Johan is an entrepreneur and businessman with 26 years experience across various industries. These businesses operated nationally, with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. He also I recently completed a masters degree at Wits Business School in Entrepreneurship and new venture creation.
Johan believes mentorship stands on three pillars: psychological support, role modeling, and career development. As a mentor he finds it rewarding to see how the mentor-mentee relationship develops to identify challenges, stimulate creativity, and guide mentees towards achieving their goals. Mentors are not there to make decisions for mentees. Instead, the mentor shares experiences, guides thought processes, and provides psychological support to foster confidence, vigilance, and dedication in the mentee's work or business approach.
Prue is a professional working in financial services industry as a qualified chartered accountant. Her small town roots have embedded and developed core values of discipline, commitment and passion.
Prue has recognised the skills gap among graduates, and realised their need for guidance and a platform to grow themselves into astute professionals. This inspired her to contact TEF, hoping to contribute positively to the process in order to ensure that young graduates are equipped, motivated and productive.
Prue became a mentor for TEF because of the positive impact her own mentors have had on her. She acknowledges the value of mentorship and the comfort that someone always supporting you can bring.
Discussing her mentee:
“My mentee is Yolanda, who is an ambitious and hard-working young lady. She has demonstrated a level of grit and perseverance, in the face of a graduate unemployment crisis in South Africa. I am encouraged by her quiet energy and bubbly spirit and am looking forward to seeing her career grow and mature. She exudes gratitude and work ethic which we can all learn from.”
Dudu is an entrepreneur, facilitator, speaker and business coach in the SMME sector
After qualifying as an Economist at the University of Western Cape, she left her hometown for Gauteng in pursuit to unleash the talents and potential within her. She went on to complete business courses at GIBS, WITS Business School, Entrepreneur's Academy -Raizcorp and University Of Johannesburg.
After travelling to Germany and the USA, she established her laundry and dry cleaning company Legaci Dry Cleaners and Laundry Services in 2008. Legaci has won many accolades, including the Entrepreneur of the Year Judges Award in 2014.
Dudu Mofokeng had spoken, facilitated or coached on many subjects including marketing, finance, entrepreneurship and quality management systems. She prides herself on teaching using her personal experiences.
Through her meaningful speaking, facilitation and coaching engagements, Dudu shares her 10 years experience so that up and coming entrepreneurs can be inspired to live fulfilling and purposeful lives.
Thokoza graduated with an honors degree in Finance from the University of Pretoria. She holds a qualification from Unisa in Investment and Portfolio Management and is a Social Entrepreneurship graduate of the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
After graduating, Thokoza co-founded a tourism company with the aim to expose professionals to opportunities to volunteer their skills to equip small businesses and NGOs to build sustainable revenue streams.
She worked in corporate for 3 years as an investment analyst and has been an economics development part-time lecturer at Vega school of brand leadership.
Currently, Thokoza is developing a personal digital assistant platform for families looking for activities to do in the home to raise kids to think, act, create and be resilient like entrepreneurs.
She has always been interested and involved in entrepreneurial activities, especially where these are interlinked to addressing social needs.
“I take up any opportunity to engage with young people as this is the best way I know to express my life’s purpose. I come alive when I’m in their presence”.