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

Featured News

Aidan Eyakuze
14 July 2017

A colleague, with a long career in Tanzania’s public education system as a teacher and school inspector under his belt, visited a school in a rural district to check on whether the teachers were present at school and teaching in the classroom. When he walked into a Standard Two class, he found about 50 eight-year olds sitting there, unsupervised and untaught. They did not know where their teacher was. He went to investigate and the head teacher could not explain the teacher’s absence either.

A few minutes later, my colleague returned to the class, to find the children in fits of laughter. Their teacher, sporting shoeless, muddy feet and looking rather sheepish, had returned and was standing at the front of the classroom.

Kabelo Motsoeneng
13 July 2017

The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and 2014 Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang, will once again be leading an expedition to trek Mount Kilimanjaro.  Popularly known as the Trek4Mandela, the group is scheduled to summit Kilimanjaro on July 18, in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The sponsored trek to the summit of Africa's best-known peak - which rises more than 19,000 feet above sea level - is to raise funds for a sanitary pad campaign to keep girls in school.

Kabelo Motsoeneng
12 July 2017

Tanzanian politician and 2013 Tutu Fellow, January Makamba - since his appointment as Minister of Environment and Union in President John Magufuli’s cabinet - has led initiatives and missions committed to protecting the environment. Some of the key areas he currently addresses focus on protection of forests, implementing solutions for aquatic wildlife, and addressing the prospective water crisis. His point of view regarding the environment is very much in keeping with the saying: we’ve not inherited this planet from our fathers, we’ve borrowed it from our children.

Norman Smit
06 July 2017

We are excited to announce a new Tutu Fellows’ column in African Business magazine, with the inaugural piece appearing in the July 2017 issue.   In the column, the Tutu Fellows, as thought-leaders and influencers across the continent, will give their perspectives on the evolving realities of the continent. Lanre Akinola, Editor of African Business magazine, said "The column is a dedicated space for the thoughts and ideas of a new generation of leaders that need to be heard. The Tutu Fellows are already reshaping the face of leadership on the continent, and we are delighted and honoured to be able to make this platform available."

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

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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