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2018 Top 35-under-35 Finalist: Nathaniel Japhta

Name: Nathaniel Japhta (31)
Region: Southern Region
Job Title: Director: F.A.M Consulting, Founder: Pro226 Africa, Co-owner: Easylife Kitchens
Years in this position: 6
Company Name: Cipla & Part time: PRO 226 Africa; Easylife Kitchens
Entry Category: Corporate / Entrepreneur


Nathaniel pushes barriers in the sport, corporate and social impact arenas.

Despite his first-hand experience witnessing prevalent gang culture, drug abuse and attending an under-resourced school, Nathaniel studied at the University of Stellenbosch, after which he moved to Johannesburg to complete his articles.

Nathaniel and his wife acquired the Easylife Kitchens Kenilworth franchise in 2012 during his articles. The business is centred on excellent products and strong values.

He was a star performer in PwC’s advisory division where he moved between audit and public sector advisory. He led the way in helping Cipla South Africa save over R100 million in their last financial year as the lead project manager.

In 2014 Nathaniel was requested to take the position of president of his hometown club, Heideveld Basketball Club on the Cape Flats. This club is arguably the biggest basketball club in South Africa. He has also been at the forefront of raising funding for the community via the club.

Nathaniel was elected president of the Cape Town Basketball Association at the age of 30 − the youngest president in history. Recently, he was instrumental in establishing the Pro Basket Agency, an internationally certified sports agency licensed to market players abroad.

In 2017 he formed the Pro 226 Africa non-profit. This organisation’s agenda is focused on connecting youth to opportunities as well as driving social interventions. They focus on equipping youth with relevant skills ranging from the provision of educational support to vocational training, sport and job placement.

Nathaniel established a business advisory firm, FAM Co, which focuses among others on technology-based accounting solutions for SMEs. The profits generated from the business are invested in the projects of Pro 226 Africa for maximum social impact.