About Us

Empowaworx comprises a professional and passionate team with an abundance of exceptional speakers – all geared towards bringing you the very best event for your needs.

EMPOWAWOMEN

EmpowaWomen is an Empowaworx brand that focusses on women in leadership across various industries and sectors.

EMPOWAYOUTH

EmpowaYouth is an Empowaworx brand that was created in light of the high rate of youth unemployment, socioeconomic transformation requirements and social ills affecting and effected by the youth.

SPEAKERS UNIVERSITY

Communication mastery is the key to success for every leader, manager and communicator. The Speakers University catchphrase is “Turning Your Voice into an Invoice”.

Event Management

PR + Media

Brand Design

Speakers Bureau

Bonsai Shongwe

Motivation | Leadership | Relationships

Basetsana Kumalo

Leadership | Inspiration | Keynote

Thami Ngubeni

Motivation | Leadership | Relationships

Billy Selekane

Leadership | Inspiration | Keynote

Bonsai Shongwe

Motivation | Leadership | Relationships

BONSAI SHONGWE is a Bestselling Author and a highly sought after Inspirational/Topical Speaker. It took Bonsai only five years to have spoken on every major stage in South Africa – after he began his speaking career in 2003. He has mesmerized countless clients including MTN, Swissgarde, Competition Commission, Mondi and SASSA.

Bonsai has released a bestselling DVD called “The ABC’s of Success” (as seen on SABC, eTV and satellite in RSA and over 12 other countries). He has also written a bestseller called “Conversations with Women” which sold over 10,000 copies in 12 months – as seen/heard/read on all national media. His latest books, “Superstar Leadership” and “Entrepreneurship Lessons from Motorcycling” were released early 2016.

Bonsai Shongwe has practical business understanding and experience that adds a depth to his presentations. Bonsai Shongwe cut his entrepreneurial/leadership teeth as a music producer in 1999. He then went on to build a successful entertainment company called Bonsai Entertainment. He began this entertainment company with R300.00 as initial seed capital, which he turned into a company with a turnover of over R3m within 50 months. His company created and/or managed stars such as Kelly Khumalo, Khanyi Mbau and Sonia Sedibe.

Bonsai is currently Director of Bonsai Communications and Business Affairs (Pty) Ltd, an entity through which he manages various entrepreneurial and investment ventures. Bonsai also serves on three boards in various sectors including communications, mining and social entrepreneurship.

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“Exceptional! Bonsai had an incredible impact on our staff. We have received numerous requests for him to return as soon as possible!” Stuart Watson, Communications Head, Std Bank

“Absolutely moved our delegates to their feet… perfect ending and a pleasure to work with.” Merle Whale, MD, Mbizo Events

“His presentation was excellent, educative, motivational and inspirational” Ernest Leeuw, HR Manager, Arnot Colliery

Basetsana Kumalo

Leadership | Inspiration | Keynote

In 2011 Basetsana was nominated as a Young Global Leader: World Economic Forum, an accolade that is bestowed upon you by Her Majesty, Queen Rania of Jordan. She is a former Miss South Africa 1994 and a first-runner up in the Miss World Pageant. She is the former President of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa and the Spokesperson for Pampers UNICEF Tetanus campaign. Brand Ambassador for numerous South African Corporates and blue chip companies. Basetsana is listed as one of the Top Personal Brands, Sunday Times Top Brands Survey (2008).

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Africa, majored in Politics and Communications, Currently studying towards her Honours Degree in International Relations, a Diploma in Executive Education on Global Leadership from Harvard University. She participated in the “Leadership and Decision Making in the 21st Century” program at Yale University and holds a Non-Executive Directorship at Tawana Resources, a diamond mining company. She is the Executive Chairperson of Tswelopele Productions, a television production company, which produces Top Billing, Pasella, among other television shows and a co-founder of Connect TV, which produces reality shows such as Our Perfect wedding, Diski Divas, Date my family, Utatakho among others.

A Philanthropist, together with her husband, Basetsana has established the Romeo and Basetsana Kumalo Family Foundation, which focuses on the development of child headed households, and children who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Thami Ngubeni

Motivation | Leadership | Relationships

Winner of ‘Best TV Talkshow’​ for ‘Life With Thami’​ at the 2014 SA Film and TV Awards, Thami Ngubeni is both Creative and Executive in the media industry. She has spent over 15 years in Tv, print, radio and communication, integrating her business acumen with her public on-screen work and spiritual core. Thami enjoys the privilege of being one of the first few broadcasters to simultaneously be on two national radio stations, hosting the news and current affairs Talkshow on 2000fm and ‘The Sacred Space’​ on Metro FM.

Thami is the former Editor of O, the Oprah Magazine SA and has had columns in various popular magazines including Destiny and True Love. She co-published her highly acclaimed book ‘My Sacred Spaces’​ with Penguin Books and has contributed to the books ‘The Power Within ‘​ and Thembisa MShaka’s, ‘Handle Your Entertainment Business’​. Interview highlights include Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, Bishop Noel Jones and Neale Donald Walsch. Thami has judged the Int Emmy Awards, The BET Int Music Awards, The Miss SA Pagaent, The SA Music Awards and the National Film and Video Foundation Awards.A sought after Speaker, she has addressed and inspired youth, businesspeople, spiritualists and politicians on topics that provide insight on ‘Connecting to your Purpose’​ and ‘Authentic Leadership’​.

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Billy Selekane

Leadership | Inspiration | Keynote

Billy Selekane CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is an Author, Internationally acclaimed Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Personal, Team and Organizational Effectiveness Specialist. He is Executive Chairman of Billy Selekane and Associates with associated footprints in Sweden, UK, USA, Middle East, Australia and Singapore an Action Learning, Strategy Formulation, Team, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development Organization. His focus is in Personal, Team and Organizational Effectiveness, which he delivers through Customized Keynotes and Client Centric Interventions.

He works in Asia, Europe, UAE, UK and the USA as well as various African countries, including Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria for fortune 500 companies such as 3M Sub-Sahara Africa, ADT Security, African Bank, Development Bank of South Africa, DTI, Eskom, International Youth Fund, Maps UK, Nike Southern Africa, Nokia, Pam Golding Properties, Roche Pharmaceuticals, SEFA, Swedish Institute of Public Administration, Wesbank to name but a few.

He is Past President PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa) 2006-2007, a Life Member of XL-Foundation a Singapore based organization with a special focus on entrepreneurship and social upliftment. 1st South African speaker to speak at a General Assembly NSA (USA) convention. Billy believes that motivating your target audience is not enough, you should inspire them to change their belief systems and act upon decisions they make through a transformational process rather than an information sharing session.

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