Founder and MD of Furaha Afrika Holdings, a Pan-African company with subsidiaries including Furaha Solutions (a partnership with Workforce Holdings, listed AltX-JSE company), Furaha Enterprise Development and Furaha Advisory. Her experience ranges from Investment Banking at Investec Bank Ltd, and Enterprise Development advisory with South African banks, institutions of higher learning and corporate entities. She is the Vice Chairperson of SiMODiSA, a South African entrepreneurship industry association. She currently sits on the Agri-Vie Private Equity Fund I Board of Advisors; The Gauteng Gambling Board, The Momentum Metropolitan Enterprise Development Trust; The Innovation Hub as a Non-Executive Director and Orange Corners, an incubation initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She is a subcommittee member of the South African Venture Capital/ Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Innovation Management committee.
In 2016, she was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the Top 50 Global Shapers to attend the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and was named one of the Top 30 African leaders in technology, business, art, science, politics, design and media by Quartz Media Africa. She has won numerous awards and global recognition and was named one of the Top 100 Young Independent Disruptors by Independent Day Media, and the Coca –Cola Young Achiever of the year award at the Women In Leadership – Africa Summit. Matsi has led advocacy teams, that have impacted the South African policy landscape by driving traction in the Sec 12J tax incentive for Venture Capital Companies (VCC) and also by getting the South African government to lift Intellectual Property (IP) exchange control and Loop structure hurdles. She was appointed by the South African Minister of Science and Technology to be part of a review panel for the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act.
Please tell us a little more about yourself and your journey thus far.
I love life. I love developing people. I love developing entrepreneurs. My journey so far has shown me purpose and I live each day hungry for life.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about life, passionate about art and I live my life through music!
Who or what has been your biggest influence in your life and why?
God has the greatest influence in my life. He is my pillar, my compass and my core.
What is your personal motto?
Live, Love, Laugh.
Who or what is your inspiration and why?
I am inspired by entrepreneurs who live each day to survive, to make a difference and to change their lives!
What advice would you give your younger self?
There is more to life than money. Seek more as life has a lot to offer. Never rely on first impressions. They are 90% deceiving!
What advice would you women wanting to start their own business?
If you are passionate about it, it is worth the pain and effort! It is a reflection of you. So give it your best shot!
What are your top 3 business tips for women entrepreneurs?
- Be resilient – the road is tough!
- No point giving up! Finish what you started!
- The only security you have is YOU!! Not a job, Not a paycheck!
Your favourite quote?
A woman is like a teabag. If you want to test how strong she is, try put her in hot water and you will see what happens.
What book are you currently reading.
“I write what I like.” by Steve Biko.
What book can you read over and over.
The Alchemist by Paulo Ceolho.
One piece of advice you would like to share?
The world is your oyster. Thrive to play on a global stage!