Bonisile, female billionaire and Agilitee CEO shaping Africa’s e-mobility industry

Bonisile Krystle Roberts, the Chief Executive Officer, Agilitee (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Bonisile Krystle Roberts, the Chief Executive Officer, Agilitee (PHOTO /Courtesy)

The CEO of Agilitee, Bonisile Krystle Roberts has always been into transportation and mobility from an early age.

Born in Mpumalanga, South Africa; Bonisile recounts the time her maternal grandmother carried her on a tray to work during her morning commute. In an article carried by, Bonisile says she had a rather busy childhood where she attended eight schools in eight years.

As fate would have it, she is now fully involved in the e-mobility industry as CEO of South African based Agilitee having risen through the ranks from Chief Operations Officer.

Hitherto, she was Managing Director at Etlile Investments Group and Investment associate at the Public Investment Corporation in the Pretoria Area, South Africa where she developed financial models, scenario analysis and did due diligence on prospective investments and coordinated financial and legal closing and the disbursements process.

Agilitee Africa is Africa’s first Electric Vehicles Manufacturer, AI and Green Tech Company.

The company is currently cooking up a Johannesburg Stock Exchange IPO which is marked as the first EV, AI and Green Tech IPO in Africa.

The IPO values Agilitee $20 billion and this has bumped up Bonisile’s net worth to $1.2 billion which makes her one of the richest women in Africa, in the same mold with Angola’s Isabel Dos Santos, Nigeria’s Folorunsho Alakija and Kenya’s Ngina Kenyatta.

Bonisile has been with Agilitee from word go. She is the second largest individual shareholder of Agilitee.

Last year the green tech firm, Agilitee, was qualified as one of South Africa’s Top Gender Empowered Companies, making it to the scoreboard with other top empowerment brands in the country comprising top listed counters and other major businesses in both the private and public sectors.

With few years since its founding, the company qualified for the listing endorsed by Standard Bank Group with support from South Africa’s Commission for Gender Equality.

The Top Women Leaders 17th edition is South Africa’s leading gender empowerment brand celebrating public and private sector organizations for prioritizing empowerment as an integral part of their business strategies.

The listing came after months of rigorous research and benchmarking.

The criterion used for qualification includes a number of variables which are: 20% of female ownership, shareholding or partnership, 20% female executive directors, 30% female employees, 10% female senior management, female-empowerment company policies and women focused skills development.

Agilitee as a result got a Top Women Leaders Certificate & Badge that can be used on its online platforms including its website, social media, and email signature.

The company is pioneering research, importing, manufacturing, and franchising, licensing electric vehicle and ecosystems technology

“Watch this space. Agilitee is going to hit the automotive sector with a bang this year. We will be breaking the myths of e-mobility being expensive and unattainable,” Bonisile says on her LinkedIn page.

Agilitee Africa is supplying green-tech products and e-mobility solutions that in Southern Africa. In Zimbabwe, the company is supplying electric motorcycles, energy-saving TVs, and other gadgets. The company also plans to set up an electric vehicles assembly plant in the country.

This week, Agilitee Africa signed a deal with fast-food company Chicken Basket that will deliver food to its customers using Agilitee’s electric bikes.


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