Pretoria – Feb. 13 2015, The Southern Africa Innovation Network (SAINe) announced its new Vice-Chairperson Khathutshelo Mashau on Wednesday 10 February 2015. Mr. Mashau’s appointment as Vice-Chairperson follows his recent involvement as a Board Member. Khathu brings to this position a wealth of experience and expertise. He is the Founder of Nunnovation, a leading digital innovation platform in Africa and his networks, exposure and understanding of the landscape of Innovation in Africa will greatly benefit SAINe in taking it to a respectable level.
When asked about his appointment as Vice-Chairperson, this is what he had to say, “I’m more excited about meeting existing members and welcoming new ones. It’s my personal quest to get more young Innovators to be part of SAINe as this would encourage Africans to share solutions to common challenges. For a long time the innovation space has always been seen as that of the privileged few, and that perception should be changed and opened up through our SAINe platforms, partnerships & collaborations with diverse stakeholders.”
Khathu Mashau is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Innovation which he obtained at York St John University in the UK. He has been in the business as an enterprise developer and serial entrepreneur for over 15 years. His company KNM Consulting is an Enterprise Development Specialist with focus on strategy, Innovation and Leadership Consulting.
“The innovation landscape in Africa is highly undermined and undervalued, it is best represented as a journey that we all have to embark on, where we would all need to learn from each other and enhance our willingness to collaborate towards an Innovative Africa,” he says.
Saine was established as part of a vision born out of the realisation and belief that South African innovation is unique. It is context driven to fit the Southern African landscape and geared to enable us to compete with the best in the world as far as innovation and creativity is concerned. Saine will provide a platform for learning, sharing and talking innovation. It aims to activate the triple helix principle in South Africa where government, academia and industry come together and collaborate to find new solutions and create real value in the country. This network is becoming the ultimate innovation standard-setting platform in Southern Africa.
The Southern Africa Innovation Network known as SAINe intend to build a community of innovation practitioners to:
- Focus on the development of a Southern Africa National System of Innovation for economic and social benefit with positive influences spilling over to neighbouring countries.
- Create a manifesto that will encapsulate the concerns, recommendations and commitment of SAINe leaders of Innovation to be used as an instrument to lobby support and understanding of the importance of dedicated activities to grow a culture of innovation in Southern Africa.