Dr Pradish Rampersadh joined the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions as its Chief Executive Officer on the 1st January 2016. SACNASP is the legislated regulatory body for natural science practitioners in South Africa. The natural sciences encompass a wide range of scientific fields covering all of the basic sciences and many of their applied derivatives. The key role of SACNASP is as a registration body for natural scientists and in so doing, provide protection to the public and the profession. As the CEO he is responsible for the operations and management of SACNASP and its activities. He brings with him a wealth of experience due to his diverse exposure to teaching, scientific research and management. Prior to joining SACNASP he was the Content Adviser to the Portfolio Committee on Energy in the National Assembly at the Parliament of South Africa. In this role he advised the Portfolio Committee on aspects related to its oversight role of the Department and entities involved in the Energy space in South Africa. The majority of his experience was however gained in the nuclear industry, ranging from research to regulatory management. Dr Rampersadh obtained his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Witwatersrand, and completed the Management Advancement Programme at the Wits Business School and the Technology Leadership Programme through Tshwane University of Technology. He currently represents SACNASP on various national platforms including voluntary associations.
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Prior to joining Rosatom Central and Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd as Chief Executive Officer in December 2017, Dmitry was responsible for business development and investment management for a number of private equity institutions, focused on extractive minerals in Africa.
Dmitry holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree (with distinction) from the University of Oxford, UK.
Dikeledi Mosalo holds a position of Executive Officer in the Road Freight Chamber at Transport Education Training Authority (TETA). She is responsible for the facilitation of training and development within the road freight sub-sector. Before joining TETA Dikeledi worked in the Skills Development and Training arena for more than 15 years focusing on Skills Planning and Research.
Outside the skills development environment, Dikeledi served as Board Member for Mpumalanga Department of Transport responsible for regulation of road passenger transport and Mpumalanga Liquor Board regulating the liquor industry, later for the Gauteng Department of Transport Board and Gauteng Liquor Board.
She is in position of B.Comm Hours in Economics from the University of the North, a Certificate in Policy Formulation from Clyngedile University in the Netherlands and Project Management from Wits University.
Tshiamo Dichabe is a young dynamic professional with expertise in business strategy conceptualization, policy development and programme management. He holds a B.Com degree from the University of Pretoria and he is currently enrolled at the University of South Africa (UNISA) to complete a B.Com (Honours) degree. He received further Entrepreneurship Development training at Lincoln University (Missouri - USA) through the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme.
As the Co-Founder and MD of the Commercial Agricultural Youth Chamber (CAYC), Tshiamo has worked on various policies, programmes and projects, including the following:
National Youth Enterprise Strategy (Yes) 2006 (Quality Assurance)
Gauteng Agro-processing Strategy 2007 (GDACE)
Youth Entrepreneurship Campaign (YEC) 2010
NYDA Integrated Youth Development Strategy 2011
EPWP Phase II Policy Framework (2012) and EPWP Phase III Policy Framework (2014)
Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) NEPAD (2015)
Presidential Youth Working Group 2015
Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni 2016
African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) Free State Youth Summit (2018)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): CFS-RAI SADC Region (2018) Capacity Assessment
National Policy on Comprehensive Producer Development Support (2016 - 2018)
Elected South Africa representative of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD-FAO-UN 2018).
Tshiamo is the Co-founder, Executive Director and Board Member of youth focused institutions and NPOs in Sub-Sahara Africa, including the Commercial Agriculture Youth Chamber – CAYC (Sec 21 NPO), Afrika Youth Leadership Academy (Sec 21 NPO), South African Youth Chamber of Commerce SAYCC (Sec 21 NPO), AgroSolutions (Pty) Ltd, Tsisimo (Pty) Ltd and Dichabe Investment Group (Pty) Ltd.
Elmond Khoza is the co-founder and executive chairman of Lamo Solar, a
fast growing engineering, procurement and construction solar photovoltaic
firm. In his role he ensures the company brings cutting-edge solar energy
solutions through innovation, with a desire to provide solutions that are in
harmony with the environment and also sustainable for the future. Elmond
has an eight year track record of working in the renewable energy sector.
BSc. Electrical Engineering, Honors Degree
- 2017 Bizcr8 Entrepreneur of the year
- Lamo Solar, winners in the 2016 Eskom Business Investment Competition,
in the Engineering and Construction category
- In 2013, he designed the first facade Building Integrated solar system in
Africa for the GCIS building in Pretoria, which also won the SAPOA
1. Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
2. urban Agriculture
3. Youth Entrepreneur Mentorship
Sabelo Mhlanga is the Founder and CEO of SabiNano (Pty) Ltd since 1 June 2018. SabiNano a nanotech-based company focussing on manufacturing of carbon-based nanomaterials for research and industrial applications, which he founded in 2008 with a partner. He holds a PhD in Chemistry with focus on carbon nanomaterials from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits, 2006) and a certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation (Wits, 2010) amongst other qualifications. He spent many years working as a university lecturer and researcher from 2010 (Wits) until he was appointed a full Professor (2015, UNISA) during which he occupied several positions as a Director/Deputy Director of various portfolios. He has published over 90 peer reviewed research outputs including papers, reviews, book chapters, technical reports, and conference proceedings. He has trained and supervised masters (15), doctoral (6) and post-doctoral (6) fellows with a focus area of nanotechnology and the water-energy-food nexus, who have graduated or completed their research since 2010. Prof Mhlanga was appointed the National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Commission Horizon 2020 Nanotechnology Programmes in South Africa in August 2016 and became assistant in November 2018. He is the CEO/Managing Director of SabiNano responsible for setting-up the company from being a start-up to becoming a full-scale commercial company. He oversees the day-to-day activities of the company at its head-office and manufacturing facility in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Chris Vermeulen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1959. He received the BSc(Ed), B Ed, and MBA degrees from the University of Pretoria.
He taught Science at a high school for 5 years.
He then joined a cement producing company called Anglo Alpha Cement, now known as Afrisam. At the cement company he worked as a quality control manager, and project manager responsible for ISO 9000 for all the manufacturing units of the Afrisam. Thereafter he worked as an Industrial Engineer and solved system related problems and also acted as a management consultant in the company. Before he got retrenched, he worked as a Business Development Manager.
Since the year 2000 he has been involved in skills development of unemployed disadvantaged youth.
He is a prolific training material writer and has written 135 training courses that have all been accredited at different SETAs in South Africa.
Ursula is a talent management solution architect. She has recently assisted with the set up of a collaborative talent platform called Talent Talks. She is currently a lead contributor to www.talenttalks.net. Talent Talks is a platform established to be a catalyst for action and change in the discourse of talent management on the African continent.
Previously with Deloitte Consulting since 2005.
Ursula has a special interest in entry level talent. She established the Deloitte Graduate Academy in 2005. She has assisted in growing and developing over 40 different occupational critical and scarce skills during her time at Deloitte. She has also designed graduate development programmes for organisations in the public sector, FMCG, FSI and manufacturing sectors.
Ursula has a deep interest in learning strategies and a definite fascination in how future 21st century workplaces and skills adapt to the continuous world of change. She also sat on the advisory board for the ASTD (African Society of Talent Development).
Specialties: Talent management; leadership development, skills development practices; graduate development strategies and business case development for corporate academies; mentoring and workplace learning.
Modise Makhene is a Partner and Director in the Johannesburg office of Stanton Chase, South Africa.
Previously he was a Principal at another international executive search firm, and prior to that he was the South African CEO of international advertising & communications firm JWT.
Modise has extensive business development and client relationship management experience having worked in FMCG, Finance, Media, Advertising, Digital & Communications industries. He has worked with clients in the Retail, Automotive and Telecommunications sectors as well.
He is a trustee of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment. The organisation runs a self-development programme for young people. Former President Nelson Mandela was the founding Patron-In-Chief of the South African chapter organization.
Modise holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Howard University, in the United States.
Thabang Mashigo is a Global Speaker, Think Tank and Business Strategist. She is the CEO of Altitude Connection, a company specialiing in Project management, Content Development, strategic consulting and Transformational Talks.
Thabang is also the co-Founder of Maat Africa Solar group, a company in the production of Solar and Renewable energy equipment. She also sits as a director on AgriCom Africa; an enterprise in Agricultural Technology.
She is a Speech writer to selected Ministers and Parliamentarians in the South African government.
Thabang obtained a Bachelor of Arts in [Political science and International Relations] from University of Witswatersrand.
She further completed a BA Honours [International Relations] specializing in Diplomacy and Negotiations as well as the Global political economy in the African context. She has a dual Masters in Project Management and Public policy.
Ms Mashigo has represented Africa on various International platforms:
The British Debate league in London
Common-Wealth Women in Business, South Africa
The Paris Open in France
The Berlin IV in Germany
One World Summit 2015 in Bangkok
SMME in the Middle East- Dubai
Women in Business Summit, Bulawayo, Zimbabawe
9th BRICS Summit, Xiamen, China
Youth Innovation Dialogue, Malaysia
Key note address on prestigious platforms:
Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2017
National SMME Roadshow hosted by Cape media
Internet and Marketing Summit 2016/ 2017
African Broadcasting Expo with SABC and Capricorn FM
Commonwealth Women in Business Summit, City of Joburg municipality
Mamelodi Sundown’s Soccer club Personal Development workshop
United Nations- Africa’s 2030 Agenda- Moot Debate, University of PTA
Mineworkers Provident Fund
Mining Qualification Authority
Liberty Life Corporation
MediaCom, 3rd largest global Media
ANC National and Provincial Government
Cape Media Corporation
Mountain Top Production and SABC Foundation
Inspire Talk AAwarded as one of Top 10 Public Speakers in SA by the City of Western Cape
ward – Best Female Speaker category
2018 Literary Award- Best Female Content Developer [Bothlale Literary Award]
Elected as part of the BRICS presidential Delegation, 9th Summit in China, Xiamen.
Content advisor for the World Trade Organizations [Geneva] to the DTI and Presidency for Brussels [Belgium meeting and Summit in Argentina 2017]
Recommended as one of the Top Thinkers in Africa by; the Chairperson of the Zambian Energy sector, Dr Johnstone Chikwanda, the Malawian Consulate and the South African Presidency
Leadership magazine June and March 2017
Sifun’kwazi [2 of the best rated shows]
Late Mate with Nimrod Nkosi
SHIFT –sabc 1
SAFM, bi-monthly interviews with Ashraff Garda
Kaya Fm with Bridget Masinga
One Day Leader season 6, Resident Mentor and judge
Enquiries and Bookings:
M: 073 705 3487
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Deputy Minister Buti Manamela Mr Buti Kgwaridi Manamela is the Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for
Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth Development as well as the Administration.
Politically Deputy Minister Buti Manamela is a member of the Central Committee of the
South African Communist Party (SACP). He also serves as a member of the Provincial
Executive Committee and Provincial Working Committee of the ANC in the Limpopo
Province. Deputy Minister has been a Member of Parliament since 2009 and was subsequently appointed by President Zuma to serve as Deputy Minister in the Presidency in the fifth administration. During his tenure Deputy Minister Manamela has successfully seen through the signing of the national youth policy 2020. As the Political authority of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) he is working on the amendment of the NYDA Act. He also chairs the following task teams: PRESIDENTIAL WORKING GROUP ON YOUTH
President Jacob Zuma appointed Deputy Minister Manamela to lead a team of 17
Deputy Ministers on the task team for the Presidential working group on youth. The task team consists of five wok streams, which are the main pillars of the NYP2020. The pillars are educations and skills development, economic participation and inclusion, health and substance abuse and optimization of the youth machinery. TASK TEAM ON CREATIVE AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES The task team on the creative and cultural industries aims to accelerate the creation of a conducive environment for artists to contribute to the economy, job creation and general transformation of the country
Dr Noleen Pisa is the Head of Department for the Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a PhD in International Trade as well as a M.Com in International Trade (with distinction) from the North West University. She lectures Transport Economics, Logistics Management and Research Methodology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has published 12 articles in both local and international journals, delivered papers at several local and international conferences and co-authored a book chapter. Her areas of research expertise cut across economics, international trade, transport economics, supply chain competitiveness and public health.
Name & Surname: Thapelo Kuze
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant South Africa CA(SA),
Global Certified SAP FI, Global Certified Procurement & Material Management – SAP South Africa
Specialist Advance Financial Management Certificate- UJ
Bcom Honours in Accounting - NMU
Founder & Executive Chairmain -at Thapelo Kuze Foundation NPC
Founder & Group Chief Executive - at NuWays Solutions Group (Pty) Limited
Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Randmore Investments (Pty) Limited
Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber SME Task team member
SAICA Port Elizabeth Committee Member
SAICA Southern Region Transformation Committee Member
Non-Executive Director Board & Chairman of Audit & Risk of Nelson Mandela Innovation Hub (ICT incubator)
Executive Committee Member of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Employment Equity Committee
Group Project Finance Specialist (Aspen Strategic International projects) – Aspen Pharmacare
Senior Manager (Finance): Transnet Engineering Uitenhage
Funds & Product Controlling Analyst: Mercedes Benz South Africa
Chartered Accountant Trainee: Mercedes Benz South Africa
Business coaching and mentorship within Nelson Mandela Bay.
Recent accolade 2018 (Achievement) - Thapelo was among the national 2018 Top 35 under 35 Chartered Accounant finalist under entrepreneurship category
Susan van Aswegen
Qualified Professional Accountant (SA), spent 17 years inside an accounting and audit practice environment, handling multifaceted engagements (e.g., accounting (financial and management) and auditing, tax, advisory and BEE) across various industries (Professional Service, Mining, Manufacturing, Construction, Wholesale, Retail, Distribution, Transport, Tourism, Information technology, Farming, Forestry, Property and Financial Sectors). She headed up the BEE department verifying entities on the Code of Good Practice and the various sector codes.
During this time she was responsible for Skills Development of 100 + article clerks, managing their development needs (analysis), development plans, conducted extensive training on subject matters (both soft skills and technical skills). Were responsible for the practice management reporting to FASSET (SETA), SAICA and SAIPA on learnership registrations, learner progress, Accredited Training Centre requirements (ATR, WSP, learner log books, portfolio of evidence, assessments and site visits etc).and mentoring staff extensively on career planning leading to them achieving their qualifications.
She has spent the last 5 and a half years integrating business and professional experiences to find meaningful business alliances, solutions to manage outcomes for growing business’ using BEE as point of entry. She continued to train business owners and staff on various topics ( BEE , Enterprise and Supplier Development, Skills Development) to create awareness of the challenges and then to educate them on how to address these in their environments.
Robyn is the Stakeholder Engagement Lead for Symphonia for South Africa and its flagship programme “Partners for Possibility”, supporting the programme’s ability to bring together business leaders, school principals and all manner of specialist resources to create powerful change in schools.
Partners for Possibility is a transformational leadership development program in which business leaders are partnered with school principals. Together the pair embark on a co-action, co-learning leadership journey which has as its goal the transformation of the school they are working with, and the capacitation of the principal for his or her leadership task.
The Partners for Possibility model of building leadership capacity at under-resourced schools has been running for 9 years, and has seen 820+ partnerships developed. The model uses the theories of Community Based Asset Mobilization and Frugal Innovation to address the unique challenges facing each participating school. It has become clear as a result of this work that in order to succeed, any educational support initiative (including ICT) implemented in schools must be strongly supported by the leadership and human capacity of the staff within the school.
Jonathan Molapo is the CEO of Astron Energy Pty Ltd, having been appointed in September 2018. With over 21 years of experience within the petroleum industry, Molapo previously served as COO for Africa, Puma Energy Holdings Pty Ltd, following an 18-year career at Total. Molapo’s career at Total began in 1997 and saw him fulfil various senior leadership roles which included General Manager: Logistics & Supply between 2005-2008, Managing Director: Ghana from 2008-2011 and then as Vice President Central and North East Africa between 2011- 2015.
Molapo served as an executive chairman of Total Kenya Ltd from 2013-2015 and currently serves as a non-executive director of AECI Ltd.
He holds a BA degree in Economics from Laurentian University in Canada. He also completed an International Executive Programme at INSEAD Graduate Business School in France.
Sanele Zulu is the CEO of the Green Youth Network a not-for-profit organization responsible for
the advancement of youth interest and skills development in the green economy as well as
promoting comprehensive education on issues relating to climate change in South Africa. Sanele
Zulu is also the MD of Tosaca Media Group, a marketing and communications firm.
He is a former participant of Youth Parliament. Sanele studied Marketing Management at the
Tshwane University of Technology (SA). He is an Inspirational speaker, Author, Business
mentor. Driven by his passion and enthusiasm for empowering people and building credible
leaders and organizations for our generation, Sanele Zulu has led and spoken in numerous
workshops, Seminars, and Conferences all over South Africa in search for inspiring minds to
change and for inculcating the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Drawing from his own personal experiences as they relate to poverty, the absence of his biological
father, scholastic struggles, and various other obstacles, Sanele has allowed his life to be an “open
book.” He harnessed his pain, discomfort, struggle and lack, used it to push him to significance. It
is his genuine hope, that through his transparency and hard work, others too, will find the audacity
to succeed, despite their circumstances.
An accomplished young business leader offering over 9 years of experience driving income
through building and maintaining client relationships. A creative and dynamic marketer, selfempowerment
guru and networker with proven expertise in consistently penetrating new markets
to ensure sustainable revenue growth. He leverages exemplary communication and in-person
meetings to establish presence and build a positive brand while fostering continuous client
engagement. He lives by his own quote: In order to be the best you must hang around with the
Sanele is the epitome of hustle, drive, determination, entrepreneurship and success. He launched,
Self-published and self-financed an inspirational book titled PART OF THE PLAN at the age of
21, which received great response in the market selling over 25 000 copies to date.
I am the Industry Skills Development and Training Manager, managing three centres, namely; Trade Test centre, Learning Centre as well as the Skills Development and Training projects. The Trade Test Centre conducts assessments for various trade offerings in the industry and for the TVET institutions. This centre conducts gap analysis for employees who do not have trades and qualifications. The Learning Centre offers learnerships and full skills (as well as part qualifications) in various disciplines (both soft and technical). The centre offers lecturer and student training for the TVET sector. It further addresses lecturer and student placements in various industries. The project centre for Skills Development and Training addresses the practical component for apprentices, learner technicians and engineers at various workplaces.
I have an extensive teaching, training and development experience. I worked as a training officer and manager in the industry, training apprentices and company employees. I was a lecturer, senior lecturer, head of department (HoD) as well as Campus Manager (TVET College principal). I was also instrumental in the merging of TVET colleges in South Africa, merging the then Technical Colleges from 150 to 50 TVET colleges. This was done by visiting the United Kingdom (UK) TVET colleges in 1996, 2002 and 2004 with a view to study their merging model in order to customise it for the South African context.
I have obtained the following qualifications: Diploma in Technical Education and Training, Further Diploma in education, Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Bed) and Master’s Degree in Business Leadership (MBL). Currently studying Doctoral Degree in Organisational Leadership.
Gizelle McIntyre is the General Manager of the CPT Business College, specialising in Management and Leadership Development bespoke programmes and full qualifications. Within this role, Gizelle’s responsibilities include Management, Leadership, HR Management and OD Consulting, designing customised Coaching and Mentoring, Leadership, RPL, ETD, Talent Management, Graduate and Management programmes, curricula and processes for organisations and managing a diverse team of L&D Associates in the design, delivery and evaluation of accredited qualifications and Part Qualifications, customised learning with Work Integrated Learning context, executive coaching, CPD and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) solutions.
Gizelle’s career spans 19 years of managing training and development (accredited and customised), HRD, counselling, executive coaching, learning and development, consulting and management and graduate development. Gizelle has Chartered HRD designation (SABPP) and professional designation with COMENSA and CIIPT membership and received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the SABPP in 2015 for exceptional contributions in the HRD space. She has experience in National, Provincial and Local Government, in non-government organisations, public service and private corporates throughout all the sectors.
Clients serviced by Gizelle include Department of Justice, Multotec, Volvo, VWSA, SADC, TTi-Global, BMW, Assmang Chrome, De Beers, NAMDEB, Standard Bank, FNB, EOH, Nestlé, Bridgestone, Indwe Risk, Liberty Life, MASA and the South African Revenue Services (SARS). These organisations, to name a few, utilise her for the design, development and delivery of accredited training and learnerships, skills programmes, coaching, HRD consulting and action learning assignments and have enabled her to facilitate learning experiences and strategies in challenging environments and innovative ways.
With post-graduate qualifications in both Psychology and Education, Training and Development, and a passion for public speaking to advocate the skills development message, Gizelle brings innovation to design and energy to partnerships.
Leon is a development entrepreneur, with a passion for human-oriented commercial development that creates economic platforms where people and nature can flourish. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Talmar (Pty) Ltd, which he formed as an expression of his vision to facilitate global socio-economic and environmental regeneration through economic development. Through Talmar, Leon has served various international clients and investors characterised by highly complex business development and stakeholder engagement processes and requirements. He has taken the lead in bottom-based business development projects aimed at the restoration of over 240 thousand hectares of primary water catchments, and developed multiple large scale agri-concepts in South Africa. Leon also led the development of a national green economy strategy for a prominent international client.
Prior to Talmar, Leon gained experience in business as an early member of Monster Media SA, an endeavour strategically pursued as a learning curve in business and entrepreneurship. Leon’s entrepreneurial abilities were refined during this time when he built a strong client base in a foreign industry, ensuring a prosperous future for the company.
His primary industry experience was accrued in the years that he worked for the Department of Economic Development within the South African government. During his time in the public sector, Leon assumed responsibility for large-scale rural economic development within the rural triangle of the Cape Winelands district. In that capacity, he developed several projects aimed at upscaling the socio-economic potential of communities through landscape-based business development. These projects focused on the core needs and opportunities of each target area, i.e. infrastructure, agriculture and tourism.
Leon has an academic background in Management Studies, Finance and Sustainable Development at the University of Stellenbosch and the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
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