Start Up Legends BootCamp Stakeholders


Machela Bridgette

  • Business Manager at STANLIB Asset Management
  • Qualified Actuary (1of 8 black female actuaries in South Africa, first to qualify at Liberty)
  • Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2013 and one of Youth Villages’ Top 30 under 30 in 2014
  • BBusSc (Actuarial Science) UCT, FIA, FASSA


Machela Bridgette Sathekga was born in 1987 in Mohodi Ga Manthata, Limpopo. Driven by her belief that “impossible is nothing” she applied for and was awarded the prestigious Oppenheimer Memorial Trust scholarship to study actuarial science at UCT. She graduated in 2008 with first class honours and in the top 10% of her class. She worked at Deloitte for two years before joining Liberty Corporate as an actuarial specialist in 2011.

Later that year Machela qualified as the first black female actuary at Liberty before working in the Chief Executive’s office, providing right-hand support to the Liberty Corporate CE. Machela is now a business manager at STANLIB asset management where she focusses on strategic projects. In her personal capacity Machela is a seed investor in various entrepreneurial ventures focussed on property, education and aviation. She is also the co-founder and director at Fifth Element Holdings and Aurelia Investments respectively.

At only 28, Machela has been recognised by her peers for her leadership when she received the 2011 ASABA President’s award. She is also one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2013 and one of Youth Villages’ Top 30 under 30 in 2014. Machela has been featured in various publications and on CNBC Africa on women in business.

While a successful career is important, Machela has always understood that, “motho ke motho ka batho” – “I am who I am because of other people”. It is with this in mind that she has participated in activities empowering children, mentoring and now sponsors students through the Machela Sathekga scholarship, administered by the Fund-A-Dream foundation.

Zipho SikhakhaneZipho Sikhakhane is a motivational speaker, writer and businesswoman.

Zipho was born and raised in a small township in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Through hard work and determination, she overcame the challenges faced by young people from underprivileged communities. She uses her inspiring life story to influence others towards leading meaningful lives.

Education ~ Zipho’s education background includes a Business Science honors degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in the United States. She completed her bachelors and masters on full scholarship and was also awarded merit scholarships.

Professional ~ Zipho has worked for a number organisations during her young career. She has worked on various organisational transformations in Sub-Saharan Africa as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, the most prestigious management consulting firm globally. She has also worked for few retail companies as a Project Mananger Example experience includes being a Strategic Project Manager for the biggest clothing, footwear and textiles group in Southern Africa, and being an International Project Manager in Spain for one of the largest retail groups in the world. Zipho has worked in 7 countries across 5 continents.

Entrepreneurship ~ Zipho is passionate about business and has created a number of small entrepreneurial projects since childhood. She believes in helping businesses thrive across and beyond the African continent. To contribute to this, she invests in high potential African entrepreneurs in her personal capacity. She is also seeking to acquire small and medium sized businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa that have high growth potential.

Publications ~ She writes on Entrepreneurship on the Sunday Times in South Africa and has been profiled in leading magazines and newspapers. Examples include Destiny Magazine and African Scholar. She has also been published in Singapore as a contributing author on Sushi & Tapas: Bite-size Personal Stories from Womenall around the world. She was interviewed live on TV on Channel News Asia about this book.

Speaking and coaching ~ Zipho is an accomplished motivational speaker and has presented to audiences in 5 continents. She has delivered inspiring talks and poetry on topics related to Africa’s potential, entrepreneurship, leadership, youth and women empowerment. She also delivered a TED Talk on the Vision for Africa. She also enjoys coaching individuals and groups on communication and leadership topics.

Hobbies ~ Zipho enjoys travelling, cooking, hiking and meditating. She has traveled to 28 countries in 9 years. She gets inspiration from MEETING PEOPLE from all walks of life. Her most memorable moment was when she got the opportunity to meet Oprah Winfrey!

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Mvi HlopheMvi is from Port Sheptsone, KwaZulu-Natal, and spent his early childhood in the local township of Gamalakhe. Being one of 3 boys in a single parent family, entrepreneurship was always a way of life as it was often necessary to fund the families activities and ambitions.

He spent his formative high school years in an East London boarding school called Selborne College partly funded by the Rhodes Trust. After which he spent 5 years at the University of Cape Town for his tertiary studies on full scholarship from an american philanthropist.
He is now based in Johannesburg and works in the private equity investment space.

Mvi has a Bachelor of Business Science Honours Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town.
He’s a fully qualified and registered chartered accountant CA(SA) and is currently busy with his chartered financial analyst (CFA) qualification.

After completing his 3 year articles training at EY (formerly Ernst & Young), he spent a year as a corporate adviser in the firms corporate finance team. Here, Mvi advised local companies, multinationals and government on the allocation of their capital resources.
He then joined a listed investment company called Brimstone as a deal executive, where he would be instrumental in the start up and running of a private investments house investing in high potential medium sized companies looking to get to the next level. He operates as the executive assistant to the investment house’s CEO and also sources and evaluates investment opportunities.

These experiences have exposed Mvi to a number of different companies in various industries, by investing behind and helping companies scale up to become national and even international players.

Mvi is passionate about entrepreneurship and sees it as a solution to most of South Africa’s key challenges, be it unemployment (especially youth unemployment), poverty and inequality.

MPhil (Futures Studies), Stellenbosch University, Graduate School of Business
Honours in Business Administration (Executive management), Stellenbosch University, Graduate School of Business
BA (Law), Stellenbosch University

Years of Experience
30 years of industry and consulting experience with international corporate clients and in the public sector in South Africa
Professional Background
Business problem/issue identification, solution development and solution implementation
Engagement delivery activities have included the full range of topic research, issues identification, issue analysis, alternative/option generation and selection, implementation planning through to implementation

Functional Expertise

  • Business and functional strategy
  • Business concept development, feasibility assessment and business case development
  • Change and transformation management
  • Marketing operations improvement
  • Business process reengineering
  • Supply chain improvement/integration

Industry Expertise

  • Mining
  • Public sector
  • Defence
  • Air transport
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture, forestry
  • Engineering
  • Consulting
  • Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain

Selected Relevant Experience
Participated in a Strategic Sourcing Opportunity Assessment for a major construction company that identified benefits in excess of R80m per annum. Working with a third party Supply Chain Service provider facilitated the implementation of a procurement organisation, within the client’s operations, that had been tasked with the benefits realisation
Led work streams in the transformation of the South African Department of Home Affairs that focused on the following key areas:

The development and implementation of Service Level Agreements with a number of strategic suppliers to the Department to ensure improved service delivery to the Department
Led a multinational, multi-location project team in the sourcing of packaging material and marketing merchandise, for what was at the time the second largest confectionary company in the world. Apart from the savings realisation focus the project successfully established a procurement organisation for the company’s Africa, Middle East and Turkey operations

For a leading South African bank led a team that focused on the implementation of advanced sourcing techniques to extract further value from existing sourcing agreements with suppliers in select categories such as office installations, property valuation, advertising agency services, security services and legal services. The contracted suppliers in these categories were engaged to identify and agree joint cost reduction opportunities and initiatives, to quantify the potential benefits and the implementation steps. The effort identified and agree annual benefits in excess of R22m

Led a Strategic Sourcing project for a major South African media company, addressing expenditure in excess of R170 million per annum.

LehlohonoloLehlohonolo trained as CA (SA) and RAA at PwC Menlyn office then Public Sector Department.

During the 3 year tenure, client exposure included but not limited to Department of Defense, Road Accident Fund, South African Road Agency Limited, ESKOM, Vaal University of Technology, University of Limpopo (then Medical University of Southern Africa), University of South Africa, Emfuleni Municipality, Mogale City Municipality and numerous EU and UN funded programs.

The tenure at PwC also involved two secondments with PwC USA office in 2006 and 2007. Client exposure included Ingram Micro (Fortune 500), Autobytel, Drapers and Demos and Mazda Motors Corporation. Through PwC UK, Lehlohonolo also assisted in the audit of Barker Hughes International in Luanda, Angola. Lehlohonolo obtained his CA (SA) qualification in February 2007 and this immediately prompted promotion to assistant audit manager.

Post PwC, Lehlohonolo served as financial manager for Denel Industrial Properties (A Denel Subsidiary) where he was charged with oversight for the finances for the Company’s numerous subsidiaries, its risk management, its information technology and ensuring that it’s Board and Audit Committee fulfils their mandates. Lehlohonolo also served on the Board and Audit Committee (as chairperson of Audit Committee) of its sister division, Denel Aviation.

After Denel, Lehlohonolo joined Alexander Forbes Compensation Technologies (AFCT) in Hatfield, Pretoria as a financial manager where he was charged with oversight of the company’s and its three subsidiaries’ finances. The tenure at AFCT included disposal of a subsidiary while operations remained with AFCT, this therefore required “new thinking” and change management for the business.

Lehlohonolo also served as a Financial Controller at Nalco Africa. An American Multinational looking to established its footprint within South Africa and extend this footprint throughout the continent. Lehlohonolo joined the Company in its infancy and this provided an incredible opportunity to develop and implement an array of solutions including but not limited to policies, procedures, systems, people and equipment.

Lehlohonolo is Audit Committee Chairperson for the Department of Correctional Services. Lehlohonolo also serves as an Audit Committee member for Centlec (Central Electricity) of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and Moretele Local Municipality. Lehlohonolo is currently Group Financial Officer at AM Consulting Engineers

Speakers (Content Presenters)


MBA (Gordon Institute of Business Science) – In progress
MSc. Veterinary Tropical Diseases (University of Pretoria)
Honours (Genetics), University of Pretoria

Years of Experience
8 Years working experience
– 6 months consulting experience

Professional Background

  • Consultant at Africawide Consulting
  • Intellectual property management

Functional Expertise

  • Skills development
  • Analysis
  • Operations management
  • Strategy development

Selected Relevant Experience
Currently working within the Project Engineering Department of Eskom on implementing project controls within Outages at Duvha Power Station. The project objectives include implementing the nine functional areas of project controls within Outages. The implementation process involves skills transfer, sustainable change management as well as effective stakeholder management.

Consulting to the Services SETA focusing on discretionary grant allocation and contracting. Part of my duties include project management in terms of grant allocation and due diligence processes and engaging various stakeholders.

Consulting to the Local Government SETA as part of the team responsible for grant allocations and conducting due diligence.
Development and maintenance of a database listing all ARC IP and any license agreements relating to said IP; maintenance of license agreements; conducting due diligence searches to determine what IP the ARC has and developing intelligence on licenses issued on said IP; analysing and drafting license agreements and conducting market analysis in order to support decisions related to licensing amongst others.

Drafting patent specifications; amendment of specifications; drafting brief statements; drafting affidavits for restoration applications; classification of subject matter relating to an invention; and writing articles, some of which were published. Working at the firm has greatly improved my knowledge of the relevant statutes pertaining to intellectual property, biotechnology and indigenous resources amongst others.

Bachelor of Science Construction Economics
Bachelors degree in Business Administration
Post Graduate Diploma in Business Project Management

Years of Experience
5 years work experience
3 years management consulting
2 years industrial services procurement

Professional Background
Top tier experience in project conceptualisation, development ,financing and management with regards to mining, large scale infrastructure, Understanding of various large scale project and finance aspects across a broad range of industries

Functional Expertise

    • Procurement and supply chain
    • Project Development
    • Project Conceptualisation
    • Project Management
    • Data Analysis
    • Business Development
    • Consulting Implementation

Industry Expertise

    • Mining
    • Infrastructure
    • Industrial Services
    • Renewable Energy ‘
    • Urban Mass Transportation
    • Government

Selected Relevant Experience
Worked closely with the North West Provincial Government in setting up a Program Management Office by establishing a project management unit taking on legacy and distressed projects in the area of water and sanitation infrastructure, road infrastructure and local economic development.
Performed detailed root cause analysis on various projects across a broad range of industries in conjunction with the clients and on behalf of our own portfolio of projects

Assessing project parameters and drafting monthly reports to clients by identifying weaknesses in the project systems and controls and making recommendations for improvement (If required by client implementing the recommendations) Preparation of copper, gold, soda ash, and coal project information memorandum as part of an investor road show.

Assisted in developing a business development tool to use as to guideline in the process of developing business opportunity pipe line used by the business development department that consolidates, tracks and monitors the various areas touch points.

Assisted the business development department negotiate an in-licensing agreement for a Brazilian urban mass transportation system for the continent of Africa Part of the team that developed a hospital capitation model in anticipation of a legislative change from the Road accident Fund (RAF) act to the Road Accident Benefit Scheme Act (RABSA) Compiles business proposals, product demonstrations, and Return on Investment (ROI) analyses to persuasively illustrate the benefits of proposed solutions; Prepare and delivers Request for Proposal (RFP);

PearlPearl Sibande is a qualified Chartered Accountant (“CA”). She obtained her SAICA Board I and II exams first time. She has an extensive background in IFRS, Corporate Finance and Tax as she spent a substantial time during her CA training at Transnet SOC Ltd and all its Operating Divisions. She currently holds a position as a Chief Operations Officer at SOMAFCO Trust, a youth empowerment organization.

She was employed as a Business Analyst at a Capital Integration and Assurance department at Transnet SOC Ltd, where she was responsible for validation of business cases which came from Operating Divisions to approval Committees.

She is a member of a newly established Non-Profit Organisation, registered under the name “Ubumbano Community Development Programme”, of which she holds the Treasurer’s position. The organisation’s focus is on Youth Educational Development and the Social Responsibility link to it.

University of Johannesburg : March 2012
Highest qualification obtained : Bcom Honours (Accounting)
SAICA Board I; and Board II exams : March 2012; February2014
Accounting Professional Training : September 2013

Chief Operations Officer : August 2015 to Present

Transnet SOC Limited
Business Analyst (Business Case development and Validation) : June 2015 to July 2015
CA Training Programme (SAICA) : February 2012 to May 2015

Exposure and experience on the following areas, amongst others:

  • Preparation of financial and non-financial reports for recommendations and approvals by senior management Consolidations of financial information from the Operating Divisions
  • Development and training for a graduates programme Development of models for costing a business and provisions for future estimates
    Analysis of tax reports and budgets both at Operating Division and Group level Financial reports preparation and review for recommendations at Operating Divisions?
  • Rotation amongst Operating Divisions for exposure on the whole business. Projects management as per the strategy


  • Human Resources Officer at Massbuild ,Massmart
  • National Diploma in Human Resources Management, University of Johannesburg
  • Advanced project management , Boston College
  • Selecting Exceptional Talent, Massmart
  • First aid Level 1
  • Previously a recruitment consultant at Higher Intelligence Recruitment, Rosebank
  • Recruitment of Professionally listed Engineers, IT specialists and Civil Engineers
  • Previously Networking Manager at Terrapin International, Bryanston
  • Corporate events management Sandton Convention Centre
  • Cards and Payments Africa, Retail World Africa and Transport World Africa
  • Business interests in IR consulting and Property Development

Born and raised in Empangeni ,KwaZulu Natal. Completed Matric at Glenwood Boys High school Durban and moved to Johannesburg to pursue studies in Human Resources management at the University of Johannesburg. I also had ambitions of playing professional basketball where I joined the UJ Hoopers team and played till completing my studies. I still play for the UJ Alumni team.

My motivator in life is motivating and supporting the youth to succeed in life through making the right choices in life and concentrating on their talents.

I have motivated many young people from my hometown to start their own businesses and handed them ideas plus knowledge for small businesses, and how to ensure all employee strategies are well implemented and monitored in their companies.

I like many young people , am in the process of getting funding for my business , Sthenjwa – Sithole Holdings which is my brain child, centered in property development and IR consulting. I have supported many companies run by young professionals with their IR and Human resources strategy needs.

Linked in: Mawande Thobani Sithole

Business Analysts


KabeloKabelo Molatlhegi is a certified business analyst. His educational background includes an undergrad Degree in Economics and Econometrics, and an Honours Degree in International Trade and Economic development.

The Economic Development part of his attributes has is integral part of his responsibility to giving back to the community. He has been involved with a number of initiatives in empowering the youth from his childhood community thus enabling the youth to better their chances of having economic freedom. He has been involved in a number of business case developments within Transnet thus enabling him to be the best when it comes to develop business plans.

NtokozoNtokozo Sokhela is an Analyst, specializing in the Capital projects space. He currently works at one of the biggest companies in South Africa, where he is involved in mega capital projects.

His expertise lies in Business case validation, Strategy evaluation and Business Integration, which has seen him work on projects over billions of Rands. He is passionate about CSR projects, Ntokozo also holds qualifications in financial management and Investment analysis and Portfolio management.

SthembileSthembile Nxumalo is a certified business analyst. Her educational background includes a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering, currently studying towards her B-tech in Chemical Engineering Environmental.

She was previously a lecturer at a technical college. Her passion of inspiring young minds to aim beyond their capabilities came during those motivational talks she had with her students. She has been involved in a number of project management processes with the business integration background within Transnet thus enabling her to be the best when it comes to business plan validation.

SiveMthethutsho Sive Mkunzi is an Analyst, specializing in the Operations and Capital Programmes/Projects.

He has worked at Denel Somchem LTD, Leader Packaging CC and currently works at Transnet SOC where he is Business Analyst at Governance and Assurance Department.
Making difference in people’s lives and farming are his passion, and enjoys watching football.

NkosinathiNkosinathi Simelane is an Analyst, specializing in the Capital projects space.

He currently works at one of the biggest companies in South Africa, where he is involved in mega capital projects. His expertise lie in Portfolio Management, Strategy evaluation and Business case validation, which has seen him work on projects over billions of Rands. He is passionate about CSR projects, which includes mentoring young boys without father figures.

PietPiet Radebe is an Analyst with an Industrial Engineering background, specializing in Project Planning/Execution Methodologies and Corporate Governance.

Currently working at one of the biggest Freight companies in Africa and involved in the management of the R 300 billion portfolio. Through the years he has worked and gained experience in different fields ranging from plastic manufacturing, steel industry and freight business.

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