My Background

I am an entrepreneur who is task-oriented, pay attention to design details while working as a field technician. I'm also an avid investor in small ideas, keen reader and social activist who is enthusiastic in finding new opportunities in import/export of electronic products through a combination of creative and analytical skills. I'm also a strategist who is systematic in approaching challenges. I grew up around farming communities, urban townships, mining towns and city metropolis within the various provinces in South Africa. This exposure lead me to be interested in human interaction and to appreciate what the human mind is capable of achieving. Through my vast interaction with different people, I managed to increasing my personal network. It became clear at an early stage of my life with the ability to spot opportunities which made me by nature, to become a social enterprenuer.....

Social Entrepreneur:
noun
  1. defined as a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.

As an individual with a positive outlook towards my challenges, I've embarked on the most interesting journeys in my life which I intend on documenting. These are the glimpse of my trials and tribulations because I believe that: "You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are...".. I was once told that: "If you don't have enough money then you haven't helped enough people yet". The road to riches is paved with acquisition of specific knowledge.

Favorite Quote:

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

My Work Experience:
Technician | Draughtsman | Project Planner

Previous Position(s)

Executive Director | Dihlakanyane Trading (Pty) Ltd. t/a Instructor Labs
Tshwane, South Africa | February 2012 - April 2016
Director of Operations | Dithokeng Cleaning Services cc
Tshwane, South Africa | August 2006 - December 2007
Managing Director | Keyamo Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd. t/a Keyamo Technologies
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2003 - November 2016
Managing Member | Mamphake Office Supplies cc t/a Mamphake Designs
Rayton, South Africa | July 1999 - February 2017

Sole Proprietor | Mamphake Mabule t/a Documan Consulting
Rayton, South Africa | 2012 - 2017

Current Occupation(s)

MEP Digital Systems Technician:

Specialising in systems procurement, commissioning and installation of Fire detection and Alarms, CCTV and Electronic Article Surveilance, Remote Access Control, Electric pumps and motors, Electric security fencing and Solar power, Central Heating Ventillation and Air-conditioning, Video and Audio systems, Programmable Logic Circuits Controller as well as providing device networking services. I am also involved in the importing/exporting of electronic products while providing smart facilities and fleet management solutions.

Freelancer & Entreprenuer
My Education and Skill(s):
  • Managerial experience:
  • I have Operational, Production and Marketing management skills specialising in operations within the engineering and construction environment using Building Information Modelling, Microsoft Office & Project, ACCPAC & Pastel (SAGE) Accounting softwares. I studied B-com: Management including a Programme in Financial Management at UNISA - I evaluated and prepared bids as well as compilling project programming while assisting clients with the approval processes. I also prepared reports including project costing/estimates and quantitative statistical calculations. I also supervised and monitor in-house and on-site production while planning and allocating work using work orders and production schedules. I marketed electromechanical products, liaise with customer while developing new and improving existing range of products and services.
  • Technical experience:
  • I have computer-aided draughting, manufacturing as well as computer programming skills specialising in operations within the engineering and construction environmemt using AutoCAD, SketchUp Pro, CoralDraw, SQL Database Design, G-code programming, HTML, Visual Basic, Python, and Javascript. I studied course(s) in Architectural Draughting and AutoCAD at Inscape College; Mechanical Draughting and Technologies at Tshwane South TVET College; and N-Dip: Electrical Engineering at Tshwane University of Technology. I designed databases while providing computer network support using MySql and File servers, Active directory, DHCP & DNS server applications. I also procured, installed and commissioned equipment, wired premises, supervised workshop repairs and fabrications, prepared detailed drawings, schematics including construction documentation while training end-user in the correct use and maintenance of systems, as well as interpreted CAD/CAM detailed drawings according to the South African National Standards including the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

  • My main focus is building my own product brand and finding energy efficient sustainable solutions.....

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Developing Our Indigenous Knowledge

As a social entrepreneur, I learned that no matter what my circumstances, I will never lose three things: Honesty, Integrity and being True to Myself. As the founder of Mamphake Designs, a design business, Keyamo Technologies, a technical support business and Dihlakanyane Books, a multimedia business - my intention for these business units was to serve as the solution for developing emerging or previously disadvantaged South African professional millennial talent with special focus in social media, music and the entertainment industries. I began my journey by offering a seamless mix of support, critical management services and valuable thought-leadership mentoring while operating on a platform which covers the full spectrum of content, tech and culture. 



Background: South Africa has a respected and world-class and talented technology community that, over many decades, has pioneered globally significant and successful new ideas, techniques and technologies. These include the complex techniques to produce fuels and useful chemicals from raw coal, pioneering steel production, the extreme engineering and chemistry required to extract minerals from increasingly miserly reefs of the deepest mines in the world, medical expertise that not only saw the country pioneering the world’s first heart transplant, but makes South Africa-trained doctors in demand – and working – all over the world, and in recent years, a thriving space science industry.


Whilst working within these industries, I faced the first challenge in creating much the needed systems to be able to document, preserve, promote and protect knowledge developed through local talent because most of this talent was community-based and hence a sustainable resource in mitigating against the developmental challenges facing our South African local indigenous knowledge. South Africa as a country currently has inadequate laws protecting indigenous knowledge. Citing the case of Hoodia, an appetite suppressant traditionally used by the Khoisan, reflected on the importance of documenting, preserving and protecting our African Indigenous Knowledge Systems which are an integral part of our culture as a people.
 The second challenge for me was to monetize the indigenous knowledge in a form of content. You see, In an emerging global knowledge economy a country’s ability to build and mobilize knowledge capital, is equally essential for sustainable development as the availability of physical and financial capital. The basic component of any country’s knowledge system is its indigenous knowledge. It encompasses the skills, experiences and insights of people, applied to maintain or improve their livelihood. Indigenous knowledge is developed and adapted continuously to gradually changing environments and passed down from generation to generation and closely interwoven with people’s cultural values. Indigenous knowledge is also the social capital of the poor, their main asset to invest in the struggle for survival, to produce food, to provide for shelter or to achieve control of their own lives. 
Today, many indigenous knowledge systems are at risk of becoming extinct because of rapidly changing natural environments and fast pacing economic, political, and cultural changes on a global scale. Practices vanish, as they become inappropriate for new challenges or because they adapt too slowly. However, many practices disappear only because of the intrusion of foreign technologies or development concepts that promise short-term gains or solutions to problems without being capable of sustaining them. The tragedy of the impending disappearance of indigenous knowledge is most obvious to those who have developed it and make a living through it. But the implication for others can be detrimental as well, when skills, technologies, artifacts, problem solving strategies and expertise are lost.

These legacy systems will attempt to address issues in the transfer of knowledge since indigenous knowledge is the local knowledge that is unique to a culture or society and this knowledge is normally passed from generation to generation, usually by word of mouth and cultural rituals, and has been the basis for food preparation, education, design and the wide range of other activities that sustain societies in many parts of the world. Even thou indigenous people have a broad knowledge of how to live sustainably. However, formal education systems have disrupted the practical everyday life aspects of indigenous knowledge and ways of learning, replacing them with abstract knowledge and academic ways of learning. Today, there is a grave risk that much indigenous knowledge is being lost and, along with it, valuable knowledge about ways of living sustainably.



Through these business units, I intend on finding ways that indigenous knowledge may be integrated into education, design, with the use of modern technology and thereby, bringing the benefits of helping to ‘sustain’ indigenous knowledge and societies to all. I also encourage teachers and students to gain enhanced respect for local culture, its wisdom and its ethics, and provides ways of teaching and learning locally relevant knowledge and skills.

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