Corne Ferreira

Motivational, Business and Marketing Speaker - Johannesburg
Corne Ferreira


From time to time, uniquely skilled and talented individuals, whatever this individual does, will make it worthwhile, like the young gentlemen Corne, a person young in years, but very mature in experience.

Throughout his working life, he has been labelled a high flyer, typically he has been appointed as the youngest, the achiever amongst his peers, the one who has made money for himself and the enterprise. He is a Chairman in spirit and effect from his earliest business impact to this day. It has been more than a decade since he was instrumental in funding one of the most trend setting companies listed on the JSE Stock Exchange.

Corne made his first Million at age 24, before age 25 founder/Group Exec Chair. Of leading distribution of financial services with a national branch network, close to a million customers with R200 Mill market cap, all in less than 5 years.

Before age 30, he merged Ferreira Group with Unibank Holdings and 5 fully owned Subsidiaries: Global, Constantia and Emerald Insurance Companies, Union Finance and Rubenstein Investments with a 2 million client base, 4000 Sales and Administrative employees and with well over 5 Billion Rand in loan advances. ABSA bought the entire share capital of UniFer in a Multi-Billion rand transaction, the 2nd largest acquisition made by ABSA every since the purchase of Bankfin. As 100% Shareholder ABSA de listed UniFer. I got approached by 4 COSATU unions representing 850 000 black workers to negotiate the buy back of Ferreira Group from ABSA. In a multi-million rand transaction we bought Ferreira Group, with union consortium as 70% shareholder and as Group MD/Founder together with management consortium as 30% shareholder and changed the name to Lesaka Holdings. In my first year as Group MD of Lesaka I grew the net income with 300%. During my 2nd year as MD I became very ill as a result of a flesh eating bacteria in my soft tissue. I've lost the usage in both my hands and resigned from Lesaka as MD. After a full recovery, I focused full time on my appearances as a Public Speaker with a very interesting story to tell.

What I do best, by Corne :

“From a very young age I was responsible in negotiating multi-billion rand transactions between Businesses, Politicians and organized Labor. I am a specialist in the turn around of under performing companies. Very well respected in the corporate environment. One strong attribute is his in dept knowledge of the role that the political arena can play in the corridors of corporate business. I have the ability to influence and motivate people behind any course of substance. At age of 44 and with 22 year experience at top level of corporate business and deal making and the start up of new companies, allows me to share my different views with the necessary authority with others and can communicate on all levels and I've corporate the ability to bring across whatever is relevant. My Categories as a Public Speaker are: "the art of starting up a new Business", "How to overcome challenges", "Realizing Dreams", "From Salesman to Super Salesman", "effective Networking", "The courage to look past the wrongs and see the rights"...etc. “

Subject Talks

Attitude, Business, Business Continuity, Business Growth, Business Trends, Careers, Change, Communication, Community Relations, Competition, Conflict Resolution, Corporate Responsibility, Creativity, Crime (International and Domestic)/Homeland Security/Terrorism, Customer Service, Dealing with Difficult People, Disabilities/Disability Awareness, Diversity, Employees and Workforce Development, Empowerment, Entrepreneurial Business, Ethics/Integrity, Family Business, Future, Goal Setting, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Image/Self Esteem, Inspirational, Leadership, Life at Work, Life Balance, Lifestyle, Management, Marketing, Marriage, Media, Military, Motivation, Negotiation, Networking, Partnering/Strategic Advantage, Patriotic Issues, Peak Performance, Performance Improvement, Productivity, Profitability, Sales, Strategic Planning, Success, Team building, Time Management/Self Management, Vision and Purpose, Youth Education

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