Ubuntu Symposium: Enterprise Development & Entrepreneurship



How to start a business and make it successful.  Learn from the entrepreneurs who did just that.

Brainstorming hosts:

Shafieka Ismail:  UCT Electrical Engineer Graduate owns SICEE, one of the first independent consulting engineering enterprises owned and operated by a woman in South Africa. 

Jacinta Adonis: Is a great example of someone who rose up to meet the challenges life tossed her. After getting retrenched in 2005 she maxed her credit cards to start Cape Thyme a catering business specializing in ready made meals. Six years on business is booming and the mom of three, who is expecting her fourth child in two months, .is respected for the work opportunities she creates for single homeless mothers and refugees.

Yasin Khan: As a trained pharmacist Yasin saw a gap in the market for niche health products. He followed his dream started Pumla Products and now produces an extensive range including hypoallergenic sandwich spreads to tooth ache remedies.

Lydia Zingoni: As head of the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation Lydia has helped at least 400 teenagers to financial success. Her academy helps youngsters transform their ideas into businesses with the help of financial assistance and mentoring programmes.

Richard Hardiman: Richard Hardiman was once a journalist and business owner, turned radio presenter. He is now a radio presenter turned radio entrepreneur as a partner in South Africa’s first commercially operating internet radio station 2oceansviberadio.com 

Shadley Mohamed: Owner of Ansha Project Management and Business Consulting which offers HR Services, Project Management & Interim Management Services through employee engagement.

Simon Wilson: Simon Wilson is a creative junkie, with an extensive career spanning across print, media, design and his true calling – music. Most recently he has created a collaboration aimed at exposing underground musical talent through the simple philosophy of “beats and braais”.

Jacqui Simpson: Every major city has a much loved food market and Jacqui is the brains behind Cape Town’s favourite food paradise- Earth Fair. The market which runs in Tokai and St George’s Mall is packed with preservative-free, fresh produce and provides small businesses an outlet to sell their products.

Solly Moeng: There is only one name on everyone in the PR and communications circles lips- Solly Moeng. His expertise in marketing and branding coupled with his sharp social commentary have made him a legend.

Mpodumo Doubada: R200 and a great idea was all Mpodumo needed to make a big change in the lives of students in this country. His company Pimp My Book buys and sells used textbooks to cash strapped students. The business started in a dormitory room and has now grown into three branches servicing institutions like Unisa, CPUT,UCT and UWC.

Shelldon Breda: This enterprising food scientist has risked everything on an ordinary garden snail.  Shelldon is owner of the Hermanus based SA Snail Company. So far they have exported tons of live snails to Europe where over harvesting has caused a shortage.

Sedrick Gombard: The only support Sedrick had when starting his company Castors in Motion was the 18 years experience he had in the materials handling industry. Three years and a thriving business later shows that you don’t need a bank loan to make a success out of your idea. Castors in Motion produces trolley’s and gurney’s for the medical and commercial industries.


Parking is available in the Pleinpark Parkade which is next to the hotel. Delegates are advised to park from the “I”-level up as this is the “casual parking” facility. Guests should bring the plastic card(token) that they are issued with on entering the Parkade with them, as they will be required to swipe this card to gain access to the lifts, located in the Parkade. Delegates then take the elevator to the ground floor of the building, where they access the conference centre from the lobby area. Hotel parking is limited and is therefore subjected to availability on the day of the event. At no point can we reserve parking for your specified events.  

GPS Co-ordinates: 

Lat : 33:55:19S (-33.9219)
Long – 18:26:02E (18,4338)

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