Like Trevor Noah, Precious was the happy result of an inter-racial marriage under apartheid. She left Soweto as an infant in the 70s, and lived in the US and Austria. But homegrown roots pulled her back to SA, where she saw a need to transplant the tailormade language programmes she had developed in Austria onto South African soil. As founder and MD of LETA® Professional Training and Services, Precious has delivered a unique system of language acquisition (Learning English Through Action) – and cultural acclimatisation – that supports her clients in settling in SA, and delivers a wide range of communication and language skills to anyone from kindergartens to corporates. LETA® truly opens doors through language in action.
The name ‘Rodney Berman’ is synonymous with boxing in SA. The ‘Golden Gloves’ impresario has almost single-handedly promoted professional boxing on our shores, and, since that unforgettable first fight in 1977 when Charlie Weir sent Bushy Bester to the mat, Rodney has been indefatigable in his efforts to bring boxing to the nation. With over 40 years and 2 000 fights to his name, Rodney has a knack for finding talent – names like Welcome Ncita, Brian Mitchell, Vuyani Bungu, Baby Jake Matlala, Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga, Dingaan Thobela, Hasim Rahman, Pierre Coetzer and Corrie Sanders. But, ever humble, the former attorney ascribes his success to the friendship of another legend, Maurice Toweel, and to the loyalty of the uber-talented Weir.
With a string of global post-graduate degrees and certifications under her belt, Yoni Titi, MD of Yoni Titi Human Capital and Yoni Titi Properties, does not do anything in half measures. She’s one of the founding directors of Firebird Fund Managers and serves as trustee of the Edge Growth Action Fund. A global leadership coach and recruitment expert, she’s earned a reputation for excellence amongst her blue-chip clients in the field of talent management. She also has banking, legal, risk and compliance experience from both Investec Bank and FNB, and was a recent recipient of the prestigious Nelson Mandela Scholarship. Driven to excel in all things, she’s also a qualified scuba diver, an intrepid traveler and a sought-after public speaker.
Easy on the eye, and at ease in the world, Gil is co-CEO of The Creative Counsel (TCC). What started as a two-man outfit doing promos, grew to become one of Africa’s largest advertising agency groups. But those who know Gil are unsurprised. Since his early days as a Zap Mag teen presenter, he’s always had a star quality about him. Relentless optimism fuels this wunderkind. That, and a penchant for stylish shoes. Since then he’s gone on to co-found LLH Capital, sits on the board of Kalon, one of SA’s biggest venture capital tech funds, and is now a Shark on M-Net’s Shark Tank. He’s passionate about digitalising the African continent and promoting homegrown entrepreneurship. And he’s become something of a trend forecaster.
Beauty and brains converge in this successful businesswoman, philanthropist, motivational speaker and brand ambassador. In between meeting her obligations to the boards of several international companies, she’s managed to clock five Midmar Mile swims. But for Amy, it’s always been about education in SA and its ability to transform lives. She’s established a nationwide, phone-in advisory service for teachers and learners, and she’s a patron of the Sunshine Association for the Disabled. Amy’s never shied away from hard work, and she believes that there are no shortcuts to success – you have to be willing to put in the hours. She’s also a firm believer in face-to-face contact and knowing when to defer to the experts.