Industry titans participate in The Mentorship Challenge
Ranking amongst the top mentoring programmes currently presented in South Africa, The Mentorship Challenge, which was hosted by the legendary late Marc Wainer, former executive chairperson of JSE-listed Redefine Properties, was a weekly show on DStv Channel 410. If you are looking for mentoring programmes that inspire, motivate, and add value, look no further than The Mentorship Challenge, which you can follow every Wednesday on our designated YouTube channel.
We briefly introduce five of the participating mentors below:
Mentoring programmes are only as valuable as the quality of mentoring offered, and what better mentor to wish for than André Retief? He is a certified Life Coach and National President of the SAQA-accredited COMENSA – Coaches and Mentors of South Africa. André has been a business owner and thus understands the challenges that entrepreneurs face. He is also member of Business Network International (BNI), which is a respected international networking group. His credentials make him the perfect participant for the Mentorship Challenge. André has extensive experience in coaching and related mentoring programmes.
What makes the Mentorship Challenge particularly successful is the range of experts forming part of the programme. Jacky Fick, for example, brings her vast knowledge of the South African legal system to the table. She is Executive Head of Forensic Services at Cell C and holds several degrees, including a B.luris, LLB, and MBA. She has been admitted to the High Court of South Africa as an advocate in 1997. Jacky has also published several articles, delivered media interviews, and led workshops, both locally and internationally, on topics ranging from information security and cyber forensic readiness, to cybercrime. She is a participant in the Cell C Girl Child Institute Mentorship programme and is chairperson of the GSMA African Fraud Forum. She has also received an award for Champion in Business for her dedication and excellent work in the development of South African women.
Vuyiswa is the CEO of the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP), a non-profit body. The SAIBPP is focused on aiding the transformation of the South African property sector. Her credentials include leading the sales and marketing team of KISUA, being ranked amongst the Top 40 Under 40 in 2011 by Destiny Magazine, and being one of the Top 100 Young Independents in 2017. She has also been a nominee for the Superbalist 100. Vuyiswa is passionate about development of young African entrepreneurs across the world.
Dr Pearl Kupe
Talk about versatility and Dr Pearl Kupe comes to mind. She is an international consultant activist, minister of the Gospel, and attorney. In addition, she is a certified business coach, a radio commentator, television host, and columnist for various Southern African magazines. Dr Kupe was also the first appointed Registrar to the Botswana Industrial Court and has served as Senior State Counsel in the Botswana Attorney General Chambers. Dr Kupe has an impressive list of awards, including the prestigious Pioneering Women of Southern Africa SADC award.
Dr Taddy Blecher
Co-founder of Imvula Empowerment Fund, a fund specifically established for enabling holistic university education for unemployed young people from various African countries, Dr Blecher also leads the Community and Individual Development Association (CIDA), as well as the Maharishi Institute. The latter is an organisation that facilitates the creation of free access to various higher learning institutions. Dr Blecher is not new to mentoring programmes; he also spent many years teaching transcendental meditation to young people living in townships, helping them to direct their energies towards positive development. Along with Sir Richard Branson, Dr Blecher is co-founder of the well-known Branson School of Entrepreneurship.
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