Human Rights Lawyer, Business owner, Board Chair and non-executive board member.

Thandi is a 1978 B-Juris graduate from Fort Hare. She was expelled in 1980 for student politics while doing her LLB final year. She subsequently completed both her B-Proc and LLB with UNISA. In 2017 Thandi was admitted as an Advocate at the High Court.

She chairs the board of BP Southern Africa and Tokiso Dispute Settlement.  She is a non-executive director on the boards of Toyota SA, Toyota Financial Services (South Africa) Ltd, Reunert Ltd, Ceramic Industries Ltd and the Industrial Development Corporation. She was previously a non-executive director of the South African Reserve Bank and other listed companies.

Thandi is also an Executive Director and Shareholder at Peotona Group Holdings. She is involved in various community initiatives including chairing the Legal Resources Trust, Zenex Foundation, Ceramic Foundation, De Beers Fund and the Fort Hare University Council. She also sits on South African National AIDS Council Trust (SANAC). 

As an attorney, Thandi's legal and business career of over 30 years spans the Legal Resources Centre, National Director of both the Independent Mediation Service of SA (IMSSA) and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and senior partner at the commercial law firm, Routledge Modise (presently known as Hogan Lovells (SA) Inc.).