Moses Tembe

Moses Tembe hails from the Northern KwaZulu Natal area of Jozini. He was born in 1963. He holds a BA in Public Administration and Political Science from Unisa and also completed the Caltex Business Management Programme at the University of Cape Town. Mr. Tembe was awarded the Investec Bank/Sunday Tribune Entrepreneur Award in 2002. Moses Tembe has served as:

  • Secretary General and Vice President of the KZN branch of National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC)
  • Chief Credit Controller of KwaZulu Finance Corporation
  • President of Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Independent Non-Executive Director and Lead Independent Director of Beige Holdings Limited
  • Founding Member of Durban Growth Coalition (Central Committee spearheading overseas development projects in Durban)
  • Director of Durban Infrastructural Development Trust (Durban Infrastructure Development Trust)
  • Non-Executive and Independent Director of Santova Logistics Limited (Santova Logistics (Pty) Ltd) (formerly Spectrum Shipping Ltd.)
  • Independent Non-executive Director of Mr. Price Group Limited

Generally when we think about people who ‘give back to their communities’ we think of social workers, care-givers, religious leaders – and of course these people are all essential in building a functional and caring society, but we don’t tend to think of entrepreneurs. Yet in countries like South Africa, with such a high unemployment rate and more than half of our youth actively looking for work, it is people like Moses Tembe who ‘give back’ in one of the most meaningful and sustainable way, by creating jobs where there were none.

Moses was the Chairperson of the KZN Growth Coalition, and was involved in the development of the Jozini Tiger Estate. But beyond the good that he achieved through creating local jobs for local people in his hometown, Moses is also committed to helping young start-ups and entrepreneurs, and recognises the importance of education.

Tembe was the chairman of the Greater Durban Community Foundation which does education related charity work all over Durban. He was also the Chairman of the eThekwini Community Foundation whose mission is to support community-based organisations by helping them develop sustainable projects to provide employment or income streams for fledgling or marginalised entrepreneurs and NPOs. He remains a well-known and respected Chairman and Director of a number of businesses in the retail, manufacturing, property, tourism, shipping, marine and engineering sectors.