High Impact Leadership Summit is a flagship event of Empowaworx. Past events have featured international leadership experts, luminaries from all sectors and world class local speakers. This event brings together business, government and civil society leaders, C-suite executives, professionals, graduates and relevant organisation/initiative/agency representatives. These delegates come together to unpack leadership methodologies, systems and standards.

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Gauteng High Impact Leadership Summit 2018 intends to provide the modern manager/leader with cutting edge methodologies, best practices, trends and tools. The delegates will be inspired to capture new opportunities for innovation, to drive organizational change, develop talent in others and to contribute more broadly to their personal and firm’s ongoing success. They will acquire new strategies for creating environments that foster and sustain innovation and creativity as they explore leadership best practices and exchange ideas with fellow leaders and peers from around the country. Attendee will therefore return to work prepared to inspire colleagues, act with confidence and lead with lasting impact.

Previous Speakers

Gauteng High Impact Leadership Summit
Honouring Dr Richard Maponya

David Makhura

Premier of Gauteng

Lindiwe Zulu

Minister of Small Business Development

Thebe Ikalafeng

Personal Branding Expert

Ndaba Ntsele

CEO and Director, Pamodzi Investment Holdings

Thuli Mashaba

Entrepreneur & Radio Host

Xolani Qubeka

CEO of the Small Business Development Institute (SBDI)

Dr Reuel J. Khoza

Thought Leader, Businessman, Author

Farah Fortune

Founder & Director of African Star Communications (ASC)

Given Mkhari

CEO of MSG Afrika Investment Holdings

TT Mbha

CEO of Black Real Estate

Thandeka Nombanjiji

Nombanjinji Family Property

Matsi Modise


Dr Thandi Ndlovu

Founder and CEO of the Motheo Construction Group

Timothy Maurice Webster

Columnist, Author, Speaker


Bonsai Shongwe

Motivation, Leadership, Relationships

BONSAI SHONGWE is a Bestselling Author and a highly sought after Inspirational/Topical Speaker. It took Bonsai only five years to have spoken on every major stage in South Africa – after he began his speaking career in 2003. He has mesmerized countless clients including MTN, Swissgarde, Competition Commission, Mondi and SASSA. Bonsai has released a bestselling DVD called “The ABC’s of Success” (as seen on SABC, eTV and satellite in RSA and over 12 other countries). He has also written a bestseller called “Conversations with Women” which sold over 10,000 copies in 12 months – as seen/heard/read on all national media. His latest books, “Superstar Leadership” and “Entrepreneurship Lessons from Motorcycling” were released early 2016. Bonsai Shongwe has practical business understanding and experience that adds a depth to his presentations. Bonsai Shongwe cut his entrepreneurial/leadership teeth as a music producer in 1999. He then went on to build a successful entertainment company called Bonsai Entertainment. He began this entertainment company with R300.00 as initial seed capital, which he turned into a company with a turnover of over R3m within 50 months. His company created and/or managed stars such as Kelly Khumalo, Khanyi Mbau and Sonia Sedibe. Bonsai is currently Director of Bonsai Communications and Business Affairs (Pty) Ltd, an entity through which he manages various entrepreneurial and investment ventures. Bonsai also serves on three boards in various sectors including communications, mining and social entrepreneurship.

Joshua Maponga

Leadership, Facilitator, Life Coach, Speaker

Maponga Joshua has spent years in the corporate, religious and social space – a time that has made him own the title, ‘a creative powerhouse’. There are those who think in the box, there are those who think outside the box and then those who break the box and think. He lives and breathes change; his dynamic thinking has surely broken social, religious, economic, national boundaries.

Maponga is the CEO of the institute Farmers Of Thought, a core business to build a consciousness and improve the quality of human experiences than the quantity of days. He is a pragmatic African citizen with a global view, “think globally and act locally”, as he says it. He plays a dozen music instruments in addition to being a writer, speaker, life coach and social entrepreneur – indeed he is a man of no limitations. Maponga is a graduate of Andrews University (Barrien Springs Michigan USA), he holds a Degree in Philosophy (BA theology) and Personal Ministries, with a variety of Outcome based qualifications from international institutes such as ILO (International Labor Organization).


Abner Mariri

Leadership, Sales, Speaker, MC

Abner Mariri is an educationalist, a Hollywood performer, a peacemaker, a management consultant and full-time professional speaker. He obtained a bachelors degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. During his ten years in the United States, Abner also worked on many entertainment projects which led him to cross paths with Bill Cosby, Little Steven, Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Quincy Jones. Abner has worked in conjunction with the Minister of Health in putting together special events for World Health Day and World Aids Day. He was also instrumental in launching a Road Safety program for the Department of Transport which was endorsed by Mac Maharaj. He is Executive Director of the “I CAN” Training Foundation, Founder of the Institute of Quality Education, Founder of a Process Driven Consultancy – “Empower SA”, and a Member of the Board of Promise Keepers SA.

Gerry Elsdon

Speaker, MC, Media Personality

Gerry Elsdon is a television presenter, host, MC, and businesswoman. Gerry is probably best known as a continuity announcer for M-Net. She also co-hosted the first season of the reality television competition Big Brother South Africa in 2001. Gerry is a sought-after MC and an inspirational speaker. She is also an international humanitarian, activist, and outspoken voice on issues of women’s empowerment, community regeneration, wellbeing, and their impact on women and children in Africa.

Buyani Zwane

Leadership, Inspiration, Keynote

Buyani Zwane is an inspirational speaker, network builder, student, educator and leadership development facilitator. He has been involved in the Human Resources Management, Business and Leadership Development for over 25 years with local and international companies. He served as executive chairperson at Franklin Covey Southern Africa for 4 years, a company he co-owned for over 5 years with presence in 14 Southern African countries and Indian Ocean Islands. He continues to serve as director of Dynamic Leadership Solutions (Pty) Limited and Magnificent Mile (Pty) Limited, while leading Breakthrough Development (Pty) Limited, a Leadership Development and Business Consultancy company founded in 2000 as Chief Engagement Orchestrator (CEO).

Linda Ntuli

Facilitator, Life Coach, Speaker

Linda Ntuli is an electrical Engineer turned Management Consultant and a Motivational speaker, Team-builder, Trainer, Facilitator, Life Coach. He possesses excellent personal, organizational and client relationship management capabilities. This enables him to partner with clients in providing effective solutions and outstanding project execution. He has relevant experience as he spent over 12 years at Transnet, Eskom, Microelettrica and Afrox in the electrical engineering, project management, sales and key account management environment, with subsequent coaching and mentoring before founding Rise Up and Do It Business Enterprise.

Mncane Mthunzi

Facilitator, Speaker

Mncane Mthunzi, served as Builders Superstore Executive at Massmart Holdings Limited. Mthunzi was the Supplier Development Executive at Massmart for over three years before joining the Massbuild team. He served as Group Supplier Development Executive at Massmart Holdings Limited since August 31, 201; as the Chief Executive Officer of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa from June 2009 to August 31, 2011; Senior IT Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF) for three years – a journey that led him to his current leadership position – BMF President. Mcane was also part of a leadership team that presented in 2005 on African leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and later at the African Economic Forum in Cape Town.

Siphiwe Moyo

Speaker, Facilitator, Author

Siphiwe Moyo is a Professional Motivational Speaker based in South Africa. He researches and speaks on employee engagement, employee morale, employee motivation and on strategies aimed at nipping the entitlement culture in the bud. He is an Organisational Behaviour and Learning Specialist.

Bonang Mohale

Chief Executive Officer: Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)

Bonang was, until his new BLSA appointment, vice president upstream and the chairman of Shell downstream South Africa (Pty) Limited; Shell South Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Shell South Africa Refinery (Pty) Ltd and South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF). He had country responsibilities for the Oil, Chemical, Aviation, Marine and Lubricants global businesses and was operationally accountable for Retail; Fuels & Bitumen; Supply & Distribution classes of businesses as well as Finance; Legal; HR; Safety (HSSE) and Transformation. Until 2008, he spent six years as the chief executive officer of Drake & Scull FM SA (PTY) Ltd, an integrated facilities management company owned by the Tsebo Outsourcing Group, where Bonang was also a member of the executive committee (Exco).


Gauteng High Impact Leadership Summit
Honouring Dr Richard Maponya

Previous Speakers

Women in Leadership with
Dr Myles Munroe

Dr Myles Munroe

President and Founder of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI)

Phuti Mahanyele

CEO of Sigma Capital

Thami Ngubeni

Writer, Editor, Radio Personality and Producer


Women in Leadership with
Dr Myles Munroe

Dr Myles Munroe

President and Founder of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI)
Myles Munroe was born in Nassau, Bahamas in 1954 and has been a lifetime resident of the Bahamas. He has degrees in fine arts, education and theology from Oral Roberts University (1978), a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa (1980), and he has been awarded a number of honorary doctoral degrees. He has also served as an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University. His wife, Ruth Munroe is copastor with him at BFMI. He has a son Chairo (Myles Jr.) and daughter Charisa.

Today, Dr. Munroe is a pastor, teacher, administrator, author and motivational speaker. He travels throughout the world as a speaker addressing governments, businesses, and church congregations. He personally addresses over 500,000 people each year on personal and professional development, and he receives hundreds of invitations every year to speak worldwide. Munroe has appeared on Benny Hinn’s This Is Your Day program, where he spoke about the Kingdom of God. YouTube – Rediscovering the Kingdom – Part 12 of 12

Munroe places a great emphasis on the Kingdom of God and believes that the whole Bible, along with the message of Jesus, revolved around the kingdom and not a religion. He has said, “My vision, is wrapped up in one statement: I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest himself or herself.”


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Thami Ngubeni

Writer, Editor, Radio Personality and Producer

Winner of ‘Best TV Talkshow’​ for ‘Life With Thami’​ at the 2014 SA Film and TV Awards, Thami Ngubeni is both Creative and Executive in the media industry. She has spent over 15 years in Tv, print, radio and communication, integrating her business acumen with her public on-screen work and spiritual core. Thami enjoys the privilege of being one of the first few broadcasters to simultaneously be on two national radio stations, hosting the news and current affairs Talkshow on 2000fm and ‘The Sacred Space’​ on Metro FM. Thami is the former Editor of O, the Oprah Magazine SA and has had columns in various popular magazines including Destiny and True Love. She co-published her highly acclaimed book ‘My Sacred Spaces’​ with Penguin Books and has contributed to the books ‘The Power Within ‘​ and Thembisa MShaka’s, ‘Handle Your Entertainment Business’​.

Interview highlights include Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, Bishop Noel Jones and Neale Donald Walsch. Thami has judged the Int Emmy Awards, The BET Int Music Awards, The Miss SA Pagaent, The SA Music Awards and the National Film and Video Foundation Awards.A sought after Speaker, she has addressed and inspired youth, businesspeople, spiritualists and politicians on topics that provide insight on ‘Connecting to your Purpose’​ and ‘Authentic Leadership’​.

Unleashing Leadership Potential (ULP) is a leadership development program aspiring to contribute and promote leadership development, the general welfare of the community, together with youth involvement and participation. The inspiration for the formation of this program/community emanated from a keen interest shown by a group of ambitious young people with a desire to enrich the community. Through regular mentorship sessions it became clear that the experience of leadership development through engaging with prominent leaders, hearing their stories and learning from their success, needed to be shared with a wider audience. Thus a program was developed that allows for such engagement as well as facilitating further understanding and practice of leadership teachings.

Unleashing Leadership Potential shares a strong sense of commitment towards upliftment, development and motivation of young people. ULP plans to engage in several community driven activities to support this.

Maurice Radebe

Maurice is currently Executive Vice President, Energy Busines for Sasol Limited. Maurice Radebe is responsible for Sasol’s Energy Business globally. He is accountable for the successful marketing of all the Energy Business’ products as well as managing the gas-to-liquids (GTL) joint ventures in Qatar (ORYX GTL) and Nigeria (EGTL), the gas-to-power (GTP) venture in Mozambique and potential GTL and GTP ventures worldwide. Global Public Affairs and Real Estate Services, South Africa are also part of his portfolio.

Mr Radebe joined Sasol Oil (now part of the Energy Business) in January 2004 when Sasol Oil purchased Exel Petroleum, where he was Managing Director. He was appointed as Managing Director, Fuels Marketing at Sasol Oil, responsible for all liquid fuels products through retail and wholesale channels. He served as Managing Director of Sasol Oil from December 2006 to October 2010. He was appointed to the Group Executive Committee on 1 November 2010 and was responsible for global Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Enterprise Development.

Maurice is an experienced business executive who has engaged at high level with governments as well as other stakeholders within a highly regulated environment.

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Chris Maroleng

Maroleng was a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies from 2002 to 2008. He led the team which started eNews Africa in 2009 and has built up the Africa division, which has done excellent work bringing stories of our continent to South Africans, viewers across Africa and further afield.

He continued climbing the ranks when he clinched the position as MTN’s executive for group corporate affairs. In 2016, he also became a nonexecutive director for Good Governance Africa. Maroleng holds BA (Hons) and MA degrees from the University of Cape Town, and did a fellowship in communications and media studies at Duke University, a private, world-renowned institution in North Carolina, U.S.

Empowaworx Events and Communications (“Empowaworx”) is a premier communications firm that has been a specialist in premium leadership & entrepreneurship events. Our events this year have had extensive media coverage and have reached over 4,500 C-suite Executives, Executive, Professionals, High Potential Individuals and Entrepreneurs. We conduct annual events.

Simphiwe Masiza


Mr Simphiwe Masiza is an entrepreneur, business leader and the CEO of Empowaworx  Group. Masiza holds qualifications from WITS and GIBS, amongst other institutions. He is qualified in project management, strategy, organizational development, organizational management, event management, reputation management, business management, governance and executive leadership. He is the founder and passionate leader of Empowaworx, a premium communications firm with four business divisions – namely Event Management, Speakers Bureau, Media and Brand Design. Masiza began his career as a leadership expert, management consultant and a sought after and energetic corporate MC and keynote speaker.

His keynote address on “High Impact Leadership” then grew into the annual “High Impact Leadership Summits” events featuring luminaries in business, government and civil society. Empowaworx has since 2000, become a specialist in premium leadership & entrepreneurship events with extensive media coverage through events that reach over 64,500 C-suite Leaders, Executives, Professionals, High Potential Individuals and Entrepreneurs – under his able leadership. Simphiwe Masiza holds various directorships as a trusted and seasoned businessman.

Pontso Hlakoane

Pontsho is an experienced and energetic manager of people, processes and events. Her responsibility is to deliver seamless, impeccable events. She manages all Empowaworx Event properties and ensures their consistent growth, annually. A natural leader and manager who also oversees all office activities, Pontsho also co-ordinates the harmonious flow of the communication between stakeholders, the company and the office during events.


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