Purpose-Lived 

Podcast Series

PURPOSE-LIVED at TSIBA has always underpinned an approach to education as a catalyst for the best of what humans can be.  When we dream and live to purpose we create a better world.

The TSIBA Purpose-Lived conversation series explores diverse perspectives on this theme from remarkable humans. Each conversation is a discovery of a personal journey, providing a collection of profound perspectives from those who have been kind enough to share. 

Monika Jiang
Monika Jiang

Monika Jiang is the head of content and community at the House of Beautiful Business, a global platform and community to make business more beautiful.

A highly intuitive, fantastical soul, temporarily unfinished and forever wanting to play, she reaches to the margins, asks essential questions, and gently steps into the reality of others to make more feelings known, more faces are seen, more voices heard. Because another world is not only possible—it exists. 

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Ruth Stoffberg
Ruth Stoffberg

Ruth is a TSIBA Business School graduate who is currently completing postgraduates in Education and Training (PGCE). 

Ruth serves as Investment Operations Officer for a financial services and asset management organisation in her professional capacity.

Ruth has a passion for leadership, empowerment, and community development and participates in several social projects where she facilitates and manages people and funding towards project completion and significant social impact. 

One of these was the Impact1000 project, the objective of which was to provide 1000 children with toiletry gift packs and a message of hope in the Manenberg community in 2020. 

More recently, in 2021 Ruth founded the “1 Minute with Ruth Stoffberg” designed and targeted to educate, inform and empower people of colour on the processes of development. Ruth also offers her time In Youth Ministry and Tutoring to assist the youth with Spiritual Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, reading, and life skills.

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Dr Janine Haendel
Dr Janine Haendel

Dr. Janine Haendel is the Chief Executive Officer of the Roger Federer Foundation. 

Janine joined the Roger Federer Foundation in 2010, seven years after its inception. She describes the Foundation as a learning organization, which is still only at the beginning of its journey. 

Through her leadership and professional approach, the Foundation has transformed itself from a straightforward donation charity to an ambitious impact-oriented and professional and systemic operation close to its heart. 

Janine describes herself as a “naïve optimist”, believing that things can be changed for the better, and has devoted her professional life to humanitarian causes across the world.

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Dr. Shirley Zinn
Dr. Shirley Zinn

Dr Shirley Zinn hails from Cape Town's 'Cape Flats' and started her career as a secondary school teacher of English before moving to the University of the Western Cape where she lectured in Teacher Education.

Dr Zinn serves as Executive Director on the Board of Boston Consulting Group and is a coach, mentor, and entrepreneur who serves and has served on the boards of several major companies, trusts, charities, and universities.

Shirley also heads her own company, Shirley Zinn Consulting, that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, transformation, leadership, and education. In 2015, Shirley published her autobiography, "Swimming Upstream."

Since the launch of her book, she has done several “Swimming Upstream” talks nationally at corporates, schools, universities, and charities to motivate and inspire especially disadvantaged youth and women.

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Dr. Rudi Kimmie
Dr. Rudi Kimmie

Dr Riedwaan (Rudi) Kimmie is the Chief Executive Officer of TSIBA Business School. 

He holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Following over two decades of experience at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) prior to joining TSIBA Dr Kimmie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching and academic development.

With seats on multiple other boards including Durban Green Corridors, Iqraa Trust, Education Solutions, Datachem and the TSIBA Ignition Academy, Dr Kimmie drives a passion for forging impactful partnerships between academia and business, both locally and internationally.

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Adri Marais
Adri Marais

Adri is the Chief Executive Officer of Crystel House South Africa. 

Adri is a co-founder of TSIBA Education NPC and prior to joining Crystel House Adri served for many years as this institution's Chief Executive Officer. 

Adri holds a Masters in Biochemistry, an MBA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education Studies  (Cum Laude). Science, business and education informs her view  of the world. 

As a leader, Adri is deeply  empathetic, straight-talking and  standing in her integrity.

She drives innovation from conceptualisation to  implementation, balancing risk and reward with humanity.

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Dr Imtiaz Sooliman
Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman gave up his career as a medical doctor to pursue the field of humanitarian aid, which for him transcends the boundaries of race, religion, culture, class and geography. Alongside his studies and medical work and throughout his life, Sooliman has been progressively involved in several associations, religious organisations, and school-governing bodies as a student, medical doctor, and an active member of civil society.

In 1992, he founded the Gift of the Givers Foundation and has since then delivered more than R160 million in a 13-year period to 22 countries, including South Africa. The organisation is impartial and apolitical, and aims to serve with compassion, kindness and mercy.

The Gift of the Givers Foundation is the largest disaster response non-governmental organisation of African origin on the African continent. In a 15-year period, the organisation has developed into one of the most respected international humanitarian agencies, being the first such agency to be accredited by Proudly South African.

This was his address to the 2022 graduates of TSIBA Business School.

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Simon Susman
Simon Susman

Simon Susman is the Honorary President of Woolworths Holdings Limited, having joined Woolworths in 1982. 

Prior to his retirement, Simon served as the Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Holdings and then Chairman over a twenty-year period until 2019. He was recently appointed Honorary Professor of Entrepreneurship at Stellenbosch University Business School. Simon currently also chairs a number of local and international businesses and Civil Society Organisations.

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Professor Mills Soko
Professor Mills Soko

A Conversation with Mr Professor Mills Soko and Simon Susman.

Professor Milford Soko teaches International Business and Strategy at Wits Business School and is a former Director of UCT Graduate School of Business. Professor Soko also serves currently on the Board of TSIBA Business School.

Simon Susman is the Honorary President of Woolworths Holdings Limited and was recently appointed Honorary Professor of entrepreneurship at Stellenbosch University

Simon also serves currently on the Board of TSIBA Business School.

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Leigh Meinert
Leigh Meinert

Leigh is a TSIBA co-founder and held the position of TSIBA Managing Director between 2006 and 2012. 

Since then Leigh has remained a TSIBA Board member. Leigh conceptualised TSIBA’s Leadership Curricula as a fundamental component of the learning experience offered through all TSIBA programmes. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Value and Policy Studies from Stellenbosch University and has a Masters degree in Higher Education Studies (University of Cape Town).

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Matsi Modise
Matsi Modise

Matsi is the founding CEO of Furaha Afrika Holdings, a Pan-African company with subsidiaries including Furaha Solutions (a partnership with Workforce Holdings, listed AltX-JSE company), Furaha Enterprise Development and Furaha Advisory. Matsi's experience ranges through Investment Banking, Enterprise Development and higher learning.

Matsi is the Vice Chairperson of SiMODiSA, a South African entrepreneurship industry association. She currently sits on the Agri-Vie Private Equity Fund; The Gauteng Gambling Board, The Innovation Hub as a Non-Executive Director and Orange Corners, an incubation initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and is a subcommittee member of the South African Venture Capital/ Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Innovation Management committee.

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Melanie Daniels
Melanie Daniels

Melanie is a recognised strategic manager with a progressive track record of achieving outstanding business results through people and team development. Over 20 years’ experience in Fundraising, has given Melanie the necessary tools to ensure successful outcomes for partnered projects.  Uniq Foundation (Pty) Limited is her most recent achievement, founded in 2018 in support of her passion for bringing change to the many communities covering the Western Cape.  As the founder of this company, she is partnered with over 13 organisations, impacting over 200 000 children, youth and women through her fundraising efforts.

To date, Melanie has raised over R100 million for the different non-profit organisations she has been affiliated with. Prior to founding Uniq Foundation, Melanie owned Tri Link Logistics cc and was nominated as one of the top women in business by Top 300. Melanie is absolutely passionate about seeking innovative ways of attracting corporate sponsorship to social justice programmes and building community around the numerous projects she supports.

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Ethel Mkonto
Ethel Mkonto

Ethel Mkonto is a proud TSIBA Alumni and currently, works as Marketing Coordinator at TSIBA Business School. During her time at TSIBA she was recognised as a leader and role model amongst her peers, this is mainly because of her work through Enactus and various pay it forward initiatives.  The highlight of her academic career was when she was one of ten students chosen to take part in an international exchange program. She was awarded the opportunity to go to Germany for two weeks.

Her passion and commitment to making a difference in education have led her to accept a position at TSIBA business school where she was able to directly impact the lives of students. At TSIBA she is responsible for events, social media and alumni relations. Her dream is to become a social entrepreneur to better the lives of people by providing them access to education and information. To empower underprivileged communities to find their purpose and let them know that their circumstances don't define their future.

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Trueman Goba
Trueman Goba

Trueman Goba is the chairman of Hatch Africa (Pty) Ltd, part of Hatch Ltd, the global group of multidisciplinary professionals in the fields of consulting

engineering and construction management. Trueman was born in Durban, lived in townships at Chesterville, Clermont and Inanda where he attended schools before completing high school at Pholela near Bulwer, in Kwazulu Natal midlands. In his post-school studies Trueman became the first black person to complete studies in civil engineering in 1979 at the then University of Natal in Durban.

He became President of the SA Institution of Civil Engineers (SAICE) in 2002, then President of the Engineering Council (ECSA) from 2007 to 2009 and later was elected President of the SA Academy of Engineering (SAAE). 

Trueman has received Honorary Doctorates in Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and from Stellenbosch University in Western Cape, and the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. Most recently he became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Francois Pienaar
Francois Pienaar

Francois on rugby, wheeling and dealing, giants, MADness, taking people’s breath away and dreaming (BIG) to purpose.

Francois Pienaar, born and educated in Gauteng (previously the Transvaal) in South Africa is world-renowned for his depth of leadership expertise and many impressive accomplishments.

Best known for leading South Africa to victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup; a highly revered and successful businessman; renowned and respected television commentator and a passionate philanthropist, are some of the phrases synonymous with this South African icon.

Francois holds law degrees from the University of Johannesburg as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire.

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Trueman Goba
Caron Olivier

Caron speaks on puzzles to purpose, and the pieces filling the picture - poetry, passion and compassion, resilience, family, community and forgiveness, time to discover our personal space, and consciously choosing hope.

Caron Olivier is the Head of Administrator at Nu-Hope Funeral Fund.

Caron is a youth ambassador at heart, and before joining Nu-Hope Funeral Fund, served for many years working and volunteering in the youth spaces such as a Lecturer at TSIBA, a facilitator at Chrysalis Academy, and a job search counselor at Salesian Life Choices and a Life Coach at Academy of Life Coaching.

Caron holds a Degree in Business Administration from TSIBA Business School, is an accredited Facilitator with SETA, a Life Coach practitioner with SABP and recently obtained her Access Consciousness BARS Practitioner Certificate.

As a purpose-driven leader, Caron is deeply empathetic and driven by her passion which is serving the community, working mostly in educational spaces to inspire youth to continue to dream and aspire to bigger goals.

Her vision is to raise authentic awareness of herself and others.

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Trueman Goba
Marlene le Roux

Marlene pays tribute to the people on whose shoulders she stands, her mother, grandmother, teachers of all kinds, and the community of Wellington in the Western Cape, and shares perspectives on healing and survival, discomfort to purpose and the value of kindness and opening doors.

Marlene le Roux is the current Chief Executive Officer of Artscape in Cape Town.

Her passion is to use Arts and Culture to empower and enable disadvantaged groups and to make a material difference in other human beings' lives.

After completing a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Education as well as a Higher Diploma in Education at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Marlene continued to complete her Masters of Philosophy in Disability Studies from the University of Cape Town, and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

As a human with enormous energy and drive Marlene has also completed a Diploma in Senior Management obtained at the University of Stellenbosch and won multiple awards including the Fair Saturday Award, awarded in Bilbao, Spain as an advocate for humanrights and the Commonwealth’s Point of Light Award, In recognition of exceptional service and promoting disability rights, awarded by Her Majesty, the Queen of England.

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Rob Hersov
Rob Hersov

The ‘Spirit Chief', Rob Hersov speaks his mind on speaking truth to power, finding the courage to do so, the okayness of fragility, real friends and loved ones, and finding purpose in saving South Africa.

Robert Hersov is an entrepreneur extraordinaire and private investor, currently based in Cape Town (after 30+ years in the US, Europe and mainly the United Kingdom).

Rob currently serves as Chairman and Founder of Invest Africa, African Capital Investments, Alternative Capital, the S-Group, Lion Cage, is a non-Executive Director of AltVest and the Cape Town Stock Exchange as well as a senior advisor to the founder of VistaJet.

Rob is also the co-founder of two blockchain-based companies – Momint and Starlined. Rob read for a Bachelor of Business Science at the University of Cape Town and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Rob is married to Dr. Kate “the Kiwi”, has four children, enjoys golf, has done podcast interviews with international leaders, politicians and celebrities, and is a regular public speaker.

Rob is not politically correct.

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Asavela Gwele
Asavela Gwele

Asavela, a lover at heart, singer, dancer and people person shares her story about humility, self-learning and belief, perseverance and how to save and strive to build an optimistic future for young leaders.

Asavela has Bachelor of Business Administration from TSIBA Business School and a B Comm Honours (Economic Analysis of Financial Markets) from the University of Cape Town.

Asavela combines ambition and drive with deep sensitivity and humility.

What she lacks in age and experience she more than makes up for with enthusiasm, focus and discipline.

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