10 South African Entrepreneurs Reimagining Retail

10 South African Entrepreneurs Reimagining Retail. These entrepreneurs are leveraging technology, innovative business models, and new retail strategies to reshape the retail landscape in South Africa, enhancing customer experiences and driving the industry forward. Here are 10 South African entrepreneurs reimagining the retail sector:

Pieter de Villiers

Pieter de Villiers is a South African born entrepreneur whom spend +- 10 years in Silicon Valley with a passion for Chat Commerce and the empowerment of people. As the CEO and co-founder of Clickatell, Inc. a leading Global Provider of Application-2-Person Mobile Messaging and Mobile Transactional Services, Pieter has successfully led his team to grow a $100m+ ARR, profitable business operating on multiple continents.

Vinny Lingham

Co-founder of Gyft, a mobile gift card company that simplifies the purchase, sending, and redemption of gift cards through smartphones.

Rapelang Rabana

Founder of Rekindle Learning, an education technology company that also explores innovative retail training solutions using digital tools.

Thomas Pays

Thomas Pays is the founder of Ozow. Ozow is a world-class digital payment platform that simplifies transactions for customers and merchants. Designed to reinvent the typically cumbersome inter-bank payment process and provide an attractive alternative to the entrenched payment solutions that have historically been available, Ozow removes the timeous manual way of doing things and significantly speeds up transaction time so merchants are able to process more orders.

Nelly Mofokeng

Managing Director of Junior Achievement South Africa, which includes programs to foster retail entrepreneurship among the youth, promoting innovation and new business models in the sector.

Brett Dawson

Founder of Campan, an investment company supporting retail tech startups that are transforming the shopping experience through technology.

Kim Reid

Kim Reid is the founder of Takealot. is the leading eCommerce retailer in South Africa and one of the largest, most innovative eCommerce retailers on the African continent. The company’s mission is to be the most customer-centric online shopping destination in Africa, built around the simple concept that its customers comes first.

Jens Herf

Co-founder of Shopstar, an e-commerce platform empowering small businesses to create their own online stores and reach wider markets.

Luvuyo Rani

Co-founder of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a company providing ICT services and training in townships and rural areas, thus supporting small retail businesses in adopting digital solutions.

Katlego Maphai

Katlego is the co-founder and CEO of Yoco. Yoco is an African technology company that builds tools and services to help small businesses get paid, run their business better, and grow. Yoco offers card payment acceptance, software-driven business tools and working capital.

By Thomas Chiothamisi
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