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Themba Gwejela

Nickname: 'Themba'

Founder and Managing Director: Mahusiano (Pty) Ltd


Born 07-03-1981 in Peddie South Africa

Themba graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) with a BA Degree in Media, Communication & Culture and went further to complete a BA Honours Degree at the VEGA, Brand Communications School where he specialized in Brand Leadership. His experience has been largely in the Corporate South Africa where he has worked with some of the country’s leading Brands including FNB, Liberty Life, Discovery Vitality, Eskom, Metropolitan, Old Mutual. In these businesses he held various positions including Communication Manager, Marketing Manager, Market Development Manager and Head of Marketing to mention a few.

Having grown up in a family of eight children, Themba has a passion for people and he is inspired by ordinary people who are doing amazing things everyday.

In his years of corporate experience, Themba has worked on a number of projects ranging from small scale to mulE-million rand projects. Previous projects include managing the Discovery Credit Card marketing portfolio with its Loyalty Programme, being editor of the Transnet retirement funds newsleVers, conceptualizing and managing the Old Mutual Corporate Wisdom Forum thought-leadership events, various product/capability launches, numerous B2B tender pitches, and countless customer engagement initiatives and strategic events. Themba also led the marketing team that transformed the FNB Platinum Banking division with a re-brand exercise into what is now known as Premier Banking.

In 2014, Themba started Mahusiano (PTY) LTD, a strategic marketing agency working with clients across industries to amplify their messaging, create affinity with their brands and help increase their boVom line. Current clients include Opel, Chevrolet, ISUZU, Spar on the corporate side as well as personality brands such as Selimathunzi Presenter Siphesihle Vazi, Muvhango Actor Zweli Dube, AfroSoul/Jazz musicians Msaki, Dumza Maswana and NiaPearl. Recent projects include The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience with BET & Kaya FM, Opel Astra and Opel Mokka Launches.

Contact details

themba.gwejela@mahusiano.co.za

O: 0733538213

M: 0733538213


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Business Address

Perm Rd, Randburg, South Africa, 2191


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Current Position(s)

Founder & Managing Director | Executive | Mahusiano (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2014 - present

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Everything


Previous Position(s)

Head of Marketing | Premier Banking | First National Bank
Johannesburg, South Africa | May 2015 - October 2016

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Marketing Manager: Large Corporates | Old Mutual Corporate | Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) Limited
Sandton, South Africa | September 2012 - June 2014

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Marketing Head | Marketing | Metropolitan Retirement Administrators
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - August 2012

Accounting, Banking and Finance

As a member of the Executive Management (ExCo) team, this role is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies and all related activities.


Communication Manager | Eskom Pension and Provident Fund | Eskom
Johannesburg | 2008 - 2009

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Brand Communication Consultant: Credit Card | Vitality | DISCOVERY LTD
Johannesburg | 2007 - 2008

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Communication Officer | Group Communications | Liberty Life Group
Johannesburg | 2006 - 2007

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Educational history

Secondary

Matomela High, Peddie, South Africa (1999)

Tertiary

Vega - The Brand Communications School

Johannesburg | 2007 - 2008

BA Honours - Brand Leadership

University of Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth | 2003 - 2005

Bachelor of Arts - Media, Communication & Culture

Achievements

Awards

University Colours | University of Port Elizabeth | 2004

Shortlist and nomination

media exposure

Routes | 2009

A newsletter for NMMU Alumni

Competitive Accomplishments

Silver Award | Assegai Awards | 2011

My campaign won in the Media Awards - Direct Response Advertising (Outdoor, Ambient & Print) by Lesoba Difference

Academic Achievements

SRC Member | 2004

Portfolio: Academic Interests

Other Achievements

Youngest Executive | 2009

At only 30, Themba was the youngest member of the EXCO team at www.metra.co.za

Activities

Memberships

PRISA

Public Relations Practitioner, 2010 - present

PRISA - the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa is a professional body for communication professionals.

Other Activities

Music

Singing, Writting Music, Listening to Great Artists, 1993 - present

Testimonials

Lebogang Mukansi of Liberty Life

"“Themba is a meticulous planner and has the ability to see things in a big picture scenario. He's also got a flair for creative concepts and communication management.” October 16, 2009" - 2009

Ayanda Gaqa of Eskom

"“A motivated, energetic, action oriented marketer and communication proffessional, Themba proved to be a valuable resource within the company. His attention to detail, strategic thinking and dedication to his work was commendable.” October 23, 2009" - 2009

Nomzamo Khanyile of Libertry Life

"“Themba joined Liberty Life through the Graduation Development Programme. I was tasked with mentoring him, which was a great pleasure. Always eager to learn, Themba was quite vocal in terms of the direction he wanted his career to take. It was a wonderful experience watching him work on some of the challenging projects with the most difficult people and come out on the other side a better person. My confidence in him and his ability to deliver high quality work made him a dream colleague. We are still in touch and I can tell he still maintains the same approach, with which he will always be an asset to any company.” November 27, 2008" - 2008

Victor Sibeko of Metropolitan

"“Themba has a wealth of experience in the Marketing and Communication and pationate about what he does. Themba skills are rare to find especially in the Finanancial and Retirement Indusctry sector. Marketing and Communication plays a significant role and often taken for granted if not handled by ill-eperienced people. As a collegue and representative of the Communication industry Themba is in touch with the latest trends in Communication and I fully recommend him for any challenge in MArketing Communication.” February 15, 2010" - 2010

Nicoleen Davies from Discovery

"“Themba was always thorough, committed and dedicated to his work - being very focused on what was the right thing to do for the business whilst still focusing on deadlines. Even though not directly part of my team, he was an extention of it and became integral in what we did. Importantly, he was also fun to work with - which is always helpful in a pressured environement.” " - 2009

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