chairperson Professor Rachel Jafta. While reading for her doctorate, she mastered Italian in just six months. Picture: Michael Hammond
From picking and selling apricots in the Boland, Rachel Jafta is now soaring.
There was a time when Rachel Jafta cut apricots in a fruit factory in Tulbagh, Western Cape. It was a long time ago, but she remembers it well.
Working during holidays and night shifts, that's how this child of the Boland scraped the cents together for her economics degree: oneapricot after the other. Years later, she was back at that factory – as a director of the Langeberg Co-operative. "That was quite an experience for me. I was humbled because that's where I had started . . ."
When the Media24 board announced last Wednesday that Professor Rachel Jafta is its new chairperson, it was full circle for her again.