Karabo Che Moemise Mokoape (1983-2021)

Karabo was born on 07 November 1983 as the only Son of the late Dr Aubrey Nchaupe Mokoape and Mrs. Gwen Pomla Mokoape, with Queen, Ntupang, Mangaliso, Refiloe and Cornelia as his siblings. From a very young age he lived his life with happiness, energy, engagement and profound sense of being outspoken on any matter. He grew up in the Durban area, primarily in Umlazi and Kloof.

He attended his pre-schooling at Highbury and thereafter proceeded to Hilton College where in his final year he was Head of School (2001). He shared the podium with Nelson Mandela at the school speech day at the end of his Matric year in his capacity as Head of School. Throughout his schooling years, he involved himself in a variety of activities including rugby, cricket, debating, rowing and community outreach.

Karabo was a social entrepreneur, writer and speaker. A truly global citizen, having travelled to and lived in more than 50 countries – everywhere from Brazil to Afghanistan – and spoke several foreign languages, including French and Spanish.

He was an entrepreneur and had applied his innovative spirit in building several businesses in multiple sectors.

He was a world-class communicator, an insightful mentor and coach and an audacious strategic thinker. He served on the boards of more than twenty organization’s and was a highly sought-after speaker, who delivered inspiration to many of the biggest corporations in South Africa. One of the boards on which he served was that of his alma mater Hilton College, where he became one of the youngest- ever members of the Hilton College board of trustees.

He authored “The Seven Things Every Young Black Entrepreneur Should Know”, published by Penguin Random House.

He was known for his radiant personality and would light up any room that he entered, able to engage and inspire all he encountered, whether it be the cleaner or the CEO, the homeless wanderer or the head of state.

Karabo was a committed Christian and his faith and love for Jesus permeated every part of his life. In particular, he had a deep passion for social justice and committed his life to find and implement solutions to human empowerment.

Karabo lived in Durban, South Africa and is now survived by his wife Thuli and their two children, Somila (15) and Samora (6).