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Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa Zimbabwe


Ambassador Christopher Hatikure Mutsvangwa: A Life of Rich and Colourful Tapestry Early life and Education Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa was born 24 May 1955 at Harare General Hospital. He spent his early childhood in the now Mbare high density suburb of Harare before going to his rural village in Chief Nyamweda …

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Jaswinder Bedi Bedi Investments


Meet the Boss: Jaswinder Bedi, CEO, Bedi Investments 1. What was your first job? In my father’s factory. My first assignment was to dye blue fabric that would be used to make blazers. Not only did the fabric come out purple, but it was also bleeding colour. I had done …

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Ranjith Kally Photographer South Africa


Internationally acclaimed, Durban-born photographer Ranjith Kally, has documented some of the key people and events involved in South Africa’s struggle for democracy. His pictures, dating back over 60 years, give us a glimpse into the tensions of the past, of the events that shaped our future. Kally’s first camera, a …

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Themba Mkhize Millionaire Artiste


Themba Mkhize, born in Durban in 1957, was introduced to music at an early age. He discovered jazz while in high school and was spotted by local band, “Dukes Combo”. In 1981 he started performing professionally with the band “Sakhile”. In 1984 Themba joined renowned band “Bayete”, and remained part …

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Jeff Radebe


Jeff Radebe was born in Cato Manor in Durban in 1953 and lived there until 1958 when his family was forcibly removed to KwaMashu. He obtained a B.Juris degree from the University of Zululand in 1976; LLM in International Law from Leipzig University and studied at the Lenin International School, …

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Jackie Branfield Operation Bobbi Bear


Long-term campaigner Jackie Branfield was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1952 and has often been described as a ‘maverick crusader’. Her ‘life’s work’ began 20 years ago at the church youth group when youngsters started approaching her for help with personal problems. Working mainly with her own common sense in …

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Joseph Shabalala Ladysmith black mambazo


Joseph Shabalala, born Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, is the founder and musical director of the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Shabalala’s musical career began with his move from Ladysmith to Durban. After a short stint with the Durban Choir, he joined anisicathamiya group, …

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Irene Charnley Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited

Irene Charnley – R150 million/ $19.4 million Irene Charnley, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited, is a social entrepreneur and widely respected telecoms visionary who was instrumental in transforming MTN into one of the most respected telecommunications operators in the EMEA region. She brings a wealth …

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Billy Selekane Millionaire Motivational Speaker


B Billy Selekane, originally from Tembisa, tells Loni Prinsloo about the many challenges and adventures he has had while building a multimillion-rand company and becoming a world-renowned keynote speaker Why did you pursue your current career? Well, it was not my initial choice. I grew up a young entrepreneur with a couple …

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