EmpowaWomen is an Empowaworx brand that focusses on women in leadership across various industries and sectors. The event tackles the unique challenges, opportunities and complexities faced by women in leadership. Industry specific discussions provide the necessary cross pollination, tools and next practices for the delegates.

Previous Speakers

Susan Shabangu

Minister Of Social Development

Sindisiwe Chikunga

Deputy Minister Of Transport

Desiree Chauke

TV Anchor, Broadcast Journalist

Susan Shabangu

Minister Of Social Development

Ms Susan Shabangu is currently serving as the Minister of Social Development, having previously served as a Minister of Women in the Presidency. She also serves both in the National Working Committee and the NEC of the ANC. Born in 1956, around the 80s she had long been involved in politics. She organised the Amalgamated Black Worker’s Project in 1984, and went on to head the women’s desk at Cosatu. She was an Advisor to the September Commission, assigned to look at future of the unions in the mid-90s, and later became a Member of Parliament. She has actively participated in Parliamentary Committees as Labour, Transport and Trade and Industry during her tenure. A Minerals and Energy Deputy Minister from 1996; Safety and Security Deputy Minister from 2004, and heading the Mining Portfolio.
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Sindisiwe Chikunga

Deputy Minister Of Transport

Ms. Chikunga is the current Deputy Minister of Transport. A former student activist, she holds a Nursing Diploma, a Midwifery Diploma, an MA in Curations from the University of Pretoria and a BA (Honours) in Curations from UNISA. She is currently Secretary in the Gert Sebande Region, a Mpumalanga PEC Member, a member of the REC Sub-Committee on Cadre Development and had served as Member of the Portfolio Committee on Housing, Auditor General, and Joint Standing Committee on Defence. She also chaired the Portfolio Committee on Police from 2009 to 2012.
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Desiree Chauke

TV Anchor, Broadcast Journalist, Content Producer and Public Speaker

Desiree Chauke is a Broadcast Journalist working for the South African public broadcaster, SABC, as a Snr Producer/Anchor. Her responsibilities include Research and initiation of stories, decisions on story treatment and format of stories for broadcast on television and sometimes radio. Once a year she hosts a TV program called A Nation at Work, which showcases the achievements of the different government departments in terms of their policy objectives.

Palesa Moalusi

CFO: RTIA

Japh Chuwe

Registrar/CEO: RTIA

Maphefo Anno-Fremponga

CEO: Transport Education Training Authority

Credited with reviving the fortunes of the organiSation, which has ushered in a new era of unqualified audits, strategic occupational programmes and innovative remedies to address persistent sectoral challenges, she has set her sights on transforming the domestic transport sector. This is premised on skills development, employment creation, expansion of entrepreneurial opportunities and building a pool of quality leaders. In her efforts to advance women in the transport sector into executive roles, among many other initiatives, she is championing the introduction of two strategic occupational programmes, namely, the International Leadership Development Programme and International Executive Development Programme. Her defiance of male perceptions towards female leaders is inspiring her vision.
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Palesa Moalusi

CFO: RTIA

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Japh Chuwe

Registrar/CEO: Road Traffic Infringement Agency

Mr Chuwe has extensive experience in the transport industry both in private and government sectors. He holds a BA Law and Honours in Industrial Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Certificate D’assiduite from the Institut International Des Droits De L’Homme, France and a Postgraduate Certificate Programme in Project Management from the University of Pretoria. He has worked as Operations Manager for NaTIS and successfully implemented the NaTIS in the Kingdom of Lesotho pursuant to the standardization of transport information systems espoused in the SADC Protocol, Project Manager that developed the Road Classification System and Best Practice Model in the Licensing Departments in Gauteng. He was Senior Manager with the RTMC for the implementation of AARTO before being appointed Registrar in October 2011.

Dr Thandi Ngcobo

Project Director at Dr John Langalibalele Dube Institute for Humanitarian & Development Praxis

Timothy Maurice Webster

Speaker, Author

Mary Phadi

Entrepreneur

Billy Selekane

Acclaimed Motivational Speaker

Timothy Maurice Webster

Speaker, Author

Timothy Maurice Webster is the Author of three brand leadership books and a columnist who consults & speaks at the intersection of three key leadership pillars; Values formation, Style Manifestation and Brand Influence & Positioning. Timothy’s background in branding, design and psychology is inspired by his graduate studies at the Image Institute and his undergraduate work at Brookstone College in the United States. His leadership ideas inspire dialogue and asks his stakeholders (readers, clients) to go to the outskirts of their consciousness in order to consider a new scope for their personal and organizational brands.
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Billy Selekane

Acclaimed Motivational Speaker

Billy Selekane CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is an Author, Internationally acclaimed Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Personal, Team and Organizational Effectiveness Specialist. He is Executive Chairman of Billy Selekane and Associates with associated footprints in Sweden, UK, USA, Middle East, Australia and Singapore an Action Learning, Strategy Formulation, Team, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development Organization. His focus is in Personal, Team and Organizational Effectiveness, which he delivers through Customized Keynotes and Client Centric Interventions. He works in Asia, Europe, UAE, UK and the USA as well as various African countries, including Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria for fortune 500 companies such as 3M Sub-Sahara Africa, ADT Security, African Bank, Development Bank of South Africa, DTI, Eskom, International Youth Fund, Maps UK, Nike Southern Africa, Nokia, Pam Golding Properties, Roche Pharmaceuticals, SEFA, Swedish Institute of Public Administration, Wesbank to name but a few. He is Past President PSASA (Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa) 2006-2007, a Life Member of XL-Foundation a Singapore based organization with a special focus on entrepreneurship and social upliftment.
By creating groundbreaking and different business philosophies and ideas, he taps into the heart of the matter and tells it like it is. No wonder Mr Mashao, CEO of Mashao Consulting, described him this way, “If you haven’t heard Mr. Supercharge speak, you haven’t heard a great speaker.” He is a founder and director of Rihanyo Holdings, where he cut his entrepreneurial teeth. TJ has been a guest to inspire millions of listeners on Thobela FM, Munghana Lonene FM, Radio 2000(SABC), Metro FM, NW FM, Radio Pulpit and Tshwane FM.

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Maphefo Anno-Frempong

CEO: Transport Education Training Authority

Credited with reviving the fortunes of the organiSation, which has ushered in a new era of unqualified audits, strategic occupational programmes and innovative remedies to address persistent sectoral challenges, she has set her sights on transforming the domestic transport sector.

This is premised on skills development, employment creation, expansion of entrepreneurial opportunities and building a pool of quality leaders.

In her efforts to advance women in the transport sector into executive roles, among many other initiatives, she is championing the introduction of two strategic occupational programmes, namely, the International Leadership Development Programme and International Executive Development Programme.

Her defiance of male perceptions towards female leaders is inspiring her vision.

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

FOUNDER OF EMPOWAWORX

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.

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HEAD OF SPECIAL EVENTS

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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