My Background

I am a freelancer and entrepreneur who is task-oriented, pay attention to details and a team-worker. I'm also an avid investor in small ideas, keen reader and social activist who is enthusiastic in finding new opportunities by combining 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 Manager

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
Design Draughtsman | Mamphake Office Supplies cc t/a Mamphake Designs
Rayton, South Africa | July 1999 - February 2017


Current Position(s)

Property Consultant | Mamphake Mabule t/a Documan Consulting
Rayton, South Africa | 2012 - present


Freelancer & Entreprenuer
My Education and Skill(s):
  • Management:
  • I am a Project manager with Financial, Production and Marketing skills who is operating within the building and construction environment using BIM, Microsoft Office & Project, ACCPAC & Pastel (SAGE) Accounting softwares, Open Workbench including working on Building automation systems. I studied BCom:Management; and a Programme:Financial Management at UNISA - I evaluate and prepare bids and specifications while assisting clients in the approval processes. I also prepare reports including project costing/estimates and statistical calculations. I also supervise and monitor production in-house and on-site while training personnel in the use and correct installation of products. I plan and allocate work using work orders and production schedules. I market products, liaise with customer while developing new and improving existing range of products and services.
  • Technical:
  • I am a draughtsman and technician with Mechanical, Electrical and Piping skills who operating within the building and construction industry using AutoCAD, SketchUp Pro, CoralDraw, SQL Database Design including software programming in GCode, HTML, Visual Basic, Python, and Javascript. I studied course(s) in Architectural Draughting and AutoCAD at Inscape College; Mechanical Drawing and Design at Tshwane South TVET College; and NDip:Electrical Engineering at Tshwane University of Technology. I prepare and present project documentation, including producing and interpreting CAD/CAM detail drawings according to SANS 10400, SABS 0432, SABS 044, SABS 0144, BS 1553, BS 1635 and BS 3939, SANS 204 and SABS 048. I also fabricate, install, test/repair/modify and maintain electrical and mechanical systems according to SANS 10142, SANS 10198, SANS 10292, SANS 10108, SANS 60079, SANS 61241, SANS 10123 and including the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • My passion is finding sustainable and cost-saving solutions while being energy efficient.......

Friday, May 13, 2016

Work-Life Balance | Career

I Asked the Same Questions.......



When I began my journey I asked this question: How do you deal with your work-life balance? For many, It's a mid-life crises. Family vs Profession - Health vs Wealth. Is father time a commodity? Can you trade time and will this time always come back to you?

I believe my journey thus far has lead me to some answers to my question and despite the worldwide quest for Work-Life Balance, I have found an acceptable definition of the concept. Here's is my proven definition that has positively impacted my everyday value and balance.

To me, Work-Life Balance does not mean an equal balance in time spend on activities. Trying to schedule an equal number of hours for each of your various work and personal activities is usually unrewarding and unrealistic. Life is and should be more fluid than that. I know now that my best individual work-life balance varied over time , often on a daily basis. The right balance for you today will probably be different for you tomorrow. The right balance for me as a single parent will be different from that of a married couple with children for example; and when you start a new career versus when you are nearing retirement.

There is no perfect, one-size fits all, balance that one should be striving for. The best work-life balance is different for each of us because we all have different priorities and different lives. However, at the core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us. They are daily Achievement and Enjoyment which are ideas that are almost deceptive in their simplicity. Engraining a fuller meaning of these two concepts takes us most of the way to defining a positive Work-Life Balance. Achievement and Enjoyment answer the big question "Why?" Why do I want a better income…a new house…a child through university…to do a good job today…to come to work?

Most of us already have a good grasp on the meaning of Achievement. But let's explore the concept of Enjoyment a little more. As part of a relevant Work-Life Balance definition, enjoyment does not just mean "Ha-Ha" happiness. It means Pride, Satisfaction, Happiness, Celebration, Love, A Sense of Well Being …all the Joys of Living. When trying to balance, One cannot get the full value from life without BOTH Achievement and Enjoyment....

Mamphake Mabule
c. 2016, Mabule Business Holdings

Self-Retrospection | Opinion



What I Learned from the Arrogance of the Close-Minded...

As the saying goes: "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." Some people have issues with ideas that are not familiar to them. They have a fallacy that demands repetition of their beliefs and thus results in a weakness in their beliefs. Once you know that that fallacy exists, it’s easy to identify those in as little as one or two conversations. How do I deal with people who are close-minded, totally stubborn in their beliefs and unreceptive to new ideas? When I feel certain I'm right and they’re wrong, but can’t seem to convince them to see things my way. And even when I'm in fact right, but that doesn’t prevent the others from resorting to irrational arguments to keep from agreeing with me. How do I deal with such situations?

The lesson I learned in business is unconditional acceptance, which comes about when I begin asking questions like: Why do I feel such resistance towards these individuals? Why do I feel the need to convince them of anything? Why do I have such a strong need to be right? What part of me is experiencing this resistance? Is it possible there’s any shred of truth in the other person’s position?

As I explored these questions, I began to uncover the part of myself that is resisting what the other individuals represent to me. Then I consciously decide if I wish to continue holding onto that resistance or let it go. I know now that the more I resist about the world, the more time I spend defending my position and that the resistance comes from my ego. When my ego takes ownership of my ideas, it treats challenges to my ideas as a personal challenge, hence the need to defend myself as if being attacked. But when I keep my ideas separate from my ego, I feel no surge of resistance or defensiveness because there won’t be any attachment.

People are free to disagree with my ideas as much as they want, and that has nothing to do with me personally. I’m able to write my words sincerely while from the other person’s perspective, I’m sure they are right. I accept other's position and allow others to have opinions as well but I don’t take ownership of it myself. I use praise in order to let the flow of the ideas and try not to take ownership of these personally. I also introduce an absentee third party into the discussion whenever I have to disagree with someone. I learned that people get trapped in close-mindedness due to fear, especially the fear of being taken advantage of. Unconditional acceptance I learned, helps reduce some of that fear, which may be enough to convince them to lower their shields and open themselves to new ideas.

Remember: if you attack, attack, attack, you may win an argument now and then, but you’ll only drive the other person deeper into fear, causing them to invest even more energy in defending their position...

Mamphake Mabule
c. 2016, Mabule Business Holdings

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Turning-Up Ideas | Entrepreneur



I often read about successful entrepreneurs but I also ask myself what does it really take to turn a bright idea into a successful business venture? What makes an entrepreneur? How to generate ideas for a business? Lastly, where to go for advice on setting up a business? Throughout the year in my career I've been told that an entrepreneur can spot business opportunities that will fill gaps in the market. I too learned through experience that in order to succeed an entrepreneur has to identify key people to help achieve goals.
Even if you have carefully researched the market, there's always a chance that customers may reject your product or service. Therefore taking risk has become part and parcel of what I do because I've armed myself with the knowledge that in launching my business I will also need determination and energy to overcome any obstacles. Let me be the first one to tell you that all entrepreneurs have failures and successes. My ability to learn from mistakes and move on has become the key to the success of my future business.
As an entrepreneur, I solve problems.....Therefore my creative thinking allows me to come up with new ideas, or an innovative approach to a problem. With businesses, new ideas can result in a new product, or a process that cuts costs or improves quality, for example. Fresh ideas give businesses a competitive advantage, and help make goods and services stand out in the market. Once I’ve gone through the brainstorming process and come up with or refined my business idea, I also take time to check out the competition.







As an entrepreneur, I have learned that it can take a long time, and a lot of perseverance, to see my bright idea turn into a successful business. Therefore I know that I need to be prepared for this waiting period. To increase my chances of success, I too set myself up with a mentor I trust, and I also do some detailed financial and business planning. Now a business mentor is an experienced business professional who will provide advice, guidance and support as you launch and maintain your business venture. I make such that I pick a mentor who can help me analyze my bright idea to see whether it is viable, who can connect me up with key business people and customers, who can provide a fresh perspective on how to grow my business, who also be a sounding board when I need to discuss difficulties which I'm encountering, and finally challenge me to set goals for my business that may achieve better results.

Throughout my career I only wrote single page business plans which outline the following: My key business objectives for the next three to five years, how I plan to achieve these objectives, when I plan to achieve these objectives, Lastly how I expect to run day-to-day operations, and make business decisions. When starting my new venture, I often don't enough money to set up the business and cover operational expenses until the business starts to generate a profit. Therefore before I commit my life savings to launching a new business, I often ask myself some key questions. For instance: How much of my own money am I willing or able to invest? What is my business track record in terms of experience in the industry and will this help or hinder my chances of getting financial help? Lastly, Does my business idea have the X factor that would get funders excited about my venture?

Now is always the best time to start thinking about the life cycle of my business – even after I have only just set it up. Why? Because further down the track I may decide to sell my business, or close it down voluntarily. If things don’t go as planned, and I have financial difficulties, I may be forced to close my business. Therefore when turning-up those bright ideas, It’s useful to plan for all eventualities........

Mamphake Mabule


c. 2016, Mabule Business Holdings
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