Colleen Mashawana is a South African businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor of several companies, which he built from scratch. He is a talented salesman who has sold IT products, construction items, and once had his own payphone business. He is adept in sales skills, which have helped him develop his career significantly.
He says his strong point is selling. After working in Microsoft and other technology companies for years, he felt he could start something new by himself. He did this by doing business fulltime by opening Afribiz , which earned him a sit with great men like Cyril Ramaphosa and later turned out to be a success. We shall look at his life story here.
- Full name: Collen Mashawana
- Marital status: Engaged
- Profession: Businessman, philanthropist, Visionary
- Instagram: @collenmashawana
Early life and career
He was born and bred in a humble background in Venda, Limpopo. He decided to chase his dreams in the year 2000 when he moved to Johannesburg to look for a better life. His elder brother was already in town chasing money at the time. Both lived together at the time.
He registered himself in a local college for a course in information technology. He studied while working as a packer for a retail store. After his elder brother left for Lyndhurst, he began a payphone business and a car wash in a bid to make more money.
He got his first big break after getting a job at Microsoft as a centre agent. He worked at Microsoft for three years before moving to Dimension Data Company. Here, he worked for the government as a divisional director before he decided to start something for himself as a talented salesman.
He started his own business called Afribiz, which he operated full time together with his brother and seven other partners. Afribiz did well from the beginning. It was the mother company of seven different companies which included construction companies as well as information technology startups.
He is passionate about infrastructure development, and he hopes to increase his Afribiz business portfolio to at least 30 companies through mergers and takeovers. He hopes the business will get listed in the South African stock exchange in the future.
READ ALSO: Halala: 5 Entrepreneurs who inspired Mzansi with their businesses
He has a son from his previous marriage with Lerato Moloi whom he broke up with in 2012. They had a son named Prince Mashawana, who is eight years old now. Prince is a budding entrepreneur, just like his father. Last year, he created a superhero game called Supermash for young children.
Recently, he has been reported to be dating Thembi Seete, a famous actor and stunning model at the age of 43 years. They have been seen together at social events like weddings. They live together, and it is reported they have a daughter called Dakalo, who was born in 2018.
There is no information about his wedding to his lover though they were seen together at Lebo Gunguluza’s wedding in Mauritius in 2018. They appeared to be cosy with each other, and it is was confirmed their relationship was serious at the time.
READ ALSO: Businessman opens up about humble beginnings, being able to give back
He runs the Collen Mashawana foundation, which is a non-profit organization aimed to support youth unemployment in South Africa and improve the lives of people in Mzansi. The foundation’s goal is to help create a workforce of dream builders and forward thinkers who will help drive the economy forward.
Colleen Mashawana is a man who wears many hats. He is an astute businessman running a group of companies in South Africa. He is also an IT specialist and construction developer whose success has made him achieve a lot in his career.
READ ALSO: African businessman shows off his new Lamborghini: Internet reacts
Briefly.co.za on 2nd October 2020, published an article about a popular South African businessman who went to Twitter to show off his new Lamborghini. this man is none other than Genius Kadungure who hails from Zimbabwe. He posted his new toy on Twitter saying money can buy anyone happiness.
- Sandile Zungu bio: age, wife, businesses, Amazulu, contact details
- Mzansi's own little superhero, Super Mash, blesses the poor with food
- Businessman gifts brand-new furnished house to elderly woman