About Thrive Corporate Advisors


Thrive Corporate Advisors is a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“B-BBEE”) consulting and advisory firm which assists the corporate sector with all aspects of B-BBEE legislation.


Thrive Corporate Advisors is a B-BBEE Consulting and Advisory company which focuses on assisting companies achieve their B-BBEE objectives. This includes but is not limited to monitoring the B-BBEE status levels/scoring achieved by our clients, reviewing and implementing B-BBEE initiatives and developing B-BBEE transformation strategies.

We take pride in facilitating innovative and uniquely tailored solutions to optimize our clients B-BBEE scorecard. We provide short, medium and long term solutions and are proactively involved in our clients’ transformation strategies. Our first step is always to obtain an in-depth understanding of the nature of the business, corporate culture and B-BBEE requirements in order to implement meaningful B-BBEE transformation initiatives.

Our team of B-BBEE consultants have consulted with numerous listed and unlisted entities forming part of a wide spectrum of sectors. The founders of Thrive Corporate Advisors have an extensive knowledge of the B-BBEE legislation with an aggregate of more than 15 years of B-BBEE experience in consulting and verifications. Thrive Corporate Advisors is dedicated to delivering prompt and professional service’s from a team that is constantly undergoing extensive training to ensure you are provided with information that is current, effective and efficient in optimizing your B-BBEE scoring.

Meet the Founders

Nthabiseng Lempe – Executive Partner

Nthabiseng Lempe began her career in the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) sector in 2011. 

She worked as a B-BBEE analyst and ownership specialist at National Empowerment Rating Agency (NERA).  Her role involved conducting verifications for clients across various sectors and assessing complex ownership structures.  Her audit background and understanding of audit procedures and methodology adds value to all her client engagements. 

Her passion for transformation and corporate governance led her to the founding of an advisory company that specialized in bespoke transformation solutions with a focus on B-BBEE compliance for 4 years prior to joining Thrive Corporate Advisors.   

She has extensive experience and a multi-faceted approach to B-BBEE advisory and implementation across various B-BBEE Sector Charters.  Nthabiseng specializes in providing strategic direction and operational support in terms of B-BBEE implementation.  She manages ownership compliance by offering governance support as a trustee in an era and industry where good governance is longer a nice to have.

Nthabiseng holds a National Diploma in Business Management from the University of Johannesburg and is currently pursuing a qualification as a Governance Practitioner with the Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa (CGISA).


Ricardo De Souza – Co-Founder

Ricardo De Souza began his career in the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment sector in 2009.

He was a director at NERA Advisory Services and was also a SANAS accredited Technical signatory at National Empowerment Rating Agency (NERA).

Through the vetting and implementation of structures alongside reputable law firms, corporate financiers and other industry leaders, Ricardo has become a specialist with regards to the B-BBEE legislation. Ricardo’s B-BBEE expertise span across numerous industries with clientele comprising of multinationals and JSE listed entities.

Ricardo’s exposure to the SANAS verification procedure, application methodologies and interpretations of the B-BBEE legislation ensure his clients are well prepared for their annual B-BBEE verification. Ricardo has an exemplary track record of assisting a wide spectrum of clientele in reaching their required B-BBEE Contributor Status Levels.

Ricardo’s qualifications include an Honours in BCom Investment Management from the University of Pretoria, as well as having completed UNISA’s Management Development Programme.


Marc Thompson – Co-Founder

Marc Thompson began his career in the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment sector in 2011. He was a director at NERA Advisory Services and  a SANAS accredited Technical signatory at National Empowerment Rating Agency (NERA).

With vast experience in analysing and assessing complex ownership structures, Marc specialises in determining the impact of such structures on his clients’ B-BBEE scorecards. He has conducted B-BBEE verifications for a variety of companies within South Africa, which entails assessing the company’s compliance with the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.

Due to his extensive knowledge of the various B-BBEE Charters, Marc has conducted assessments for businesses in all economic sectors, successfully aligning his customers’ B-BBEE strategies to their specific industries. He has also conducted numerous due diligence assessments, aiding clients to comply with Volume 5 (Economic Development Scorecard) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, when submitting tenders.

Marc holds a BCom in financial Management from the University of the Free State, which he completed in 2008, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning, which he completed in 2009. He also completed the B-BBEE Management Development Programme through UNISA in 2014.

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