Chola Makgamathe attended Wits University in Johannesburg where she graduated with Bcom, LLB and LLM degrees. She subsequently worked as a consultant and worked on and managed projects involving multi-lateral organisations, provincial and local government. She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and practised law at one of the leading law firms in South Africa. She was the CEO of Downtown Music Hub, a Non-Profit Company established by the Department of Arts and Culture to deal with some of the challenges in the South African Music Sector. She is currently the General Manager for Legal Services at the Southern African Music Rights Organisation. Chola is also currently serving as the Chairperson for the Copyright Coalition of South Africa, an organisation that is currently advocating for copyright legislation that is fit for purpose for a South African context. The Coalition is also the South African champion for the Partners against Piracy initiative, a multi-territorial initiative that is championing the campaign against piracy of creative content.