The Brandhill Africa group is a Brand Leadership Award 2021 (bestowed by the World Branding Congress) winning group constituted by five subsidiary companies – namely, Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd (CIPC registration number: 2016/200012/07); Brandhill Africa Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd (2021/322005/07); Brandhill Africa Media Holdings (2021/378133/07); Brandhill Africa Institute (2021/373865/07); and, the Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC (2018/278829/08). It is a pan-African competitive identity and public diplomacy group specialising in brand management, destination marketing; trade facilitation; and, investment promotion. This BBBEE Level 1 contributor manages the reputations of locations (corporates/ products/ districts/ towns/ cities/ regions/ provinces/ countries/ and the African continent). The company also administers the last subsidiary company which is a not-for-profit corporate social investment vehicle (CSI) for the group.
(Click on this link to see award acceptance speech: https://youtu.be/ROuDLQEKlOs)
WHAT WE DO
- We BRAND products / companies / individuals (by conducting market research; developing & implementing brand strategies)
- We OPEN GLOBAL MARKET ACCESS for these brands (e.g. exporting)
- We RE/ENGINEER THE REPUTATION of brands (products / companies/ countries/ individuals) that have gone through turbulent times
- We BRAND POSITION city regions / countries as viable destinations for tourism and investments.
- We EMPOWER vulnerable groups (we, inter alia, mainstream issues affecting persons with disabilities).
Although as a TRADE AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION CONSULTANCY, our BRAND DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT services are multi-sectoral, our MARKET RESEARCH services are specific to the following sectors:
- Services industries – and these are Cultural Industries; Tourism; Public Service Support; Information and Communications Technology (ICT); and Corporate Social Investment)
- Manufacturing industries – all locally manufactured product brands.
Our tangible deliverables for you as client are trade and investment promotion strategies; mobilisation of funding for infrastructure development; speeches; media statements; presentations; opinion articles; research papers; magazines/ journals/ books; websites; customised databases; events (meetings/ seminars/ conferences); and, promotional videos/films.
Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd has signed Strategic Partnership Agreements Africa Uncut Ltd UK and Islaverde UK Ltd to source costed and bankable capital and infrastructure development projects across Africa from both the public, private and civil society sectors that require international funding. The projects envisaged include infrastructure developments to drive multi-sectoral economic growth; provision of quality social (and community development) services such as education, health and integrated human settlements.
Here are some of the initiatives:
- Jambo Africa Online: It’s a “Made in Africa” digital publication that helps to commercialise intellectual properties (IPs) developed and owned by African innovators from across the continent. It also produces an annual guide to the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
- Biashara Services and Products Africa (BiSPA) Conference and Exhibition: This aims to position businesses to usurp opportunities accruing from the implementation of the AfCFTA.
- Silicon e-Villages: Through this project, the company has forged a partnership with Edutax (Pry) Ltd to support corporates in providing tailor-made community development initiatives such as the provision of the SETA-accredited training; project development and investments. Our IT solution helps corporates maximise their BBBEE scorecard effect and thereby saving them costs while increasing their score.
The following serve as the company’s non-negotiable values:
- Empowerment of all stakeholders
- Reputation management and leadership
- Participative Management
- Transformational management and leadership
- Staff Development and Training
- Adding Value to all stakeholders
We employ a mix of intelligent, skilled, generally formally educated people, all of whom have capacity to grow. We attempt to always deliver in terms of rewards, salary, stimulus, a stake in the company’s performance and recognition for their efforts. We expect complete commitment to a quality solution for clients and to the goals and performance of the company – expect all of our people to “push” the company and management with energy and persuasiveness. In return, we strive to meet our employees’ career aspirations.
To be Africa’s foremost marketing thought leader on nation brand and public diplomacy.
OUR PAY OFF LINE
The company’s payoff line is “RESEARCH. INNOVATE. RE\ENGINEER”.
OUR BRAND POSITIONING
We are unashamedly inspired by the “Africa Rising” narrative – as eloquently communicated by The Economist – and as such all our creatives are grounded in a post modernist African “transvergent” cultural landscape.
In line with this assertion, our creatives are consciously making a strategic break from the colonial “Jungle of Africa” conceptualisation to presenting the Africa journey to becoming a future economic powerhouse of the world. Not undermining the role that wild life still plays in our destination marketing effort, we believe we have to adopt a strategic distance of all communications that feed into the naive myth of Africa being one big jungle in which Tarzan and wild animals freely roam our streets.
It is for these reasons that our creatives showcase our world class sophisticated infrastructure – rail, road and air; skyscrapers; industrial infrastructure development; and above all else, showcase our ICT infrastructure development initiatives which testify our readiness as a continent in advancing the Fourth Industrial Revolution – 4IR.
According to UNECA, AfCFTA promises to unlock intra-Africa trade to grow by 52% by 2022.
In 2015 WTO provided a comparative analysis of intra-regional trade as follows:
- intra-Africa trade at 18%;
- intra-Asian trade at 52%;
- intra-North American trade at 50%;
- intra-EU trade at 70%;
- SADC share of intra-Africa trade – 55%;
- SACU share of intra-Africa trade – 43%
It is disheartening that Africa’s share of world trade is estimated to be a paltry 3%. This proves that Africa needs to do more to expedite market integration.
South Africa is the largest contributor to intra-Africa trade, accounting for over 24.9% percent of intra-Africa trade, with its trade with the rest of the continent increasing by 8.6% to US$31.92 billion (R478.8 billion) in 2017.
The top African FDI destinations in 2017 were Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe – yes, Zimbabwe!
Creation of a single market for goods and services in Africa is intended to achieve the following strategic objectives:
Expedite continental integration and enhance intra-Africa trade and investment.
Industrial development in the AfCFTA. The AfCFTA will establish a single rule book for trade and investment in Africa.
The “Africa Rising” narrative has to communicate and celebrate these economic milestones in the history of the African continent.
Stakeholder management is the art and science of project management of every project we undertake is conceived as the process of assessing a system and potential changes to it as they relate to relevant and interested parties, clients and customers – we can’t emphasise enough especially the media. The information gathered will be used to assess how the interests of those stakeholders should be addressed in a project plan, policy, program, or other action.
Stakeholder analysis is a key part of stakeholder management. A stakeholder analysis of an issue consists of weighing and balancing all of the competing demands on a firm by each of those who have a claim on it, in order to arrive at the firm’s obligation in a particular case. A stakeholder analysis does not preclude the interests of the stakeholders overriding the interests of the other stakeholders affected, but it ensures that all affected will be considered.
We undertake a stakeholder analysis which is frequently used during the preparation phase of each project to assess the attitudes of the stakeholders (particularly the mainstream media and the general public) regarding their potential perceptions of the programme. Stakeholder analysis will be conducted continuously to track changes in stakeholder attitudes over time.
Ultimately, the success of every project will be adjudged on its ability and capacity to build or enhance the brand equities of our partners.
Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd has forged the following partnerships:
- We have structured partnership agreement with UNISA Enterprises (Pty) Ltd and Enterprises UP (Pty) Ltd (University of Pretoria) – these are revenue generation entities of the two universities. This gives Brandhill Africa group access to the research capacity and resources of these two academic institutions.
- We are a Supporting Partner to the African Agri Council – an organisation with members in the agriculture and agro-processing industry from South Africa and other African states.
- It is an Associate Member of the World Free Zones Organisation (World FZO) – a Dubai-headquartered organisation which is a mother body to special economic zones from across the world.
- It is a Strategic Partner to Proudly South African (Proudly SA).
- We strategic partnership with Farmers Connect Africa – which has emerging farmers from across the continent.
Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: the Brandhill Africa group
Saul Molobi is the founding Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd. Other companies in the Group are Brandhill Africa Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Brandhill Africa Institute (Pty) Ltd, Brandhill Africa Media Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC. The last one is a not-for-profit CIPC-registered company that drives the Group’s corporate social investment (CSI) programmes and project manages CSI programmes of other corporate companies effectively, cost-efficiently and sustainably.
He is touted by many as one of the foremost marketing thought leaders on competitive identity and public diplomacy with vast experience in international business (specialising in global marketing with focus on destination marketing, trade and investment promotion); diplomacy (specialising in economic and public diplomacies); and development of sustainable cultural industries. He is also a published author, filmmaker and a theatre practitioner.
In 2020 he was nominated as the “World CEO of the Year” by the US-based the World CEO Rankings.
He is also a former diplomat having worked as the South African Consul-General in Milan from 1 April 2012 to 30 June 2016. During his tenure, he also served as South Africa’s Commissioner to the national pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale and the alternating Venice Architecture Biennale.
in 2014 he conceived and hosted the inaugural “South Africa Week/Settimana del Sudafrica” in which trade and investment opportunities from South Africa were promoted to the business community in Milan – and these included products from the country being promoted in restaurants and retail shops. The South Africa-Italy Business Awards were inaugurated and the best Italian investors in South Africa were given recognition at a business gala dinner attended by over 200 captains of the industry. He unveiled, with Mayor Giuliano Pisapia of Milan, a mural dedicated to Nelson Mandela that celebrated South Africa’s twentieth anniversary of freedom for which he had solicited sponsorship from the City of Milan municipality and Italian companies that had invested in South Africa – the mural serves as the city’s tourist attraction even today.
As only three African countries (South Africa, Senegal and Burkina Faso) had fully fledged Consulates-General and Angola had a trade office in Milan, he often found himself having to answer questions regarding socio-economic developments in Africa from business leaders in economic seminars, workshops and conferences, he then decided to launch and host the “Africa Week/Settimana dell’Africa” to celebrate the Africa Month in Milan in 2015 in partnership with the Consulates-General, Honorary Consuls and a number of the Rome-based African ambassadors.
This event that attracted South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, the Minister of Tourism and entrepreneurs from across the continent to attend the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela statue (for which he secured full sponsorship from a South African business); the Burkina Faso Day; and a week-long seminar promoting trade and investment opportunities from Africa.
It was the success of these events that made it possible for him to convince Ambrosetti, a Milan-based think tank, to move their annual Italy-South Africa CEO Summit from Cape Town to Johannesburg to make it more accessible to southern African countries from 2016. The event has since evolved into an annual EU-SADC CEO Dialogue hosted in Johannesburg.
This last event inspired him to establish Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd a month before completing his diplomatic tenure in June 2016 as a platform to promote investment opportunities from Africa and to help open foreign market access opportunities for “Made in Africa” service and product brands. The company mobilises foreign direct investments for a number of infrastructure projects from South Africa, Mozambique, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Republic, Ghana and Tanzania.
Before his diplomatic posting to Italy, he previously played an oversight role in the development of the corporate identity of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) – which ultimately influenced the corporate identity of the South African government. While at the dti, he championed a multi-media campaign, aptly titled “Uzoyi ‘thola kanjani o hleli ‘khoneni“, which sought to inspire South Africans through using popular music to become entrepreneurial.
Inspired by the legacy of Mapungubwe, he also designed a multimedia campaign to reposition the Limpopo (one of the nine South African provinces) brand from “Africa’s garden of Eden” to “the heartland of southern Africa” in 2005 – the province still uses this brand positioning to this day. This brand mantra has today gained traction with the launch of the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone which will re-establish Limpopo as southern African regional hub.
Although he grew up in a rural village that didn’t have a high school, he still valued education and today he holds several university qualifications: BA from University of Limpopo; BA (Honours) and Master of Arts in Dramatic Art from the University of the Witwatersrand; a Post-Graduate Diploma from the IMM Graduate School of Marketing; and an MSc in Global Marketing from the University of Liverpool.
His academic research areas included the impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 on the brand equity of Polokwane as a host city; how a country’s competitive identity impact on investor decision making; and currently on brand Africa’s impact on foreign consumer decision making – he uses the South African non-fortified wine exports as his case study and he intends developing a brand management framework for Africa (based on Africa integrating into a free trade area through the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement that became operationalised from 1 January 2021).
He has also received vocational training in public diplomacy and international relations at the University of Southern California, the Netherlands’ Institute of International Relations (Clingendal) and Diplo Foundation (Swiss/Malta governments’ initiative).
He has a full spectrum of experience from various backgrounds: private sector (having worked as Publishing Director for Heinemann Publishers); public entities (Senior Manager: Corporate Communication for Telkom; General Manager: Marketing and Communications at Trade and Investment Limpopo; most recently as Group Executive: Trade, Investment and Regulatory Enablement at the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency); the public service (first as Chief Director: Marketing Communications at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition; General Manager: Provincial Communication Services at Office of the Premier in Limpopo; and as Chief Director: Public Diplomacy at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation); and civil society sector (as Editor-in-Chief at Learn & Teach Publications and Director for the Independent Magazine Group).
He is also a former executive member of the Polokwane Chamber of Business. Recently, he was elected into the national Steering Committee of the National Writers Association of South Africa (an affiliate of the Pan African Writers Association).
A former student leader at the University of Limpopo and an underground operative of the then banned African National Congress (ANC), he spent thirteen months in detention under the draconian State of Emergency during the second half of the 1980s. The emergency regulations gave apartheid security agents unlimited powers to indefinitely detain without trial their opponents.
A committed cultural worker, in 2001 he was shortlisted for the coveted Sunday Times‘ Bessie Head Fellowship for his proposed project on the life and times of the “Wire Gang” – a notorious gang that terrorised Johannesburg townships of Alexandra and Soweto.
He recently published the first in a trilogy of books focusing on his life. It’s titled “Sounds and Fury: The Chronicles of Healing“. The Foreword to the book was written by H.E. Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, the former President of the Republic of South Africa. Although the title suggests the book focuses on the year he spent in hospital, it only uses this as a context to reflect on major events in his life – one chapter looks at how he used the Nelson Mandela iconoclasm as a strategic public diplomacy imperative in communicating South Africa’s foreign policy (he fundraised from the private sector to mount a mural in Milan dedicated to Nelson Mandela and the erection of the Nelson Mandela statue outside the South African Consulate-General’s offices – both serve to this day as tourist attractions in Milan).
He is the founding Publisher of Jambo Africa Online (a news portal on https://www.jamboafrica.online/category/news/) and Convenor of the annual Biashara Services and Products Africa (BiSPA) Conference and Exhibition. Both platforms promote “Made in Africa” service and product brands.
A social entrepreneur, he also serves as a Trustee to the Dr Molefi Sefularo Foundation NPC that advocates for the provision of quality healthcare to all.
From December 2018 to December 2020 he co-hosted a monthly slot on Power 98,7 FM as a Director of the Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC which sought to mainstream issues affecting persons with disabilities (listen to the podcasts on this website under the “Media” button).
Chief Executive Officer: Brandhill Africa Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd
CEO: Brandhill Africa Institute of Public Diplomacy
After an illustrious career as a member of the post-apartheid Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, Stevens Mokgalapa exited active politics from his most recent deployment as the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane to invest his vast experience in foreign policy development and implementation in running a public diplomacy agency aimed at managing reputations of African countries as they integrated into a free trade area following the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
The advent of globalisation has indeed necessitated that cities, regions/provinces, countries and continents forced brand themselves so that they could compete for foreign direct investments and tourism and to open market access opportunities for their strategic exports – particularly value added products. The whole purpose of nation brand is for countries to gain competitive advantage – hence Simon Anholt has coined the concept of competitive identity.
As the Brandhill Africa group, we have positioned ourselves as a “competitive identity and public diplomacy agency”. “Public diplomacy” involves mobilising non-state actors (such as the private sector, civil society and academic institutions) as the arsenals of “soft power” (as coined by Joseph Nye) to deliver a country’s foreign policy or national interests.
This means the primary clients of the Brandhill Africa Institute of Public Diplomacy are the diplomatic missions (representing 55 AU member states) resident in South Africa and other African capitals which we should support in managing their countries’ nation brand images and to position them as viable destinations for tourism and investments while at the same time promoting their strategic exports. These are undertaken under a programme we’re referring to as the “Africa House”.
To understand Mokgalapa’s hitherto political orientation and activism, one should situate that within the context premised on the fact that when Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island, he was only 13 years old, living in Winterveld, and he matriculated in 1994.
In 1997, he completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree specialising in Political Science, at the University of Pretoria. He then received a BA (in Honours) in Political Studies specialising in International Relations from the University of the Western Cape.
He has dedicated two decades of his life public service – first ten years as a local government representative (Cllr) and the next as a member of parliament (MP). His entry into local government politics began when he served from 2000 to 2006 Ward Councillor and from 2006 to 2009 Proportional Representative Councillor. As a Ward Councillor, he focused mainly on developing community awareness campaigns; embarking on social responsibility programmes by supporting NGOs and CBOs in his community.
He then graduated to national politics in 2009 when he was elected to serve as a Member of Parliament on the opposition benches. This was where he honed his competencies on international relations and cooperation. He was privileged to serve in the SADC Parliamentary Forum from 2017 to 2018. This gave him practical experience on issues of regional integration.
As an MP, he served in Portfolio Committees on International Relations and Human Settlement (and in both as his party’s shadow minister).
He also served as the member of the Parliamentary Group on International Relations, Inter Parliamentary Union representative, SADC Parliamentary Forum’s Permannent delegate from 2010 to 2018. He also served as Chairperson of SADC Parliament’s Standing Committee on Food, Agriculture and Mineral Resources and led a SADC parliamentary delegation to East Africa Legislature on study tour.
Furthermore, serving SADC also included being in the election observer missions as a field leader in the national elections of Botswana in 2014; Zanzibar, 2015; and Zimbabwe, 2018. His mandate was to lead the field group, observing and reporting the electoral activities and assessing voting day readiness and post results environment. Based on his group’s report, the mission would then pronounce whether the elections were free and fair.
His wheel of professional politics came full circle when he returned to local government in 2019 when he assumed the mayorship of the country’s administrative capital, the City of Tshwane. The city contributes 10,1% to the country’s GDP – bigger than that of six provinces. His responsibilities included providing leadership to the city administration; budge management; hosting outreach programmes; and chairing mayoral committee meetings.
From 2016 to 2019 he served as the President of the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) and the institution’s representative on human rights. This afforded him the opportunity to serve in the Executive and the Human Rights Committees of the Liberal International from 2011 to 2019.
His insatiable passion for development at local government level saw him serving in the Boards of Directors for the Sunnyside City Development District and Arcadia City Improvement District in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Believing in the principle of lifelong learning, he continued to further his studies while working as a politician. In 2004 received a Political Leadership Certificate at the Johannesburg-based St Augustine College. In 2005 he received a Certificate in Urban Management from the Erasmus University’s Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2008 a Certificate in Human and Civil Rights from the Frederich Nauman Foundation. Returning to the same institution in 2017, he received a Certificate in Political Leadership.
He continuously garnered educational qualifications to sharpen his political mind. In 2010 a Certificate in Election Observation Monitoring from the SADC Parliament Forum Academy. In 2016, he received a Certificate in Mineral Resource Management from the AFRODAD Summer School’s African Forum and Network on Debt and Development. And finally, 2019 received a Post Graduate Diploma in African Studies and Public Policy from the University of Johannesburg.
Deputy Chairperson (Non-Executive): Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC
Born in a small village of Manganeng in Limpopo, 9 November 1985, the Johannesburg-based Lebogang Nkadimeng has gone from humble beginnings to one of the youngest Mining Specialists in the country, respected philanthropist, a great public speaker and a distinguished MC.
Her life story is not one of riches or a fairy tale come true in modern-day South Africa. But Lebo (as she is generally known) has applied a lot of planning, hard work and determination to achieve all she has in her life. She started out as an intern to becoming the youngest Black Female Manager in the Mining Company – and currently, she’s the Governance Manager for Sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti South Africa Region. Her core competences include the social license for the operatation of the company through management of regulated Social and Labour Plans, Community Investment Initiatives, Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement.
The group, particularly Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC, will indeed benefit from her vast experience in corporate communications, compiling sustainability reports of A+ level, gold market investor relations reports, internal communications articles. Strong working knowledge of corporate reporting frameworks/standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM), Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), King III and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).
Lebo attributes some of her success to being street smart, taking risks, not taking no for an answer and surrounding herself with the best brains in the business. All these qualities add to sheer commitment to achieving excellence through diligence and sheer chutzpah.
This young Woman in Mining star’s education journey began in Ekurhuleni, matriculating at Springs Girls High School in 2003. She holds a Degree in Bachelor of Social Science and an Honours Degree in Social Sciences specialising in Psychology – both obtained from the University of Pretoria. Not one to think that is enough, she is also University of Cape Town’s Business School Graduate in Management and underwent a Sustainability Practices programme from the University of Cambridge. As if it isn’t enough, she is currently a postgraduate student at Monash International University.
With all her academic achievements Lebo often remarks that her future was shaped by being born into a family that was involved in politics and still is currently. This gave her an opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life which influenced her decision to get involved in various community development initiatives.
Operating under the phrase #LeboSpeaks as a the CEO of LeboSpeaks Media, this young woman is known for her charismatic personality, fashion flair and zest for life which she has turned into a personal career to be an MC for all types of occasions, she is also involved in charity work and motivational speaking and it is for this reason she has a large social media following. She has been a speaker and MC at various business functions, women’s day events, school events motivating young girls and raising awareness on various health topics, particularly asthma which she is passionate about as a chronic patient.
Chief Executive Officer: Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC and Director: Brandhill Africa [PTY] Ltd
She has a long history in the marketing and communications industry. She registered a company, Seventh Question Marketing and Communications, in 2006 based in Limpopo and the company launched two district newspapers – namely, the Waterberg News and the Capricorn News. These publications were supported by the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements as it bridged the lack digital and information divide between government and communities. The two newspapers were highly successful.
Then from there in 2009 she moved to Pretoria where she also branched into event management and media relations for the Sedibeng District Municipality. She was contracted as an agency to profile the Executive Mayor. She did this by arranging media interviews for him with various radio stations like Kaya FM, Lesedi FM and local community radio stations. The highlight of this campaign included the Executive Mayor being featured on the Justice Malala’s show on eTV and SABC’s “Morning Live Show”. She also opened and managed social media accounts for the Executive Mayor.
Her company also project managed the inaugural Sedibeng District’s Mayoral Awards in 2012. She featured the premier songstress, Zahara, on the programme, and the renowned broadcaster, Bob Mabena, directed the programme.
Even before starting her own company she worked as a promotions agent for a number of companies promoting products in-stores and outdoor media campaigns.
In 2012 her husband was appointed a Consul-General of South Africa to Milan and they had to accompany him to Italy as a family. That meant she was no longer allowed to do business since she was receiving an allowance from government as an accompanying spouse. She’s back after spending four and a half years. Besides pursuing her academic studies through UNISA, she also performed her mandatory work as an accompanying spouse.
While in Italy she performed a number of duties in support of the South African Consulate-General that included hosting ministerial delegations and dignitaries. This gave her experience of protocol services and etiquette. It also honed her event management competencies. She has also attended official meetings/ceremonies where her husband was invited. During her spare time, she also supported civil society organisations including NGOs that cared for underprivileged communities in Africa.
By the way in order to sharpen her skills she has completed a number of marketing programmes through UNISA – and these included a Programme in International Marketing, Programme in Marketing Management and Advanced Programme in Marketing Management. Marketing is key because she believes all good communications and public relations are based on good marketing principles – she indeed adds value to any project she undertakes. With her international experience garnered in Italy (and also her extensive travelling to other countries), her clients are bound to benefit from her expertise.
Back in South Africa on 30 June 2016, with the experience of celebrating culture, arts and heritage garnered in Europe and north America, she broadened the strategic reach of 7th Question Marketing and Communications to undertake educational tours and excursions for high schools to national museums and tourism facilities. Brandhill Africa provides her with the opportunity to establish and deepen inter-cultural links between Africa and the other continents.
Dr Nomalanga Sibeko
Group Deputy Chairperson– the Brandhill Africa group
Dr Nomalanga Precious Sibeko was in the earlier cohorts of South Africa’s youth to be shipped to Cuba, led by the legendary Fidel Castro, for training as medical doctors as part of the socialist republic’s commitment to the reconstruction and development of the newly-liberated South Africa. She completed the MBCHB degree at the Villa Clara University in 2005.
The sophistry medical science of Cuba is recently celebrated by the entire world as the country’s medical corps are deployed in the so-called first world countries as the frontline regiment in containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cuban solidarity, that began during the anti-apartheid and anti-colonial struggles, continues today as the country continues to deploy their doctors in the rural and under-resourced provinces of South Africa.
Before Joining Steve Biko Academic Hospital, she worked at Themba Hospital in Mpumalanga Province from 2005 to 2006. Here she served in various departments – namely, Emergency Medicine; Internal Medicine; Surgery and Orthopaedics; Paediatrics and Neonatology; and, Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
She then moved to the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria from 2008 to 2009 where she served in five departments – namely, Emergency Medicine; Internal Medicine; Paediatrics and Neonatology; and, Immunology Clinic: HIV and TB.
From 2009 ton2011 she joined the Foundation for Professional Development serving in the Department of Infectious Diseases.
With the principle of life-long learning engraved on her DNA, she registered with the University of Pretoria where she pursued a course specialising in Internal Medicine attached to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital from 2011 to 2017. She did rotation work in General Internal Medicine; Cardiology Ward; Cardiology Critical Care Unit; Nephrology and Nephrology Intensive Unit Care; Pulmonology and Criticsl Care; Endocrinology; Hermatology; Rheumatology; and Neurology. She has already passed FCP (SA) for Physicians Part I and she’s awaiting results for FCP (SA) for Physicians Part II.
While at Steve Biko Academic Hospital she attended to all infectious patients admitted in the institution for management and Infectious Clinic was established to follow up complicated cases, which mostly were treated based on their unique presentations. Her research work was then based in this department.
After a maternity break, she then moved to the Northern Cape where she was recruited by Vedanta Black Mountain Hospital – working at the clinic and after hours at the hospital. Her duties include attending medical cases at the mine including Injuries on duty, chronic and Emergency cases; and, screening and testing for COVID-19 infections. Since the hospital is privately owned by the mine, all Mine Personnel including their families are covered by Medical Aid.
In a nutshell, her illustrious experience is in treatment of Infectious Diseases; Teaching and mentoring Medical Students from 4th to 6th year of Medicine; Critical Care Management; Emergency; Management; Communication; and as it’s happening in our public hospitals, experience of working under pressure and long hours up to 16 hours per day.
Humble about blowing her own horn, she reluctantly lists the highlights of her medical career as establishing the Department of Infectious Diseases at the tertiary level after seeing the need at the institution (by convincing the Department of Health); having learnt and managed lots of diseases in her years of experience; her ability to apply the knowledge acquired in Cuba to the South African conditions after being exposed to two different systems of health – namely, preventative (Cuban) and curative (SA’s).
Conscientious to the core and people-driven, after arriving in the Northern Cape, purported to be the second most poorest province in the country, she established the Khà Ma Youth Programme which includes Wellness, Academic and Sports programme of the five municipalities of Namakwaland region.
Her love to help the most vulnerable and downtrodden sections of our communities, and her insatiable desire to find answers to medical problems bedeviling humanity, inspired her to accept her offer to head Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC’s medical research project, “GBS Africa”, into the Guilian Bare Syndrome (GBS), not only in South Africa, but across the continent.
In his “Dedication” page in his recently published book, “Sound and Fury: The Chronicles of Healing”, the author, Saul Molobi, sends first dedications to Dr Sibeko “through whom God gave him a second lease of life” as she did her utmost to give the best medical attention of the patient whose entire body was paralysed by the GBS.
“For me,” he mused in one of his monthly Power FM slots, “she reminded me that South Africa’s public health system was the envy of the world when it performed the first heart transplant in the history of humankind. I knew with doctors of her calibre, this was possible. Sadly, the Public Health Service decided to let her go, but we’re blessed at the Foundation that her expertise will continue to benefit the most vulnerable sections of our communities. It’s befitting to call her a ‘people’s doctor’!”
Chief Executive Officer: Brandhill Africa Media Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Born in the dusty hills of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Andile Msindwana was raised in different areas across South Africa including KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and North West Provinces. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Brandhill Africa Media Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He works hard and always positions himself as an irreplaceable partner to our clients.
Andile’s insatiable desire to grow is responsible for his continuous academic development in marketing, business management and other fields. Never one to sit still, Andile has always participated as a student in writing, publishing, media and markeng strategy development. He holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Free State. He is also currently completing his MBA degree through the University of Limpopo.
Over the years, he has proven to be excellent in marketing insight, planning, strategy and implementation. Meculous in his approach, Andile set up the Research section for Limpopo Provincial Government’s providing insight into the ‘Exco meets the people program’, media monitoring and analysis. He was the inaugural Markeng Manager for the Limpopo Provincial Government. As a Markeng Manager under the leadership of Mr Saul Molobi, he entrenched his footprints on destination markeng (in Africa). During that period he was part of the team that reconfigured Limpopo’s brand from ‘Africa’s Eden’ to ‘the heartland of southern Africa’. He also led Provincial Treasury’s Communications Section as a Senior Manager.
He has worked at different levels of news producon as a journalist, editor and Editor-in-Chief. He has also authored and published a book titled, ‘AmaTolo’ tracing the evoluon of one of southern African indigenous groups. He has also published in academic publications with topics like, ‘the role of SMS in Integrated Markeng Communications’ and ‘Intra-racial Communicaon at Villa Bravado’. Msindwana is an all-round Marketing specialist.
He’s the Editor of Jambo Africa Online.
Executive: Project Administration and Management – Brandhill Africa Institute of Public Diplomacy (Pty) Ltd and Director of Brandhill Africa Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd
An ambitious hail and a go-getter, she graduated from the University of the North West in BA Political Science and International Relations in 2015. One and a half year later she received a bursary to study a 6 month course in “Thought Leadership for Africa’s Renewal” with the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), based at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She’s very passionate about development of servant leadership issues in Africa and TMALI enriched the passion with the requisite knowledge and skills.
In 2019, she spent the whole year in South Korea as an English language teacher and this gave her practical experience to the science of international relations that she studied at the university.
Amidst her academic journey, she got bitten by the entrepreneurship bug which led to the birth of Ofentse Creations – her pride and joy. She uses this as a platform to expose her artistic creativity through her post-modernist African authentic designs rapped in African Print. She’s also a poet.
Believing in the principle of life-long learning, she continues to attend workshops and seminars to become a thought leader on international relations who will motivate various stakeholders on pan-Africanist epistemologies which should put Africa at the core of everyday’s conversations: about the importance of being an African who embraces all that has to do with Africa, her dark past, her presence and her bright future. This she believes she will achieve since she’s a young business woman, teacher and an aspiring academic whose perspectives are grounded on the African Renaissance.
Executive – New Business Development: Brandhill Africa Media Holdings (Pty) Ltd
He’s an award winning Photo-Journalist having spent three decades in the media industry both as a journalist and Photographer.
He’s currently preparing a photo exhibition about “Mamelodi Massacre” to coincide with the township’s annual commemoration of the mass killing of residents by apartheid cops during a rent protest that occurred in 1985. These memorable pictures I took them while still a freelance photojournalist then.
In 2009 he joined Gauteng’s Department of Roads and Transport as spokeperson for both political and administration offices at Director Level communicating most World Cup 2010 matters in liaison with the Premier’s Office.
At end of the greatest soccer spectacular in South Africa, he was appointed Acting Chief Director: Communication and Liaison managing both internal and external communications for the Department.
He was also tasked to run stakeholder Management and Media and messaging both important components of the Department.
Months afterwards he was given a chance to manage and oversee Stakeholder Management as Director before the MEC appointed him to the Gauteng Provincial Regulatory Entity, otherwise known as GPRE, an entity that regulates public transport in Gauteng and it is mandated to issue Operating Licences to Public Transport in the Province.
He stayed for five years from 2013 until 2018 managing the Tshwane offices and representing the entity at various stakeholder engagements including the taxi industry, chairing most section 59 of National Transport Act in Tshwane and at times Joburg head offices. As part their mandate, members would also attend Appeals Tribunals, Municipalities meetings related to transport matters and would also meet with National Public Transport and Regulator (NPTR ) for any amendments or update.
At the end of 2016 he was moved to gFleet, a trading entity falling under Gauteng Roads and Transport as Director VIP and Pool overseeing the overall function of the unit and had almost 50 colleagues reporting to my office.
He was liaising with all client government departments to harness the business relationship at hand with VIP and pool cars in return having them servicing their contract with monetary value.
Also wrote foreword for Annual Report.
His early years in the field as a photojournalist were spent at both The Open School and Afrapix (a collective of anti-apartheid photographers) where he learned the basics of journalism and photography including black and white darkroom work.
He has worked for Pretoria News for almost ten years and before that The New Nation newspaper under the late Zwelakhe Sisulu for six years before it folded due to the unbanning of political organizations and liberalisation of South African politics.
He had a short stint of three years at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) as part of the product development team engaged and documenting izmbizo and other stakeholder engagements for President Thabo Mbeki.
On the 32nd anniversary of the release of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, The Star requested an article from him that looked back with nostalgic as events unfolded then. Since he had covered the event for the New Nation which he had worked under during that period. His story was subsequently used very well by most of the publications that falls under their Independent Media group.
In the same breath being the first newsman to land at Boipatong on that fateful day when marauding Inkatha backed by the apartheid security police attacked residents, The Star newspaper once more asked that he wrote a piece that looked and chronicled the story from an eye witness point of view. He did that and it was shared by most of their publications.
What is important here is that his byline included the fact that he was at the time employed at Gauteng Roads and Transport which also gave his employer a free mileage.
He a veteran of community uprisings. He was a member of the Moutse Youth Congress and was amongst the many activists who organised and mobilised youths and community at large against Moutse’s incorporation into the then Kwa-Ndebele bantustan.
He also belonged to ANC MK Nchabeleng Underground Unit and worked under Isaac Kokane Ditshego.
At the New Nation newspaper where he worked for almost five years under the late founding Editor Zwelakhe Sisulu, he was elected by the branch as the chairman of the Association of Democratic Journalists (ADJ) and subsequently qualifying as an executive member of the national body that was affiliated to the Mass Democratic Movement ( MDM).
He was also member of the Mamelodi Youth Congress and participated in the organization’s various events that rejected and denounced the apartheid government’s legitimacy. He was also a liaison person for the Pretoria Cultural Forum, an ad hoc structure formed by activists organising music festival honouring the release of our leadership from Robben island.
Kentridge possesses a BA Degree, majoring in Political Science and Communication from the University of South Africa (UNISA), National Diploma in Journalism from Birnam Business College and a National Certificate in Journalism from the University of Pretoria.
He won the “National Photo-Journalist of the Year Award” in 2001 under the auspices of National Press Club of Pretoria while employed by Pretoria News.
Group Public Relations Manager: Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd
Group Editorial Manager: Brandhill Africa (PTY) Ltd
Mandla Zibi received his cadet training at the legendary anti-apartheid East Cape News Agency under the tutelage of Brian Sokutu, now one of the ANC’s spokespersons, news writing, feature writing, South African communication models, Public Relations and advertising, media law, photography, print media production, English language development, editing and design.
A year later, he proceeded to Rhodes University where he did first year courses of Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies. He has now completed a full degree, Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English literature.
He then worked for, among others, the Department of Trade and Industry as a Senior Communication Officer from 2002 to 2004. His responsibilities included marketing the dti internally and externally by writing and disseminating internal information to employees through various media channels such as the intranet, e-mail, posters, the staff magazine, Mahube; and also by conceptualizing and writing stories and articles for consumption by internal stakeholders and clients.
Before that (from 1995 to 1998), he worked for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as a Reporter/Presenter doing general news reporting and presenting news bulletins. Before his stint at the SABC, he worked for the Department of Education as an Administration Assistant from 1989 to 1995. His responsibilities included conducting salary adjustments, managing records of service and general office administration.
He has worked for Exclusive Books as an in-store customer agent. Now based in Cape Town working as an editorial consultant for the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.
Sibabalwa Simba Mdena
Manager – Multimedia Productions: Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd
Group Creative Director: Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd
This founder of the Selemogo Graphics & Design Studio which is a nationally-renowned, 100% black-owned graphic design studio, has vast experience in the branding field. He, in collaboration with Saul Kgomotso Molobi and Andile Msindwana, reconfigured and re-engineered the brand of Limpopo into “the heartland of southern Africa” from “Africa’s garden of Eden”.
Furthermore, he and Saul collaborated with Ziyaphenduka Marketing and Events, in engineering the Greater Tubatse Municipality (the GTM) into “the first democratic platinum city”; and he has also designed post-1994 registration plates for Gauteng (GP), Limpopo (N), North West (NW), Mpumalanga (MP), Eastern Cape (EC), Free State (FS) and the Northern Cape (NC).
Selemogo has also provided publishing services to the private sector companies (Heinemann Publishers; Tianshi), organized labour (COSATU and some of its affiliates) and civil society organizations (the then SASPU National and Learn & Teach Publications). He has illustrated the first isiZulu epic, Madiba!, written by the foremost poet Sabelo Zulu, celebrating the life and times of Nelson Mandela.
Some of his notable book illustrations include a controversial article on the origin of HIV/Aids by one of the most talented ANC researchers, Comrade Mzala.
He founded the Gauteng-based community newspaper, e- Gauteng Express, that carried the dti’s MyBusiness monthly newspaper as an insert.
After relocating to Limpopo, he provided graphic design services to almost all the community newspapers and magazines based in Polokwane, including Tshepo Molobi’s The Capricorn News, The Waterberg News; and such other publications as The Northern Zone News and The Sedibeng.
A visual artist, who has creativity having been engraved in his genetic makeup by the gods and God, has gained fame at an early age when he won a national art competition hosted by the Sowetan newspaper – and the whole country woke up to an edition carrying a reproduction of a soulful piece of art and a photo of young winner struggling to carry his prize, bicycle, to his shoulders as the photographer directed.
Masechaba Botle Mabula
Group Administrative Consultant: Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC
Masechaba Botle Mabula is a living proof that though work experience is a necessary competence to acquire, it is not absolutely the-be-all-and-the-end-all of ensuring a potential employee’s capacity for competence and desire to deliver. Coming fresh out of university she has brought a breathe of fresh ideas and approaches into how the human capital development and management functions of the Brandhill Africa group of companies could be undertaken. Armed with a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and now pursuing a Master of Commerce in Human Resources at the University of Limpopo, the 23-year old has brought her youthful chutzpah and diligence in critiquing our human resource processes, procedures and overall systems in how we could further refine our strategies and professionalise our operations. Complemented by our practical experience, we are confident that with her innovative support we will be able to turn things around.
Our confidence in her has been strengthened by our realisation that she has solidified the youthful experiences she garnered from her extra-curricular activities at the university campus – including cultural/religious and sporting activities – into a formidable basis on which her academic excellence and nascent work experience could be solidified into a professional experience.
Our desire to give her this opportunity is also partly as our positive response to President Ramaphosa’s call for the youth of country to be affirmed by the corporate sector by giving them the opportunity to enter the world of work – through the Youth Employment Service he has made pronouncements on.
Our confidence remains resolute that our progressive and dynamic work experience will indeed mould her into a model professional who will contribute greatly to the economic successes of our country. We have committed to supporting her even next year when she will be pursuing her post-graduate studies in Human Resources.
Group Chief Operations Officer: Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd
I am a 26 year old young lady from Secunda in Mpumalanga. I am a proud paraplegic. I now am a proud mom to a most adorable baby boy, Amukelo Leano.
I’ve been disabled for almost 4 years after being involved in a car accident on 24 September 2016. My spinal chord was completely broken. I was in the car with my boyfriend – who later dumped me after my life changed within a blink of an eye. I guess he lost interest in our relationship since I was no longer able-bodied. He was ashamed to be seen with me wheelchair-bound, and didn’t see going into the future with a disabled person.
But I have since learnt to forgive him since I know our world is inhabited by all sorts of people: there are people who will support you through difficult times while there are others who will desert you.
But the most important thing, I’ve learned from my experience is to never ever allow those that have given up on you to lead you into despair.
Things became difficult for me after I became disabled. I lost my job, career, my mobility and lost someone I thought was the love of my life. But I swore then that I could never lose myself as I was able to pick myself up. It didn’t matter how many times or how hard I had fallen, I was determined to pick up the pieces and move on, appreciate every single breath that i take, appreciate the second chance of life God had given me, appreciate the love, care and support I get from family and friends.
I managed to do some self introspection, feed my mind with positive and constructive things that would build not break my character.
I had to make peace with the situation I was in, the situation which was beyond my power to reverse. I decided not to dwell on the things that I couldn’t change but to change the most powerful tool at my disposal: my mindset.
I have a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting degree. I am unemployed. The high unemployment rate in South Africa is discouraging me from looking for a job.
Although I was excited about my pregnancy, I had health challenges a bit. I often suffered overreactive bladder and the urinary tract infections.
But now thank you God for giving me hope for a better tomorrow by blessing me with an Angel: my purpose to live for. I am willing to get off the ground and dust myself off and do what’s best for my child.
I am planning to register an NPO for which I’ve chosen the name, Golden Scars Foundation. It will be a platform to engage and help people with disabilities as well as the community as a whole see life from a different positive perspective, be doing motivational talks to educate the young and old know to understand issues affecting people with disabilities and their families better than their current misperceptions; help provide learners and students (abled and disabled) from impoverished families with school uniform, food hampers; conduct personal skills development; identify job opportunities, and conducting work readiness programmes. I will also develop support peer group to give the members the members an opportunity to be independent again – this service will include by offering them the opportunity to get drivers licence.
Besides my downfalls and discouragement, I still don’t want people to only see the wheelchair but to see the person I am cause my disability doesn’t define me. I recently developed an interest in beauty peagants and modelling. I’m glad to say I was one of the Top finalist of TopModelSoutAfrica in the category Model of diversity, as well as a contestant in Mr and Miss Divine. I started this journey to break the stereotype that people with disabilities are not capable of doing anything on their own.
I want to be a role model to our generation and inspire the next generation to know and appreciate their worth, know they are loved and appreciated, motivate and inspire them to get out of their comfort zones as hapiness begins right after exiting the comfort zone; build and boost their self confidence and self esteem so that they could adopt a positive attitude and embrace rich mindset; chase their dreams and never ever let their disability stand on their way to success and reaching their goals; encourage our people to make themselves a priority all the time and never be discouraged by what people will say about them because after all you won’t be loved by everyone like money!!
Executive – Human Capital: Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd
I was born in the small town called Mount Fletcher in Eastern Cape. Grew up there till the age of ten.
When I was about 10 years I fell sick, my feet were getting swollen. My parents then took me to a surgeon who transferred me to the Umtata general hospital where I was admitted but my parents were not allowed to come with to the hospital.
I was there for a while and while I was admitted I was operated three times and my parents never signed for any of those operations and no one did.
The first operation was on my spine.
The second operation was on my ribs going through my breast.
And the third one was done just below the second one. To this date I’m not sure why the three operations were done especially were they were done because I never had problems with my back or ribs and breast as only my feet were painful and swollen.
After the three operations I could not walk again and I was discharged from the hospital. I attended physiotherapy at the general hospital in Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape and could manage to walk assisted by crutches. I have always had back pains and my mother would take me to the government hospital where they would give me painkillers and no tests were ever done. I have been living with these pains since then.
My parents tried to find out why the operations were done but unfortunately they never got an answer from the doctor and after that they never followed it up but focusing on me to get better.
The pains got worse as of 2016 and in 2018 December I went to Midrand medical centre and the general practitioner referred me to the Neurologist as the pain was persistently excruciating. My Neurologist then admitted me to do further tests and discovered that the back operation has the abnormal nerve as the result of the operation did years ago, thus causing the pain on my right leg.
The Neurologist advised the only way was to operate to make the pain lighter but it was too risky as he was supposed to get the nerve cut/operated on on the same operation – the risk he was not prepared to take. The news broke me apart as I never thought something which was done so my years back would still make me so sick and worsen my disability.
I remember going home for the first time after being hospitalized for six months, my world was so dark and confused. I thought it would be the end of me, not knowing where and how I was going to survive with a disability. I had to find my inner strength for my survival.
I attended primary school in Umtata and my high school in Cape Town’s Eros School where I matriculated.
Due to post-matric study and work commitments I relocated to Johannesburg. I always had passion for radio, particularly radio presenting, so I registered at the Boston Media College, but never completed because of financial problems. I had to find a job to support myself and family. So I ended up working for the insurance company as a Claims service consultant.
I am grateful for my vulnerabilities/disability for in them I have found my strength and most impotently my voice. I cannot imagine any other life besides the one I have, I have become independent, fearless and discover my many abilities that I could not have discovered and appreciate life more.
Geruza Nzongo Bumba
Group Brand Manager: Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd
Geruza Nzongo Bumba is a communications practitioner with experience in the digital PR and advertising sectors. Prior to joining Brandhill Africa (Pty) Ltd, her roles involved managing digital media projects from inception to final output.
Some of her career highlights include working as an Engagement Manager for the advertising agency – King James Digital, a division of the award-winning King James Group. In this role, she was involved in many creative projects simultaneously – from digital strategy and content development to process planning and execution for brands like Visa Sub-Saharan Africa, Sasfin Bank and Europcar.
Prior to joining the King James Group, she work in PR and was responsible for managing the online reputation of brands in the technology, education and public sectors through producing news articles, press releases, and media liaison work.
Over the years, she has acquired skills in creative ideation, strategy development, and the interpretation of consumer insights, data and analytics to inform brand strategy and content marketing.
Geruza holds a postgraduate degree law from the University of Johannesburg. While still a student, she interned for NGO’s in the human rights field and has working knowledge of regional sexual reproductive rights, property law and refugee and migrant rights.
She is currently completing an MFA through the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with interests in the development of contemporary African literature.
Management Intern: Brandhill Africa Foundation NPC