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It was while she was studying Computer Science at the University of Cape Town that @Rapelang discovered the wide range of possibilities that technology provided in delivering solutions to problems which had plagued her as a young person. ‘Technology is what allows us to put our values into practice… Access to knowledge, information, education and to other people and opportunities… the ways in which technology can be used to make an impact are endless. Using technology to bring about inspirational change is my life.’ Rapelang’s journey started as part of the founding team of Yeigo, an innovative Cape Town based company that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications in 2006. The group of UCT graduates created ground-breaking applications and services that took advantage of the internet, mobile and cloud computing technologies. Yeigo was acquired by the Telfree Group in 2009. This formative entrepreneurial experience manifested her belief that mobile and internet technology will play an instrumental role in addressing major socio-economic issues on the continent.
Taking the next step in her entrepreneurial journey in 2013, Rapelang founded learning technology company Rekindle Learning. The company provides digital learning experiences that improve learning efficiencies to deliver stronger performance at school and at work, with a particular focus on mobile devices. Knowing the opportunities that education and skills made possible for herself and her family, Rapelang is committed to contributing to the task of skilling the next generation – a major impediment to economic growth in Africa.
A serial technology entrepreneur who has walked an extraordinary journey, Rapelang was featured on the cover of Forbes Africa, named #Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum, selected as a Global Shaper by the #WorldEconomicForum and invited to join their Annual Meeting in Davos, and coined by #CNN as one of Africa’s Marissa Mayers, all by the age of 30.