Lorato Tshenkeng

Communications stategist, Congress of the People

Lorato Tshenkeng ventured into the communications industry by chance when he joined South African Airways (SAA) in 2001. Tshenkeng had abandoned his studies towards a BSc degree in microbiology at the University of the Witwatersrand to work as an air traffic controller for the South African Air Force. The national airliner trained him in internal communications and eventually Tshenkeng worked his way up and became the group's internal communications manager. After SAA, he worked for public relations consultancy companies Simeka TWS and FNP Communications, where he served clients such as the African Monitor and the SABC board. In the latest election campaign, the 30-year-old was tasked with selling the Congress of the People's presidential candidate, Mvume Dandala, to the public. He is also a founding member of the Friends of Democracy, a website created to support former president Thabo Mbeki after he was recalled. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: Kitchen Bar, Fourways, Johannesburg