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 Dr. Edmund Thamsanqa (Thami) Mazwai

Position: Adjunct Professor
Department: School of Business and Finance (SBF)
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Qualifications: D.Comm, University of Pretoria
 MBA, Henley Management College, United Kingdom.
Programme for Management Development, Harvard Business School
Senior Managers Development Programme, Templeton College, Oxford University UK
Currently busy with a second doctorate, that of Doctor of Philosophy with the University of New England. He is interrogating the relationship between entrepreneurship and the personal values of Soweto Entrepreneurs. His context is on the stimulation of entrepreneurship in previously marginalized or oppressed communities.
Tel: 021 959 2595
Fax: 021 959 3219


 Current positions:
Dr Thami Mazwai is Special Adviser to the Minister of Small Business Development. He is Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Fort Hare. He is Resident Executive at the Wits Business School. He is on the National Planning Commission and his area of involvement is small business. Currently, Prof Mazwai is heading a Task Team on township and rural economies for the NPC, and a task team on the review of small business strategies. He is on the Presidential BEE Advisory Council and advises on small business. He is Chairman of the South African Finance Exchange (SAFE), recently appointed to partner the Gauteng Government on the revitalisation of township economies.
Previous positions:
He is former director of the Centre for Small Business Development (CSBD) at the University of Johannesburg. In January 2013 he was in Russia as part of a panel of experts that is looking at methodologies to integrate small business into the value chains of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries. He is a former member of the Skills System Review Technical Task Team (SSRTTT) of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa. His brief was to help integrate the skilling of small business into the national skills development agenda. He served on the Ministerial Committee for the review of the White Paper on social development and his area of reference is entrepreneurship and recipients of social grants.


​2015 – Paper on the identification of potential high growth businesses to 
         to turn South Africa’s economy presented at the International Council for 
         Small Business Council annual conference in Dubai.
2013 – South Africa’s embedded environmental dynamics and their impact on   entrepreneurship and small business development – a critical appraisal. Essays on the evolution of the Post-Apartheid State. Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra). Woodmead
2011 – Co Author with Dr David Phaho a research paper for presentation at ICSB conference in Stockholm: Is a Gazelle-Focused SME Strategy the Lynchpin for South Africa’s New Economic Growth Path?
2010 – Co Author with Dr Esther Njiro a research paper on small business in Gauteng townships; “Situation analysis of townships small businesses and enterprises in Gauteng Province, South Africa”
General Media –
Contributed to three books on Press Freedom published by SA Institute of Race Relations and University of Saskatchewan.  Regular contributor on small business development to Business Day and various publications.
Portfolio of Work:
Designed the current strategy on the National Gazelles currently being rolled out by the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and is the flagship programme for the Minister of Small Business.
Designed a supplier development strategy for PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) to integrate women-owned enterprises in the passenger rail value chain, including construction and property management;
Enterprise development strategy for rural areas pioneered by the Services Seta;

Awards and Achievements:
•    2015 Appointed honorary professor by University of the Western Cape
•    2014 Elected Fellow of the Mapungubwe Institute of Strategic Reflection (Mistra) to engage in research on small business
•    2013 – University of Fort Hare renewed his tenure as Adjunct Professorship in Entrepreneurship and SMME development;
•    2008 – Given an award by the Association of Chambers and Industry in the SADC for his contribution in small business development;
•    Award by the SABC for contribution to struggle for Press Freedom;
•    2004 – Awarded Fellowship by Print Media South Africa for contributions to the media industry;
•    2003 – Honoured by Black Management Forum for contributions to Journalism;
•    1990 - Won Rosholt Award for executive and enterprising journalism in 1990
•    1988 - Won Harvard South Africa award for a year’s study at Harvard University. 
•    1982 - Nominated for Pringle Award for conscientious journalism
Previous Career:
Senior assistant editor of Sowetan in 1988; Started small business section of Sowetan in 1989; appointed Day Editor of Sowetan in 1992; appointed editor of Enterprise magazine in 1993, and editor of in chief for all Enterprise publications in 1994.  Appointed director of Black Enterprise Marketing and Publishing in December 1993.  Appointed Chief Executive of Mafube Publishing with effect from October 1, 1996. Chairman of Indyebo Investments (Pty) Ltd.
Entrepreneurship and SME development – Started Business Section of Sowetan Newspaper in 1989 and launched programme to develop black students on business through Soweto​​​​​​



 • Past member of the Gauteng Advisory Council ;
• He is advisor on Enterprise Development to the Black Business Council;
• Past Chairperson of the W&RSETA, reporting to Department of Higher Education and Training;
• Former member of the Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) task team on small business;
• Former Convener of the National Small Business Advisory Council (2006 to 2009)
• Former director of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda);
• Former Director of the Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency (Nepa);
• Former member of the Technical Working Group of the JIPSA;
• Former National Treasurer of Media Workers Association of South Africa from 1978 until 1988;
• Former Vice president of the International Federation of Journalists with special responsibilities for Africa from 1986 to 1988.
• Founder chairperson of the Black Editors Forum and on task force developing training in business and economics for black journalists.
• Founder Chairperson of South African National Editors Forum.

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