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Huruma Bantfu (Pty) Ltd

Sandile Tshabalala, 30, is the co-founder of Huruma Bantfu, a private company committed to co-creating conditions for human-centred upliftment and optimised outcomes for its clients and their communities.

It aims to facilitate the commercialisation of socio-economic opportunities through innovative collaboration and cultivating social capital through inter-cultural insights, with core capabilities in corporate governance, philanthropy, citizenry, and integration.

Sandile has helped several state-owned enterprises improve their governance systems, such as the Public Investment Corporation, The Gauteng Enterprise Propeller and the Cape Agency for Sustainable Integrated Development in Rural Areas, and has partnered with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship to assist over 300 young township entrepreneurs through access to employment, education and entrepreneurship opportunities.

He has worked with some of South Africa’s biggest corporations to conceptualise social impact initiatives focused on the township economic landscape. Sandile recently curated the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs Learning Labs in the three biggest townships in South Africa.

  • BA Law, University of Cape Town
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance, Monash University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in African Philanthropy, Wits University, 2023
  • Certificate in Children’s Rights, University of Geneva
  • Certificate in Board Leadership, GIBS
  • Certificate in Systems Change and Social Impact, GIBS
  • Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise and Governance, University of Stellenbosch
  • Certificate in Corporate Governance, University of Johannesburg

Curating the Township Economy Learning Labs for the Walmart Foundation and Aspen Network for Developmental Entrepreneurs in Southern Africa

While at Uplands College, I won Entrepreneur of the Year twice due to a successful business I ran while in boarding school. I employed two women and the salaries I paid them covered their weekly transport costs for two years. I was also the first student in the history of the school to be awarded honours for service, due to my community service initiatives.

Sandile, for every opportunity that came your way, you grabbed with great eagerness and excitement. Only if you knew this would shape your future, you would have grabbed even more.

South Africa’s biodiversity is unmatched — we live in a country with the most breathtaking oceans, mountains, architecture and culture. Our diverse communities resemble the beauty of our natural landscapes. With climate change upon us, South Africa has the potential to protect our nature to showcase to the world the urgency of conservation and finding a balance between commercial activity and the protection of nature in harmony. I would like South Africa to look beautiful — its nature and its people — for generations to admire.

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