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Africa Tech Festival 2023 - The Home of AfricaCom
Core Agenda & Exhibition: 14-16 Nov
Partner Programmes & Digital Content: 14 - 16 NovCape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

Core Agenda & Exhibition: 14-16 Nov
Partner Programmes & Digital Content: 14 - 16 Nov,
Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

Africa's Rising Star Award

The Africa's Rising Star Award celebrates the emerging talent in African tech - recognising and identifying future leaders and disruptors.

Discover the finalists

Voting is now closed, see below to discover the 2022 finalists!

The winners will be unveiled at the exclusive drinks reception, taking place on Wednesday 9 November from 6-8pm at the CTICC.

Bhavik Pattni, Raxio Group

Bhavik Pattni is the Chief Of Staff and VP Business Operations at the Raxio Group.

Raxio Group is Africa’s leading carrier-neutral data centre operator, delivering best-in-class colocation, cross connect, fibre and IT infrastructure services. With our local market knowledge and global nexus of industry experts and partners, Raxio builds and operates a network of connected data centres that will serve as the foundation of Africa’s digital economy.

Raxio's data centres are purpose-built to provide the technical foundations for innovation, and are the centrepiece of the infrastructure supporting the growth and digitalisation of the African economy.

Joseph Lumbahe, AIZATRON GROUP

Joseph Lumbahe is talented in various areas of expertise ranging from Business to Technical, with an initial background in Electrical & Computer Engineering, followed by a qualification in Computer Science & Information Systems. 

Joseph built his career path in various domains (Engineering, IT, Consulting, AI, Cloud Computing, BA, Project Management), with several years of technology and product, software engineering, Business Systems Analysis proven experience. Added, are his skills in building AI products. 

His knowledge expansion led him to a MSc in Financial Engineering, a MSc in Computer Science from the UK University of East London. He was appointed to the Scientific Committee of the Programming Olympiad of the IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa) SA professional body. Mr. Lumbahe is also a member of the IEEE and AAAI professional Bodies. 

Joseph is determined to shaping the future of Africa with tremendous dedication and energy by building Bus54, which is a mobility technology platform providing a digital infrastructure to aggregate intercity bus transportation across all 54 countries of Africa. He is passionate about tackling this challenge because road transportation is used by over 90% of Africa's population. Bus54 was featured in a Tech Cabal article.

By profession, Mr. J.Lumbahe is a Manager - Lead Engineer, Computer Vision at Aizatron Group and also a contracted (via Aizatron) Fraud Detection Engineer at MTN South Africa. 

Nonhlanhla Cynthia Mhlongo, Khwezi Innovations

Nonhlanhla Cynthia Mhlongo is the Founder and CEO of Khwezi Innovations.

Khwezi Innovations was founded and registered in 2020, with an aim to connect and work with other young innovators in unlocking and expanding our imagination and innovative ideas to make life less stressful.

At Khwezi Innovations, we believe that the era we are living in allows us not only to dream, but to invent and equip ourselves so that we are fit and ready for the approaching 4th Industrial revolution. 

The business has won many accolades, including: 

- BOOSTUP 2021, Top 4 in South Africa
- Top 26 Climate Innovation Award recipient - Indalo Inclusive
- TotalEnergies Top 15 'Startupper Challenge' in South Africa, 2022