The temptation to idolize an international role model seems as natural as the globalization of business celebrities, who becomes more mainstream with young entrepreneurs, regularly glorified as they sell their start up for millions, rather billions of dollars. Why stray so far away when these stars can be found on our shores.
Entrepreneur, Rapelang Rabana, a youth success story that deserves to be highlighted for the distance she has travelled. Ms Rabana is a Business Sciences graduate from the University of Cape Town, with bragging rights that she acquired honours in Computer Studies from the same institution. She co-founded Yeigo Communications, a tech start up specialized in VoIP software, obviously a field suited to her academic skills. Once Yeigo partnered with Swiss Telfree group of companies, she was charged with being the head of research and development. Ever since she has gone from strength to strength.
Some of her accolades include
– Winner of the Enabilis Business Plan 2006
– In 2013 at the age of 28 was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper
– listed by Forbes as one of 30 under 30 Best Young African Entrepreneurs
– she’s made Oprah’s 2012 O Power List
This true tech hero who has been compared to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, is also a philanthropist, dedicating her time to Ubuntu Child Healthcare, a NGO that provides care to HIV infected children. Her recent projects include a mobile learning app that will change the way knowledge is transferred. Which proves that she is not only blessed with business acumen but also an innovator as well.
I once wrote, a nation’s maturity is reflected in the progression of the women within its ranks, Rapelang Rabana is a sterling endorsement on Southern Africa.