Co-founder & President
Lucky Kgwadi is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder & President of Ekasi-bucks. He has been in business for the past 6 years post varsity. He has started a few businesses within the Township, including transport, restaurant and the informal retail sector.
Ekasi-bucks was established to mainly solve the challenges faced by Township-based businesses, because he fully understands the market. Above that he has also attended an entrepreneurship program hosted by the Seed Academy for most promising entrepreneurs in 2014. He was featured on Destiny Man Magazine (December 2016 feature) as one of the influential young entrepreneurs. He was also featured in a blog “Young Black & Gifted” as one of the most innovative entrepreneur (February 2017).
His recent achievements includes the successful launch of Ekasi-bucks which led him and co-founder Edgar Lebelo to be nominated by Reuters Africa as Africa’s most innovative entrepreneurs 2016. This includes taking part in the Tshwane Mayoral Economic Summit, this outlining the economic impact Ekasi-bucks brings to the city.
Kgwadi spent over 18 months studying the Blockchain technology and smart contracts, thus attending online conferences, which let him to invest in a few altcoins. He has vast knowledge and experience in cryptocurrency and is an active cryptocurrency trader.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Edgar Lebelo is the co-founder and strategic Director of Ekasi Bucks Pty Ltd. Edgar, an alumnus of the North West University, holds a BCom Accountancy and Financial management Degree and studied for an honors degree in international Finance at the University Of South Africa.
As a former Fixed Income Cash and Commodities Analyst At Barclays Investment Bank based in London; Edgar Lebelo has vast 3 years experience within the finance and banking industry particularly in currency exchange, settlements, confirmation and Reconciliation Systems. Lebelo gained additional experience and in depth knowledge of Point Of Sale systems and an understanding of the South African Retail market as a consultant within the retail Banking sector in the subsidiary of Barclay’s Bank, ABSA bank based in Johannesburg South Africa.
An enthusiast of financial products; Edgar is an active markets trader from forex, binaries, altcoins to tokens and other assets. Lebelo is an entrepreneur who has been active in several community development projects and running Businesses based In townships in Pretoria and Johannesburg for over Six years with co-founder Lucky Kgwadi. Both co founders are marketing consultants working together with Ernest Klowkow founder of the Forex Academy.
Edgar Lebelo is currently a consultant for small businesses in townships, advising business owners on how to successfully run their enterprises and develop proper business systems to grow their businesses. A board member of Tswane Business Forum, Old Mutual Educational Trust Allumni and Forex Academy.
Mr Lebelo has been actively involved with several organisations working within the Blockchain space for over 2 years to date; researching ways in which the blockchain can be used to as a tool to increase economic participation for the average person on the streets, change the economic Status of African countries and advance modern day business system and solve settlement and confirmation problems within the banking and retail industry as well as other sectors.
Director & Advisor
Ernest Klokow is the Executive Director at Ekasi Bucks, Ernest the founder and owner of the Forex Academy and is one of the first institutions to fund the project at initial takeoff. He is the senior trainer of the group. Mr Klokow also owns a Software Development company with over 30 years experience in business. Today Ernest is a successful fulltime Forex Trader, shares his experience and knowledge in training courses with students attending from all over the continent. Ernest also codes his own Expert Advisor Applications and software.