We are a research and development company that believes in knowledge as the foundation for development.

‘We believe we can realise our own dreams and the collective aspiration for structural change in our lifetimes by remaining committed and pushing ourselves to the highest levels of excellence.’

– The Founders


Knowledge Pele is part of the Pele Energy Group of companies. Started in 2009, the Pele Group holds three subsidiaries: Pele Green Energy, Pele Natural Energy and Knowledge Pele. Pele Green Energy is a renewable energy IPP (independent power producer); Pele Natural Energy is a base load IPP and Knowledge Pele is a research and development advisory firm. The Group’s purpose is to catalyse structural change through businesses that generate power and knowledge. It is the belief of the founding partners that coupling power and knowledge makes the Pele Group an impactful and relevant organisation for Africa’s development.


The word Pele means first or forward in Setswana and also denotes the central value of the Group: leadership. While the founders share a passion for Africa’s development, it is the belief in their personal agency that ultimately led to the creation of the Pele Energy Group. This is also the reason that the Group’s founders, Boipelo Moloabi, Thapelo Motlogeloa, Gqi Raoleka, Fumani Mthembi and Obakeng Moloabi, lead the execution of their vision as full-time employees within The Group’s various subsidiaries.

The Knowledge Pele logo is an ancient Bantu symbol for the mind. This is because our mission is to restore the epistemic confidence of individuals and communities who have been denied agency. We understand epistemic confidence as the ability to trust in one’s learning abilities and knowledge as tools for transforming reality for the better.

Our Role In The Market Is To:


• Generate research that accurately reflects the conditions, assets and aspirations of under-served and excluded communities.

• Design and implement development programmes that result in verifiable improvements to the lives of the excluded.

• Share the tools of development planning and implementation with the communities we work in.