Kagiso Rakosa Profile
Born 6 September 1982 her first big television role was as Generations lead character Sharon for 6 years. The character Sharon offered Kagiso the platform to showcase her acting abilities. Kagiso has stretched herself and taken on more challenging roles in television shows such as:
- SABC 2 Drama Series: Zabalza ( 2014 till present)
- E-TV Drama Series: Traffic – Season 1, 2, 3
- SABC 2 comedy: Moferefere
She has also appeared in the movie roles Gog’Helen 2012 and One Must Die 2014 and a number of adverts including:
- The Stoan Ginger Drink Advert,
- Savanna Cider Advert,
- Sta-So-Fro Hair Products Advert (Billboard),
- Sony International Advert,
- VW Motors Advert, and
- 2010 Marie Claire Campaign for animal abuse rescued by SPCA.
Most of her time is taken up as Kleenex wipes brand ambassador, doing motivational talks at schools for school kids; brand promotion in Zimbabwe, Kleenex, Mcing events etc.
Celeste Khumalo Profile
She was crowned Miss SA Teen 2011 and was the last Miss Teen contestant to reign under this prestigious title. Her reign was a successful year of youth ambassadorship; after which she went on to graduate with a BA in Corporate Communication 2015 at Varsity College.
Celeste is also an entrepreneur with big plans. She opened her first business – a nail bar in Hatfield, Pretoria in 2015 – Republic Nails. This is only the beginning as Celeste is committed to growing her business long term.
The spotlight loves her and she has thrived as a model, brand ambassador for POND’S Complete Solution™ spot clear even tone product and as a modern style influencer in the #StyleBySA Woolworths Autumn Winter 2015 Campaign.
Her experience lends itself to interesting Motivational Talks for young women and entrepreneurs. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, socializing and travelling. She believes her chosen career path matches her creative flair and outgoing personality
Constance Mokhoantle Profile
Constance mastered the art of storytelling at Rhodes University (Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) 2001 – 2004); and pursued a career where she could promote the stories of clients such as Morula Picture’s Generations ‘the soapie’ and its cast.
Her success is not only measured through award winning events and growth in popularity of the cast of the show but the number of young adults she mentored. Constance’s mentees are known as BlackRoses because a BlackRose is not made in nature but created in a laboratory. “We all have the power to design our realities, define and create the lives we want to live,” she says.
Constance’s passion and love for other extends to her clients who describe her as possessing excellent communication skills both verbally and written. “Constance has a unique ability to disseminate relevant information that is fully aligned with the strategic objectives, culture and values of the organisation and does the CSIR brand image proud through her display of consistent, implementation and responsive repositioning of a corporate internal brand.”
Achievements & Past work:
- 2015 Implementation Unit Excellence Awards MC
- 2015 UNIDO Africa Day MC
- 2013 – 2016 Voice over artist – Corporate videos
- 2012 CSIR Young Professional Excellence Award Finalist
- 2012 CSIR Internal Communication Excellence Award Winner
- 2007 Ponds Passport to Success Campaign Mentor
Khethelo Nkosi Profile
Even at a young age, Khethelo is a seasoned speaker who has had the privilege to deliver a Ted Talk at TEDx Pretoria in November 2014. TEDx is a division of the global TED conference.
His love for the spoken word was cultivated by Toastmaster International. Khethelo serves on the local President Toastmasters, Hatfield Club Executive Committee as Sergeant At Arms. In 2012 he made history as the youngest member of Toastmaster to be awarded the Toastmaster of Year Award 2012/2013.
Khethelo has hosted a number of personal and business development seminars as well as Mastering Public Speaking Training Events. He equips delegates and groups with technical skills on how to overcome the fear of public speaking and make a lasting impression on stage. One of his most successful training events was the South African Washington International Program in public speaking and speech writing.
Whilst he was a student at University of Pretoria Khethelo served as chairman of the Corporate Youth Society, which facilitated and provided information around entrepreneurship and business within the student community to encourage entrepreneurial and intreprenuerial thinking. Some of the people he had a privilege to work with during this time were multi-millionaire entrepreneur, Thapelo Tshepe; businessman and socialite Kenny Kunene; and bestselling authors Chris and Suzanne Styles.
Khethelo manages to incorporate his love for developing and growing others with his knowledge in entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Management. One of his most notable talks is titled: “Don’t focus on the product focus on the process,” which infuses supply chain knowledge into how to achieve better results.
When he is not on stage, he is tinkering on his soon to be realised book, which may or may not be titled: Stop Breathing start living! 7 keys to a life of meaning and fulfillment.
Khethelo was described as a: “A young and dynamic person, who not only has a talent to inspire and motivate but in addition has a passion to empower the youth of South Africa to start believing in themselves and to become the masters of their future.” By Head of Student Development, Department of Student Affairs University of Pretoria Dr. Rina Wilken.
Vukani Makalima Profile
His ability to entertain has been proven time and time again when he hosted a number of Nedbank events namely the 2013 Community Builder Awards (held as part of the Nedbank National Deep Green Staff Day); the Gauteng Regional Recognition Awards; the groups’ Hyde Park and Graaf-Reinet branch launches; the group year-end and achiever award ceremonies.
His love for the stage and performance developed at an early age while he was at Crewe Primary 1992 – 1995. “My father was a performer and I guess you could say the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.”
But his first love is being a master of ceremony and in 2010 he got his first break when he was approached to be a presenter at the Centurion Fan Park for the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa. He shared the stage with well-known names such as Freshlyground, Kwela Tebza, Anele Mdoda, Kurt Darren and Brian Thema.
In 2008, Vukani also presented the SABC 2 Youth Presenter Roadshow, which spanned across Durban, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein.
His presenting skills were refined when he hosted a slot on Top Stereo FM in 2002 while he studied towards a National Diploma in Business Communication (2002 – 2005) at Pretoria Technikon, now Tshwane University of Technology. In 2003 he then won the coveted Mr Technikon Pretoria and his duties included extensive appearances and speaking commitments, which helped to hone his skills.
On completion of his studies he worked his way up from a sales consultant and to the position of Assistant Brand Manager SABC2 (2008 – 2011) and was then appointed Communications Manager at Nedbank 2011 to date.
Vukani does not believe in just sitting back and letting life happen to him. He’s taken charge of his health and started running in 2011. “It started out as a health and lifestyle choice but became so much more, running gives me a sense of achievement. The discipline required to be a marathon runner means I follow a schedule, eat healthy and make sacrifices constantly to stay competitive.”
The discipline and sacrifices has paid off as he recently completed his third 2016 Two Oceans Marathon and second Comrades Marathon.
His life experiences and spirit of determination keeps him motivated and pushes him to do better and to encourage others to dig deep and reach for the stars.
Zolisa Xaluva Profile
This was rock bottom for Zolisa, but this is not where he stayed. He learnt a few hard lessons about who his real friends were and what it means to fail. The arts were his saving grace and he made it his life’s mission to use the platform to share his experience with others, shape people’s perceptions and empower them.
“I also want to give children that are talented a platform for them to express themselves” and to showcase their talent, whilst building their self-esteem and helping them carve out a future for themselves.”
This dream is founded on his love to support others and the arts. 10 years from now all Zolisa sees himself doing is producing movies, sourcing and developing local talent.
Achievements & Professional background:
- 2011 Nominated for Best guest actor You Spectacular Awards.
- 2012 BBC come dine with me Celebrity winner.
- 2013 – Ambassador Qwede Mantashe Foundation (host most of their events and charity).
- 2011 MetroFm Awards – Best Kwaito Category guest presenter.
- 2012 SAMA award guest presenter.
- 2013 SAMA award guest presenter.
- 2012 Ulwazi group year-end function MC.
- 2003 TshaTsha drama 3rd Season; support character name Lwazi Mboweni.
- 2005 -2006 Generations soapie; support character name Jason Malinga.
- 2006 TshaTsha drama 4th season; lead character name Lwazi Mboweni.
- 2007 Ugugu no Andile drama; support character name Khutso.
- 2008 The Puzzle short film; lead character name Thami.
- 2009 – 2014 Generations drama; lead character name Jason Malinga.
- 2010 Umtshato (The Wedding) short film; lead character name Makhosi.
- 2015 Zabalaza soapie (Season 2 & 3) ; lead character name Sydney Lwana
- 2003 lead character in Pick n Pay Hyper advert.
- 2007 lead character in TV License SABC advert.
- 2005 Featured in Appletiser advert.