Speakers Bureau

We represent high ranking individuals whose experience and knowledge is used to deliver creative business solutions at boardroom and management level as keynote speakers, VIP speakers, moderators, facilitators, coaches, academics and consultants.

Bonsai Shongwe
Basetsana Kumalo
Billy Selekane
Joshua Maponga
Carol Tshabalala
Abner Mariri
Buyani Zwane
Rami Chuene
Siphamandla Zondi
Lebo Gunguluza
Ntosh Madlingozi
Ralph Mathekga
Matsi Modise
Mcebisi Ndletyana
Dr John Tibane
Thabo Mokwele
Nozipho Mbanjwa
Timothy Maurice Webster
Criselda Dudumashe
Sylvester Chauke
Femi Adebanji
Victor Kgomoeswana
Elias Masilela
Thami Ngubeni
Linda Ntuli
Ndumiso Lindi
Dr David Molapo
Mpho Popps Modikoane
Xoliswa Daku
Somadoda Fikeni

Bonsai Shongwe

Motivation | Leadership | Relationship

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

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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Joshua Maponga

Leadership | Facilitator | Life Coach | Speaker

Maponga Joshua has spent years in the corporate, religious and social space – a time that has made him own the title, ‘a creative powerhouse’. There are those who think in the box, there are those who think outside the box and then those who break the box and think. He lives and breathes change; his dynamic thinking has surely broken social, religious, economic, national boundaries. Maponga is the CEO of the institute Farmers Of Thought, a core business to build a consciousness and improve the quality of human experiences than the quantity of days. He is a pragmatic African citizen with a global view, “think globally and act locally”, as he says it. He plays a dozen music instruments in addition to being a writer, speaker, life coach and social entrepreneur – indeed he is a man of no limitations. Maponga is a graduate of Andrews University (Barrien Springs Michigan USA), he holds a Degree in Philosophy (BA theology) and Personal Ministries, with a variety of Outcome based qualifications from international institutes such as ILO (International Labor Organization). He has a wide range of experience in branding, banking, non-profit organisations and the project management space with multinational companies such as Vodacom, SAPO, Absa World Vision, PRASA, SALGA, Milpark College and SAPS, to mention a few. His involvement in the corporate space includes motivation, crisis management, business negotiations, strategic sessions, change management, material development and turn-key solutions in consultancy. The birth of his two daughters and their growth has inspired him to develop tools for youth development and parenting. His latest book, “Shopping Skills” has been received well and it comes after his other book, “So You Want To Be The Master” became a bestseller. He has also written, developed, produced, presented and anchored on TV Programmes; Joshua Show, Behind Gospel, One Gospel, Late debate, Education Channel “ED” and others. He challenges all who live mundane lives to move beyond cocoons of human limitations to excellence.

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Carol Tshabalala

MC | Media Personality

Award Winning Television Presenter, MC, Radio Presenter, Scriptwriter and Voice Artist, Carol Tshabalala currently hosts “SABC Sport on 1” from 14h00-18h00 every Saturday and Sunday, featuring and covering as many different sporting codes as possible. She is the only female soccer anchor, presenting live Premier soccer league matches on “Laduma” on SABC 1. Carol began broadcasting in 2000 for the youth sports program “Sportsbuzz”. Within a year she was a field reporter for the soccer show “Soccer Special” and soon earned the prestigious accolade of being the first female sports anchor of major TV show, “Mabaleng”, previously hosted by Robert Marawa and Martin Locke. She also hosted the 2003 and 2008 “Miss South Africa and Miss South Africa Teen” pageant. She has been involved in such prestigious productions as The 2010 world cup preliminary and final draws (broadcast across the world) 46664 Nelson Mandela aids concert, All Africa Games, Blue I.Q, Comrades and City to City marathons, the Durban July Handicap and the world Karate cup and has covered 2 Olympics and Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games inAustralia and the soccer world cup in Germany 2006 . Beyond sport she is the presenter of “Yebo Millionaires” Vodacoms flagship gameshow aired Tuesdays on Sabc 1 at 18h30. As a radio journalist, Carol moved from Kaya FM, where she compiled and presented daily sports bulletins for the breakfast show to Radio 2000 where she now anchors “Beyond the Game” daily from 16h00-19h00, the first dedicated drive time sports show in SA.

As an MC, she has hosted, amongst others, the following functions:

2010 FIFA world cup final draw | The Presidential sports awards | 2010 soccer world cup Preliminary draw | 2009 Confederations cup draw | Launch of Belgium/Holland 2018/2022 bids | Annual Premier soccer league awards | Annual Boxing awards (every year since 2003) | SABC 2 New Year’s eve concert | Launch of the African cup of nations | 2010 Soccer bid book handover | The launch of SABC Sport | The launch of the ABSA cup | Miss SA pageant (2003 & 2008) | United school sports association of South Africa Awards | Launch of new Bonitas image | Launch of new Nike headquarters | The ABSA Relay | Blue I.Q Nelson Mandela marathon | The Kaizer Chiefs end of season awards. Accolades: Best television newcomer- SAB Sports journalist of the year awards 2001| Best Sports personality- Selimathunzi, Duku Duku awards 2002 | SABC Woman of the year nominee | Elle/ Sunday Times style awards finalist | Cosmopolitan most extraordinary women – finalist | Merit award – Best Television Presenter for the 2003/2004 PSL soccer season | 2009 Best radio journalist-SAB Sports journalists of the year awards.

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Abner Mariri

Leadership | Sales | Speaker | MC

Abner Mariri is an educationalist, a Hollywood performer, a peacemaker, a management consultant and full-time professional speaker. He obtained a bachelors degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. During his ten years in the United States, Abner also worked on many entertainment projects which led him to cross paths with Bill Cosby, Little Steven, Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Quincy Jones. Abner has worked in conjunction with the Minister of Health in putting together special events for World Health Day and World Aids Day. He was also instrumental in launching a Road Safety program for the Department of Transport which was endorsed by Mac Maharaj. He is Executive Director of the “I CAN” Training Foundation, Founder of the Institute of Quality Education, Founder of a Process Driven Consultancy – “Empower SA”, and a Member of the Board of Promise Keepers SA.

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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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Buyani Zwane

Leadership | Inspiration | Keynote

Buyani Zwane is an inspirational speaker, network builder, student, educator and leadership development facilitator. He has been involved in the Human Resources Management, Business and Leadership Development for over 25 years with local and international companies. He served as executive chairperson at Franklin Covey Southern Africa for 4 years, a company he co-owned for over 5 years with presence in 14 Southern African countries and Indian Ocean Islands. He continues to serve as director of Dynamic Leadership Solutions (Pty) Limited and Magnificent Mile (Pty) Limited, while leading Breakthrough Development (Pty) Limited, a Leadership Development and Business Consultancy company founded in 2000 as Chief Engagement Orchestrator (CEO). He has served as Human Resources Executive and Director as well as CEO in the oil & energy industry, financial services, business consulting, gaming and public sectors organisations. Buyani is a part-time lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) specialising in Leadership, Management, Change and Organisation Development, and Strategy Implementation while at Wits Business School he teaches on Leadership and Strategy Execution. He earned his MBA at GIBS with a focus on employee engagement and business strategy. He is a member of the University of Cape Town’s Council where he chairs the Human Resources Committee of Council while serving in theCouncil’s Selections and Remuneration Committees. He serves in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority board and is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

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Rami Chuene

Media Personality | MC | Speaker

Rami is a mother, singer, actress, musical director, voice over artist and a life coach. She is full of life and is a vibrant and versatile human being. Rami is a popular face on national TV, she is currently on the SABC2 soapie Muvhango and has also featured in Scandal, Inkaba and Backstage, to name a few. Her passion for music and her love for singing has seen her perform all over the country for different audiences – from corporate and all the way to the townships. She moves from being a singer to MC to Speaker with ease and has motivated different audiences – women, men and youth. Her “off the cuff” manner of speaking has seen corporate companies requesting and booking her more than once. Rami’s approach to life is always positive and she thrives in making a difference in people’s lives. Rami has passion for the youth and often will go on bootcamps as a life coach to encourage and motivate young men and women. She has been involved in initiatives like Colour Your Life, Sensible Choices, Skills For Life and Southern African HIV and Aids Collaboration (SAHAC). Rami believes that doing good is good business and that people’s lives will always change for the better when everyone’s wellbeing becomes our business and responsibility.

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Siphamandla Zondi

Leadership | Speaker | Author

Siphamandla Zondi is a catalytic speaker, seasoned leader, teacher and a mentor of young people, committed to helping others rediscover their citizen-leadership. Zondi has 15 years of experience in intellectual leadership and thought leadership in the NGO and academic environment. As a trustee in the International Third World Leaders Association (ITWLA) founded by the late Dr Myles Munroe, he has taught on leadership in various parts of the world. As a commissioner of the National Planning Commission of South Africa appointed by the state president, a Social Cohesion Advocate on behalf of the South African Minister of Arts and Culture, and a councilor in the South Africa Council on International Relations appointed by the Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Zondi plays a critical role in shaping long-term thinking and planning in South Africa. As a member of the SADC RISDP Task Force and an African Union Task Team on Post-Conflict and Reconstruction, he is part of a group of agents of change in Africa. He currently heads the Institute for Global Dialogue, a renown think tank on global affairs and a faculty in the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute. He holds BA, BA Honours and Higher Diploma in Education by the University of Durban-Westville; and a Masters and Doctorate from Cambridge University, UK. He and his wife, Nomusa, are blessed with two daughters, Thando and Enhle, plus many other adopted mentees.

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Lebo Gunguluza

Speaker | Entrepreneur

Lebo Gunguluza is an entrepreneur, Turnaround Strategist, Business Speaker and Dragon Investor on SA’s Dragons Den TV Show – known as the “The Breakthrough Entrepreneur” 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 mulit-million rand empire where he had to overcome tremendous odds on his entrepreneurial journey. He is one of the key founders of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum to address issues facing black entrepreneurs in South Africa. Lebo 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 Entrepreneurship in South Africa. He is the Founder and Group 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. Lebo, the President of SABEF, has an 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. Lebo’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, media 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 is 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.

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Ntosh Madlingozi

Comedian | Speaker

Ntobeko Ntosh Madlingozi is an entrepreneur and one of South Africa’s most sought-after stand-up comedians and MC. He has featured, to great acclaim, in theatre shows such as Blacks Only, Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Tshwane Comedy Festival , 99% Xhosa Comedy Festival ,Cape Town International Comedy Festival, Mind The Gap Comedy Festival, Soweto Comedy Festival, MetroFM comedy experience and the DSTV comedy Festival. His fresh brand of in-your-face, laissez faire humour has found favour at various venues around Gauteng including The Box, Awednesday, Comedy Wednesdays ,The Bassline and others. He is a regular performer at comedy clubs around the country. He has also performed for government clients such as the Gauteng Dept of Economic Development, Sports and Recreation, Arts and Culture and corporate clients such as Nedbank, Black Information Technology Forum (BITF),The Billionaire Group, FNB, Gijima AST, Black Management Forum to name but a few. One of his key strengths is versatility – he is able to cater for different audiences with equally hilarious material. He has shared the stage with a diverse array of comics, including Chris Forrest, John Vlismas, Tom Stade (Canada), Dwayne Perkins(U.S.A), Al Prodgers and Kagiso Lediga. In 2007, he had a stint on radio as ‘The Dysfunctional Cousin’ on Bad Boy T’s then 12-3pm The Family show on Metro FM and also a judge on SABC 1’s reality show “So you think you’re funny” with David Kau for two seasons (2008/2009). He has done adverts for brands like Nandos and has featured in two DVD productions, The Heavyweight Comedy Jam and The Downtown comedy. Ntosh has also featured in films like “Of Good report “which was released nationally at Nu metro in 2013, which won quite a number of awards locally and abroad as well as the 2016 film “Wonderboy for President”. He was a regular feature on the Emmy Award Nominated satire show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola (12 seasons). He featured every weekend on the Powerburo with Paul Mnisi on Powerfm August 2013-September2014, and was a supporting lead in Mzansi Magic”s satirical comedy series “The Mayor”. He is also a regular feature on the Sketch show “The Bantu Hour” which airs on SABC 2 every Saturday.

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Ralph Mathekga

Speaker

In a short space of time, Ralph Mathekga has gained a reputation for being an insightful political analyst. His regular contributions heard on radio will be backed up by his soon to be published book. His contribution will provide a fantastic angle to the election and the impact of its results. Ralph Mathekga started his studies in political science, law and economic history, completing BA in 1998 at University of Witwatersrand. Ralph subsequently completed Hons in Political Science in 2000 at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. After attaining Hons, Ralph completed Masters in Political Science at University of Witwatersrand. Ralph worked as a Political Researcher with Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) where he focused on political, social and economic research. Ralph was part of the team that drafted South Africa‘s Self Assessment Report as part of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Ralph worked as a Lecturer at University of Western Cape, teaching courses in politics and also development. Ralph has worked at National Treasury (Ministry of Finance) in the Budget Office as a Senior Policy Analyst.

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Matsi Modise

MC | Speaker

Matsi Modise is the Managing Director of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs. She is the former National Executive Director of the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF) and is an avid entrepreneurship activist. Matsi is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holding (Pty) Ltd, a Pan African advisory company that focuses on enterprise and business development solutions.

Her experience ranges from Investment Banking at Investec Bank Ltd, and Enterprise Development advisory with South African banks, institutions of higher learning and corporate entities. She has coached numerous small business owners in remote areas of South Africa to increase skills and capacity in small businesses. She currently sits on the board of the Free State Land Use Advisory Board and Start Up Nations South Africa, an initiative of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and The Innovation Hub; and is a member of the Institute of Business Advisors. She is a member of the South African Venture Capital/Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Innovation Management committee.

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Mcebisi Ndletyana

Thought Leader

Mcebisi Ndletyana is the head of Political Economy Faculty at Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). Before joining MISTRA, Dr Ndletyana held research positions at various institutions including the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) at Doornfontein and at the Steve Biko Foundation in Braamfontein. Dr Ndletyana has also held lecturing positions at the Marrymount College (New York) and the City University of New York’s Hunter College. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr Ndletyana’s academic and research interests include the history of African Intellectualism, memory and identity, nationalism and electoral politics.

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Dr John Tibane

Leadership & Health Consultant | Writer | Speaker

Dr John Tibane believes that if the mind is not well managed, failure is inevitable. He holds a BA in Medicine and Surgery, as well as a diploma in Business Management and Executive Development and founded his business In 1997 on the basis of bettering the lives of his fellow men. John derives his company structure from the results of: Knowledge, from seven years medical school; Understanding, from seven years medical practice; and Wisdom from Business Management and consulting. It is John’s firm belief that everyone has the power to be a leader, and that is why he makes it his personal mission in life to spot and develop everyone’s ‘built-in Leadership.’ John is especially able to identify; motivate; inspire and increase leaders, enabling them to grow and prosper. John is no stranger when it comes to television and radio programmes and is the author of “True Dreams Do Come True,” which is a must for all positive thinkers. John speaks on many subjects, one of them being the importance of “Human Capital” in today’s companies and how you should view your employees as assets and not liabilities. John also tailors his workshops and presentations according to the client’s specification and circumstances.

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Thabo Mokwele

Media Personality | Speaker

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Nozipho Mbanjwa

Speaker | Facilitator

Nozipho is the CEO of The Talent Firm – a specialized talent management firm advising on millennial talent in South Africa.

She is also an internationally acclaimed conference moderator, in demand for her unique and insightful ability to facilitate intelligent conversations with depth and breadth. She has moderated conversations the World Economic Forum, United Nations agencies including UN Women, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund amongst other global bodies. Nozipho’s unique talent to moderate dialogue with depth, insight, and with targeted outcomes has seen her rendering services for a number of multinational organizations and blue chip companies operating across Africa. She extends her prowess in dialogue to CNBC Africa where as an award-winning journalist, she broadcasts financial markets shows into to 48 African countries and reaching millions of Africans daily. Her broadcast niche lies in the political economy, development finance, gender mainstreaming, and youth development and has hosted a number of shows in these areas. Nozipho is a faculty member for Duke CE in Africa and brings her world class facilitation and orchestration skills to a competitive executive education offering. She has worked in The Presidency in South Africa, the Mayor’s Office in Washington DC, Umlambo Foundation, as well as Tata Africa in Johannesburg. She is an alumni of the University of London (Masters in International Studies), Stellenbosch Business School (|Masters in Development Finance – cum laude), University of Pretoria (Hons: International Relations), and has completed shorter courses at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Leadership) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Marketing). Consistent with her commitment to using her talents to effect meaningful change, Nozipho launched The WoCode Dialogue, a platform for young professional women to engage on issues emanating from the workplace, in 2016.

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Timothy Maurice Webster

Motivational Speaker

Timothy Maurice Webster is the Author of three brand leadership books and a columnist who consults & speaks at the intersection of three key leadership pillars; Values formation, Style Manifestation and Brand Influence & Positioning. Timothy’s background in branding, design and psychology is inspired by his graduate studies at the Image Institute and his undergraduate work at Brookstone College in the United States. His leadership ideas inspire dialogue and asks his stakeholders (readers, clients) to go to the outskirts of their consciousness in order to consider a new scope for their personal and organizational brands.

He works between South Africa and the United States. His research is particularly influential in visionary leadership, gender equality (women’s brand leadership), Entrepreneurship, global brand positioning and youth Leadership. He founded the youth leadership foundation www.armabrand.org inspiring youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to see themselves as engaged citizens with inherent capacity. His clients are what he terms ‘influencers’- those who shape our society (politicians, professionals, high profile entertainers and artists). Timothy is a weekly columnist for South Africa’s Star News Paper for 10 years and Destiny Magazine for 6 years and contributes to many business publications in South Africa from Black Business Quarterly and the Business Report. He is also a weekly contributor to MetroFM and CliffCentral.com

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Criselda Dudumashe

Speaker | Entrepreneur | Health | MC

Criselda Dudumashe is a mother, dynamic woman, Inspirational Speaker, Professional Counselor, Ex Nurse and medical underwriter. She has worked with different government departments, as well as the corporate sector on implementing workplace wellness programs nationally and internationally. She owns a consultancy and talk service called Positive Talk Services, focusing on workplace wellness programs and advocating for total wellbeing.

She has been actively involved in the fight for the rights of both the HIV infected and HIV negative people. This has compelled her to study immunity and AIDS progression, investigated the research available regarding Nutrition, Behavior and HIV and AIDS in her own personal life. She has been invited as a speaker and presented papers at many conferences and meetings; one of which was a meeting of the SADEC Health Ministers on wellness. She started a radio talk show called Positive Talk in 2003 on KAYA-FM focusing on how HIV and AIDS impacts on health, wellness, socio economic imbalances. She produced and hosted the talk show every Monday evening 19:30 to 21:00 and has been featured on several newspapers, magazines including Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine and television programs locally and abroad. Criselda now co-produces and hosts a show on Metro FM, a holistic journey through your mind, body and spirit. Her show touches on the sensitive yet important parts of our complete self, a shift from a survival to a living mode is what every listener will benefit from listening to the show, every Wednesday and Thursday evening 19:00 to 21:00. She has and still is giving hope by educating simple ways of living a Positive Life through a holistic approach to wellness and encourages her audiences to focus on a personal revolution. To her this means looking after one’s Body, Mind and Soul. Being responsible for our own actions and choices.

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Sylvester Chauke

Thought Leader

All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year 2017, Sylvester Chauke is a self-confessed Madonna crazy, multi-ward winning Entrepreneur and founder of DNA Brand Architects. After an lustrous career as the National Marketing Manager for Nando’s South Africa, Sylvester joined broadcasting giant MTV Networks Africa as its Director of Marketing and Communication. In 2012, Sylvester established DNA Brand Architects; a marketing and brand consultancy that works with some of the most revered brands on the continent. Besides running one of the most innovative brand agency in South Africa, Sylvester Chauke is one of the 22 young leaders from around the world to sit as the Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. Sylvester’s business acumen has led him to be invited to sit amongst others, on the board of the South African State Theatre; Chair of the Artistic and Sponsorship Committee and is also in the Advisory Board for the University of Johannesburg. Some of Sylvester’s accolades include: CNBC Africa All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year, BBQ Young Leader of the Year, European Business Assembly, Best Enterprise and CEO Award, Oliver Empowerment Top Empowered Young Entrepreneur, World Confederation of Businesses Business Leader Award, Falcon Award for Excellence in leadership, Golden European Award for Quality and Commercial Prestige – to name a few. The ethos that stimulates Sylvester Chauke, is the hunger for Africans to perform at a level that inspires millions and changes the game. Sylvester believes that African businesses need to inject it’s magic to the rest of the world and that African Excellence is not a theoretical ideal but it is alive and active.

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Femi Adebanji

Leadership | Innovation | Motivation | Change

With client feedback such as “YOU ROCK!, Femi Adebanji’s career as a dynamic, insightful and fresh business motivational speaker has been featured in interviews with leading international publications such as Wealth Magazine, the Business Day, Entrepreneur Magazine and on many mainstream radio stations. His high-energy business talks and TV interviews on the “Good Morning Africa’s” Business Leadership series on Dstv, have been flighted in over 20 countries on the continent. His ability to intelligently deliver solid business content on creating high-performance business culture, leadership and motivation has earned him the privilege of working with blue-chip clients such as the Office of the Presidency, Barclays Africa, Tiger Brands, Unilever, TSOGO Sun, Duke Corporate Education, Of Cape Town, Standard Bank, Old Mutual, Nedbank, the Endangered Wild-Life Trust, UNISA, First National Bank and many more.

He is the Research Director at Mind-Advance, a think-tank consultancy dedicated to researching and formulating cutting edge strategies for unlocking human potential as well as releasing the often untapped performance potential within businesses and organizations. Based on years of research into some of the most effective techniques and successful methodologies being applied by companies all over the globe, the proprietary Mind-Advance Maxima System™ for unlocking organizational performance was created. A methodology that forms the basis of all his talks. Femi has also been invited to feature as a panelist at the African Leadership Academy’s Enke Project with past panelists being the likes of Alan Knott Craig Jr, McIntosh Polela and Nathan Roberts. Formerly, as divisional head of investment strategy within the Momentum Group, Femi and his team grew client assets under advice from R1 billion to just over R5 billion within 2 years; while quadrupling their client base in the process. During this period, he consulted on strategy issues to premier clients such as BHP Billiton, Rand Merchant Bank and Discovery. With over 15 years’ experience in building successful businesses (both within the corporate space and as an entrepreneur), leading diverse teams and working with businesses to unlock their performance potential, Femi now shares his insights with corporates and organizations all over South Africa and abroad, on how to design and develop high-performance business cultures, create an inspirational leadership culture, motivate their employees and ultimately unleash business greatness! Femi holds a Post-Graduate degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Financial Economics.

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Victor Kgomoeswana

Speaker | Facilitator

Victor Kgomoeswana is currently a TV anchor, radio commentator, author, freelance conference speaker, programme director, workshop facilitator and consultant on African business development. Organisations for which he has facilitated events include the Black Management Forum (BMF), the Annual Audit Committee Conference by Nkonki Inc., the National Treasury’s Financial Management Improvement III workshop for municipalities in the North West, the Association of Black Investment & Securities Professionals (ABSIP), the African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) and Transnet.

He has addressed executive committees and leadership teams and facilitated conferences on African business for such multinationals such as Massmart, Barclays, Standard Bank, Nedbank, PepsiCo, Voltex, Vodacom, Schneider Electric, Française, Allan Gray/Orbis Foundation, among others. Victor has also organised and led a trade conference on regional economic integration in East Africa with the Rwanda Development Board and the South African High Commission in Kigali. As television anchor, he co-produces and presents Africa Business News, a weekly round-up of African business, on CNBC Africa. He has also recently wrote a business book, “Africa is Open for Business – ten years of game-changing headlines”, which was released in May 2014 (published by Pan MacMillan) summarizing the key positive trends of the decade to 2013 in the African business environment.

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Elias Masilela

Thought Leader

Elias Masilela is a Director of DNA Economics and a part-time commissioner on the National Planning Commission.  Elias is also a Director of the South African Savings Institute; a founder member of the Financial Sector Charter Council; and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria.  Until recently, Elias was the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Investment Commission (PIC) and a Director of the South African Reserve Bank.

He has previously held senior positions with Sanlam, the Central Bank of Swaziland and was the Deputy Director General of the South African National Treasury. Elias holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland and a Master of Sciences in Economic Policy and Analysis from the Addis Ababa University.  He has lectured at a number of academic institutions and has written widely on the subject of economic policy.

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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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Linda Ntuli

Facilitator | Life Coach | Speaker

Linda Ntuli is an electrical Engineer turned Management Consultant and a Motivational speaker, Team-builder, Trainer, Facilitator, Life Coach. He possesses excellent personal, organizational and client relationship management capabilities. This enables him to partner with clients in providing effective solutions and outstanding project execution. He has relevant experience as he spent over 12 years at Transnet, Eskom, Microelettrica and Afrox in the electrical engineering, project management, sales and key account management environment, with subsequent coaching and mentoring before founding Rise Up and Do It Business Enterprise.

He comes forth as a solutions-driven, content-rich, and passionate facilitator whose primary focus areas are: Vocational Guidance, Sales Management, Customer service, Program Directing (MC) & Strategic Planning. He has a great passion for developing people from all walks of life from government departments, youth groups, organizations, schools, tertiary institutions and corporate entities. Linda is making a great contribution on Radio (Metro FM, SAFM, Kasie FM, Ukhozi, Jozi FM and Ikwekwezi FM) and Television (SABC and Soweto tv), he is also a regular contributor on the weekly Move Magazine. He has conducted empowerment seminars in Soweto as part of giving back to the community (CSI). In his thought provoking and entertaining presentations, Linda helps people to: master change, rebound from failure, set goals, take responsibility, think positively, pursue excellence, come out of their comfort zones and above all make a difference.

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Ndumiso Lindi

MC | Comedian

Ndumiso Lindi hails from Zwelitsha, a small township next to King William’s Town in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. He came to Cape Town to study a national diploma in graphic design at Cape Technikon, and this is where the “stand-up” bug really bit. After regular performances on the local comedy circuit, he won the amateur category in the Red Bull Comedy All Stars Comedy Challenge. He has toured South Africa performing at the Barnyard Theatre Festival in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg and has shared the stage with local comedy stalwarts like Kurt Schoonraad, Mel Miller, Riaad Moosa, Dave Levinsohn, Cokey Falkow and David Kau. This rock-solid stand-up act has come a long way in a short time, recently being chosen for the prestigious 46664 series of comedy shows, touring the arenas of South Africa, as well as several African countries, including Nigeria and Ghana. Known for his trademark hat and funky urban stylish look, Ndumiso has headlined all the important stand-up gigs around: Blacks Only, Heavyweights Comedy Jam, Nando’s Comedy Festival as well as hosting both the Vodacom Comedy Campus Tour and Vodacom Funny Festival and debuted his first One Man Show, “Here I Stand” at On Broadway Theatre in CPT in August 2011. He is also a firm favourite amongst corporate clients and they frequently book him for their various events. Ndumiso’s material is an honest and hilarious observation of everyday life in South Africa, the diversity of South African cultures and how unique black people can be, especially the newer, younger generation. He paints the nation from a young black man’s point of view. His ability to adapt his unique style to diverse audiences is proof that this relatively young performer is blessed with talent and instinct, and his rapid rise is well deserved.

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Dr. David Molapo

Leadership | Facilitator | Speaker

Dr. David Molapo is a foremost management consultant, educator, and renowned motivational speaker. Using a fine combination of humor, an incredible stage presence, and his personal life experiences, David has a unique ability to mesmerize any audience with his message of hope. Through his public appearances, David effectively motivates, inspires, and impacts more than a million people in South Africa each year, providing them with the confidence and tools to change their lives, as well as those of the people around them.

At the age of 13, David was imprisoned for political activities. While in prison, he started an amazing process of changing his life that led him to be the successful businessman, leader, husband, and father that he is today. In August 1994, David became a finalist for the Junior Chamber International Award of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World, and has appeared in the Who’s Who in South Africa since 1995. In July l999, he was awarded the prestigious PMR Silver Arrow Award as Best in Motivational, Incentive, and Business Consulting. In addition to being one of the most sought-after motivational speakers, David holds two of South Africa’s most prestigious awards: the Young Achiever of the Year—South Africa and the Four Outstanding South Africans Award. David speaks on many subjects, including Quality Management, Communication, Entrepreneurial Skills, Team Building, Leadership, Affirmative Action, and Accepting Change. Some of the books he authored include Growing Up Spiritually, The 10 Exciting Keys to Success, and If You Are Not Growing, You Are Dying. In addition to being one of the most sought after Motivational Speakers, David Molapo holds two of South Africa’s most prestigious awards, the Young Achiever of the Year – South Africa Award & Four Outstanding South African’s Awards (FOYSA) and he has appeared in the Who’s Who in South Africa from 1995 to date. He has consulted for the top 100 Companies and his former designations have included being a Non-Executive Director of Dimension Data SA and other major corporations such as South African Airways and Spoornet.

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Mpho Popps Modikoane

MC | Comedian

On the 27th of July 2009 Mpho Popps Modikoane entered a local television show entitled So You Think You’re Funny! That’s where the general public first noticed him. He then went on to the club circuit in Johannesburg. quickly making a name for himself and sharing the stage with some of the big names in the industry like Trevor Noah and Marc Lottering, to name a few. His next stop was Blacks Only with David Kau and Chris Forrest. Mpho has now become a regular on the line up receiving a standing ovation on numerous occasions. After the success of Blacks Only, he went on to the Market Theatre for the Just Because Comedy Festival. 2010 saw Mpho go back into television and he did an episode on Mzansi Magic’s Opening Guys. He then appeared on the Late Night with Kgomotso show. He also appeared in the miniseries Taxi Ride as Kumba, a man of many faces who is a loud person with a mischievous side. Mpho made his first appearance on DStv’s Comedy Central channel in May 2012 in the first ever episode of Comedy Central Presents… Live @ Parkers, a gig that was headlined by John Vlismas. He was also a commentator on the second season of the Vuzu show 10 Over 10, in 2013. In 2013 Mpho became one of the celebrities to compete in the sixth season of SABC3′s reality competition, Strictly Come Dancing. In 2014 he hosted the SABC1 reality competition cooking series The Perfect Sishebo Show.

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Xoliswa Daku

Speaker

Xoliswa Daku has been a Property Developer for over 20 years. She has won several awards in business and recently been awarded the 2017 Standard Bank Top Women in Property Awards. She is nominated for the Women‟s Property Network „Business Woman Of The Year‟ and is a finalist for the national prize, representing the Western Cape Region. She holds an Executive MBA from UCT Graduate School of Business. She is also a lawyer by profession. She holds an LLM degree from UWC and has several postgrad diplomas in Project Management, HR and She has served on various board imparting her governance skills and currently sits on the NHBRC, SENTECH, Anglican Church board of trustees to name a few.

Xoliswa Daku owns Daku Group of companies. A company that focuses on Property development, Investments and Acquisitions, Facilities and Property Management. The company has a portfolio of over R600 Million Xoliswa is well respected in the industry, as being a finalist in the Property Sector of 2012‟s “Most Influential Women in Business Awards”, identified by CEO magazine attest. She continues to actively influence and transform the property industry in South Africa. In 2013 she has won the “BBQ Outstanding Women in Business Award”, for her outstanding work as a business woman. She has worked on some of the best multi-billion projects such as the One and Only Hotel in Cape Town, Khayelitsha Hospital and Mall and Koeberg Interchange to name a few. She is currently working on the John Mason Park mixed use development, Mayfair Student Accommodation and the Breidback Mixed Residential Development projects, to name a few. Although she has worked for a variety as a patron of women empowerment, there has been a strong passion for developing women in business alongsde developing her business. Xoliswa served as the National Chairperson for the South African Women Enterprise Network (SAWEN), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry. She was very much instrumental in the formation of Women Empowerment institutions by the Department of Trade and Investment o and worked on BEE issues as well. As the Chairperson of the NHBRC she started a women empowerment programme for the social transformation committee. Where they train and mentor 100 women in property and construction through GIBBS Business School to ensure that they have all business skills to participate actively on all opportunities are availed to them. Currently, through media channels, she has been selected as the keynote speaker for a number of events to represent women‟s voices for the 2017 women‟s month. Since the early days in the legal fraternity she led the establishment of centres for rape victims, leading to the development of institutional framework and governance structures for women based initiative such women in transport etc. Her passion for women empowerment continues at the moment with the women‟s build programme working with the department of human settlement in identifying destitute women and assisting in building houses through alternative technology. Daku Group has started a Gal Power Leadership Academy geared towards empowering girls at university for independence and leadership. Similar to what is done with Gibbs to provide them with skills and tools to succeed in the world of business or the sector.

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Somadoda Fikeni

Political Analyst

Somadoda Fikeni is an acknowledged expert and specialist in the areas of political science, public policy development & analysis, history, political economy and heritage. He is recognised as a leading public commentator on politics, policy, economic, social and heritage issues in major South African and international media and forums.  He is a professional public speaker. He has received several honours and awards in South Africa and abroad and one of these is the honorary chieftaincy that was bestowed on him in Ghana.  He is a consistent and passionate community development activist and has initiated a number of community development and charity organizations to mobilize resources for assistance of the poor and the disadvantaged. His main vehicle is the Ubuntu Charity Organization that mobilize resources and distribute them to disadvantaged and vulnerable persons especially children in the rural communities. In the 1980s and 1990s he had used Mount Ayliff Development Association(later became a development agency) to implement community work. He is an honorary professor at UNISA. He has also been voted as number one political analyst in SA in an SAFM programme wherein listeners were asked to vote through call-in, SMS, twitter and facebook. Chairperson of IDT board, chairperson of Eminent Persons Group on sports transformation in South Africa. Just been appointed as one of members of BRICS Thinktank Forum. He is a scholar who holds BA & BA Honours (Unitra), MA (Queens University in Canada) and a PHD (Michigan State University). He currently chairs South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and the Independent Development Trust (IDT). He has also chaired the  Walter Sisulu University Council and has been both an interim chairperson and Deputy Chair of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC). Further, he chairs The Eminent Persons Group for Sports Transformation of South Africa.

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