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Aug 292012

Press releaseSouth Africa’s greatest entrepreneurs compiled by Moky Makura South Africas Greatest Entrepreneurs Press Release

South Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs comprises a series of fascinating profiles on 22 of the most successful and dynamic business visionaries to have built empires in and beyond South Africa. Published by MME Media and priced at R295, the book will be on sale in bookshops across South Africa from September 2010 and is as close as you’ll get, without an appointment, to a one-on-one with the leading entrepreneurial minds in the country.

Compiled by Moky Makura, author of Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs (2008), and written by a selection of the country’s leading writers, South Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs provides an insight into the stories of the entrepreneurs who have shaped South Africa. For the first time ever, these inspiring stories can be found in a single book.

The entrepreneurs featured are: Sol Kerzner, Alan Knott-Craig, Koos Bekker, Herman Mashaba, Mark Lamberti, Adrian Gore, Raymond Ackerman, Pam Golding, Nkhensani Nkosi, Jenna Clifford, Whitey Basson, Mark Shuttleworth, Donald Gordon, Eric Ellerine, Natie Kirsh, GT Ferreira, Robbie Brozin, Carrol Boyes, Brian Joffe, Gary Morolo, Ndaba Ntsele and Anant Singh.

Publisher Moky Makura says: “Stories are one of the most powerful ways of delivering a message and getting people to act. I have personally been very inspired from the stories of success in my previous book and in this one, and I know many others will be. And if we motivate just one person to start their own business then the book will have done its job. Entrepreneurs are the future for this continent and these stories shows what it takes to become one. Every person in there has displayed vision, drive, focus and dedication and their stories make for compelling reading.”

South Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs is sponsored by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs), which launched an MBA for Entrepreneurs in 2009. Nick Binedell, the school’s founder, says, “It’s a significant achievement to get all these great contributors together in one book. The valuable lessons in their stories will show the way to the next generation of South African entrepreneurs as well as provide compelling educational material for us. We are happy to be associated with a project that acknowledges the South African business community, many of whose luminaries have supported Gibs since we opened our doors.”

Some of the writers who collaborated on the book include: Lesley Stones, Mandy de Waal, Dianna Games, Lance Harris, Stephen Cranston, Ann Ellis Brown, Monique Verduyn, Tim Cohen, Ian Fife, Simon Dingle, Jim Jones, Sam Mathe, Sharda Naidoo and Matebello Motloung.


Book Details

  • South Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs compiled by Moky Makura

    EAN: 9780620456876

  • Released: 16 September 2010
Apr 052012
Herman Mashabas Black Like You Autobiography Herman Mashaba   Profile

Herman Mashaba's Black Like You - Autobiography

Herman Mashaba is a Herman’s academic dream was shattered in 1980 in his second year of a B.Admin. at the University of The North when the University was shut down due to political unrests. When the University was reopened after two months, he decided not to go back. Strong promises to send him out of the country for military training.

Late 1980 found himself a clerical job with Spar Pretoria where he worked for 7 months. Then worked 23 months for Motani Industries, which became his longest and last salaried job. During his spell at Motani, managed to buy a car, and two months later resigned and started his business career.

Sold different products on a commission basis from the boot of his car for close to two years. Products portfolio ranging from insurance, fire detection systems, linen, crockery, dinner services, etc. His break came late 1983 when he was exposed and sold hair products on a commission basis for one of the companies in Johannesburg. It took him 19 months to make up his mind to start his own hair care manufacturing business.

February 1985 the first bottle of Black Like Me products hit the South African market. Business started with three other partners and wife with a R30 000 loan, in a 200sm SBDC units in Ga-Rankuwa, in the then homeland of Bophuthatswana. Business enjoyed massive growth from inception. Built and moved to own factory in Mabopane by 1990. Mabopane factory was gutted by arsonist in November 1993.

  1. July 1997 sold business to Colgate Palmolive
  2. August 1999 bought business back from Colgate Palmolive
  3. 2001 launch products in London, UK
  4. 2002 took a decision to join the BEE arena. Formed Leswikeng Minerals & Energy (Pty) Ltd
  5. January 2004 resigned as CEO of Black Like Me. Still remained as major shareholder
  6. 2004 elected as Chairman by the Cosmetic Industry in S.A. to guide the process to develop Black Economic Empowerment Initiatives.
  7. To-date has invested in various sectors; mining, construction, exhibitions, real estate, security, aviation and information technology.
  8. 2005 sold 49.9% of Black Like Me to Amka Products


  1. Black Like Me (Pty) Ltd – Non Executive Director
  2. Leswikeng Group of Companies – Executive Chairman
  3. Phatsima Group of Companies – Executive Chairman
  4. Stocks Building Africa (Pty) Ltd – Non Executive Chairman
  5. Maropeng A’africa Leisure (Pty) Ltd – Non Executive Chairman
  6. asys Innovations (Pty) Ltd – Non Executive Chairman
  7. Consolidated Power Projects – Non Executive Chairman
  8. Riverside Auto Body (Pty) Ltd – Non Executive Director
  9. JHI Real Estate (Pty) Ltd – Non Executive Director
  10. Widney Transport Components (Pty) Ltd – Non Executive Director
  11. Aerosud Holdings (Pty) Ltd – Non Executive Director
  12. Field Band Foundation
  13. The IQ Business Group – Non Executive Director
  14. Edcon – Independent Non Executive Director
  15. Growthpoint Properties – Non Executive Director
  16. SMS Cellular Services (Pty) Ltd
  17. Tulca (Pty) Ltd
  18. P G Group (Proprietary) Limited
  19. Gauteng Tourism Authority


1993 Oude Molen Reserve Order of Merit 1994 New Nation/Engen Businessman of the Year Southern TVL African Chamber of Commerce Marketing Person of the Year by the Institute of Marketing Management 2001 SABC/Tribute Achievers Award 2003 Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership by Henley Management College 2004 Free Market Award by the Free Market Foundation President’s Award by the Black Management Forum 2005 Honorary Award by UNISA: Outstanding Entrepreneur and Leader in the Business Environment.