Funding Programme

Tafadzwa Madavo

COO of Riversands Incubation Hub

Tafadzwa Madavo is the COO of Riversands Incubation Hub, an ambitious initiative that aims to boost entrepreneurial activity. At Riversands, his primary role has been to develop a growth framework and roll out support services for the 150 small businesses on the campus. An experienced project management professional, Madavo boasts broad industry experience including banking, finance, business incubation and international NGOs. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Community Resource Management and a Masters in Science in Strategic Management. His Masters dissertation focused on SMME value chain financing.

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Andile Khumalo

Chief Investment Officer, MSG Afrika

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Andile is the Chief Investment Officer of MSG Afrika, a company owned and managed by himself and Given Mkhari. MSG Afrika is a black-owned media and communications group with interests in radio (Capricorn FM, POWER FM), TV Production (Quizzical Pictures), PR and Communications (The Communications Firm), and Print (The Quarto Press), Video & Audio Post-Production (Sonovision). Passionate about entrepreneurship, he is the founder of I am an Entrepreneur.

Andrew Maren

Managing Director, Profit Share Partners

Abu Cassim

Director of Jozi Angels

Abu Cassim is the Founder and Director of Jozi Angels – an angel investor network. Having grown up in a family business, entrepreneurship is in his blood. In addition to Jozi Angels, he founded Ground Flr, an online platform that sources capital from developed markets and places it with emerging market start-ups. Having lived in South Africa, the UAE and Spain, Abu’s mind-set has been shaped by diverse experiences and he would like to see the South African entrepreneurship eco-system prosper.

Nirmala Reddy

Senior Manager: Enterprise Development, Nedbank  

Nirmala Reddy graduated with an MBA in 2006. Included in her repertoire of study is community development and journalism. She joined Nedbank in 2004 within the transactional banking team. Her exposure and experience across community development and the business arena had been invaluable in the enterprise development space, translating into various enterprise development interventions.

Altaaf Aboo

Associate, Edge Growth

Altaaf is an Investment Associate on the Vumela Fund who focuses on sourcing and executing investments in the dynamic scale-up businesses of the future. He has over ten years’ experience in multi-disciplinary roles across the financial and energy sectors. He relishes the opportunity to unearth innovative and visionary entrepreneurs across the emerging landscape to partner with.

David Morobe

Regional General Manager, Business Partners

David has more than 20 years of experience in small and medium enterprise development, gained from various positions and different roles in his career life. In addition, Morobe has extensive training in general management, marketing, SME finance and support. His experience as a funder includes the position of executive director of the Swedish South African Business Partnership Fund where he directed and provided strategic guidance for all aspects of the R80 million fund for financing and development of local SMEs together with identified offshore partners.

Marang Marekimane

Managing Director, Business Process Mechanics

Marang Marekimane runs Business Process Mechanics a business consulting that assists entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses and empowers them to buy back their time and sanity. As a public speaker, she facilitates discussions on change and growth strategies.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she had an 11 year career as a project and process management consultant in the financial service industry. She serves on a number of business association advisory boards and is a partner to GirlCode, an IT program for girls.