About us

We formed Enterprising Africa Regional Network (Pty) Ltd (“EARN”) Group with the aim and purpose of creating an enabling environment for African Entrepreneurs to grow profitable sustainable businesses that will compete regionally, nationally and internationally. 

This will enable African Entrepreneurs from various backgrounds to: EARN a decent living, EARN independence and respect, EARN dignity and pride, and EARN the continent the respect it deserves.

Our focus areas are in Agriculture, Renewables, and Technology.  We also focus on affordable transport solutions for the food industry in form of unique Electric Drive vehicles, as an enabler for entrepreneurs in the execution of their various entrepreneurial activities.

Unlike in other parts of the world, Africa has the advantage of a young growing population.  EARN aims to work with these young entrepreneurs to identify the opportunities and then develop and run successful businesses around them.

We have developed business entities and programmes that are aimed at developing, supporting and promoting African Entrepreneurs in the Agriculture, Renewable, Technology and Engineering Manufacturing (Affordable and Clean Technology) sectors with the necessary practical business skills and growth potential.

As more and more African Entrepreneurs on our continent succeed, we will be able to increase intra-African trade, and together we will be Connecting Africa for Business.

Our Companies

 

EARN Biz Support is a division within EARN that operates as a one stop shop offering 360° business support solutions to start-ups and growing businesses.

Since 2014, we have been providing business training, coaching and mentoring to equip the entrepreneur with the necessary PRACTICAL business skills, as well as providing all the business support services to allow the business owners to focus on the core function of their entities, whilst knowing that they have a reliable and trusted partner who can look after the non-core functions that are essential for the smooth running of their businesses.

All these efforts would lead to sustainable and competent entrepreneurs that produce measurable results. This leads to economic growth, reduction in unemployment and reduction in poverty.

 

African Greeneurs (Pty) Ltd (“AG”) is an EARN Group company focused on developing agribusiness within the commercial agricultural sector with a view to develop, support and promote Agri-entrepreneurs, emerging farmers, especially unemployed youth and women, in modern agribusiness commercially.

Our inspired AG Agri-entrepreneur Development Model of operation covers all that any agri-business entrepreneur may require; from the working farm that generates income, to individual state-of-the art training, a practical “, get your hands dirty” further development programme to innovative, environmentally friendly farming methods that require minimum investment, it’s all there.

AG has a modern working farm that produces seasonal fresh produce like tomatoes, spinach, kale, turmeric and sweet peppers amongst others. These sold to various local consumer outlets, proving sustainability of the business model.

 

African Technopreneurs (Pty) Ltd (“AT”) is an EARN Group company focused on digital technology. AT supplies digital technology hardware to the public as well as working platforms for the easy operation and interaction between various entrepreneurs. However, AT’s long term goal is to develop, support and promote techno-entrepreneurs, especially unemployed youth, in the tech-business sector.

Currently AT is focusing on bringing the best advice and products in 360 Cameras, VR Headsets, MicroSD Cards and Flexiroam X sim cards data roaming in 100+ countries.

 

African Engineurs (Pty) Ltd (“AE”) is an EARN Group company that is focused on building and supplying tricycles (both on-road and off-road) for various applications, including general transport; mobile kitchens; mobile shops; refuse removal; firefighting; water transport, mobile mechanical workshop, etc. These are aimed at developing the township and rural economies.

Our Team

Operating Team

Joshua C.
Ngoma, Pr. Eng.

EARN –
Founder and Chief Enabler

Biography

Joshua is a Mining Engineer by profession, with a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours in mining engineering, and a Master of Engineering degree in Project Management. He has close to 30 years of mining experience, covering base metals, precious metals, diamonds, coal and dimension stone. He is an entrepreneur, in general, with several years of experience in building and running successful businesses. He is an expert at building and implementing business models, and is good at building global business networks. He sits on the engineering advisory committee at University of Pretoria, and is also on the panel of senior experts at IDC.

Kobang C.
Maluleka

EARN –
Managing Director

Biography

Kobang is an entrepreneur and has 20 years of professional experience in extensive Business Management, Leadership and IT Portfolio Management. He is passionate about new venture start-up and the process of building a company, business unit or product from the ground-up. He is responsible for the overall strategic management of the day to day running of the business.

Daliso J.
Ngoma

African Technopreneurs –
Managing Director

Biography

Daliso has a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering. He spent 6 years in South East Asia. He has experience in building mobile and web apps, VR/360 media production, ICT administration and exponential technologies, some of which could be used in agriculture. He is currently the Managing Director of African Technopreneurs and is in-charge of the day to day running of the business.

Marinda
van der Brugghen

African Greeneurs –
Managing Director

Biography

Marinda has 20 + years of experience in the Restaurant Industry (from running her own restaurants to being part of Operations of prominent Franchises, assisting and advising Franchisees on running profitable entities and creating and ensuring mutually beneficial achievement of business growth between Franchisor and Franchisee. She is responsible with ensuring that African Greeneurs is constantly moving towards fulfilling its short-term and long-term objectives and does not diverge from its strategic guidelines.

Yair
Subotzky

African Greeneurs –
Operations Manager

Biography

Yair is a self-motivated entrepreneur, with a passion for sustainable business development in the agricultural sector. He thrives on problem solving and the implementation of systematic controls in efficient business processes. Over the years, he has demonstrated the ability to create competitive advantages for businesses through unique market insights and to develop a network of industry leaders.

Hlengiwe M.
Dlamini

African Greeneurs –
Assistant Farm Manager

Biography

Hlengiwe has a BTech in Agricultural Crop Production from the Tshwane University of Technology. She is a driven agripreneur in the making with a years’ experience in the risk management institution of South Africa (IRMSA) and two years’ experience in the marketing and HR departments of a fresh produce supplier. Hlengiwe has extensive experience in operating farm management software and reporting. She is a solid goal-orientated professional who is always keen on working towards creative solutions to enhance operational processes. Hlengiwe works closely with the Operations Manager ensuring smooth running of all day-to-day farm operations.

Nombeko
Qete

African Greeneurs –
Farm Admin and Compliance

Biography

Nombeko is a Bachelor of Science Rhodes University graduate who has majored in Geology and Environmental Science. In her time at Rhodes University, she has been involved in various leadership roles, an Environmental Representative of the University, Ambassador of Wild Reach (NPO) and was a Student Activist for Community Engagement. She has over a decade of experience with Community Engagement in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She has been certified as a High Ropes and Archery instructor in the United States of America. Nombeko was part of the national study on the Development and Optimisation of Climate Smart Agriculture Interventions for South Africa’s Priority Agricultural Value Chain for a Changing Climate hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). Her ultimate aspiration is to build a Climate Smart Agri- Entrepreneurial Consulting Company that will give excellent guidance specifically to women in the agricultural industry. In African Greeneurs she is responsible for the Farm’s Administration and Compliance. She is also actively involved in the company’s Training and Operating Management.

Jabulisile T.
Mbatha

African Greeneurs –
Training and Admin Manager

Biography

Thulisile has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management from UKZN and did most of her farm practical at Cedara College of Agriculture. She is also a constituent registered Assessor with AgriSeta for Plant Production NQF LEVEL 1-5, Animal Production level 1-5 and on Agricultural Extension NQF level 5. She has worked in the Sugar Industry as an Agri-intern at Umfolozi Sugar Mill and as an Assistant Manager in a Sugar cane farm. She is very passionate about training, transferring of knowledge and skills to all youth interested in Agriculture and farming. She has worked as an Agricultural facilitator at Khulisani Academy for 4years, transferring skills and knowledge to youth with Intellectual disabilities. She is currently a Training Manager of African Greeneurs responsible for ensuring that all trainees receive appropriate knowledge and skills; and that they are able to apply them practically in the farm and run it as a business.

Natalie
Davies

African Greeneurs –
Marketing and Sales Manager

Biography

Natalie joined EARN as Art Director after gaining 20+ years of experience as a Graphic Designer in various advertising agencies, design studios and NGO’s. She is responsible for overseeing all Marketing and Sales of the EARN Group, it’s subsidiary and associate companies. Sets sales targets, manages marketing, sales activities, and advises companies about marketing and sales performance.

Jerry G.
Hlongwane

African Greeneurs –
Project Coordinator

Biography

Jerry has 16 years of mechanical and electrical fitting experience. He has experience in manufacturing of armoured vehicles and has travelled extensively outside South Africa inspecting and fixing products as well as customer handover. Jerry has a Bachelor of Arts in Police Science, Diploma in Computer Literacy and a Project Management Certificate with Unisa.

Sammy K.
Phago

African Technopreneurs –
Sales and Support Administrator

Biography

Sammy has a Certificate in Security management and Risk management. He worked as a security guard from the age of 21 after his gap year from matric. Born in Soshanguve then relocated to Tembisa to be close to work. He then switched to technology to do sales and admin as an intern to educate him. He is currently the ICT Sales and Support Administrator and Research and Development.

Board of Directors

Joshua C.
Ngoma, Pr. Eng.

Executive Director

Biography

Joshua is a Mining Engineer by profession, with a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours in mining engineering, and a Master of Engineering degree in Project Management. He has close to 30 years of mining experience, covering base metals, precious metals, diamonds, coal and dimension stone. He is an entrepreneur, in general, with several years of experience in building and running successful businesses. He is an expert at building and implementing business models, and is good at building global business networks. He sits on the engineering advisory committee at University of Pretoria, and is also on the panel of senior experts at IDC.

Kobang C.
Maluleka

Executive Director

Biography

Kobang is an entrepreneur and has 20 years of professional experience in extensive Business Management, Leadership and IT Portfolio Management. He is passionate about new venture start-up and the process of building a company, business unit or product from the ground-up. He is responsible for the overall strategic management of the day to day running of the business.

Daliso J.
Ngoma

Executive Director

Biography

Daliso has a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering. He spent 6 years in South East Asia. He has experience in building mobile and web apps, VR/360 media production, ICT administration and exponential technologies, some of which could be used in agriculture. He is currently the Managing Director of African Technopreneurs and is in-charge of the day to day running of the business.

Marinda
van der Brugghen

Executive Director

Biography

Marinda has 20 + years of experience in the Restaurant Industry (from running her own restaurants to being part of Operations of prominent Franchises, assisting and advising Franchisees on running profitable entities and creating and ensuring mutually beneficial achievement of business growth between Franchisor and Franchisee. She is responsible with ensuring that African Greeneurs is constantly moving towards fulfilling its short-term and long-term objectives and does not diverge from its strategic guidelines.

Neil
Pollock

Independent Director

Biography

Neil provides expertise in change management, business process development and implementing new business models. His extensive understanding of the implications of optimization on an organization’s key internal stakeholders – especially finance, operations and supply chain management – helps him excel at leading complex projects that require enrolling and engaging diverse individuals and business units to buy into a project, successfully implement changes and drive business results. He is currently Managing Director of Procure Trade Pty Ltd.

Dr. Mzukisi
Qobo

Independent Director

Biography

Mzukisi is Associate Professor at the Pan African Institute, University of Johannesburg; and a Director at Tutwa Consulting, where he specialises on Public Affairs and Political Risk. Mzukisi is a regular columnist for South Africa’s only standalone business daily newspaper, the Business Day.

Susan Mayesa
Ngoma

Non-Executive Director

Biography

SUSAN has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration degree and a diploma in Beauty Therapy. She has experience in public relations and has years of experience in running family businesses.