Originally, from Atteridgeville, North West of Pretoria, Lemao attended school in the Limpopo Province and Pretoria, furthering her studies at the University of Westville in KwaZulu-Natal and at the University of Johannesburg. She also completed an executive training programme through UNISA. She started her career at Iscor (Kumba Resources) fulfilling various roles in HR, before moving to Nampak Tissue, previously a division of the Nampak Group, where she worked her way up from HR Manager to HR director. Lemao joined Nissan SA in 2013 following stints in the mining and paper industries.
Previous Role: Human Resources Director for Nissan South Africa
Current Role: Head of Talent Management for Renault Nissan Alliance AMI Region