Navigating the economic collapse triggered by the Covid-19 lockdown has given the already Mtho Xulu an even greater public role.
He’s a high court advocate, the chief executive of JSX Investments, president of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a director of both the Small Enterprise Development Agency and Business Unity South Africa.
With the lockdown hit the economy, Xulu stepped up to urge the government to do more to help small businesses survive. He called for an agile public private partnership framework for infrastructure development, making the investment environment more competitive to encourage the private sector, and additional support for small and medium enterprises through democratising the market.
That all built on his long-existing goal of working to make South Africa a first world country by 2050.
“The biggest surprise has been how my views on economic development and social construct have been positively embraced, both domestically and internationally,” he says.
Xulu, whose advice includes mutually beneficial outcomes, believes he is listened to because he understands the implications of his opinions and delivers them in a professional manner.
Xulu earned his law degree through distance learning, and was admitted as an advocate of the high court in 2011. “My proudest moment was the completion of my Bachelor of Law degree from Unisa by means of a distance learning programme. This experience honed my skills in terms of discipline, self-reliance and independent thinking,” he says. “I’ve carried these skills into my own businesses and my role as the leader of organised business.”
On the entrepreneurial side, he’s the founder of JSX Investments, which has interests in property, technology, transport, cable manufacturing, construction, horticulture and mining.