Thabang Ramoroka

Described by many as a rare breed of powerful and influential young leaders in South Africa, Thabang Ramoroka popularly known as Abuti Rams is an award-winning education and training specialist, youth development practitioner, thought leader, author, facilitator, keynote speaker and a digital strategist.

His passion for youth development led him to pioneer an award-winning and most innovative youth-led organisation in Southern Africa called Agape Youth Movement (AYM). Through the organisation, Thabang has worked with individuals and groups across all markets including teachers, students, young adults, community, political and even religious leaders by assisting and guiding them to greater levels of achievement, fulfilment and empowerment in various aspects of their lives.

Thabang also writes for thought-leadership platforms such as Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader and Voices of News24. He contributes on public youth development dialogues and debates covering topics such as youth entrepreneurship, social transformation and social media, having been featured on numerous local and international media platforms.

At the age of 21, Thabang kicked-off his entrepreneurial journey when he co-founded an integrated brand agency offering both digital and traditional communication solutions called Coram Web Solutions (now Biz M8 Communications). Between 2014 and 2015, he served on TOSACA Media Group’s executive board as a Chief Information Officer (CIO). Late 2015, he established Abuti Rams Consultancy firm which activates leadership and human potential. His sterling work and impact towards black youth entrepreneurship development and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was been esteemed by institutions of higher learning in South Africa such as the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and ETA Collegewhere he contributes as a guest lecturer.

Research

Training

Consulting

Innovation

Achievements/Leadership Experience

  • Alumni of DHL’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2013
  • President of Agape Youth Movement NGO from November 2011 – November 2015
  • CEO of Agape Youth Movement NPC from November 2016 to date
  • Academics Director at the South African Youth Back to Christ from 2011 – 2012
  • Commissioner of Inter Faith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA) Youth Desk
  • Nominee for Entrepreneur of the Year for Under 35 Mavericks Awards (2015)
  • Nominee for Youth Developer of the Year for Men of the Year Awards (2017)
  • Winner of Education and Training Sector at the Gauteng Province Youth Service and Excellence Awards (2017)
  • Project Leader for Tsogo Road Safety Programme (2018 to date)
  • Project Leader for DigiTAAL Programme (2017 to date)

Seminars & Workshops

  • Facilitated an award-winning programme on women empowerment in entrepreneurship by inter-denominations in Gauteng and North West hosted by World back to God Ministries (November 2014)
  • Delegate at IFAPA (Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa)’s summit on Free, fair and democratic elections in Africa (November 2012)
  • Facilitator at SAYC (South African Youth Council)’s summit on Democracy (November 2012 & February 2013)
  • Chairperson of Agape Youth Movement from November (2011 – November 2012)
  • Participant of the National Youth Interfaith Council (NICSA) Youth Desk (2013)
  • Speaker at The Social Call hosted by Blaque Apple Communications (2014)
  • Speaker & Facilitator at the Suid-Afrikaanse Vroue Federasi (SAVF) Youth Development Conference (2013 and 2014)
  • Speaker & Facilitator at Love Life’s Team Building Camp – (9 – 13 July 2012)
  • Facilitator at the SAYBC (South African Youth Back to Christ)’s career expo (3 – 8 October 2011)
  • Facilitator for the Green Youth Indaba hosted by TOSACA Media Group (July 2014)
  • Facilitator at the Climate Innovation Center – Conference hosted by Innovation Hub (2015)
  • Keynote Speaker at City of Tshwane Youth Fab Labs Awards Ceremony in partnership with TIH (2015)
  • Guest Lecturer at ETA College (2015)
  • Facilitator for #EkSe! New Media Initiative for GIZ (German Cooporation) and Gauteng Department of Community Satefy (June 2016 – February 2017)
  • Facilitator at NES Consulting’s Social Media Marketing Training (7-9 December 2016)