Platinum Sponsor 2018

High Impact Leadership Summit is a flagship event of Empowaworx. Past events have featured international leadership experts, luminaries from all sectors and world class local speakers. This event brings together business, government and civil society leaders, C-suite executives, professionals, graduates and relevant organisation/initiative/agency representatives. These delegates come together to unpack leadership methodologies, systems and standards.

Event Details

Vaal High Impact Leadership Summit 2018 intends to provide the modern manager/leader with cutting edge methodologies, best practices, trends and tools. The delegates will be inspired to capture new opportunities for innovation, to drive organizational change, develop talent in others and to contribute more broadly to their personal and firm’s ongoing success. They will acquire new strategies for creating environments that foster and sustain innovation and creativity as they explore leadership best practices and exchange ideas with fellow leaders and peers from around the country. Attendee will therefore return to work prepared to inspire colleagues, act with confidence and lead with lasting impact.

Previous Speakers

Bonsai Shongwe

Motivation, Leadership, Relationship

Joshua Maponga

Leadership, Facilitator, Life Coach, Speaker

Abner Mariri

Leadership, Sales, Speaker, MC
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Bonsai Shongwe

Motivation, Leadership, Relationships

BONSAI SHONGWE is a Bestselling Author and a highly sought after Inspirational/Topical Speaker. It took Bonsai only five years to have spoken on every major stage in South Africa – after he began his speaking career in 2003. He has mesmerized countless clients including MTN, Swissgarde, Competition Commission, Mondi and SASSA. Bonsai has released a bestselling DVD called “The ABC’s of Success” (as seen on SABC, eTV and satellite in RSA and over 12 other countries). He has also written a bestseller called “Conversations with Women” which sold over 10,000 copies in 12 months – as seen/heard/read on all national media. His latest books, “Superstar Leadership” and “Entrepreneurship Lessons from Motorcycling” were released early 2016. Bonsai Shongwe has practical business understanding and experience that adds a depth to his presentations. Bonsai Shongwe cut his entrepreneurial/leadership teeth as a music producer in 1999. He then went on to build a successful entertainment company called Bonsai Entertainment. He began this entertainment company with R300.00 as initial seed capital, which he turned into a company with a turnover of over R3m within 50 months. His company created and/or managed stars such as Kelly Khumalo, Khanyi Mbau and Sonia Sedibe. Bonsai is currently Director of Bonsai Communications and Business Affairs (Pty) Ltd, an entity through which he manages various entrepreneurial and investment ventures. Bonsai also serves on three boards in various sectors including communications, mining and social entrepreneurship.
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Joshua Maponga

Leadership, Facilitator, Life Coach, Speaker

Maponga Joshua has spent years in the corporate, religious and social space – a time that has made him own the title, ‘a creative powerhouse’. There are those who think in the box, there are those who think outside the box and then those who break the box and think. He lives and breathes change; his dynamic thinking has surely broken social, religious, economic, national boundaries.

Maponga is the CEO of the institute Farmers Of Thought, a core business to build a consciousness and improve the quality of human experiences than the quantity of days. He is a pragmatic African citizen with a global view, “think globally and act locally”, as he says it. He plays a dozen music instruments in addition to being a writer, speaker, life coach and social entrepreneur – indeed he is a man of no limitations. Maponga is a graduate of Andrews University (Barrien Springs Michigan USA), he holds a Degree in Philosophy (BA theology) and Personal Ministries, with a variety of Outcome based qualifications from international institutes such as ILO (International Labor Organization).

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Abner Mariri

Leadership, Sales, Speaker, MC

Abner Mariri is an educationalist, a Hollywood performer, a peacemaker, a management consultant and full-time professional speaker. He obtained a bachelors degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. During his ten years in the United States, Abner also worked on many entertainment projects which led him to cross paths with Bill Cosby, Little Steven, Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Quincy Jones. Abner has worked in conjunction with the Minister of Health in putting together special events for World Health Day and World Aids Day. He was also instrumental in launching a Road Safety program for the Department of Transport which was endorsed by Mac Maharaj. He is Executive Director of the “I CAN” Training Foundation, Founder of the Institute of Quality Education, Founder of a Process Driven Consultancy – “Empower SA”, and a Member of the Board of Promise Keepers SA.

Gerry Elsdon

TV Personality & Businesswoman

Buyani Zwane

Leadership, Inspiration, Keynote

Linda Ntuli

Facilitator, Life Coach, Speaker
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Gerry Elsdon

Speaker, MC, Media Personality

Gerry Elsdon is a television presenter, host, MC, and businesswoman. Gerry is probably best known as a continuity announcer for M-Net. She also co-hosted the first season of the reality television competition Big Brother South Africa in 2001. Gerry is a sought-after MC and an inspirational speaker. She is also an international humanitarian, activist, and outspoken voice on issues of women’s empowerment, community regeneration, wellbeing, and their impact on women and children in Africa.
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Buyani Zwane

Leadership, Inspiration, Keynote

Buyani Zwane is an inspirational speaker, network builder, student, educator and leadership development facilitator. He has been involved in the Human Resources Management, Business and Leadership Development for over 25 years with local and international companies. He served as executive chairperson at Franklin Covey Southern Africa for 4 years, a company he co-owned for over 5 years with presence in 14 Southern African countries and Indian Ocean Islands. He continues to serve as director of Dynamic Leadership Solutions (Pty) Limited and Magnificent Mile (Pty) Limited, while leading Breakthrough Development (Pty) Limited, a Leadership Development and Business Consultancy company founded in 2000 as Chief Engagement Orchestrator (CEO).
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Linda Ntuli

Facilitator, Life Coach, Speaker

Linda Ntuli is an electrical Engineer turned Management Consultant and a Motivational speaker, Team-builder, Trainer, Facilitator, Life Coach. He possesses excellent personal, organizational and client relationship management capabilities. This enables him to partner with clients in providing effective solutions and outstanding project execution. He has relevant experience as he spent over 12 years at Transnet, Eskom, Microelettrica and Afrox in the electrical engineering, project management, sales and key account management environment, with subsequent coaching and mentoring before founding Rise Up and Do It Business Enterprise.

Mncane Mthunzi

Facilitator, Speaker

Siphiwe Moyo

Speaker, Facilitator, Author

Bonang Mohale

Chief Executive Officer: Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)
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Mncane Mthunzi

Facilitator, Speaker

Mncane Mthunzi, served as Builders Superstore Executive at Massmart Holdings Limited. Mthunzi was the Supplier Development Executive at Massmart for over three years before joining the Massbuild team. He served as Group Supplier Development Executive at Massmart Holdings Limited since August 31, 201; as the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa from June 2009 to August 31, 2011; Senior IT Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF) for three years – a journey that led him to his current leadership position – BMF President. Mcane was also part of a leadership team that presented in 2005 on African leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and later at the African Economic Forum in Cape Town.
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Siphiwe Moyo

Speaker, Facilitator, Author

Siphiwe Moyo is a Professional Motivational Speaker based in South Africa. He researches and speaks on employee engagement, employee morale, employee motivation and on strategies aimed at nipping the entitlement culture in the bud. He is an Organisational Behaviour and Learning Specialist.
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Bonang Mohale

Chief Executive Officer: Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)

Bonang was, until his new BLSA appointment, vice president upstream and the chairman of Shell downstream South Africa (Pty) Limited; Shell South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Shell South Africa Refinery (Pty) Ltd and South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF). He had country responsibilities for the Oil, Chemical, Aviation, Marine and Lubricants global businesses and was operationally accountable for Retail; Fuels & Bitumen; Supply & Distribution classes of businesses as well as Finance; Legal; HR; Safety (HSSE) and Transformation.

Until 2008, he spent six years as the chief executive officer of Drake & Scull FM SA (PTY) Ltd, an integrated facilities management company owned by the Tsebo Outsourcing Group, where Bonang was also a member of the executive committee (Exco).

Khandani Msibi

GROUP CEO OF 360 FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP

Khandani Msibi is the Group CEO of NUMSA Investment Company and 360 Financial Services Group. He studied in various institutions to acquire his qualifications in NTD (Mechanical), B Tech Business Administration), MBL (UNISA), MAP (Wits) and MDP (UCT). He has over 35 years of corporate experience mainly in Manufacturing and Sales. He has been involved in Steel, FMCG, Facilities Management, as well as Catering and Cleaning industries. He also had a short stint as a CEO of a Water Board. He is currently involved in the Funeral, Insurance, Healthcare and Retirement Savings industries.

His career started in the metal industries where he served apprenticeship in welding and tube making at Stewards and Lloyds. He spent 9 years as a plant worker and later promoted to a Production Foreman after finishing a production management trainee program. He left the Steel Manufacturing industry to join the FMCG industry in 1991. He worked for Brystol Meyers Squibb, Bromor Foods and ABI. In FMCG he managed factories as well as development and manufacturing of new products. His career highlight was his participation in the development, manufacturing and distribution of the Energade Sports drink, which transformed the refreshment drinks product category which was until then dominated by carbonated soft drinks. He was involved in key projects that included corporate identity rebranding, establishing performance management systems, reshaping the organizational culture and managing for value, a value-based management system that used the economic value added (EVA) model as the measure of corporate success at both ABI and Bromor Foods.

He has successfully implemented organizational renewal programs like “world class manufacturing” and the Pragma maintenance systems with dramatic impact on efficiencies. His career achievements include leading a team to build a new factory in Durban for Bromor Foods and later on preventing the closure of ABI Pretoria factory through productivity improvement and innovations which saved 200 jobs of factory workers and suppliers.

His biggest career challenge was in 2008 when he was asked to join NUMSA Investment Company which was facing liquidation. His mandate was to save the investment company and grow it to improve the lives of NUMSA members. He assembled a team of key individuals that worked tirelessly to find solutions that resulted in the rescue of NUMSA Investment Company and its subsidiaries; Brevity Trade and Doves Group. The rescue process was successfully concluded and was followed by a turnaround strategy that saw the entry of the Group into insurance and medical aid through acquisitions of 3Sixty Life Insurance (formerly Union Life) and Sechaba Medical Solutions (administrator of Sizwe Medical Fund). He built companies like NUMSA Financial Services and 3Sixty Client Solutions from scratch amongst others. In 2016 Brevity Trade was successfully rebranded into the 3Sixty Financial Services Group (360 FSG) and it houses all the financial services companies of the Group. 360 FSG is currently the biggest asset of NUMSA Investment Company.

Throughout the turnaround process he sought to keep NUMSA close to the investment company and this has resulted in a healthy relationship between NUMSA as a Trade Union and NIC as a profit seeking company, balancing delicately the inherent contradictions. The effort was rewarded with an invitation to present the Group growth strategy to the 10th NUMSA National Congress in 2016, a feat previously unimagined. It was for the first time that a Trade Union Investment company gave account of itself to 1500 delegates and has heightened an understanding of the symbiosis that can exist between NUMSA and its investment Company Khandani is a meticulous leader who doubles as Group CEO of 3Sixty Financial Services Group and is the Chairman of Doves Group, 3Sixty Life, Sechaba Medical Solution, NUMSA Financial Services and other Group companies.

Empowaworx Events and Communications (“Empowaworx”) is a premier communications firm that has been a specialist in premium leadership & entrepreneurship events. Our events this year have had extensive media coverage and have reached over 4,500 C-suite Executives, Executive, Professionals, High Potential Individuals and Entrepreneurs. We conduct annual events.

Simphiwe Masiza

FOUNDER OF EMPOWAWORX

Mr Simphiwe Masiza is an entrepreneur, business leader and the CEO of Empowaworx  Group. Masiza holds qualifications from WITS and GIBS, amongst other institutions. He is qualified in project management, strategy, organizational development, organizational management, event management, reputation management, business management, governance and executive leadership. He is the founder and passionate leader of Empowaworx, a premium communications firm with four business divisions – namely Event Management, Speakers Bureau, Media and Brand Design. Masiza began his career as a leadership expert, management consultant and a sought after and energetic corporate MC and keynote speaker.

His keynote address on “High Impact Leadership” then grew into the annual “High Impact Leadership Summits” events featuring luminaries in business, government and civil society. Empowaworx has since 2000, become a specialist in premium leadership & entrepreneurship events with extensive media coverage through events that reach over 64,500 C-suite Leaders, Executives, Professionals, High Potential Individuals and Entrepreneurs – under his able leadership. Simphiwe Masiza holds various directorships as a trusted and seasoned businessman.

Pontso Hlakoane

HEAD OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Pontsho is an experienced and energetic manager of people, processes and events. Her responsibility is to deliver seamless, impeccable events. She manages all Empowaworx Event properties and ensures their consistent growth, annually. A natural leader and manager who also oversees all office activities, Pontsho also co-ordinates the harmonious flow of the communication between stakeholders, the company and the office during events.

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