Founder and Contributors


Tholo Motaung has established himself as a speaker of note, master of ceremonies, trainer, facilitator and a strategist. He is a high-performance enthusiast driving good corporate governance, human capital and organisational development. He researches and speaks on topics that empower people, teams and organisation to become high performers. His focus is on assisting individuals and organisations to be outstanding by creating, achieving and maintaining high performance culture.

Tholo currently serves as a Board Member of Association for Office Professionals of South Africa and a BA Behavioural Sciences and Corporate Governance scholar. In his career, he has operated in various management support roles including serving on two governing boards i.e. Motor Industry Fund Administrators and Motor Industry Bargaining Council. He has also served in various leadership positions and earned the title of “The Star Administrator” for his positive contribution in ensuring the development of office professionals in the Higher Education Sector.

He has trained leaders and managers in various organisations. His thought provoking and engaging approach has been found to create a meaningful and relevant interaction to ensure active learning that empower delegates to acquire applicable knowledge, tools and techniques to successfully exercise in their work environment.

He has consistently ensured that as a master of ceremonies he is dynamic, eloquent and keep the audience engaged. Hosting various corporate functions over the years has seen him acquire the skills to be professional with an ability to ensure the flow of an event.

Why book Tholo Motaung:

Tholo started his career as a receptionist and worked his way up to be a board member. He has supported managers at various levels, worked as a trade unionist and became a leader in various corporate structures. He has wealth of experience and understands operations, strategy and governance. His focus is on striking the balance between the interests of organisations and employees through enhancing working relations and performance. His delivery offers;

  • Authentic, current and relevant content that empower and inspire delegates
  • Dynamic and professional presentation style that keep delegates engaged
  • Dares delegates to realise challenges and discover practical ways to solve them
  • Shares stories with real content with a sense of humour

Tholo has worked with organisations such as Old Mutual, NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd, National Tertiary Education Union, Knowledge Resources, International Labour Organisation, etc.


The services of our Academy are provided by a team of contributors that boast extensive experience in leadership, corporate governance, risk management, organisational development, and coaching. This team has more than 50 years of corporate experience combined and has assisted organisations of various sizes in the private and public sector:

Mr T MkwanaziMr. Tom Mkhwanazi

Tom Mkhwanazi has had an illuminating career spanning over a period of 27 years and impressive academic achievements inclusive of several post graduate qualifications. Tom is an admired leader by those who have worked under his management and his peers in the industries he has served. Tom Mkhwanazi is currently a Chief Executive Officer at Wholesale and Retail SETA. He has prior to the current role been serving as the General Secretary for the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO) since October 2012. Within the motor industry, he has been the alternate trustee of the three pension funds from November 2012 to 31 March 2015, the Copartes Pension Fund, Motor Industry Provident Fund and Auto workers Provident Fund respectively. He was reappointed as the trustee in the Board of the Copartes Pension since September 2017. He was also appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training as chairperson of the FoodBev SETA of which he served from 1 April 2018 to August 2018. He also currently serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the National Association of Bargaining Councils; he has been in this position since January 2015.

Prior to joining MIBCO, Tom worked at merSETA from 2006 to 2012 as the Company Secretary was later promoted to General Manager of Corporate Governance. When he left the merSETA, Mkhwanazi was the Chief Operations Officer for HR, Strategy and Compliance. He also served as the Chairperson MerSETA Pension Advisory Board until October 2012. Between 1997 and 2006, he joined two municipalities in UThungulu Regional Council in Richards Bay and Brits Transitional Local later known as Madibeng Local Municipality in the North West Province where he held various positions as Senior Administrative Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Divisional Manager: Secretariat. His career began as an educator in Durban, Umlazi in 1991.

Dr M MakhalimaDr. Mongezi Makhalima

Dr Makhalima is a Founder & MD of the Africa Centre for Work Based Learning – ACWBL. He also lead a number of organisations i.e.

  • Chairman of South African Board For Entrepreneurship 2007 – Present
  • Chairperson of the Africa Board for Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology – ABCCCP, 2012 – present
  • Former chairperson of the Membership Criteria and Standards of Competence committee with COMENSA 2010 – 2012
  • Founding member of the Special Interest Group on Consulting and Coaching psychology with the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychologists of South Africa (SIOPSA)
  • One of the global founding members of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) 2011 – present
  • Chairperson of The South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation – 2009 – Present
  • Managing Director of The Coaching Community Group of Companies – with focus on Organisation development & Talent management

He holds various qualifications including:

  • Commonwealth University-UK D.Phil. (Organisational Psychology)
  • MA in Work-based learning (Coaching Psychology) Middlesex University – UK (2008)
  • University of South Africa (2005) Post-Graduate certificate in Group process Consultation and Facilitation

Dr Makhalima is:

  • Accredited Master Coach – Africa Board for Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology – ABCCCP
  • A Member – Institute of Directors
  • A Global Founding Member – International Society for Coaching Psychology

Bianca van WykMs. Bianca Filmalter

Bianca van Wyk is a dynamic speaker, facilitator and trainer with a passion for people empowerment and development. She is also the CEO of the Association for Office Professionals South Africa (OPSA), a Professional Body with more than 12 000 members that promotes and develops performance standards for administrators in South Africa.

Prior to this Bianca developed the strategy and headed up the CSIR’s HR Wellness Office and operated in various other management and support roles. Bianca has a BA Honours degree in Psychology, a BA degree in Social Sciences majoring in Psychological Counselling, and is a registered constituent assessor with Services SETA and Public SETA.

During her career, Bianca has received various accolades, including CSIR Executive Service Excellence Award and the national title of South Africa’s Personal Assistant of the Year in 2006. She has published several articles and presented at a number of international conferences.

Bianca understands the importance of practical, hands-on training and creating meaningful and relevant interaction to ensure learning translates from the training room to the work environment. You can expect to be challenged, motivated and encouraged to think differently after one of Bianca’s sessions. She is skilled in guiding people in sales, leadership, negotiation, presenting, personal effectiveness as well as training senior leaders to improve team effectiveness.

Fatima AmodMs. Fatima Amod

Fatima, having 28 years of working experience under her belt, taught her what resilience really meant. She learnt that in life we must never burn our Bridges as life has a strange way of causing you to walk next to or past those bridges. “Strive to ensure that fairness and excellence prevails in all that you do” Fatima, of mixed race decent, is a product of Marist Brothers Sacred Heart College. Sacred Heat College together with her up bring taught her the importance of a good work ethic, the importance of treating others as you would like to be treated and the importance of Not having an attitude of entitlement. “If you want something, get up, believe in yourself and work to get it. There is honor in hard work”

Fatima entered the job market in 1993 as a casual staff employee at Edcon but was soon promoted to Casual Staff Manager at her Branch. In pursuit to study full-time Fatima left the employ of Edcon and joined the Financial services industry, where she spent the majority of her working career, 20 years to be exact. Her tenure was interrupted by Fatima completing her articles, gaining experience in Family Law, Criminal law and Commercial Law, been part of the committee that established the Miriam Makeba Home for Girls in Midrand Glen Austin Johannesburg South Africa. Fatima further joined a Mergers and Acquisitions firm, as an Associate, GKA Associates. Her focus been on Strategy, Governance, Commercial Law, introduced to Mining and Mineral Law.

During her tenure in the Financial Services Industry Fatima gained experience in Card Acquisitions, Risk and Compliance Mergers and Acquisitions and Governance. Fatima was privileged to be part of the team that effectuated the Barclays Merger with Absa Group Limited, been part of the team that looked after Mergers and Acquisitions Risk and Governance.

Her tenure in the Financial services Industry also saw Fatima been responsible for the in country Compliance and Risk Heads within the Africa region. This meant that Fatima would not only manage the heads and the team but also train and assist in reviewing their teams.

Fatima was also a pinnacle force in the Green fields and the Brownfields of Barclays Africa and ABSA Business Banking’s expansion into Africa and into the Islamic Banking sector. During 2015 to date Fatima has established a firm which specialises in Mergers Acquisition Risk Corporate Governance throughout the Africa Region. This firm represents clients and Investors in Africa who wish to invest or acquire commodities within Arica. The key component of the firm is to review the Legislative impact as well as the business risk the client will be facing and assisting the client in Contract Negotiations, getting the client o the point of effective completion.

The firm further assists clients, particularly in a Merger with Compliance and risk aspects. Fatima has proven to be a credible asset to any firm.

Andrea DondoloMs. Andrea Dondolo

  • Life Coach
  • Multi Award Winning Actress ( Tv, stage, radio)
  • Storyteller, Praise Poet, Writer, Producer, Project Manager , MC
  • Businesswoman [Township Talent MD] [2011 -2014
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Social and Cultural Activist
  • National Library South Africa’s Reading Ambassador