Team Bios

Joshua_3Joshua Chimakula Ngoma
Founder and Chief Enabler

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.

Creator
“Creating a better product”
Creators are great at getting things started, and terrible at finishing. They are Dynamo energy, and are always using their quick thinking and imagination to get out of trouble. Their flow comes from expressing their creativity in valuable ways.

Kobang_NewKobang Maluleka
Chief Operating Officer

Kobang is an entrepreneur, in general has 20 years of professional experience with extensive Business Management, Leadership and IT Portfolio Management experience. He has successfully delivered 250+ key projects that include among others Business Transformation in complex architecture environments; Technology Transformation; Application and Product Development; Infrastructure and Deployment; New Venture Creation and Strategy in government and large enterprises. He is highly regarded as a motivational, lead-by-example manager, change agent and a proponent of empowerment and accountability. His area of focus has been on new business development with a number of initiatives aimed at execution and expansion. He is passionate about new venture start-up and the process of building a company, business unit or product from ground-up.

Star
“Creating a better brand”
Stars are excellent promoters and are high in both Dynamo and Blaze energy. They are quick on their feet and can sometimes seem to dominate the conversation. Stars are best when they use their sparkle to shine the light on others more than themselves.

Daliso Ngoma
Chief Technology Officer

Daliso has a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering. He currently the CTO of African Technopreneurs. He has experience in building mobile and web apps, and experience in event organising.
nilNeil Pollock
Non-Executive Director

NEIL has a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Industrial Sociology from the University of Pretoria. He is also a certified project manager-business and executive coach. He has over 25 years of global experience, working throughout Africa, USA, UK and Australia in project implementation, much of that focused on supply chain. 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.

Creator
“Creating a better product”
Creators are great at getting things started, and terrible at finishing. They are Dynamo energy, and are always using their quick thinking and imagination to get out of trouble. Their flow comes from expressing their creativity in valuable ways.

Mzu_1Dr. Mzukisi Qobo
Independent Director

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. He also co-lectures an executive course on International Business at the Wits Business School. Mzukisi is formerly Chief Director: Trade Policy at the Department of Trade and Industry, where he led a team that drafted the current South African trade policy. He pioneered the Emerging Economies programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) – a research and policy think-tank. Mzukisi is a regular columnist for South Africa’s only standalone business daily newspaper, the Business Day. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; MA from the University of Stellenbosch; and BA from the University of Cape Town.

Creator
“Creating a better product”
Creators are great at getting things started, and terrible at finishing. They are Dynamo energy, and are always using their quick thinking and imagination to get out of trouble. Their flow comes from expressing their creativity in valuable ways.

Bennie_2Bennie Groenwald
Independent Director

Bennie qualified as a commercial lawyer specializing in Tax and Business Law and later moved into banking. He has more than 23 years of experience in the financial services industry with extensive knowledge in business leadership, operations management, risk and governance. Throughout his career he developed superior organizational leadership qualities, improved the ability to formulate sustainable strategies and fostering a higher performing culture.

Mechanic
“Creating a better system”
Mechanics are the best at completing things. They are high on Steel and Dynamo energy. As perfectionists they sometimes seem take longer to get things done. Their flow comes from taking things apart and finding better ways to put them back together.

suSusan Mayesa Ngoma
Non-Executive Director

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.

Deal Maker
"Bringing people together"
Deal Makers are strong in Blaze and Tempo energy, so they are down-to-earth. They have a strong sense of timing and loyalty, and always make sure everyone is OK. They are best when connecting people and ideas together for everyone’s benefit.

MarindaMarinda van der Brugghen
Business Development Manager

Marinda is an experienced sales executive with exceptional sales performance and achievements and with a hunger to always provide fantastic customer service. She is a confident and persuasive team builder supporting and enabling team effort. She also 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.

Trader
Buying low, selling high”
Traders have their ear-to-the-ground, with strong Tempo energy. They will always know who upset who, and how to keep things fair. Quiet by nature, they will often only share if asked, and find their flow in keeping the peace and keeping things on time.

NatalieNatalie Davies
Art Director

Natalie joined EARN as Art Director after gaining 20+ years of experience as a Graphic Designer in various advertising agencies, design studio’s and NGO’s.

Creator
“Creating a better product”
Creators are great at getting things started, and terrible at finishing. They are Dynamo energy, and are always using their quick thinking and imagination to get out of trouble. Their flow comes from expressing their creativity in valuable ways.

Lelo_1Lehlohonolo Maleka
Web Designer

Lelo is a computer specialist in PC maintenance and repair, Enterprise Desk Support as well as web design. He is EARN’s web designer.

Mechanic
“Creating a better system”
Mechanics are the best at completing things. They are high on Steel and Dynamo energy. As perfectionists they sometimes seem take longer to get things done. Their flow comes from taking things apart and finding better ways to put them back together.