In a recent encounter, Tshepiso Phosa was interviewed by “My turn magazine” about her epic career path as she newly published a booked called Fueling Futures. Below we have the article of her interview and a clickable link that takes you to the original article of the magazine. https://ronmas.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/My-Turn-Magazine-Jan-March-2020.pdf
Tshepiso Phosa’s many and varied roles in life and business are a clear reflection of her passion for education, her commitment to sharing her knowledge and resources, her excellent business acumen, and her fighting spirit as a champion for gender equality. She is an over-comer who has risen to great heights as an entrepreneur, director, and philanthropist.
The young Tshepiso who is also the inspiration behind a newly published book called Fueling Futures, From Influence to Impact, co-authored with Timothy Maurice Webster, brain & brand expert. In her young life she has experienced and survived being raped, physically abusive relationships, severe depression, and at her lowest moment she tried to take her own life. The book relates Tshepiso’s story that proves that reverse role play is possible and that all women can come back from gender related attacks, and it serves as a handbook to open conversations and navigate narratives on how to bounce back from social injustice for both men and women.
It is a must have book. A publishing house called Fuelling Futures (Pty) Ltd is now up and running and we are looking for new stories to get the voices of the youth heard.
Daughter of Dr. Mathews Phosa, former premier of Mpumalanga Province and member of the ANC National Executive Committee, and Pinky Phosa, businesswoman and political activist, Tshepiso grew up in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, and matriculated from Uplands College in 2009.
She studied at Varsity College Pretoria for a BCom Degree in Business Management for two years and then changed direction to complete a Higher Certificate in Events Management, which she passed with eight distinctions and came second in her class. She says her father taught her one of her most important life lessons – that education is your only wealth and that it is the one thing that no one can take away from you as an individual.
Tshepiso’s business career started at Brent Oil in Irene during her university vacations and then in 2015, she joined Mathews Phosa & Associates consultancy as a junior administrative manager. Later that year she identified an opportunity to invest in a petrol station on the main GautengMaputo route, Brent Oil N4, which was renamed Milviforce Puma Nelspruit N4. After extensive training, she became the proud owner and handson manager of her own business in September 2015.
Operating in a traditionally male-dominated industry motivated Tshepiso to push herself harder and in the first few months of operation, she exceeded the highest record for litres sold on her site since 1999. Her business philosophy is based on the belief that, “You shouldn’t ask someone to do something you cannot do yourself and you need to lead by example.” Tshepiso sold Milviforce Puma in October 2018 and, having a sound foundation in the fuel industry, is now involved in the wholesaling sector, dealing with neighbouring countries. Tshepiso is also a director of Mathews Phosa & Associates; an active Director of MobiGo Solutions along with Dr Chantel Swanepoel. MobiGo Solutions is a media and productions company that focuses on modern technologies, creating APPs, digitalized training, online marketing and other technology solutions.
In 2018 Tshepiso was appointed as the first female executive on the board of directors of the Steval Pumas Rugby Union, now the iCollege Pumas.
As an active philanthropist, Tshepiso believes that every child in South Africa deserves to be educated and protected. In 2019, Ms Phosa with Dr Chantel and other partners had a feeding scheme with catered for 426 children across South Africa. Ms Tshepiso Phosa has been the main sponsor for Mr Mpumalanga for the past 4 years. When speaking about her involvement in Mr Mpumalanga, she said “I fully believe in investing in the boy child and I believe they too need to be equipped with right skills to be better men in the society.”
Having overcome major challenges and genderbiased experiences in her life, Tshepiso’s sights are set on success, for herself, other women and marginalised youth. She says, “We live in an unpredictable world with the next generation struggling to get a grip on their purpose and existence. Their future is often unclear and it is important to be ready and willing to make a difference. My future is wrapped up in my ability to fuel my dreams and I choose to be a vessel for transformation in this lop-sided world.”
The book is available at Bargain Books Ilanga Mall and 20 other retail stores across South Africa and Amazon. To get your copy of the book Fuelling Futures and or take a discussion on your publishing needs please visit www.tshepisophosa.biz or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 072 614 8114.
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