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Zibusiso Mkhwanazi

Dream big and be fearless is the mantra Zibusiso Mkhwanazi lives by.


The son of an entrepreneur, Mkhwanazi learned business sense at a very early age. He founded website design company Csonke.com at the tender age of 17 while still at school, with start-up capital of a mere R2 000. Six years later, he led a merger between Csonke.com and KrazyBoyz Digital Agency. The resultant digital creative agency, KrazyBoyz Digital, now has a 300-strong client list, including the Gauteng Department of Local Government, Cardies, Absa, Barloworld Equipment and Foschini.


Despite being held back a year in grade one, and being perceived as stupid, Mkhwanazi completed a National Diploma in Information Technology at the University of Johannesburg, received the 2007 Young Business Achiever award and, a year later, two Africa Achievers awards for Top ICT individual in Africa and Top ICT Young Entrepreneur in Africa.


Last year, the then 26-year-old opened the Mkhwanazi Academy for Christian Entrepreneurship in Vosloorus. This non-profit training institution relies on sponsorship and donations to offer the equivalent of a R35 000 Wits Business School education for R800. It also taps into Mkhwanazi 's network of businessmen and entrepreneurs, who offer guest lectures and advice to students.


Mkhwanazi 's current goal is to open similar institutions in townships around South Africa.


“I have a firm belief that everybody has a skill to offer. People just need guidance to make profit from it and be the champions to fight poverty in disadvantaged communities in SA,” he says on the Academy's website.


The community is very important to Mkhwanazi. Although he lived in Fourways for a time, he returned to the township where he grew up to play a role in the lives of the people.


“I'm a community man,” he says. “The biggest benefit is the young man who looks up to me, to whom I can say, 'you can also do it'.”


An average day in the life of Mkhwanazi can very well involve running KrazyBoyz in the morning, working at the Academy in the afternoon and doing counselling in the townships in the evening.  


“One successful person can make a difference to thousands of children,” he says.

 

 

 

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PREVIOUS WINNERS

 

IT Personality

 

Ivan Epstein
(2009)

Mardia van der Walt-Korsten

(2008)
   

Hamilton Ratshefola
(2007)

Anthony Fitzhenry
(2006)

Visionary CIO

 


Carl Louw
(2009)


Rabelani Dagada
(2008)
 

ICT Leadership

 


Dr Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane
(2006)

 

Professor Basie von Solms (2005)

Ken Jarvis
(2004)
 

ICT Social Responsibility Award

 


Kobus van Wyk
(2005)

 

THE PANEL OF JUDGES

Ivan Epstein
CEO of Softline and current IT Personality
Carl Louw
Head of Internet Channel at Absa and current Visionary CIO winner
Dr Helena Barnard
Gordon Institute of Business Science
Neville Willemse
Head of Consulting, Gartner Africa
Ranka Jovanovic
Editorial director, ITWeb
Adrian Schofield
President of the CSSA
Hamilton Ratshefola
CEO Cornastone and 2007 IT Personality winner
Tebogo Makgatho
Group Business Development Director at Torque-IT
Rabelani Dagada
Programme Director for ICT Governance and Risk Management at the Wits Business School
Tony Parry
Executive director of the CSSA