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"We might be tempted to compare ourselves to others and think that our stories are better or worse, but every person's story is special and unique. Each day is a chance to write a new chapter in that wonderful story and make a positive impact in the lives of others." - Cyril Madiba

This is me

Growing up in the rural villages of KwaMachi and Eshowe as well as the KwaMashu township in the KwaZulu-Natal region, Cyril's life story is nothing short of remarkable. Cyril utilizes the skills learned along the journey to make a positive impact on society.

Analytics  Writing 
Problem Solving 

 Coaching   Mentoring

Stakeholder Management    Leadership  Advisory Board Director


I advise NGOs, mentor and coach the youth on personal development, supervise the activities of organisations as a board director and author inspirational self-help books

As part of his mission to impact lives positively, Cyril is involved in a number of initiatives:

  • Cyril is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF).

  • Cyril formerly chaired the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Advisory Board, made up of previous CRET beneficiaries, whose main purpose is to provide advice to CRET on strategic and operational imperatives. As part of the relationship, he delivers motivational talks to the students in addition to his mentoring capacity.

  • Cyril  is a certified life coach and the founder of The Growth Switch, an organisation which assists students and young professionals with academic, career and personal development growth insights.

  • Cyril is a published author having written five inspirational and self-help books, all of which are available in both eBook and Hardcopy formats.

  • Cyril serves on the board of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), and is a former board member at the  National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) as well as the Finance, Audit and Risk committee at the Adopt-A-School Foundation (Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation).

  • Cyril is the founder of the Cyril Madiba Empowerment Foundation (CMEF), a non-profit organisation which seeks to reduce the inequality gap and halt the poverty cycle, particularly among previously disadvantaged communities.

Selected videos from The Growth Switch

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