The Townships Project
Judith Chinkumbi is a corporate governance specialist and a firm believer in the
power of social entrepreneurship as the answer to some of the most pressing
challenges of our time.
Judith’s career spans over 25 years of working experience in the financial services
industry. As a self-motivated and performance driven individual, she has managed to strike a balance between a highly demanding professional career and being an
effective social entrepreneur. Judith is a devoted influencer and catalyst for changing
the lives of disadvantaged communities in South Africa and neighboring countries.
Judith wears many hats as she is also a board member of Amref, co-founder of
Sešego Foundation, trustee of the Pat Francis Trust and Chairman of the Rotary Townships Project Board.
Riana Pretorius is a wealth management advisor and founder and CEO of Exponential Financial Services. She is a trailblazer and born to lead having served as the Rotary Club President four times since becoming a Rotarian in 2004. This has led her to serve as District Governor of District 9400 (South Africa, Eswatini, Botswana, and Mozambique) for the Rotary year 2023/2024.
During her tenure at Rotary, she also co-founded Rotary Means Business. Rotary Means Business aims to provide networking and empowering opportunities to Rotary members in the business.
Her skills, experience, and passion, have placed her in good stead to be appointed as a trustee of The Townships Project in South Africa and served as the Chairperson of The Townships Project Committee from 2019 to 2020.
Felicity Jones is a results-driven professional with a track record of maximising revenue and profitability in high pressure and competitive corporate environments. She has extensive experience in operational and facilities management for blue-chip corporations with large single and multi-site offices, distribution, and retail facilities.
She is a game-changer who loves driving change and contributing to areas that she is passionate about, which are community service and the development of entrepreneurs to create a better world. This has led her to become a member of Rotary International and to take on board membership at The Townships Project, since 2018 where her passion for creating positive change is well noted.
Felicity is always seeking to promote the welfare of others and finding ways to make a positive impact on causes that matter. Felicity also worked for an NGO called FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance) as Operations Director. Her functions and focus at this organisation was the alleviation of poverty through supporting beneficiaries to build assets, create jobs and raise their standard of living.
Nong Emmanuel Serote is an astute businessman, credible professional, and service-oriented individual who focuses on providing immense value to his community in various capacities.
His service portfolio extends beyond leadership roles held within Liberating Evangelical Church of SA. Nong boasts an extensive stint of service with Rotary International assuming various leadership roles including; President Rotary Club Pretoria West, Pretoria District Assistant Governor, Rotary Means Business Board Member, and current Treasurer of Rotary Means Business.
A true professional boasting 25+ years of experience in vehicle sales which evolved into entrepreneurial endeavors across sectors such as communications, oil and gas, and education.
He has assumed leadership roles which include but are not limited to the following: Co-founder and Managing Executive of Bakwena InspectaCar, Chief Executive Officer of Maetane Energy, Director of Nong Serote Communications, Executive Director of Maetane Investments, and Director of Maetane Fuels (Witbank)
When he’s not serving or driving the business he is either socialising with his community members to determine their needs or at his favourite spot, a golf course in parts of South Africa.
Dr. George Senosha
Dr. George Senosha has a long and illustrious business profile that spans over 3 decades.
His career started in the hospitality industry where he managed hotels after qualifying in
Hotel Management. This is where he was introduced to Rotary International, where he is
now the District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) for the Rotary Year 2024/2025.
His appeal in the hotel industry further led to his appointment on the boards of various
tourism associations and industry groups such as the Tourism Board of Limpopo and the
Ten Bright Stars of Warmbaths Tourism called Die Sonskyn Dorp Toerisme followed by
winning several awards at the Indaba Tourism Exhibitions in KwaZulu Natal’s annual
In 1997 he pursued a career in the Retail Business and joined Pick n Pay Warmbaths as the
floor manager, then store manager before becoming a game-changer as the first black
South African to own a Pick n Pay Franchise. His vision was to ensure that the retail giant
accessed the lower LSM and to reduce the customer’s expense towards public transport by
taking the stores into townships, with the first being in Soshanguve, in the northern parts of
Pretoria which became Pick n Pay’s flagship township store and franchise. This inspired
much more interest in owning Pick n Pay franchises in South Africa and neighbouring
His magnificent profile has led to relationships with various government departments like the
Presidency, Social Department, National House of Traditional Leaders, WRSETA,
Department of Small business, the DTIC and various learning institutions like TVET colleges,
Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) where he presents business principles and
how to sustain a modern business in an emerging market space. He was also actively
involved with the Gibs outreach programmes like Imagination, Ilima in Alexandra, Hillbrow
His motto is “Goods Deeds make for Good Business” and encourages businesses to take
care of the communities that they operate in, including their employees.