16 November 2017. Today marks a significant shift on Rekindle Learning’s journey. Having founded the company three years ago and gone through high risk years of refining the value proposition, completing major R&D milestones and securing a stable client base, Rapelang Rabana will be stepping down as CEO to become Chairperson of Rekindle Learning. Rapelang will also be taking on a new role as Chief Digital Officer of ICT giant, BCX, the enterprise subsidiary of Telkom.
Nomsa Seisa, a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur who has been with the company since the beginning of the year, will take over the role of CEO. With her luxury business named business of the year in 2016, Nomsa is a passionate entrepreneur with a love for SMB’s. She is a highly experienced leader across several sectors including management consulting, technology, hospitality, renewable energy, financial services. Her roles within these areas have included executive management, strategic leadership, execution, change management, sales and process management. Nomsa brings to the table her expertise in implementation and delivery and is more the capable to drive this next growth phase of Rekindle Learning.
Rekindle Learning will be joining Telkom’s FutureMakers enterprise development programme. “This will be a major boost for Rekindle Learning growth path as it can now access BCX and Telkom’s wider network of customers and market access channels”, says the new CEO, Nomsa Seisa.
“Change is never easy, especially when it involves a business you started, but I believe this is great outcome for Rekindle Learning and the next phase of my journey. This new role provides a great platform to pioneer disruptive digital solutions and most importantly to work with innovative tech companies and grow them to scale through BCX’s ecosystem. Lack of market access is a great inhibitor for growth, and having understood that as an entrepreneur myself, my objective is to bring those insights for the mutual benefit and growth of startups and BCX,’ said Rapelang Rabana. Ian Russell, CEO of BCX, commented, ‘Rapelang a true maverick and disruptor. She has done truly amazing work to advance technology in this country, and I know they will do the same for BCX.’
Rapelang will continue to serve as a non-executive Chairperson for Rekindle Learning and non-executive Director of Nisela Capital. Rapelang will officially join BCX on 1 December 2017.