Rapelang Rabana

Coined by CNN.com as one of Africa’s Marissa Mayers, Rapelang Rabana is the founding CEO of Yeigo Communications, an innovative Cape Town based company that conceived, designed and developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications. Yeigo created ground-breaking applications and services that took advantage of the internet, mobile and cloud computing technologies to tackle the cost of communication.

In 2008, the Swiss-headquartered Telfree Group of Companies, a pioneering next-generation telecoms operator, acquired a majority stake in Yeigo, enabling the group to provide the full range of telecommunications services.

Most recently, Rapelang has founded technology-driven education company ReKindle Learning, that seeks to use the power mobile and internet technology to improve and complement learning for school-goers and corporate employees.

Rapelang was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, invited to join the Annual Meeting in Davos 2012, listed by Forbes on the 30 under 30 – Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs, and listed by Oprah Magazine on the ‘O Power List’ for 2012. She serves as the Curator for the Cape Town Global Shapers Hub, is an Ambassador and Juror for the United Nations World Youth Summit Awards, is a Harambe HEA ’13 Associate and is also an Endeavor ‘high-impact’ entrepreneur.

Rapelang graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Business Science Degree (Computer Science Honours) from the University of Cape Town. Immediately thereafter, she co-founded Yeigo Communications – a TechnologyTop 100 company. She is also Board Member for Ubuntu Africa, an NGO providing lifesaving health and support services exclusively to children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Rapelang regularly speaks at international and local conferences and events such as the Pioneering Young Women Conference, the Ministry of Communications’ ICT Indaba, the Wits Business School Global Entrepreneurship Week along side Minister Malusi Gigaba, the Black Management Forum Entrepreneurship Workshop, World Export Development Forum in Indonesia and sharing a panel with Mohammed Yunus and Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. She also writes with contributions to Entrepreneur Magazine, Africa Telecoms, News24 and local newspapers.

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