After building South Africa based Sakhumnotho Group Holdings into a thriving, diversified investment firm, CEO Sipho Mseleku began to look at the challenges facing Africa's entrepreneurs. Realising that Africa's chances of economic success are limited by an education system that fails to develop an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset in Africa's youth, Mr Mseleku and Sakhumnotho Group have put entrepreneurial education at the heart of their mission.
Through the Global School of Entrepreneurship and Global Business Roundtable, Sakhumnnotho Group has set about creating the environment required for SMEs to develop across the continent.
In this interview, Mr Mseleku shares his views with AfricaLive on the importance of morals and ethics in business and puts forward an ambitious vision for uplifting Africa through the power of entrepreneurship, impact investing, and empowering the youth of the continent.
AfricaLive talks with Ms Nomasonto Ndlovu, CEO of the Limpopo Tourism Authority, on how the South African province can attract a greater share of African tourists. The province is stepping up marketing efforts to bring business tourists to the province. As Ms Ndlovy notes, where tourism goes trade will follow. Is tourism the gateway to increased trade for South Africa's provinces?
Interesting work is underway at Walter Sisulu University where research into indigenous knowledge is carried out alongside medical research. The Unversity has a significant role to play in finding solutions which will drive economic growth in South Africa's rural areas. Vice-Chancellor Rob Midgley talks to AfricaLive about fostering a global mindset amongst the students of the University, bringing indigenous knowledge into the University environment and establishing an innovation centre to drive the commercialisation of ideas and open up new revenue streams.
"Leaders will have to embrace integrity, competency, consistency, and openness. This kind of leadership will not only encourage cohesion amongst teams but also collaborative innovation. The fourth industrial revolution will involve working with virtual networks of partners, and this will call for leaders to give their teams autonomy. This is a world of difference compared to the second industrial revolution way of management."