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Loyiso Bala Loyiso Bala

As a teenager Loyiso Bala was classically trained, finishing top of hisclass, at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir in South Africa. Helater on became the youngest conductor of the National Youth Choir at the age of 19. This laid the foundation for his solo career and at the end of 2002, where he embarked on a world tour that saw him stopping off inLondon, America, Asia and the Middle East. Right away his musicsolidified his reputation as South Africa’s king of R&B, with singlessuch as Girl Without A Name and Gimme The Night. His first album sold triple-platinum. Since then, he has received numerous awards ranging from 5 SouthAfrican Music Awards -SAMAs, 3 Metro FM Awards, a South AfricanFilm and TV Award-SAFTA for Best Musical Score. He was also voted in as You Magazine’s sexiest man, GQ’s most stylishman and Mens Health’s best man. Loyiso has performed alongside artists of the highest caliber includingStevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Brian McKnight, EltonJohn, Will Smith and Akon but his most memorable performances havebeen performing for some of the highest dignitaries, such as NelsonMandela, Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfreyand many more. A philanthropist at heart, Loyiso is an ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 brand, the Smile Foundation, Afrika Tikkun, Cotlandsand the South African Field Band Foundation, which sees him supporting several charitable and worthwhile causes. Most recently hewas also appointed the national UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for theJoint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In this role heraises awareness around HIV testing and disclosure, reduction of stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV, and genderinequality, including violence against women and girls. His partnership with 46664 lead him to put on a stellar performancefor an audience of over 46,000 at the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert in Hyde Park, London in July 2008, and at Radio City Hall, New York forNelson Mandela's 91st birthday celebration on the 18th of July 2009. In addition, he was one of the few local artists chosen to performalongside Alicia Keys, Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and John Legend at the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off celebration concert, which took place at Soweto's 30,000-capacity Orlando Stadium on the 10th of June, which was the day before the opening match of the 2010 World Cup. Loyiso also produced and co-wrote Idols Season VI runner up, Lloyd Cele’s debut album One, which won Lloyd his first SAMA for the Best Pop Album category Loyiso his first SAMA nomination for Best Producer at the MTN SAMA18 awards in 2012. A talented songwriter whose reputation got him voted on to the boardof SAMRO (South African Music Rights Organisation). However, his main passion is his Christian Music and in 2012 herecorded his much-anticipated live Christian music DVD called Love Complete (released in July 2012). He then went on to release his chart topping single ‘Time to Dance’ in March of 2013, which garnered hugesuccess as a crossover track on the airwaves, and was a precursor tohis second Christian music project. Power | Love | Sound is his second live DVD that hit the shelves at the end of May 2014. Last but not least, Bala Brothers, a group consisting of Loyiso and his2 equally talented brothers, have recently been signed to Warner Brothers Records, USA. Their American produced live DVD will be broadcast to over 80% of the USA starting in March 2015.

Claire Mawisa Claire Mawisa

Born in Cape Town, Claire Mawisa was launched into the spotlight at only fourteen years old after being approached by a model boss of one of South Africa’s most successful modelling agencies. Soon signed with Topco Models and was entered into the prestigious model competition Cosmopolitan Model of the Year 1994 -with the intent of familiarising her with the model/fashion industry. The novice model achieved the unthinkable when she went on to win the competition, beating professional and established models. At fifteen year old she became the youngest and the second black South African beauty to be featured on the cover of the local Cosmopolitan magazine. ‘Claire’ – The Personality This tremendous accomplishment catapulted her into the limelight: she travelled many exotic destinations for her work assignments and she has graced many magazine covers. Modelling lead her to television where she hosted shows as ONE, The Cut, Face 2 Face, You’re Hired – to name a few. Claire’s also had radio career both on and off the microphone at stations such as YFM, Metro FM, Radio 2000 and Kaya FM. In November 2014, Claire left Kaya FM to pursue her business interest and focus on her passion of empowering young women. As a qualified Life Skills coach is continuously pursuing her passion of helping women through various empowerment workshops through her Code Teen initiative ( She and her partner Karen Burt facilitate workshops nationally and this passed year they interacted with over twenty-eight thousand young females across different tertiary and corporate environments In April 2015 Claire joined the Carte Blanche team as an investigative journalist. Claire remains active in the TV, radio as well as print sectors and continues to host events. Ends. For bookings please contact: Name: Gorata Mugudamani Mobile: 071 364 7988 E-mail: Website:

Oyama Dyosiba, Oyama Dyosiba,

Oyama Dyosiba is a South African businessman, social entrepreneur, model and actor. He’s gained six years of national and international corporate experience with his companies Oyama Management Agency, Digital Influencer, and various corporations. In 2010, Dyosiba founded Oyama Management Agency, which focus on Public Relations, Marketing, talent and event Management. Dyosiba also starred on television shows Isidingo the Need, Scandal, Tempy Pushes and My Girl "D".

In 2014 Oyama Management Agency was honoured best agency in South Africa by the Sylbna Fashion and Lifestyle Awards. GQ Magazine also named Dyosiba one of the best-dressed men in South Africa.

Thando Thabethe Thando Thabethe


Ndumiso Lindi Ndumiso Lindi

Ndumiso Lindi is a brilliant and genuinely funny South Africa comedian. His intuition and intellect give him a firm grasp of his nation’s collective funny bone, and so he appeals to a huge spectrum of the population. From the first time you see Ndumiso, you can’t help but feel good. His novel blend of nu-school style and solid tradition makes for a brilliant and outstanding South African comedy act. His deep voice, soul-warming smile, booming laughter, original content and seamless delivery leave you proud to be African and laughing from the belly. While other acts relentlessly circle the major centres of our nation, Ndumiso is also quietly going about the business of performing all over Africa and branching overseas. With rave reviews in Ghana, Nigeria and playing shows in the U.K. and U.S., this man is taking SA comedy to places few would manage or imagine. His sold out second one-man show, “Diluted People”, followed on the success of his first show, “Colour Mine” which was aired on Comedy Central Africa. He is an expert at capturing characters and moments directly from life around him, and sketching himself for the amusement of his fans. Over and above this he became the face of pizza brand Debonairs’ TV ad campaign; which involved a series of ads featuring various “AmaZing” Pizza chefs and celebrities. Ndumiso also regularly MC’s corporate and private functions and has become quite thee sought after act.

Siya Beyile Siya Beyile

Siyabonga Beyile is the 23-year-old founder of The Threaded Man - Africa’s largest men’s fashion and lifestyle portal. In addition, The Threaded Man works with brands on communicating effectively with African millennials. 

Born on the 7th December 1993 in Cape Town, Siya attended Wynberg Boys’ High School on a Culture Scholarship. As an all-rounder he competed in sports such as rugby, hockey and athletics, and was also heavily involved in cultural activities including the choir, debating and playing the trumpet and clarinet.

After matriculating from Wynberg, Siya enrolled at Fashion School, LISOF, where he majored in Trends and Garment Construction. It was during this time that he launched The Threaded Man blog, to cater for African men’s fashion. Due to financial reasons, Siya was forced to abandon his studies but this motivated him to focus on creating a business out of his blog.  

Even though Siya was told by many people that his business idea wouldn’t work, he persisted and built up his credibility through positions as an intern with numerous respected names in the fashion and lifestyle space. With the rapid growth of The Threaded Man on social media, Siya was approached by a private investor Sylvia Schutte, from full service communication agency Stratitude. She saw a future for The Threaded Man and began mentoring Siya. September 2016 Siya bought out his business partners and he now owns 100 percent of the business.

The Threaded Man has evolved into a portal for men’s fashion, with a team that consults for major brands; Adidas, Stuttafords, American Swiss, TITAN watches, H&M, SAB, and Pandora to name a few. The Threaded Man also has a styling department, styling TV productions and TV performers including Nomuzi Mabena, DJ MsCosmo, Khuli Chana and Somizi Mhlongo. This year, at age 22, Siya was appointed as the Fashion Director for the South African Music Awards & The MTV Africa Music Awards.

Forbes Africa has recently announced Siya as one of Africa’s 30 under 30 for 2016, GQ has named him as one of the 7 leading voices of African men’s fashion, he featured as part of the top 50 best dressed men in South Africa, and he has appeared in various publications such as The Times, Cape Argus, GQ UK and America. In addition, Siya was selected as one of 5 South Africans to attend The Meeting of the Minds: South Africa’s Enterprising Next Generation conference in New York City. While there, The Threaded Man partnered with NYC based agency Ndosi Strategies, to help establish an office in New York which has seen him grab international brands as clients and also becoming part of the Global fashion circuit.

Siya Beyile is also a budding public speaker!



Unathi September Unathi September

Unathi September is the co-founder and director at Gradesmatch, a research and innovation company based at The Innovation Hub of South Africa. Unathi started his professional career in the investment banking sector through Barclays Africa Group, subsequently leaving to pursue his interests in education and social entrepreneurship. He has vast experience in the Education field as he has worked as a teacher and a researcher. He has successfully run an Education non-profit organisation (Inspire Foundation Group Africa) for 6 years with the support of the SA private sector that amongst other projects, runs a Career Guidance programme and a Mathematics and Science Academy. During his time at Barclays, he was also the Chairperson of the Graduates Education Committee in Africa. Unathi is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, where he acquired a Masters degree in Educational Technology and a BCom Honours degree in Information Systems.

Dr Gerhard van Rensburg Dr Gerhard van Rensburg

Gerhard founded New Era Leadership and worked as a leadership and executive coach, development facilitator and academic supervisor since 2002. He holds a doctorate in leadership and organisational structures. He is currently an associate of The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management. Since 2015 Gerhard is director of the Future Leaders Africa and faculty member of the Oil & Gas Knowledge Sharing Training Institute. He, furthermore, is a member of the prestigious International Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC). 

Gerhard is well-known for his articles in the leadership field and is a column writer for the CEO magazine. He published two leadership books, The Leadership Challenge In Africa (foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu), and Leadership Thoughts. His articles were published in several leadership, management and human resources publications such as CEO, PMR, HR Future, and BusinessBrief.

As stated in his book, The Leadership Challenge In Africa, Gerhard’s passion is to see the people in South Africa and the African continent grow and develop in such a way that they will live proudly, prosperously and respected by the rest of the world - as envisaged in the idea of an African Renaissance. To make the dream come true, Africans themselves need to claim their destiny and invest in the development of visionary leaders with moral integrity and world-class competence. Gerhard contributes to this ideal by partnering with organisations in the development of their leadership.” Gerhard lives in Pretoria, South Africa. His websites are at :  and

Gerhard has been awarded the Titans Building Nations Country winner in Education and Training (South Africa : Private Sector) award in 2015 and the Best 100 Global Coaching Leaders Award winner (World HRD Congress) in 2017



Conrad David Conrad David

Conrad is the founder and CEO of Hashtag South Africa, a Social Media Technology Company focusing its growth objectives in line with the vision : 2030 of South Africa. Conrad has gained recognition as 100 Most Influential Young South Africans in the Category of Science and Technology for 2016 After matriculating in 2003, Conrad enrolled at Cape Peninsula University of Technology where he pursued his passion in Marketing and Advertising. In 2008 Conrad ventured to London to pursue a career in Advertising,failing application Shortly after he acquired a position at a Skills development college while witnessing the collapse of Financial Institutions and the start of the Global Recession, where he educated foreign students on using computers. It was here that he grasped the concept of world communication and connection and how similar we as mankind are once we relate to a focused idea. Hashtag South Africa he has identified the problems in 12 spheres of world societies and created actionable solutions for the next decade. Social Media together with the INTERNET are powerful tools to unite, share and pioneer projects to everyday working activities. Hashtag South Africa helps business and government to achieve this. Conrad has published several articles to National and Regional newspapers on the Power and utility of Social Media, he often has takes calls on radio advising South African’s on Social Media ethics and Principles. Focused Services in : Social Media Strategy / Consultation and Training / Digital Ad Strategies Additional Services : App Dev / Web / hardware & Fibre solutions Hashtag South Africa has gained great Recognition to Business South Africa : 2012 – Technology Newcomer of the Year Recognition in KZN 2013 – Listed Online as Top 10 Most Innovative Start-up’s in SA 2014 – SA Technology Top 100 Emerging Qualifier (TT100) 2016 – Recognised as 100 Most Influential Young South Africans, Science and Technology Celebrating 5 Years in Business Hashtag South Africa Social Media Pty Ltd Mobile : +27 84 580 7363 Email : 

Pontsho Manzi Pontsho Manzi

Pontsho Manzi: publisher, author and editor-in-chief of Fabulous Woman Magazine

Pontsho Manzi is the Executive Chairperson and CEO of BoAm Investments, a holding company for Recrutrain, FabImage, Orassi and Bonisa Media, which she founded in 2004. She is a social entrepreneur, author, world-renowned professional speaker and business and image coach. Pontsho is the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of Fabulous Woman magazine and author of Diary for Fabulous You and Sisterhood Charter book. In 2015 she was the First Runner Up in the BBQ Awards’ Outstanding Woman in Business Category and a judge at the MTN Radio Awards. In 2014, she won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Play Your Part Awards at the SA Premier Business Awards. In 2013, Pontsho was a finalist in the ‘International Business Woman category” of Women 4 Africa Awards. In 2011, she was awarded the Anne Dreyer Rising Star Award. Passionate about women empowerment, ethical womanhood and youth development, Pontsho founded the Fabulous Girls Foundation and Fabulous Woman Awards as a platform for all women to pay it forward by helping one another.


Jon Foster-Pedley Jon Foster-Pedley

It takes a multi-talented leader, innovative businessperson and expert in curriculum design to direct Henley Business School South Africa. Dean and Director Jonathan Foster-Pedley has worked in six continents and has over thirty years of global business experience. He is a former airline pilot and senior executive in the European aerospace industry, and has guided and facilitated cohesion and productivity in international and local multicultural sales and marketing and management teams. He is also an entrepreneur, a leading academic and coach (working as a visiting professor in Strategy, Creativity and Innovation), and a writer and blogger.

Foster-Pedley’s expertise in strategy, creativity, design, thinking and innovation are key features of the Henley MBA curriculum. He has developed hands-on programmes designed to stimulate innovative business thinking strategies, to increase productivity in the workplace, and to develop self-confidence, self-belief, creativity, proactivity and out-of-the-box thinking. Foster-Pedley has the business acumen, the academic prowess, and the social conscience to direct Henley students so that they reach the full productive potential in every facet of their daily lives.

Thys van Zyl Thys van Zyl

Thys was born in the small town of Bela-Bela in the North-West Province. 

Thys grew up in a home were his family were all business entrepreneurs in different fields of the business fraternity and soon realized that you could sell your services to the open market, at a price that could be negotiated. His grandfather build his own truck from scratch with his bare hands, which paved the way to start his own transport business. This was allowed, even though he was still at school, on condition that he would still meet all his school responsibilities. 

Thys started his business career in 2000 at the age of 16 when he approached the Total Group as a cashier in their store. Because of his good relationship with their customer base, he soon received an offer from the Spar Group, where he was employed in operations for the period 2001 until 2002. Thys matriculated at the end of 2002 after which he joined one of South Africa’s largest Financial Services Groups as a Financial Advisor, during which period he excelled as one of the youngest Top Performing Advisors  of all times. Soon afterwards he started his own business as a Franchisee and realized that this was what he wanted to do. "I always had a desire to be a franchisee, and realized it was just a matter of timing, having all the right pieces in all the right places at just the right time," he says. 

Thys started off by working as a Cashier in the local Garage Tug shop, after which he joined The Spar Group, which made for great on-the-job training, and which came in handy later years when he stepped out on his own to purchase his first Pizza Perfect franchise in 2007. He eventually came to ask himself, "Why make millions of rands for somebody else when you have the ability to make it for yourself?" The Franchise industry became a reality when Thys and his brother Chris opened up their first Pizza Perfect, which is still in operation till today. Capital was raised from a chosen few, who included friends and family members and slowly but surely they started building their own empire.  A passion for people (investors and employees alike) keeps Thys tirelessly focused on finding better ways to do things. Based on popular demand, Thys realized that the same value offering could be introduced to the general public, but this meant that the product had to be revisited, ensuring that it would meet all legal and corporate governance requirements. 

He focuses on cultivating employee relationships by spending time observing, guiding, coaching, and encouraging employees in both the individual franchise stores, as well as the corporate office. Thys continues to drive operational excellence across the core product portfolio through product rationalization and key process initiatives while simultaneously strengthening the company's competitive advantage through key acquisitions. He has driven growth through innovation and has given birth, to a new market segments such as The Franchise Co.’s own brand name products, as well as ensuring The Franchise Co.’s investment in a diverse portfolio of own brand franchises. 

Lesego Mashishi-Matlala Lesego Mashishi-Matlala

Mrs Lesego Mashishi-Matlala is an Occupational Therapy graduate from The University of Pretoria. She is currently the Director of Limitless Occupational Therapy Services , Co-Director of PEU Solutions, Co-Director of Kidz Inc Exclusive Salon, Trustee of The Bee Empowered Movement which is a non-profit organization geared towards revitalization of the township economy, and an ambassador of The Bong Ngema-Zuma Foundation, whose primary aim is to create awareness about Diabetes.

Mrs Mashishi-Matlala has overcome various adversities such as losing both her parents by the age of seventeen. This has cultivated her passion in speaking about self-empowerment and how each individual human being has the power to strategize and carve their lives in a manner that allows them to reach their dreams and aspirations.

As a young African female in business, she has learnt valuable strategies and principles in business that have sharpened her business acumen. This is what drives her to impart the knowledge she has gained in order to equip aspiring business people and those already in business on how to start-up, maintain or grow their business’s

Chuma Myoli Chuma Myoli

Chumna Myoli is the Customer Relations / Marketing Manager at Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) since September 2016, where her duties include Quarterly and Annual budgeting, Tracking of operational and financial performance of key accounts, Strategic planning of coal export flow and business unit, Strategic management of accounts and Annual development and review of sales strategy. Her previous role at TFR was as the key Accounts/ Marketing Manager & Acting Corporate Affairs Manager.


Prior to joining Transnet Freight Rail, she worked as the Communications & Marketing Coordinator at the Mandela Bay Development Agency; the PR & Events Management Officer at MBDA (August 2010 – March 2011), and Missionvale Care Centre and Board Member & Volunteer, as well as the PR & Events Management Officer (Jan 2009 – June 2010).


Myoli completed 2 years of B Comm Marketing at UPE (2004 – 2006) ; achieved a  Business Management Diploma at NMMU where she graduated in (2009); completed GIBBS Commercial Capability Building Programme (2013); and completed the Ports Information Sharing Programme in Antwerp, Belgium (2013).  She was one of 3 students selected by NMMU to represent the business school at Zhejiang University for the academic course “Doing Business in China” in 2015, and one of 10 students selected by NMMU to represent the business school on a leadership tour in 2016. Additionally she is one of the 22 students selected by NMMU to attend the business schools innovation tour in Minnesota, USA (2016).


Recently she completed MBA, Treatise Title: “Marketing Framework for the Container Port of Ngqura” – Graduation date April 2017, and

Submitted Doctorate proposal at NMMU for research title: “Positioning South Africa for destination marketing in global markets”. If successful, research will commence in 2017.


Myoli was named the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Top 40 under 40 achiever for 2011, and the youngest Missionvale Care Centre Trustee member. Other achievements include becoming a member of the Port Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Task Team Committee; and member of the Executive Mayor’s Education Task Team (2011 – 2013). She became well known for giving public/motivational speeches to empower women and teenagers at various high school events.


Jabulane Hope Thabethe Jabulane Hope Thabethe

Born in South Africa, Kempton Park East of Johannesburg Jabulane Hope Thabethe aspires to become one of the best Leaders in Africa, just  22 year I have achieved a lot winning SA Upcoming Leader of the year at SA Awards2016 and I have a NPO HOPE FOR AFRICA FOUNDATION helping plight of children that go to school without shoes and also Collecting Sanitary pads for girls who can’t afford .The brain behind two movements which is Barefoot Walk #40dayswithouthShoes initiative where he walked over 120 days without wearing his shoes between Summer & Winter to create awareness that there are kids who walk distances to school without wearing any shoes, he managed to help 120 kids with pairs of school shoes. Recently he walked from Johannesburg to Durban for the same cause of raising school shoes but on the #WalkforChangeDurban he also included Sanitary and have Business which is My Diary Concepts which deals with Events and Marketing management. 

Regine le Roux Regine le Roux

I am a reputation management specialist.

After completing my BCom Communication Management degree Cum Laude (and top student for the year) from the University of Pretoria in 2001, South Africa, I started my career as a research analyst at Access Market International, which was part of the management consulting firm Bentley West owned by GijimaAST. During this time I managed a number of research based projects and change management assignments. One of the projects that I was involved with was to measure the reputation of the IT industry; I was then allowed to use the study as the base for my Masters Degree (MCom), which I completed within a year. From there, I wanted to gain more experience in the communication field and joined Adele Lucas Promotions where I project managed the Soweto Festival and also assisted with a number of Public Relations (PR) assignments. During this time I realised that there was a gap in the market when it came to research and PR. In 2005 (with the blessing and support of Adele Lucas), I started Reputation Matters, with a key focus on measuring reputations. We have develop a research tool, the Repudometer® that scientifically measures an organisation’s reputation.  We look at the whole organisation to see what is building or breaking down their reputations. From these results, we are able to quantify an organisation’s reputation, identify and bridge the organisational gaps and strengthen their reputation through customised communication initiatives.

A couple of key achievements over the past few years:

·         2016  Businesswomen’s Association, Regional Business Achiever Award FINALIST

·         2016  Rotary International Double Paul Harris recognition on a District and Club level

·         2015  Wrote and published the book: Reputation Matters, Building blocks to becoming the business people want to do business with

·         2015  Hosted the inaugural international reputation management conference with four international and four local speakers

·         2015  NSTF-BHP Billiton Awards:  Research leading to Innovation: By a team or individual in an SMME NOMINEE

·         2015  Rotary International, District 9350 (South Africa, Namibia, Angola) Chairperson responsible for Public Image  

·         2015  Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) Chairperson for the Western Cape

·         2014  Rotary Club Newlands: Board of Directors, with specific focus on Public Image

·         2014  Businesswomen’s Association: Regional Business Achievers Award NOMINEE

·         2012  2014 Rated number 1 Reputation Management Company in South Africa (TopSEOs)

·         2011  Bronze Winners: PRISA Prism awards in the category: Corporate Communication

·         2008  Expanded Reputation Matters to Cape Town

·         2005  Started Reputation Matters

·         2004  Completed my Master’s degree within a year

·         2004  South African Institute for Management Scientists (SAIMS), Winning Paper

·         2002  Completed my Honours degree Cum Laude and was the top Communication Management student

Allon Raiz Allon Raiz

Allon Raiz is regarded both locally and globally as a pioneer and maverick in the business-incubation industry. He is the founder and CEO of Raizcorp which, according to The Economist, is the only genuine incubator in Africa and which currently supports over 500 businesses. 

Allon is the author of two best-selling entrepreneurial books – Lose the Business Plan and What to Do When You Want to Give Up. He hosted the first national radio show on entrepreneurship in South Africa in 2004; wrote and hosted the first South African prime-time entrepreneurship reality television show; and created and published an ongoing entrepreneurial cartoon strip. Allon is currently hosting his sixth season of the popular The Big Small Business Show on Business Day TV, and is a regular columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. 

Allon is a co-founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation South Africa and Rural Roots, and is on the advisory and judging boards of numerous local and international NGOs and entrepreneurial awards. His passion for and focus on the development of entrepreneurs attracted the attention of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which, in 2008, recognised Allon as a Young Global Leader. 

As an accomplished international speaker, Allon was invited to speak at the 2011 WEF Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland. In 2011, he was also invited to become a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship, making him one of 15 recognised global experts in the field. More recently, he became a member of the WEF’s Global Future Council. 

In 2013, Allon received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Oliver Transformation and Empowerment Awards. The following year, he became the country winner, regional winner and continental winner of the Titan Award for Building Nations. 

Since 2014, Allon has guest lectured annually at Oxford University where he is recognised as the Oxford University Saïd Business School’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence. 

In 2015, Allon received an invitation from the White House, on behalf of President Barack Obama, to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in Kenya.

Jeremy Maggs Jeremy Maggs

Jeremy Maggs is seen daily on eNCA where he hosts 'News Day'. In addition, he presents TV's longest-running marketing and media magazine show, "Maggs on Media".

On corporate stages, Maggs’s brand-new talk is 'Discover What it Takes to Win! in South Africa'. Through the remarkable lives of 20 South African winners, across all strata of society, his talk shares the personal stories of some of South Africa's leading luminaries.

Maggs has been a journalist for over 30 years and has worked across all the media platforms - newspapers, radio, television and magazines.

He spent 10 years at Radio 702 where he rose to Head of News. He was instrumental in developing the Eyewitness News brand.

At SABC2 he was lead anchor on 'am-today on SABC2. Later he hosted the South African incarnation of hit television quiz show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'.

As advertising and media writer on the Financial Mail, Maggs is the editor of the authoritative yearly industry review 'Ad Focus'.

In 2017 he was inducted into the Liberty Radio Awards Hall of Fame and also won the best news and current affairs programme category for his show 'The Power Update on Power 98.7 FM.

Thabang Mashigo Thabang Mashigo

Thabang Mashigo is an International Speaker, Africanist and Think Tank. She has found her niche as a Character Development Specialist, Transfor-preneur and Research consultant with expertise in the areas of Enterprise development, International Affairs and the Global political economy. She was rated as one of the Top 10 Speakers in South Africa by the City of Western Cape in 2013. She holds a graduate degree in Political science and International Relations, an Honours in International Relations [both from University of Witswatersrand] and in the process of completing a Masters in Public Policy. Thabang is the Chief Executive Officer of Altitude Connection, an enterprise specialising in project management, investment and research. She also sits as a strategic director on a number of Non-Profit organisations, namely IKUSASA foundation [Education], Globuntu Academy [Youth and Entrepreneurship], Mastered Seed [Community trust] and Zimkhita [Healing Centre]. Thabang has graced many media platforms [Topbilling, SAFM, Shift, etc] and continues to build sustained relationships with her clients in the public and private sector.


Lebo Gunguluza Lebo Gunguluza

Lebo Gunguluza, Entrepreneur, Turnaround Strategist, Inspirational Business Speaker and Dragon Investor on SA's Dragons Den TV Show - known as the "The Breakthrough Entrepreneur"

Mr. Lebo Gunguluza joined the professional speaking fraternity in August 2011 due to the demand created by his inspirational story of overcoming tremendous odds to succeed. By December 2011 he was chosen as one of the Top 3 new motivational speakers of 2011 in South Africa by a leading speaker bureau. 

Lebo was also chosen among many to be a Dragon on South Africa's first Dragon's Den TV Show, an internationally acclaimed TV Show started in the UK, which started broadcasting on DSTV's Mzansi Magic from 23 September 2014. 

At the age of 27, he became one of South Africa's youngest self-made black millionaires, without any funding or tenders from government, and over the years he built a multi-million rand empire where he had to overcome tremendous odds on his entrepreneurial journey. He is one of the key founders and President of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF) to address issues facing black entrepreneurs in South Africa. Gunguluza adapted the title of "'The Ultimate Breakthrough Entrepreneur" and was awarded with the "Africa Heritage Youth Entrepreneur Award" five years later. He also became a resident millionaire youth entrepreneur on a youth TV programme called "Take 5", where he guided, motivated and inspired aspiring youth entrepreneurs who are starting or running their own businesses. He was honoured by the Millionaires Club with the Leadership Award in May 2010, and later received the Bethesda Business Award for his contribution to the development of Entreprenuership in South Africa.

He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Gem (Gunguluza Enterprises and Media) Group established in 2002, an integrated media and hospitality group with interests in companies that serve in the media, communications, hospitality and IT spheres. 

Mr. Gunguluza has extensive experience in communication and media having consulted as National Director of Media Communications for membership-driven organisations such as Nafcoc and the Institute for Local Government Management. Mr. Gunguluza's career started at SABC where he was responsible of promoting the African Language stations, and later Metro FM. He then left for a broadcasting course in the US, and came back to join Herdbouys Advertising. That is where he gained strong understanding of the media and advertising business. His journey as an entrepreneur started in entertainment through his first company Gunguluza Entertainment and later refocused his businesses towards corporate communication and media spaces. 

He then later founded the Gem Group which has diversified to various portfolios within the media, leisure and hospitality space which include publishing, television, communication technologies, restaurants, hotels and resort properties. He is also the Chairman and Principal Consultant of the Local Government Business Network (LGBN). Having an interest in Uhuru Communications, has had him oversee the Commercial Direction of Uhuru Publishing, which published Sawubona - SAA's inflight publication, Metro Live - Metro FM's new publication, and currently publishing government related publications such as Municipal Focus, distributed to all municipalities in South Africa, and published Public Sector Manager (PSM) which is distributed to all Government Directors in the country and SEO Review, which is distributed to all State Owned Entities. 

One of his entities Izani Media, which has various divisions that were initiated through his 12-12-12 mentorship programme that finished on 12 December 2016, where 4 entities were adopted as the final beneficiaries of the programme. These include Izani Publishing, which has become the first 100% black youth woman owned magazine publishing and distribution company in South Africa, which produces contract publications on behalf of corporate, special events and government. This entity has to date published annual magazine for most major events in South Africa, including the Metro FM Awards, the South African Music Awards, the South African Film and Television Awards, the Joy of Jazz Festival and the Delicious Festival among others. The other entity is Intouch Africa, a specialist communications and events management company, which creates major events for corporate and public sectors. Intouch Africa works closely with Moove Events and Exhibitions, an events furniture and decor company where Mr. Gunguluza acquired an interest and is the director and Executive Chairman. Moove started 3 years ago, holding 375 square meters of furniture and decor, now it holds 8000 square meters and has become the biggest black owned furniture, decor and exhibitions company in South Africa.  His interest in Africa has been growing steadily, starting in the neighbouring countries through his portfolio of businesses in Botswana, with companies such as Rosewell Chauffeurs, the leading chauffeur drive company in Botswana, as well his planned establishment of an events infrastructure and furniture company, and a hotel in Gaborone. Mr. Gunguluza has always had interest in the transport sector through the establishment of the fourth company that he retained under the 12-12-12 programme, Gem Driven in South Africa, which is backed by Pastranscor, South Africa's leading VIP and Diplomatic Transportation company that provide and manages Executive, VIP and Diplomatic transportation from providing Air Charters, Yachts, Armoured and Luxury Vehicles to both government and private sector, with the intention of becoming the biggest black player in the VIP Transportation space in Africa

Mr. Gunguluza also a Director of Government Property Management (GovPro) which specialises in helping municipalities and government manage their land and immovable property better and enhance their revenues, by also installing the best systems that have been proven to work. In expanding his hospitality portfolio, Mr. Gunguluza recently launched the Izani Media and Hotels, administered by Izani Hotels which provides communications and hotel management solutions to forward thinking luxury hotels that want to provide a great guest experience. Izani Travel was launched in 2010 which provides and manages executive travel solutions, hospitality and holiday packages for corporate, VIPs, government and high-end consumers. The Izani is an entrepreneurship developmental and mentorship initiative that Mr. Lebo Gunguluza launched on 12 December 2012 called 12-12-12, where he committed to recruiting 12 Entrepreneurs, every 12 Months to run 12 Enterprises. The programme focused mainly on media, hospitality, communications and technology entrepreneurs, which supported more than 30 very dynamic young black entrepreneurs over the past four years. Mr. Gunguluza learnt a great deal about entrepreneurship, mentorship and their reality through his initiative and has been sharing these lessons since the beginning of this year as he feels they will liberate the African mindset and the youth.

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Mampho Brescia Mampho Brescia

Mampho Brescia is a multi-award nominated South African Television, Film and Theatre actress, and prominent media personality, icon and influencer. 

Mampho is currently featured as the lead in ‘Isibaya’ , curent winner of best Soapie Awards at both the SAFTA’s and Royalty Awards– prime time viewing on Mzansi Magic where she plays the role of Isibaya’s villain Iris Zungu, role that has earned her various accolades from the industry and the public at large. Mampho is also lead in the cast of the acclaimed SABC 1 drama Mfolozi Street 2, which topped 4 million viewers on its first season.

 Mampho is an important influencer and icon, with capacity to reach tens of thousands of fans at any given time, through various social media platforms. Her careful and selective approach to media interaction and portrayal has ensured that she has constructed a well-respected brand, embedded with positive and appealing characteristics to a widening market. 

Mampho Brescia is a seasoned actor, who has perfected her craft through studies in both Hollywood (at the prestigious Howard Feinn Actors studio) and in South Africa (through legendary acting coaches Dorothy Anne Gould and Fiona Ramsey) . Her acting roles in the USA ( lead on the well-received Film ‘What to bring to America’ ; supporting roles in the Hit shows ‘Revenge’ and ‘Luck’ ) as well as roles in many of the major tv shows in South Africa (Generations, Isidingo, Jacob’s Cross, Home Affairs, Zero Tolerance) have established her as one of the most acclaimed acting talents currently on our screens as well as an all-round loved and consistent media personality. 

These acclaims are matched by the significant following she has acquired amongst fans, always eager to follow her, and eager to engage via the various social media platforms. 

Elaine Jacob Elaine Jacob

As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker, I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. Working together, I will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.

I have had the privilege of being a project manager within the development sector of South Africa for the past 15 years, with various international aid organizations namely USAID, UK-AID, AusAID and CARE International. I have earned a Masters degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch investigating creative and strategic human-resource management solutions.

I have also had the privilege of working in the private sector and am now the CEO of The Leadership Academy SA aimed at skilling the young people of my beautiful country, where youth unemployment poses a huge and debilitating threat to a growing economy. I successfully run two other companies, which has fueled my passion for entrepreneurial education. The Term ENTRE-LEADER is one that has sparked interest in partnering with the worlds' Leadership Guru Dr John C. Maxwell, a strategic collaboration to bring life-altering Leadership Wealth to South Africa.

The Leadership Academy SA is proud to be an official partner with John Maxwell to provide excellent leadership solutions. Elaine Jacob is a Maxwell certified speaker, teacher, and coach. As a partner, we are able to offer certified John Maxwell leadership seminars, roundtables, workshops, mastermind groups, coaching, and more. “I have been mentored by John from afar for the first part of my life through his life-altering teachings and books and close up ever since I have been selected to represent the John Maxwell Team. I have been living the life of my dreams ever since. Being associated with the world’s best teachers and coaches has set my heart on fire If you would like to join me in setting your world on fire, have a coffee with me, and let me partner with you for your success!! It’s your time my friend."

Jeffrey Mulaudzi Jeffrey Mulaudzi

Jeffrey Mulaudzi was born and raised in Alexandra Johannesburg where he lived with two siblings and his mother who is a domestic worker.  Growing up with Dyslexia made him restless and also pushing to be unique as competition was tough at school and outside. 

In 2010 he gave his hockey coach a tour of his hometown Alexandra by bicycle, he enjoyed it so much that he immediately called up four of his friends, with the money they gave him he bought two more bicycles and that is how his Buvhi Group ( Alexandra Bicycle Tours) was created. .

Different from other entrepreneurs he started a Group Company operating 3 independent companies namely: 
Buvhi Entrepreneur Development
Buvhi Insurance
Buvhi Tours (trading as Alexandra Bicycle Tours and transport services) 

Unlike the bus tour offered Jeffrey wanted to give the tourist a closer  insight of Alexandra giving them the opportunity to explore and interact with the locals, and not just sightsee.  

Jeffrey recently opened a Entrepreneur Development Library in Ga- Molepo Limpopo and Alexandra Johannesburg.


Sibusiso Ngobeni Sibusiso Ngobeni

Sibusiso Ngobeni is an Assistant Director at Supported Employment Enterprises and is responsible for communication and marketing. He holds a Bachelor degree in marketing management from Tshwane University of Technology and is registered for a Masters Degree, also at TUT. He has 9 –years experience in the public sector having worked as a senior communication officer at the department of justice and constitutional development and as principal communication officer at independent police investigative directorate. Part of his achievement was to transform Ipid branding out of government corporate identity and have their own logo, website, and intranet, so that their independence is clearly defined by members of the public. He has marketed the Sexual and Equality Court in Mpumalanga through community outreach programmes. He is currently working on getting the SEE project their own logo and website.

Jayesh Nair Jayesh Nair

Jayesh Nair is a seasoned professional with 20 years’ senior management experience in various industries, including education, private equity and management consulting for a number of local and international strategy, financial services and economic development consulting firms. He is currently the Director overseeing enterprise and supplier development programmes for Edge Growth, a dynamic, long-term impact investing company that provides holistic solutions that caters for the needs of corporates and entrepreneurs.

Jayesh sits on the Board of Directors for ProfitShare Partners, where he adds value through his strategic insights and industry experience.


ProfitShare Partners is disrupting traditional funding models to empower businesses for growth and to encourage economic trade.

ProfitShare Partners is a Fintech company that provides disruptive funding solutions and transaction support to SMEs who have no access to funding, security, financials or track record, but have a contract with a reputable company or organisation. We respond within 24 hours, generate a term sheet within 48 hours and pay out within seven days for new clients – all online. ProfitShare Partners Shares a profit percentage as opposed to charging interest.

ProfitShare Partners has its vision set on creating social impact in an industry that is underserviced yet presents the most viable opportunity for economic growth.


‘How SMEs can access short-term funding in under seven days’

Access to funding is challenging, especially considering the state of the economy. SMEs particularly face serious risk when working on major contracts for large corporates – immediate access to funding is important. With ProfitShare Partners, we can help build small businesses by offering funding solutions that enables them to deliver on their contracts, and supporting them in the delivery of their order. Time is valuable, which is why our model is designed to respond to funding applications within 24 hours, issue a terms sheet within 48 hours and pay out the order in 7 days for new clients and 48 hours for existing clients.

Selegogo Molefe Selegogo Molefe

A connector, entrepreneur, caretaker and activist who's a marketer at heart. Selebogo Molefe is the Founder of The Hookup Dinner (THUD), Africa's fastest rising entrepreneurship movement that believes in having and supporting an entrepreneur in every home. He's also co-founder of The People's Fund, an asset-based crowdfunding platform that seeks to unlock capital growth constraints for startups in emerging markets. He has interests in manufacturing, residential property, circular packaging and agriculture. He believes in Africa's economic potential through youth entrepreneurship enablement. 

Search for @DrLifesgud online and you might be pleasantly surprised.

For fun, Lebo travels across multiple borders as a bounty hunter searching for entrepreneurial talent to invest in or procure from for his corporate clientele with his team of mavericks located across various markets in Africa.

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Candice Modiselle Candice Modiselle

 Candice Modiselle is a young rising star, a multifaceted artist, public speaker, television presenter, actress, radio host, theatre practitioner, lecturer and brand ambassador, born and bred in the City of Johannesburg.

She recently completed her Honours, a Bachelor degree in Dramatic Arts- majoring in Dance Theatre and Arts Management with Choreography and Creative Composition as her Research Project. Being a young lady with an immense love for the arts, particularly Drama, she has participated in a number of professional stage productions on both the Wits and Grahamstown National Arts Festival platforms. Candice has also gone on to choreograph a dance theatre production, Unbecoming, which featured at the opening of the Wits Detours Festival. She later choreographed and performed in her solo production- And When You See Him at the SA's Dirty Laundry Festival in December 2016.

As an actress, the past 6 years have seen her feature as the lead role in two Durban Film Fest Movies produced by Natives At Large and the Youth Filmmaker Project, namely Thato and Bittersweet. In April 2016, Candice Modiselle went on to join the YOTV family as one of its newest presenter additions and was religiously on television screens nationwide daily at 15h30, SABC 1, until she announced her departure on the 1st of June 2018.

Her achievements in the past 2 years have caught the eye of a number of public platforms and gained coverage as a budding artist on the rise, many of which have deemed her the third ‘Modiselle Sister taking over showbiz’. Another

Candice wrapped up 2017 joining online radio platform, Massiv Metro, as a co-host on The Domino Effect, every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am-12pm. In April 2018 she announced that she would be hosting the weekend breakfast show, Monate Breakfast, alongside DJ Fingers from 6am-9am.

She recently starred in the Liberty and Calgro M3 film as the lead, Grace Mogorosi in One Way To Graceland, a film that serves to educate students on financial literacy, earning, saving and spending wisely. The film was show in Ster Kinekor Cinemas throughout the month of May to students under the “Smartbucks Mind Your Moolah” Primestars programme.

Candice Modiselle can currently be seen presenting on variety and lifestyle show, Selimathunzi on SABC1, 19H30.

Having partnered with numerous established brands, such as Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa as the first official host of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Meet Up, she considers herself a brand that’s an exemplary youth figure that can also cater to various markets. She believes that though she has many accolades under her belt at a young age, this is only the beginning for her promising career. Candice aims to become a household name whose deeply rooted passions as a multifaceted artist will catapult her to international stages and screens.

Thabang Mashigo Thabang Mashigo


Thabang Mashigo is an International Speaker, Africanist and Think Tank. Finding her niche as a Character Development Specialist, Transfor-preneur and Research consultant with expertise in the areas of Enterprise development, International Affairs and the Global political economy. Rated as one of the Top 10 Speakers in South Africa by the City of Western Cape in 2013. Holding a graduate degree in Political Science and International Relations, Honours in International Relations [WITS] and she is in the process of completing a Masters in Public Policy. Thabang is the Chief Executive Officer of Altitude Connection, an enterprise specialising in project management, investment and research. She also sits as a strategic director on a number of NPO’s, namely IKUSASA foundation [Education], Globuntu Academy [Youth and Entrepreneurship], Mastered Seed [Community trust] and Zimkhita [Healing Centre]. Thabang has graced many media platforms [Topbilling, SAFM, Shift, etc.] and continues to build sustained relationships with her clients in the public and private sector.

 Ezlyn Barends Ezlyn Barends

Recognised as a Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans to Watch and World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Ezlyn Barends is an ambitious, highly organized and dynamic self-starter. With over 10 years professional experience spanning strategic planning, business development, marketing and social entrepreneurship, Ezlyn possesses a unique set of skills and diverse experience that enables a strong and broad business perspective. She has extensive experience in creating and driving high performance teams whilst delivering bottom line benefits. Widely recognised for innovative approaches to problem-solving and exceptional leadership skills. Past experience ranges from Key Account Management for global multinational firms to social entrepreneurial ventures with exceptional track record of building brands and organisational capabilities.  In November 2011, Ezlyn founded DreamGirls Academy, an education, coaching and mentoring organisation for teen girls and young women. Widely acknowledged as effective change leader and for strong collaboration with business partners, commitment to quality and mentoring of young talent. Ezlyn holds a Bachelors in Business Administration, an MBA which she gained in the UK and a Certificate in Impact Investing from Oxford University. Ezlyn’s passion for making a difference in society has been recognised and celebrated through a range of accolades including 2015 Spark Changemaker of the Year Award, Top 20 Inspiring Youth in SA and Mercedes Benz South Africa- 21 Icons.

Mbulelo Mpofana Mbulelo Mpofana

Mbulelo is one of the co-founders of InvestSure- an insurance technology company. Before his entrepreneurial passion took over his life Mbulelo acquired 6 years of financial, capital management, risk management and actuarial science experience working for a large international corporate.

InvestSure provides a set of APIs that enable partner investment platforms to offer its unique Investment Insurance product to their clients. InvestSure is the creator of a world first insurance product that enables shareholders to manage their exposure to the risk of investment losses caused by management fraud and dishonesty; such as Steinhoff, Resilient and EOH. Once InvestSure technology is added to a trading platform, it enables users to easily buy insurance on their shares with a single click. The full process from buying insurance to settling claims is fully automated. InvestSure launched it product on one of South Africa’s largest and fastest growing trading platforms Easy Equities in May 2018.

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Mosotho Moshoane Mosotho Moshoane

Mosotho Moshoane is a 22 year old author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker who hails from the capital city Pretoria He boasts international experience after spending 4 years in  Thailand. He is a budding entrepreneur with ownership in several companies that span in a variety of sectors. His biggest success is his Google certified digital agency known as Beatroot Pineapple. He has appeared on all major forms of media for various reasons be it entrepreneurship or his book titled 15 pages and soon to be released book titled Business is a language. He is also the winner of season 1 entrepreneurship game show “Game Plan” which is aired on Sabc 2.He has been featured on The Citizen newspaper, Tembisan, Pretoria news, Ann7 , Massiv Metro and Tshwane FM to  name a  few He is also a popular speaker at both business events and general events he has spoken at African Entrepreneurs council and at Leeuwkop Jail under the organization Guluva in a suit which helps motivate inmates to make better choices. Overall Mosotho Moshoane is a young man who is always contributing something and making things happen for others and himself.

Patson Malisa Patson Malisa

Patson Malisa is a Diplomat Executive and Facilitator currently serving as Deputy Presiding Officer of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). Patson is the youngest Deputy Presiding Officer to be elected to the ECOSOCC Bureau. He is also President of the Organisation of African Youth. Prior to his election, Patson served as Head of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, as well as Acting Secretary for the Infrastructure and Energy Cluster of ECOSOCC.

He has experience as Chairman for South Africa at the Organisation of African Youth, Country Coordinator for the Network of African Youth for Development, as well as the Chairman for South Africa at the International Youth Council. He has also served on the Civil Society steering group of the Global Finance Facility.

He has served in the steering committee for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Stakeholder negotiations which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in April 2015.  He was also the Chair of Rapporteurs at the 2015 Parliament and Youth Summit on SDGs hosted by the Parliament of South Africa. He also served as the Youth Advocate to the 2nd High Level Meeting on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

Edward Moshole Edward Moshole


From humble beginnings, Edward Moshole was employed as a cleaner at one of the major food processing companies and soon realized that this job is not my calling. From that same year I invested R68 out of my wages to start my new business, I bought stock of detergent and I began to sell to my fellow factory workers in 1999.

Year 2004 I resigned and I began to look after the interests of my company full time. By this time I was manufacturing my own brand – Chemfresh, which is a range of detergents and disinfectants, mainly for the industrial market. With the profit I made, I reinvested to build Chemfresh for the retail market.

The story of how Edward Moshole started his company is one of those truly inspirational entrepreneurial stories. Edward turned R68 into a thriving business with nothing more than sheer passion, clear vision and sheer determination.

Year 2007 the Chemfresh brand showed remarkable strength by entering the mass retailing market of Pick ‘n Pay. Over the past years in the business world our company

has gained a good reputation, backed by the quality of the products and services we give to our valuable, current and future customers.

We currently serve retailers and industrial market with our brand and supplier-related products, and our customers are very happy. Our entire range is 100% products of South Africa.

Dr. Emmanuel Imevbore Dr. Emmanuel Imevbore


Dr. Emmanuel Imevbore is a business strategist, consultant, coach and author. He has at various times been a university lecturer and researcher, director of companies and consultant/adviser to several private and public sector operators across Africa. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CEED Group, a South Africa based management consulting firm he founded along with three other partners in 2001.

Dr. Imevbore received his training as a business, leadership and organisational coach between 2004 and 2007 under the Quantum Organisation, United Kingdom and Institute of Neuro-Semantics Africa. He has since then been involved with training, coaching and mentoring small business owners and budding entrepreneurs in major African countries.

He is the founder of Business Intelligence Network (BIN), CEED Entrepreneurship School, and Convener of the International Association of Coach-Leaders and Mentors. His notable books include Business Intelligence; 10 Major Problems that Cripple Businesses; Going for Gold; and Turning Talents to Treasures.

Masonwabe Fuma Masonwabe Fuma

Masonwabe Fuma is a Social Entrepreneur, Speaker, Youth Leader and Activist who Holds a BTech Degree in Marketing from the University of Johannesburg-2017. He is the Former President of Enactus-University of Johannesburg, a non-profit organization mandated to curb socio economic disparities that are faced by poor and underprivileged communities.

He is also the Co-Founder and Marketing Director of Surge Water, a Shared Value Enthusiastic company operating in the still water mineral space. Thus, Co-Founding Chairman of Mentorship Foundation Africa, a non-profit organization aimed at rural and township youth development.    

In 2015, Masonwabe was one of three South Africans invited to represent South Africa at a World Youth Summit which was hosted in Imphal, India. In the same year, he was the only Youth Leader from the African Continent to be invited to the 3rd  Pacific Student Forum hosted at the University of Indonesia in Depok, Indonesia. In 2016, he represented South Africa and the University of Johannesburg at the Enactus World Cup which was hosted in Toronto, Canada. In the same year, he represented South Africa and the University of Johannesburg at the SLUSH Conference, which is the biggest Entrepreneurship Conference in Helsinki, Finland. In 2017, he represented South Africa and the University of Johannesburg at the launch of the African Economic Platform hosted by the African Union in Port Louis, Mauritius where he shared stages with African Heads of State, Top Business Leaders and Academics from the Continent.

In 2018, He’s been selected to be a part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), under the category of Civil Society.

Masonwabe is passionate about how he can make a contribution towards Africa’s development, and more importantly, a contribution towards a more humane world. He is interested in doing work on the African Continent that speaks to the development and upliftment of marginalised and underprivileged communities.


Max Moyo Max Moyo

Max Moyo never once envisioned a future of entrepreneurial stardom. Growing up, he spent his days captivated by his grandfather’s oratory prowess, and the transformative ability of the spoken word. Today, Max transverses the globe as a world-renowned dynamic speaker, author, wealth catalyst, brand internalization specialist and human transformation coach. A former financial services and petroleum industries executive, Max’s deep-rooted yearning for mental emancipation, his passion for people, and thirst for advancement, led him to embark on a journey of self-discovery. This culminated in the birth of Ignite My Potential, and organisation in which Max is the Founder and CEO. The organization provides tailored inspirational and transformative books, seminars, talks, as well as workshops; that are a catalyst and enabler of human transformation. He uses this podium to not only deliver his riveting and evocative talks and life lessons, but to also ignite individuals to live a life beyond mere existence.

The former sales director, who once served long stints honing his skills for giants such as: Old Mutual, Sanlam Life, Discovery Health, Liberty Active, Allan Gray Limited amongst others, has also consulted and spoken for the likes of Standard Bank, SuperSport, DSTV, Law Association of Zambia, Guardian Life Group (Jamaica), and various other governmental institutions both within the continent and abroad.

 Max is a highly sought out resource in business, professional and religious circles where he seeks to motivate leaders looking to embrace their irresistible difference, and harness their unique talents, in pursuit of their unique purpose. Like most people, he has on a personal level experienced many obstacles in life. Born in Gweru, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) at the height of racial discrimination, he attributes his combined experiences as the necessary pressure cooker to transcend adversity, and attain self-actualization. It was during these moments that he discovered how to translate a need into a solution, how to overcome prejudice and turn it into acceptance, and how to overcome pain by turning it into strength.

"My mission is to be a loving coach, teacher, student and an example of simple, universal and timeless principles of human effectiveness, which help me and others to awaken, reinforce and expand the presence of God in our lives"

Today, the former alumni of  Manchester Business School and Andrews University not only consults widely with a diverse array of organizations and groups from all walks of life, but has also authored:

The Leadership Series:

                        Become Yourself

                        Who Moved My Ladder

                        8th Wonder Of The World

His most acclaimed books Become Yourself and 8th Wonder Of The World, seek to help people redesign and transform their lives. His depth, diverse outlook, humour, and straight talking - yet zen demeanour ensures that he is just at home speaking the language of global connectivity, as he is indulging conversations on the merits and demerits of Africanism. This unique and intrinsic ability to appeal to people from different cultural backgrounds, as well as social and economic standings whilst altruistically connecting with them, is what has positioned him as a much sought after international public speaker.

Ran Neu Ner Ran Neu Ner

Ran Neu-Ner, group co-CEO of The Creative Counsel (TCC) is a born entrepreneur and strategist. Since childhood he sought out ways to do business. From handmade calendars in kindergarten to selling beauty cosmetics in his Matric year, Ran has always been determined to succeed.

The serial entrepreneur turned investor founded TCC with business partner Gil Oved in 2001 and was at the forefront of the revolution in the communication industry pioneering the merge between shopper marketing, brand activation, social media and field marketing. Currently Ran is in investing big on the on-demand economy, with recent venture capital investments into promising industry start-ups in this space and a slew of others in the pipeline.

Ran holds a B.Com and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. He is a member of the global Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) as well as the Young Entrepreneurs Organisation (YEO). Mentorship is also something he believes in as part of giving back.

Ran has several awards on his mantelpiece, the latest being 2016 Top Performing Business Leader at the National Business Awards and EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award for 2016 in the Exceptional category.

Adv. Musa Ndlovu Adv. Musa Ndlovu

Musa Ndlovu is the Head of the Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI). He is also a Non-Executive Director for Trucking Wellness NPC and Executive Director for The Franchise Co.

Before joining NBCRFLI, he previously held the following managerial positions namely, Executive Director at Tshwane Municipality, Senior Manager at National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and Deputy Director at the Department of Trade and Industry.

Mr Ndlovu holds a BProc and LLB Degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal (Howard College), a Management Advanced Programme (MAP) with Wits Business School as well as an Executive Excellence Leadership Programme with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). He is admitted as an attorney since 2001.

He has a wealth of previous experience from working in the private sector, government and parastatal organisations in both legal and executive management capacity.

Dr Rethabile Melamu Dr Rethabile Melamu

Dr Rethabile Melamu is a dynamic and self-motivated professional, trained as a Chemical and Environmental Engineer at the University of Cape Town. She is currently the General Manager for the Green Economy Unit at The Innovation Hub. Before that, she acted in the position of the Chief Director: Sector and Industry Development in the Gauteng Department of Economic Development. She has almost 10 years’ experience in the green economy sector, in particular, in the renewable energy sector broadly and biofuels sector specifically, and waste management. She has experience in developing public sector strategies, and led the revision of the Gauteng Energy and Green Economy sectors strategies. She has vast research experience in the technology innovation field as it pertains to critical elements that contribute to its success of emerging technologies in a specific context. She has published reports and academic articles in her fields of expertise.

Dr Musa Manzi Dr Musa Manzi

Musa Manzi holds a BSc degree (2007) in physics and maths, BSc hons. degree (2008) and PhD degree (2013) in geophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a geophysics-lectureship position and he is the Director of the Seismic Research Centre at Wits.  His research work involves searching for platinum, gold, oil and gas at the subsurface of the Earth. He has collected local and global awards for his internationally ground breaking work in Geophysics. In 2012, he won the international Best Paper Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for his research paper published in Geophysics. In 2014, he was honoured by Golden Key International for his academic research excellence at Wits and was also elected by Mail and Guardian as one of the top 200 Young South Africans.

Ndabenhle Junior Ngulube Ndabenhle Junior Ngulube

Ndabenhle grew up in Johannesburg and attended Redhill high school. He studied Accounting with an honours in Tax at the University of Cape Town and completed his studies in 2014. Throughout his university career he developed a passion for programming and web development which was entirely self-learnt. He went on to work as a software engineer for 2 years before embarking on his next challenge, Pineapple. Pineapple was founded by Ndabenhle, alongside his two co-founders, Matthew Smith and Marnus van Heerden. Pineapple is an app-based, digital, peer-to-peer insurance offering available both on iOS and Android app stores. The Pineapple insurance model is completely decentralised; premiums paid are deposited into each member’s individual Pineapple Wallet. Members get full insurance cover by depositing this premium. When a claim occurs, all wallets contribute in a small way to help pay the claim. All deposits not used can be withdrawn annually. This represents a new way of doing insurance, one, which ensures a significant amount of value and transparency back to the customer.

Ndabenhle’s diplomatic approach, problem solving ability and detailed thought process keeps the Pineapple team focused on the task at hand without losing sight of things to come.


Nondumiso Mthwa Nondumiso Mthwa

Nondumiso Mthwa is the Founder and CEO of Idwala Property Group, a real estate firm encompassing property management services, selling and leasing of residential and commercial property as well as plots and farms. Nondu is a Qualified Real Estate Professional who has been in the real estate industry since the year 2005. She holds the SAQA qualification in Real Estate as well as a Certification in Estate Agency as per the Estate Agency Affairs Board Examination. She serves as a FICA Compliance officer of her company, Idwala Property Group. She has served as a Board Member of IEASA (Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa) KZN and Coastal Region. Nondu is currently studying a BCom. Degree in Business Management. 

Nondu was awarded as the Franchisee of the Year in 2014 in her previous property franchise group where she was a principal. Her branch won the Franchise of the Year award in that same year. She was featured in the Top women Magazine in 2017, featured on the Sunday Times Celebrating Women Edition 2018, other local Newspaper editorials, as well as community and commercial radio interviews. She recently featured on the eTV/eNCA Forerunners. She was recently enrolled as a nominee for the 2018 AABLA (All Africa Business Leaders Awards) in the Business Woman of the Year category. 

Nondumiso’s passion for people and effecting transformation in the Real Estate industry is what drives her to build a trusted and highly regarded Real Estate Company with a national footprint. This is, among other things, expressed in the Mentorship Programme that Idwala Property Group is running (together with the Services SETA and EAAB), which is spearheaded by the group Chief Operations Officer, Thulasizwe Mthwa. 

Her ultimate goal is to be recognized as a Thought Leader in the South African Real Estate industry, effecting transformation that is inclusive and empowers all stake holders. 

Nondu is a happily married wife to Thulasizwe Mthwa, and a mother of 2 boys (Zenzo and Cebo). She is a God-loving, God-fearing woman who believes in total life prosperity: spirit, soul and body.

Sphesilhle Vazi Sphesilhle Vazi

Born and bred in Newcastle, in KwaZulu Natal, Vazi is a multi-talented, dynamic, young, open minded and business oriented individual. Vazi is passionate about his work as a media personality and expanding his talents in the TV and radio industries.

With his Marketing Communication qualification he has enhanced his networking skills and has taken steps to build and grow himself as a brand. He believes in family, community and constantly motivating and inspiring children to seek the best of themselves.

He is passionate about agriculture and wishes more people would get involved in farming.

Vazi is currently a presenter on SABC1’s variety show, Selimathunzi. He presented the “Win with Shell” campaign which ran between December 2014 and early January 2015.

He presents the weekend gig guide on UKhozi FM every Friday and he seeks to expand his career in radio. At the moment, he is working to expand his talent as a presenter as well as venture into being a voice-over artist.

Roger Boniface Roger Boniface

Roger is the managing director of three vastly diverse companies.  He heads up JCB Wholesale, a textile wholesaler who specializes in the import and export of textiles in South Africa. Roger also heads up and founded EDISIM, a Capsim preferred partner in Africa, which is a training company that focuses on experiential learning using industry leading business simulations. He is also the MD and founder of Artson, a boutique events company that hosts public and private social events. 

On a full soccer scholarship in the USA he graduated with a BBA and a MBA in Supply Chain Management from Clayton State University.

Roger has extensive experience in lecturing, experiential learning and entrepreneurship; his record proves he has the expertise, vision, acumen and determination of a serial entrepreneur.  Since his return to South Africa in 2014, he is at the helm of 3 businesses, founder of 2 of them, lecturing in Executive Education at some of Africa’s top Business Schools and corporates and he is named as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa in  Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 for 2018.

Roger is an unconventional thinker with a passion for ideas, people, strategy and business development. An unusually broad range of coaching, creative and supply chain skills and the drive for implementation to achieve change, have been the attributes to many successes and failures.

Roger is a proponent of Africa’s potential through leadership, accountability and commerce, a “Has Been” sportsman and a “Never Will Be” golfer.

Senzo Radebe Senzo Radebe

Senzo Radebe is a South African actor best known for his supporting role as Sthembiso "Sthe" Gumede on the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango.

He auditioned for another role on the show in 2013 but didn't get it and was later contacted after the producers wrote a new character for him.

Senzo matriculated from Alexandra Secondary School in 2012, where he took Dramatic Arts as a subject. He later attended acting workshops run by Twilight Theatre Productions, appearing in shows like The Gospel and Alexandra Musical Theatre.

In 2017 he landed his first starring role in television (only his second role after Muvhango) as Dali in the SABC1 drama series Ingozi.

Ntebo Lesetla Ntebo Lesetla

Ntebo Peri is an accomplished Broadcast Journalist and a Corporate Executive. An entrepreneur at heart who heads four companies including her foundation which deals with homeless people and orphans. CEO for the Jezreel Group, Director for Loliwe Travel, a founding member for Jezreel Ministries and Ntebo Lesetla Foundation. Ntebo is the first African Woman to establish a unique Tourism Train Business Concept called (Loliwe Tourism Train which promotes travel and tourism in SA) She has featured in Top Business SA Magazines & Business News. A loving and dedicated mother of five children- 4 Boys and her Princess- and two “adopted” girls that she mentors. A Gospel Teacher who believes was called for the market place and governance. A philanthropist who always strive to see social justice, poverty alleviation and safety and security being prioritised in Africa. Her passion is to ensure that Africa as a continent is liberated from what she calls “Economic Oppression” Ntebo is known on screen in South Africa. (SABC) A former talk show host who also became versatile with her good sense of reporting both nationally and internationally. 

She is a recipient of the Africa Impact Leadership Award on Social & Economic Sustainability in Africa. Ntebo always has the passion for turning the best ideas into shows that educate, inform and inspire viewers from different backgrounds. She has accomplished the following in her career as a renowned journalist and business woman in South Africa:

  •  Wrote and produced compelling investigative and human interest stories on Economic. Political & Social Development in South Africa and Africa.
  • Personally interviewed different Heads of State from across the World including the first democratic president in SA – Nelson Mandela.
  • Administered and assisted various NGO in South Africa dealing with women, youth and unemployed.
  • Her company has won prestigious awards for standing out as an innovative business in various business sectors.

Ntebo was invited by the American News Channel CNN in the year 1998. She reported on the political news of South Africa and has interviewed South African/ African and International Heads of State as well as Business Leaders from across the globe. The show covered business issues, race relations and developmental stories for women in Africa. The show attracted many viewers nationwide sparking interesting and relevant issues affecting women and youth in particular young girls.

- In addition she Delivered brand awareness and growth for clients in Telecommunications, IT and real estate sectors, advertising and marketing


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