Networking breakfast: 9 December 2016: SPEAKER: Ryan Stramrood; TOPIC: Push Past Impossible

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South African, Small Business Owner, Family Man and Average Joe.

However his hobby is Ultra Extreme Open Water and Ice swimming, and for deeply personal reasons, he has undertaken some of the world’s most extreme challenges. Pushing his limits and human boundaries in our planet’s most inhospitable places.

Following painful, pioneering training techniques and using what limited resources he can find to put basic safety procedures in place, he challenge himself by pushing personal limits for swimming in ice water, and often set new benchmarks for human endurance.

No wetsuits or protection from the cold water – Speedo’s only. His adventures, world first achievements and the often death-defying circumstances, make for brilliant tales of human spirit and victory.

He takes audiences on a journey with him. Through story telling and strong visuals, he illustrates just how limited and governed we all are, in every aspect of our lives, by believing in our own limitations.

How we under achieve in our comfort zones and how each and everyone of us can push past impossible.

Swimming Achievements:

62 Robben Island to Mainland crossings

Solo swim across the English Channel

First South African Male to Swim Europe to Africa – Gibraltar Strait

World First swim around the Southern most tip of South America – Cape Horn

World First Official ICE MILE swum north of the ARCTIC CIRCLE – 0C water

Historic Russia to USA relay swim

First Official ICE MILE swum in Antarctica – minus 1C water

World First Double Relay crossing of the North Channel, swimming from Ireland to Scotland and back to Ireland

 

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Networking LUNCH: 22 November 2016: Speaker: Sihle Tshabalala; Topic: Dreaming different dreams

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Sihle Tshabalala (co-founder and CEO of Brothers for All now Quirky30) is an ex-offender. During his time in prison, he became a key member of the Group of Hope programme (a prisoner initiated project that changed prison rehabilitation in SA) , where he decided to spend his life helping others avoid the mistakes he had made. Since leaving prison, he co-founded Brothers for All, taught himself how to code and has become a key voice in his community and a game changer in teaching high school drop outs, teenage moms, unemployed youth, ex-offenders and offenders Computer Programming/Coding, Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing. He spoken widely on TV and radio, presented at the Durban AIDS conference, was awarded the 2014 LeadSA’s Hero of the month,  Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans award, 2015 Spark Changemaker award, 2016 WSA International Speaker and Juror award,  2016 TEDx Fellow and a Levi’s Pioneer Nation

 

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Networking breakfast: 21 October 2016, Speaker: Trevor Manuel, Topic: Active Leadership

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Trevor Manuel Trevor Manuel is a senior advisor to the Rothschild Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa.  He served as Cabinet Minister from 1994 to 2014 under the first four successive Presidents, Mandela, Mbeki, Motlanthe and Zuma in democratic South Africa. His cabinet responsibilities included Trade and Industry, Finance and in the Presidency, responsibility for the National Planning Commission. During his two decades as a Cabinet Minister he also served as a Member of Parliament, representing the African National Congress.

His ministerial career highlights have tracked two decades of major development in the South African economy. As Minister of Trade and Industry he led the process of reintegration of South Africa into the global economy after decades of sanctions, and he introduced extension support measures for small, medium and micro-enterprises. During his lengthy tenure as Minister of Finance he stabilised the macro-economy, significantly transformed the fiscal system in respect of taxation, expenditure and the intergovernmental system. As Chairperson of the National Planning Commission he oversaw the drafting of the broadly accepted first-ever National Development Plan for the country.

As Minister he assumed a number of ex officio positions on International bodies, including the United Nations Commission for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank, the IMF, the G20, the African Development Bank and the Southern African Development Community. In these institutions, he was also frequently elected by his peers to chair several of these bodies.

Mr. Manuel has received a number of awards and presentations, including Africa’s Finance Minister of the Year and the Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award. He has 7 honorary doctorates from South African tertiary institutions and a Doctor of Laws from MacMaster University, Ontario Canada. His South African doctorates are in the following fields: two of commerce, three of technology, one of economics and one of law. He has served as the Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology since May 2008.

 

 

Networking breakfast: Friday 23 September 2016, Speaker: Luvuyo Rani, Topic: Doing business – Challenges and Opportunities

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Luvuyo raniLuvuyo Rani is both a visionary and an award winning entrepreneur. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, plus has a BTech in Business Administration – Business Studies and a B Tech Degree in Commercial Education- Economics.  Luvuyo is the director of the award winning Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a Cape Town based IT services company with over twenty branches. He has received many awards which have generated considerable media exposure.  For his extraordinary work providing access to technology, Luvuyo was named one of the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World recipients in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment. 2016 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur.

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Networking Breakfast: Thursday, 1 September 2016, Speaker: Aubrey Matshiqi: Topic: The Political landscape 2016 – 2019

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Aubrey Matshiqi, political analyst are used by private companies, fund managers, international investors, academic institutions, local and international research institutions, foreign embassies and political parties. He specialises in South African Politics with a special focus on the ANC and the Alliance, the re-alignment of opposition political politics, electoral system reform, Gender, Identity and the state of democracy in South Africa.

Before he joined the Helen Suzman Foundation as a research fellow in 2011, Matshiqi was a senior research associate at the Centre for Policy Studies.

Matshiqi is a former Mathematics, Science and English teacher and government strategist and spokesperson, and holds a degree in History and English Literature.

He is also a former member of the United Democratic Front, African National Congress and the South African Communist Party.

He writes regularly for publications in and outside South Africa. In addition, he is a regular guest on talk radio and TV News Channels both in South Africa and internationally.

He has written policy briefs, academic articles and book chapters on topics such as:
• 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 African Agenda and the UN Security

 

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Business Networking LUNCH: 28 July 2016, Speaker: Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Topic: Transformation Leadership

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Suzanne Ackerman- Berman, Transformation Director @ Pick ‘n Pay – Whilst a student at UCT, she was the first woman to chair the University Students Fund raising Rag committee and was elected vice-chair of SHAWCO.  After university, Suzanne received extensive training in supermarkets in France and UK. She settled in France, ran her own businesses in restaurants and nightclubs in a French Ski resort for 7 years. Returning to South Africa, she joined the family business as a trainee manager in fresh foods.  During her 20 years in the Company, she worked in various positions starting from Floor management, and buying, to General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility.  She founded the Small Business Incubator that seeks to address the social and economic inequalities of the past created by the Apartheid era, by providing access to the formal market for small and previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs. A passionate proponent for equality, job creation and skills development, Suzanne assists many new entrepreneurs in all aspects of business and life skills through a detailed mentorship programme that ensures their sustainability as suppliers to the broader economy.

Achievements  

  • Fellow of the First Movers Programme of the Aspen Business Institute of Management, NY.
  • Co-authored a business book with Raymond Ackerman, “A Sprat to Catch a Mackerel”, dealing with the development of entrepreneurs in South Africa.
  • Lectures local and International MBA Students of Business Ethics and Practices in South African Retail.
  • Represented Pick n Pay and South Africa at National Retail Federation conferences delivering addresses in New York, USA and Sao Paolo, Brazil.
  • Appointed as Honorary member to International Golden Key Association,
  • Melvin Jones Fellow – Lions Club International and Louis Volks Humanitarian Award
  • Honorary award for “Socially Responsible Capitalism” from IDC Herzlyia Campus, Israel, 2014
  • Inspirational Leadership Award 2015 – Rutgers School of Business , Camden
  • Speaker TEDX Berkeley, USA – Feb 2015

 

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Networking breakfast: 1 July 2016, SPEAKER: Arthur Gillis: Creativity

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Arthur-9003Arthur Gillis, Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Hospitality Holdings

In 1984, at a time when South Africa was beginning to feel the consequences of international isolation and sanctions, and when the tourism and hospitality industries faced bankruptcy and failure, Protea Hotels was launched – without a cent of capital and with just four hotels.  Under the leadership of Arthur Gillis, the Protea Hotels Group grew to over 130 hotels operating in 7 African countries, and is today the largest and leading hotel operating company in Africa.

Protea has twice been voted Africa’s Best Hotel Group at the World Travel Awards, won 3 of South Africa’s Top Hotel Brand in the South African Sunday Times/Markinor Top Brands Survey and 6 Coolest Hotel Group awards in the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards.

In 2014 Marriott International purchased Protea Hospitality Holdings’ 3 brands and management company.  Protea’s alignment with a global hospitality giant such as Marriott ensures that Protea Hospitality Group can realise its full potential and that Marriott will gain a substantial footprint in sub-Saharan Africa.

Arthur is currently the CEO of Platinum Hospitality Holdings, a leading hotel asset management company with approximately 20 hotels in South Africa, and the Non-Executive Chairman, Africa Development for Marriott International.

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Business Networking Breakfast: 27 May 2016: Speaker: Gary Kirsten Topic: Leadership Principles

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As a coach and mentorGary Profile pic to some of the greatest players in the history of cricket, Gary Kirsten has needed to understand the dynamics that would see them perform consistently over a period of time and when it mattered most. Creating a winning culture and self-belief in both the Indian and South Africa teams had been his objectives.

 

The experience and insight gained throughout his tenure as coach of both powerful test playing nations included far more than cricket itself. It is his skill for getting the best out of his players whilst maintaining their respect both on and off the field that has made him an inspirational leader.

 

Since his return from India and in between his coaching obligations, Gary Kirsten has been engaging with a variety of groups in varying forums around the world. Presenting his views on “Leadership Principles” and giving insights into how Team India were able to transform into a unit and ultimately accomplish their goal of being the number 1 cricket team in the world in all forms of cricket.

 

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Networking Breakfast: Friday, 22 April 2016, SPEAKER: Jay Naidoo

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Jay was General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions.  He then served as Minister responsible for the Reconstruction and Development Programme in President Mandela’s office and as Minister of Post, Telecommunications, and Broadcasting.  He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition headquartered in Geneva.  Jay sits on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation established to promote African development through a focus on promoting good governance. He serves in an advisory capacity for a number of international organizations including the UN Broadband Commission and the UNSG`s Lead Committee on Nutrition. He is the Patron of ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ a paleontological foundation linking archaeological sites across Africa.

He has gained many honors, including becoming the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, one of France’s highest decorations, received the ‘Drivers for Change Award’ from the Mail & Guardian, The Ellen Kuzwayo Award from the University of Johannesburg, an Honorary Doctorate Technology Degree in Engineering and the Built Environment from the Durban University of Technology.  In 2014 Jay was awarded a lifetime achievement award prize in recognition for “Democratic Governance and Development in Africa” by the Millennium Excellence Foundation based in Ghana.  Jay has returned full time to serving the communities he is involved in and upliftment of same.  He writes a blog at www.jaynaidoo.org

 

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Business Networking Breakfast: 17 March 2016: Speaker: David Grier

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David Grier – Extreme Athlete, Celebrity Chef, Inspirational speaker, Author.

After studying Hotel Management, David started a string of successful restaurants, with his most recent restaurant rated in the top 100 in SA. His success led to television and his own range of food products. David then made a name for himself when he became one of the first people to run the length of India, sending him into the record books, completing the run in 93 days. David then ran the entire length of the United Kingdom and then the great wall of China in 93 days and the entire coastline of South Africa in 80 days. He has paddled from Africa to Madagascar in 12 days and ran the entire Island of Madagascar in 67 days.

David has just launched a new project – AJUGA – a fire-resistant structure for the shack settlements in South Africa. David will be embarking on a series of journeys called ‘IGNITE HOPE’ to ‘plant seeds of hope in all these communities globally affected by fire. David is also a trustee and ambassador for Operation Smile. He has published books called Spices, Tea & Philosophy; Burnt Vanilla – A paddle to and a journey through Madagascar; Hope in Thyme – Running the Coastline of South Africa and Courage and Rice – Running the Great Wall of China.

 

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