2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge in South Africa

Energizing Your Ideas!

The process of shortlisting the entries submitted to the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge in South Africa has been completed. The following 13 candidates were shortlisted to pitch their projects (alphabetical order):
Kutlwano Ngwarati, Boolyx Edu-Tech
Leah Molatseli, LenomaLaw
Lethabo Legodi, SKEYE – First Responder Service
Mamkhele Msongelwa, Evaporate Charcoal Cooler
Marnie Steyn, Feeding 1 Million People
Masechaba Setsubi, Agisang
Nomcebo Nzimakwe, Hydro Power Generator
Nonhlanhla Phalama, Davinon Hydroponics Project Summary
Nyeleti Mabunda, GrandChem Industries
Rolland Bouverie, Ardour BioFuels
Sandile Mkhize & Daniel Nyabadza, Pathfinder Smartcane
Thabo Titus & Lunga Siyo, JustLaw
Thandokazi Kweyama, Zaka

The projects were selected out of more than 1280 entries, through a questionnaire and a “Share for Likes” voting phase, before being reviewed by social business professionals.
The 13 finalists pitched their projects over two days. They received coaching before presenting to the local jury, made up of:
Navin Ramchander – Total, GM Strategy, Corporate Affairs, Marketing and Communication
Nerusha Govender – Total, GM HSEQ and Environmental Liabilities
Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi – Total, Innovation and Corporate Affairs Manager
Berno Potgieter – Domestly, CEO and Co-founder
Thatoyaona Marumo – Domestly, COO and Co-founder
Nthabiseng Mosia – EasySolar, Chief Executive Officer
Nico Steyn – IoT.nxt technology, Chief Executive Officer

When the final selection process closes on March 5, 2019, the jury will announce the names of the three winners of the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge in South Africa. These young entrepreneurs will receive financial support of up to R500 000, personalized support and coaching from Total South Africa and a communications campaign to publicize their project. There will also be a Top Female Entrepreneur award for one of the finalists to support her project. The prizes will be awarded at an official ceremony.


The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge, held simultaneously in 55 countries — 37 of which are in Africa, 11 in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region, 4 in the Americas, and 3 in Europe — reaffirms Total’s commitment to social and economic development in host countries worldwide. By helping innovative young entrepreneurs to realize their projects, the Challenge strengthens the local social fabric.

The complete list of finalists and the rules for the contest are available on the dedicated website: https://startupper-of-the-year-challenge.total.com/en/challenges/south-africa

About Total South Africa
Total South Africa manufactures and markets a range of petroleum products for the retail, commercial, agriculture and industrial markets. A portfolio of 530 service stations throughout the country is there to take care of your motoring needs and offer you convenience shopping at the same time.

Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major.