Who is Jamal Sahib
I have been told that I am a hard man to categorise. Perhaps it’s because I talk like a business coach, think like an engineer and live my life with an entrepreneurial spirit. I was born an entrepreneur, trained as an engineer but I am driven by the desire to empower individuals to achieve their goals, dreams and full potential.
I have an engineering degree (metallurgical engineer) and am a registered Pr.Eng with ECSA with 12 years of experience in the mining and engineering field. My career has had a fast-tracked trajectory. At 29, I was appointed mine manager for BHP Billiton at their Mamatwan Mine; and at the age of 32 was appointed capital projects manager for the South32 Africa Region for two commodities, manganese, and aluminium. I was a corporate high-flyer with an MBA from the Gordon Business Institute (GIBS) and set on a very good and comfortable corporate career.
But as an eternal idealist, the catalyst to growing as an entrepreneur came for me in 2015 when I led a project to restructure the business for a mining multinational. Commodity price crash and soaring electricity and labour costs in SA were taking its toll, but having to retrench hundreds of people drove me to leave the corporate world and start-up businesses to create employment instead. I am passionate about job creation in South Africa and truly believe that this country will implode due to unemployment if we do not stand up to make a difference. In the past two and a half years, I have started and run five profitable businesses employing now more than 60 people. I am constantly seeking growth opportunities.
I have always been in a position to help others with simplifying things through system and process application so post getting accredited as a business coach and using my expertise in mining, engineering, enterprise and supplier development, together we will make a difference in South Africa and the world.
Like every sportsperson needs a coach to be their best, every business owner needs a coach to be the best business person they can be. In our coaching models we focus on working with the business owner and/or leadership team and then working to implement systems to empower your workforce to deliver. By coaching and growing start-up businesses into well-functioning, sustainable and growing entities, together we can make change.