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 a technology education company, ReKindle Learning, 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 Wits Business School Global Entrepreneurship Week, 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.
- Digital & online strategy development, mobile and internet applications
- Product development, especially mobile VoIP and NGN technology
- Business model development
- Technology-enabled learning