We will not live in foreign lands forever: Mafefe

After just eight years in South Africa, Zimbabwean Busani Mafefe is one of the most sought-after corporate trainers.

Busani Mafefe: looking forward to returning home.
Busani Mafefe: looking forward to returning home.

The proprietor of Johannesburg-based Ikhono Consulting and Training, Mafefe’s biggest clients are South African government departments, for which he trains officers in project management, customer care and financial management, among other topics.

“Although we also do take some individuals through a number of programmes, our biggest clients are those in the corporate world, like companies – both big and small, whose executives have come to us for this kind of training that is meant to improve performance for these government departments and companies,” Mafefe told The Zimbabwean earlier this week.

Mafefe (37), born in Matobo, Matabeleland South, migrated to South Africa in 2003 and worked in a number of companies as a Marketing Consultant.

“I had relatives in South Africa already and when the economy began to take knock after knock in Zimbabwe, I decided it was time for me to begin a new life elsewhere,” he said.

Having also worked in the same field back home, it was not difficult for Macefe to adapt in his new home and after working for more than five years, he decided it was time to branch out on his own.

“I naturally have a knack of lecturing and also empowering people as well, so I decided that in order for me to take my gift to its effective fulfilment, I should start a company offering training on a wider scale,” he said.

Adapting in business and getting clients did not prove difficult for a man who has dedicated most of his life to teaching about just that, and Mafefe quickly established himself in the trade.

Besides his professional training Mafefe says he found a balance in his boyhood life, that has enabled him to triumph over the challenges in his life with reasonable ease.

“I grew up in Tshelanyemba, in rural Matabeleland South, where I did all boyhood chores and lived with an uncle who was both a strict disciplinarian and educator of note, so my destiny was shaped in that early age.

“I also had no brother, so I developed a tendency of self-reliability and at an early age, I learnt to fight my own battles and that success or failure hinged on how my shoulders would be able to carry the weight that came along. I learnt to fight for my own space in this life and not to rely on any other person to do things for me.”

He has a clear vision for his country, which has produced many professionals, but now has very few still at home.

“My dream is to see my country getting back to normal and that can only come with an empowered generation of young people,” he explained.

“We will not live in foreign lands forever and the sooner we start thinking about home, the better for us. I am looking forward to a time when investors will start trickling back to Zimbabwe and when that happens, they will have to find a generation of people that already have entrepreneurial mind, while those who work in the corporate sector should also be professional enough. I am also looking forward to returning to Zimbabwe one day and helping my country as it recovers from its economic crisis.”

On the business front, Mafefe, whose company already has branches in Botswana, is seeking to expand in that country within the next year and give back to his community in Zimbabwe.

“I want to make a positive influence that improves my community and I remain very passionate about the need to empower the youth and women in education because this will ensure a good society that is able to preserve values and morals. My project is a springboard for bigger programmes that will enable me to empower my Zimbabwean community,” said Mafefe, whose company also has an investment portfolio – Ikhono Investments, which deals with stock market investments.

“People cannot only be taught how to do business and yet be left out of advice on how they can invest that money, so Ikhono Investments is there to enable them to trade in the stock market and further improve their financial standing.”

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