Business & Entrepreneurship 2018

Zaza Motha (34)

Zaza Motha (34)

Founder and director: POUT MOVEMENT and POUT magazine

At the tender age of seven, Zaza Motha witnessed the death of her mother; an ordeal that, till this day, motivates Motha (34) to speak out against injustice. “She was shot in our house while she was on the phone. I remember that I wanted to tell the world my story....

Zakhona Ndlovu (33)

Zakhona Ndlovu (33)

Senior manager B-BBEE, MultiChoice South Africa

Zakhona Ndlovu joined the Multichoice Group in 2014 as the group BBBEE senior manager. As the group’s leader for transformation, she also heads the group’s Enterprise and Supplier Development portfolio. She helped develop a number of Enterprise Supplier Development...

Thulisile Volwana (26)

Thulisile Volwana (26)

Chief operating officer, Tuse

Thulisile Volwana is the co-founder of Tuse — a company that has developed technology to allow people to communicate in places where there is no signal. Innovation and “new ways of improving the way we currently work” are what drives her. Volwana’s company is the...

Philisiwe Precious Nduli (32)

Philisiwe Precious Nduli (32)

Head of technical marketing, Discovery Insure

hilisiwe Precious Nduli is head of technical marketing at Discovery Insure, reporting directly to the chief executive. In this role, she is a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders, while also working to create new business propositions for the...

Sisa Ntlango (34)

Sisa Ntlango (34)

Partner, Deloitte

“In anyone’s life, it is important to have role models. An opportunity to share one’s successes and failures sometimes is a great learning opportunity for other aspiring young persons,” says Sisa Ntlango, who was appointed as the first black director/partner by...

Nathaniel Japhta (31)

Nathaniel Japhta (31)

Entrepreneur, mentor and advocate for social change

There have been a number of experiences that defined Nathaniel Japhta’s upbringing and his outlook on life. He came from humble beginnings and was the first in his family to go to university and earn an accounting qualification. Despite being a smart and hardworking...

Muhammad Taher Khan (34)

Muhammad Taher Khan (34)

Managing director, Zero Point Energy

Saying that Muhammad Taher Khan is an overachiever is simply an understatement. He cut his teeth at Sasol as part of an engineering graduate programme that exposed him to opportunities in solar and the need for organisations that promote entrepreneurship and the...

Rivo Mhlari (23)

Rivo Mhlari (23)

Co-founder and chief executive, Rikatec (PTY) Limited

Adversity in South Africa is what inspires Rivo Mhlari, founder of Rikatec, a vehicle information management systems company. He hopes to become a leader in technology in Africa and to be at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The entrepreneur, who...

Matthew Butler-Adam (29)

Matthew Butler-Adam (29)

Management Consultant at Bain and Company

Matthew Butler-Adam has always had a bias towards broadness. Being the child of teachers meant exposure to a solid work ethic from a young age and that influenced his determination to do well in his own studies, because he wanted to impress his parents. He credits the...

Sibu Mabena (26)

Sibu Mabena (26)

Founder, Duma Collective, a subsidiary of Mbuduma Communication

Waiting for her mom to fetch her from school at 5pm each day opened a world of possibilities for Sibu Mabena; she followed her friends to dance class. By age 10 she had already competed in a dance competition in Germany. She later joined dance crews and choreographed...

Tony Mabaso (33)

Tony Mabaso (33)

Founder of Alex Art Market

“With the passion that I have for my community and the love I have for craftwork, I don’t think I will create jobs for everyone, but I will spark the mind of the individuals who can create more jobs in my community to alleviate poverty,” says Tony Mabaso, founder of...

Lethabo Mokoena (27)

Lethabo Mokoena (27)

Founder at Walk Fresh

Lethabo Mokoena is a young entrepreneur who is playing a role in changing the unemployment situation in his home surroundings of Daveyton, Ekurhuleni. It was after he returned home from completing a degree in Corporate Communication at the University of Johannesburg...

Kutlwano Hutamo (34)

Kutlwano Hutamo (34)

Director at Washesha Online

Kutlwano Hutamo’s love for learning and education one of the reasons why she is a successful entrepreneur. She has an MBA from GIBS business school, an MSc in veterinary sciences as well as a BSc honours in genetics. However, her path to success has not been an easy...

Itumeleng Mothibeli (34)

Itumeleng Mothibeli (34)

Director of Asset Management, Vukile Property Fund

Growing up in eight of the country’s nine provinces has given Itumeleng Mothibeli solid exposure and insight into to all that South Africa has to offer. It was a graduate programme at Old Mutual that introduced him to the world of property, and he has never looked...

Gontse Sekhitla (30)

Gontse Sekhitla (30)

Head of Risk Product Development, Liberty (Corporate)

Gontse Sekhitla believes that every organisation needs an actuary, whether they know it or not. He says it was the best career choice he could have made for himself, because it allows him to understand business through the lens of economics, accounting and statistics....

Faith Dowelani (33)

Faith Dowelani (33)

Quantity surveyor, salon owner and mentor

Faith Dowelani has an unusual mix of professional interests, being both a quantity surveyor and a beauty salon owner. As a quantity surveyor she’s worked for the company MLC and lectured in the subject at the University of Venda. On the beauty side, her Tshavhudi...