Aubrey Matshiqi, Financial Mail-rated political analyst, has been a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Studies where he specialized in South African Politics with a special focus on the ANC and the Alliance, the re-alignment of opposition political politics, electoral system reform and the state of democracy. He was also a research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation and at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies doing research on historical memory and politics in post-apartheid SA.
He is a former Mathematics, Science and English teacher and government strategist and spokesperson. He writes for Business Day, Engineering News and other publications in and outside SA. He has written book chapters, policy briefs and research papers on the following topics:
The one party state in Africa and lessons for South Africa & the re-alignment of opposition politics in South Africa
The implications of the Jacob Zuma corruption trial for the South African criminal justice system.
The performance of the public service & development at local level
His services as a political analyst are used by corporates, academic institutions, research institutions, foreign embassies, political parties and private companies.
Aubrey is currently writing a book on the ANC and his e-book, The Zuma Moment and the Road to Mangaung, is available on amazon.com and on Kindle books.
Dr. Michael Mol didn’t go for career counseling, which could explain why he’s not only a medical doctor, but an executive TV producer & presenter, an international speaker, business consultant and a founding director of a multi-national company called Hello Doctor. His twitter profile sheds more light: “A husband to one, father to three, friend to few, a stranger to many… but not to God.”
A trauma doctor turned TV personality with a Mr. South Africa title in the mix, Michael anchored Top Billing, South Africa’s longest running prime time television magazine show, for more than a decade. Then as Executive Producer and presenter he melded his passion for medicine and media and produced two TV series: “Hello Doctor” and “The Dr. Mol Show” with a vision to educate, entertain and inspire people to live their best life, by being the healthiest they can be. Watched by over a million people weekly, the show was part of a bigger vision to give every South African access to personal, affordable and quality healthcare through their mobile phones. Now a mobile health company, Hello Doctor’s game-changing approach to healthcare, using mobile phones to give anyone access to doctors anytime, anywhere – has spread globally.
Michael has been commissioned to write a second book, on the back of his first best-selling title “Your Best Life.” He lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife Jacqui, and three children, Joshua (17), Rachael (14) and Naethan (9) … and is no longer on the safe side of 40.
Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, is currently the Chairperson of AIH(Pty) Ltd, an Investment Holdings company for The African Women Chartered Accountants. She is also the Chairperson of the Advanced Group of Companies which is invested in Mining Services. Sindi is a Chartered Accountant by profession with experience in the public and private sector. Her illustrious career includes being Managing Director of Viamax Logistics, Group CFO of Transnet, Executive Partner at Ernst & Young, Chairperson of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa and the Chairperson of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee. She has served on a number of boards including Transnet, SAA, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, MTN, SANRAL, Altron Group and a few others. Her current board positions include Adcorp Holdings LTD , MTN Zakhele LTD and Toyota SA. She is the Founder Member and Former President of African Women Chartered Accountants(AWCA). She now chairs the Advisory Board of AWCA. Sindi is a renowned leader and champion in growth and development of young women. Sindi has been named one of the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in South Africa and was a Finalist for the Business Woman Award of South Africa in 2004. Sindi was, in 2013 nominated by The CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Public Sector. She was the Chairperson of the Task team of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants which launched the paper on Meaningful Reporting on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and is now the Chairperson of the Chartered Accountancy Sector Charter. Sindi is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (African Chapter) .
Lauren Gillis, business woman, social entrepreneur and passionate about creating opportunities for others. While studying Social Work at Wits University, she was already instrumental in forming the Down Syndrome Association. She has since developed a number of philanthropic organisations including PADI (People for Awareness on Disability Issues) and The Jardine Joggers (now affiliated to Achilles International based in New York), enabling people with different disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics.
She spent many years in various businesses from textiles to containerised housing and in the field of Rehabilitation of Newly Blinded. She completed the Comrades Marathon and the personal challenge of such a physical test along with training and guiding of blind runners, and preparing and taking physically and mentally challenged athletes through marathons, including the New York Marathon, has been a highlight of her life.
Lauren is the founder of Relate, an amazing social enterprise. It was was founded with the vision to help people in need of an opportunity to better their circumstances, whilst also providing an effective, sustainable and tangible fundraising tool for charitable causes. Lauren’s vision was to find simple creative solutions to creating employment and lessen the economic divide. Since 2010 Relate has raised over R45million, sold over 2.6 million bracelets, supported over 90 causes globally and positively impacted thousands of lives.
In 2012 Lauren’s Tedx Cape Town talk was entitled Redefining Philanthropy. In 2013 she was awarded the Paul Harris award by Rotary for her exceptional service to the community.
Come and be inspired by this extraordinary woman as she shares lessons learned on her life journey
TOPIC : In 2015 the World Bank found that South Africa was the most over-indebted consumer nation on earth. The situation has deteriorated even more since then. How did we get here? Ian will talk to us about the scourge of debt in South Africa, the failings of the National Credit Act, and what we, as employers have a responsibility to do for our staff and society at large.
After obtaining a BSc in Economics at Bristol University, Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in London, working in their Financial Services division.
In 2003, Ian moved to Cape Town and spent a year working voluntarily for an NGO assisting entrepreneurs in starting up and managing their businesses. In 2004, at the age of 26, Ian started the IDM Group, leveraging his experience in Financial Services and unique insight into the South African consumer to create South Africa’s largest Debt Management business. The IDM Group employs around 350 staff in Cape Town and Mauritius, has won multiple Debt Counselling Awards, and most importantly, has assisted over 50,000 consumers on their path to debt freedom, as well as giving free impartial advice and credit reports to over half a million South Africans. Ian is a passionate consumer activist focused on increasing the financial literacy of South Africans and has presented for numerous leading financial institutions around the world on the South African consumer.
Rhoda Kadalie was a Human Rights Commissioner for three years, appointed by President Mandela, where she conducted investigations into human rights violations in prisons, poverty conditions of farm workers, and children’s places of safety. Many of her investigations received wide media coverage and brought to the attention of government violations occurring within the state.
Prior to that she was an academic, teaching social anthropology and women’s studies, and founder of the Gender Equity Unit at UWC. She was also Amy Biehl’s Professor and became her close confidante and friend. Rhoda has travelled extensively internationally, presenting lectures and papers on human rights and gender politics in South Africa.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Liberal Arts from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, an Honorary Doctorate from her alma mater, UWC; and a Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa from University of Stellenbosch. Rhoda has served on UCT’s Council for about nine years and on University of Stellenbosch’s Council for two years. She received a Human Rights Award in Toronto Canada and the Rapport/City Press Prestige Award for column writing.
Rhoda has been featured in numerous magazines, newspaper articles and many books and has written many articles and chapters in books about gender politics, liberalism, foreign policy, reproductive rights, and some biographical essays. Her book, In Your Face: Passionate Conversations about People and Politics, was published in 2009. Her second e-booklet, The Politics of Pregnancy, also published in collaboration with her daughter, Julia Bertelsmann, is part of a series called, Kort en Kragtig, To the Point, 2012. Rhoda has been a guest columnist for the Business Day and Die Burger for many years. Currently she writes for The Citizen and Beeld and her column is syndicated to all Afrikaans newspapers. Rhoda is currently Executive Director of the Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre.
The South African Ubuntu Foundation’s enlightening vision for the new South Africa and its regional neighbours is a world in which all people: embrace peace, one another’s equality; embody the essence and spirit of Ubuntu in their work, family, and community lives; are encouraged and inspired to use their inherent abilities to the fullest, and find their passion for, participate and contribute fully in, and benefit fairly from South Africa’s growing prosperity.
Our organization hosts monthly networking breakfasts and lunches which aim to bring business people together in an effort to foster the spirit of Ubuntu. We encourage you to visit our events page to find out about upcoming opportunities.
What is Ubuntu?
The Cardinal spirit of Ubuntu is expressed in Xhosa as “Umntu ngumntu ngabanye abantu” in English as “people are people thru other people,” or “I am human because I belong to the human community and I view and treat others accordingly.” It is an African word for a universal concept which is fair and compassionate approach to a collective respect for human dignity.