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Black Umbrellas - Zanele Gallacher, GM of Black Umbrellas

Zanele Gallacher is a General Manager at Black Umbrellas. She falls under the office of the Chief Operations Officer and oversees the portfolio of Enterprise Development, with a specific focus on business incubators and lounges, client recruitment, and the acceleration and business continuity programme.

Black Umbrellas - Nomahlubi Pitse of Thanyaka Trading Interview

Nomahlubi Pitse is the owner and Director of Thanyaka Trading. She has a qualification in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management and 12 years career experience in retail, health, insurance and in construction as a Procurement Officer. She ventured into Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when she realized that some companies were not well informed on the type of PPE supplies they needed to use. She noticed a gap in the absence of black women in the industry and the innovation that was required.

Black Umbrellas - Kabelo Baloyi of Nage Training Solutions Interview

Kabelo Baloyi‘s journey started when he was working for South African Training service when he used to do marketing and saw a gap in the market. He met with his business partner Tumelo and they started Nage Training Solutions. The company provides health and safety training and provides their clients with safety files. Tumelo Moletsane is a highly motivated business man, H&S Officer and Artisan who is able to provide key technical and Occupational health and safety Act support to company managers.

Black Umbrellas - Tshegofatso Maloka of BTM Edu Interview

Tshegofatso Maloka started her career at KPMG as an article clerk. After she completed her articles she moved to corporate where she held senior/executive positions at different blue chip companies like MTN, Standard Bank and RMB Corporate & Investment banking. She always had passion to become an entrepreneur at some stage for own personal growth and contribute to current economy by alleviating unemployment and to empower other aspiring young and women entrepreneurs in particular. She is now the CEO of BTM Edu where they have employed women in the majority.

Black Umbrellas - Tshepang Mamabolo of Dikolobe Tja Byatladi Projects Pty Ltd Interview

At Dikolobe Tja Byatladi Projects we run a free range piggery in a small village called Ga-Maria in the Mpumalanga province. What we basically do is breed and sell pigs. The business was started by my father as a hobby to keep himself busy after hours. Growing up I used to go there and help him do the farm chores and that’s where my love for farming began. In the year 2016 I did my research and found that one can actually make good money out of pigs, that’s when I decided to go attend a pig production course at the ARC to get proper understanding on how to run a piggery. I first heard of Black Umbrellas at the NYDA in Witbank. I’m only in my second month of the full incubation program and through the workshops I have attended thus far, I have realized that I know more on how to run a piggery but not how to run a business. The piggery is currently productive with 30 sows and the next step or goal is to have at least 100 breeding sows by the end of 2021.

Interview with Shaun Dippnall, co-founder and CEO of EXPLORE Group

Lebo chats to Shaun Dippnall, the co-founder and CEO of EXPLORE Group, a portfolio of data science businesses that deliver a combination of projects, consulting and skills to both South Africa and global businesses in an inclusive, innovative and creative way.

Accelerated demand for data skills that organizations need to thrive in the digital age are now included in a range of public courses offered by the Explore Data Science Academy in 2021. These include Data Analytics, AI for Machine, Learning, Business Intelligence and Software Engineering. The broad categories taught are NANO-Qualifications and
Digital Skills and within each of these a wide variety of options are available.
To find out more about EXPLORE, the innovative new set of digital courses available in 2021 and details of the Explore loan arrangement, go to Terms and conditions apply.

Black Umbrellas - Johannes Mnguni & Tshiamo Morake of Essential Joyend Pty Ltd Interview

Johannes Mnguni
Operations Manager
Essential Joyend PTY LTD
A passionate engineering champion, with gained experience across various fields of engineering. He displayed courage for leadership by offering guidance, discipline and shared experience. He has experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance and Quality Assurance. He served as a tradesman, a Technician and quality practitioner for various engineering companies. He is driven by innovation, change is Good but continuous change is superior.

Tshiamo Mnguni
Human Resource and Finance Manager
Essential Joyend PTY LTD

Self Driven and motivated individual who aims to revolutionise the engineering and mining spaces. She has gained experience in business administration and payroll management. Her love for people and compassion for finance qualified her to be a leader in HR and Finance for Essential Joyend. She is powered by compassion, Love is life but true love is within actions.

Black Umbrellas - Themba Mabena of Mbhuduma Business Solutions Interview

Themba started Mbhuduma Business Solutions, an accounting, audit, and consulting firm in 2014 whilst still fully employed. He underwent vigorous professions’ compliance and entrepreneur training from SAIBA, SAICA, and SAAA affiliation body. In 2018 he built networks with established Accounting Firms and business that assisted in capacitating and growing my business. In 2019 he joined the Black Umbrellas’ enterprise development program. The business has created footprint around Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and North West.

Black Umbrellas - Bridget Seroka of Ecological Fields Enviromental Consultancy Interview

Bridget Seroka is the founder and managing director of Ecological Fields Environmental Consultancy. Ecological Fields (Pty) Ltd is a professional environmental consultancy that accomplishes projects in an eco-friendly, strategic, sustainable, and ethical manner. The company was formed in April 2016 and it is 100% black and woman-owned corporate. Bridget Seroka has over eight years’ experience in Environmental Management in both the mining and the consulting sectors. Her journey and passion in the Environmental sphere started back in high school when she was chosen to represent her high school (S J van der Merwe THS) in Environmental Projects and Presentations. She then followed her passion by enrolling at the Tshwane University of Technology, where she studied Environmental Science and Geology. After completing her studies, she worked at Anglo American Thermal Coal in Mpumalanga and other environmental consultancies, where she saw a niche between Business Entities, Social Responsibilities, Environmental Education and Environmental Regulations, which encouraged her to open her own Environmental firm which aims to carters for the deficit. Ecological fields have grown sustainably over the past years with clients in the mining, treatment plants, and other companies.
Bridget has been involved in business and project management of various types of Mining related and EIA projects. This includes liaising with other in-house consultants, clients, specialist teams, external consultants, and service providers to ensure that project outputs are delivered on time, and according to project requirements. Responsibilities include:
Coordinating and facilitating public participation processes /stakeholder engagement, Ambient air monitoring, and dust fallout monitoring, including report writing. Environmental Impact Assessments (Basic Assessment, Full Scoping/EIA and NEMA Section 24G), Mining Authorizations, Environmental Management Plans, Environmental Auditing, Waste and water lic

Black Umbrellas - Musawenkosi Ndlovu of OH Multi Group Interview

A passionate and driven individual, Musawenkosi Ndlovu is a qualified Landscape Technician with a love for gardening and the green industry at large.
With a National Diploma in Landscape Technology from The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), he went on to work in the industry where he gathered/obtained hands-on industry knowledge which he then later used to start OH Multi Group. He now aims at growing Oh into a world class brand which will be amongst the best landscaping companies in the country.

Black Umbrellas - Khutso Masha & Thabiso Hamane of Rakhuma Creatives Interview

Director, General and Marketing Manager of Rakhuma Creatives with 12 years experience in the business field. Thabiso holds multiple certificates in business management and has been a director of Rakhuma Creatives a graphic Design and Branding company since 2013. Khutso Masha is a seasoned Graphic Designer, co-founder and director of Rakhuma Creatives.
Though wheelchair bound, his passion and hard-working attitude coupled with over 10 years’ experience in the design and printing industry adds value to our core products and services, and is one of the pillars the rests upon.

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