Communication mastery is the key to success for every leader, manager and communicator. The Speakers University catchphrase is “Turning Your Voice into an Invoice”. This event is intended to take one’s career (whether as a teacher, executive in People Management, trainer or professional speaker) to a new level of skill and understanding. Speakers, professional, managers and leaders attend this event to keep the edge, stay fresh and keep abreast with the latest trends, best practices and strategies.

Speakers University 2018 Speakers

 
 
 
 

Bonsai Shongwe

Author, Internationally Acclaimed Inspirational Motivational Speaker

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.
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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. Gerry is actively working with organisations both at home and abroad to change the plight of our children, people living with tuberculosis, and health and wellness. She has undertaken speaking engagements internationally at the invitation of the UN, UNAID, UNCTAD, The World Health Organisation, IFRC on behalf of the South African people, and Global Communities in plight.
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Billy Selekane

Acclaimed Motivational Speaker

Billy Selekane CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is an Author, Internationally acclaimed Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Personal, Team and Organizational Effectiveness Specialist. He is Executive Chairman of Billy Selekane and Associates with associated footprints in Sweden, UK, USA, Middle East, Australia and Singapore an Action Learning, Strategy Formulation, Team, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development Organization. His focus is in Personal, Team and Organizational Effectiveness, which he delivers through Customized Keynotes and Client Centric Interventions. He works in Asia, Europe, UAE, UK and the USA as well as various African countries, including Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria for fortune 500 companies such as 3M Sub-Sahara Africa, ADT Security, African Bank, Development Bank of South Africa, DTI, Eskom, International Youth Fund, Maps UK, Nike Southern Africa, Nokia, Pam Golding Properties, Roche Pharmaceuticals, SEFA, Swedish Institute of Public Administration, Wesbank to name but a few. He is Past President PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa) 2006-2007, a Life Member of XL-Foundation a Singapore based organization with a special focus on entrepreneurship and social upliftment.
By creating groundbreaking and different business philosophies and ideas, he taps into the heart of the matter and tells it like it is. No wonder Mr Mashao, CEO of Mashao Consulting, described him this way, “If you haven’t heard Mr. Supercharge speak, you haven’t heard a great speaker.” He is a founder and director of Rihanyo Holdings, where he cut his entrepreneurial teeth. TJ has been a guest to inspire millions of listeners on Thobela FM, Munghana Lonene FM, Radio 2000(SABC), Metro FM, NW FM, Radio Pulpit and Tshwane FM.
 
 
 

Timothy Maurice Webster

Speaker, Author

Timothy Maurice Webster is the Author of three brand leadership books and a columnist who consults & speaks at the intersection of three key leadership pillars; Values formation, Style Manifestation and Brand Influence & Positioning. Timothy’s background in branding, design and psychology is inspired by his graduate studies at the Image Institute and his undergraduate work at Brookstone College in the United States. His leadership ideas inspire dialogue and asks his stakeholders (readers, clients) to go to the outskirts of their consciousness in order to consider a new scope for their personal and organizational brands.
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Milton Nkosi

BBC News Analyst, Correspondent

Mr. Milton Nkosi is the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Africa Bureau Analyst and Correspondent. He was for four years the South Asia Bureaux Editor based in Delhi, India. He was in-charge of the BBC’s news bureaux in the region in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and of course India itself. Before then he was head of Africa as Bureaux Chief here in Johannesburg, a role he held for 7 years.

He joined the BBC in the late 80s just before the release of Nelson Mandela. He covered all the township wars and the subsequent political negotiations that followed. Mr. Nkosi did his journalism training at BBC College of Journalism in London – His management and leadership programme at Ashridge College in Hertfordshire. He studied teaching in civil engineering.

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Sipho Mnyakeni

Leadership, Inspiration, Presentation Skills

Sipho Mnyakeni has dedicated his life towards a bigger role of personal development and life coaching. He has dabbled in a number of initiatives from youth worker, church leader, public speaker, academic, poet, music and theatre practitioner. Sipho has spent the first four decades of his life in in three provinces: Free State, Gauteng and KZN. He has stayed in almost every social status environment. This has enlarged his thinking and taught him how to interact with almost anyone regardless of position or class. His life goals gradually zooms into becoming an agent of change, an IMPACTER, as he calls it. While Sipho addresses a wide range of audience profiles, he has a special interest in inspiring School Leadership, Educators, Youth Groups and Student Leaders. He is a person development practitioner, life and leadership coach, inspirational speaker and counter culture activists whose life mission is to Impart and Impact.
 
 
 
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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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Charles Ndabeni

Chairmain of The Definition

He has been involved with the Tourism and Travel Sector in the North West Province and South Africa since 1996 holding Executive Leadership positions within the Public Sector .This includes CEO of North West Parks and Tourism Board and Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency respectively from 2003 to 2011.Some of his Legacy achievements include the Resolution of Land Conflicts within the Conservation Estates in the North West and Mpumalanga Provinces,the Branding and Marketing of Destination North West, the JAH Brand Property, The Triland Brand Property,The Mpumalanga Tourism Airlift Strategy,The Hosting of the Vodacom Challenge Cup in Mahikeng from 2003 to 2008, the Hosting of the Women’s World Cup of Golf at Sun City and the Publishing of a book titled ” The Legacy of Grace Masuku”

He is also served as Chief of Staff for Premiers Thandi Modise and Supra Mahumapelo respectively in 2012 to 2014.He was tasked in 2014 by the Fifth Administration in the North West Province in Setting up the only Stand alone Provincial Department of Tourism and the North West Tourism Board. These tasks were successfully executed by the end of June 2016. Ndabeni Charles concluded 20 years of selfless service within the Public Sector in South Africa. He is currently the Chairman of the Global Tourism Legacy Networks Pty Ltd trading as the Definition .The Definition is in the business of Tourism,Film,Fashion and Entertainment. There is an umbilical link between
these Sectors.

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Dr G.A. Lechuti

Inspirational Speaker

Dr GA Lechuti worked for the I CAN Group which is headed by Drs David and Mamiki Molapo and he has been a Master Trainer for Dr John C Maxwell leadership development programs in Africa.

Dr GA Lechuti is the MD and CEO of GA Lechuti Transformational Talks Company, and is also the MD of GA Lechuti Publishing House. He is the founder and president of GA Lechuti Coaching Institute and the Founder of LeaderGrow Seminars and Institute which holds leadership development programs and coaching sessions across the country. He is also an author of inspirational life transforming books, the titles of his books are: You and Your Money, Wealth Provoking Words, Pillars of Success and Winning at Work.

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Sylvester Chauke

Founder of DNA Brand Architects

All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year 2017, Sylvester Chauke is a self-confessed Madonna crazy, multi-ward winning Entrepreneur and founder of DNA Brand Architects. After an lustrous career as the National Marketing Manager for Nando’s South Africa, Sylvester joined broadcasting giant MTV Networks Africa as its Director of Marketing and Communication. In 2012, Sylvester established DNA Brand Architects; a marketing and brand consultancy that works with some of the most revered brands on the continent. Besides running one of the most innovative brand agency in South Africa, Sylvester Chauke is one of the 22 young leaders from around the world to sit as the Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. Sylvester’s business acumen has led him to be invited to sit amongst others, on the board of the South African State Theatre; Chair of the Artistic and Sponsorship Committee and is also in the Advisory Board for the University of Johannesburg.

Some of Sylvester’s accolades include: CNBC Africa All Africa Young Business Leader of the Year, BBQ Young Leader of the Year, European Business Assembly, Best Enterprise and CEO Award, Oliver Empowerment Top Empowered Young Entrepreneur, World Confederation of Businesses Business Leader Award, Falcon Award for Excellence in leadership, Golden European Award for Quality and Commercial Prestige – to name a few. The ethos that stimulates Sylvester Chauke, is the hunger for Africans to perform at a level that inspires millions and changes the game. Sylvester believes that African businesses need to inject it’s magic to the rest of the world and that African Excellence is not a theoretical ideal but it is alive and active.

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Billy Selekane

Leadership, Inspiration, Keynote
Billy Selekane CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is an Author, Internationally acclaimed Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Personal, Team and Organizational Effectiveness Specialist. He is Executive Chairman of Billy Selekane and Associates with associated footprints in Sweden, UK, USA, Middle East, Australia and Singapore an Action Learning, Strategy Formulation, Team, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development Organization. His focus is in Personal, Team and Organizational Effectiveness, which he delivers through Customized Keynotes and Client Centric Interventions.

He works in Asia, Europe, UAE, UK and the USA as well as various African countries, including Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria for fortune 500 companies such as 3M Sub-Sahara Africa, ADT Security, African Bank, Development Bank of South Africa, DTI, Eskom, International Youth Fund, Maps UK, Nike Southern Africa, Nokia, Pam Golding Properties, Roche Pharmaceuticals, SEFA, Swedish Institute of Public Administration, Wesbank to name but a few. He is Past President PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa) 2006-2007, a Life Member of XL-Foundation a Singapore based organization with a special focus on entrepreneurship and social upliftment. 1st South African speaker to speak at a General Assembly NSA (USA) convention. Billy believes that motivating your target audience is not enough, you should inspire them to change their belief systems and act upon decisions they make through a transformational process rather than an information sharing session.

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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.

Tumi Mokoena

EVENT COORDINATOR
Tumi’s energy and passion for youth and all things media-related make her the perfect team member to manage and run our Empowa Youth events. Tumi is also a social media guru, ensuring all our digital messaging is on point – for events, our speakers and overall.

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