Business Connect 2022


Gugu Mfuphi

Host Speaker

Gugulethu Mfuphi is a well-versed broadcast journalist, specializing in financial markets, economic data, and current affairs issues. She is a regular speaker and moderator for industry analysts, political leaders, and C-suite executives from across the African continent.

Cuma Pantshwa

With over 13 years’ experience in producing and broadcasting creating youth content, Cuma’s career was kick-started in one of South Africa’s iconic production companies, Urban Brew Productions in 2001, producing shows such as Yo.TV’s Blue Couch and South Africa’s first live interactive show, Wildroom. As a businessperson, she believes in serving her clients and positively changing lives of youth across South Africa.
Cuma is one half of the power duo behind female-focused marketing agency, Asante Blush.

Miles Kubheka

Miles Kubheka, the entrepreneur, refreshing keynote speaker and author, is the poster child for the audacity of hope. He encourages organisations to build a culture that supports employees to become intrapreneurs: people who behave like an entrepreneur whilst being employed. He is the founder of the renowned brand, Vuyo’s.

Maya Fisher-French

Maya Fisher-French is a well-known South African finance writer and author of Maya on Money: Implement Your Money Plan – _a practical guide to everyday finances.
Maya won the Sanlam Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism under the category of Consumer Financial Education for both 2013 and 2015 and is the editor of ‘My Money My Lifestyle’, the personal finance section of national Sunday newspaper City Press.
Maya is a popular speaker at both local and international events where she provides a consumers’ perspective on the financial industry.

Thebe Ikalafeng

Thebe Ikalafeng is recognized as an inspirational, engaging, and insightful global African authority on building brands and reputations across Africa and the world. He is founder of the award- winning Brand Leadership Group and Brand Leadership Academy, and the seminal Brand Africa and Public Sector Excellence initiatives.

Theo Baloyi

Theo Baloyi is an accountant by profession, having worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years (2 years in South Africa & 3 years in the Middle East, Dubai & Saudi Arabia respectively). Theo worked in Asset management , Strategy & Financial management during the time spent at PwC. In April 2015, with savings accumulated over the 5 year period spent at PwC, Theo Baloyi launched Bathu Shoes from a tiny room in Alexandra township, with the primary objective to tell an untold, proudly South African story/narrative to the world through selling uniquely designed shoes.

Dineo Ranaka

Dineo Ranaka is a businesswoman, radio, and television presenter. Ranaka is also a respected businesswoman as she has built successful businesses.

Vere Shaba

Vere Shaba is a multi-award-winning green building consultant who has worked for multinational engineering consulting firms including WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, AECOM and Greendesign Africa.
As a green building influencer across the continent, she has won multiple international and national awards, including being featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in June 2018 and speaking at both the Forbes Africa and Forbes Europe summits on how the built environment can address climate change.

Ndumiso Hadebe

Ndumiso Hadebe is a South African Development Economist with a focus on economic and financial inclusion. Hadebe has gathered extensive experience in domestic and global economic research and analysis to enhance the business planning tools of organisations as well providing input into the asset allocation process, fixed income, property and various equity franchises. He is a resident Economist on the award-winning Business and Finance show Kaya FM Business.