Ntombenhle KhathwaneNtombenhle Khathwane


South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Entrepreneur www.afrobotanics.com

Occupational Position: Owner of AfroBotanics

Projects


Her current special projects are: 1. Crafting of the EFF Social Transformation And Social Development Discussion Document in preparation for the EFF policy conference in December 2014. 2. She is also working to ensure her Tutu Community Project has a national impact, she is working on highlighting the Teen Pregnancy problem and contribute towards curbing the high teen pregnancy rate in South Africa. Having had her daughter at 16, this is a project very close to her heart. 3. Khathwane is also slowly writing her first book, a fiction novel that has polygamy as its central theme.

Professional History


Ntombenhle Khathwane is owner of AfroBotanics, which manufactures and retails ethnic hair care products using African botanicals. She is part of an increasing crop of young Africans building premium brands that deliver quality performance to rival global brands. She is determined to build AfroBotanics as a brand that is African and celebrates African women, and to use her success to encourage African entrepreneurship that produces and sells in Africa so that Africa starts owning and keeping as much economic activity in the continent. She is currently featured in Think Big SA, which is a TV programme sponsored by Standard Bank airing on SABC 3 that shortlisted 12 semi-finalist companies out of hundreds of brownfield companies to compete for a R1million cash injection. Her company AfroBotanics has made it into the top 6 of the show. Think Big SA is about showcasing and assisting to accelerate business champions to encourage entrepreneurship in South Africa.

Ntombenhle started her business after leaving her provincial government job that she held for 8 years. She worked in the fields of research, policy dvelopment and analysis, strategic planning, speech writing, communications and media liaison. Working in provincial government she was able to influence policy at national level and oversee implementation at local level. She worked on areas affecting the Millennium Development Goals in the Mpumalanga Provincial Departments of Social Development, Health, Culture and Provincial Legislature. Her work in government instilled her philosophy as a pan-Africanist determined to contribute to the development of Africa. She is a strong believer that for the peoples of South Africa to develop, all of Africa must develop. Working in government prompted her to start Bhala Africa.

Qualifications


Post-graduate degree in Public Policy and Politics BA Politics & Philosophy

Programs


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

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Norman Smit
23 December 2017

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Norman Smit
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Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

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About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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