- Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:
I am a Principal at Awethu Project Capital where I am in charge of Investment and Capital Raising functions. As a specialist SMME private equity firm, we invest in, transform, support and grow the best small businesses and their world class management teams across South Africa.
- How long have you been a hub member? :
I joined the Hub in February 2017.
- Why did you join the hub? :
In short, I wanted to expand my network with more exceptional thinkers that are deeply committed to social progress – in whichever dimension they really cared about. Combining this with meaningful engagement with projects on the ground, and the ultimate oversight / exposure granted through the World Economic Forum made this a simple decision. I only realised after joining the Hub and attending Shape Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia late in 2017 just how amazing this international network of friends can be.
- What is your vision for South Africa? :
South Africa has exceptional people, companies and institutions. Having spent a year abroad amongst people from over 90 different nationalities, I realised that South Africans are simultaneously too modest about our actual achievements, and too complacent about the massive challenges that we still face. My vision for South Africa is one that addresses both of these: one where we can solve global problems as well as our local economic growth challenges and transformation of the economy and then export these models proudly as global best practice – but then also to be really honest with ourselves on how we are letting down thousands of children through a dilapidated and failing education system, rampant corruption and largely ineffective public service – and immediately address them so these too can become future success stories.
- Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub:
My job is largely social impact driven and this keeps me busy a good 60+ hours per week. I also try to participate actively in the Hub’s activities and in my school’s alumni community. The rest of my time I spend with family, friends, my two dogs and some good books – mostly non-fiction on social, economical and political matters. Long-term, I would like to get involved in research, teaching and public service.
- Words to live by:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”