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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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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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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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