Tirhani has had an illustrative career as an administrator, educator and entrepreneur.
Tirhani started his career as a clerk in the civil service in 1981, branched into teaching in
1988 and became Registrar of the Giyani College of Education between July 1990 and
December 1993. Tirhani started his business career on a part-time basis when he ventured
into the taxi business in 1988.
Tirhani launched his formal business career within the retail sector in 1993, after selling his
fleet of three (3) minibus taxis and buying a Nando’s franchise. He ended up owning two
Nandos shops. During 1996 and the early part of 1997, Tirhani did part-time consulting for
Statomet; a research division of the University of Pretoria. This development launched
Tirhani’s consulting career. He moved to Johannesburg and joined Africa Now Consulting
as Managing Director in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Tirhani co-founder Plus 94 Research in
1998 and served as Executive Director until 2000.
Tirhani founded Tirhani Group Holdings in 2000, a holdings and investment company with
interests in diverse industries; including construction, disposal services, funeral insurance
& services, investments, logistics, resources, training/skills development and
recycling/waste solutions where he’s currently serving as the Executive Chairman since
Tirhani holds a Diploma in Public Admin from the University of the North (1984), BA from
the University of the North (1987), Higher Education Diploma from Unisa (1989), Honours
in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch (1993), Certificate in
auctioneering from South African Auctioneering College (2003), Accredited Auctioneer
Real Estate from the National Auctioneers Association, US (2008), Benefit Auction
Specialist from the National Auctioneers Association, US (2008), Certificate in
auctioneering from Reppert School of Auctioneering, US (2009), Chartered Institute
Auctioneer (CAI) from the University of Indiana, US (2010) and holds a Chartered
Practitioner Real Estate (CPRE) designation.
Tirhani is currently enrolled for a PhD (MOTI): Management of Technology and Innovation
with Da Vinci Institute Business School of Leadership. Tirhani is a business leader who
holds numerous past and present positions including Chairperson of the Giyani Town Taxi
Operators (1989 – 1993), Chairperson of the Giyani Business Forum (1994 – 1996), and
Director of the Limpopo Development Corporation (1995 – 1999), Chairperson of RealNet
Holdings (2009 - 2010). He also served as a Chairperson of the South African Institute of
Auctioneers from 2009 – 2014 and he currently serves as the Chairperson of South African
Professional Auctioneers Association.