Mmabatho Mokiti

Mmabatho Mokiti believes we need more inventions by Africans for Africans and she is making this happen one maths and science pupil at a time. Her company, Mathemaniacs, offers one-on-one maths, science and accounting tutoring as well as teacher training to school and university students. The company this 28-year old Boksburg local started in 2010 with only R500 in her pocket has won numerous awards, including being runner-up in the Business Partners Ltd, IBM and IFC Young Entrepreneur Business Plan competition. Helping hundreds of learners to get better marks is not enough for Mokiti. She is also director of the Dad Fund, a non-profit organisation that provides bursaries for prospective university students. Mokiti draws her inspiration from pupils like the one who started his matric year with a 17% mark for maths but achieved 89% at the end of it. He is now studying Medicine at the University of Cape Town. — Victoria John