Tshimong is a social enterprise strengthening, multiplying, and amplifying the voices of young people.

Led by a team of servant leaders, Tshimong provides private and public sector entities with a one-stop service to undertake debating, public speaking and leadership training programmes in line with various social responsibility objectives.

We offer a comprehensive service to make social investments in debating, public speaking and leadership training programmes cost-effective and efficient. These include:







Active Citizenship
Forward-looking Vision
Servant Leadership


Tshimong introduces a debating, public speaking and leadership format to corporate social responsibility programmes in order to help young people develop important critical thinking; communication; and leadership skills. In addition, our clients are using these interventions to reach their strategic objectives in line with national development trends.


We provide strategic consulting to help you improve existing debating, public speaking and leadership training programmes, or to create new ones that are focused on reaching your targets.

Educational Content and Training

We create debating, public speaking and leadership educational​content that can be formatted for television and radio. In addition, we provide training that is immersive, inclusive and student-focused.

Debating and Public Speaking

We create and facilitate new and innovative debating and public speaking programmes to help clients achieve their goals. In the past we have facilitated opens, leagues, and TV debates.

Leadership Training Programmes

In 2018 we will launch the Tshimong Leadership Academy to prepare young individuals for active-citizenship, and to offer them the support to successfully create change in their local communities.


We are convinced of the hugely positive potential inherent in South Africans – people working to effect positive change across all social strata. Tshimong’s staff can be counted among these, through pursing developmental work in debating, public speaking and leadership training.

Thami is an entrepreneur, speaker and student at Wits University. He was the Founding President of Wits Public Speaking Academy (Afrospeak), the first university public speaking academy in South Africa. He also served on the executive committee of the Wits Debating Union, and represented the Union on numerous platforms. He ranked second best speaker at the National Universities Debate Championships 2015. And he was a finalist at the National Universities Debate Championships 2013. Thami's time at Wits was also spent in student leadership. In 2014, he was elected as a member of Wits Student Representative Council. He was re-elected in 2015, receiving the most votes. He went on to be a contestant on SABC 1's One Day Leader Season 4; his performance on the show made him a source of inspiration and guidance for many young South Africans. He is an alumnus of the Brightest Young Minds Summit 2016. Thami is completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences and International Relations at Wits University.

Thami Pooe

Managing Director

Bongani fondly describes himself as a full-time uncle. And although that is an incredible gift, we take equal pride in his debating, public speaking and leadership talents. Bongani recently served as the Vice-President of the Wits Debating Union. Previously he served as the President of Wits Public Speaking Academy (AfroSpeak). He has received numerous honours since joining the Wits Debating Union in 2014. He is the Pan African Universities Debating and Public Speaking Champion 2016/17. And he is the Jozi Rumble Debating Champion 2017. He is also an enthusiastic entrepreneur, having co-founded Tshimong and tech platform, Campus Plug in the past two years. Bongani completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences and History, and is currently completing his Honours in Development Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Busi describes herself as a feminist. During her study at the University of Cape Town, she served as the President of Lean In at the University of Cape Town, the first official Lean In Chapter in Africa. Her involvement in women's movements dates back to 2011 when she was involved in the building of V-Girls, a global anti-violence movement. In the same year, she was invited to speak about her V-Girls work at the TEDWomen conference in New York City. In 2013 she was invited to do a follow-up talk at the TEDxUCT conference in Cape Town. Busi has represented South African youth on various platforms. In 2016 she was selected for an internship at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in Washington DC. In 2014 she was a delegate at the One Young World Summit in Dublin. In 2012 she was a delegate of the 2020 Education Summit in Oxford. And in 2011 she attended the V-Girls Action Team Gathering in New York City.