14 August, 2011
Businessman Sthembiso Steve Bosch has remained largely below the radar, despite his strong political ties to the ANC Youth League in Julius Malema's stronghold of Limpopo.
Bosch, who studied at the Tshwane University of Technology, has been involved in the ANC Youth League for 16 years.
He said: "In 1995, the first ANC league branch in what was Pietersburg was launched by a couple of young individuals, myself included, and I assumed the position of the treasurer-general of the youth league."
Bosch remains a member of the ruling party.
Soon after he started supplying building materials in 2001, he "immediately recognised my role in ploughing back into the communities in which I do business".
In 2003, he started Sizani Build It, the company that donated cash to Malema's Ratanang Family Trust, as well as to Jacob Zuma's educational trust in 2007.
Glossy pictures of Bosch standing alongside Malema, Zuma, Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale and housing MEC Soviet Lekganyane can be found in provincial brochures.
Bosch's 100%-owned Sizani Build It has also won a number of lucrative tenders in the province, including the R41.3-million deal to build 189 RDP houses in Seshego, Polokwane.
In August last year he became a "strategic investor" in Aurecon, an international engineering and project management company. In November, Aurecon won the R3.3-million tender to be the project management unit for Limpopo's Department of Housing.