Meet Business Consultant, Victor Mokwele. He joined the family in April 2010 and so, has been with us for almost 11 years.
- What encouraged you to join Bestmed?
A friend and then colleague had recently joined Bestmed as a Client Service Consultant. A few weeks later, she informed me that there were more vacancies and encouraged me to apply.
- What is the best thing about your job?
I like the autonomy I have because my superiors allow me the space to operate in a manner that exploits my strengths. This provides me with the confidence to carry out my duties with the utmost confidence.
- Give us a short bio about your career history.
After varsity, I started my working life with WesBank as an Internal Marketer. That was back in 2005. I have since worked for three more companies – namely Standard Bank, Polmed, and then Bestmed.
I joined Bestmed as a Client Service Consultant (CSC), and have held five positions ever since. After two and a half years as a CSC, I was appointed as a Dental Consultant within the Client Service department. I held that position for two years before joining the internal sales team as an Internal Sales Consultant. That position was held for about 18 months.
My manager at the time suggested that my experience and skillset would be better utilised in the Retention department, which at the time only had two staff members, and the company was looking to set up more refined and efficient Retention processes. My client service knowledge came in handy for this position.
In September of 2017, I joined the Distribution team as a Broker Consultant, which is the position I hold to date. This position took me out of my comfort zone and I still consider myself as being “a sponge”, absorbing as much knowledge about the industry as I can.
- Do you have any special or hidden skills?
Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually exceptionally good with children. At family gatherings, I am that Uncle (though I don’t like being called one) who will entertain and keep the children occupied, play mediator when they squabble over what seems like minor issues to adults, and maintain peace and give the adults a breather whilst they go about being adults. Unless you’ve seen me in action, I know most colleagues will find this hard to believe. 😊
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I’m addicted to bulk buying. I live with my son, and for a family of two, we have enough non-perishables to feed a small army, and enough detergents to last a whole year (well, maybe more 🙈). My son even has a look he gives me every time I come home with more stuff. Let’s not even talk about my friends, I have been the laughingstock for years due to this habit of mine. One thing they won’t tell you though is that they sometimes help themselves to my stockpile.
- What are your hobbies?
I consider myself a bushbaby. I enjoy the outdoors, particularly camping and hiking. South Africa’s diverse flora, fauna, wildlife, and spectacular landscapes make me want to escape the city life at least once a month.
- What is something – a food or activity – that you tried reluctantly, and it turns out you like it?
For many years, the idea of carrot cake was beyond my mind’s comprehension. I think the issue was more psychological than anything else. I just could not understand how and why a vegetable would want to be associated with a cake. A few years ago, I eventually got over my ‘fears” and reluctantly tried it. We’re best buddies now! 😊
- What is part of your daily routine that you look forward to every day?
I love my bubble baths in the morning. A friend introduced me to bath salts and the works, and I think I might be overdoing it. In a way, it’s my form of meditation.
- What is your favourite motto?
One Life. Live it.