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.
- South Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs compiled by Moky Makura
- Released: 16 September 2010