Dr. Anna T Mokgokong
This week’s WCW is the 2018 Township Entrepreneurship Awards Lifetime Achiever Recipient Dr. Anna T Mokgokong. Dr Anna was born in Soweto and has businesswoman who has received international acclaim for her entrepreneurial ability. She started her business acumen by selling handbags. In her fourth year of medical training she opened a store in the Ga-Rankuwa complex and after completing her medical studies she opened a medical centrum in Hebron, where she serviced nine villages as the first female doctor and doctor for the community. In 1992 she grew her business into the health sector and opened a pharma distribution in Swaziland and later in 1995 in Pretoria. Thereafter she met her partner, Joe Madungandaba and established Community Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, which is a diversified conglomerate involved in the following sectors:
Power and energy;
- and Infrastructure.
Dr. Mokgokong is also a co-founder and Executive Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd., a well renowned business figure in South Africa and globally with widespread experience in Healthcare, Academia and Commerce. She is recognized as a Senior Director of Companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as she serves on five listed companies namely: Non-executive Chairperson of Afrocentric Investment Corporation, Rebosis Property Fund Limited and Jasco Electronics Holdings Limited and non-executive Director of Companies and first female Director of Shoprite Holdings Limited the largest retailer in Africa as well as Adcock Ingram Holdings Limited, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer.
She also serves on numerous non-listed entities, including Seriti Coal which she chairs which is the second largest coal supplier to Eskom utility, responsible for 30% of energy production of SA. She has received numerous local and international accolades as a Community and Business leader, including SA Businesswoman of the Year (1999) and one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World (1998).
She has served in numerous councils of academic institutions as well as civil society commissions such as The Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers, where she was appointed as Deputy Chairperson by the former President Mr. Thabo Mbeki (from 2004 — 2009); She was also a Commissioner of the Interim National Defence Force Commission (SANDF) (from 2009 – 2013).
She is a social activist and passionate about women empowerment transformation to bring about equality in the economy of South Africa. Through the enterprise development funding of the entities where she serves Dr. Anna pushes for funding to empower small businesses by offering them procurement opportunities and grants.
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