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My career started in 1983 as political activist and priest. Around that time, while completing a BTh degree at UNISA, I worked at the Institute of Contextual Theology (ICT), and in 1987-88 served as the Organising Secretary MUCCOR (Ministers United for Christian Co-Responsibility) in Soweto.

Forced into exile in February 1988, I enrolled for a Masters degree in Philosophy, which was upgraded and extended without solicitation, to a PhD graduate status during my second year of study at University of Edinburgh. The doctoral research included an original reading of Karl Marx (in German) and of Louis Althusser, and the application of a polemic interpretation of Marx to religious epistemology. When I left South Africa I was registered for a UNISA BTh Honours degree with a focus on the ethics of Economic life. This interest in economics and political economy dictated the formulation of my doctoral thesis.

On return to South Africa in 1992, I worked as Professional and Research Assistant to the General Secretary of the S.A Council of Churches, Dr. Frank Chikane. I headed a research team on alternative, ethical economic policy framework for South Africa during the CODESA negotiations. Consequently, in October 1993 I was invited to address a major business conference in Washington DC during the week Nelson Mandela was addressing the UN Assembly announcing the lifting of economic sanctions against South Africa.

With a conviction on the imperative of ethical foreign investment and business practice for post-apartheid South Africa, I entered the world of business in 1994 as a consultant on Social Investment schemes.

At the end of 1996 I was appointed CEO at Denel Aviation (DATAM) with the responsibility of crafting and implementing a business model on the transference of aviation military technologies into civilian air transport applications. This job earned me a scholarship in 1999 to undertake an MBA degree in Aviation and Aerospace project management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fl. USA.  This afforded me an opportunity to deepen my understanding of business economics, as well as improve my quantitative cognitive skills. I was at this time already working on a Masters of Business Leadership programme with UNISA, which became superseded by the Embry-Riddle MBA.

Upon returning from Florida, I started Baji Aviation Services, with Denel and South African Airways (SAA) among my clients. Baji Aviation Services developed over ten years into a consulting and investment group, Baji Investments (Pty) Ltd, with interests in leisure property, mining, medical waste management and health care. During this period, besides serving as CEO of Baji, and Principal Consultant of its aviation, mining and private equity consulting divisions, I served as non-executive director of various publicly listed and private companies.

During 2005 Baji Investments adopted the Congress of South African Traditional Leaders (Contralesa) as its community empowerment partner. This relationship has eventuated in the establishment of the Contralesa Aspen Investment Trust. I am the current (2013) Chairman of the trust.

In 2011 I accepted an appointment to the University of Fort Hare Philosophy Department. My research agenda is around the contextualisation of Philosophy, and its application to socio-economic and business leadership challenges facing Africa. I have developed syllabi in Marxist Philosophical Anthropology, Social Philosophy,  Introduction to African Philosophy and on Ethics. 



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