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Selebogo Molefe is an serial entrepreneur who has founded a number of businesses such as The People's Fund, The Hookup Dinner, Lifesgud Global Investments Pty Ltd to mention a few. The Hookup Dinner is a Sub-Saharan African network of emerging entrepreneurs brought together by three core values; to connect, engage and contribute to each other’s success. The Hookup Dinner is hosted monthly across various cities in South Africa and select countries in SADC, East and West Africa. In servicing the “bottom of the pyramid” entrepreneurs (i.e. entry level startups), we are intentional on educating startups of the opportunities to trade, that exist across Africa and create connections between stakeholders that can scale startups. The People's Fund – is A crowd funding collaboration between Africa’s most loved, Brownsense Group, The HookUp Dinner & Paybook. Using the crowd (people, stokvels & corporations) to build the economy, one business at a time
Chimene is presently the director of The Entrepreneurial Wayz (TEWZ), based at Wits Enterprise at Wits University, which used to be the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Wits Business School (WBS) SINCE 2013. She joined Wits after 25 years in the NGO and Socio-economic development sector where she specialised in the design, development and implementation of programmes in various fields. TEWZ works towards developing an entrepreneurial economy by aligning and advocating for entrepreneurial ecosystems. Chimene is an entrepreneur in her own right equipped with personal insights and experience of an entrepreneur
Ronnie Mulaudzi is currently the Chief Operations Officer at Sakhumnotho Group Holdings and his role enables him to Oversee day to day running of the Company and its subsidiaries, deal flow, budgets, staff, procurement opportunities and risk. Act in the absence of the Executive Chairman. He Facilitates the development of the strategic plans in line with the vision and mission. Sakhumnotho Group Holdings incubates two public benefit organisations (PBOs), namely the Global Business Roundtable and the Global Fund for Jesus. These form part of the Company's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives. Ronnie in his role, ensures that Sakhumnotho fully realises BBBEE scorecard benefits from its support of the PBOs. The PBOs contribute to the Sakhumnotho score card in terms of: ownership, skills development, corporate social investment, enterprise and supplier development. - Manage and oversee strategic partnerships, communication and public relations. - Engage media partners on all organisational matters to ensure reputational risk is managed in line with the organisations corporate strategy. Global Business Roundtable Ronnie volunteers a substantial part of his time to assist this NGO to run its operations efficiently, including facilitation of Global launches, input to strategy, Country and Regional visits to monitor and assess progress, Ensuring all global leaders are trained through the GBR Leadership Academy, Budgets and Fundraising activities, coordination of global events and many other tasks relating to organizational capacity building His Music Ronnie Mulaudzi is an independent South African gospel artist. He writes, records and publishes his own material. He launched his professional music career at the Night of African Worship concert in November 2015. Before this Ronnie has been singing in Church since the age of thirteen. He has since released his EP album in Feb 2016, featuring the single “Lord I Love You”, which is available on most online digital stores i.e. iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon, etc. On 15 Feb 2019, Ronnie released his debut Gospel album, entitled “A Call to Love”. The album features 15 contemporary tracks and is available o
Femi Koya is a Saxophonist whose passion for music has stayed constant from an early age. Born Olufemi Ogunkoya in Lagos, Nigeria in 1981, his musical talents were evident from early childhood when he used to dance with traditional drummers in his father’s compound. After dabbling on piano and trumpet, he eventually settled for a saxophone. The music of South African artists Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Hugh Masekela was also part of his musical upbringing. A story of migration from the West to the South – resonates in his music, which creates a conscious dialogue between West African and South African sounds. This musical fusion demonstrates the path to a new and culturally integrated Africa in which a common heritage is reinforced to meet the needs of today’s world. His quest is for African unity at a time when he believes Africa should claim its rightful and proud place in the world. Femi Koya’s debut album “Just in Newtown” is evidence of the rich melodies that result from this fusion. Through his versatility on the saxophone, he breathes new life into African world music. “Iba” meaning “Homage” is the title of Femi Koya’s album which was launched in August 2015. The Iba album also calls for African unity and makes a plea for human rights to be respected. But the album also celebrates Africa’s love of life with infectious dance numbers that bring fans to their feet. Another album due to be release August 2017 His Iba album also features the Soweto Gospel Choir, Pops Mohamed, Stompie Manana, Prince Lengoase and Kenny Mataba and poetry by Pitika Ntuli and Lisa Combrinck. His musical influences include Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Manu di Bango, Hugh Masekela, Baaba Maal & John Coltrane He has shared the stage with Youssou N’dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the CAF (Confederation of African Football Awards) in Lagos and with John Legend in his first South African tour in Cape Town. He performed alongside the king of Juju music, Sunny Ade, at the Glo launch in the Republic of Benin. Other colourful festivals felt Femi Koya’s acrobatic music, where he performed alongside the Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Mtukudzi, Habib Koite , Salif Keita, Baaba Maal. He has recorded with Simphi
Fezeka Motsatse Fezeka Motsatse is the CEO of Fezeka Motsatse Activations, Mrs Commonwealth SA Ambassador 2019, Motsatse Creatives, Girl Power SA FMA is a music education pioneer specialising in facilitating the growth and development of musically gifted children. Over the years, since the advent of democracy and the gradual change in perceptions towards classical music or art music in general, there has been a steady increase in the number of young people of all races who study art music and compete in various competitions in the country. What is clearly missing are regular performance opportunities for young art musicians below the age of nineteen. Despite commendable efforts by the professional and amateur orchestras to host youth concerto festivals, these annual events have limited capacity in terms of the number of talented young artists they can showcase. In addition they are too infrequent to enable the participants to develop sustainable and world class performance abilities. The result of insufficient performance opportunities is that most highly talented young musicians do not realize their full potential and a large number often have to give up on their dreams due to lack of opportunities and those that succeed inevitably have to relocate overseas. FMA is not only striving to bring a solution to this problem but they also make sure that the young performers are ready and prepared to face the stage before approaching it.
Sam Apata is the Founder of Pitch A Lot and 67 CEOs Foundation About PitchALot Pitchalot is driven by passion to see entrepreneurs succeed through access to markets and funders. It is a social enterprise company that is providing video recording pitching platforms for entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs in building confidence, high self-esteem and articulation as they pitch their Business Model in front of video cameras. About 67 CEOs 67 CEOs Foundation is a non-profit company that brings together established CEOs and emerging entrepreneurs who receive mentoring and coaching from those that have walked the walk. The focus of the foundation is mentorship, entrepreneurship, education, investment and enterprise development. They aim to impact 10,000 SMMEs in South Africa by 2022 through their mentorship, education and enterprise development programmes. The foundation launched in 18 July 2017 on Nelson Mandela International Day (known as Mandela Day) enabling CEOs to volunteer their skills to inspire, mentor, coach and teach entrepreneurs who are in their startup phase.
Sibu Mpanza, was born in Mpumalanga, raised in Cape Town and currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sibu is a YouTuber and content creator who focuses on personal topics and societal current affairs. Sibu’s YouTube journey began in 2014 when he added a video of his own onto YouTube and after a mere week, he had just over 100 subscribers. In October 2015, Sibu decided to enter the Samsung Social Star Competition, after a few weeks of trying to get people to vote for him using his YouTube Channel, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, he made the top 3 and got the opportunity to fly to Mauritius with Joann Strauss, Minnie Dlamini and Gareth Pon. Sibu ended up winning the competition and became the Samsung Social Star 2015/2016 as well as gaining Joann, Minne and Gareth as his mentors. 2016 was an exciting year, from winning Runnerup for the Top YouTube Channel in Africa to reaching over 3000 subscribers on his YouTube Channel. Other milestones include being nominated for a Student Village Youth Influencer Award and making it into the Top 3 of the Cell C #BreakTheNet Competition with #GetSibuToLA trending for 3 weeks. 2017 saw Sibu appearing on 8 achievement lists including; Mail & Guardian Top200 South Africans and Kellman20 list of SA millenials to watch. He packed his bags and moved to Johannesburg where he started his own Online Content Creation company - Sibu Mpanza (Pty) Ltd where he has worked with over 20 brands that included Standard Bank, Burger King and Takealot.com. He continued to create content for YouTube and reached 8000 subscribers.
Siya is an entrepreneur who inspire people to live to their full potential and recognize that they are living in the greatest Era. He has authored and self published the book "Before You Get Married " which received great response and generated substantial sales. Siya also works as a Senior Contracts Manager (Burkina Faso and Guinea) at Moolmans.
Natalia Molebatsi is a writer, singer, and poet (and often experiments with jazz and hip hop). She is an events coordinator, programme director and host of PoetryLives on Unisa Radio. She was born in 1981 in Tembisa Township in apartheid South Africa and now lives under the lights of Johannesburg. Natalia is the author of Sardo Dance published in 2009 by Ge’ko, and her CD Natalia Molebatsi & The Soul Making was born in 2015. Her poetry can also be found in Letter to South Africa: Poets Calling the State to Order, Happiness the Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, New Coin, and the Anthology of World Poetry (2010) among others. Her academic writing appears in Scrutiny2, Rhodes Journalism Review and Muziki. Beyond South Africa, Natalia has performed poetry and facilitated creative writing workshops at a number of universities and festivals in among others Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Zimbabwe, England, Italy, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Palestine, United States and Germany.
Sheila Leocádia Pires (Mozambique/South Africa) was born in Mozambique and moved to South Africa with her family at the age of 12. She is a radio and television producer/presenter. Her commitment to critical thinking is rooted in her identity as a woman and a Catholic, and she does not shy away from raising contemporary and controversial issues related to women, youth and African politics in her programs on Radio Veritas South Africa.
Apart from being talk show host, MC, Professional Public Speaker, Ashraf Garda is the Co-Founder of the Champion South Africa movement which was birthed with the desire to multiply the number of champions in the country to help turn South Africa into a champion nation. The movement, launched in November 2015, is currently asking: What are you doing to build your country Several local leaders, such as Vusi Thembekayo, Khanyi Dhlomo, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, were chosen to be part of Champion South Africa, so they too can spread the message and urge more people to become champions. Ashraf believes that South Africa will become a champion nation when the government, business, and civil society synchronize its efforts towards the goal of becoming individual and collective champions. In April 2011, he became the host of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s investigative program “Special Assignment”. During the 2010 World Cup Ashraf provided analysis on the games as well as the social impact of the World Cup on CNN, Al Jazeera, CBC Canada, and SABC 2’s Morning Live. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 4 June 1962. Ashraf lived with his parents in Fietas until they had to relocate to Lenasia due to the Group Areas Act of the South African Apartheid regime. He married Jamela Cassim and together they started a business retailing textiles in the Oriental Plaza, called “Fabric Fantasy”. Ashraf’s entry into radio began when he hosted sports shows on community radio stations “Radio az-Zaheer” and later “the Voice,95.4fm”.
Reneè H Kruger is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant at LTF Group (PTY)LTD, a Human Resources Management Outsourcing and Consulting Company, which she co-founded in 2017. Whilst LTF Consulting has an 18 year history, it was relaunched in 2017, when a new legal entity, called LTF Group (Pty)Ltd, was established and today it has 5 partners, four of which are black females. Prior to embarking on her entrepreneurial journey Reneè spent 20 years in various HR position, the last 15 years of her very successful career was spent in, General Management and Executive Director positions. Her last position prior to leaving the corporate world was that of HR Director, at a Multinational US Based Software Development Company that had been on the Forbes Best Company to work for list for a number of years. As a Human Resources Management Professional, She is particulate skilled in the areas of HR Strategy, Employee Performance Management, Organisational Transformation Management, Organisational Restructuring, Change Management, and Talent Development Strategy Design and Implementation. Under her leadership Human Resources Teams has won HR Future and other HR awards 2014 and 2015. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from the UNISA School of Business Leadership, an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law, an Honours Degree in Industrial Sociology and an undergraduate degree in Humanities, from the University of Johannesburg. As a lifelong learner, she has completed programmes in Dispute Resolution, Conflict Management, Finance, BBBEE Assessments and Leadership Development. She's a mother, wife, daughter, sister and mentor, who believes in showing up 100%. She comes from the township (Eldorado Park and Ennerdale) and was raised by a single mother, who thought her the value of working hard and always moving forward. Renee was taught to always give back and to know that what she has and her achievements are not because of who she is, but because of her faith.