Washirika Holdings is an investment enterprise group conceived with the understanding that the national imperative of broad based prosperity is only achievable through the nurturing of the entrepreneurial spirit of South Africans and beyond, into the heart of our continent.
South Africa remains a country idling with potential, needing only a spark to ignite the energy and passion of those who were previously disadvantaged.
This is the canvas of Washirika. To create the opportunities where wealth and prosperity can be realised for all who have an idea, a vision.
We have harnessed our extensive experience and accumulated knowledge in telecommunications, media and marketing sectors to offer enabling and advisory services in ICT, renewable energy and design build.
As our name suggests, we create partnerships of shared interests in these fields. We build ecosystems around the needs of our clients. We ensure that BBBEE practices and protocols are given their day in the sun. Simply put; if you have a dream, we find a way.
Happy Ntshingila (Chairman) has served on a number of boards and has vast experience in the IT, marketing, advertising and communications, telecommunications, financial services as well as media sectors. He has occupied senior management and executive positions at Unilever, IBM, Tiger Brands, HerdBuoys McCann-Erickson (CEO), Vodacom, Absa and SuperSport International (CEO). He is the former Deputy Chairman of Brand SA and now serves on the board of the Gauteng Tourism Authority. In 2007 he was named Marketing Person of the Year and has been credited with the success of the Absa brand, which occupied the Number 1 banking and coolest brand status six years in succession under his watch.
Happy is one of the founders of South Africa’s first black owned advertising agency, HerdBuoys, which had, among its many achievements, the distinction of having positioned and launched the new colours of South African Airways post-1994. He has also been credited with the success of various sponsorship properties, namely Springboks, the Absa Currie Cup, the Absa Cape Epic and the Absa Premiership, amongst others.
In 2009 he published a book, Black Jerusalem, which is an account of the challenges faced by ad agencies during the pitch process.
Happy was recently recognised with the 2016 Financial Mail AdFocus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution towards the success of the South African advertising industry.
Romeo Kumalo’s name is synonymous with the Media and the Telecommunications industry on the African continent. Having achieved great success in the media and broadcasting industry, Romeo transitioned into the Information, Communications and Telecoms sector as a highly successful CEO of Vodacom/Vodafone International where he held positions accountable for commercial development and managing the cellular giant’s interest in all African markets.
A commercial strategist with over 20 years’ diversified experience in ICT, Romeo was on the Board of Vodacom South Africa as Executive Commercial Director and was a member of the Vodacom Executive Committee and Vodafone AMAP CEO Forum until 2015. He also served as a director of various Vodacom group of companies in Africa.
Romeo is currently the CEO and co-founder of Washirika Holdings, a pan-African investment holding and private equity company with investments that span the property, green energy and ICT sectors. His opinion on matters pertaining to entrepreneurship, telecommunications infrastructure, regulation and access are highly regarded and sought after within the South African market. He is a regular panel member, key note speaker and advisor on all matters pertaining to the South African telecommunications industry. Romeo is an excellent communicator with well established networks across Africa. His proven track record of creating value, successfully turning around underperforming businesses and building leading teams has solidified his position as a leading business man in South Africa.
He is a shareholder and board director of GroTech, South Africa’s second biggest venture capital tech fund, which finances tech start-ups looking for growth capital to scale their business. He is also an investor in other tech start-ups.
Romeo recently appeared on prime time television as one of the Sharks on the South African version of the two time Emmy award-winning show Shark Tank. He is also a member of the Johannesburg golden chapter of the Young Presidents Organisation.
Romeo is passionate about the development of youth entrepreneurship and believes that the African youth has what it takes to solve the immense socio-economic problems facing developing democracies. His drive is to nurture the youth and help develop their breakthrough business ideas through equipping them with resources to develop their vision so as to bring about sustainable change. He is on a quest to teach young South African entrepreneurs how to start and bloom successful businesses.
Romeo holds a Master Degree in Commerce from UNISA and executive management certificates from WITS, INSEAD and is alumni of the HARVARD Business School.
Romeo is a keen marathon runner, cyclist, golfer and an avid reader.
Washirika Communications provides clients with STRATEGIC, CUSTOMER-FOCUSED marketing communications solutions in their endeavour to fortify and build formidable brands with solid reputations. We are au fait with working with multiple agencies across geographies – to develop integrated strategies; tapping into a wide range of expertise, we’re able to bring fresh ideas to the table. We focus our efforts on ensuring that your brand strategy (and aligned Marcoms) is aligned to your business strategy. More than 50 years’ collective experience in multi-agency structures ensures that we are able to manage complexity on behalf of our clients.
This business is premised on providing specialised advisory and deft services to help clients, at different levels of evolution, realise commercial and reputational growth. These crack services cannot be second-guessed. They require experience so as to protect the client’s assets – financial or otherwise. To do that, clients need to ensure that they protect their brands, comply with strict regulatory and governance requirements and are agile enough to respond to challenges that come with change. Our experience covers areas such as financial services, telecommunications, media (advertising, broadcasting, corporate communications), FMCG, marketing and regulatory.
We have deep experience in:
Digital management strategy
Pitch advisory and agency management
Legal and regulatory
Talent identification, crafting and placements
Washirika 3Oaks is a multimillion rand design and build business with blue chip clients in the financial, health, education and residential sectors. Our building philosophy is geared towards creating a big business that is synonymous with scale, reliability and competency. W3O aims to make a meaningful contribution towards the development and achievement of the country’s infrastructure goals and ours is to ensure that we participate fully in this regard. We have a highly skilled, reliable and competent team that has the combined acumen to deliver a first string quality product, on time, to our clients. We therefore aim to:
Build to scale
Create a top-of-mind, credible construction and design brand
Ensure we are known for our world-class quality and speed of delivery
Top project management teams that always deliver a superior product, on time, all the time
We have strategically invested in an alternative energy business whose aim is to generate clean and sustainable energy thereby contributing to the country’s sustainability and thus setting the foundation for a thriving economy. Our aim is to be amongst the leaders in generating clean, reliable and renewable energy through developing innovative and affordable smart solutions. This is steeped in our belief that the lowering of our carbon footprint is essential to a sustainable economy and the future of our country. Washirika Clean energy is involved in a major residential development in Gauteng where we are installing solar energy to more than 2500 households.
We focus on wealth creation through investment opportunities in the communications sector and technology innovation and infrastructure development.
It’s our belief that these are the areas which will provide the best long term returns throughout the continent, with minimum risk.
Our specialised team of investment advisors have a particular track record in converting growth-stage opportunities into scalable businesses.
Technology will become, increasingly, a pandora’s box of opportunity and prosperity for all who wish to invest in it. Our role is to identify, seize and control those opportunities for you.
It is no longer enough to say that technology is the fuel that drives today’s business forward. It can also dictate cost efficiencies, not to mention higher productivity and almost all other operational fundamentals.
And this is where we can help you, to streamline your ICT infrastructure with end-to-end solutions that take the problems of using unfamiliar technology out of your hands with turnkey systems, whilst delivering against your business objectives.
End-to-end support services.
Value Added ICT services, including Fibre To The Home (FTTH).
CIO-in-a-box, inclusive of remote managed services.
Entrepreneur Romeo Kumalo says more competition in the tech sector may be a solution to the high price of data in SA.
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