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University of Cape Town, BS
Business Science, Computer Science, Finance
Roedean School, IEB Senior Certificate 2001
Matric with 7 Distinctions, English, French, Maths, Science, History, Biology, Add Maths


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Rapelang Rabana

Coined by CNN as one of Africa’s Marissa Mayers, Rapelang Rabana was the founding CEO of Yeigo Communications, an innovative Cape Town based company that conceived, designed and developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications. In 2008, Yeigo partnered with the Swiss-headquartered Telfree Group of Companies, a pioneering next-generation telecoms operator, enabling it to provide the full range of telecommunications services.

Most recently, Rapelang has founded technology education company, that seeks to use the power mobile and internet technology to improve and complement learning for school-goers and corporate employees.

Rapelang was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and was invited to join the Annual Meeting in Davos 2012; is an Ambassador and Juror for the United Nations World Youth Summit Awards; was listed by Forbes on 30 under 30 – Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs; and listed by Oprah Magazine on the ‘O Power List’ for 2012. She is also a member of the Endeavor network of ‘high-impact’ entrepreneurs.

Rapelang regularly speaks at international and local conferences and events such as the Pioneering Young Women Conference, the Ministry of Communications’ ICT Indaba, the Wits Business School Global Entrepreneurship Week along side Minister Malusi Gigaba, the Black Management Forum Entrepreneurship Workshop, World Export Development Forum in Indonesia and sharing a panel with Mohammed Yunus and Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. She also writes with contributions to Entrepreneur Magazine, Africa Telecoms, News24 and local newspapers.

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