Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa before the age of 30, Rapelang Rabana was the founding CEO of Yeigo, an innovative Cape Town-based company that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications. Yeigo created ground-breaking applications and services that took advantage of the internet, mobile and cloud computing technologies to tackle the cost of communication. In 2008, the Swiss-headquartered Telfree Group of Companies, a pioneering next-generation telecoms operator, acquired a majority stake in Yeigo, enabling the group to provide the full range of telecommunications services as a fully licensed operator in South Africa.
Coined by CNN.com as one of Africa’s Marissa Mayers, Rapelang recently founded technology education company ReKindle Learning, which delivers learning solutions on mobile devices grounded in the leading and most effective learning paradigms and methodologies for both school-goers and corporate employees. She was invited to present ReKindle Learning at the World Economic Forum meeting on Africa. Rapelang has been appointed to the Advisory Board of Grindstone, a new business accelarator for post-revenue high-growth technology-enabled SMEs in South Africa to become sustainable and fundable. She also serves as the Chairperson for Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcare, an NGO providing lifesaving health and support services exclusively to children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Rapelang was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and invited to join the Annual Meeting in Davos in 2012 where she shared a panel with Mohammed Yunus and Klaus Schwab. She has also been listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 – Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs, the Oprah Magazine "O Power List", Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans 2013 list and spoke at TEDxCape Town. She is an Ambassador and Juror for the United Nations World Summit Awards, a Harambe HEA ’13 Associate and also an Endeavor ‘high-impact’ entrepreneur. Rapelang graduated in 2005 with a B.Bus.Sci (Comp Sci) degree from the University of Cape Town after which, she and her classmates co-founded Yeigo.
Rapelang is on the advisory panel for the Africa is Now exhibition at Design Indaba Expo 2014.