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.