Business Networking Breakfast Friday 5 December TOPIC: ” If it is to be, it is up to me” SPEAKER: Barry Blomkamp

Barry Blomkamp is one of SA's top speakers and entertainers. From being a successful business man, an entrepreneur, a sportsman, a Motor Racer, and a family man all in his sighted life… To a dramatic accident in his Lotus Sports Car which very nearly killed him!

Barry qualified with distinctions as a Grade A Auto Technician in 1978 and soon realised his deep ambition of owning his own Service Station and racing a Lotus sports car. In December 1988 Barry was severely injured in a horrendous motor crash. He says he was fortunate to only lose his eye-sight. After recovering from the crash he studied Information Technology and qualified as a Computer Consultant and specialised in computers adapted for the needs of differently- abled people.

In the 90s, Barry co-founded and was Chairman of ‘Computing for Disabled Persons Special Interest Group’ which, under his Chairmanship, was honoured with the Computer Society’s “Special Interest Group of the Year” award. He has also organised and run a number of very successful conferences dealing with disability issues. Parallel to all this, Barry ran his own Public Relations and Fund Raising consultancy, quadrupling the number of guide dogs in Cape Town and Raised almost a million Rand.

Barry served on the committee of the Lighthouse Association for the Blind for 14 years, serving a term as Vice-Chairman. In 1994 he was awarded the ‘Yvonne Archer Memorial Shield’ for conquering blindness. Barry also managed this organisation for 18 months, creating and developing new business systems and up grading the levels of public awareness. Apart from his successful Turbo Talk Training public speaking business, Barry also contracts himself out as a Sales Consultant – Specialising in the sale of high-end phone systems.

Barry has been interviewed by over 10 radio stations and just some of his Clients include Afrox; Auto & General; British American Tobacco; Charter Life; City of Cape Town; Deloitte & Touche; Eskom; Indwe Risk; Institute of Credit Managers; Iscor; Maersk Shipping; Momentum Health; Murray and Roberts; Mutual & Federal; Old Mutual; Pam Golding Property; Retail Motor Industry; Safmarine; Sea Harvest; Sovereign Health; Tiger Wheel & Tyre and Vodacom.

To this day he is still very involved in the W.P. Motor Club where Barry is Deputy Chief commentator. For his perseverance and determination, he was honoured with a merit award, as well as the prestigious “Clubman of the Year” trophy and in 2004 Barry’s contribution to the W.P. Motor Club was recognised by conferring him with Honours.

This is a 6 legged, 2 eyed package which will be spoken about, long after the breakfast. Don’t miss this remarkable man and his guide dog.

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Please see attached list of attendees: TOPIC: Tactile Leadership in a Digital Age: New Ways of Producing Unexpected Results. Speaker: Jonathan Jansen

     

 Jonathan Jansen is Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State and President of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He holds a PhD from Stanford University, the MS degree from Cornell University, and honorary doctorates of education from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Cleveland State University (USA), and the University of Vermont (USA, 2014). He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World. His book Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past (Stanford 2009) was listed as one of the best books of that year by the American Libraries Association.

His new book, Schools that Work, uses video-documentaries to capture what happens inside disadvantaged schools which nevertheless produce the best results in physical science and mathematics in South Africa. He also writes popular books like Great South African Teachers (with two students), We need to talk, and We need to act (2013); and is a columnist for The Times and Die Burger. He recently was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights

 

 

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Please see attached list excluding walk in’s. Business Networking Breakfast Friday 14 June TOPIC: “How to Lead in Challenging Times” SPEAKER : DR David Molapo

Dr David Molapo, Management Consultant, Educationalist and renowned Motivational Speaker, has a unique ability to mesmerize any audience with his message of hope, providing them with the confidence and tools to change their lives and those of the people around them. He is also the host of the I CAN PROGRAM on TBN AFRICA. 

At the age of thirteen, David was imprisoned for political activities. He believes that "We are no longer prisoners of our past, but we are pioneers of our future”. He was educated in both South Africa and the United States where he obtained a Bachelor of Science, Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Religious Education. In 1994 David became a finalist for the Junior Chamber International Award of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World and in 1995 appeared on the Who’s Who of Southern Africa.

He has earned the Rotary International and Paul Harris Award, in  l999, he was awarded the prestigious PMR Silver Arrow Award as Best in Motivational, Incentive & Business Consulting as well as the African Bank Award for Exceptional Contribution to the South African Community, the Gauteng Association of Local Authorities (GALA) bestowed upon him the Bridge Builder Award. In 2004 he received the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership award for outstanding service to his community, State and Industry through communication and leadership.

He became the first black Chairperson of National Institute of Crime and the Rehabilitation of Offenders (NICRO). He has held various directorships with companies such as Dimension Data, Imperial Logistics, KATANGA Properties and Excellerate Holdings.  He also served as Chairman of Transformation for SAA. In 2007 David was appointed to the Board of Clientele Life and is currently the Chairman of the I CAN GROUP. 

He is also the author of the books I Can Counsel, Ten Exciting Keys to Success, If You Are Not Growing You Are Dying, It Takes Two To Tango and his recent release Choose To Change.

This year in 2013 Dr David Molapo became the President of the John Maxwell Company in Africa.

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Business Networking Breakfast Thursday 9 May * This list does not include the Walk in’s on the morning. TOPIC: “Setting the scene for World Design Capital 2014 and what it holds for Cape Town and South Africa from a design perspective” SPEAKER : Alayne Reesberg

 

Alayne Reesberg has been appointed as the CEO of Cape Town Design, NPC – the implementing agency for the World Design Capital 2014.

Alayne was educated at UCT and then followed a career in diplomacy, witnessing two seminal political events – the end of the Cold War that started the process of Cuban troop withdrawal out of southern Angola (and led to Namibian independence), and the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990, which saw South Africa propelled on a path to democracy.

In 1997 Alayne graduated with a Master's degree in Communication Studies, and moved to management consulting.  After graduating, she spent two years working with private equity money in dot.coms.   She joined the Microsoft Corporation at its Seattle headquarters in 2001, where she worked for six years in Bill Gates' Enterprise Division.

Her work for Gates entailed intensive relationship management between Microsoft and its 100 top enterprise accounts, touching CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and CFOs of the client companies.

From 2007 until she took up the position as CEO of Cape Town Design, she has run her own consulting company, working with many of South Africa's blue-chip corporations. She rates Cape Town, New York, Washington DC, London, Dublin, Shanghai and Paris among her personal most 'liveable' cities.

Alayne's topic will focus on: Setting the scene for World Design Capital 2014 and what it holds for Cape Town and South Africa from a design perspective. The story of the bid, the 2014 Programme, the Public Submissions process, learnings and best practice from previous WDC designates and the opportunities for WDC Cape Town to leave lasting legacies for future design and living. 

REMINDER : Business Networking Breakfast THIS Thursday 11 April TOPIC: “The Strengths Revolution” SPEAKER : Dr. Michael Mol. Please see attached list of attendees.

  

Michael Mol is a medical doctor, an executive television producer, presenter, international speaker, business consultant, company director and most notably – a husband and father of three.

He started his multi-faceted career as a medical doctor with interests in Emergency medicine and HIV management.

Fifteen years ago, whilst continuing in the medical fraternity, he carried his charisma from the casualty room over to the small screen and anchored Top Billing, South Africa’s longest running prime time television magazine program for more than a decade. He has spoken to the stars, travelled the world and shared his experiences in a personal and endearing way with a captive audience, scooping up along the way numerous critically acclaimed media awards – from scriptwriting to presenting, the most recent of which is a People’s Award for the Best TV Presenter, and the Best of Joburg’s Award for most popular TV personality (twice). A former Mr. South Africa, he is also a Red Cross Children’s Champion and a patron of SA Cares for Life and Living Hope.

Michael's passion for understanding the world around him led him to make a subtle shift in emphasis by co-founding the futurist consultancy TomorrowToday.  A shift that allowed him to devote more time to working with individuals and organizations, helping them to understand the way the world works, trends that will affect us in the future, and what to do today to be ready for them.  In particular, Michael has a passion for helping people find true significance and a holistic, balanced approach to the world they live in.  This combines his medical training, his life experiences and his business skills in a truly unique blend that sets him aside from the average motivational or inspirational communicator. He has spoken to leading companies around the world, has been nominated by South Africa’s foremost CEO’s as one of the country’s top business speakers, and was awarded a Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Speakers Association of South Africa in April 2011.

In October 2006, Michael was appointed as CEO of the Sportron International group of companies, a group focused on providing and promoting health and wellness, through ongoing education and the provision of a new generation of nutritional supplements (FoodState) that are as yet unsurpassed the world over.

In October 2010 he signed up for a new challenge – 40 hours of LIVE television a month, as anchor presenter for SABC’s latest morning show, Expresso. Then as Executive Producer and presenter he melded his passion for medicine and media into a new TV series called “Hello Doctor” which launched in April 2011 with a vision to educate, entertain and inspire South Africans to live their best life, by being the healthiest they can be. The show was renamed as “The Dr Mol Show” in April 2012 and currently has an average viewership of well over a million people.

He’s a writer and speaker that suffers from an incurable addiction … an insatiable thirst for adrenalin! From sky-diving out of a hot-air balloon, to running the bulls in Pamplona, to scuba diving under an frozen lake, to wing walking on a bi-plane, to surfing the great Zambezi white waters on a body board and bungi jumping off the highest bridge in the world backwards … there’s nothing that he would shrink back from – yet!

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REMINDER: Business Networking Breakfast Thursday 14 March 2013 TOPIC “The Best Advice I Ever Got” SPEAKER : Siya Mapoko Please see attached list of attendees

  

 Siya Mapoko is the author of " The Best Advice I Got" and "Conversations with JSE AltX entrepreneurs". He is a businessman, entrepreneur, an international speaker, seminar leader, executive speech-advisor, scientific and business researcher. Siya has researched such diverse fields as chemistry, biochemistry, MRI drug research (contrast agents), investment analysis, equity trading, and entrepreneurship.

Siya graduated from UCT with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and thereafter spent time researching his MSc thesis at GlazoSmithKline in England, focusing on contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). He joined Investec Assett Management as an Equities Trader and was also a financial markets reporter on SAfm.

Siya has spoken to thousands of people from various parts of the world and has been invited as a guest lecturer at universities and business schools in South Africa and Europe. He has been nominated for a number of business and entrepreneurship awards and in December 2010 he was honoured by The Striding Man Society, an initiative of The House of Johnnie Walker: he was named one of 30 South African Striders and featured in their book titled "Celebrating Strides".

 

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Business Networking Breakfast Friday 22nd February 2013 TOPIC: Securing Democracy, Securing Business – A Prosperous South Africa for All! SPEAKER: Marius Fransman Please attached list of delegates.

         


Marius Fransman – the South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation and the Chairperson of the African National Congress in the Western Cape province.

 

 

 

Address by Deputy Minister Marius Fransman at the Ubuntu Business Breakfast in Cape Town on, 22 February 2013, on the theme: Securing Democracy, Securing Business- Building a prosperous South Africa For All.

Programme Director;

Members of diplomatic corps;

CEO of Ubuntu Foundation, Mr Chaplain;

Members of Business Community;

Members of the Media;

Distinguished Guests;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

First and foremost I would like to express my sincere appreciation to, Mr Chaplain, for extending an invitation to me to speak at this important gathering of South Africans from different backgrounds, who are passionate about the development of our country. It is indeed an honour to be counted amongst the great speakers who spoke in your previous events. Most important, I would like to acknowledge the excellent work that the Ubuntu Foundation is doing in this country.

Owing to the untold and despicable history of our country, initiatives such as those you have embarked upon in this Foundation are necessary, since they enable us to interconnect with one another as one and united people in the spirit of Ubuntu, hence the talk of a rainbow nation. Such initiatives compliment the government endeavors of building a united, non-racial, no-sexist and prosperous South Africa. They also reaffirmed our popular mantra that ‘together we can make it and do more.”

Programme Director, one of South Africa’s illustrious sons, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has the following to say about Ubuntu and I quote:

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity”.

 

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The power and essence of Ubuntu philosophy was also noted and recognized by the USA human rights champion Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in June of 1965, when he addressed the graduating class of Oberlin College with these words and I quote:

All I'm saying is simply this: that all mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be — this is the interrelated structure of reality.

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

The topic of today’s breakfast is: Securing Democracy, Securing Business- Building a prosperous South Africa For All. This is an important and timely topic, because it makes us to stop and take stock of where we have come from and how far we have travelled as a nation in terms of creation of partnerships for the sustainable democracy. In order to do justice to the topic, we may as well ask ourselves the following philosophical questions (1) is it the only duty of the government to secure democracy or government, business and civil society;(2) What should be the relationship between the government and business in a democratic state (3) Does business have a role in a democratic state;(4) from our own experience, what has been the role of business in our democratic transition. I would like to urge you put these questions at the back of your minds within the context of Ubuntu as I proceed with the discussion.

Programme Director,

If there is a nation in this world that understands and appreciates the importance of business in building democracy, that is South African. In casting an eye over South Africa’s recent history, is the scale and growing sophistication of the business response to the key challenges facing the country, which continues to be one of the key ingredients in the fundamental transformation of the nation.

At the time when apartheid  state was reluctant to entertain any idea of talks with the African National Congress and other liberation movements, as you would recall, it was business, through the spirit of Ubuntu, that initiated a series of consultations that contributed to the country’s unfolding transition by, for example, responding to the living conditions of black South Africans in the 1970s; by brokering the first contacts between liberation movements in exile in the 1980s; by facilitating the National Peace Accord and the CODESA negotiations and the Multi Party Negotiation Process in the early 1990s; and by initiating and supporting a wide range of development programmes.

During those times, men like Christo Nel, Leon Cohen and Mike Saunders were keen to see business actively involved in the interaction between the apartheid government, beleaguered by a devaluing Rand and international sanctions, and the increasingly visible United Democratic Front (followed by the Mass Democratic Movement) as the internal arm of the banned African National Congress (ANC).

Some members of the business sector had already begun to hold meetings with progressive political leaders and had joined a group of prominent South Africans who travelled to Dakar in West Africa in 1987 to make contact with leaders of the ANC. However much the government railed, the course was set. The foundations of the apartheid status quo had cracked beyond repair. In anticipation of the intense process of social dialogue and transformation that would inevitably follow, essentially to accelerate the process of dialogue – the Consultative Business Movement (CBM) was established.

In  the  post-apartheid period, CBM merge with other business formation and  formed  National Business Initiative (NBI), which faced the complex and turbulent post-1994 realities with an avowed determination to promote increased economic growth, reduce poverty and inequality, and support effective and efficient governance

The story of the NBI and its role following South Africa’s first democratic election is powerfully illustrated by three very different examples of its products – organisations and projects that have their origins in the NBI but – in the case of two of them at any rate – have taken flight on their own.

The first example is the establishment of Business Against Crime, as a response to the high levels of crime and violence that were prevalent in the latter half of the 1990s.

The second example is the establishment of the Business Trust in 1999, at the time of the second democratic elections. The Trust was formed to demonstrate business’s continued commitment to South Africa’s new democracy, and to ensure that the business connection to government at the highest level was maintained as Nelson Mandela handed over to Thabo Mbeki as president of the country.

Unlike the first two examples, the third project overviewed has not become a separate organisation. Nevertheless, the remarkable success of the Colleges Collaboration Fund (working in the vital but neglected field of further education and training), reflects a different mode of institutionalising the work of the NBI and sustaining the impact. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have deliberately focused extensively on the historical role that the South African business played in the transition in order to demonstrate the power and the potential of business in building a better South African for all. This also sought to remind ourselves the lesson that our transition was a shared responsibility and this is what many people forget including business itself, and as a result, when something goes wrong stakeholders are quick to blame one another instead of sharing responsibilities. Marikana is a case in point here. In as much as our past success was our shared responsibility, our future should also be a shared responsibility.

Programme Director,

In spite of the many challenges facing our country, South Africa remains one of the most competitive places to do business in the world. We have one of the best policy environments in the developing world. Let me mention an example to substantiate my statement. According to the World Economic Forum's 2010-11 Global Competitiveness Report, of the BRICS countries, South Africa is the easiest place to open a business, requiring on average the least number of steps and days to open a business. I am specifically mentioning BRICS because we will be hosting the fifth BRICS Summit in few weeks time from now and we are inviting all South African business to make use of the opportunity of our membership of this group to grow their business.

This leads us to the point wherein we should ask ourselves, what has been the role of the post-apartheid democratic government in securing democracy and business and how far we have gone. In spite of the huge challenges facing our country, the record of achievements speaks on behalf of the Government of South African with regard to securing democracy. As we speak today, we have one of the most advanced constitutions in the world. This constitution as you know was a product of a social contract we have had between the state and civil society and amongst former adversaries. It was a constitution based on the spirit of compromise and consensus.

In terms of financial accountability, South Africa ranks second out of 100 countries for the transparency and accountability of its budget processes, according to the latest Open Budget Index Survey by the Washington-based International Budget Partnership.

South Africa scored 90 points out of a possible 100 points in the Open Budget Index report of 2012, standing out as one of only six countries worldwide that releases extensive budget information to the legislature and the public in general.

The African democracy institute, Idasa, works in partnership with the International Budget Partnership on the Open Budget Index. Produced by independent experts, it is the only independent, comparative and regular measure of budget transparency and accountability in the world.

According to Mo Ibrahim Index on Governance, our performance is as follows:

·        South Africa scores 71 (out of 100) for overall governance.

·        South Africa scores higher than the regional average for Southern Africa which is 59.

·        South Africa scores higher than the continental average which is 51.

·        South Africa receives its highest score in the Human Development category (77) and its lowest score in the Sustainable Economic Opportunity category (62).

Our recent report released by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is also something to be proud of as a nation trying to secure democracy. The report commended South Africa for its commitment to human rights and improving the lives of its citizens, and for the delivery of basic services such as housing, health and education.

In addition, South Africa was also praised for its leading role in the UN Human Rights Council, especially with regards the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.

Programme Director,

From the foreign policy front of which we are custodian as the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), it is crucial to mention that our foreign policy is predicated on the Ubuntu diplomacy which is outlined in the Freedom Charter declaration which was adopted in the year 1955. The charter states that “South Africa shall strive to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation- not war”.

In this regard, South Africa has always regarded Africa as the centerpiece of its foreign policy, and is mobilising a significant amount of resources towards the socio-economic awakening of the continent, peace-making and peace-building, as well as post-conflict reconstruction and development.

This is essential for us to ensure sound economic integration to enhance socio-economic conditions of our people, which is fundamental to our national interest.

For us to strengthen our African agenda, we have a responsibility to promote unity within our continent. We have successfully realised our objective in countries such as Sudan and South Sudan. In this regard, countries such as Madagascar will continue to receive our devoted attention based on our efforts of a better Africa and a better life for all.  

I would like to mention that our success of economic diplomacy will determine the extent to which SA can achieve its domestic priorities. In this regard we have identified regional integration, reform of the international trading system, and negotiating preferential access for African goods on international markets form the core of SA's economic diplomacy

Our economic diplomacy in the African continent has seen a significant increase in number of South African companies operating in the continent. These companies, in the spirit of Ubuntu, continue to shape the economic landscape of the continent by creating jobs and therefore contributing to the much needed economic development of the continent. They are indeed the important stakeholders in our foreign policy vision of creating a better Africa in a better world.

 According to Consultancy African Intelligence, by 2008, South African companies had put US$ 8.5 billion into the sub-continent, more than any other African country. Investment has occurred in a number of economic sectors and has gone beyond the traditional Southern African markets, spreading into West, East and even Central Africa, in most cases with much success. 

To the credit of South African companies, they have also ventured into investments that traditional investors from the Global North never dared to explore as they were deemed to be risky. This is clearly something we need to celebrate as it demonstrates that the better life for all transcend our borders within the spirit of Ubuntu, which simply means, I am because you are.

We gladly welcome recommendations and observations made the National Development Plan on how we should conduct our relations with other countries in the world and enhance our status in the global politics.

Programme Director,

Those are some of a few achievements made during the last 18 years of our democracy and the way ahead is long. However, we should not be complacent since we remain one of the most unequal societies in the world. South Africa constantly ranks among the most unequal nations of the world. The richest 10 percent of the population earn just over 51 percent of the country’s total income. That means the other 90 percent of the population share only 49 percent of what is earned in South Africa. The poorest 20 percent receive less than 1.5 percent. The implications of these figures are not good for the Government and business.

To borrow a quote of Leading South African Business Leader and Writer Clem Sunter

“We cannot continue to live in an island wealth surrounded by a sea of poverty"

Allow me to refer extensively to an article published recently in the business report by Pierre Heistein who is the convener of UCT’s Applied Economics. “Inequality is economically inefficient. Regardless of how much the superrich are able to buy, there is a limit to how much of their wealth they can practically use. A centralisation of wealth from the majority to a select few results in a decrease of overall demand.

It slows the circulation of money and spending, and ultimately decreases the number of jobs being created.

It also leads to political instability. When a country is characterised by an extremely rich minority and a poor majority, the richer elite inevitably has greater control over the leadership and is able to steer it to meet its own interests.

Throughout history there are examples of how leadership is violently overthrown when inequality reaches a tipping point”. Indeed this is a trend of unequal societies, not poor ones”

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Indeed these are societies whose economies remain archaic and extractive as opposed to inclusive and innovative. Conversely countries that have developed the necessary strong governance (political and economic) institutions that allow for innovation and creative destruction (of old ways of doing things) these are the countries that thrived. Similarly businesses that have also refused to change the business models – innovative destruction will lag behind creating more inequality and by implication implosion.

The mining industry and agricultural industries are a case in point where the industry continues to use outdated extractive business models creating major inequality and hence the subsequent strikes. The area of unrest has the highest income disparity. Hence, despite the economic framework and institutions in place business initially when the strike broke out rather than trying to build a partnership with workers and government in order to find an innovative and sustainable solution, it spoke past government and workers.

Thankfully we have moved beyond that. However if we want to ensure the prevention of future Marikanas and farmworker strikes in other industries all parties must begin to play its role together.

Government must ensure that it creates an enabling environment for business to prosper through strong institutions.

Business and labour must recognise that it must change its sometimes archaic business models and allow for innovation and creative destruction in order to move forward and address inequality.

Solving inequality is not about making the rich poorer. It is about preserving a system whereby a sufficient income gap exists to allow an incentive for innovation, hard work, risk taking and wealth creation, but where the pursuit of wealth is inclusive of all those involved in building it.

This profound analysis finds resonance in the words of wisdom from our globally most celebrated struggle icon, Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela when he says; I quote

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. Security for a few is insecurity for all”  

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There is empirical evidence that poverty and unjust inequality are sources of global threats to peace and stability. For us to sustain our hard won democracy and development, it is imperative to always embrace the spirit of Ubuntu in everything we do, including how we do our business in our country and elsewhere.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to argue that it is a responsibility of the all stakeholders in the country to ensure that that we together in the spirit of Ubuntu can consolidate our democracy. It is clear that democracy cannot be secured without the role of business, which is critical for the economic development. The mantra is that there can be "no freedom without development and no development without freedom”. (Amartya Sen)

One of the British famous poets, John Donne, once made the following observations: “No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main… And then he goes on toward the end to say: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” And by believing this, by living out this fact, we will be able to remain awake through a great revolution.

In conclusion ladies and gentlemen I want to believe that as social partners that is  business, government and labour, we today again begin to find in ourselves the same substantive resolve of Ubuntu we experienced in the in the 80's and 90’s between those businesses I spoke about earlier. We should encourage such social partnership that brought down the apartheid system and ushered in our democracy to come to the party again and help us to address our current economic disparities.

REMINDER : Business Networking Breakfast Friday 25 January 2013 SPEAKER : Braam Malherbe of Great Wall of China & Antarctica Expeditions TOPIC “Going the Extra Mile” Please see attached list of attendees.

                                           

Braam is an extreme adventurer, conservationist, youth developer, motivational speaker, TV Presenter and author of the best seller The Great Run.  He has an infectious energy, that is fed by his life-long passion to protect the environment and has inspired countless others to do the same!. In 2006 and again in 2008, against our countrys top medical and sport experts advice, Braam Malherbe and David Grier achieved two world first’s by running the entire length of the Great Wall of China, a distance of 4218kms, at a pace of a marathon a day for 98 days, as well as the entire coastline of South Africa, a distance of over 3200kms. Both expeditions raised in excess of R2.5 million for Operation Smile, an international charity. Braam believes that ‘desperate times call for desperate measures,’ and so, at the age of 54, completed a 768km unassisted ski-race to the South Pole with Peter van Kets in January 2012. Although only skiing for the first time 8 weeks before departing for Antarctica, they still finished in 3rd place. Besides representing South Africa in the Scott / Amundsen Centenary race, Braam featured in a  90 minute documentary highlighting the human impact on this most remote of places, and the rest of the planet in the last 100 years.

Braam presents on SABC2’s 50/50, was voted the Men’s Health 2010 Unsung Hero, named the Woolworths “My Planet” Ambassador and received the prestigious SABC3 Enviropaedia Eco Logic Award for 2012!

He continues to challenge all of us, to DO ONE THING to make a positive difference for our planet and to have something to leave our children to smile about!

 

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Register on the SAUF website (www.saubuntu.co.za)

Complete all your information and submit

You will receive a confirmation and username and password

Hereafter you simply need to register for each event you want to attend.

To register for a breakfast or event

Sign in ( Log in)  with your username and password

Click on the event you want to attend

Click on “register” and “finish”

Once you receive your invoice, you have been confirmed for the event.

Banking details as follows :

Account name:  SA Ubuntu

Bank:  First National Bank

Branch:  Adderley Street

Account number:  62269713197

Branch code: 201409

Ref :  YOUR NAME

Number 3 Speaker in the World! Rockstar Vusi Thembekwayo TOPIC : “Black Sheep” on 6th December. Please see attached list of attendees.

 

 

Dont miss Vusi Thembekwayo, a motivational and keynote speaker who speaks in 4 of the 7 continents, entertaining & inspiring over 250, 000 people from 17 different countries each year. Few motivational speakers can boast having worked with 100+ listed organizations over the past 3 years. He has developed the most enviable track record and reputation in the industry today

Ranked 1st in Africa for Public Speaking and currently 3rd position worldwide by an international public speaking body. From delivering his hit talks for the Top-40 CEO’s to inspiring the entire country as a judge on the hit TV show, One Day Leader.  

Once a salesman and highly accomplished entrepreneur, he is today the Managing Director of MOTIVAT8, a special consulting and service business, that trades internationally. For his achievements, the global premium business magazine called him “an entrepreneur extraordinaire” while the City Press dubbed him “young business genius”.

Whatever business you are in, Vusi has the magic to entertain, enthuse and inspire your team and guide them to new heights. An inspirational and fun filled look for organisations and individuals that dare to think out of the box, Vusi will outline the key pillars to success and share amazing insight and research.

  • Nelson Mandela, "A true reflection of the freedom for which we fought."
  • John Howard, Former Prime Minister of Australia, “ His talks are funny, pulsating and edge-of-the-seat stuff.”
  • Clem Sunter, Global Strategist , “Riveting Stuff.. and not one Ummmm!"

           

First time login
Register on the SAUF website (www.saubuntu.co.za)
Complete all your information and submit
You will receive a confirmation and username and password
Hereafter you simply need to register for each event you want to attend.
 
To register for a breakfast or event
Sign in ( Log in)  with your username and password
Click on the event you want to attend
Click on “register” and “finish”
Once you receive your invoice, you have been confirmed for the event.
 
Banking details as follows :
Account name:  SA Ubuntu
Bank:  First National Bank
Branch:  Adderley Street
Account number:  62269713197
Branch code: 201409
Ref :  YOUR NAME