MEET THE TEAM
Founder & Funder
Ike Cha is a leader, visionary, entrepreneur and philanthropist who seeks to add value to everything he says, does and the lives he touches. He is an advocate for entrepreneurs and his ethos, vision, drive and passion is to contribute to South Africa and Africa’s progress.
Co-Founder and CEO
Self driven, hard working social entrepreneur who finds joy in Giving.
Strong Christian background and values with her father was and still is a preacher. Has background in nursing where her empathy, compassion, human dignity and integrity forms part of her values. Themba has a great track record in managing small and medium sized corporations within her family businesses structure. She is a former Cell C franchisee and current non-executive director of the Scania Border Auto Centre ( BAC ) a Scania franchise Dealership.
Connie Mashaba a model of African entrepreneurship – She is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) focused in Accounting and Business/Management from University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika.
Dr Joanna Nkosi holds a PhD in history from the City University of New York. Her experience spans more than forty-five years in higher education, research and business consulting in the United States and Southern Africa. She has been active in progressive, anti-fascist, anti-apartheid and humanitarian organisations throughout her life. Dr Nkosi is passionate about assisting people, especially women, to take charge of and improve the quality of their lives and those of their communities. In addition to her work with The One Moment Foundation, she is currently a director of the Chief Albert and Nokukhanya Luthuli Institute for Peace and Development.
Thandeka prides herself as a mother to her five girls and nurtured them into powerful young women and has found motherhood to be her most important hat even though she confidently wears many.
Family is not a word that Thandeka associates with lightly; it is a principle, a culture and a belief system that has helped Thandeka forge an illustrious career in care — be it the daily needs of those in her immediate family, or her many charitable pursuits. Be it within her vast network of successful people or seen through the heavy books of the list of companies she oversees.
Thandeka has been passionate about the role of a matriarch, a maternal lightning rod of hope, there to help her family and other families ignite their own fires, build their own dreams and conquer them.
Through this core belief, Thandeka has created a sustainable future for thousands. Born in rural KZN, in the seemingly unyielding environment of Nongoma. But beneath the salty sea and rugged earth lay a Diamond waiting to be unearthed — Thandeka Mncwango Mbethe. Coming to Johannesburg to polish her jewel, Thandeka returned to her hometown a shining example of a strong, independent, humble and caring woman.
This, together with Thandeka’s robust philanthropy, has helped this community, amongst many others, to create platforms for itself for its people to construct their own dreams and then have them realized.
A proud product of the old KEEP School Program at Mlokothwa High School, Thandeka has traversed the bounds of her own environment, she has overcome the enclosures set around black women by society, and she has done this with a flair for haute couture, a penchant for interior design, and an overwhelming love for people.
Obtaining her Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy helped Thandeka perfect the fundamentals of caring, a core component of her business philosophy. After completing her PDHT (UP) and then her PDBM (UNISA), a Diploma in Logotheraphy (Viktor Frankl Institute) and most recently, a qualification in Social Entrepreneurship (GIBS) — she raised a family, built an empire and has traveled the world seeking out innovations to bring back home to her businesses in her beloved South Africa — the place she feels is the world’s cradle of creativity.