Mcebisi Maguga was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in May 2001 after completing his BSoc Science and LLB at the University of Cape Town. After completing his studies, he did an internship in an international law firm called Simpson Tacher Bartlet, based in Manhattan, New York.
After admission he got involved in numerous projects of note being the one relating to the acquisition of locomotives by Transnet. In that regard the law firm Mcebisi Maguga worked for partnered with Webber Wentzel. Mcebisi Mag8ga was part of the project team of professional advisors. The transaction was a funding deal, which took the form of a sale and lease back of the locomotives.
As a practicing attorneys Mcebisi Maguga was involved in the restructuring of various state owned entities such as Eskom corporitization, Telkom Initial Public Offering, introduction of a strategic partner in the mine owned by the Government, unbundling of NAIL, restructuring Johannesburg Fresh Produce, acquisition of land and securing of leases by British Petroleum. The transaction work was in addition to the general commercial and corporate work which Mcebisi Maguga was doing as a practising attorney.
He joined a division of Transnet called South African Port Operations as a senior legal advisor responsible for advising the executive of the South African Port Operations on matters regarding all the South African commercial ports. The most notable project he was involved in was the acquisition of cranes for the various ports. He negotiated Transnet National Ports Authority leases and managed the relationship between SAPO and the port users such as Toyota South Africa, Daimler Chrysler etc.
He subsequently worked as a Director of the Eastern Cape Province advising the Premier of the Eastern Cape on all matters relating to the contracts and agreements of the Eastern Cape Province. He was involved in the set up of the COEGA and in the expropriation of land for redistribution. He subsequently worked for Petroleum Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (‘PetroSA”). Most of the projects he was involved in involved funding and the acquisition of oil block in Africa.
After PetroSA he formed Maguga Attorneys Inc. By virtue of working for various state-owned entities and a Government department he developed significant knowledge of public law, environmental law, rail and transport, administrative law, commercial and corporate, labour law, international law, banking and finance.