Siphe Ntshangase

28th May 2021

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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Full Name: Siphelele Nomathemba Ntshangase

Position and Company Name: Principal geology consultant at Letaba Elihle Investments (LEI) Advisory

Main Activity of the Company: The provision of technical and management advisory services in the resources sector

Date and Place of Birth: October 24, 1984, Evander, Mpumalanga

Education: BSc (Hons) Geology, University of the Witwatersrand; MBA, Stellenbosch Business School

First Job: Geology management trainee at AngloGold Ashanti in Klerksdorp

Size of First Pay Packet: R14 000 a month, in 2008.

Career Path to Date: Geology management trainee to senior geologist at AngloGold Ashanti, senior geologist at the Bokoni platinum mine and principal consulting geologist at LEI Advisory.

Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated

Number of People under your leadership: I lead seven professionals

Management Style: I am a transformational leader and I always encourage my subordinates to think outside the box and be innovative, especially because we want to grow the business. I also find great joy when someone achieves something that everyone else thought was impossible to achieve

Personal Best Achievement: Completing my MBA degree

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My mother

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Dr Lerato Bapela – she has always believed in me and my capabilities, and has been my professional and spiritual mentor since 2012

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Patrice Motsepe – I like the diversification of his business portfolio

Philosophy of Life: Do not be hard on yourself; everyone is running their own race

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being awarded a scholarship to study for an MBA at Warwick Business School, in the UK, in 2017. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, I could not pursue it

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Losing my maternal grandmother while I was in Grade 10; I had big plans for her

Hope for the Future: To build an empire for my children and their children to have a sustainable life

Favourite Reading: Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki

Favourite TV Programme: I watch any programme on the DStv travel channel

Favourite Food/Drink: Dumplings, beef stew and a glass of red wine

Favourite Music: Jazz and gospel

Favourite Sport: Cricket

Hobbies: Reading and travelling

Car: Mercedes-Benz C220

Pets: None

Miscellaneous Dislikes: People who look down on other people because of their poor background

Married: To Bongani Bomax Nyathi

Children: Simesihle Qhawe Nyathi, 14 months

Clubs: None

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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