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CHANGING THE WORLD WE LIVE IN ONE CASE AT TIME

“The time has come for us to honour our duty to our country. The time has come for us to hounour our duty to each other. The time has come for use to honour our duty to ourselves,” soulful words echoed and practiced by Zaahira Tiry.

Zaahira Tiry is a visionary thinker, business woman, attorney, Managing Director of ZTA Attorneys, Head of ZTA “Empire of Legal Expertise” and last but not least she is a humanitarian who stands for justice.

“The start-up vision for ZTA was to create an empire of legal expertise. The greater image was to cultivate a community link by inspiring and uplifting each other, at a time, when circumstances demand more than the average leader who dares to give,” says Zaahira Tiry.

“During my first year of study I was registered for LLB but I felt the program was not in line with what I needed for career development. I changed my study program to BCOM specialising in law and business management. When I followed my intuition I found myself doing what I love. I then pursued the legal path further and qualified as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.”

When asked why she wanted to become an attorney Zaahira answered honestly, “I wanted to be knowledgeable of the law, to develop my skills and harness my talents in a field that calls for action. I believed attorneys are guardians of the nation and by studying law I would someday establish a community link guided by my passion to inspire, to uplift and to unite.”

Another one of Tiry’s professionaltitles is that she is the founder and President of a regional political party the African Power Movement (AMP) located in the Nelson Mandela Bay Region, in Port Elizabeth.

When asked why has she formed this political party and choose to lead APM supporters, Zaahira answered firmly, “To be close to fellow South Africans, to understand what ails us, to comprehend urgency, to deal appropriately with emergency, to guide others who are far from understanding the meaning of political participation and the awesomeness of belonging to the political party they choose.”

She continues to explain, “In the Nelson Mandela Bay Region citizens formally affirmed their anguish voluntarily at ZTA offices and thereafter at community meetings held in order for me to further understand the difficulty of the aggrieved. A regional Declaration of Suffering was then formally declared at a community convention held in our region. My research and assessment of the regional position revealed that the suffering of many citizens of our region reached a peak of pain so strong that the region is at a brink of collapse. This inevitably led to the formation of APM, a political home for the politically homeless - a home for those wanting to move beyond average politics to a level of interaction with like minds desiring to positively transform society. The outcome of my Master of Laws, LLM qualification, is evidently the formation of a political party, APM. The title of my public law dissertation is hence, Political Parties in South African Law.”

She believes her panel and her political presence, “demands an end to every action or inaction that gives rise to political instability.”

Zaahira also published a poetry book called, The Greatness in You: The Masterpiece in Me “I dedicate my poetry book to my late father comrade Moosa Tiry. He encouraged me to take my place in the world. My road to victory was met with endless struggle. I was raised to know difficulty, feel it and strategise my own way to rise above it.” She quotes from her book, “At this hour I confess that it is the greatness in you that articulated into the masterpiece you proclaim is vividly apparent in me. The hand of destiny has spoken. Long live the joy of freedom. Long live the greatness in you.”

Zaahira Tiry is a member of the Standing Committee for Legal Education, South Africa; lectures for the Legal Education and Development Division of the Law Society of South Africa; she is a member of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Network SA Panel and the Provincial Party Liaison Committee (PLC) in the Eastern Cape.

“Success can only emerge by a conscious choice to be extraordinary, by a conscious choice to pursue your possibility even when you hear whispers of the absolute impossibility.”She continues to advance her career as she believes that skills development is the key to being victorious as a practicing attorney. Following this she commenced with the Magister Legum Research Qualification in Public Law in 2009, the topic of her dissertation being “The Legal Regime of Political Parties”. Her ambition for law and politics was found along the journey of her life at a time when the apartheid regime was replaced by a constitutional dispensation armed with a Bill of Rights for the people of South Africa.

She recently returned from a trip to Boston where she attended the Hive Global Leadership Programme held at the Harvard Innovation Lab Called HIVE. This program is for leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a positive impact on the world and solving humanity’s greatest challenges.

Out of approximately 2300 applications, Zaahira was chosen to be one of the successful applicants of 155 global leaders representing 53 countries. When questioned what she thought made her application successful in the selection process she answered,“My purpose driven desire to lead from pain to power, for the love of South Africa and for the dreams of our people and my desire to inspire, uplift and unite South Africans with a focus on nation building transformation.” Connecting with Hive global leaders sharpen my expertise more holistically. I return to work with a deeper understanding of business success and community leadership initiatives. The program hence benefits me, my business and the community I serve.

Tiry has come a long way from when she worked at the South Gauteng High Court Johannesburg as a Judges Registrar for various Judges. At that time, her career path wasn’t certain, “Although I was privileged to be offered an opportunity to continue working as a Judges Registrar, I opted to decline the offer and chose to do my articles whilst attending the School for Legal Practice. Soon thereafter I qualified as an Attorney. The choices I made were in line with my inner vision for success and the creation of my legacy as a professional business woman.”

Some of her achievements and accolades includes the following:
• Certificate for best performance in High Court Practice
• Certificate for best performance in Matrimonial matters & Divorce; Insolvency;
• Personal Injury Claims
• Certificate for Leadership
• Certificate for best performance in Attorneys Bookkeeping
• Certificate in Introduction for Trial Advocacy
• Certificate in Commercial Law
• Medal for Leadership
• Diploma in Muslim marriages

“My passion begins with law and politics, but my specialisation which lies in corporate law is my ultimate joy”. She said with a smile. She has a corporate law postgraduate qualification from the University of South Africa in co –operation with L.E.A.D and is also a member of the Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope.

Tiry describes passion for humanitarianism in her line of work and how it inspires her, “I am inspired by humanity and humanitarian leadership. The human need to survive crisis, human rights and the alleviation of the sufferings of mankind inspire me continuously.

The call of South Africans to nation building transformation, is the gem I found on the ocean bed. The global link is rare, but now it is real. This link now gives me the necessary global perspective on world issues, such perspective being essential to further the aspirations of South Africans choosing nation building transformation.”

Tiry isn’t the only one in her family who is a mover and a shaker of legal expertise as her sisters have also made their mark in the world of law. Her sister, Shanaaz Tiry Mahomed, is the first black woman patent attorney in South Africa and Ayesha Tiry (Zaahira’s other sister), has been an advocate and a member of the Johannesburg Bar for over a decade. Her youngest sister, Taahira Tiry whose expertise differs bit from her older sisters, has a BCOM Rationum Degree specialising in accounting and business management. Together they show that the business world isn’t just a man’s playground.

And finally when asked who the REAL Zaahira Tiry is, she reply’s passionately, “Time contains all that life will ever be and how I manage time is a reflection of who I am. I am all you want me to be and more. I am the fun, loving person with a heart big enough to love a nation. My peak of happiness is felt when victories are achieved through unity. Halala South Africa. Viva World Peace (wink, smile, hug)

Q & A with Zaahira Tiry


Favourite Colour :
Royal Blue

Favourite Food:
Grilled Chicken strips, rice and salad. Grilled prawns is tasty too.

What do you do for fun (if there’s time)?
I am a licensed open water diver. If I need extreme fun, ocean diving is an option. My normal routine is: swim and steam at the gym. I love a morning run, watching a movie and travel time.

Why did you want to become an attorney?
I wanted to be knowledgeable of the law, develop my skills and harness my talents in a field that calls for action. I believed attorneys are guardians of the nation and by studying law I would someday establish a community link guided by my passion to inspire, to uplift and to unite.

What is your greatest challenge in choosing your career path and how did you overcome it?
I was registered for LLB during my first year of study. I felt the program was not in line with what I needed for career development. I changed my study program to BCOM specialising in law and business management. When I follow my intuition I find myself doing what I love. I then pursued the legal path further and qualified as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by humanity and humanitarian leadership. The human need to survive crisis, human rights and the alleviation of the sufferings of mankind inspire me continuously.

What role did your family play in your success?
I dedicate my poetry book “The Greatness in You: The Masterpiece in Me” to my late father comrade Moosa Tiry. He encouraged me to take my place in the world. My road to victory was met with endless struggle. I was raised to know difficulty, feel it and strategise my own way to rise above it.

Please tell me about your trip to Harvard in April 2016 on the Hive Program. What have you learnt?
Connecting with Hive global leaders (155 leaders from 57 countries) sharpen my expertise more holistically. I return to work with a deeper understanding of business success and community leadership initiatives. The program hence benefits me, my business and the community I serve.

Give us feedback on your trip to Istanbul in May 2016 for the World Humanitarian Summit
In his report for the World Humanitarian Summit the United Nations Secretary-General states: “Achieving ambitious outcomes for people, particularly in fragile and crisis-affected environments, requires a different kind of collaboration among governments, international humanitarian and development actors and other actors.” I support the United Nations Agenda for Humanity and encourage collaboration among South Africans and key actors to heed to warning signs from crisis affected communities, to heed to the urgent call to action.

Who is the real Zaahira Tiry?
I know you are the President of your own regional (Nelson Mandela Bay Region) political party - the African Power Movement (APM), Lecturer, Member of the Standing Committee for Legal Education, Attorney and Founder of ZTA enterprises... which is all amazing!!!
But who are you - what makes you happy? What makes you tick?

Time contains all that life will ever be and how I manage time is a reflection of who I am. I am all you want me to be and more. I am the fun, loving person with a heart big enough to love a nation. My peak of happiness is felt when victories are achieved through unity. Halala South Africa. Viva World Peace (wink, smile, hug).

www.zaahiratiry.co.za
Quote:
“Soulful connections is the rainbow that finds us on every gloomy day.” –
Zaahira Tiry
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