SThobela WebSteve Thobela
Executive Director, African Continent Programme Development

Steve Thobela started his career as a typographer and was Regional Chairman of the Media Workers Association of South Africa. He worked in the print production departments of the Pretoria News, Perskor, the Sowetan and The Newspaper Printing Company before becoming Operations Manager of Independent Newspapers Cape.

He holds a Christian Ministry Diploma and founded and pastored the Grace Berean Church Soshanguve, the Grace Berean Church Montana in Cape Town and the Grace Berean Church Tshepisong in Krugersdorp. He is also one of the founders of the Association of Berean Grace Ministries in South Africa (ABGMSA). He also holds
a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is studying for his MBA.

For four and half years he served as the Founding General Manager of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, one of three of Mr. Nelson Mandela's official charity organizations, based in Cape Town. He also served at the University of South Africa as the Director of Print Production from January 2009 to May 2013. He is currently serving as the Executive Director for African Continent Programme Development for Breakthrough Partners as well as the Deputy CEO designate of the Printing Industry Federation of South Africa (PIFSA) also known as Printing SA.