Name: Tefo M. Mokhine
Current: B.Sc. Mining Engineering (Penultimate)
Institution: University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
Part Time: Entrepreneurial Generator Programme (Wits Business School)
I matriculated in 2010 with distinctions in Maths & Science. After failing to secure a space at the University of Pretoria (a university which I was awarded a bursary to study Civil Engineering) - I went to Ukuqonda University Preparedness to further enhance my capabilities in Maths and Science. In 2012, I signed a bursary contract with Lonmin Platinum to pursue Mining Engineering. As per my bursary requirement, I had to do a year-long Experiential Learning wherein I got the exposure to the mine operations and procedures, of which I did in the Marikana operations. I then progressed to start with my studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013 where I am still studying. One of my major low points in life was failing in my studies, more so failing two of the Third year courses twice. Nonetheless, I remain eager, confident and now more than ever, committed to obtaining my degree in Mining Engineering.
After graduation, I am looking to gain some experience working as a Mining Engineer, to solidify my degree and then move into the financial services sector to work as an Investment Banker before officially focusing on business. My vision is to build one of the best conglomerates that will have interests in mining and minerals resources, informal markets and technology. Amongst my Big Hairy and Audacious Goals (vision), is that of becoming the President of the Republic of South Africa.
Leadership Roles at University
Year Role Organisation
2013 – 2014 Men’s Fellowship Team Leader Christian Action Fellowship (CAF)
2014 – 2015 Secretary ABSIP (Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals)
2015 – 2016 Chairperson ABSIP (Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals)
2016 - Current, Non-Executive Director, Club Readership
• Awarded the Grade 10 & 12 Best Learner Award
• Awarded the Grade 11 Second Best Learner Award
• Top Student Grade 12 (Final Results)
• Wits Emerging Leaders Programme: Awarded to be An Outstanding Leader: Voice of Reason
• Awarded for Excellence in the Student Chapter Executive Committee Service.
• Awarded the ABSIP Student Leader for the Year 2016 (National Accolade).
2009 – 2010 Airtime & Snack vendor: I was selling sweets and airtime to the high school learners.
2013 Poultry Operation: I was buying small chicken, breed them and sell them at a higher price.
2015 – 2016 Perfumes: I sold perfumes for short period, mainly to the people in the mines during my vacation period.
2016 Mobile App Development: This was my first innovative idea I worked on, due to its recognised potential to change the mobile-tech space, I got the sponsorship of almost R20 000 and a twelve months access to a shared working space at the Wits Digital Innovation Zone (part of Tshimologong Innovation Hub). This includes business mentorship.
2016 – Current Township Business Modernisation: Our Company ClayMade Enterprise, is a remote wholesale business that services township businesses, we offer spaza- & tuck-shop owners the convenience of ordering their stock from the comfort of their shop. They do this through our online platform. For more info, please visit our site on: www.claymadeenterprise.co.za.
2017 – Current Mentorship Programme: We seek to mentor and coach the senior high school learners and junior university students. Our offering is focused on developing our mentees into leaders in their field of interest; this includes Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Politics, Civic-Engagement and Sports. Our mentors are high caliber students who are making their mark in their respective fields; as academics, entrepreneurs, leaders, politicians and or civil-activists. They are exceptional and remarkable youth, with fascinating personalities and intriguing attitudes.
What do I do in my spare time?
I am passionate about learning, and anytime I get the opportunity to learn something I crab it. I read a lot, mostly books and magazines on personal development, entrepreneurship, leadership and companies.
Other than that, you will find me in the field jogging if not in a court playing tennis.
Or you will find me to a good company of friends and acquaintances, having conversations about the current affairs- in a relaxed environment with some good music in the background.