Jabu  Mphambo’s story is one of beating the odds. He was born and bred in rural Limpopo, where he even remembers attending a class that was held under a tree in one of his earlier grades. Enabled by God’s grace, his personal drive, determination and discipline propelled him to take great leaps towards becoming a chartered accountant.

Prior to his appointment as Head of Group Mergers & Acquisitions at Transaction Capital Risk Services, Jabu was Vice President in the In-house Mergers & Acquisitions team at Barclays Africa (now Absa). After completing his CA (SA) articles Jabu joined the Corporate Finance advisory team as an analyst at Standard Bank. In addition to being a CFA charter holder, Jabu also has an MBA  from GIBS, which he completed with seven distinctions.

In 2013, Jabu founded a non-profit organization called Youth Power For Christ, whose core objective is to inspire, challenge, empower and build youth to do great exploits in their respective fields. The organization empowers youth across four areas: leadership, spiritual, career development, business & entrepreneurship. The organization’s annual seminars held in rural Limpopo have to date empowered over 600 youth and learners, a number of which have gone on to further their studies at universities such as WITS, UCT, UJ and UP. Jabu is also the author of the book “Now that you are in varsity.”


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