About us

IETSA Background

We are a body of ICT professionals, each with over 15 – 28 years of experience in providing ICT Business Solutions across multiple Business sectors (Corporates, Vendors and Resellers) and Industries. Our experience ranges across the Automotive, Healthcare, Retail, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Media, Broadcasting, Transport and Logistics, Oil, Energy, Mining, Public Sector, Government and Aviation industries. We delivered digital transformation projects both locally and internationally in the following countries, Germany (Munich, Frankfurt, Bonn and Bensheim) Amsterdam, Netherlands, UK, USA (Houston Texas, Michigan and New York) Atyrau, Malaysia and Nigeria to name a few. Research confirms that Digital Transformation has become the de facto standard for business operations and emerging technologies play a critical role in unearthing new business models and new markets which in turn result in the creation of new career opportunities and business development. Therefore the entwining of technology and business requires skills that perform at the optimal level of engagement while providing an exceptional customer experience. We as IETSA, our mission is to enable our South African youth, women, those seeking to explore ICT as a profession and persons with disabilities to participate in the fast and explosive emerging technologies global economy while unlocking new market opportunities for sustainable economic development. Our goal is to build and empower the most sort after digital skilled resources to participate in Emerging Technologies projects across Africa and Globally through our certification and continuous professional development programs. IETSA Emerging technologies focus includes Blockchain and associated technologies (cryptocurrencies, Defi, NFTs, metaverse), Extended Reality (Virtual, Augmented, Mixed), Decentralized Computing (Threefold) Machine Learning and IoT, however, this is not an exhaustive list and we are vendor-neutral.

Our Vision

Lead and accelerate the adoption of cutting edge emerging technologies for economic development and sustainability

Our Values

Excellence, Professionalism, Honesty, Transparency, Empathy, Integrity, Accountability, Customer Centricity and Servant Leadership.

Our Mission

  • Drive adoption of Emerging Technologies across industries with the aim of creating employment opportunities
  • Drive skills development initiatives in partnership with accredited training providers on Emerging Technologies for inclusive participation in the digital economy
  • Provide Internationally recognised certification and continuous professional development in partnering with accredited training providers
  • Capacity Building of decision makers from various sectors and industries to leverage on emerging technologies opportunities for economic growth and development
  • Position members for local and global projects participation with access to markets in alignment with industry demands
  • Drive innovation through startup incubations that solve existing socio-economic challenges
  • Assist the Public and Private Sectors with Digital Transformation journeys through the adoption of cutting edge Emerging Technologies

Mpho Machaka

I believe today's leaders owe it to the next generation to deliver a better country than the one we received.

Nelson Mandela

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it's done.

Nelson Mandela

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

Nelson Mandela

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Meet Our Team

Mpho Machaka
Founder &  CEO

Certified Blockchain Expert and Member of the Blockchain Council USA, Serial entrepreneur, apprentice author, and a technology enthusiast with a focus on emerging technologies. Highly proficient in contract negotiations, developing business models that drive organisational growth and adept in formulating high perming teams and new strategic partnerships that positively benefit organisational objectives. Currently busy with MSc in Digital Business with University of Salford (Manchester).

Maputle Lebotsa
Executive: IETSA Operations

Maputle holds a BCom Honors degree in Information Systems from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and a Masters in Information Technology from the University of Pretoria. He has a passion for education and the use of cutting-edge technologies to solve problems

Stan Molema
Executive: Innovation and Startup Incubation

Stan holds a B.Com degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and acquired a Certificate in Introduction to Blockchain and Digital Currencies at the University of Nicosia. He is the Managing Director of Didusec and serves on the MICT SETA 4IR Advisory Committee & is a Director of the Information Technology Association of South Africa. He was appointed as the Africa Ambassador of Block.co, an international Blockchain company.

Hillary Molotsi
Executive: Blockchain Practice Lead

A Seasoned strategist and blockchain professional trained by the university of Nicosia. He has a special interest in Central Bank Digital Currencies (CDBCs) . He is passionate about all things technology especially 4IR related technologies. He has extensive corporate experience at C-Suite level. Possess a strong entrepreneurial flair with a demonstrated ability to build and grow sustainable and profitable organizations, including tech startups. Driven by a vision of a United Africa, with a single cryptocurrency for Intercontinental trade and remittances.

Marie’ Van Der Westhuizen
Executive: HR & Finance

Marie’ is a registered professional accountant with SAIPA, with over 35 years of experience, in accounting and taxation. She served at SARS for over 12 years and currently running a practice where she provides both HR and Financial Services and will be serving IETSA in that capacity. We are grateful to have her on board.

IETSA Office Support Team

Noluthando Buthelezi
Media & Communication Lead

Noluthando Buthelezi is a media specialist with extensive experience in TV, radio, digital and print journalism. She holds a qualification in Media Studies, specializing in broadcasting. She has served at many organisations as a skills training consultant in the field of content creation and strategy. She is extremely passionate about using the media as a vehicle to drive societal change.

Beauty More
Support & Membership Administrator

Beauty More is an Office Support enabler who is very versatile and professional. She obtained her certificate in General Office Practice and Administration from Rosebank college. She has extensive experience in customer service, sales and marketing with excellent interpersonal skills. She worked at EL-ozi as a sales consultant for serveral years. She is also a qualified Beauty Therapist who graduated from the International Beauty Academy.

Advisory Team

Chris Hutton

As an avid technologist, with 30 years of industry experience, Chris has always focused on assessing market trends, demands and socio-economic constraints and consequently researching niche and innovative technologies with the potential to overcome such constraints. Realising the infinite benefits BUT also the risks associated with technological innovation, whilst realising the real state of humanity and what is critical NOW for our own growth and ensuring a future for our children that is based on what is truly important. Empowering the next generation to thrive in a digital world of ever-increasing complexity and new daily challenges must be our priority. This is what inspires me and, hopefully, in my own small way, I can make a difference and contribute to better humanity where the bondage of inequality and the need for sustainability can be realised through technology.

Raj Kapoor

A global Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and FinTech Educator, a Certified Blockchain Professional (CBP), Blockchain Solutions Architect and a friend of disruptive ideas. Besides blockchain, Raj is skilled in AI, Robotics, Cyber Security, IoT and Cloud Computing. He has authored 20+ courses in blockchain, fintech, Defi, NFTs, Metaverse and more. He is mentoring 30+ blockchain startups across the globe. Raj was also selected as a top cryptocurrency and blockchain influencer by Asian Market Cap.

Thabo Mashegoane

An insightful leader with direction, foresight and focused on the objective at all times. His career objective is to enable businesses to execute their strategic intent through process management, Information Technology and alignment to best practices. He has in total over 15 years of experience in implementing business systems, of which 8 years were in the Process Improvement consulting arena, 10 years in the Financial Services industry and 5 years in the Electricity utility environment where he has been a Senior Advisor Business Architect.