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Holly Branson
Holly Branson
Virgin Group
Leon Doyer
Leon Doyer
Attorney at Wiekus du Toit Attorney's
Ettiene Pretorius
Ettiene Pretorius
Real Estate Developer & Social Entrepreneur
Dirk van Rooyen
Dirk van Rooyen
Pam Golding
Oupa Pilane
Oupa Pilane
Guma Group, former Mathews Phosa spokes person
James Aling
James Aling
General Manager at H L Hall & Son's
Thuli Mashaba
Thuli Mashaba
Female Entrepreneur
Kobus Jacobs
Kobus Jacobs
Property Developer and Owner
Nic Elliot
Nic Elliot
Ulusha Projects
Henri Pieters
Henri Pieters
Stabilis Chartered Accountants & A2A Kopano Director
Dr. Mathews Phosa
Dr. Mathews Phosa
Attorney and Political leader
SW Engelbrecht
SW Engelbrecht
MD at SAPPI Ngodwana
Sandra Jacobs
Sandra Jacobs
Advertising & Media at Innibos music festival
Anonymous Mentor
Anonymous Mentor
Riaan & Gerald
Riaan & Gerald
Unigrad College
Pieter de Jager
Pieter de Jager
Ingwenyama Conference & Sports Resort
Willem Fick
Willem Fick
Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites Manager
Gerhard de Bruin
Gerhard de Bruin
Nelspruit Brake & Clutch
Ig Olivier
Ig Olivier
Farmer & Entrepreneur
Irma Green
Irma Green
Caxton - National Group Editor
Nora Fakude
Nora Fakude
CEO of Buscor
Hendrik Pretorius
Hendrik Pretorius
SA Capital Partners - Real estate Developer
Karen du Preez
Karen du Preez
Avroy Shlain - Regional Director
Hennie Snyman
Hennie Snyman
Chicken Licken
Kerneels Kruger
Kerneels Kruger
Produkta Nissan

LOWVELD WINNERS

Phephsile Maseko | 2016

Ms Phepsile Maseko, national co-ordinator of the Traditional Healers Organisation has been working hard for her spot in the Bring Change Lowveld 2015. "I think I deserved it. It was hard earned." She plans to use an indigenous plant - which she won't name, as Phepisa Natural Resources Institute is in the process of trademarking it - to manufacture a seven-product skincare range.

Maseko has been working on the project for years and has completed research and secured funding. By using cooperatives run by women and youths to farm and sort the plants, her impact on rural development will be huge. "Part of the requirements for the funding was that we need to create more jobs." While she is rearing to go, Maseko believes there still exists some gaps in the project, especially in the process of commercialisation of the products in terms of manufacturing and branding. This is where being selected as the Bring Change Lowveld mentee will make all the difference, she believes.

Lizelle Grobler | 2017

This year’s Bring Change Lowveld winner, Ms Lizelle Grobler, will be empowered to, in turn, empower the community. As the winner of this coveted title, she will complete a mentorship program during which 10 of the Lowveld’s top entrepreneurs will empower her with pearls of wisdom. According to Grobler, these pearls will be strung together to benefit women and children who have suffered from abuse, the venture through which they seek to do this, is the Trinity Foundation. This nonprofit organisation (NPO) will be central to a women’s safe haven to be erected in the city.

In September last year, she was also awarded the 2016 SACBW Business Woman of the Year Award as emerging entrepreneur. She is also the owner of Iqiniso Forensics Investigations and well known in that industry for her involvement in the fight against rhino poaching.

Her vision for Trinity Foundation’s Nelspruit Haven has two phases. Firstly it will be a self sustainable business in the form of a women-oriental mall and phase two will be the safe haven where victims of abuse will be accommodated. “We will help them to find their way back to a normal, happy life, free of abuse,” she said. “The NPO will need initial funding to get it off the ground and sustain it. I trust that the mentoring process will open some doors to much needed advice and exposure,” she said.

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