Carl is an independent software designer/programmer with a passion to consistently make things better. He has had an illustrious IT career spanning almost three decades. A few years into his career Carl was recognised as the 2nd most successful energy analyst in South Africa for an international utility analysis company and won a trip to France. In 1998 Carl took the opportunity to further hone his IT skills in the banking sector. A new world of opportunities presented itself in 2007 when Carl was headhunted for residential real estate development. Always ready to try new things, Carl has dabbled in other industries and is especially fond of cake baking. Whatever Carl does, he does with passion.
Emmanuel is 31 and born in a small village at Hamakhuvha, Vhufuli in the Vhembe District of Limpopo. His tertiary education started in 2006 at the Durban University of Technology where he enrolled for a ND in Building (Construction Management and Quantity Surveying) which was followed by a B-Tech degree in Quantity Surveying which he completed in 2009. He is currently employed as a project manager by the Independent Development Trust and is in charge of all infrastructure projects.
Josephine is a first-year student in computer science, economics and mathematics at Stellenbosch University. She is actively involved in entrepreneurship and innovation, having founded three projects since leaving school. Each venture has a cause of community betterment at heart, with impact areas ranging from youth upliftment to education. Her ambition is to use technological and social innovation to create positive change in South Africa while constantly finding ways for self-improvement. When she isn’t learning something new, you can find her cooking or longboarding down the streets of Cape Town
Lebogang is 33 and hails from Ga Rankuwa in Tshwane. His journey in entrepreneurship began in his early teens selling floor mats, seeing opportunities where others didn't. After grade 12 he enrolled at a college to study information technology but dropped out when he realized he wanted to work with people. He started his own events company which had a small enjoyable run until financial pressures forced them to close. Learning from his mistakes, Lebogang started looking at risk analysis, management and problem solving. The problems he wishes to solve in his community through his Kasi Aqua-Organic mall farms are nutrition, unemployment and environmental protection.
Mary-Ann was born in Westbury, a notorious coloured township in Johannesburg known for gang related violence. A directing graduate from the New York Film Academy (USA) who has attended several international film festival programmes, Mary-Ann is a board member of SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and Television) and on the steering committee of the South African Film Summit and a Master’s graduate from Goldsmiths University of London (UK). Her credits include the award winning documentary Portrait of an African Matriarch: Joyce Mujuru”. From 2008 to 2016 she worked for CREET (Centre for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technology) as managing director with her father Dr Gibson Mandishona in initiating innovative environmental projects like the installation of biogas digestors in rural clinics, community centres and homes.