Mr. Lebo Gunguluza, the President of SABEF, is one of South Africa’s most renowned entrepreneurs. He has extensive experience in communication and media having consulted as National Director of Media Communications for membership-driven organisations such as NAFCOC and the Institute for Local Government Management. Mr. Gunguluza’s career started at SABC where he was responsible for promoting the African Language stations, and later Metro FM. He then left for a broadcasting course in the US, and came back to join Herdbouys Advertising. That is where he gained strong understanding of the media and advertising business. His journey as an entrepreneur started in entertainment through his first company Gunguluza Entertainment and later refocused his business towards corporate communication and media spaces.
Matsi is an avid entrepreneurship activist and also the co-founder of Emerge (Pty) Ltd, a business development advisory company. She has a background in Finance and her experience ranges from Investment Banking at Investec Bank Ltd, and Enterprise Development consulting for Standard Bank, Enterpriseroom, University of the Free State, Ndiza Finance and the National Empowerment Fund. She has been involved in facilitating various mentorship programmes for SMME’s in remote and rural areas of the country. She currently sits on the Free State province Land Use Advisory Board and is a member of the Institute of Business Advisors. In 2013 Matsi was inducted as the World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper.
Vuyisa Qabaka has experience in corporate communications, business innovation, sales and marketing. He considers himself a business leader, connector and an innovator. He is the Chief Connector at EmpowerWeb, an experiment in creating broad-based BEE groups using the Internet and social networking tools.
Vuyisa is also the managing director of Abaphumeleli Business Consultants that provides business advisory services to entrepreneurship and SME networks and forums, and has conceptualized and is in the process of establishing a Financial Services Co-operative.