Pertunia Sibanyoni is the CEO of InspectaCar (Pty) Limited. She oversees business operations for both the franchise and financial services and is responsible for building the InspectaCar brand. Pertunia is a graduate of the University of Durban Westville and holds a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Psychology and Physiology, and a post graduate diploma and Honours in Marketing Management. Pertunia recently completed a Leadership Programme from The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and graduated in August 2019.
Pertunia is and has always been a change-maker and a trail blazer, which is evident in her ability to work in a male dominated industry. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Pertunia was the retail transformation manager at Shell South Africa. Her career at Shell spanned 12 years,
starting as a retail area manager in 2004, where she became the first Black African female Area Manager for the company. Thereafter she was appointed into the Shell Graduate Recruitment programme which offered her an opportunity to engage in a leadership initiative with graduates from across the globe in The Hague, Netherlands. Thereafter she held various roles as Retail Lubricants Sales Manager, Change Agent, Dealer Owned and Central Region District Manager accountable for over 170 service stations. She was also a Board Member for
the Shell Transformation Board and a Director for the Ngwaabe Integrated Energy Centre and Compliance Project Lead for the Shell Refining and Marketing Merger.
She is the founder of the AkhuPeliza Foundation which is dedicated to addressing and delivering on social benefits of a community. She dedicates her birthday, in June every year, to spending time with more than 50 school kids, providing school uniforms and shoes and
elderly ladies from the Phiri community. She also collaborated with the Visionary Youth to make a meaningful difference and build confidence levels to the young girls in Soweto by providing sanitary towels to the needy learners and AkhuPeliza sponsored 71 matric dance dresses and 300 packs of sanitary towels 3 months before their matric examinations.
Pertunia is passionate about empowerment and women’s leadership as well as mentorship. She is currently formally mentoring two young black females at WesBank and one black female who she met at the 30% Club networking session and a male that made the request via the mentoring EVP on the FNB app . She recognises that having a mentor herself is very important and is being mentored by Leadership and Strategy guru, Tony Frost. She has inspired and continues to inspire people in showing the way and proving what’s possible – especially (but not exclusively) for women. She clearly demonstrates the different routes to becoming successful from a range of backgrounds.
Pertunia’s accolades are extensive, clearly demonstrating her leadership capabilities:
• Attended the Emerging Leaders Course, Nigeria 2012
• Accredited Shell Global Experienced Hire Assessor, 2013-2016
• Governance Relations Course, The Hague, Netherlands, 2014
• Featured in the September 2018 issue of Fabulous Women magazine
• MasterDrive Women in Transport Panellist and Presenter October 2018
• Invited to be interviewed on PowerFM’s Trailblazer hour by Ayabonga Cawe, January 2019
• Franchise Association South Africa (FASA) Board member and next Chairperson elect from March 2019
• Wheel Well Board Member since April 2019
• Accepted as a platinum member of Woman of Stature on 1 June 2019
• Nominated for Woman of Stature Award 2019; Financial Services Category
• Graduated from The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Leadership Programme; August 2019
• Gumtree Women in Autos panellist and presenter at Festival of Motoring; August 2019
• Announced as 4th Finalist in Gender Mainstreaming Awards; Positive Role Model Category, C-Suite; September 2019
• MasterDrive Women in Transport Panellist and Presenter October 2019
• Announced as Finalist in the Financial Services Category for Woman of Stature Award 8 March 2020
• MasterDrive Women’s Month Keynote Speaker 7 August 2020
• Women in Auto Council Member September 2020
• Finalist in two categories of the Motoring Women of the Year Awards (MWOTY) 2020; Women of Inspiration category and Top Achiever category
• GIBS Women Leaders Programme, Guest Speaker Women in Automotive Industry 17 February 2021
• FASA Chairperson 1 March 2021
Pertunia hails from a township in Witbank, Mpumalanga. Born to the late Reuben Sibanyoni, a mechanic and transport business owner and domestic worker turned businesswoman Meidjie Sibanyoni, Pertunia is the fifth out of six children. As a young girl, she always had a
curious but eager-to-succeed approach. She did things outside the norm and being daddy’s little girl, this afforded her the opportunity to be much bolder and have the drive to follow her dreams.
She is a proud mother to her only son, ten-year-old Akhumzi, popularly known as “AK”, who has been her mini pillar of strength. He inspired her to take up Latin American dancing professionally. AK himself has been successful in many provincial, national and international hip hop only competitions. He has also appeared on the national television show: eTV Great Expectations Little Stars as well as on SABC. He has also featured as a dancer for two hip hop artists. He currently holds the 2018 Tiny Tots Gauteng and both under 11 SA and World Title Circuit Hip Hop Champion titles as he represented South Africa in Turkey.
She is well rounded in that she manages to effectively integrate personal and professional aspects of life and ensures that she makes time for family and friends. Pertunia has numerous outside interests, which include physical, intellectual, community and creative pursuits. Sibanyoni plays netball and started a netball league at WesBank. She is also a Professional Latin American dancer and plays golf. She’s crazy about sports cars and Italian shoes.