Rendani Mamphiswana

Rendani Mamphiswana is an assistant technology manager at Sasol responsible for technology strategy and leading new process technology initiatives aligned to business objectives. He leads a team of scientists and engineers in delivery of suitable technology solutions for Sasol’s proprietary Fischer Tropsch technology. Since joining Sasol in 2009, he has worked in capital projects aligned to Sasol’s growth plans, where he provides process engineering knowhow and expertise. In 2012, he was seconded for 12 months to Foster Wheeler, an international engineering and construction company based in Reading, United Kingdom. Rendani is the founder and president of Takalani Foundation, an organization dedicated to youth leadership development within the education space, where he leads a core team of 20 professional and student volunteers. Since its inception in 2015, Takalani Foundation has reached over 1,000 learners in four of South Africa’s provinces. The Foundation’s initiatives include leadership training, reading, mentorship, career guidance and community development projects. Rendani has also launched a network of NPO leaders to foster collaboration, share lessons and support new entries, and has started a blog to share leadership insights with a broader audience. He is passionate about innovation and the possibility of applying innovation principles to create Afrocentric socioeconomic models. His view is that when the environment is right, life flourishes. It is the task of the leader to create a flourishing environment. He brings extensive professional expertise to the social development space, and his strong problem-solving and organizational skills are a good fit to realize the almost ‘lost dream’ of a South African intelligentsia contributing actively to the national agenda. Rendani holds a BEng Hons Technology Management (2015) and a BSc in Chemical Engineering (2008) from the Universities of Pretoria and Witwatersrand respectively. He is a part-time master’s student in Engineering and Technology Management at the Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria.