We see big horizons.
Founded in 2015 as a NPO, Riversands I-Hub is an ecosystem of high-potential businesses and entrepreneurs. Although our home is a 40 000 square meter campus based in Johannesburg, we work with entrepreneurs and businesses from across South Africa.
Who we are
A partner for ambitious, performance-orientated businesses.
We offer an evolving range of business services, resources and programing. We
assist SMEs with:
- Professional services – Back office services such as Accounting, Legal, HR, and Marketing.
- Low cost utility spaces – Light manufacturing and office spaces geared for small businesses.
- Finance – From asset funding to purchase order financing to facilitate business growth.
- Business advisory services – Access to our growing pool of quality business advisors.
- Workshops and Masterclasses – To help businesses integrate best practices.
- Online Modules – Stimulating content curated with entrepreneurs and their team in mind.
- Service Consultants – To build value-adding relationships with our entrepreneur ecosystem.
- Growth Programing – Industry, subject or location specific entrepreneur programs.
- Community – A physical and virtual community of like-minded performance entrepreneurs.
To build a growing community of performance-orientated businesses and entrepreneurs.
A community that catalyses change and a thriving future.
To create a growing and powerfully enabling ecosystem of services, resources and learning experiences.
To promote high growth entrepreneurs and businesses with the intention to attract investors and customers.
To collaborate with local and international business and academia.
A focus on leadership
Riversands I-Hub is led by a team of dynamic, committed professionals with diverse backgrounds and experience.
Meet Tafadzwa Madavo
Tafadzwa has been the CEO of Riversands I-Hub since February 2020. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Tafadzwa was the Chief Operating Officer at Riversands I-Hub and has also previously worked within the financial industry, business incubation, capacity development and was also an entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics and Community Resource Management and a Masters in Strategic Management. Tafadzwa is currently completing an MBA from the University of Bradford.
Meet Mzingaye Kahla
Mzingaye is a seasoned entrepreneurship development specialist with experience in finance, management consulting and business incubation and acceleration. His career also spans across enterprise development, industrial design and product development consultancy. Mzingaye joined Riversands I-Hub in 2019 as Head of SME Development, and was promoted to COO in 2022. He is an advocate for the development of a vibrant African start-up and entrepreneurial ecosystem. He holds a Business Management Degree from the University of Pretoria and is completing a postgraduate diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking with Emeritus.
Meet Sibu Mbatha
Head: Shared Services
Sibu started as Senior Administrator at Riversands I-Hub in 2016 and was promoted to Administration Manager in 2018. She is currently responsible for all the Riversands I-Hub’s shared resources, data management, and the processing of all Hub related administration. Her previous work experience includes working within the banking and insurance sectors. She completed the ABSA Management Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and holds a Diploma in Operations Management.
Meet Juliet Mattheus
Juliet is a generalist professional with a passion for learning, development and meaningful ecosystem initiatives. She joined Riversands I-Hub in 2018 and has been instrumental in developing the Growth and Learning offering. In 2021, she stepped in to a newly formed role: Head of Ecosystem, which ensures efficient, strategic and operational management of the elements that drive the culture and vibrancy of the Hub’s growing ecosystem. She is currently completing a Program in Instructional Design and Development with Oregon State University, and has a BCom Degree in Management, with certifications in entrepreneurship centre management, business strategy, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and human resource management.
Meet Mahomed Bashir
Head: Finance & Facilities
Mahomed Bashir has been the Head of Finance and Facilities since the founding of Riversands I-Hub. He is responsible for the financial management of the organisation and the maintenance of the 40 000m2 campus infrastructure. He holds a BCompt Accounting Degree with over 25 years’ experience in finance and accounting. His specific industry experience includes banking, private healthcare, manufacturing, construction and retail.