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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: 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.

 

 

Business Networking Lunch, 28 January 2016 at 12:30, SPEAKER: FW De Klerk, TOPIC: Drawing on the past to build a future inclusive and united South Africa – my personal insights and experiences

 

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During his presidency from September 1989 until May 1994, FW de Klerk dismantled apartheid and initiated and presided over the inclusive negotiations that led to the adoption of South Africa’s first fully democratic Constitution in December 1993. Also in 1993, together with Nelson Mandela, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. After the election on 27 April 1994, Mr De Klerk served as one of South Africa’s two Executive Deputy Presidents until 1996, when his party withdrew from the Government of National Unity. He retired from active politics in September 1997. In 1999 he published his autobiography, “The Last Trek – A New Beginning” and established the FW de Klerk Foundation.

The Foundation upholds the Constitution through the work of its Centre for Constitutional Rights and promotes unity in diversity by working for cordial inter-community relations and national unity. Mr De Klerk is also the Chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, established in 2004, whose panel of former presidents, prime minsters and statesmen provides discreet advice to heads of government on issues that concern them.

 

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