Mdu Zakwe

Preaching the gospel of IT maturity, Mdu Zakwe is at the forefront of a charge to bring South African business and government into the 21st century. Zakwe holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and was a director and head of IT Audit and Technical Accounting at KPMG’s IT Advisory. “The IT advisory business in the entire province of KwaZulu-Natal was making a loss and I turned it around,” he says. “By the time I left it was making [a] profit.” Zakwe has gone on to establish his own business, Noventum Zakwe Consulting, following a massive deal with the German-based IT management consultancy Noventum. These days, in addition to running his consultancy, 35-year-old Zakwe spends his free time with his family on his Pietermaritzburg smallholding, indulging a serious enthusiasm for hydroponic and aquaponic farming. — Billy Rivers