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.

Maria
Mwelase

EARN –
Financial and Admin Manager

Biography

Maria is very goal orientated and results driven. A pro-active team player who is reliable. She holds extensive professional experience in Finance, Management Accounting and Freight Handling Logistics and currently busy with CIMA. Her previous practice are in the Financial sector, Port Operations, Automotive, Manufacturing and FMCG.
She is responsible for EARN’s Groups financial and administration functions of the day to day running of the business.

Marinda
van der Brugghen

EARN –
Human Resource and Governance 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 for Human Resources and Governance, provides effective delivery of advisory, administrative and organisational support, activity and priority planning, policy and procedure analysis and adaptation, and information management.

Natalie
Davies

EARN –
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.

Fanie
Pretorius

African Engineurs –
Managing Director

Biography

Fanie is an entrepreneur and has 40 years’ experience in the Automotive and Special Automotive Industry, in building companies as well as having had exposure to formal corporate structures and management systems. He has travelled extensively to countries on the African continent, the Emerging World and especially China where he spent 5 years implementing a JV with Chinese partners. He was educated at Pretoria Technikon where he obtained a Technical Qualification in Automotive Engineering and later at the Unisa Business School, where he received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Jerry G.
Hlongwane

African Engineurs –
Product Support Manager

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.

Patrick
Mbokazi

African Greeneurs –
General Manager

Biography

Patrick is a young Agribusiness man and qualified Agriculturist who specializes in crop production and Post-harvest Agro-processing for commercial and retail markets. He is also a founder of Natural Route Agribusinesses, gain his tertiary qualifications in Agriculture and project management in various Universities and Colleges such as UNISA, UKZN, Cedara, Tompiselaka College of Agriculture and also abroad in China.

Nkosinathi N.
Nkosi

African Greeneurs –
Training Manager

Biography

Nkosinathi is a social entrepreneur; a graduate of the Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (AERRM) Discipline of UKZN’s School of the Agriculture, Earth and Environmental and Sciences (SAEES); a co-founder and Chairman of Agri-Groomers, an initiative of Cedara College & UKZN agri-graduates. Agri-Groomers have chapters across South Africa, as well as in neighbouring countries in the SADC region.

Daliso J.
Ngoma

African Technopreneurs –
Chief Technology Officer

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 CTO of African Technopreneurs and is in-charge of the day to day running of the business.

Sammy K.
Phago

African Technopreneurs –
ICT 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

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.

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.

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 CTO of African Technopreneurs and is in-charge of the day to day running of the business.

Neil
Pollock

Non-Executive 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.

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.

Dr. Mzukisi
Qobo

Non-Executive 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.








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