Portrait – Richard Maponya, Mall Tycoon

Portrait – Richard Maponya, Mall Tycoon

Known as the man who build the first shopping mall in Soweto, 86-year-old Richard Maponya is an iconic entrepreneur in South African history. Maponya Mall is his holy grail. It took Maponya $62.8 million, 28 years and a string of lawsuits to carve out the first shopping mall in the bustling Soweto.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – Richard Maponya‘s house Hydepark, South Africa
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine Feb Issue

Richard Mopanya Mona Lisa Sam

Portrait – Maybin Mudenda, African Grey Insurance

Portrait – Maybin Mudenda, African Grey Insurance

Maybin Mudenda is on the list of young Africans making a name for themselves across the continent. This canny Zambian is part of a new generation of confident, cool and savvy Africans making millions on the continent. He vowed to be the cover article of Forbes Africa Magazine in 2019 when I met him in his offices in Lusaka. I guess time will tell.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – African Grey Insurance offices Lusaka with Maybin Mudenda
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine September Issue

Maybin Madiba Mudenda

Portrait – Tariq Yusuf, Solar Power

Portrait – Tariq Yusuf, Solar Power

Yusuf is the man behind the Intratrek 260-hectare, 100MW solar power plant under construction in Zimbabwe; one of the first solar projects of its kind in the county. Yusuf is also linked with the Tara KLamp, a controversial medical tool used for circumcisions in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal province.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – An abandoned field in Johannesburg with Tariq Yusuf
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine August Issue


Portrait – Dinesh Patel, OrderIn

Portrait – Dinesh Patel, OrderIn

Dinesh Patel has done a lot: sport, entertainment and worked as a banker on Wall Street. After 10 years in the United States, he found his calling back on African soil, where he hopes to change the way we order food. He esablished the popular delivery service OrderIn based in Cape Town.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – Sandton Drive Johannesburg with Dinesh Patel
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine July Issue


Portrait – Mark Bennett, iSchool

Portrait – Mark Bennett, iSchool

Beneath a rusty ceiling, in a room whose light blue paint is peeling from its cracked walls, Juste chisenga hands each of his seven-year-old pupils their latest learning aid – ultra-cheap tablet computers with software in Bemba, a language spoken across north-east Zambia. Known as ZEduPads, the tablets are part of a project aimed at making computers part of the everyday schooling of all young Zambians.

Dreamed up by British-born Mark Bennett, the solar-charged computers make technology accessible to children even where electricity supplies are non-existent. Available in all eight of Zambia’s official languages and preloaded with 12,000 classes, the tablets can be used almost anywhere in the country, allowing children to keep track of their individual progress across every subject they study.

Mark arrived in Zambia in 1985 on a two-year contract to work at a computer center at the University of Zambia. He stayed for twelve years, before branching out on his own, first starting africonnect, an internet service provider he sold to Vodacom in 2005, and then launching ZEduPad. Already, 7,000 of the tablets have been distributed across Zambia. “We’ve spent around US$6 million developing the software,” says Mark. “So far, we have had 2.3 million words translated into local languages and a quarter of a million sounds.”

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – Kasisi Mission School, Zambia (A couple of kilometers outside of Lusaka) with Mark Bennett
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine May Issue, The Other Hundred Winner



Mark Bennett (left) at Kasisi Missionary School



Portrait – Alpesh Patel, Mi-Group

Portrait – Alpesh Patel, Mi-Group

Alpesh Patel was born in the Ugandan bush, had lunch with John Wayne and became a millionaire at 23. In between, he was kicked out his country with only a $100 and a pillow. Now he is the mobile entrepreneur behind Mi-Group.

Alpesh founded Mi-Fone in 2008, after leaving Motorola where he was their Director of Sales in Africa where he placed more than 5 million devices into the continent. Whilst there, he realized that the big brands were missing the point and that ultimately Africa was best served by Africans themselves.

Photography – Jay Caboz
Location – Sandton, South Africa with Alpesh Patel
Publication – see the articles here Forbes Africa Magazine March Issue


Officially a “The Other Hundred Winner” — Jay Caboz #photographer Forbes Africa Magazine

It is with great pleasure that I can announce I am one of the “The Other Hundred” winners.  My entry — The Tablets Curing Rural Education was published in the Forbes Africa May 2014 Edition.


In a rural school that has seen better days, seven-year-olds are now learning on innovative tablets. This is the $6-million brainchild of Mark Bennett who wants Zambia to embrace education-based technology at a grassroots level.

I was very fortunate to visit one of the schools where they are using the tablets in Zambia. Amazing to see in a place with no electricity children working on these things.

More of the story in Forbes Africa May 2014 edition. You can also see it featured in the top images of the month.

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The Other Hundred — focuses on stories that capture the entrepreneurial spirit of people can be when it comes to taking control of their lives.

From their Website: The Other Hundred is a unique not-for-profit photo-book initiated by the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT) aimed at providing a counterpoint to the mainstream media consensus about some of today’s most important issues.

At its heart, The Other Hundred is an attempt to introduce readers to the vast majority of people, ideas, places and cultures simply ignored by most major media publications. Whether it is an excessive focus on extremes of wealth or poverty, the obsession with whatever is dominating the current news cycle or the pushing of a particular political agenda, mainstream news no longer accurately reflects the experience of most people around the world.

Through an annual series of books, each focusing on a particular issue or subject, The Other Hundred will provide an alternative and refreshing view on everything from people and their homes to performers, chefs and authors.