Thamsanqa Maqubela


Thamsanqa Maqubela

Maqubela cares about youth employment and entrepreneurship through cooperatives support. He is a renowned global advocate for student workplace training and is the founding Chairman of the SA Council for Graduates Cooperative (SACGC) from 2013 to date. He co-authored two books : South Africa at 20: For Better or For Worse and Let Us Pray – Prayer Solutions for A Professional Like You. He represented the SACGC at the 2018 Presidential Jobs Summit and presented solutions for In 2015-2017 he served the chairperson of the Presidential Youth Working Group to advise the President of the Republic of South Africa on strategies to boost youth employment and entrepreneurship. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of SAGDA from November 2010 to October 2015. His dream of full employment for graduates in South Africa has propelled him to take the reigns at SAGDA, where he worked full time for 16 months with no salary, while growing the organizational revenue from high levels of indebtedness in 2010 to over R60 million in 2013. He is a business turnaround specialist, an internationally recognized marketer and scholar with local and international awards in his field. In 2011, he was awarded a Platinum Award as a Top 100 young entrepreneurs in South Africa by the SA Youth Chamber of Commerce. Mail & Guardian rated Maqubela as one of the Top 100 South Africans to shape the Education of the Nation and Top 100 Young Leaders (rating 55) in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Maqubela is a graduate of Vaal University of Technology (marketing national diploma, cum laude 1996); Charles Sturt University in Australia, marketing exchange student 1995 and Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy & Management, MBA in Strategy & Global Management 2002 as recipient of the Global Ambassador Fellowship. He has served higher education for 22 years as HoD International Relations (VUT 1996-2003); CEO, UNITECH (MACE 2003-2006) and Chairman, Qhubela Holdings (2006-current).

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