Cezanne Britain, CEO of Britain Renecke Incorporated, a 100% black, female owned commercial law firm.

As CEO of Britain Renecke Incorporated, a 100% black, female owned commercial law firm, it takes fierceness, fearlessness, resilience, determination and inner strength to succeed in her industry.

Cézanne grew up in Elsies River, a small town in the Western Cape. Her first memory was living in a tin shack on someone else’s property, sharing ablution facilities with several other families.

Cézanne acknowledges that her story of humble beginnings is not unique, and there are many who have had to beat harder odds. She says this makes her feel all the more grateful for her parents who have always supported her, for their inner strength, their vision, and the values they’ve instilled in her, notwithstanding their own challenges.

Despite her parents lack of tertiary education opportunities, they pushed Cézanne to defy her circumstances with a fierce belief in herself and her dreams. With this support and her indominable will to learn, she was the first of her nuclear family to complete secondary school and then go on to obtain a tertiary education.

From the age of four, my father encouraged me to be my own boss one day.”

Back then I of course couldn’t put what it meant to me in words, it was more a feeling, that fire within me.” She explained, she later saw this as a call for her to be independent; someone who would take charge of her life, rise above her circumstances.

After completing her articles, Cézanne got a job at a property law firm. “a dream fulfilled, but I was hungry for more. My dream of success then was to make partner as soon as possible.

After leaving practice for a few years, at the age of 28, she started at the bottom at Cliff Dekker Hofmeyr, as an associate, and over a period of almost nine years, worked her way up the ladder to eventually become one of two black female partners in the commercial department of the firm, in Cape Town at that time. During this time she also pursued her masters in international trade and investment.

While it seemed everything was on track, tragedy struck. On completion of her master’s degree, her father ended his life after a lifelong battle with depression.

When he passed away it was the beginning of a dark time in my life. I felt lost. I lost my purpose. But as they say, sometimes you have to fall apart to fall back into place” says Cézanne. It was also a time of reflection.

During that time, I started to look at where I found myself and what I was doing and where I was headed very critically.” I wanted more, I expected “more” of myself even though “more” was not yet defined. Again, I was fortunate to have my “tribe”, my family backing me through this difficult journey.”

This ultimately pushed her toward her “destiny being her own boss” =, and in 2015 Britain Renecke was born.

After just 18 months in business, Cézanne was awarded the Business Women’s Association Emerging Entrepreneur Award for the Gauteng region. Almost four years on, and she has a thriving business that holds the empowerment of other women at its centre. “I have always, and still regularly mentor other women and see myself continuing to do so.”

Cézanne, the famous painter after which she is named, radically redefined the art world. She hopes to do the same in her industry. “I hope to blaze a trail and, as an ethical leader, bring other women with me.” In the workplace, she embraces non-conformity and encourages her employees to share of themselves. “I want to create a working environment that is diverse, and real excellent.

As CEO of Britain Renecke Incorporated, a 100% black, female owned commercial law firm, it takes fierceness, fearlessness, resilience, determination and inner strength to succeed in her industry.

Cézanne grew up in Elsies River, a small town in the Western Cape. Her first memory was living in a tin shack on someone else’s property, sharing ablution facilities with several other families.

Cézanne acknowledges that her story of humble beginnings is not unique, and there are many who have had to beat harder odds. She says this makes her feel all the more grateful for her parents who have always supported her, for their inner strength, their vision, and the values they’ve instilled in her, notwithstanding their own challenges.

Despite her parents lack of tertiary education opportunities, they pushed Cézanne to defy her circumstances with a fierce belief in herself and her dreams. With this support and her indominable will to learn, she was the first of her nuclear family to complete secondary school and then go on to obtain a tertiary education.

From the age of four, my father encouraged me to be my own boss one day.”

Back then I of course couldn’t put what it meant to me in words, it was more a feeling, that fire within me.” She explained, she later saw this as a call for her to be independent; someone who would take charge of her life, rise above her circumstances.

After completing her articles, Cézanne got a job at a property law firm. “a dream fulfilled, but I was hungry for more. My dream of success then was to make partner as soon as possible.

After leaving practice for a few years, at the age of 28, she started at the bottom at Cliff Dekker Hofmeyr, as an associate, and over a period of almost nine years, worked her way up the ladder to eventually become one of two black female partners in the commercial department of the firm, in Cape Town at that time. During this time she also pursued her masters in international trade and investment.

While it seemed everything was on track, tragedy struck. On completion of her master’s degree, her father ended his life after a lifelong battle with depression.

When he passed away it was the beginning of a dark time in my life. I felt lost. I lost my purpose. But as they say, sometimes you have to fall apart to fall back into place” says Cézanne. It was also a time of reflection.

During that time, I started to look at where I found myself and what I was doing and where I was headed very critically.” I wanted more, I expected “more” of myself even though “more” was not yet defined. Again, I was fortunate to have my “tribe”, my family backing me through this difficult journey.”

This ultimately pushed her toward her “destiny being her own boss” =, and in 2015 Britain Renecke was born.

After just 18 months in business, Cézanne was awarded the Business Women’s Association Emerging Entrepreneur Award for the Gauteng region. Almost four years on, and she has a thriving business that holds the empowerment of other women at its centre. “I have always, and still regularly mentor other women and see myself continuing to do so.”

Cézanne, the famous painter after which she is named, radically redefined the art world. She hopes to do the same in her industry. “I hope to blaze a trail and, as an ethical leader, bring other women with me.” In the workplace, she embraces non-conformity and encourages her employees to share of themselves. “I want to create a working environment that is diverse, and real excellent.