Odwa Mtati is a creative, strategic thinker and business analyst with a deep commitment to economic development and the Eastern Cape.
He has excelled in his career path elevating from public relations and communications specialist to business manager, integrated marketing and communications expert, business consultant, researcher and analyst of socio-economic environments.
Mtati is dynamic, driven and an excellent leader in his fields of enterprise development, facilitation and mediation; and research and analysis. He sits on a number of influential boards including Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board. Mtati is also an avid sports lover and critic.
Yvette is the office manager at Jupilog, who brings her experience as a capable administrator.
Her contribution to the smooth operations of the company is to assist the Director in organising his daily schedule and also maintaining the general day to day operations of the office.
Zola Tshefu is a founder and managing director of LiLiBo Investments (Pty) Ltd, a black woman owned consulting and investment holding company focused primarily in property, mineral and energy resources and industrial sector.
A respected business executive, Zola has held a number of key positions in the public sector including; CEO of the Eastern Cape Tourism Board, CEO of the Kouga Development Agency and the Investment Promotion Specialist at the Eastern Cape Development Agency. Zola was also a member of the Nelson Mandela Bay Investment Council from its inception by the then Executive Mayor in 2005.
Zola has served the boards of AIDC, UDDI and CHEMIN wherein she chaired the Audit Committee. She currently serves on the boards of Eyethu Fishing (Pty) Ltd, Umoya Communications (Pty) Ltd TA Algoa FM and the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and is also a member of Audit Committee for Eyethu Fishing.
Nolubabalo is a well seasoned SMME Specialist, with an extensive experience in the development of SMMEs and Co-operatives in the Eastern Cape.
She holds a Degree in Human Resources Management and Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship from NMMU and is currently undertaking a research with special emphasis on co-operatives and SMMEs development in disadvantaged communities and rural areas. Prior to joining our team as an associate, Nolubabalo worked at various institutions, such as the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, IQuad Verification Services and Absa Business Bank serving the needs of SMMEs and co-operatives.
Nolubabalo has a strong passion for the promotion and development of small and emerging enterprises and is experienced in the application of Broad Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice. She has designed various enterprise development strategies and programmes and has facilitated the Absa National Enterprise Growth Programme. While employed at the Chamber of Commerce, she conducted a feasibility study for the establishment of an information desk for SMMEs who are members of the Chamber, and she then established the SMME Help Desk for the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and sourced out funding from Standard Bank, which is still in operation today.
She has contributed to various Jupilog’s projects, which include the enterprise development strategy, the review of NMBMs investment and incentives policy, SANRAL’s indepth survey of the development of and opportunities for SMMEs. Nolubabalo has worked with various stakeholders, government departments and SMME support organisation, such as SEDA, Business Partners, Khula, NYDA, DEDEA, Buffalo City Municipality, cidb, CDC and has been actively involved in their outreach programmes aimed to assist SMMEs and Cooperatives to access information, finance and markets.
Amy Shelver is a multi-media and socio-economic development specialist. She has a degree in journalism (specialisation in TV), anthropology and psychology – all with distinction – from Rhodes University. Amy recently completed her Masters in Development Studies, with distinction, at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) with a focus on community development.
She is considered an expert researcher in the field of socio-economic development.
She has a good understanding of the multiple mediums of communication in the media and how to integrate them for articulate communication of key messaging. She has worked for Ironman South Africa, FIFA, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, NMMU, National Heritage Council and Eastern Cape Office of the Premier rolling out multi-media campaigns.
She has an active involvement in multiple mediums assisting on projects that include advertising, short-films, and mini-documentaries. She has produced a documentary on the Keiskamma Art Project in Hamburg, inserts for Walala Wasala SABC 1, public service announcements for the Vuka awards, promotional shorts for events and is currently working on three documentaries. An avid writer, she is moving into script writing for short films, having recently completed a script for a 15-minute short-film.
She also, in 2011, completed work on two books – one a coffee-table book on Nelson Mandela Bay’s FIFA World Cup experience which she edited, Feel It Forever; and the other, a booklet on an historical Khoi figure in the Eastern Cape, Rogue, Rebel or Revolutionary: The Life and Times of Dawid Stuurman. She has worked extensively in the Eastern Cape newspaper industry both as a journalist and sub-editor. Her main research interests are development and development policy, heritage and cultural capital, film and media, history, sports, arts and culture.
Dominique is a research and strategic communications consultant. She holds a MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) from Rhodes University. She has had several years international experience and her previous employers include the University of Oxford, the Centre for Social Development, Save the Children International and the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation.
Dominique serves on the Board of Directors of Inkululeko, an NGO striving to provide township youth with the skills, support and guidance necessary to succeed in university. Her passion lies in the Eastern Cape and she is currently based at RB & Associates in East London, where she is working on Business Case development and research. She has worked on projects commissioned by the ECDC, DEDEAT and the DRDAR.
Dominique is sometimes based in RB’s Gauteng office where she is responsible for the implementation of communications strategies.
Jacques Buchner has been the managing director of RB Africa for the past 6 years. He has extensive experience in the design and development of tax efficient legal structures such as companies, co-operatives, trusts and others. He develops tailored made contractual relationships between shareholders, partners and/or participants in business ventures. Jacques has the ability to apply his commercial legal experience in an operational environment.
Pumeza Bono is the owner and managing director of Pumeza Bono Attorneys in Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa’s wholly black-owned legal services institutions. An admitted Attorney and Conveyancer with a master’s degree in Labour Law, Pumeza established the firm in 2004.
The firm’s attorneys have a strong history and culture in providing exceptional legal solutions to their clients.
The firm operates on the back of a strong and committed management and professional team whose members are drawn from diversified legal backgrounds. Our professionals have a solid legal knowledge and a deep understanding of the country’s socio-economic environment.
Ian Russell is a successful businessman who renders strategic and best practice advise to many of South Africa’s leading organisations such as Lonmin Platinum, Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum, First National Bank, South African National Blood Services, Barlows, Fish River Motor Industry Cluster to name a few.
He has vast knowledge in property development and wealth creation ventures which could be considered by our clients. Ian has a broad knowledge of law, gained during his period of practice as an attorney in KwaZulu Natal and subsequently was a Management Board member at Daimler Chrysler and was involved in leading the organisation through a particularly difficult period to become a best operation practice manufacturing plant which achieved international quality standards for integration into the worldwide manufacturing and sales network.
Riekert is a business analyst who holds an MBA (cum laude) from the NMMU Business School as well as an MTech: IT (cum laude).
Riekert is passionate about economic development in the region and has been involved in several projects related to promoting trade facilitation and increasing business competitiveness.
He has served as a technology and business auditor for the Department of Science and Technology’s Technology Assistance Packages (TAP) where he was tasked to identify interventions to increase competitiveness for several manufacturers in the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal region. In addition, Riekert formed part of the team under Odwa Mtati who performed a review of the ECDC trade facilitation portal. Part of the project involved understanding the needs of aspiring exporters and matching these needs to the trade facilitation portal and services provided by the ECDC.
Furthermore, Riekert has experience in project management of large business surveys, acting as the internal project manager for the compilation of the ECDC manufacturer and exporter database.
James is an international and national award winning information & communications technology specialist who holds a degree in IT from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
As a business owner and consultant, he understands the importance of systems in the public and private sector environment and how these should be integrated. Having been invited to share presentations along with world leaders in their respective fields, he has refined his persuasive and passionate natural public speaking skills into a powerful tool for presenting concepts and findings. James has developed a good understanding of the mandates and key performance indicators for various support organizations in South Africa and the relationships existing between these.
Previous projects have allowed him to build relationships and manage collaboration between organizations such as SEDA, ECDC, regional business chambers and trade facilitation organizations throughout South Africa. As a business consultant and visionary entrepreneur, James continues to be involved with multiple commercial ventures.