EmpowaYouth is an Empowaworx brand that was created in light of the high rate of youth unemployment, socioeconomic transformation requirements and social ills affecting and effected by the youth. This event provides the needed motivation, opportunity brokering and empowering input designed to produce the next generation of leaders.

Speakers 2018

 

Previous Speakers

 

Felleng Yende

CEO: FP&MSETA

Nimrod Nkosi

Media Personality

Bonsai Shongwe

Motivation, Leadership, Relationship

Billy Selekane

Author, Internationally Acclaimed Inspirational Motivational Speaker

Felleng Yende

CEO: FP&MSETA

Having been actively involved in transformation at various companies including BHP Billiton and PwC, she holds fast that transforming lives and the careers of people has become a keen passion. In the same breath she however admits that she would be in denial if she does not concede that much more needs to be done to transform the country.

Looking at the successes the SETA has achieved, she says there is almost too much to mention. Yende says to fully understand the growth and successes of the SETA, one needs to go back and track significant events over the last four years, post amalgamation. “The introduction of a highly strategic business model developed by myself paved the way for a complete turnaround and the streamlining of the SETA’s operations and processes. This has resulted in the establishment of a best practice organisation that has met and exceeded organisational objectives and performance standards. I am pleased to inform all of our stakeholders that strategically we are fully aligned to support Government in addressing the MTEF priorities, more especially unemployment and poverty alleviation.

Having recently won Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business Award, Yende says the experience has been humbling since moving from corporate to government has its own cons, but when people recognise your input, it is “amazingly rewarding”. Having won the Public Sector Visionary Award at last year’s BBQ Awards, Yende says that when it comes to what being public visionary is about it entails an attitude of zero tolerance toward corruption, a focus on compliance, excellent service, and professional business conduct. Transcending normal operations to allow strategic conversation in order to deliver on strategic projects are critical components to visionary leadership according to her.

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Nimrod Nkosi

MC, Media Personality

Nimrod Nkosi is the current face and presenter of The National Lottery. Fondly known as the “Lotto Man”, Nimrod has endeared himself to the South African Lotto playing public, putting him on par with the world’s best in Lotto Presenting and or Presenters. It must be brought to attention that Nimrod plays a pivotal role in the creative process i.e. script writing, audience motivation and performance not only for The National Lottery but for Corporate and Private Clients as well.

His experience and execution of Television and Corporate in-house Game Shows has earned him the title of “The Ultimate Games Master”. Most of his bookings are repeated due to popular demand. Word of mouth has played a pivotal role in this regard. He is currently the Presenter, Producer and Director of his own Late Night Show titled ‘Your Late Mate’ on Soweto TV – DSTV Channel 251; which flights every Saturday 19:00pm – 20:00pm. Though not a comedian, Nimrod always adds a tasteful comedic aspect to an event. Script or Event briefing is always essential to him so that he can deliver above and beyond what is required of the client/event. So should unforeseen technical problems occur during the course of the event, he is able to keep the event seamless.

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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.

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Billy Selekane

Acclaimed Motivational Speaker

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.
By creating groundbreaking and different business philosophies and ideas, he taps into the heart of the matter and tells it like it is. No wonder Mr Mashao, CEO of Mashao Consulting, described him this way, “If you haven’t heard Mr. Supercharge speak, you haven’t heard a great speaker.” He is a founder and director of Rihanyo Holdings, where he cut his entrepreneurial teeth. TJ has been a guest to inspire millions of listeners on Thobela FM, Munghana Lonene FM, Radio 2000(SABC), Metro FM, NW FM, Radio Pulpit and Tshwane FM.

Amanda Ndiki

Author, Speaker

Joshua Maponga

Author, Inspirational Speaker

Lebo Gunguluza

Group Chairman – Gem Group

Siphiwe Moyo

Inspirational Speaker

Joshua Maponga

Author, Inspirational 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).

 

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 Lebo Gunguluza

Group Chairman – Gem Group

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

 

Mncane Mthunzi

Corporate Athlete and Change Agent

Thuli Sithole

Former Miss SA, Life Coach, Speaker

Masechaba Ndlovu

Media Personality

Dr GA Lechuti

Inspirational Speaker

Mncane Mthunzi

Corporate Athlete and Change Agent

Mncane Mthunzi, served as Builders Superstore Executive at Massmart Holdings Limited. Mthunzi was the Supplier Development Executive at Massmart for over three years before joining the Massbuild team. He served as Group Supplier Development Executive at Massmart Holdings Limited since August 31, 201; as the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa from June 2009 to August 31, 2011; Senior IT Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF) for three years – a journey that led him to his current leadership position – BMF President. Mcane was also part of a leadership team that presented in 2005 on African leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and later at the African Economic Forum in Cape Town. Prior to BMF, he spent three years as an Enterprise Strategy Consultant and Sales Executive at Microsoft. He spent seven years as a Management Consultant at Accenture. He also served as a Senior Manager at PwC.

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Thuli Sithole

Former Miss SA, Life Coach, Speaker

She currently holds a business development director position at Ubuntu Institute, a non-profit organization in South Africa looking at the role of culture, heritage and indigenous knowledge systems in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Africa. A typical day includes uplifting youth from disadvantaged communities, particularly in enabling leadership and skills development through values based model and indigenous knowledge systems.

Thuli has assisted in various community outreach projects. During her reign as Miss South Africa (2005-2006) she was involved in “Reach for a Dream” project, which aim is to help children with life threatening illnesses and their families to believe in the power of dreams. She also helped raise funds for the Tapalogo Aids hospice in Phokeng, Rustenberg; and became the face of “POSITIVE”, a Sun International fundraising event initiative in aid of the same hospice and of those infected and suffering from HIV/ AIDS.
Although some might arguably point out that these are the expected duties and responsibilities, as the country’s ambassador, Thuli has gone far beyond the call of duty. In 2007 she was one of 18 South African celebrities who dared to go bare for a series of nude portraits that were auctioned to raise funds and awareness for HIV/Aids on Marie Claire magazine’s Each One Reach One Campaign.

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Masechaba Ndlovu

TV Entrepreneur, Radio broadcaster

Masechaba Ndlovu (née Lekalake) is a Zambian-born South African actress, television producer, voice artist and presenter best known for presenting such shows as Weekend Live, Into Africa, Afro Showbiz and eNews. Having earned her media studies certificate in which she majored in journalism, video broadcasting and public relations, Masechaba finally got to carry out her formal skills and acquire further knowledge at Urban Brew Studios.

She debuted on SABC screens as a supporting actress on the soapie Generations, before clinching a lead role in the e.tv soapie Backstage in 2003. Since then, Masechaba has presented numerous shows including That’I’Zak and Out of Box with Paul Viv. For two consecutive seasons she was a sports host on the wrestling show WWP.

 

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Dr GA Lechuti

Inspirational Speaker

Dr GA Lechuti worked for the I CAN Group which is headed by Drs David and Mamiki Molapo and he has been a Master Trainer for Dr John C Maxwell leadership development programs in Africa.

Dr GA Lechuti is the MD and CEO of GA Lechuti Transformational Talks Company, and is also the MD of GA Lechuti Publishing House. He is the founder and president of GA Lechuti Coaching Institute and the Founder of LeaderGrow Seminars and Institute which holds leadership development programs and coaching sessions across the country. He is also an author of inspirational life transforming books, the titles of his books are: You and Your Money, Wealth Provoking Words, Pillars of Success and Winning at Work.

Platinum Sponsor 2018

Felleng Yende

CEO: FP&MSETA
Having been actively involved in transformation at various companies including BHP Billiton and PwC, she holds fast that transforming lives and the careers of people has become a keen passion. In the same breath she however admits that she would be in denial if she does not concede that much more needs to be done to transform the country.

Looking at the successes the SETA has achieved, she says there is almost too much to mention. Yende says to fully understand the growth and successes of the SETA, one needs to go back and track significant events over the last four years, post amalgamation. “The introduction of a highly strategic business model developed by myself paved the way for a complete turnaround and the streamlining of the SETA’s operations and processes. This has resulted in the establishment of a best practice organisation that has met and exceeded organisational objectives and performance standards. I am pleased to inform all of our stakeholders that strategically we are fully aligned to support Government in addressing the MTEF priorities, more especially unemployment and poverty alleviation.

Having recently won Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business Award, Yende says the experience has been humbling since moving from corporate to government has its own cons, but when people recognise your input, it is “amazingly rewarding”. Having won the Public Sector Visionary Award at last year’s BBQ Awards, Yende says that when it comes to what being public visionary is about it entails an attitude of zero tolerance toward corruption, a focus on compliance, excellent service, and professional business conduct. Transcending normal operations to allow strategic conversation in order to deliver on strategic projects are critical components to visionary leadership according to her.

Empowaworx Events and Communications (“Empowaworx”) is a premier communications firm that has been a specialist in premium leadership & entrepreneurship events. Our events this year have had extensive media coverage and have reached over 4,500 C-suite Executives, Executive, Professionals, High Potential Individuals and Entrepreneurs. We conduct annual events.

Simphiwe Masiza

FOUNDER OF EMPOWAWORX

Mr Simphiwe Masiza is an entrepreneur, business leader and the CEO of Empowaworx  Group. Masiza holds qualifications from WITS and GIBS, amongst other institutions. He is qualified in project management, strategy, organizational development, organizational management, event management, reputation management, business management, governance and executive leadership. He is the founder and passionate leader of Empowaworx, a premium communications firm with four business divisions – namely Event Management, Speakers Bureau, Media and Brand Design. Masiza began his career as a leadership expert, management consultant and a sought after and energetic corporate MC and keynote speaker.

His keynote address on “High Impact Leadership” then grew into the annual “High Impact Leadership Summits” events featuring luminaries in business, government and civil society. Empowaworx has since 2000, become a specialist in premium leadership & entrepreneurship events with extensive media coverage through events that reach over 64,500 C-suite Leaders, Executives, Professionals, High Potential Individuals and Entrepreneurs – under his able leadership. Simphiwe Masiza holds various directorships as a trusted and seasoned businessman.

Tumi Mokoena

EVENT COORDINATOR
Tumi’s energy and passion for youth and all things media-related make her the perfect team member to manage and run our Empowa Youth events. Tumi is also a social media guru, ensuring all our digital messaging is on point – for events, our speakers and overall.

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