Mandla Sibeko

Founder and Chairman, Seed Capital Ventures

Mandla Sibeko is the Founder and Chairman of Seed Capital Ventures, through which he has various interests in the small business sector. Through this company, he has partaken in a number of related media, retail, property and e-procurement acquisitions, including becoming the owner of the Pick n Pay Family Supermarket in Kliptown, Soweto. He also holds a 40% stake in Icon SA, a partnership with a UK-based global stadium and City dressing company that branded the 2006 German FIFA World Cup. Sibeko is also Chairman and shareholder of Netflorist South Africa and recently appointed as Director of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, the largest art fair in Africa.

Sibeko ventured into the media industry by creating his own production company. He served as Managing Director of this successful content and multimedia business, Born Free Media, servicing a wide range of clients such as all SABC channels, the Kaiser Foundation and loveLife. He also served as Executive Producer on the South African television drama 90 Plein Street, When We Were Black, and Dinner with the President, a talk show hosted by Pieter Dirk Uys as Evita Bezuidenhout.

Sibeko is a founding member of several investment initiatives focusing on the empowerment of young people, with key investments in food, retail, media and clothing industries. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Paarl Print and Paarl Labs – the largest magazine and commercial printer in South Africa and part of Media 24 Group, as well as serves as a Trustee Board Member of loveLife, an organization devoted to HIV/AIDS education and awareness-raising.

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