Mamela Luthuli

Takenote IT

What does your company do?

We secure your digital and physical assets by proactively mitigating the risk of hacking, vandalism, and theft, through engineered cyber security and IoT solutions – helping you protect your business, protect your people, protect your reputation. We use penetrating testing and assessment tools to evaluate your vulnerabilities and deploy engineered solutions that integrate into your current infrastructure to suit your needs making it cost-efficient. Our threat intelligence, cutting-edge endpoint protection, and integrated early warning solutions “bubble wrap your digital and physical assets” giving you 24/7 monitoring and quick remediation.

What is your biggest success?

I am Global award winner speaker on international platform ,Trailblazer is the Founder, and CEO of Take Note IT, a company that provides cyber security and innovative IT solutions to its clients.Her purpose “I am dedicated to protecting and keeping businesses and our people safe in South Africa and the rest of the world. I believe that technology and 4IR are only at the tip of a disruptive revolution that will create a new way of life for us all.” As a career entrepreneur who started her first informal venture at the age of 14, Luthuli heads up Take Note IT, which was launched in November 2017. It is one of the few black, female-led, cyber security and internet of things (IOT) firms in SA. Saving her clients Billions in potential asset loss and vandalism. She has made an immense contribution to SA’s cyber security and IOT industries, in numerous ways, including establishing the Cyber Excellence Academy, in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where she helps to produce a new generation of young, highly-skilled cyber security employees. Her experience in IoT she saw a gap in the market and became the first Black Women owned OEM in the R&D space that has created an integrated early warning artificial intelligence driven platform and a V3 RFID sensor with gps coordinates using sigfox and Vodacom IoT network.Take Note has also innovated forensic intelligence online platform supported by app.Also innovated various App applications to streamline efficiencies of the technicians and engineers on the ground.The early warning technologies compliments the physical security and armed response. Her passion is to mentor young people creating opportunities for them. In her quest to build the future leaders of tomorrow and contribute to the social issues of Unemployment and Job Creation in South Africa, she is championing Take Note’s Cybersecurity center of excellence by training young people straight from schools, colleges, and universities and equipping them with the skills required for work opportunities within Take Note IT and its associated companies internationally. This is critical given the estimated 400 million vacancies in cybersecurity worldwide.Through her work she wants to change the narrative for all women, for women that are marginalized and disadvantaged and change the narrative for the young leaders of tomorrow. Mamela is rooted in the Spiritual yoga practices that is the foundation of her leadership style characterized by inclusiveness and compassion for people.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed been a significant challenge, disrupting many aspects of life, including finances, health, and social interactions. However, resilience and adaptation have been key in navigating through these difficult times. Being a Black woman in business can present unique challenges due to systemic inequalities and biases. finding supportive communities and networks, mentorship opportunities, and resources specifically tailored to address the barriers you may face. Additionally, highlighting your strengths, staying resilient, and advocating for diversity and inclusion within the industry can help pave the way for greater opportunities and success. My experiences and perspective are valuable assets that can contribute to your business's growth and the broader entrepreneurial landscape. It's breaking the glass ceilings.