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Objective

My objective is to help Africa's most ambitious leaders to achieve the boldest goals, delivering measurable value, on time

Key Accomplishments

2011 - Top 10 provincial finalist (KZN) in the SEDA Small Business Stars Competition.

2008 - Top 5 in Africa's Business Planning Competition. Out of over 300 entrants, my business plan was the top five in my category for Technology-Based Business.

Work experience

Oct 2012Present

Senior Partner and Founder

Dzuwa Enterprises (PTY) LTD

Specialist Digital Communications service provider. I lead a team of specialist and freelance digital marketers/artists/developers to launch marketing campaigns for our clients. I work with clients from retail, professional services, management services and exporters to identify market segments online, deliver content and motivate clients to build a relationship with the firm.

Presently, our R&D is working on new products that will revolutionalise township retail and developing a new adaptive learning platform for youth in Africa. I believe in this project so much we have invested our personal funds.

2009Present

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Fundani

As the operations manager for a reputable consulting and technology sales company, my challenge is to lead consulting and technical teams to deliver for our clients.

20062008

Gauteng Branch Manager

Fundani

In 2006 i was tasked with managing the company’s Gauteng office. The branch had been a loss maker since its establishment three years earlier. Working with a team of four permanent consultants and another three freelancers, I lead the turnaround programme to profitability. Within twelve months, the turnover had reached over half a million.

20032005

Consultant - Government Solutions

Fundani

In 2003 i was working primarily as a consultant for the company's performance management and enterprise architecture divisions. Within this role i worked many projects in the public sector primarily.

20002002

Technical Support

Fundani

In 2000 i joined Fundani Computer Systems, an ICT company in Pinetown. I was originally working as a software support agent for Fundani’s corporate clients.

19971999

Founder

MailCLub

MailClub was an internet marketing firm based in Pinetown, KZN. With MailClub, we took advantage of the then growing email trend to introduce it to businesses as a business tool. In this time i got to work with clients who were looking to go for the mass market with the advantage of personalisation that database-driven marketing offers

Education

Jan 2013Present

MBA (Part-Time)

Regent Business School

Currently in final year of my MBA.

Portfolio

NEXT-GENERATION LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (Independent Project) - Ongoing

Currently working on a project to develop a next-generation student learning management system, focusing on students who are ill-prepared for University learning. Based on over 7 years of consulting with Universities, we have insight into some of the challenges that the current generation of learning management systems are unable to provide.

Our system will align each student's learning profile with a programme delivery model that will accelerate learning.

VIABILITY OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES (HIGHER EDUCATION)

The Viability of Academic Programmes needs to be assessed beyond pure accounting profit. In order to understand viability, a University needs to understand and optimise student enrolment per programme with existing capacity and other key constraints. I am currently leading a team that is conducting a comprehensive viability study, we believe it will set the benchmark for how sustainable academic programmes should be structured.

ACADEMIC STAFF WORKLOAD (HIGHER EDUCATION) 

Academic staff cost to revenue at many Universities, particularly those that are historically black continues to show a worrying trend. A more troubling trend is that the real picture on academic staff workloads (time spent lecturing, tutorials, labs, research, community development, developing learning content, etc.) is not always fully understood. We are currently working on a project to develop an innovative approach to assist administrators and Council to match teaching capacity with strategic enrolment.

ENROLMENT PLANNING (HIGHER EDUCATION)

Enrolment Planning is key to aligning planned student enrolment with staffing and educational outcomes. This is not always done in a strategic manner. I worked with the Planner, HEMIS officer and DVC Academic to develop the previous Enrolment Plan for the University.

AUTOMATED PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (TRADE & INVESTMENT) 

Worked as the Project Lead for an Automated Performance Management System for the Botswana Investment and Trade Corporation in Gaborone. The project was designed to allow the newly formed organisation provide reports for the parent Ministries.

PRIMARY HEALTH SYSTEM DOCUMENTATION (GOVERNMENT)

The City of Tshwane (Pretoria) was looking for a way to define the Terms of Reference for a new system to automate the operations of the numerous clinics and pharmacies it operates. I lead a team to conduct focus groups with the key stakeholders (administrators, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and support staff) to identify the key requirements of each stakeholder for the system. The result was a Requirements Document that was used to issue the tender. We further assisted the City in developing the evaluation criteria for gauging level of supplier compliance to system specifications.