Tommy Mohajane

AFCORP Strategic Advisor

Tommy Mohajane

Professional Experience

  • Mohajane is a senior economist, business development and corporate strategy specialist with vast knowledge and experience in a multitude of sectors.
  • 2015- To Date: Appointed into the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Database of Senior Experts. The major responsibility is to support both the existing and prospective clients within the mandate sectors.  Advising small black entrepreneurs.
  • July 2008- Aug. 2015: Senior Socio-Economic Development Specialist. Operations Head Office, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa.  O. Box 784055, Sandton, 2146, Republic of South Africa.  He assisted IDC current and potential clients to produce bankable business plans and helped to implement socio-economic development programmes.   Played a major role in the introduction and establishment of the IDC regional offices and recommendation of Regional Managers in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West Provinces.
  • 1999-June 2008: Manager. Business Development. Strategic Business Unit Head Office. Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa. Liaising with National, Provincial and local Governments, business, organisations, state-owned enterprises, development finance institutions nationally and internationally, community groups, women’s bank, formal and informal rural organisations, large church groups trade unions and relevant NGOs. Contributing to the formulation and implementation of the Growth & Development Strategies of some of the Provincial Governments. Monitoring and evaluating the IDC’s Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Impact Study. Managing and monitoring the implementation of Workers’ Trusts funded by the IDC. Establishing, implementing and monitoring the IDC Nguni Cattle Development Project in all the nine provinces of South Africa.  Serving as a board member on the IDC Nguni Cattle Development Trust in all the nine provinces. Deputising for the Chief Executive Officer and some Division Executives of the IDC as and when requested.
  • 1998-Aug.1999: Manager Business Planning and Marketing. Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa. Fundamentally raising the profile of the IDC and promoting its interests. Creating and managing database of key stakeholders. Interfacing with representatives of the private and public sectors. Representing the IDC at meetings, conferences and seminars.  Encouraging entrepreneurs to start and expand their enterprises with financial and other business assistance from the IDC.  Creating very strong and long lasting positive entrepreneurial relationships between business people and the IDC.
  • 1994-Sep.1998 Manager. Economic Research and Development Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa. Carrying out economic and developmental research. Managing staff and monitoring their training and developmental needs.  Joining the Department of Trade and Industry Ministerial delegations on trade and diplomatic missions abroad and representing the IDC as and when necessary. Initiating new economic research in manufacturing, mining, tourism, rural development and job creation ventures.  Looking into further growth and development of existing enterprises.  Encouraging current and potential emerging entrepreneurs to approach the IDC, the Department of Trade and Industry, National Empowerment Fund, Small Enterprise Development Association and other development   finance institutions for their business needs.  Working closely with the Department of Trade and Industry and other National and Provincial Governments Departments on specific projects.  Keeping abreast of all the new research and other developments in the field of economics.
  • May 1995-Aug. 1995: Chamber Co-ordinator. Seconded to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). Improved productivity and added capacity to NEDLAC as a secondment from the IDC.  Assisted the NEDLAC to co-ordinate and run the Trade and Industry, Finance, Labour, and Development Chambers carry out their respective duties in the most cost-effective manner as possible.
  • 1992 – Aug. 1994: Senior Special Projects Officer. Directorate of Housing, London Borough of Hackney, London E8. Researching the economic and developmental aspects of housing, housing needs, council housing stock, homelessness and squatting in the London Borough of Hackney.  Advising the Central and Local Governments, Housing Associations, tenants’ fora, community groups, Universities, research institutions churches, NGOs and interested parties about housing and related matters in the London Borough of Hackney.  Carried out research in the levels of poverty in the   London Borough of Hackney.  The results of this research enabled the local authority to obtain further financial resources from the Central Government.  These financial resources were utilised to provide more housing for the poor residents and create employment opportunities for the people of the London Borough of Hackney.
  • 1989 – Oct. 1992: Group Leader. Directorate of Planning and Environmental Services.  London Borough of Hackney, 161 City Road, London EC1V 1NR.  Carrying out research, managing staff, representing my directorate at senior meetings, seminars and conferences.  Applying for and managing the European Union Funds for the Inner City Development Programme, publicising the European Union Funds, interviewing, selecting and interfacing with the successful NGOs and community groups.  Distributing, managing and monitoring the European Union Funds.  Applying annually for the European Union Funds.
  • 1988 – Aug. 1989: Manager. Economic Development Unit, Enterprise Workshop, London Borough of Hackney, 1-3 Roseberry Place, London E8.  Advising small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), managing the Enterprise Workshop, organising regular meetings, seminars and conferences at the Workshop.  Liaising with commercial banks, lending institutions, Central and Local Governments about the degree and nature of problems experienced by SMMEs particularly those owned and managed by women, people with disabilities and             ethnic minorities.  Embarked on fundraising and promotional activities for the benefit of the Workshop and the local entrepreneurs
  • 1986 – Mar. 1998: Principal Policy Adviser. London Strategic Policy Unit (LSPU), 20 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SS. Played a major role in the drafting and implementation of the economic policy for all the Labour Party controlled Local Authorities in London. Carried out research, represented LSPU at Central and Local Governments meetings, seminars and conferences, interfaced with trade unions, community groups, private business sector, NGOs, research institutions Universities and interest groups.  Advised elected Labour Party Council Members about economic, employment and related matters.
  • 1986 – July 1986: Director of Research. Broadwater Farm Inquiry, London Borough of Haringey, 4th Floor, 109 Mayes Road, London N22.  Carried out research about the nature and degree of poverty and unemployment on the Broadwater Farm Council Estate.  Devised a programme of alleviating poverty, advising unemployed youth about vocational and other training opportunities provided by the Central and Local Governments and non-governmental organisations.  With a budget of five million pounds sterling, I was able to select and fund NGOs, community groups and small businesses
  • 1985 – Mar. 1986: Researcher and Principal Policy Adviser. The Greater London Council, County Hall, London SE1. Implemented economic policy for the Greater London Council and recommended policy changes and improvements as and when conditions changed and demanded.  Advised elected Greater London Council Members and Committees about economic and related matters.  Carried out research about relevant political, social and economic issues of Greater London.  Represented the Council at relevant Central and Local Governments meetings, seminars and conferences.  Liaised with the private business, trade unions, community organisations and other interested parties.
  • 1984 – Mar. 1985: Employment Development Officer. Camden Committee for Community Relations (CCCR), 58 Hampstead Road, London NW1. Devised and implemented a programme about training and small business start-ups in the London Borough of Camden. Embarked on fundraising and publicity programme for the benefit of CCCR, its members and the local community.  Liaised with Camden Council, Central Government, the private and public sectors.
  • 1983 – June 1990: Part-time Lecturer. Tetherdown Adult Education Centre, London Borough of Haringey, White Hart Lane, London N10. Lectured in Economics and Government and Politics.
  • ’79 – June ’81: Research Officer. Europe Africa Research Centre, Gower Street, London WC1.
  • Carried out research about the nature of trade and political relations between Europe, North America and Africa. Embarked on fundraising and publicity for the benefit of the Centre and its members and also worked closely with universities and other research institutions that assisted students from the Southern African countries with scholarships and employment opportunities.
  • 1976 – Dec. 1978: Lecturer. University Tutorial College, Great Russel Street, London WC1 Lectured in Economics and Politics.