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Charming, humourous and a presence that commands attention - this is one gentleman who when he talks, you stop dead in your tracks and you listen. Vusi Thembekwayo is name to remember not only for the impact he's planning on having on the lives of others with his ambitious plans for the future of the entrepreneurs of South Africa, but for how his words will impact your individual chain of thought in your daily life. His path on the road to changing lives started at the age of 17 when he was ranked 1st in Africa for motivational speaking, and today he has spoken in 4 of the 7 continents to over 250 000 people each year… and still counting! Vusi went on to become the youngest ever JSE director in South Africa, as well as the only South African to speak by invitation at the World Bank, the Australian Houses of Parliament (2002) as well as the British House of Commons. Having made headlines in 2014 with his latest role as entrepreneurial investor on South African version of Dragon’s Den, the charismatic professional speaker joined The Complimentary Breakfast in studio to give the newly crowned Miss South Africa some sound advice with her new role and has the TCB team hanging on his words as he shares some tips that could change your life.
Earlier this year at the Transnet Excellence Awards delivering a keynote. Vid cred: Black Inc.
Not only is he among the most outstanding keynote and motivational speakers in the world but he is also a formidable businessman. At the age of 17, Vusi was ranked 1st in Africa for public speaking. At 21 he ran his own successful consulting firm (then South Africa’s only black-owned Forensic Marketing agency). By 23, Vusi was an executive at one of the largest consumer goods businesses in Africa. At 25 years-old he was the youngest director of a multi-national turning over R17bn a year, where he served on the operations board.Capital fm's Renee ngamau sits down with him and gets his story.
A small Business can be a success, a small business doesn't have to stay small. Africa like many places is full of small businesses and struggling entrepreneurs, from small shop owners to street vendors. Vusi challenges the African business community as a whole to help grow these entrepreneurs as most businesses need capital and other forms of support from the more well established businesses and for bankers to play their part. As a continent Africa can become an economic giant of the world. Known as a "Rock star of public speaking" Vusi is the only speaker globally to have been invited to the Dragon's Den as an investor. This is because he has built several businesses. Today, as Chairman of Watermark Afrika Fund he is spearheading a pan-African process of raising the largest Growth Fund of high growth, high potential entrepreneurs in Africa. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx