SPEAKERS

Annette Muller

Annette Muller

Founder, Flexy

Aki Anastasiou

Aki Anastasiou

Presenter TecHub, eNCA

Bokang Montjane

Bokang Montjane - Tshabalala

Co Founder SB Kids

Siphiwe Tshabalala

Siphiwe Tshabalala

Co Founder SB Kids

Dineo & Zothile Langa

Dineo & Zothile Langa

Owners, Port of LNG

Eustace Mashimbye

Eustace Mashimbye

CEO, Proudly SA

Fifi Peters

Anchor, CNBC

Graham Choice

Graham Choice

MD, Merchandise Supply Chain at TFG

Happy maKhumalo Ngidi

Happy Ngidi

Chief Marketing Officer

Jeannine van Straaten

Jeannine van Straaten

Executive: Strategy, Stakeholder Relations & Legal Proudly SA

Kholofelo Shaai

Kholofelo Shaai

Business Clients SA/Supplier Development/Head of Supplier Development, Standard Bank

Leigh Tobin

Leigh Tobin

Founder & Director, Alphabet Social

Lolo Ndlovu

Lolo Ndlovu

Founder & CEO, The Sneaker Shack

Lindiwe Cathrine Madonsela

Lindiwe Madonsela

Chief Procurement Senior Manager: Education, Advocacy and Awareness, B BBEE commissionfficer, Absa Group Limited

Mahlatse Tolamo

Mahlatse Tolamo

Ecosystem Enabler, 22 ON Sloane

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Malcolm & Ricardo Green

Owners, LaRicmal Wine

MEC Parks Tau

MEC Parks Tau

Gauteng Department of Economic Development

Miles Kubheka

Miles Kubheka

CEO of Wakanda Food Accelerator

Ya Mama sisters

Mosibudi Makgato and Rosemary Padi

Co-owners, Ya Mama Gemmer

NTHONYANA KITSA

Nthonyana Kitsa

Regional Manager, Black Umbrellas

Sphelele Vundla

Sphelele Vundla

Brand Director, SAB Corporate

Dr Stavros Nicolaou

Dr Stavros Nicolaou

Group Senior Executive, Strategic Trade, Aspen Pharmacare

Stuart John Bartlett

Stuart John Bartlett

Manager: Regional Partnerships Programmes, IDC

Sello Medupe

Sello Medupe

Founder, Scalo

Tony da Fonseca

Tony da Fonseca

Managing Director, OBC Group

Tshego Dludla

Tshegofatso Dludla

Founder, Robosteam Train

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Vizolet Kuwanda and Takura Chimbuya

Co-owners, Brothers Beard

TM Klassen

Thami Klassen

Director: Regional Industrial Development, dtic

Trevor Gumbi

Trevor Gumbi

South African Comedian, Writer and Actor

Thula Mkhwanazi SEFA

Thula Mkhwanazi

KZN Manager, SEFA

Unathi Nkayi

Unathi Nkayi

Singer, TV Producer and Media Personality

Vivian Kleynhans

Vivian Kleynhans

CEO & Founder, Seven Sisters Wines

Vusi Fele

Vusi Fele

Chief Procurement Officer, Absa Group Limited

Kabelo Rabotho

Kabelo Rabotho

SAF Country Director, Nissan

Amanda Lotheringen

Amanda Lotheringen

Senior Manager, Copyright and IP Enforcement, CIPC, DTI

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Barbara Copelovici

Entrepreneurship Director, SAB

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Leanne Manas

Anchor, Morning Live

PSA New Speaker 1

Gavin Rajah

CEO and Founder, Atelier

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Annette Muller

Annette Muller is a seasoned tech entrepreneur currently working on her latest venture Flexyforce.com An innovative B2B cloud-based software business. Flexyforce.com is used by companies such as Showmax, 2Stories and BiB Africa, to manage new-age flexible suppliers like freelancers, contract workers, outsourced service providers, artists, creatives and small to medium suppliers. Previously she founded DOTNXT, one of South Africa’s first Innovation Consultancy’s sold to an in- ternational firm in 2016, where she launched a number of innovations for South African corporate clients such as www.alphacode.club for Rand Merchant Bank and www.satrixnow.co.za for Satrix to name but a few. Annette holds a Business Science Finance & Marketing degree (Honours Cum Laude) from the Univer- sity of Cape Town, SA, and has attended the renowned Hyper Island Digital Master Class in New York. Recognised by Forbes as one of the ‘top 10 female tech founders to watch In Africa’ (2014)’, Annette is a sought-after international speaker and passionate entrepreneur with a strong focus on bringing flexi- bility to the working world. Committed to staying on the cutting edge of technology, surrounded by people making things happen, Annette lives her mantra that if you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room. You can follow her flexible working adventures on social media #flexyworking @nettyml

Aki Anastasiou

With over three decades in the media, Aki has endeared himself to generations of Joburgers by guiding them through the city’s gridlocked streets each morning as Radio 702’s former trafficologist. Aki’s other great passion is technology and digital transformation.


Aki hosts the weekly technology TecHub on eNCA and is the tech feature writer for the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s publication Acumen.


As one South Africa’s top technology influencers, facilitators and conference hosts, Aki thrives on innovation and digital transformation, and the incredible impact it is having on society and business.

Bokang Montjane

Former Miss South Africa Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala and her football star husband Siphiwe Tshabalala created their own kiddies clothing range, called SB Kids in 2018. Created for young kids to embrace their Africanness and shine just as brightly as the heroes and princesses in other fairy tales, the collections cater for children between the ages of two and ten and the aim is to inspire and give hope to the young African child.

Siphiwe Tshabalala

Former Miss South Africa Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala and her football star husband Siphiwe Tshabalala created their own kiddies clothing range, called SB Kids in 2018. Created for young kids to embrace their Africanness and shine just as brightly as the heroes and princesses in other fairy tales, the collections cater for children between the ages of two and ten and the aim is to inspire and give hope to the young African child.

Dineo & Zothile Langa

Officially launched on the 15th of November, 2020 local fashion line Port of LNG was long an idea and goal of Zothile and Dineo Langa. Port of LNG started out by creating his and hers traditional wedding attire at a time when restrictions were imposed on gatherings during the covid-19 lockdown, which resulted in a flurry of wedding between November and mid December of the launch year. In February of 2021, Port of LNG launched their ready To wear offered on their online e-commerce store. Since then, the brand has added a bespoke line to their fast growing clients nationwide. With over 75 designs in a year, Port of LNG focuses on showcasing their many ideas and look to be very consistent in releasing new designs. Port Of LNG currently employs 8 hard working individuals and is looking to grow this team significantly by the end of 2022.

Fifi Peters​

Fifi is an award winning financial journalist who specialises in African and global financial markets. She is an anchor at CNBC Africa. An economist at heart, Fifi obtained here BA Degree in Economics & Journalism from Rhodes University in 2010. She also holds certificates in Finance, Law and Media from the SA Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM), the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), respectively. Fifi has worked in some of the most reputable financial newsrooms in South Africa including the Business Day and Financial Mail. As a conference facilitator and MC, Fifi has moderated discussions for government entities and private sector companies in Africa as well as multilateral institutions including the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. She has also facilitated conversations at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Fifi is currently studying towards a CFA Level 1 certificate.

Graham Choice

Graham Choice is a stalwart in the apparel manufacturing industry. His skills, knowledge and passion for the industry and its people has contributed to the growth of the sector.  This can be traced back to his personal journey starting as a trainee in 1982 before working through the different manufacturing rankings to becoming the Pal’s Clothing Factory Manager in 1987 and then as CEO of Prestige Clothing CC, which he started as a micro business with 6 employees in 1989. In 1996 he was appointed as Provisional Councillor for the Western Cape; representing small business. Prestige grew through the economic recession of the following decade to become a small, then medium and eventually large apparel manufacturing company which TFG acquired in 2012. The purpose of the acquisition was to acquire its quick response IP and from it build a scalable and sustainable local design and quick response focused manufacturing supply chain. In July 2021 the Clothing National Bargaining Council recognised Prestige clothing as being the largest apparel manufacture (by employment size) in SA.

As the Managing Director of TFG Merchandise Supply Chain, he plays a pivotal role in the SA garment manufacturing industry. This is apparent by his active collaborations in his career in a number of roles as CEO and as Chairman of the Cape Clothing and Textile Cluster (CCTC), South African Apparel Association (SAAA), co-managing Director of the Textile and Clothing Development Council (TCDC) and TFG’s representative to the National Clothing Retail Federation (NCRF). 

In 2018 he formed part of a small working group from which the R-CTFL Masterplan was created.  He currently represents both TFG and Manufacturing on its Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) and a number of its task teams which promotes skills development, industry best practice and industry employment growth.

Kholofelo Shaai

Kholofelo Shaai – Executive Head of Supplier Development at Standard Bank Group Kholofelo is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership in the implementation and execution of both Supplier Development and Preferential Procurement for The Standard Bank of South Africa. She has over 10yrs experience in leadership and management, in the SME, Enterprise, and Supplier Development field, and over 6 years in the current executive role in the Bank. Kholofelo is an ardent proponent for the development of SMEs, diversity, inclusion and belonging , sustainable growth and development of businesses and communities. She has gained valuable insights and experience in dealing with diverse cultures on issues of transformation and development. She is a social runner, a F1 sport supporter, has a passion for the arts, enjoy poetry and music, love travelling and reading, and currently learning how to play an acoustic guitar.”

Lolo Ndlovu

  • Founded almost 5 years ago by founder Lolo Ndlovu (31), with the first store going up in the heart of the Maboneng Precinct with the mission of changing the way we think about footwear hygiene.
  • Inspired by the growing sneaker culture as well as the energetic entrepreneurial space in SA. Lolo Ndlovu motto for daring entrepreneurs: “You only fail if you don’t learn”.
  • Lolo Ndlovu’s love and belief in the entrepreneurial space of SA is something that has strongly defined his journey as an entrepreneur. “Young people with a drive to have an impact and make a difference in SA can do so with the right direction”
  • Today, The Sneaker Shack is the largest Retail Sneaker Chain in SA. Currently operating 8 branches in JHB and CPT employing 40+ young people with an additional 6 branches set to open in 2022 alone.
  • Fast growing is The Sneaker Shack online Pick-up and Delivery service set to be nation-wide by 2024.
  • “ Youth unemployment has reached critical levels in SA. It is good to know that we are not just talking about this problem but, our growth allows us to give opportunities to young people in order for them to empower themselves and make a positive difference in their lives.
  • Lolo Ndlovu has described the growth “cautious and calculated” with covid having a significant impact on the roll-out strategy. “Retaining staff and ensuring the sustainability and stability of income for their families is critical to our values”
  • The Sneaker Shack brand has evolved into a role and focus in the secular economy. Taking care of the things you have and consuming less is crucial to reducing waste, not only in SA but globally. Lolo Ndlovu says “Sustainability at the very center of how we approach business – we can’t claim to be solving for an ecological problem but if we are to help people prolong the lifespan of each sneaker by 1-2 years through better care – then we can be proud”
  • At The Sneaker Shack, we believe in the fundamental goodness of humanity and our ability to rise up to challenges that may threaten our very existence. We believe in the positive role entrepreneurship can play in solving problems well. We believe in South Africa. We believe in the future.s nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Lindiwe Madonsela

Lindiwe Madonsela: Senior Manager for Advocacy, Education and Awareness within the Compliance Division of the B-BBEE Commission. She joined the B-BBEE space in 2011 with the policy unit in the department of trade, industry and competition and later joined the regulator being the B-BBEE Commission in 2016.

Mahlatse Tolamo

Mahlatse is the Ecosystem Enabler at 22 On Sloane. My role requires me to help the organization grow, create awareness of the entrepreneurial community and the startups within the local ecosystem and beyond. The most important aspect of my role is bringing together like-minded startups who understand the value of collaboration and can positively contribute to each other’s development. 

Im currently the Startup Huddle Johannesburg Organiser, a program designed to build and strengthen local entrepreneurship ecosystems — by helping one Entrepreneur at a time and to Educate, Engage and Connect Entrepreneurs And the Entrepreneurship World Cup South Africa Organiser, a program that helps entrepreneurs at all stages maximize their potential. It combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from the idea stage to the growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen, and scale their enterprises.

Malcolm & Ricardo Green

Father and son team, Malcolm and Ricardo Green are the driving force behind La RicMal. They bring a combination of business experience and sound acumen, which have given rise to the La RicMal brand. La RicMal Supréme and Lerato are sourced from carefully manicured vineyards overseen by experienced grape farmers. Their passionate wine makers use only the highest quality grapes to handcraft La RicMal’s exceptional superior quality wines producing outstanding flavours and aromas. La RicMal wines are currently sourced from the Darling Region and are produced from grapes picked from bush vines known for their self-irrigation. These are the highest quality grapes which produce superb award winning wines. La RicMal cc started with humble beginnings in Cape Town in 2007 and today is one of the most experienced 100% BEE managed and owned wine companies in the agricultural sector to have started the business from concept, designing their own labels, obtaining bottling, trading and export liquor licenses. La RicMal has registered their wine brands with leading local retailers and also exports internationally.

MEC Parks Tau

PROFILE OF MEC PARKS TAU 

Current Positions: Mr Mpho Parks Tau is the Member of the Executive Council [MEC] responsible for the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture & Rural Development in the Gauteng Provincial Government. Mr Tau is the Provincial Treasurer of the ANC in Gauteng. 

Education Refection: Parks Tau is a seasoned local government practitioner with over 20 years as a councillor in the Metro. He has completed his studies in Public Management from Regenesys Business School, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Management from the University of London. Historical Reflection: Positions and political career Having joined Local government as a Councillor in 2000, Parks Tau has continued to play a critical role in the discourse about socio-economic development, particularly the previously disadvantaged citizens of South Africa. In year 2000 Tau was appointed as MMC for Development Planning, Transportation, and Environment. From 2003 to 2011 Tau served as MMC of the Finance & Economic Development portfolio of the City of Joburg. In 2011 Parks Tau was elected as the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg until 2016. He was the second democratically elected Mayor after Amos Masondo. While as the Executive Mayor, Tau was elected into various leadership roles as he became the President of #SALGA. This election saw him becoming a strong contender and was elected to be the President of #UCLG. Tau has served in many organisations during his 20 years as a Councillor; He was appointed Co-Chairperson of the UN High-Level Independent Panel, established to oversee the effectiveness of the UN-Habitat programme. He is a member of the World Resource Institutes & Coalition for Urban Transition He is former Chairperson of SA Cities Network. He is former Deputy Chairperson of the UN Special Advisory Committee on Safer Cities. He is a member of the C40 Climate Change Network Steering Committee. Tau is former co-President of Metropolis – a network of metropolitans established to build resilient and sustainable cities. In 2009 Parks was appointed to the position of Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs by the state President Ramaphosa. He served in this position until he was appointed to the Gauteng cabinet in December 2020. 

Political activist; Born in 1970 Orlando West, Soweto, Mpho Tau grew up during one of the most difficult times for a black child. He was exposed to the injustices of the apartheid regime and joined COSAS, and became involved in student activism at the age of 14. In the 1980s he was detained many times by the police during the various national states of emergency by apartheid government. In 1989 he was elected as president of the Soweto Youth Congress, and played an integral part of the ANC Youth League. Parks Tau has served as part of Joburg Regional Executive as Secretary and as Chairperson. He is currently the Provincial Treasurer in Gauteng as elected at the ANC Provincial Conference in 2018. 

MEC Tau continues to demonstrate his commitment to turn our country into an equitable, non-racial, non-sexist, a prosperous, and just society for all – particularly its youth and women – through the ongoing implementation of all developmental programs. MEC Tau can be reached on social media via; Twitter – @TauParks

Miles Kubheka

Entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author, celebrity chef, cook show tv host and philanthropist

Having once been employed by a leading multinational Microsoft. Miles Kubheka went out on a limb and ingeniously created a restaurant with the same name and branding as a fictional restaurant portrayed in a famous “beeg beeg dreamer’ TV ad campaign. In doing so, he catapulted into media stardom, and soon translated his innovative thinking into entrepreneurial success. Miles is also a firm believer that entrepreneurial mind-sets can be fostered within an organisation. He encourages organisations to build a culture that supports employees to become Intrapreneurs: people who behaves like an entrepreneur whilst being employed.

Mosibudi Makgato

Ya Mama Gemmer The creation of sisters Rosemary Padi and Mosibudi Makgato, Ya Mama Gemmer is a consistent well-loved original homemade ginger beer, which is a staple beverage for traditional ceremonies including weddings, ‘mesebetsi’, ‘mahlabiso’, ‘mafu’ etc. What was passed down lovingly by their mother has been developed into a solution that provides not only the nostalgic original taste of traditional homemade ginger beer, but also a convenient element to traditional ceremonies. Ya Mama Gemmer preserves the South African heritage beverage without adding any artificial preservatives or additves. This is a beverage that has been made skillfully and passed down from generation to generation using natural ingredients. YaMama Gemmer is a home-made concentrate with an intense ginger flavour ready for you to just add water and drink. It’s sure to bring back warm, nostalgic happy memories of good times shared with family and friends. The ginger beer concentrate can be mixed with tap water or for a more luxurious fizzy taste, mix with bottled sparkling water. This real convenience-in-a-bottle is available in different sizes: 500ml dilutes to 2 litres, 2 litres dilutes to 8 litres for small gatherings and the 5 litres bottle makes 20 litres for big special ceremonial occasions. Yamama Gemmer is a SABS tested product, a Proud Member of Proudly South African, Runner up of the Best New Comer at the Good Food and wine 2017, Participant of SAB Lerumo Women In Beverage 2019.

Nthonyana Kitsa

Nthonyana is a resource mobilisation and partnership development professional with immense knowledge in strategy development, partnership development, CSR, as well as and public engagement. She has worked on programmes that required fostering partnerships, locally, Pan African and globally. In her career, she has gained extensive experience in international relations with regards to partnership development and donor agency fund management. She has also shown strength in managing international stakeholders as well as private sector and civil society organisations.

She is self-motivated and is driven by her passion for building social enterprises that seek to develop and foster creative and innovative solutions towards social good. She is an advocate for sustainable economic development through championing inclusive community empowerment initiatives.

In her role as Regional Manager Gauteng for the Black Umbrellas, she is responsible for 2 incubators and a business lounge, where SME’s across many sectors are provided co-spacing as they are onboarded onto the Black Umbrellas Business Foundation Programme or the Business Readiness Programme.

Sphelele Vundla

Sphelele Vundla is SAB’s Corporate Brand Director- and is in charge of enhancing and protecting SAB’s reputation through an integrated marketing communication strategy. 

His journey of success has not been accidental, but has been of deliberate actions that have landed him here including studying Marketing and Media at Wits University where he was lectured by respected media academics such as the Current Vice Chancellor of Pretoria University, Professor Tawana Kupe.

He has a full circle experience when it comes to Marketing Communications, having started as a Communications Specialist and evolved to Group Digital Marketing Manager at Nedbank amongst some of the key roles he has occupied. 

Amongst some of the impactful campaigns that Sphe has managed are: Lion Lager’s iLobola Ngebhubesi digital series, 2019’s Carling Black Label Cup, pioneering Castle Free’s Becoming Imbokodo women’s’ rugby reality series, as well as the iconic Castle Lions Series for the British and Irish Lions tournament, which all received accolades. 

With just six months in role and only 35, his impact has been widely felt on the SAB corporate brand as he has recently been awarded with Gold at the ABInBev Africa Creative X awards for the SAB Corporate Brand work on the “Lift the Ban” campaign and a Bronze Effie Award for Corporate Reputation in the “Responsibility: More Than Just a Footnote” campaign. 

A constant source of inspiration in his leadership approach is a quote by Aristotle “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” It is the relentless pursuit of excellence in every role he occupies (something he colloquially terms Nyisism). 

Dr Stavros Nicolaou

Stavros Nicolaou is the Aspen Pharmacare Group’s Senior Executive responsible for Strategic Trade Development. Previously he was CEO of Aspen’s Export Business. Aspen is Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer and a now world leader in Anaesthetics and injectable anti-coagulants. Aspen is one of South Africa’s most globalised multinational companies with a presence in over 50 geographies globally, with 26 manufacturing facilities across 6 continents. He was instrumental in introducing the first generic ARV’s on the African Continent developed by Aspen, which has gone on to save hundreds of thousands of lives in South Africa and on the African Continent. Nicolaou has over 30 years’ experience in the South African and International Pharmaceutical Industry and is a previous winner of the SA Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Health Care Marketer of the year Award. He was a previous recipient Monte Rubenstein Award for proficiency in Pharmaceutics from the Wits University Pharmacy Faculty. He was awarded, the Order of the Lion of St Mark by the Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch, Theodoros II. He has been inducted as a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA), one of the highest honours bestowed by the PSSA, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Medicine from Wits University

Stuart John Bartlett

Currently (2000 – present) employed at the IDC. I was first employed as Regional Manager responsible for the Eastern Cape and later as Head of Agency Development and Support Department which served as a catalyst for integrated sustainable local and regional development.

 

In 2015, the mandate of the Department was broadened to include supporting the IDC to achieve greater impact within specific development outcomes including : Black industrialist Programme; B-BBEE; youth and  women empowerment;  regional equity; the township economy; social economy; localisation;  worker ownership; community empowerment and environmental impact, and renamed the Development Impact Support Department.

 

I am currently Manager for the Regional Partnerships Unit focusing on developing partnerships between public, private, civil society and community sectors with a mandate “to bring the poor and and marginalised into the centre of the economy” and where various programmes related to the social and solidarity economy are consolidated

 

 After leaving University in 1989 and up to my current position, I have been employed in various positions, largely in the field of local and community development including informal housing and informal business and rural development. 

 

Post-1994 elections, I was employed in political office of the MEC of the Eastern Cape responsible for Economic, Affairs, Environment and Tourism and later Housing, Local Government and Traditional Affairs. 

 

In 1998, before joining the IDC, I was employed by the ANC in the Presidency and dealing with Information and Publicity.

 

I have a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences (1987) and an Honours degree in Anthropology (1989) fromNMMU, and have completed various other courses and programmes including an Executive Development Programme (2006) and a Global Executive Development Programme (2009) at GIBS.

Sello Medupe

SCALO is a South African fashion brand that represents quality and style since 2009. Founded in Johannesburg by Soweto born Sello Medupe, Scalo works on the basis of passion and creativity, fused with the dynamism of a Johannesburg attitude. It is a modern, sophisticated and futuristic brand.

Tony da Fonseca

Tony started his working life with a local advertising agency, rising to Manging Director within a few short years. He was instrumental in negotiating a merger with global communication giant DDB. This brought with it access to global brands and before long, Tony managed to steer DDB SA into the coveted Top 20 bracket of South African agencies. In 2008, Tony was offered the role of Managing Director by one of the agency’s clients, OBC Chicken. The lure of making his mark in the complex emerging mass market, while revitalising a somewhat tired brand, proved irresistible. After assuming his new position in 2008, Tony negotiated the sale of the company to a financially strong shareholder, with great synergies. He then set about revamping the company from the bottom up. Free of financial constraints, Tony built the OBC Group into one of the fastest growing players in its sector, with over 80 stores trading profitably. Most of the OBC Butchery stores are franchised and the store count is set to increase to 100+ stores by the end of this year. Tony is passionate about franchising and keen to give back to the industry. He joined FASA’s Board of Directors in 2012, served as its chairman for two terms during 2018 and 2019. Under Tony’s leadership, an independent panel of judges named the OBC Group FASA Franchisor of the year in 2015 and 2016. Moreover, the South African Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (SAPCC) named OBC Large Business of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and Best Franchise in 2018. His busy schedule notwithstanding, Tony also serves as a director of the Consumer Goods Council of SA.

Tshegofatso Dludla

Tshegofatso Dludla holds a b-tech in electrical engineering with a speciality in digital technology. With 10 years in the electronics development and manufacturing industry she ventured into the edutech space as an entrepreneur with RoboSTEAM Train, going on to found NPO Tshala Foundation, teaching young children coding and robotics. Tshego is currently in the process of developing an edutech product for the African market. Tshego was was also one of the top 25 Mrs South Africa finalists for 2021.

Vizolet Kuwanda

Vizolet started off his career in auditing and accounting at Deloitte in Johannesburg gaining exposure to a number of different industries predominantly the aviation and aerospace industry. Vizolet has now joined the College of Accounting at Monash University as an Adjunct lecturer and is passionate and motivated by power of cross-cultural collaboration among youth in an attempt to solve some of the most pressing economic and social issues that we face on the African continent. In his downtime, Vizolet enjoys cooking up and watching Arsenal dangle with his feelings. Vizolet holds a Chartered Accounting degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT.

Thami Klassen

Thami Klassen is the Acting Chief Director of Industrial Parks (IPs) and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) at the dtic – responsible for SEZ designations, investment projects facilitation and development of state owned industrial parks. Prior to joining the dtic, he studied Extractive Metallurgy and Business Management and worked for Anglo American Corporation and Rand Gold Refineries Mines. He established and ran his own companies, Umzantsi Creative Solutions and Welela Africa for 10 years, offering various services in ICT, call centres, mobile telecommunication products and tourism consulting services. He also founded Soweto Tourism Development Association (Sotoda) and Joburg Big 5 Company which was a family of 5-Joburg based tourism institutions. He has worked extensively with various NGO formations to advance involvement of marginalised communities into the mainstream of the local economies.
He is responsible for oversight of the roll out of new SEZs and IPs that are located across the nine (9) provinces. His work also entails facilitating collaboration amongst the different government and private stakeholders through the implementation of the Regional Industrial Development Strategy, to ensure sustainable economic development and growth in the SEZs and IPs host regions.

Vivian Kleynhans

Vivian Kleynhans had a vision to change the destiny of her family after her father lost his job in the fishing factory in Paternoster when she was just a teenager. The family was consequently evicted from their home and dispersed amongst relatives outside of their hometown. Twenty years later, the separated Brutus sisters were reunited and began working towards realising their vision of creating a business in the wine industry. With Vivian Kleynhans at the helm, the company’s journey in wine-making is an interesting one. Not only did Vivian enter the industry as a self-taught wine entrepreneur, she also created one of the most established emerging wine brands in South Africa. Seven Sisters Vineyards, founded in 2005, is a first-generation wine farm offering the Seven Sisters and Brutus Family Reserve wines. Operating as one of the first 100% black-women owned wine farms in South Africa, Seven Sisters Vineyards is a pioneer in the transformation of the South African wine industry. The Seven Sisters range is crafted to suit the personality of each of the sisters. The business is a tribute to sisterhood and the celebration of a reunited family.

Vusi Fele

Prior to taking up the role as Chief Procurement Officer at Absa Group Limited, Vusi held executive and senior management positions with responsibilities for procurement at AngloGold Ashanti, Danone SA, Tiger Brands, South African Airways, Sasol and Ports Authority of South Africa. Vusi is an accomplished and multifaceted professional with more than 20 years of rich experience in delivering optimal results and business value in environments that demand cross functional leadership, influencing and managing in diverse cultures and
nationalities, exceptional strategic and operational planning in global and regional executive roles from diverse industrial sectors including aviation, financial services, utilities, transportation, FMCG, mining, manufacturing and services. He specializes in supply chain (logistics, strategic sourcing, supplier and enterprise development, supplier transformation and localisation strategies; responsible sourcing (human rights compliance in the supply chain and Third-Party risk management). Vusi chaired the procurement sub-committee of the Chamber of Mines in South Africa and led the development of an industry framework for Responsible Sourcing and common guiding principles for the mining industry

Kabelo Rabotho

Managing Director at Nissan Group of Africa With over 27 years in Automotive, Kabelo Rabotho is a pragmatic, values driven leader with a penchant for principle and good governance. His career in automotive began at Toyota South Africa, holding various positions in their Sales and Marketing organisation including a Senior Manager role for Marketing Planning as well as Corporate and Government Sales. Before moving on to Nissan, Kabelo was the General Manager at BMW South Africa responsible for Sales and Brand Management for the MINI brand. Here he oversaw the MINI’s brand positioning in the market as well as marketing and sales plans. Kabelo has also served as the National Sales Manager at Absa Vehicle Management Solutions and as a Dealer Principal with Imperial Toyota. Before his current role Kabelo was he Marketing Director at Nissan Group of Africa, leading the marketing division. In this role, he oversaw the development and implementation of product and brand strategies, marketing plans and material, campaigns, and digital marketing. Today, Kabelo is the Managing Director of Nissan South Africa, responsible for revenue generation functions as well as being the market lead for Nissan in South Africa.

Amanda Lotheringen

Ms. Amanda Lotheringen joined the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 1993 and is currently Senior Manager, Copyright and IP Enforcement, at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).  In 1999 she took responsibility for the implementation of the Counterfeit Goods Act, No. 37 of 1997, and oversaw the declaration of the first counterfeit goods depot.  She was also involved in the training of law enforcement officials across government departments to implement that Act.  Ms. Lotheringen was nominated as Vice-Chair at the first meeting of WIPO’s Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) held in Geneva in 2003 and also chaired the ACE in 2015 and 2016.  She holds a degree from the Rand Afrikaans University in Development Economics and an Honors degree in Economics.

Barbara Copelovici

Barbara Copelovici is the Entrepreneurship Director for SAB. She joined SAB in 2017, initially to shape and amplify the supplier development programme. 

Prior to joining SAB, Barbara was a management consultant, and then senior manager in the consulting arm of SizweNtsalubaGobodo. In this role, she led the delivery of strategic projects around supply chain transformation, defining strategy and supporting the strategic planning process of large organisations across diverse sectors including energy, education, mining and the public sector. 

Prior to management consulting, Barbara was involved in social enterprises, first by founding and running one which empowered homeless individuals to start a business, then in supporting another social enterprise to deliver. 

Barbara was awarded Brightest Young Mind in 2014 and was part of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper – Soweto Hub from 2016 to 2019. 

Barbara holds a Master Degree in Business Sciences (Kedge BS, France), and a BCom Management (NeomaBS)