About Us

Cultiver has a dedicated and committed Team of professionals with over 30 years combined experience and a wide range of complimentary skills that help advance the objectives and goals of all the stakeholders that we serve.

Meet Fezeka Stuurman:

Founder and Owner of the Cultiver Group.

Fezeka is an innovator and business woman with a deep passion for education, sustainability and renewable energy. She believes that economic empowerment is the foundation of lasting, meaningful social change and that empowering youth and women through skills training and inclusion in value chains is vital to true sustainability. This is underpinned by her understanding of the exciting role of technology in accelerating economic, social, and environmental change.

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Before establishing Cultiver, Fezeka worked extensively in the enterprise development and renewable energy industries. In enterprise development, she was involved in the implementation and programme management of Old Mutual Foundation’s flagship Legends Programme at Fetola.

In the renewable energy industry, she worked on utility scale photovoltaic projects under the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, as well as on related projects in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Namibia, Ghana, and the World Bank’s Scaling Solar Programme in Zambia. Fezeka’s role was on the project, business and economic development teams.

Fezeka was involved in founding a youth development programme called The Milnerton Youth Club from 2012 – 2014.  She also served as Vice-Chair of the Businesswomen's Association of South Africa (Cape Town) 2012 -2014, and founded the FastTrack2Success programme, a young professional women’s network that helps  graduates make a smoother transition into the world of work.

She is currently a Board Member of The Basic Concepts Foundation which supports learners from disadvantaged communities with basic educational concepts at the Early Childhood Development (pre-school) stage. Fezeka also currently sits on the Economic Transformation committee of the South African Council of Churches. Fezeka also engages in community work in her personal capacity.

Fezeka holds a Masters in Sustainable Development (with distinction) from the University of Stellenbosch. Her research focused on the participation of Black women-owned enterprises in the clean energy value chain.

She was accepted into the Harvard Emerging Leaders Programme in 2016. In 2017 she was invited to present a paper on her research on the developmental impacts of renewable energy conference in Mexico. Fezeka showcased one of Cultiver’s EdTech initiatives at the World Bank in December 2017 and emerged a Top 6 finalist out of 500 tech solutions for social impact.

In 2018, she served as a Lead Research Associate at Stellenbosch University for a newly launched Economic Policy Research Group, which aimed to work with key societal, business and political stakeholders and influencers on re-thinking the building blocks of an inclusive economy. Fezeka is currently considering PhD studies.

Fezeka is a mother of two and devotes most of her time outside of work to her partner and children. She loves travelling, walking, being in nature and indulging in a good read when time allows.

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