Dr Tirhani Ezekiel Mabunda
Executive Chairperson (BA, Hons Bus Admin, Dipl Public Admin, HED, CAI, AARE, BAS, CPRE, PhD)
Tirhani has had an illustrative career as an administrator, educator and entrepreneur. Tirhani started his career as a clerk in the civil service in 1981, branched into teaching in 1988 and became Registrar of the Giyani College of Education between July 1990 and December 1993. Tirhani started his business career on a part-time basis when he ventured into the taxi business in 1988.
Tirhani launched his formal business career within the retail sector in 1993, after selling his fleet of three (3) minibus taxis and buying a Nandos franchise. He ended up owning two Nandos shops. During 1996 and the early part of 1997, Tirhani did part-time consulting for Statomet; a research division of the University of Pretoria. This development launched Tirhani’s consulting career. He moved to Johannesburg and joined Africa Now Consulting as Managing Director in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Tirhani co-founder Plus 94 Research in 1998 and served as Executive Director until 2000.
Tirhani founded Tirhani Group Holdings in 2000, a holdings and investment company with interests in diverse industries; including construction, disposal services, funeral insurance & services, investments, logistics, resources, training/skills development and recycling/waste solutions.
Tirhani holds a Diploma in Public Admin from the University of the North (1984), BA from the University of the North (1987), Higher Education Diploma from Unisa (1989), Honours in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch (1993), Certificate in auctioneering from South African Auctioneering College (2003), Accredited Auctioneer Real Estate from the National Auctioneers Association, US (2008), Benefit Auction Specialist from the National Auctioneers Association, US (2008), Certificate in auctioneering from Reppert School of Auctioneering, US (2009), Chartered Institute Auctioneer (CAI) from the University of Indiana, US (2010) and holds a Chartered Practitioner Real Estate (CPRE) designation.
He completed his PhD (MOTI): Management of Technology and Innovation with Da Vinci Institute Business School of Leadership. Tirhani is a business leader who holds numerous past and present positions including Chairperson of the Giyani Town Taxi Operators (1989 – 1993), Chairperson of the Giyani Business Forum (1994 – 1996), Director of the Limpopo Development Corporation (1995 – 1999), Chairperson of RealNet Holdings (2009 - 2010) and Chairperson of the South African Professional Auctioneers Association (2014 - Date).