Networking Business Breakfast, Friday, 22 September 2017, Speaker: Aubrey Matshiqi, Topic: Will the ANC be in power after the 2019 elections?

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.

Networking Breakfast: Friday 1 September 2017, Speaker: Dr Michael Mol, Topic: Live longer and better, guaranteed

 

 

 

 

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.

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Networking Breakfast: Friday 4 August 2017, Speaker: Sindi Mabaso Koyana, Topic: Leadership during times of turbulence

 

 

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) .

Networking Breakfast: 23 June 2017, Speaker: Lauren Gillis, Topic: It’s not what we do but WHY!

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

Networking Breakfast Friday 12th May 2017 Speaker : Ian Wason CEO of the IDM Group, South Africa’s largest debt management business

 

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.

Ian Wason is a businessman and social entrepreneur, creating several successful online financial services businesses in South Africa that educate and assist consumers with Financial Services.

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.

Networking Breakfast Friday 7th April 2017 SPEAKER ” Rhoda Kadalie TOPIC ” Where have we gone wrong & how can we go right?”

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.

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Networking Breakfast: 17 March 2017, Speaker: Adv Thuli Madonsela, Topic: Why ethical leadership will help us create the Africa we want

 


Adv. Thulisile (Thuli) Nomkhosi Madonsela is the Chief Patron of the Thuli Madonsela Foundation and a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow for the year 2017. Upon her return to South Africa, she will take up a chair in social justice at the Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University (SU).

Adv. Madonsela is the former Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa serving as the head of this Chapter Nine Institution for a seven-year term. In that time she was conferred with four honourary doctorates of law from Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare.

Adv. Madonsela has received various awards and recognition during and since her time in office as the Public Protector. She was also named amongst Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2014 and as Forbes Africa’s Person of the Year in 2016. She received Transparency International’s Integrity Award in 2014, the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) inaugural Truth and Justice Award, and recently, the Satyagraha Award at the Mahatma Gandhi Awards and the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association Rule of Law award.

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Networking breakfast: Wednesday, 22 February 2017, Speaker: DAVEY DU PLESSIS, Topic: CHOOSING TO LIVE – AN AMAZON ADVENTURE

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Paddling the mighty Amazon river,  cycling the continent of Africa and running 1000 km across South Africa, Davey takes us odavey-du-plessisn a wild, entertaining and engaging journey through his adventurous expeditions.

It was during the Amazon expedition,where Davey narrowly escaped his death and from this story he shares the resilience of the human spirit and the power within compassion.

A highly entertaining, thought-provoking and intriguing presentation, sure to leave you inspired to be more and give more.

 

 

 

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Networking Breakfast: 26 January 2017 Speaker: TONY LEON Topic: South Africa: Present tense, future imperfect

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Tony Leon, ex Member of Parliament for 20 years, thirteen as leader of the Democratic Alliance, is a trained lawyer who actively participated in the critical constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa and served as a co-chairman of the Constitutional Assembly’s Theme Committee on Fundamental rights.

 

After leaving Parliament he became the SA Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.  He consults to businesses both locally and abroad and has a special interest in risk consulting on Africa and South America and on navigating the intricacies of the booming markets of South America.

 

He is now Executive Chairman of Resolve Communications (Pty) Ltd, a South African consultancy specialising in crisis communications, reputation management, government relations and advocacy.

 

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