“The Impact of Forms of Capital on Corporate Entrepreneurship in SOE’s”

Phelelani Mpanza engaging Dr.Tshepo Mokoka at the ABSIP Investment Seminar at Wits University.

CRMagazine catches up with Phelelani Mpanza on his recently published book entitled “The Impact of Forms of Capital on Corporate Entrepreneurship in SOE’s”.


Master,  Phelelani Mpanza is a Ph.D. Candidate at Wits University (School of Economics and Business Sciences), his Ph.D. focuses on the nature of Corporate Entrepreneurship in the Banking Sector. He lectures part-time students in the field of Entrepreneurship and Business Management. Master Mpanza is also a Director of Rethink Business Group (a small Management Consulting and Advisory entity) which recently signed a partnership agreement with African Flavour Bookstore in Braamfontein for the local distribution of Phelelani Mpanza’s Book.

Master Mpanza leaves no stone unturned in the leadership, readership and allship sector, he also wears a cap of a Director for Pa Gaxa Foundation.

The book was published on 13th June 2018 and has since been topping the ranks, It will continue to be available online for the global market on MoreBooks.

The book is part of the masters research project. It focuses on the impact of forms of capital on Corporate Entrepreneurship. The book aims to provide an understanding of Corporate Entrepreneurship in the South African public sector and its best suited for postgraduates students who are doing business related studies, policymakers, Senior Management in State Owned Enterprises, Business Practitioners. As South African SOEs struggle to produce the desired financial performance, Corporate Entrepreneurship becomes crucially important for the survival and growth of these SOEs. The book focuses on three forms of capital, namely Economic, Human, and Social Capital. The sampled SOEs were Transnet, Eskom and South African Airways. The background and operation of these entities are covered in the book.

Phelelani Mpanza and his mentor Tryphosa Ramano Chief Financial Office of PPC at business meeting PPC Head Office.

The books have sold over 105 print copies. Bidvest Bank and the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals bought 25 copies each and the rest were bought by individuals. This is a milestone and we regard Master Mpanza as a bookpreneur, someone who writes, publishes and ensure more than a 100 copies by themselves. 

Master Mpanza gives us intellectual orgasms due to being a permanent ground force and promoting the culture of reading in Africa. When asked to comment on The 4th Industrial Revolution and how can entrepreneurs equip themselves with relevant skills to sustain their businesses. He said,

The Fourth Industrial Revolution comes with numerous improvements and efficiencies in the production of goods and services. Entrepreneurs must be aware of new technological opportunities this revolution presents and incorporate these in their business models to remain relevant and competitive in the marketplace. The Fourth Industrial revolution will also require businesses to train their staff to have new skills in line with the new technologies.

He added that, As the country moves towards a knowledge based economy, he is extremely excited to contribute his ideas and thoughts which will ultimately have a positive impact on the growth of businesses. We need more research on business strategies and tested theories on South African businesses.

Master Mpanza you are the one we have been waiting for, Club Readership will be in touch to foster a working relationship with you going forward.

The book costs £ 37.50 on MoreBooks , Print Copy R350 and you may contact Master Mpanza on 0736778379 or email Phelelani.mpanza@gmail.com.

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16 thoughts on ““The Impact of Forms of Capital on Corporate Entrepreneurship in SOE’s”

  1. @Phelelani Mpanza thank you for sharing your current involvements with us and congratulations on tremendous achievements you have obtained by now. Keep it Up!!!

    Kindly share with us based on the following question:

    What are the possible factors that might be affecting the lack of SOE’s desired performance particularly in South African Economic/business growth?

      1. In order for SA SOEs to get the desired financial performance, they would have to introduce new products and tap in to new markets. The current products which are offered by most SOEs with the exception of Transnet because they are a monopoly in their industry.

        1. So, the fundamental question here is, how can small businesses avoid falling into the same trap as the SOEs? What are the opportunities available for them to equip themselves for the 4th industrial revolution?

          1. SMMEs must be prepared for changes and take advantage. Small business must integrate systems and technologies presented by the 4th Industrial Revolution. Entrepreneur must learn from the Nokia case study.

    1. The critical factors affecting SA SOEs is the lack of commercialization of its products, lack of PPP that results into profits, having a conpenetent Boards and Executives who can deliver on the strategy and lastly corruption.

        1. Some SOE’s require an extensive Business mode restructuring (For instance, SAA needs to own aircraft as opposed to leasing. Eskom need to move towards energy mix to meet the energy demand in the country)

          SOE must be less political interference and employee senior management with the righ skills set.

          SOE must consider doing merger or acquisition of strategic companies who supplier core asset of their operations.

          SOEs profits and supplier and but reinvestment in to capital projects to create funding surplus for further projects

  2. Speaking about the lack of commercialization of owned business products, Are we standing a good chance to achieve this gap?

    What tools or strategies can businesses adapt to fill the gap of product commercialization?

    1. i Know this might sound unfair depending on from which perspective you view it. But from a business perspective, to achieve commercialization means efficiency and profits. These two phenomenon comes with retrenchment of over staffed SOEs. Even going further to owning a portion of IPPs for an example to get profits. So the business model must look beyond the immediate operations of the Perantal SOE

        1. Well, the book focused on the impact of three forms of capital (1. Economic, 2. Human and 3. Social Capital) being used to grow an established business such as our SOEs which are struggling.

          Any business needs Economics Capital (money) to start new projects and make profits.

          Any business needs Human Capital (Skilled and experienced staff) to create new product become more innovative.

          Any business need management that is connected to industry captains to be alert of new developments before implementing

    1. Thank you leadership. I am greatful for this platform to share my thoughts. Corporate Entrepreneurship research is beginning grow in South African Business schools.

    2. Thank you leadership for this platform to share my ideas and thoughts. Corporate Entrepreneurship is a growing area of researching SA Business Schools.

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