Polo Leteka Radebe
- Entrepreneur: Polo Leteka Radebe
- Business: IDF Managers
- Website: www.idf.co.za
Polo Leteka Radebe had an entrepreneurial spirt from a very young age, but she couldn’t quite settle on what she was most passionate about, particularly when it came to pursuing a career as an independent businesswoman.
She ended up working in the corporate sector, while running a few smaller businesses on the side.
After her stint in the corporate sector, she moved on to a position within Government. It was during her tenure in Government that she realised she wanted to have a greater impact in helping South Africans follow their dreams; through opening their own businesses.
Radebe started Capital Partners, a small and medium enterprises advisory and fund managing service firm. She partnered first with Sonja De Bruyn Sebotsa who specialises in investment banking and later on with Sipho Mofokeng who now runs the third business in the company Identity Resources. The company has now evolved into IDF Managers.
Polo Leteka Radebe on how women should think about entrepreneurship:
“We need to socialise the young girls that are coming up differently, to say we too belong, we are equally entitled to be here. That is how we will change and transform our society. We mustn’t wait for an invitation; we must walk into the door ourselves.
“That’s what we did; we walked into a space that was male dominated, but once you’re in, you need to follow through. You can’t just walk in all confident, the quality of the work you do should speak for itself.” – Polo Leteka Radebe