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“Re lo abetswe, Re iKagile” Since 1995

MBK Mogotsi Construction SA (Pty) Ltd MBK Mogotsi Construction SA (Pty) Ltd is a company focusing on sizable and substantial construction and related projects, serving the public and private sector.

WHO WE ARE We are a young and vibrant proudly South African company, dominated by young talent with in-depth technical expertise. We have a vision to create and strengthen partnerships for our business internationally and within the region, thereby broadening our core service into new technology, manufacturing and related sectors.

MISSION STATEMENT To further the objectives and empowerment of women in construction and in the process provide world class service and profitable turnkey solutions for our clients.

VISION To pursue the empowerment of women in construction and related services, by demonstrating our skills in construction projects, creating jobs, alleviating poverty and nurturing sustainability MEMBERSHIP: · CIDB · NHBRC · SABTACO · MBA

REGISTRATION: · CIDB – 7GB PE · CIDB – 7CE PE

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OUR SERVICES: - Housing - Road Works - Building and Civil Works - Infrastructure and Property Developments

· 9 CE · 9 GB

Ekurhuleni Turnkey Roads R134mil

Tel: +27 12 546 6470 | Fax: +27 12 546 6374 Postal Address, PO Box 4600, Pretoria, 0001, SOUTH AFRICA Head Office: 255 General Beyers Street, Pretoria North, 0182, SOUTH AFRICA Email: info@mbkmogotsi.co.za Website: www.mbkmogotsi.co.za


Michael B.K Mogotsi (C.E.O)

Policy Conference on our doorstep. The issue is are we ready? Have we engaged enough and collected data required to change? What change do we want to see? Will it bring economic freedom in our life time? Who will be the custodians of these new policies and how best will the Conference bring these changes to our society for the benefit of our people? As a young and vibrant company we are ready to receive the results and we will carry them to Mangaung. Michael Butibuti Kenasi Mogotsi “Tlou”

Low cost Housing

Gautrain - Pretoria Station

Infrastructure & water reticulation


"We have the will and the capacity to deliver. .... let us develop our communities"

STATUTORY REGISTRATIONS CIDB No : 177084 CIDB Grades : 7GB, 5CE NHBRC No : 14482

THE COMPANY Umpheme Development (Pty) Ltd is an independent Black Owned Company. Its development activities are currently wide-spread across the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Province. THE BUSINESS Our major focus is Building and Civil Engineering Construction i.e. Commercial, Industrial and Residential housing, Roads, Water and Sewer networks, Stormwater and maintenance driven by a strong management team of professionals, engineers, administrators and accountants. This team has the will and capacity to deliver.

NEW BUSINESS VENTURES Supplementary to our core business, Umpheme is constantly seeking opportunities to expand into related businesses e.g. the manufacture of building materials and the distribution thereof. JOINT VENTURES AND PARTNERSHIP Umpheme is currently and will continue into the future to work with reputable partners to enhance the deliver of its products to their clients.

P O Box 1937 ♦ Durban ♦ 4000 ♦ 16 Imvubupark Place ♦ Riverhorse Valley ♦ Durban ♦ KZN ♦ 4017


Awarded the FIRST prize as : KZN Subsidy Builder of 2009 KZN Best Informal Settlement Upgrade Project Category of 2012

Umpheme Development (Pty) Ltd is made-up of the following components. 

Housing Development.

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Project Management and Facilitation.

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Subsidy Administration for Government Grant

SUB-DIVISION WITHIN UMPHEME 

UMPHEME CRETE Supplying of ready-mixed concrete and blocks to various projects and general public.

Housing. 

Sales Administration for Affordable and Middle-Income Housing.

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Quantity Surveying & Procurement.

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Building & Civil Engineering Construction.

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Material supply and Management Accounting.

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Financial Accounting.

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HR and Administration.

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OUR VISION

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OUR MISSION

To attain excellence in the provision of construction and civil engineering works.

To put our clients first in the development and provision of high quality housing and infrastructure at affordable prices.

OUR VALUES To maintain the highest level of professionalism, integrity, honesty and fairness in our dealings with all our stakeholders and staff.

Tel : (031) 569-3700 ♦ Fax : (031) 569 3711 ♦ E-mail : info@umpheme.co.za


Fastmove Electrical has 15 years of knowledge and experience. We are proud of our CIDB grading status which is a clear indication to our clients that we comply with statutory requirements in meeting such aspects as Safety and Quality. Specialising in Electrical and Mechanical work, we also do Building Services and Civil Engineering. Our portfolio includes projects for Eskom; Power Stations, Municipalities, Government Departments, Commercial Buildings and Private Dwellings. Projects running concurrently throughout South Africa include the installation of electrical equipment, maintenance of medical equipment, air conditioning systems, power lines and is supply and installation of generators. Fastmove Electrical a leading supplier of quality Electrical; Mechanical,

Civil (Including Water) Building Services throughout Some of and the major projects we are with proudoperati to have ons undertaken are: South Africa. We install, do main• Major Mechanical Works at 1the Military Hospital, tenance and supply in all stated areas. • Repair and Maintenance of Electrical Infrastructure at Waterkloof Air Base, • General Building at Raymond Mhlaba Chamber,

We haveHigh been in existence since 1996 servicing Government Departments and Parastatals • 33/11/kv Voltage Substation Construction in McClear with a 100% successful completion of all projects. We take pride in our people and are grateful for their contribution to the success of Fastmove Electrical for over a decade.

Fastmove Electrical is 100% black owned and one of the few companies that does infrastructure and overhead power lines. SERVICES THAT WE OFFER: HEAD OFFICE • Electrical Supplies, Installations & Maintenance

236 Main Avenue, Ferndale,

Randburg Our CIDB Grading is testimony to our pride in delivering quality work for all projects under• Air Conditioning & Ventilation Installation P. O. Box 3955, Randburg, 2125, taken since incepti on of the company and within budget while observing set safety stanJohannesburg, • Security Systems Africa dards as well as implementing a formalised QualitySouth Management System in accordance with • Supply & Installation of Generators Tel: (011) 326 3054/69 ISO9001-2000. Fax: (011) 326 2029 • Building & Civil Works • Low voltage (LV), high voltage (HV) and underground

Email: fastmove@wbs.co.za

CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) Grading is as follows; reticulation. TECHNICAL OFFICE • Sub Stations, Mini-Substations and Protection

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8 EP PE

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• Steam Reticulation and Hot Water Generation

CIDB GRADING 8 EP PE PE PE 8GB PE » 8 8MEGB

7 EB PE

6 CE PE

Our qualified technical team has an average of 20 years experience and include Professional Mechanical, Civil and » Engineers. 7 EB PE Electrical

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Plot 47 Mountain Drive, Lammermoor, Lanseria Tel: (011) 326 3054

REGIONAL OFFICES •East London – Tel: (043) 7210 938/9 Fax: (043) 7210 520 •Port Elizabeth – Tel: (041) 365 0271 •Queenstown – Tel: (045) 838 9718/43

www.fastmove.co.za

HEAD OFFICE 236 Main Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg P. O. Box 3955, Randburg, 2125, Johannesburg, South Africa Tel: (011) 326 3054/69 Fax: (011) 326 2029 Email: fastmove@wbs.co.za REGIONAL OFFICES • East London – Tel: (043) 7210 938/9 Fax: (043) 7210 520 • Port Elizabeth – Tel: (041) 365 0271 • Queenstown – Tel: (045) 838 9718/43


Linda Security has over 10yrs experience in the security industry and proud of the service we offer our clients. Our company aims in helping Organizations to reduce the rate of crime by providing an excellent quality Security Service. To help the unemployed by creating employment so as to maintain their family and be able to meet the basic family needs. OUR SERVICES: • Security Services • Risk Analysis, Special Events • Private Investigations, • Armed And Unarmed Security Officers, • Armed Response, Undercover Officers, • Vip Protection, Retail Security, • Dog Handlers and Vehicle Patrol Services. • Co-Ordination With Local Authorities (Bomb Disposal Units, Ambulance, Fire, Saps) • Nb: We Provide Services To Government, Parastatals, Private Sectors, Industrial, Commercial Departments .

CLEANING SERVICES Carpet cleaning, Window cleaning, Road sweeping, Deep cleaning House keeping, Parking Areas, Car wash, Kitchen & Dinning Areas Special events cleaning etc. Our general and specialised cleaning is provided to industries as diverse as: Office building, Hospitals, Hotels, Industrial facilities, Educational Campuses (University, Schools, Technikon etc), Office and Office parks, Retail stores, Shopping complexes, Corporate Offices And other required cleaning services. CONTACT DETAILS Head Office: N0 50 Barkston Drive, Blairgowrie 2194 Postal Address: P.O. Box 3955, Randburg 2125 Tel No: +27 (11) 888-9363/4/5, +27 (11) 86 011 9363. Fax No: +27 (11) 86 661 0267/ +27 (11) 11 888-9366 Email: Lindasecurity@Wbs.Co.Za, Website: Www.Lindasecurity.Co.Za Regional Offices: Eastern Cape: No 36, 6Th Avenue, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth , 0520, Tel : 041 364 1248, 041 364 167 No. 17 Tait Road, Baysville , Eastlondon ,5201, Tel : 043 721 0699/0939, Fax 043 721 0520 No. 67 Grey Street, Queenstown,5220, Tel : 045 838 9743,045 838 9781 Limpopo: No 60 Mabel Street, Duiwelskloof, 0835, Tel 086 011 9363, Fax 086 661 0267 Mpumalanga: No 35A Burhrman Street, Ermelo, 2350 , Tel/Fax 017 811 3241 Northwest: No. 101 Keurboom Street, Stilfontein, 2550, Tel/Fax 018 484 1705/6


Amaloba Horticultural Services (Pty) Ltd

Service Is Our Game • Interior Plant Maintenance and Installation • Landscaping Design and Installation • Irrigation Design and Installation • Sports and Turf Maintenance (Golf courses and sports fields) • Landscaping Maintenance • Hard works construction which includes stepping stones, ornamental walls, paving, rock design/art and water features • Garden mowing and renovations through splitting and dividing of existing plant material • Weeds eradication • Maintenance of paved areas • Tree-felling and pruning Amaloba Horticultural Services (Pty) Ltd, was established during 1999 as a bona fide Black Empowerment Business. It was founded by Mr Godfrey Masegela who has been in Plants Company Industry for many years and has gained considerable credibility in this field. The business is owned by Godrey Masegela and Esrom Chokoe. The provision is to increase the option to include more black empowerment individuals including women as the company grows. Future plans also include an employee trust which will include low-income employees in equity participation of the company. Affiliation: Amaloba Horticultural Services (Pty) Ltd is an active member of the following organizations: South African Landscaping Institute (SALI) Interior Plantscapers Association (IPSA) Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) – Grade 1 AgriSeta Amaloba Horticultural Services (Pty) Ltd 122 Koedoe Road, Laezonia (012) 669 9922/3/4 | (012) 669 9925| 082 905 0831 godfrey.masegela@amaloba.co.za | andiswa@amaloba.co.za www.amaloba.co.za


MESSAGE | PRESIDENT

Celebrating 100 years of seless struggle

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he celebration of the centenary of the African National Congress is reaching its midpoint. As the centenary flame makes its way across the country, communities are choosing to mark this historic moment in different ways. Some are organising activities that focus on local development. Others have identified sites of historic significance that can stand as permanent reminders of the struggles and sacrifices that brought about our democracy. Some communities have organised discussions to consider the significance of the events of the last 100 years, and what lessons they hold for the future. A common message that has emerged from all these activities is that this titanic struggle to bring about a free South Africa was possible only because of the selfless

sacrifices of so many people. The struggle for democracy was fuelled by an unrelenting desire to be free, but it owes its success to the selflessness with which it was pursued. As we celebrate this centenary, we are mindful of the sacrifices made by those who took up the struggle. Many of our people lost their lives. Many were harassed, detained and tortured. Many spent long years in prison. Others were forced into exile. Families were torn apart, and children grew up without parents. It is because of what these people endured that we are able to mark this centenary in a free South Africa. It is because of their sacrifices that all South Africans are now able to express their views freely, to organise openly and to pursue their political aspirations without fear of suppression. And yet, the struggle continues. Although we have a constitution that guarantees equal rights to all, we have much to do to ensure that all our people are able to enjoy these rights. While we have achieved political emancipation, we still need to empower our people economically. We need to continue the struggle against unemployment, poverty and inequality. We need to build non-racialism, non-sexism and equality in practice. Thanks to the struggles waged by those who came before us, as we continue this effort, we are able to do so without the fear of harassment, imprisonment or death. We have entered a new era, where we are not called upon to risk such experiences. Yet, although the struggles of the present do not demand of us such sacrifices, they nevertheless require a similar commitment to selflessly serve the people. Particularly now, when the prospects for individual advancement are greatly improved, it is just as important for those engaged in struggle to place the interests of social progress above narrow personal gain. The opportunity that people now have to improve their situation is a valuable

achievement of the democratic transition. But, if we want to build a better society, we cannot allow the pursuit of individual advancement to overtake the culture of selflessness on which this movement was built. At all times, we need to ensure that our individual contributions and our collective actions are focused on the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans. That needs to be our approach, both within the movement and in broader society. As much as business seeks to grow and improve profitability, it needs to appreciate the significant contribution it needs to make towards achieving a more prosperous and equitable society. For growth to be sustainable, and for business to thrive, all South Africans need to prosper. This means that businesses need to consider their broader social impact. They need to be mindful of their responsibility to their workers, to communities, to the environment and to other stakeholders. We need to avoid a culture of short-term thinking, where this quarter’s profits are more important than being able to sustain the value of the business for many years to come. That is why the ANC values the participation of so many business people in the Progressive Business Forum. It illustrates a commitment that extends beyond the immediate confines of the company to encompass the broader challenge of economic and social progress. It demonstrates a commitment to the achievement of a better life for all South Africans. As we celebrate 100 years of selfless struggle, let us also ensure that in everything we do, we will continue to selflessly serve the people of South Africa.

Jacob G. Zuma

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ANC | who’s who

Inside Luthuli House An introduction to the ANC leadership

President Jacob Zuma Jacob Zuma was born in 1942 in Inkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Influenced by a trade unionist family member, he became involved in politics at an early age, joining the ANC in 1959. He became an active member of Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1962, following the banning of the ANC in 1960. While on his way out of the country in 1963, he was arrested with a group of 45 recruits near Zeerust and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment on Robben Island. After his release, Zuma helped mobilise internal resistance and was instrumental in the re-establishment of ANC underground structures between 1973 and 1975 in the then Natal. He left South Africa in 1975 and became a member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) in 1977. By the end of the 1980s he was Head of the ANC Intelligence Department. Following the unbanning of the ANC in February 1990, he was one of the first ANC leaders to return to South Africa to begin the process of negotiations. In 1991, at the first ANC conference held in South Africa since 1959, he was elected the Deputy Secretary General. After the 1994 elections, Zuma was appointed MEC of Economic Affairs and Tourism in KwaZulu-Natal. In December 1994, he was elected ANC National Chairperson. He was elected ANC Deputy President in December 1997. He served as Deputy President of South Africa from 1999 to 2005. He was elected ANC President in December 2007. He was sworn in as the fourth President of a democratic South Africa on 9 May 2009.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe Kgalema Motlanthe was born in 1949. At school he was influenced by the ideologies of the Black Consciousness Movement and Steve Biko. In 1976 he was detained for 11 months for furthering the aims of the ANC. He was again arrested in 1977 and sentenced to 10 years on Robben Island. After his release in 1987 he served as an organiser and later as General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers. He was elected ANC Secretary General at its Mafikeng conference in 1997, and ANC Deputy President at its Polokwane conference in 2007. In July 2008 he was appointed Minister in the Presidency. From September 2008 to May 2009 he served as President of South Africa. He is currently the Deputy President of South Africa.

National Chairperson Baleka Mbete Baleka Mbete was born in Durban in 1949. In 1974 she joined the KwaMashu Youth Organisation, a NAYO affiliate. She taught English and Afrikaans at Isibonelo High in 1974 and 1975 and was picked up by the police a number of times in 1975 and 1976. She joined the ANC in May 1976 and went into exile. She worked in the ANC’s Department of Information and Publicity and the ANC Women’s Section. Following the unbanning of the ANC, she was Secretary General of the ANC Women’s League from 1991 to 1993. She was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee in 1994. She served as Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in the first democratic parliament in 1996 and became Speaker in 2004. She was elected ANC National Chairperson in December 2007. She served as Deputy President of South Africa from September 2008 to May 2009.

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ANC | who’s who

secretary General Gwede Mantashe Gwede Mantashe was born in the Transkei village of Cala. His political activist life began in the Student Christian Movement where he chaired its Western Transkei structures. He joined the National Union of Mineworkers while working at Matla Coal in 1982. From 1985 to 1988 he was NUM Regional Secretary in Witbank, and then served as the union’s National Organiser until 1993. From 1994 to 1998 he was Assistant General Secretary, becoming General Secretary in 1998. He stepped down in May 2006, and was appointed an Executive Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. In 2007 he was elected Chairperson of the South African Communist Party and was elected ANC Secretary General in December 2007.

Deputy secretary General Thandi Modise Thandi Modise was born on Christmas Day in 1959 in Huhudi township near Vryburg. In 1976 she slipped over the border into Botswana and was later transferred to Angola where she received training at Nova-Katenga and Funda camps. In 1978 she returned to South Africa and was arrested in 1979. She was released in 1988. Modise served on the ANC Women’s League National Executive Committee from 1991 until 1993, when she was elected the league’s Deputy President. She was chair of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence in Parliament from 1998 to 2004. She then served as Speaker in the North-West Provincial Legislature. She was elected ANC Deputy Secretary General in December 2007.

Treasurer General Mathews Phosa Mathews Phosa was born in 1952 in Mbombela township, Nelspruit. Having matriculated with a distinction in agricultural science, Phosa studied law at the then University of the North. He graduated, completed his articles and started a legal firm. He was a leader in the campaigns to resist the incorporation of KaNgwane into Swaziland. He also led the rent boycotts in the Eastern Transvaal. It was during this time, in the early 1980s, that he joined Umkhonto we Sizwe and the ANC underground. Phosa underwent political and military training in the former East Germany, from where he became the Regional Commander for MK in Mozambique. Phosa returned from exile in 1990, one of the first ANC members to return to begin the pre-negotiations talks with the government. He headed the legal section of the ANC’s Department of Constitutional and Legal Affairs. Following the 1994 elections, Phosa became the first Premier of Mpumalanga. In business since 1999, he has served in the Chambers of Commerce and Industry South Africa, the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut and Business Unity South Africa. He is chair of the council of UNISA. He was elected ANC Treasurer General in December 2007.

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LETTERS | CO-EDITORS

Letter from the Co-editors

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s anticipated, 2012 has proved to be an action-packed year of much significance for the ANC, marking as it does its milestone centenary year. The vibrant centenary launch events in Manguang before and after 8 January 2012 caught the world’s attention and since then the pace has not slackened due to the varied and geographically spread celebratory events dynamically driven by our national chairperson Cde Baleke Mbete and her team. On an intellectual level, the series of lectures on successive leaders has provided much food for thought and given stimulating perspectives regarding the road ahead. On a symbolic level, apart from many innovative local celebrations, the movements of the symbolic torch of freedom criss-crossing our country has been the focus, with the highlight being its visit to our beloved Madiba at his home in Qunu (see pg 32) reminding us all of his huge role in South Africa’s history.

ANC Centenary Book: Unity in Diversity: 100 years of ANC Leadership (1912-2012) A highlight of the anniversary events thus far has been the launch of the coffee table publication covering the history of the 12 national leaders of the ANC since its formation. The book was

unveiled in Cape Town on 8 February 2012 by the National Chair and Head of the Centenary Organising Committee, Cde Baleke Mbete, by the Secretary General in Sandton, the Treasurer General in Durban and most recently in London, where it was presented to British political leaders and the Speaker of the UK Parliament for use in the House of Commons Parliamentary Library. Without exception the highly acclaimed limited edition book has been well received and will be on sale at the ANC Policy Conference at the end of June 2012. This issue of Progressive Leader attempts to capture the range and variety of PBF activities thus far in 2012, but the sheer volume of what has been taking place makes it difficult to do justice to it all. Fortunately, a committed reader of this issue of Progressive Leader (no. 8) will see the evidence first-hand of the dynamism and vibrancy of the ANC’s programme of dialogue and its engagement with the business sector, nationally, continentally and globally. Please enjoy. Renier Schoeman and Daryl Swanepoel CO-EDITORS

Renier Schoeman

Daryl Swanepoel

Co-Editors: Renier Schoeman and Daryl Swanepoel Managing editor: Elizabeth Donaldson Chief Albert Luthuli House 54 Sauer Street Johannesburg 2001

Art director: Tumi Sibambo Graphic designer: Buyisiwe Dlamini Contributors: Steyn Speed, Loren Shirley-Carr and Lynne Yates Progressive Leader is published by Ballyhoo Media. Opinions expressed in Progressive Leader are not necessarily those of Ballyhoo Media or the Progressive Business Forum. No responsibility can be accepted for errors, as all information is believed to be correct at the time of going to print. Copyright subsists in all work in this magazine. Any reproduction or adaptation, in whole or in part, without written permission of the publishers is strictly prohibited and is an act of copyright infringement which may, in certain circumstances constitute a criminal offence.

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Residential, Community, Educational & Commercial Projects Established in 2000, Mthulisi Msimang Arichitects CC is a blackowned and managed practice that responds to the needs of its community with architecture that interprets the social, climatic and political context unique to South Africa. We are service orientated, and committed to the highest professionalism. Members of the practice are vastly experienced, having worked within commercial, residential and community projects in both rural and urban settings. Conceptual design, development and technical documentation are all offered and fully computerised. This allows projects of any nature, scale and location to be processed speedily. Realistic viewing of projects early in their design phase is also possible through the company’s advanced three-dimensional graphic technology. ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES OFFERED - Investigation, evaluation, consultation and advice; - Planning, schematic and preliminary studies - Design development - Working drawings and specifications - Technical co-ordination of the work of specialist consultants - Contract administration and site inspections We also endeavour to work in close collaboration with the client, consultants and other key stakeholders within each project, as we value consultation and make it one of our central philosophies. We were also one of the firms appointed for the design and construction of both the New Durban Stadium for the 2010 world cup and the New Durban International Airport.

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PL | CONTENTS

Inside Progressive Leader 70

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LETTERS 9 12

GURUS

Letter from the President Letter from the Co-editors

CENTENARY FOCUS 24 28 32 34

With Gwede Mantashe The story of Waaihoek Presentation to Nelson Mandela ANC book launch

FEATURES 44 56 62 70

PEOPLE 50 76 114 116

Infrastructure: Mining The Taj Hotel in Cape Town City focus: Mzunduzi Cultural legacy: Gandhi

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Barbara Njapha: Education Gqibelo Dandala: Gender Dumisani Bomela: Health Christo Botes: Business Joe Matimba: Environment

REGULARS 10 16 60 81 82 100 128

Inside Luthuli House About the PBF PBF give back News from Parliament PBF global PBF networking events Parting shot

Political profile: Achmat Dangor Entrepreneurs: PBF people in business Tribute to the late Cde Roy Padayachie Tribute to the late Cde Sicelo Shiceka

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PBF | ABOUT

Join the Progressive Business Forum

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ince 1994, the ANC-led government has worked tirelessly to transform the South African economy, through fundamental macro-economic reforms, into a robust and vibrant economy characterised by good monetary and fiscal policy. The result has been a prolonged period of uninterrupted economic growth unprecedented in the history of the country. The sound financial system created by the ANC-led government has also helped to protect South Africa from the worst of the global banking, housing and credit crisis, and in a period when others are experiencing or projecting recession, South Africa is less exposed. Effective communication between government and the business community has been vital to the economic successes we have achieved in the past. This has traditionally been conducted at the formal level through entities such as Nedlac and with organised business groups. Now, in order to continue facilitating effective and vital communication between government and all sectors and sizes of business, the ANC would like to invite you to join our business group, the Progressive Business Forum (PBF), formed in 2006 with the primary objective of creating an ongoing dialogue between the ANC and the business community.

Benefits to participants

Sustained economic growth and prosperity requires ongoing dialogue between the business community and the country’s policymakers. The PBF provides you and your business concerns with the opportunity to contribute to that dialogue by sharing your aspirations and concerns. As a participant you will be part of an informal mechanism for frank and open discussion between the business community and ANC government leaders. As a member of the PBF, you will:

• be invited to intimate and exclusive events organised specifically for the PBF that will be structured in a way that maximises honest two-way discussion; • enjoy an effective platform to get a clear understanding of government policy as it affects you and an opportunity for you to express your views and explain the impact of government policy on your business; • receive information bulletins and documents from our policy team; • have the opportunity to join ANC-led international trade missions and conferences, enabling you to promote your products and services internationally; • save money with specially negotiated discount schemes for PBF participants on various products and services, including discounted airfares; • be able to participate in our Growth Assist Programme, which has been designed to support you in growing your business by giving you access to complimentary training and consultations and exposing you to experts on a variety of relevant subjects such as business growth strategies, tax management, financial management and so forth; • be able to attend regular courses presented under the SMME training programme; and • have access to a PBF participants-only helpdesk for advice and guidance from experienced staff and consulting associates.

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MKhacani Construction At MKhacani Construction we pride ourselves in delivering only the best service to our clients BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE � � �

Construction of new building structures Renovation of existing building Construction of multi purpose sports complex, housing developments, school and clinics

CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION � � �

Construction of gravel and bitumen surfaced roads Sewer and water reticulation projects Bulk water supply road and stormwater control

Postal Address: PO Box 3990 Giyani 0826 Physical Address: Limpopo province Thohoyandou 2010 Centre Task hotel drive D18

Tel: 015 962 1570 | Fax: 015 962 1571 | E-mail: mkhacani@telkomsa.net


PBF | Update

an eventful year It is difficult to believe that we are already halfway through 2012, the centenary year of the ANC. It is certainly proving to be an exciting and eventful year.

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prestigious publication has been very well received. Proceeds from the sale of the book go towards the costs incurred on the centenary celebrations. PBF participating companies are urged to get hold of copies thereof – only a limited number have been printed and promise to become valuable collector’s items. The PBF has also, since the last issue of Progressive Leader, received a number of incoming trade delegations, inter alia from Hubei province in China and from Vietnam. In turn the PBF, accompanied by Deputy Arts & Culture Minister, Joe Phaahla, also led a very successful trade delegation to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and in June, Godfrey Oliphant, the Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources, accompanied another large PBF delegation to South Korea where companies participated in Africa Business Week hosted by the Korea Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra). In May Dr Mathews Phosa was the guest speaker at a PBF Business and Investment Forum in London, United Kingdom. This event was well attended, with UK business people and political and community leaders being afforded an opportunity to directly engage the ANC on its plans for South Africa. This platform provides a good opportunity for the ANC to promote business confidence in South Africa, and Dr Phosa’s visit also received wide and favourable media coverage. During the course of the week he also engaged various other stakeholders, including the Chairperson and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Rt

Hon Harriet Harman, and the parliamentary caucus of the Labour Party as well as the UK Minister for Development Aid, Stephen O’Brien MP. Much more can be reported on, such as the training and growth assist activities, the various publications, trade facilitation, etc., but space limitations preclude. The PBF’s immediate focus now is to host the business programme alongside the ANC National Policy Conference being held from 25-29 June 2012. A powerful programme of dialogue is planned, with the PBF BRICS Colloquium, a Presidential Gala Dinner, a series of business breakfasts with Ministers from the economic cluster forming the backbone thereof, exhibitions and a business lounge as elements thereof. Take-up by the corporate sector has been significant and encouraging, and bodes well for the partnership for dialogue between them and the ANC, which we believe is crucially important to ensure cohesion in the economic development of the country. Finally, housekeeping: Once again we urge participants to ensure that their contact details in the PBF’s database are correct. If so, you should be receiving a barrage of invitations and other communications in the coming months. If not, then there is something wrong, which should be rectified through the PBF Helpdesk on telephone number 021 422 4422. Thank you for your continuing support and participation. We look forward to working with you during the second half of 2012. <

s we start preparing for Mangaung it is becoming more apparent by the day how important it is for our movement to be in dialogue with the communities we serve. From a business perspective, the economic transformation issues being debated by the ANC have dominated so much of the news. In the run-up to the important National Policy Conference to be held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Gauteng, the policy discussion documents prepared by the ANC have tackled issues such as economic transformation, the role of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and development finance institutions, and the country’s mineral resources. The PBF, in its publication, Dialogue, brought these important policy issues to the attention of its participants, along with a call for their input. Few parties in the world are so open to the broader input of civil society into its policy development processes as the ANC, whose commendable inclusive approach is something often overlooked by commentators. On the programme front much has happened in our ranks. Following the January celebrations a series of PBF networking events were held in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, with the Unity in Diversity book published by the Progressive Business Forum being launched in Cape Town by the National Chairperson, Cde Baleka Mbete, in Johannesburg by Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and in Durban by Treasurer General Mathews Phosa. This


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Japan fall into this category. However, nuclear power requires an abundance of technically skilled people and sophisticated regulatory systems, putting it beyond the immediate reach of many countries. Regional electricity grids and continental gas pipelines are an increasingly important development. Germany can close nuclear power stations because it can import gas from Eastern Europe and nuclear power from France. But, just as easily, Russia can turn the gas taps off to a politically non-compliant Ukraine. However, many countries do not have the option of tapping into power imported from their region. South Korea is an obvious example, where a hostile northern neighbour prevents access to the Chinese grid. South Africa’s neighbours are less economically developed than we are, putting us in an isolated position with respect to power generation too. The rule of thumb has traditionally been that it is safe for a country to import power up to a level equal to its reserve margin, meaning that it is buffered against the caprices of its neighbours. There are about 400 nuclear power reactors in operation throughout the world. In over 60yrs of generation of power from nuclear, there have been three major


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industry effort to prepare for the new build program. The association has currently 48 members, from small to large companies, including manufacturers, construction companies, service providers, teaching and research institutions, and international vendors of nuclear power plants. In this regard two key studies have been concluded by the industry association, one on the SA industry capabilities relative to the nuclear build program, and the other on skills requirements for the nuclear build program. Over 60 local companies participated in the industry capabilities study which revealed certain key issues which the industry needs to address in our preparation for the new build program. Our country has a track record of having successfully participated in major infrastructure build programs such as the World Cup 2010 stadiums, Gautrain project, etc, and some of the local companies were in the past involved in the construction of our Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. Our member companies have started to prepare to build capacity for localization of certain components and services for the nuclear program. Several international vendors of nuclear power plants have recently presented their technologies to the local nuclear industry and expressed their desire and readiness to assist with skills development and to localize their technologies. It is expected that the approach for localization will be a progressive one as we build the nuclear plants based on the degree of industrial complexity. Localization is a key and major requirement for the nuclear build program. The SA nuclear program will be one of the largest programs ever undertaken in this country (about ten times more than the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;arms dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;), and the government has clearly indicated the importance

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Taking the lead The government has made education one of its top priorities and skills development is the central focus for every workplace. BarBara Njapha explains how the principals Management Development programme will help improve our schools.

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The consortium is pleased to report Grade 12 performance improvements by PMDP participating schools: • The PMDP pilot high schools in 2009 have improved by an average of 17,9 percent to date compared with an improvement of 10,5 percent in KZN and 7,7 percent nationally over the same period. • The first post-pilot cohort of schools in 2010 has improved on average by 12,4 percent in the last two years against the KZN average of 4,4 percent. • The second cohort in 2011 achieved an average 5,9 percent improvement against an average decline in KZN of -2,6 percent. • The overall average annual PMDP schools improvement, over and above the KZN average for the period 2009-2011, is 7,4 percent. In 2010, an independent assessment by Perold & Associates concluded that, according to interviews with principals and ward managers, PMDP supports culture change in schools in the following ways: • It increases the accountability of the principal to the school’s stakeholders and staff. • It creates better communication within participating schools, which impacts on relationships between the principal, the school management team and staff; the principal and the governing body; as well as between the principal and learners. • It promotes the monitoring of teacher and learner attendance so as to improve the quality of the learning environment. • It promotes teamwork and enhances shared responsibility. These outcomes are in line with the objectives of the programme, which are to rapidly upgrade the management skills of principals through a highly practical, output-based approach; strengthen the

communication between the three critical management layers of a school; improve the support and coaching skills of ward managers and other Education Department officials; develop sustainable professional learning communities and to build a private-public funding and delivery model. PMDP is run over eight months, comprising residential workshops and on-site mentoring around real school challenges, and covers six modules based on core management competencies. “The programme is in the process of being rolled out nationally and we are happy to engage with senior departmental officials who are interested in implementing PMDP in their provinces,” adds Njapha. <

he Department of Education’s 2010-2013 Strategic Plan for Basic Education sets out six key objectives aimed at addressing its critical education challenges. A core objective is ‘developing school leadership,’ which recognises the key role that principals play in effective management of schools in order to create the conditions through which quality teaching and learning can take place. Yet it is widely acknowledged that the vast majority of school principals in South Africa have not had adequate training or development to be in a position of leadership and school management. Based on corporate sector management training, a rapid applied schools management programme has been developed and piloted by a privatepublic partnership, in conjunction with the Department of Education, to address this need. The Principals Management Development Programme (PMDP) is a school improvement programme aimed at principals, ward managers and school management teams. “While leadership and good management of schools is a country critical issue, PMDP is the only large-scale, fast track applied skills programme being offered to principals in South Africa,” says Barbara Njapha, Director for Performance Solutions Africa and PMDP Project Manager. “Furthermore, the programme demands that every participant is visited at their school for coaching and the successful implementation of this across 617 schools at a time can really be attributed to our dedicated team of facilitator/coaches who work passionately to achieve the results we see.” The programme has been piloted at over 1,200 schools in KwaZulu-Natal over three years, 2009-2011, and has received incredible participant feedback as well as improving overall pass rates. It is delivered by a consortium of three organisations, namely University of KwaZulu-Natal, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Performance Solutions Africa.

Barbara Njapha is a Director of Performance Solutions Africa, a performance improvement organisation. With a BCom in Industrial Psychology, a background in HR and currently working on her MBA, Barbara is passionate about leadership and education as critical cornerstones to the development of South Africa. Her role in PMDP is one of large-scale project management, facilitation and coaching.


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One century

The centenary of the ANC is both an opportunity to commemorate our people’s perseverance and to celebrate their victory over colonialism, racially driven oppression and imperialism, writes GWEDE MANTASHE, ANC Secretary General

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n integral component of the centenary remembrances and celebrations is the recognition of an illustrious liberation history and the heritage of an unselfish pursuit of something better by the majority of our country’s people. Social institutions are defined as those institutions that become part of something with a social objective and a degree of permanence, that exceed individual lives and intentions, and that are associated with the establishment and enforcement of rules in terms of which human behaviour takes place. In its 100th year, the ANC as social institution is fundamentally an integral, permanent phenomenon in our social milieu; a mirror image of the South African society. Therefore, it is also necessary for the ANC to look beyond the milestone of its centenary and ask itself: which ANC characteristics are the most necessary ones to be developed for our community to progress? A central value of the ANC since its foundation has been the unity of all South Africans. The ANC acknowledges the diversity of South Africans, but our predecessors always strongly cherished the ideal of unity in South Africa. From this arises the values that are enshrined in the Freedom Charter, namely of a truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and united South Africa. This is the ideal to which we should all commit ourselves, no matter what our ideological or party-political preferences. This is the humane value system that

Chief Albert Luthuli tried to express when he said: “Here in South Africa we are not a homogeneous community, not as far as race and colour are concerned nor, possibly, even concerning culture. It has been suggested that… in a community like ours, diverse in many respects, you can’t hope to share democracy. “But I personally believe that here in South Africa, with all our diversities of colour and race, we will show the world a new pattern for democracy. What is important is that we can build a homogeneous South Africa on the basis not of colour but of common values.”

Education is the solution

Throughout its history, the ANC has been able to adapt to changing circumstances, and it has always had strong intellectual abilities at its disposal. These characteristics have enabled the ANC to overcome comprehensive challenges. South Africa is being confronted with many big challenges, particularly concerning inequality, poverty and unemployment. Brave steps and critical thinking are necessary to overcome these weaknesses. The solution is to invest in education – particularly in research and development – so that we can find answers for the contradictions and deficiencies within our community. This will require a shared social contract for and by all South Africans if we, as a country, want to build a better life for all and a truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and united South Africa. 25


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to time, the ANC leadership should be inspirational, visionary and unifying – the kind of leadership that has always had the aim of unifying both the ANC and the people of South Africa. We must continue to improve our country, and the world, and it is the ANC that should rise above the challenges to provide leadership – among other things by always taking the opinions of others into consideration.

United Africa

Over the past century, the ANC, as leader of the freedom struggle, has attempted to promote harmony and cooperation between diverse people, both domestically and internationally. In fact, never before in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa did the world come together here in such a united manner. We have the opportunity – and this is our challenge – to unify the world against the injustice from which humanity continues to suffer, and to build a shared humaneness that will make the world a changed and better place. In our pursuit of a united and better world, we need to realise what an important role the continent of Africa can play in it. The importance of unity in Africa was articulated long ago by Mr Sefako

Makgatho, the second leader of the ANC. He said: “The ANC aims to unite Africans, not just in South Africa but also in Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland in particular, to spearhead a common struggle for freedom.” If this ideal can be realised, if Africa can become a united, independent and self-sufficient continent that can look other continents in the eye as an equal, then the world’s shared humanity would have come of age. This remains a challenge for the ANC, particularly because the ANC served as the foundation and example for so many parties that rule African countries today.

‘Never again’

The achievement of a centenary is an occasion for celebration. At the same time, it poses the challenge that the following 100 years will be different for us, our continent and the world. We therefore need to apply those parts of our history of which we are proud to tackle the unfamiliar road to the future. Our rich heritage must be transferred to future generations to protect it, so that – to quote former President Nelson Mandela – our country will “never, never and never again” look on when people commit atrocities against their fellow human beings. <

One of the ANC’s strongest assets is that it moves so close to the country’s inhabitants at grassroots level. It is the people of South Africa who have developed the ANC, and the organisation grew by remaining in touch with ordinary people. This requires that, in the future, the ANC and its leaders act in a way that ensures that the link between the inhabitants and the ANC remains close. Therefore, the ANC and its leaders have to remain worthy of the confidence of the ordinary people. The perception that our organisation and its leaders are corrupt therefore has to be tackled head-on. Closeness at grassroots level furthermore means that we must react to the needs of ordinary people, particularly the poor. This means that the ANC should use the power that it acquires from the electoral mandate during elections to provide services to people and to improve their lives. South Africans’ lives should improve drastically in this century. Today, more than ever before, it is essential that the ANC shall provide leadership to the South African society. Given the challenges that we are facing and the sometimes negative trends that arise locally and internationally from time


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To understand the present you need to understand the past. ROSE MORAPAMA explains what happened at the Wesleyan Church in Waaihoek, Bloemfontein and why it is so important to the history of the ANC.

Today the church stands close to the newly renovated taxi rank, with colourfully decorated cooling towers in the background.

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A multiracial crowd gathered in Manguang, Free State, when the ANC celebrated its centenary on 8 January 2012.

The founding fathers of the movement consisted of Reverend John Dube, Solomon Plaatje, Thomas Maphikela, Pixley Seme and George Montsioa.

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he African National Congress (ANC) celebrated its centenary on 8 January 2012. The party is one of the longest surviving political movements on the continent. Records show that the birthplace of the organisation was the Wesleyan Church located in Waaihoek in Manguang, Free State. The church was the meeting place of the founding fathers and was where political meetings were held regarding how to unite all Africans and to defend their rights and freedom. The church is of importance particularly because it is a reminder of the notable achievements made by the party in eradicating apartheid and achieving a democratic political system.

ANC, Wesleyan Church and Maphikela House

The people who gathered in the church were educated men and included teachers, ministers, journalists and lawyers. The founding fathers of the movement consisted of Reverend John Dube, Solomon Plaatje, Thomas Maphikela, Pixley Seme and George Montsioa. They formed the first executive committee of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), which was elected in 1912 with Reverend John Dube elected as the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first president. The party was renamed the ANC in 1923. Many of the founders lived in the nearby Batho location and many of the streets are named after them. The location of Waaihoek is of historical importance to the ANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural history. The church stands in a former black township. Not far from the church stands Maphikela House built by Thomas Maphikela. Maphikela carved his name in the history of the area by playing an important role in the socio-political

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activities of the township; he was one of the founding fathers of the ANC and speaker of the organisation for more than 25 years. Today the church stands close to the newly renovated taxi rank, with colourfully decorated cooling towers in the background. The church was turned into a Dutch Reformed Church after Africans were evicted from the area. Much of the structure remained the same even though many of the houses in the area were destroyed. In anticipation of the centenary celebrations, the church underwent extensive renovations by the ANC. It was here that the party held a special service on 8 January, with former President Thabo Mbeki and current President Jacob Zuma in attendance. Throughout its existence the ANC has experienced both challenges and achievements. One of its first undertakings was to send a delegation consisting of SANNC executive committee members to Britain in 1914. The delegation protested against the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laws such as the then Land Act. In 1919 another delegation was sent asking Britain to recognise African political rights. In the early 1940s the party grew substantially in size and in 1944 the ANC Youth League was established. The ANC Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s League was formed in 1948. This was the same year that the National Party came to power and introduced the apartheid regime; in response the party in the 1950s started a mass campaign to fight against discriminatory laws and injustices, including the Bantu Education Act, the 30


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Maphikela House was built by Thomas Maphikela, a member of the Executive Committee.

horrible events of the day. The struggle intensified in the 1980s with many townships in the country experiencing violent uprisings. It was only in 1990 that the party was unbanned by President FW de Klerk. Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island prison in 1990 and was elected president of the party in 1991. In 1994 he was voted the first black president of South Africa. Throughout its history the church has remained intact. The future of Waaihoek looks promising; the church was confirmed as a heritage site and there are plans to turn it into a museum which will house archives of struggle memorabilia. <

Population Registration Act and the Group Areas Act. In 1958 20,000 women, including Albertina Sisulu and Winnie Mandela, marched to the Union Buildings to protest against having to carry passes. The military wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe, was founded in 1961. It was at this time that the party was banned and went underground. The banning of the party was from 1960 to 1990. Despite the banning, the ANC continued to gain popular support. In 1976 school children protested against being taught in Afrikaans instead of their mother tongue. The protest turned violent and many students lost their lives, including Hector Pieterson, who came to represent the

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Former president Nelson Mandela receiving the Torch of Freedom from National Chairperson Baleka Mbethe.


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Madiba receiving the first copy of the book Unity in Diversity: 100 years of ANC leadership (1912 - 2012), from Dr Phosa.

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Official launch of the ANC Centenary coffee table book Unity in Diversity: 100 Years of ANC Leadership (1912 – 2012) in Cape Town

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n the evening of 8 February 2012 the ANC Progressive Business Forum held the official launch of the ANC Centenary coffee table book Unity in Diversity: 100 Years of ANC Leadership (1912 – 2012) at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town. The book celebrates the lives of the 12 ANC Presidents to date, but also gives a picture of the country’s history during each period, and takes note of many other liberation struggle heroes. The Taj was kind enough to accommodate the event in their stylish lounge area, which was beautifully appointed for the evening.Guests included numerous Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MECs, diplomats and ANC office-bearers.

The panel of speakers included the ANC National Chairperson, Baleka Mbete, ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, and ANC Treasurer General, Dr Mathews Phosa. Each of the main speakers was presented a book by the PBF Coconvenors, Renier Schoeman and Daryl Swanepoel, and thereafter the guests were treated to a wonderful performance by the Centenary Quartet consisting of two members of Die Broers and two members of the SA Youth Choir. The evening ended with a buffet supper in the Mint Restaurant while guests were given the chance to mingle with each other and purchase copies of the book.


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The Johannesburg launch of

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he second leg of the book launches held by the ANC Progressive Business Forum (PBF) was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 20 February 2012. Main speakers at this even included the event host, Dr Mathews Phosa, ANC Treasurer General, and the main speaker, Gwede Mantashe, ANC Secretary General. The PBF was also greatly honoured to have the previous ANC Treasurer General, Mendi Msimang,

attending as a special guest. Cde Msimang was presented with a book and guests were invited to listen to the Centenary Quartet perform a number of songs, including the South African national anthem. Guests thereafter mingled over a buffet supper and could buy copies of the book signed by the Treasurer General and the Secretary General. Nearly 50 copies were sold (at R2, 500 each!) in aid of the Centenary Fund.


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Durban launch of

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n 2 March 2012 the ANC Progressive Business Forum (PBF) held the KwaZulu-Natal launch of the ANC Centenary coffee table book Unity in Diversity: 100 Years of ANC Leadership (1912 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2012) in Umhlanga. The event was held at the spectacular Coastlands Umhlanga, which is perched on the Umhlanga Ridge overlooking the Indian Ocean from the Umhlanga lighthouse to the Durban Bluff. As guests arrived they were treated to a video of the previous launches and a history of the book itself, which is also available for viewing on this website (www.pbf.org.za). The guests of honour included ANC Treasurer General, Dr Mathews Phosa, and the Premier of KZN, Dr Zweli Mkhize, who was the keynote speaker as well as the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Thokozile Xasa, the speaker of the KZN Legislature, Cllr Logie Naidoo, as well as Dr Albertina Luthuli, daughter of the legendary Albert Luthuli. After the formal proceedings were concluded, guests enjoyed a lunch while listening to the delicate music of maskandi guitarist, Madala Kunene.


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MORETELE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY Special Project by Mayor of Moretele Local Municipality and Fawcett Security Services. As part of social responsibility Fawcett Security Services is assisting through building a shelter/house for needy and indigent family staying at Ngobi Village in Moretele Local Municipality. The family has been identiďŹ ed by the Mayor of Moretele Municipality Cllr JS Lehari and the Director of Fawcett Security Services Mr George Nkwinika. This family has been living without income in a one dilapidated shack since 1969 that looks as follows: STRUCTURE Mr. George Nkwinika, the Director of Fawcett Security Services on left hand side, Mr. Solomon Modise , followed by Ward Councillor Peter Lehlabe in the middle Mr. Phillip Modise and the Mayor of Moretele Local Municipality Councillor Sello Lehari. However Fawcett Security Services has already started with the construction of a decent house for Moliseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and the house may be completed before the end of July 2012 facilitated by Jacob Sekgobela. Moretele Local Municipality, through the initiative and assistance of its Mayor, is assisting the Modise family with Identity Document applications towards enabling them to secure social grants.


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Guru | gender

The true cost of teenage pregnancies Gqibelo DanDala discusses the current status of development and support of young, female South africans in the rural areas, and how this is impacting on us as a nation, particular in light of increasing teenage pregnancies.

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is counter-intuitive to development economics. At the macroeconomic level the size and competitiveness of tomorrow’s labour force is shaped by the education and skillbuilding of today’s young women and how they use their education and skills in formal and informal economic activity. Investing in young women is a force multiplier, with education among the best investments. In January 2012 Minister Angie Motshekga identified “improving the participation and performance of girl learners” as one of the pillars of the National Strategy for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. But what about teenage mothers? Teen pregnancy in South Africa is inversely linked to socio-economic development and supporting research reveals that it is more prevalent within poorer communities. This is exacerbated by some schools not permitting pregnant teenagers to attend classes, sometimes even expelling girls when they fall pregnant. This is unconstitutional and contrary to government policy, but expulsions are little reported as the girls don’t know their rights and have little support within their communities, hence only a third return to school – an economically untenable situation. According to the World Bank, availing education opportunities to young mothers increases their eventual wages by 15-25 percent. We cannot afford to ignore this. Teenage pregnancy is everybody’s issue; the cost of uneducated, unskilled teenage mothers is borne by society financially, economically and in terms of human capital. The World Development Report: Gender Equality and Development 2012, released internationally in October 2011, states that “patterns of progress and persistence in gender equality matter, both for develop-

ment outcomes and policy making... gender equality is also smart economics, enhancing productivity and improving other development outcomes.” More deliberate support and investment in the education of young females is necessary to reverse existing poverty cycles and create new development cycles as the benefits transmit to families, across generations, across genders and to communities. United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said it best: “To plan for a day, catch a fish; to plan for a decade, plant a tree; to plan for a lifetime, educate a girl. <

ur world today is afflicted by social ills and disparities which require urgent and large scale attention. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is a compendium of these problems, listed as eight international development goals broken down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators. Which section of our population is most affected by these problems? On the face of it, the answer would be women as MDG 3 (Promote gender equality) and MDG 5 (Improve maternal health) of the eight MDGs affecting women directly. MDG 2 (Achieve universal primary education) affects both boys and girls. However, of every 100 boys in primary school in the developing world there are 83 girls. MDG 6 (Eradicate HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases) would appear to affect men and women alike, and yet 60 percent of persons living with HIV/AIDS are female in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2001, 62 percent of HIVpositive youth in Africa were girls and 75 percent were girls in 2007. Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, says: “In Africa, poverty has a female face.” The Millennium Development Goals attest to this. Thus, to improve the fate of the continent, the development and education of young females is not a nice-to-have, it is a developmental imperative which affects economic growth and the health and wellbeing of society. Existing data and research suggests that this impact can reach much further than expected. However, this data is relatively little when compared to other data for different population groups, which in itself demonstrates how young women have been pervasively overlooked in our society. Young women are the largest and yet least utilised resource, which

GqIBElO DANDAlA is a former investment banker who is an ardent believer that a life of service is a life well lived. She is a co-founder and CEO of the Future of the African Daughter (FOTAD) project, a child development project for girls from townships and rural areas. FOTAD was born out of the desire to motivate and develop young women from impoverished environments to overcome their situation and become successful, so that they too can do the same for other young girls.


PHAMBILI VUNA INVESTMENTS Background to the Phambili Vuna Investments Group The Phambili Vuna Investments Group was established in 1995. The majority Black shareholders and management offer a wide range of expertise to all ventures. The Phambili Vuna Group has controlling interests in profitable companies operating in the Mining and Fishing sectors. It is now poised to expand within the sectors in which it is operating, as well as entering into new sectors. The company structures of each sector has Phambili Vuna teaming up with other entities and individuals within each sector. This ensures that the required expertise is available to its operations within a particular sector.

Values to be upheld by Directors and Shareholders Continue to strive to build the ideals of non-racialism and non-sexism in the company; Uphold the values of integrity, truthfulness and honesty; u Act in a transparent manner and openly express different opinions; u u

u Ensure that the opportunities created by BEE is spread amongst other disadvantaged individuals, and recognize the need to also empower such individuals; u

Recognize differences amongst shareholders and other stakeholders and cultivate an attitude of mutual respect;

Mining Sector --- Phambili Vuna Investments Vuna Mining Enterprises, in which the mining interests of the group is housed, owns a Coal Mining Right which was allocated in June 2008 on the farm Zonnebloem situated 30kms from Middleburg, Mpumalanga. Opencast mining operations commenced in July 2008 and an average of 250,000 tons of thermal coal is being produced per month. In addition to the direct economic benefits such as job creation, the mine implements a Social and Labour Plan which funds LED and HRD projects in the Middelburg area.

Fishing Sector --- Phambili Vuna Investments 2 Phambili Vuna has been active in the fishing industry in the Mossel Bay area since 1997. This culminated in the present joint ownership with Sea Harvest, of SeaVuna. SeaVuna operates a fleet of fishing vessels and a processing plant from Mossel Bay. 80% of SeaVuna products are sold under the Sea Harvest brand, through the Sea Harvest marketing network. Economic benefits to the area include 300 jobs as well as the procurement of other goods and services.

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Role of mining in the SA economy The mining sector has been the pulse point of South Africa and the economy ever since 1866.

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he discovery of diamonds in Kimberly and then gold in Johannesburg, during the late 19th century, drove a century of economic growth and industrialisation rivalling the development of many of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most industrialised countries. Ever since, the sector has been the cornerstone of the development of a number of industries that either supply the mining sector or use its products. This cluster of industries includes: energy, financial services, water services, engineering services, specialist seismic, geological and metallurgical services, etc. that are world class in their own right and that owe their very existence to the mining sector. Eskom, Mintek, SASOL, Transnet, ISCOR (now Arcelormittal SA) and AECI are but some cases in point. Significantly, the emergence of SAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital markets, via the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE), was originally established on the basis of funding the mining sector in the late 19th century. The mining sector still accounts for a significant 35 percent of the market capitalisation of the JSE and continues to act as a magnet for foreign investment to the country. Once established, the JSE was able to provide the basis for capital raising for other sectors of the economy. This cluster of industries has gone on to service other parts of the economy and provided a significant export base to service the global mining industry. It is true that much of what South

Africa has achieved in economic diversification and industrialisation over the past century, it owes to the role that this sector played in the development and growth of our economy. Of course, in the process, this sector also left behind a trail of unfortunate, indeed horrific, social, environmental and human legacy. With the advent of democracy in 1994, the process of socio-economic normalisation necessitated a special attention to the mining sector. The introduction of Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development (MPRD) Act of 2002 was a landmark piece of legislation. At once MPRDA transferred the trusteeship of our natural endowment of all mineral and petroleum resources to the state. This nationalisation of the trusteeship of a major public interest was a critical step towards the normalisation of our political economy landscape. The super cycle of commodities over the past decade made the mining sector a visible source of wealth creation. Mining operations often take place in areas where poor communities and the underdeveloped regions coexist. This contrast is both ironic and socially problematic. As such it is not surprising that the mining industry the world over has become the centre of political and public policy attention. From Australia to Chile, from South Africa to Canada, from India to Venezuela, from Zambia to Russia the communities clamour for a higher share of benefits from the resources in their regions. 45


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path of development followed by the other developed economies in the world. Moreover, this will present enormous investment opportunities in the country for both South African and foreign investors. In the recent discourse on mineral beneficiation much emphasis has been placed on narrow ‘downstream’ opportunities for mineral beneficiation. As part of our mindset change we need to re-examine notions of beneficiation, and broaden our definition in line with the realities of socio-economic and financial benefits that both ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ opportunities offer in each and every commodity. South Africa’s in situ natural endowment is estimated at US$2.5 trillion. This portfolio of mineral resources forms the foundation for another century of robust mining industry. Together with our highly competitive and widely acknowledged mining sector expertise and technology, this sector could advance rapid social development, economic progress, and large-scale job creation. To enhance the competitiveness of our national mining industry it is our responsibility to promote ‘green technologies’ and sound environmental practices in the sector. <

For us to succeed in extracting maximum benefit from the country’s mineral endowment, we must do things differently. To this end, the key behavioural change that needs to be prioritised is with regard to the health and safety of the workers. South Africa’s mining in many commodities is getting deeper and deeper underground every year. The trade-off between safety and short-term productivity and profitability becomes more and more pressing. Conventionally, the safety of the workforce has received secondary attention: short-term profit is put first! This paradigm clearly needs urgent and ongoing attention. At the same time, we cannot continue to mine and export ore and other raw materials for processing elsewhere as this severely limits the benefits we can derive from the exploitation of our resources. There is a need to increase value addition to our minerals before they are exported, in line with government’s new mineral beneficiation and industrialisation priorities. The value addition proposition is a natural progression from a resource-based economy to a secondary and tertiary economy, which is consistent with the

In brief 1. South Africa is the world’s biggest producer of platinum, and one of the leading producers of gold, diamonds, base metals and coal. 2. The mining industry contributes 8.8 percent directly, and another 10 percent indirectly, to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). 3. The sector creates an estimated 1 million jobs. 4. The sector accounts for roughly one-third of the market capitalisation of the JSE, and continues to act as a magnet for foreign investment in the country. 5. The sector pays an estimated R10,5 billion per annum in taxes. 6. South Africa is the world’s leader in mining and minerals. It has nearly 90 percent of the platinum metals on earth, 80 percent of the manganese, 73 percent of the chrome, 45 percent of the vanadium and 41 percent of the gold. 7. The vast majority of South African coal exports are shipped through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). With the capacity to export 79,4 millions of short tons annually, RBCT is currently the world’s largest coal export facility. 8. The country has world scale primary processing facilities covering carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium, in addition to gold and platinum. It is also a world leader of new technologies, such as a groundbreaking process that converts low-grade superfine iron ore into high quality iron units. 9. The world’s largest diamond was the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 carats, and 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless colour and clarity. 10. The deepest mine is a gold mine in South Africa. In 1977 the Western Deep Levels Mine reached a depth of 11,749 feet. Most mines descend to about 3,300 feet.

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DEPUTY MINISTER of MINERAL RESOURCES, GAOLATLHE GODFREY OLIPHANT MP Godfrey Oliphant was born in Warrenton, a small town 70km to the north-western side of Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1994, representing the ANC in the National Assembly. Oliphant held various positions including Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Science & Technology, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications (and Whip), Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Labour and member of the Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy. He is the former Vice President of COSATU and member of the NEC of the National Union of Mineworkers and chaired the National Education Committee (NEDCOM) of COSATU.

Oliphant was the Deputy Chairperson of the ANC province of the Northern Cape from 1992-1998 and a member of the ANC Provincial Task Team of the North West Province until their previous conference. At provincial level, he was also the chairperson of COSATU for the Northern Cape and Free State Region from 1988-1991. Member of the NUM Regional Executive Committee and full time shop steward for NUM at Finsch Mine â&#x20AC;&#x201C; De Beers Consolidated Mines. He was branch Chairperson at Finsch Mine and also chaired the Branch Education Sub-committee (Bresco) of the National Union of Mineworkers. Oliphant is also branch Chairperson of the SACP in Warrenton. He has travelled extensively around the world as a trade-union representative and as a Member of Parliament. He currently serves on the Central Committee of the SACP. He was appointed the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources in November 2010 to date.

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Guru | health

Finding common ground CEO of the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA), Dr DumiSAni BOmElA, encourages the public and private sectors to work together to improve access to quality health care.

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urrently the South African public and private health sectors are working as parallel systems with only occasional pockets of collaboration between them. With the pilot sites for National Health Insurance (NHI) having been established in 10 districts around South Africa, the groundwork for fundamental reform of South Africa’s health care has been laid. It is at this point, where policy is being translated into practice, that the public and private health care sectors have the opportunity to work together to overcome our health care sector’s longstanding challenges.

Ultimately, the goal of service providers in both the public and private health care spheres is the same – to provide quality services to their patients. The widely publicised challenge for the public sector is to improve its efficiencies and effectiveness within the context of available resources. For the private hospital sector the big challenge is less about improving its performance, and more about overcoming systemic ‘access barriers’ to its world-class health care services. In the past these challenges have been exacerbated by the fact that both sectors have viewed their destinies as somehow separate, with very little sense of interdependence. But the introduction of NHI makes their futures far more closely intertwined. It also presents an opportunity for policymakers, as well as providers and other stakeholders, to find common ground and ensure that the public and private sector providers get to really complement each other for the benefit of the South African public.

Private sector input in building our health system

The Minister of Health has identified one of the critical success factors for the NHI system as the need to significantly improve the performance of the public sector. This is not just a matter of providing more financial resources; it is also about using available resources (financial, infrastructural and human) most efficiently. The proxy for that efficiency is ‘country level health 48

or private health care population, and is able to access quality care as required at any level. Indeed, it would not be right to deny our patients access to expertise and services that are already available in the country. This should be one of the vital objectives of our current NHI reform process. Therefore the immediate challenge facing leaders in our health sector is to overcome past cleavages along the publicprivate lines, find collaborative solutions around current service delivery challenges and improve access to quality health care. This will be one of the great and beneficial outcomes of the NHI policy reforms for South Africans. <

The common destiny of the public and private sector

indicators’ such as life expectancy and maternal and child mortality rates, where South Africa has been performing less than would be expected for a country of its resource base. The widely held view is that these efficiency gaps are located at both the administrative and clinical services level, and therein lies the opportunity for all sorts of collaboration with private sector providers. If public and private health care providers became true partners, many more patients would immediately benefit from the expertise currently concentrated in the private sector. The first phase of NHI is focused on primary care and district health services, and the current pilot sites provide a good place to test the interface between the public and private health care providers. As the private hospital industry we are ready to engage as such, and play our meaningful role in building a more responsive health system that serves the entire population.

Overcoming our previous constraints

The emphasis of previous public-private partnerships (PPPs) tended to lean towards private providers being asked to operate and manage plant and machinery (buildings and infrastructure) in public health facilities. This has been a real constraint for private hospital operators given that their real expertise lies in the provision of care. At district level and in the current pilots, private sector providers could also contribute valuable practical assistance, such as patient transportation and emergency care, for example trauma services, where these may not be in adequate supply in outlying areas. This is over and above supplementing any service delivery gaps that may be facing the District Hospitals linked to the current pilot sites. These are some of the practical collaborative ways we should work together as care providers under an NHI. Over the years both the public and private sector have come to realise that their goals intersect at providing ‘continuity of care’ for the needy patient. In an ideal world this would mean providing a seamless health care experience for the user, every time; where the patient is not labelled as a member of either the public

Dr Bomela’s professional career started in the Eastern Cape, where he worked as a clinician in both the public and private sectors. He also worked in the mining industry, heading the health operations for a De Beers mine. Dr Bomela then joined the South African Medical Association (SAMA) as head of Health Policy and Public Affairs and also acted as head of the Private Practice unit. During this period he authored discussion papers on many key policy issues, such as National Health Insurance, Task Shifting, Retention of Health Professionals and Medical Male Circumcision. Dr Bomela is currently serving as the Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Health Technology.


PHUM-MZA CONSTRUCTION Phumza Holdings, established in 1999 as a Close Corporation (cc), has been conducting its business operations within the confines of the KwaZulu Natal, S.A. The focal point at the time of formation has been in construction. The company prides itself with the reflective growth and accomplishment over the years, which is greatly attributed to the company’s vision, management strategies and the team that helped in the implementation of these strategies. These members form an integral part of the management team, with a shared vision of building a company that delivers efficient service to its customers. Types of services rendered: Construction: Building Maintenance and Repairs •Painting •Cleaning •Office Maintenance •Building Maintenance Project Management •Construction Related Project Transportation •Waste Removal

Mr. Mzamo Mathe Phu-mza Construction Owner and A ward Councillor in Mtubatuba

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A call for activism AchmAt DAngor is a former anti-apartheid activist and award-winning writer. he is also the man who has been entrusted with the guardianship of nelson mandela’s legacy.

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elson Mandela Day was inspired by remarks Madiba made at his 80th birthday celebrations at London’s Hyde Park: “The world remains beset by so much suffering, poverty and deprivation. It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all, especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalised.” He then called upon a new generation of leaders to take responsibility for addressing these challenges. Despite his retirement when he stepped down as South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1999 and his subsequent retirement from public life in 2004, Nelson Mandela had remained under constant pressure to assist in crises big and small around the globe. He had repeatedly expressed his desire to retire. In a farewell briefing to the media in 1999 he said: “I don’t want to reach 100 years whilst I am still trying to bring about a solution in some complicated international issue.” Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with the leadership of its sister organisations, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, was backstage at the Hyde Park event. He was acutely aware of how serious Madiba was about his intention to step away from public life. In the days that followed Dangor and his colleagues conferred with a number of other stakeholders. Those discussions pursued the idea of turning Madiba’s message into a movement, and 50

the concept of a Nelson Mandela Day campaign was conceived. The Nelson Mandela Foundation, led by Dangor, a former anti-apartheid activist and award-winning writer who had been at the helm of the Foundation since 2007, coordinated a team that began mobilising governments, NGOs and the international community behind the idea of a global ‘movement for good’ where ordinary people, working with and within communities, could change the world, one small step at a time. If one person everywhere performed 67 minutes of service to their community, in honour of the 67 years that Nelson Mandela had devoted to struggling for change, the cumulative effect could be enormous. The response, in South Africa and elsewhere, surpassed all expectations. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day. Dangor, who also headed the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund from 1999 to 2002, and who since 2007 has been overseeing the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s evolution to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, is keenly aware of the often unrealistic expectations the world has of Nelson Mandela. “The more people treat Madiba as a kind of messiah, the less they will realise that they, too, can make a difference in the world.” Dangor has repeatedly articulated the vision that people should start with 67

minutes of service on 18 July each year, and then make ‘every day a Mandela Day.’ This was the best way to remember and honour Nelson Mandela. At the 2012 launch of the Mandela Day campaign, he said: “We would like to remind all that the Mandela Day campaign is a call for activism in order to build better communities. If each one of us becomes involved together we could help create an international global movement for good.” Born into what he describes as a ‘polyglot’ family of Indian, Malay and Dutch origin, in the year the National Party came to power, Dangor has said: “I don’t know what race I am, and I don’t care’. Growing up in a mixed race township near Johannesburg, he witnessed the forced removal of black Africans from the township, which influenced his later activism and writing. He studied Literature at Rhodes University in Grahamstown from 1970 to 1973 and published his first book in 1981. As a student he helped found a cultural group called Black Thoughts and was, as a result, banned by the apartheid regime for five years in 1973. This prohibited any public activity; including writing, since he was not allowed to ‘prepare anything for publication’. But he continued to write in secret and he was able to publish his first novel, Waiting for Leila, which won the Mfolo Plomer Prize in 1981. From 1973 to 1986 Dangor worked for


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by the need to help bring about change, not necessarily to become a functional part of that changed society,” said Dangor in an interview. “From the day I was born until literally 46 years later, I lived in a country that desperately needed change, and desperately resisted change. Now that it has crossed the first threshold from political autocracy to democracy, someone else can take full responsibility.” His last novel, Bitter Fruit, which was set in post-apartheid South Africa, was short-listed for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. It centres on a former ANC underground cadre whose sighting of an ex-policeman, who had raped his wife, deeply affects a family still wounded by the past.

A review of his novel, Kafka’s Curse, which won the 1998 Herman Charles Bosman Prize, describes it as “a look at South Africa’s psychic wounds on a personal level. Dangor’s tone is controlled, measured – like the monumental political changes in South Africa, giving vent to immediate emotion could be potentially dangerous – but the novel is not dull. Dangor’s prose swirls with all the undercurrents of political and sexual tension, regrets, and personal disillusionment and stagnation.” This from the mind of an underground activist and the heart of a poet who has helped steer Mandela Day into the world’s schools, streets, community halls and hearts. <

an American company, securing a position under the ‘Leon Sullivan Programme’ that sought to assist people punished under the apartheid government’s security laws. He served in various managerial positions. In 1986 he was asked by community activists and religious leaders to lead the Kagiso Trust, which was set up to assist victims of apartheid and empower marginalised communities. As founding Executive Director of the Kagiso Trust from 1986 to 1991, he was in many ways thrust into the ‘frontline’ of community struggles against the impact of apartheid and its draconian security system. After the 1990 unbanning of the ANC and other anti-apartheid organisations and Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, Dangor worked increasingly in the development field. Apart from a seven-month stint in 1992 as Visiting Professor of Literature at City College Harlem Campus (New York), he worked over the next decade in crucial positions in South Africa. He was Chief Executive of the Independent Development Trust before he joined the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund as Executive Director. In April 2004 he joined the Genevabased Secretariat of the Joint UN Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) as Director of Advocacy and Communications, and became a leading member of the UNAIDS team striving to keep AIDS high on the agenda of national governments, civil society and multilateral organisations. Before that he worked as Interim Director of the World AIDS campaign. “Politically, I have always been moved


Unity in Diversity 100 Years of ANC Leadership (1912-2012)

A broader understanding of the freedom struggle

In his review of this historic coffee-table book and collector’s item, Jacob Rooi, Rapport Senior Assistant Editor of Rapport, explains how the book not only provides an account of the ANC’s fascinating history, but also leaves the reader with a broader understanding of the freedom struggle fought by black people. It tells the stories of the party’s leaders as well as the period that shaped and produced them.The book elaborates on the political and social conditions in South Africa from an ANC perspective, with plenty of illustrations and glossy pictures. In the foreword, Dr Mathews Phosa, ANC Treasurer General, says: “Let this book serve to remind us whence we come, and to spur us on to even greater heights. Let it serve to encourage us to continue to fight for these freedoms for so many in our world who still suffer intolerable injustices.” The book consists of 13 chapters dedicated to the various party presidents over the last century. It starts with Mr John Langalibalele Dube (1912–1917) and ends with President Jacob Zuma. Among the 12 leaders, there were teachers, lay preachers, ministers of religion, interpreters, journalists, businessmen, attorneys and doctors. Unity in Diversity, 100 Years of ANC Leadership (1912–2012) offers a valuable glance at the ANC’s history, and, as Phosa puts is, serves as a barometer against which the party’s current and future “commitment to non-racialism, freedom and democracy” can be measured. Edited by Renier Schoeman and Daryl Swanepoel R2,500 (R1,250 for public institutions). Published by Ballyhoo Media.

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Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck was the total school development of Weber Memorial Primary School in Jamestown, which faced major challenges. The concept entailed improving the standard of living of the learners, parents, staff and community members. Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck received R5,000 start-up capital from ATKV to boost the project. The money was put to work and licence discs were printed and sold – eventually increasing the start-up capital fivefold! What makes total school development unique is that every contribution, however large or small, has an impact on the larger picture of benevolence. Various projects were run in an effort to address five areas of need: academic, cultural, sport, social and infrastructure. Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck strives to establish a culture of reading at Weber Memorial. In every class where Afrikaans is taught (13 classes), a class library was started for various age groups with the aid of LAPA Books. Creating a model classroom with the perfect learning atmosphere and all the necessary equipment was a cause

dear to the project team’s heart and the first such classroom was created for Grade Ones. In addition, an art and culture centre is in the process of being built. The vegetable garden was extended and Weber Memorial learners were trained to maintain it. A utility store was opened, stocking basic school requirements. Stock for the store was acquired after a fundraising day at Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck. Such fundraising will take place annually in future. Hockey goalposts were built and a hockey clinic was held. The preschool playground was renovated and decorated, a circle bench was built around a tree using an eco-friendly technique and a dull wooden door was brought to life with beautiful artwork. In addition, eight learners from each of the two schools participated in a film workshop (‘Living It’), focused on the collaboration between needy and more privileged learners in producing a full-scale movie. The project also enabled the principal and staff of Weber Memorial to mobilise the parents of the school, which was an enormous bonus to the core programme.

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Centuries of excellence Pietermaritzburg, in the Msunduzi Municipality, is the city of choice in which to live, play and do business.

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ietermaritzburg and the Msunduzi Municipality are set amidst the forested hills and rolling countryside of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and serve as the administrative capital of the province. It is the gateway between Johannesburg and Durban, centrally situated between Durban, the Drakensberg and KwaZulu-Natal’s game reserves on the N3 highway. After the 2000 elections, five previously independent administrations were amalgamated to form the Msunduzi Municipality. They were PietermaritzburgMsunduzi Transitional Local Council (TLC), Ashburton TLC, Vulindlela, Claridge and Bishopstowe. The Msunduzi Municipality covers an area of 649km and has a population of roughly 628,737 people of diverse races and cultures. It is the second largest urban centre within the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the main economic hub within the uMgungundlovu District Municipality. Its location has a strong influence on regional channels of investment, movement and structuring of the provincial spatial framework for growth and development. Pietermaritzburg is one of the best preserved Victorian cities in the world. Laid out by Dutch settlers in 1838, it became the capital of the British

colony of Natal in 1856. It has a diverse economy with a robust manufacturing sector that is excelling in exports as diverse as aluminium products, cut flowers, automotive components and furniture. The declaration of the city as the capital of KwaZulu-Natal boosted both external and internal investor confidence, resulting in the city’s economy growing at a very good rate.

Competitive advantages

• Legislative and administrative capital of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s most populated province. • Strategically located on the country’s busiest highway, the N3. • Forty-five minutes from the Durban Port and an hour from King Shaka International Airport. • Excellent network of road, rail and air linkages. • One-hour flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Pietermaritzburg Airport. Pietermaritzburg Airport is being revamped to the tune of R40 million.

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CITY FOCUS | PIETERMARITZBURG The Church of the Vow.

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St Mary's Chapel in Loop Street.

well-laid out suburbs, exemplified by some of the best schools in the country and the internationally acclaimed University of KwaZulu-Natal. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s verdant greenery, leafy suburbs and wealth of colonial architecture make Pietermaritzburg a beautiful place in which to live. The Golden Horse Casino not only offers entertainment, but is the venue for the Golden Horse Sprint and many other horse races on the popular racecourse. Bisley Nature Reserve and Queen Elizabeth Park provide an excellent environment for those who love game and bird trails, and the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens is an excellent venue for outdoor life and hosts regular music festivals.

Birthplace of an activist

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On the night of 7 June 1893 a young Indian lawyer, Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, was thrown off a train at the Pietermaritzburg railway station. He had refused to move from a whites-only compartment, and so began the political career of one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most influential leaders. Mahatma Gandhi

was the pre-eminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world, but it was his experience in Pietermaritzburg that changed his life forever.

Historical and other places of interest

Outstanding among the many Victorian and Edwardian buildings is the City Hall. Built in 1893, it was destroyed by fire in 1898, rebuilt and reopened in 1901. One of the largest all-brick buildings in the southern hemisphere, it stands on the site of the original Voortrekker Raadsaal (meeting hall) and was declared a national monument on 27 June 1996. It has one of the largest pipe organs in the world and holds regular performances by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. On the same square as the City Hall stands the Church of the Vow, built by the Voortrekkers in 1840 to commemorate their victory at Blood River in 1838. The church is now part of the Msunduzi/Voortrekker Museum


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The Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest ultra-marathon. The first race took place on 24 May 1921 from the City Hall with 34 runners.

with a unique and varied collection of Voortrekker relics that stand alongside the rebuilt house of Voortrekker hero Andries Pretorius. Just across from the City Hall is the Tatham Art Gallery. Mahatma Gandhi is woven into the fabric of Pietermaritzburg history and a striking statue in the Church Street Mall depicts him forever striding forward.

A sporting pulse point

The city boasts a proud sporting legacy and is internationally renowned as the home of the Comrades Marathon, Dusi Canoe Marathon and the Midmar Mile. Lately, it has become the venue of choice for the MTB World Cup and the BMX Supercross. These events, in conjunction with attractions such as the Royal Agricultural Show, Art in the Park and Cars in the Park, make Pietermaritzburg a burgeoning events city. The Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest ultra-marathon. It is the vision of one man, a World War I veteran named Vic Clapham. At the outbreak of the Great War of 1914-1918, Clapham signed up with the 8th South African Infantry.

The pain, agonies, death and hardships of his comrades left a lasting impression. He felt that all those who had fallen in this catastrophic war should be remembered and honoured in a unique way, so he asked for permission to stage a 56 mile race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban under the name of the Comrades Marathon. The first Comrades Marathon took place on 24 May 1921, starting outside the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg with 34 runners. It has taken place every year since then with the exception of the war years (1941-1945). The direction alternates each year between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the so called up and down runs. The Comrades Marathon is a cherished national treasure and attracts thousands of runners, spectators and television viewers every year. The Midmar Mile is the world’s largest open water swimming event, a swimming race held at the Midmar Dam north of Pietermaritzburg. Each year it draws thousands of competitors, from serious international athletes and Olympic medalists to

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purely recreational swimmers. It takes its name from the location (Midmar Dam) and the distance (roughly one mile). A unique feature of the race is that while the distance covered is about one mile, depending on rainfall and the water levels in the dam, the distance actually swum varies from year to year. The Dusi is essentially a three-day canoe duathlon held annually between 22 and 24 January. The tradition began in the early 1950s, with men and women from all over South Africa flocking to take part in this largest of endurance river races ever since. From its small beginnings when it took the world famous conservationist Dr Ian Player six long days to reach the coast, the race now has a well-organised, standard, three-day format.

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His Worship, the Mayor of Msunduzi Municipality, Cllr Chris Ndlela. The Msunduzi Municipality is the administrative capital of the province. After the 2000 elections, five previously independent administrations were amalgamated to form the Msunduzi Municipality. The municipality covers an area of 649km and has a population of about 628,737 people of diverse races and cultures.

Since 1851 ‘The Royal’ has had the privilege of hosting merchants and businessmen who recognise the benefits and harmony of interacting with one another, the agricultural sector and the general public. Today the show is the largest mixed exhibition incorporating a fully fledged agricultural component on the continent of Africa. Not only does this include the exposition of some of the country’s finest livestock and agricultural equipment but also a range of ancillary activities and displays covering the entire industrial, commercial and service sectors within the province.

Interesting facts about Msunduzi • Pietermaritzburg is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. • The City Hall is one of the largest, all red-brick structures in the southern hemisphere. • The University of KwaZulu-Natal, of which the Pietermaritzburg campus is an integral part, is the largest residential university in South Africa. • The city is home to the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens, one of eight entities under the South African National Botanical Institute and the only one in KwaZulu-Natal. • Nelson Mandela’s last speech as a free man was made at the Manaye Hall in Imbali shortly before he was imprisoned. • St Mary’s Chapel in Loop Street, circa 1852, was the first Catholic Church in KwaZulu-Natal and was built by French missionaries attached to the order of the Oblates of 66

Mary Immaculate. • Known as the City of Flowers, the city boasts its very own rose. Visit the rose garden at Alexandra Park to see the beautiful ‘Pietermaritzburg’ rose in full bloom. • Printed in Pietermaritzburg, The Natal Witness is the oldest newspaper in the country published continuously under the same title. • The 102-year-old cathedral organ in the City Hall is the only one of its kind in Africa. • The canalisation of the Dusi River has created the largest inland watercourse dedicated to canoeing and rowing. • The Tatham Art Gallery has been designated as one of the country’s top 10 art galleries.


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Small is big The outlook for the South African small business sector is not as gloomy as it appears, says ChriSTo BoTeS, executive Director at Business Partners Ltd.

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cost of compliance in submitting returns. It could also be a result of the New Companies Act and requirements to comply with international accounting standards (IFRS), which has resulted in increased cost of compliance. As such, many businesses operating multi-company structures have consolidated their operations and deregistered any unnecessary entities. Acquisitions could also be playing a part in skewing the numbers. As part of many acquisitions, the acquiring company will often choose to wind up the acquired business and form a new entity that will be protected from any claims that might arise from business dealings before the acquisition. It is important that the correct processes were followed should such steps be taken. All these issues are exaggerating the SME closure figures. Although the situation isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as bad as it is made out to be, there is definitely room for improvement as SMEs play such an important role in the economy. The initiatives that both government and the private sector have implemented so far could improve the situation, but much more should be done to assist entrepreneurs and SMEs. SMEs need more than just finance to succeed. They need technical assistance and support in order to grow and flourish into profitable and successful entities. Mentoring and advice to provide skills transfer is also a critical part of the process. <

he results of recent research and studies into the small and medium enterprise (SME) space in South Africa may be painting an overly gloomy picture of the sector, which is in far better health than these statistics suggest. Happily, the actual situation on the ground is far more encouraging than recent studies would suggest. There are a number of factors that may be skewing the negative findings of studies, such as Februaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adcorp Employment Index, which reflects that some 440,000 small businesses closed in South Africa over the last five years. Firstly, when tendering for government contracts at national, provincial and local levels, as well as parastatal companies, it is usually necessary to have a registered company and in the past, businesses also needed to obtain a VAT number. As a result, thousands of companies are registered each year for tender processes, the vast majority of which will be deregistered should they fail to secure the intended contracts. Another explanation is that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission cleaned its register of those companies that did not file their normal statutory returns timeously. Many of these deregistered companies have not been activated again as they were in any case not trading. Companies that were registered as shelf companies, but never started trading, have also since been deregistered, mainly because of the

CHRISTo BoTES, Executive Director at Business Partners Ltd, holds various qualifications from the University of Stellenbosch and UNISA. He has been with Business Partners Ltd for the past 25 years and is passionate about the SME sector and its development. He thrives on seeing new businesses start up and become long-term, sustainable operations. 69


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The father of a nation The name ‘Gandhi’ is synonymous with peace and non-violence. His epic struggle to bring together the people of India in their search for sovereignty is unparalleled. His great wisdom and foresight are compelling. This is a special report on his life and politics by Vinay LaL.

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ohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the town of Porbander in the state of what is now Gujarat on 2 October 1869. He was schooled in nearby Rajkot where his father served as the adviser or prime minister to the local ruler. Gandhi later recorded the early years of his life in his extraordinary autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth. His father died before Gandhi could finish his schooling, and at 13 he was married to Kasturba. In 1888 Gandhi set sail for England, where he had decided to pursue a degree in law. Though his elders objected, Gandhi could not be prevented from leaving and it is said that his mother, a devout woman, made him promise that he would keep away from wine, women and meat during his stay abroad. Gandhi left behind his son Harilal, then a few months old. In London, Gandhi encountered theosophists, vegetarians and others who were disenchanted not only with industrialism, but with the legacy of The Enlightenment. Gandhi was powerfully attracted to them as he was to the texts of the major religious traditions, and ironically it was in London that he was introduced to the Bhagavad Gita. He was called to the bar in 1891 and even enrolled in the High Court of London, but later that year he left for India. After one year at a law practice, Gandhi accepted an offer from an Indian businessman in South Africa, Dada Abdulla, to join him as a legal adviser and altogether Gandhi stayed in South Africa for more than 20 years. The Indians who had been living in South Africa were without political rights. Gandhi came to an awareness of the frightening force of European racism when he was thrown out of a first class railway compartment car, though he held a first class ticket, at Pietermaritz-

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burg station. From this political awakening he emerged as the leader of the Indian community; it was in South Africa that he first coined the term satyagraha to signify his theory and practice of non-violent political resistance. In his book Satyagraha in South Africa he detailed the struggles of the Indians to claim their rights and their resistance to oppressive legislation and executive measures. In 1909, on a trip back to India, Gandhi authored a short treatise entitled Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule, where he all but initiated the critique, not only of industrial civilisation, but of modernity in all its aspects. Gandhi returned to India in early 1915 and never left the country again except for a short trip to Europe in 1931. Though he was not completely unknown in India, Gandhi followed the advice of his political mentor, Gokhale, and took it upon himself to acquire a familiarity with Indian conditions. Over the next few years he became involved in numerous local struggles. His interventions earned Gandhi a considerable reputation and his rapid ascendancy to the helm of nationalist politics is signified by his leadership of the opposition to repressive legislation (known as the Rowlatt Act) in 1919. By this time he had earned the title of Mahatma or ‘Great Soul’ from Rabindranath Tagore, India’s most well-known writer. When disturbances broke out in the Punjab, leading to the massacre of a large crowd of unarmed Indians at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Gandhi wrote the report of the Punjab Congress Inquiry Committee. Over the next two years, Gandhi initiated the non-cooperation movement, which called upon Indians to withdraw from British institutions, to return honours conferred by the British and to learn the art of self-reliance.


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A young Gandhi.

With his daughter, Indira in 1924.

Gandhi with some of his followers in India.

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Though the British administration was at places paralysed, the movement was suspended in February 1922 when a score of Indian policemen were brutally killed by a large crowd at Chauri Chaura. Gandhi was arrested shortly thereafter, tried on charges of sedition and sentenced to imprisonment for six years. At The Great Trial, Gandhi delivered a masterful indictment of British rule. Owing to his poor health, Gandhi was released from prison in 1925. Over the following years, he worked hard to preserve Hindu-Muslim relations and in 1924 he observed, from his prison cell, a 21-day fast when Hindu-Muslim riots broke out at Kohat, a military barracks on the Northwest Frontier. This was one of his many major public fasts and in 1932 he commenced the so-called Epic Fast unto death, since he thought ‘separate electorates’ for the oppressed class of what were then called ‘untouchables’, was a retrograde measure meant to produce permanent divisions within Hindu society. Gandhi earned the hostility of Ambedkar, the leader of the ‘untouchables’, but few doubted that Gandhi was genuinely interested

His wife, Kasturba Gandhi.

Gandhi and Nehru in 1942.

in removing the serious disabilities from which they suffered, just as no one doubted that Gandhi never accepted the argument that Hindus and Muslims constituted two separate elements in Indian society. These were some of the concerns most prominent in Gandhi’s mind, but he was also to initiate a constructive programme for social reform. Gandhi had ideas on every subject, from hygiene and nutrition to education and labour, and he relentlessly pursued his ideas in one of the many newspapers that he founded. In early 1930, as the nationalist movement was revived, the Indian National Congress, the pre-eminent body of nationalist opinion, declared that it would now be satisfied with nothing short of complete independence (purna swaraj). On March 2, Gandhi addressed a letter to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin, informing him that unless Indian demands were met, he would be compelled to break the ‘salt laws’. Predictably, his letter was received with bewildered amusement and accordingly Gandhi set off on the early morning of 12 March with a small group of followers towards Dandi on the sea. They


he came to constitute, in the famous words of the last viceroy, Mountbatten, a ‘one-man boundary force’ between Hindus and Muslims. The ferocious fighting in Calcutta came to a halt, almost entirely on account of Gandhi’s efforts, and even his critics were wont to speak of Gandhi’s ‘miracle of Calcutta’. When freedom came, on 15 August 1947, Gandhi was nowhere to be seen in the capital, though Nehru and the entire Constituent Assembly were to salute him as the architect of Indian independence, as the ‘father of the nation’. The last few months of Gandhi’s life were spent mainly in the capital city of Delhi. Hindu and Sikh refugees had streamed into the capital from what had become Pakistan, and there was much resentment against Muslims. It was partly in an attempt to put an end to the killings in Delhi and more generally to the bloodshed following the partition that Gandhi was to commence the last ‘fast unto death’ of his life. The fast was terminated when representatives of all the communities signed a statement that they were prepared to live in ‘perfect amity’ and that the lives, property and faith of the Muslims would be safeguarded. A few days later, a bomb exploded in Birla House where Gandhi was holding his evening prayers, but it caused no injuries. However, his assassin, Nathuram Godse, was not so easily deterred. In the early evening hours of 30 January 1948, Gandhi met with India’s Deputy Prime Minister and his close associate in the freedom struggle, Vallabhai Patel, and then proceeded to his prayers. That evening, as Gandhi’s timepiece, which hung from one of the folds of

his dhoti (loincloth), was to reveal to him, he was uncharacteristically late to his prayers, and he fretted about his inability to be punctual. At 10 minutes past five, Gandhi commenced his walk towards the garden where the prayer meeting was held. As he was about to mount the steps of the podium, Gandhi folded his hands and greeted his audience with a namaskar. Nathuram Godse came up to him, bent down in the gesture of obeisance, and with a revolver shot Gandhi three times in his chest. Bloodstains appeared over Gandhi’s white woolen shawl; his hands still folded in a greeting, he blessed his assassin: He Ram! He Ram! As Gandhi fell his faithful timepiece struck the ground and the hands of the watch came to a standstill. They showed the precise time: 5:12pm.

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arrived there on 5 April and Gandhi picked up a small lump of natural salt and so gave the signal to hundreds of thousands of people to similarly defy the law, since the British exercised a monopoly on the production and sale of salt. This was the beginning of the civil disobedience movement: Gandhi was arrested and thousands of others were also hauled into jail. It was to break this deadlock that Irwin agreed to hold talks with Gandhi and subsequently the British agreed to hold a Round Table Conference in London to negotiate the possible terms of Indian independence. Gandhi went to London in 1931 and met some of his admirers in Europe, but the negotiations proved inconclusive. On his return to India, he was again arrested. For the next few years, Gandhi was engaged mainly in the constructive reform of Indian society. At the outset of World War II, Gandhi and the Congress leadership assumed a position of neutrality. While clearly critical of fascism, they could not find it in themselves to support British imperialism. In 1942, Gandhi issued the last call for independence from British rule. On the grounds of what is now known as August Kranti Maidan, he delivered a stirring speech, asking every Indian to lay down their life, if necessary, in the cause of freedom. He gave them this mantra: “Do or die”; at the same time, he asked the British to “quit India”. The response of the British government was to place Gandhi under arrest and virtually the entire Congress leadership was to find itself behind bars, not to be released until after the conclusion of the war. In the period 1942-1945 the Muslim League, which represented the interest of certain Muslims and by now advocated the creation of a separate homeland for Muslims, increasingly gained the attention of the British and supported them in their war effort. The new government that came to power in Britain under Clement Atlee was committed to the independence of India, and negotiations for India’s future began in earnest. Sensing that the political leaders were now craving power, Gandhi distanced himself from the negotiations. He declared his opposition to the vivisection of India. It is generally conceded, even by his detractors, that the last years of his life were in some respects his finest. He walked from village to village in riot-torn Noakhali, where Hindus were being killed in retaliation for the killing of Muslims in Bihar, and nursed the wounded and consoled the widowed, and in Calcutta

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Gandhi in South Africa On the night of 7 June 1893, a young Indian lawyer, Mohandas Gandhi, was thrown off a train at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station. He had refused to move from a whites only compartment.

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whose interests he so ably espouses.” Gandhi wrote six petitions, all signed by ‘the Maritzburg Indians’, and submitted them to the Colonial Secretary. The petitions were presented to the Assembly in the Natal Parliament. During November 1912, the Honourable Gopal Gokhale visited Natal accompanied by Gandhi. On 25 April 1997, Mahatma Gandhi was posthumously conferred with the freedom of the city of Pietermaritzburg. The Pietermaritzburg-Msunduzi Transitional Local Council met on the platform of the Pietermaritzburg railway station with then president Nelson Mandela, who earlier that day had also received the Freedom of the City and presented the citation to Mr Gopalkrishana Gandhi, High Commissioner for India, and a grandson of the Mahatma. Gandhi spent 21 years in South Africa, where he developed his political views, ethics and political leadership skills. Indians in South Africa were led by wealthy Muslims, who employed Gandhi as a lawyer, and by impoverished Hindu indentured labourers with very limited rights. Gandhi considered them all to be Indians, taking a lifetime view that “Indianness” transcended religion and caste. Gandhi extended his original period of stay in South Africa to assist Indians in opposing a bill to deny them the right to vote. Though unable to halt the bill’s passage, his campaign was successful in drawing attention to the grievances of

Indians in South Africa. He helped found the Natal Indian Congress in 1894, and through this organisation he moulded the Indian community of South Africa into a unified political force. In January 1897, when Gandhi landed in Durban, a mob of white settlers attacked him but he refused to press charges against any member of the mob, stating that it was one of his principles not to seek redress for a personal wrong in a court of law. In 1906, a new act was passed compelling registration of the colony’s Indian population. At a mass protest on 11 September that year, Gandhi adopted his still evolving methodology of Satyagraha (devotion to the truth), or non-violent protest, for the first time. He urged Indians to defy the new law and to suffer the punishments for doing so. The community adopted this plan and during the ensuing seven-year struggle, thousands of Indians were jailed, flogged or shot for striking, refusing to register, for burning their registration cards or engaging in other forms of non-violent resistance. The government successfully repressed the Indian protesters, but the public outcry over the harsh treatment of peaceful Indian protesters by the South African government forced South African leader Jan Smuts, himself a philosopher, to negotiate a compromise with Gandhi. <

nd so began the political career of one of the world’s most influential leaders. Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world, but it was his experience in Pietermaritzburg that changed his life forever. On the following morning Gandhi sent a telegram of protest to the General Manager of the Natal Government Railways. In 1893 the Colony of Natal was granted responsible government, and shortly thereafter began to enact legislation which restricted Indian political and economic activities. In a letter he wrote on 18 June 1896 to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Sir John Robinson, the Prime Minister of Natal stated: “Apart from all other considerations, however, the fact remains that the object of the Act (the Franchise Amendment Act) is to ensure that the control of the political destinies of Natal shall remain in the hands of men of European race.” Gandhi’s response was to write letters of protest, present mass petitions and to form the Natal Indian Congress. These activities made him a thorn in the side of the colonial government. In an aside in 1898, the Attorney General of Natal wrote: “Mr Gandhi is an able but discontented person, and is not as grateful as he might be for concessions to a class


Guru | environment

Sustainable development is in the hands of women Sustainability is not about generating an abundance of income, but managing the utilisation of natural resources to sustain life and protect the environment, explains Joe MatiMba.

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their young lives, these children grow up to become dependent on the system and often become pregnant teenagers themselves. This is a vicious cycle. Teenagers who fall pregnant at school should be required to do community service, especially in food gardening and/or environmental greening in order to qualify for a child support grant from the government. This is one possible mechanism for reducing poverty and teenage pregnancies by not only helping communities and individuals to provide for themselves through food and income generation, but also by empowering young girls. Women play an import role in the raising of the children. It is women who know when children are hungry, when there is no food in the kitchen and who subsequently have the determination and willingness to grow food to feed their families. Women are the strongest pillars in sustainable agriculture, food security, HIV/AIDS nutrition and economic activities in this country They are a potential source of major agricultural and economic growth. Women are life-supporting elements in our society and should be promoted and encouraged to adopt positive initiatives in developing and supporting agricultural activities within their communities to alleviate poverty and unemployment. Today our society needs a creative approach to self-empowerment and employment through various initiatives. Agricultural projects where women are involved, such as at Ratanang, have proven to be an effective means of income generation with readily available natural resources. Ratanang project members have adopted the practice of using and preserving natural resources to produce vegetables, herbs and fruit trees for long- and shortterm usage. These pensioners are now selfemployed and generate enough income to sustain the needs of their families and are today proud of their achievement. Unemployment and poverty is a thing of the past for these intrepid workers. <

ood & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is a leading environmental greening and community development organisation based in South Africa. FTFA’s work is to generate positive effects for those living in some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities. Ratanang Community Permaculture Food Garden Project, facilitated by FTFA through funding made available by Pioneer Foods Limited, is one of the most sustainable projects in Limpopo and also generates a good income for the project members. Ratanang project members are mainly pensioners who create sustainable food production through the utilisation of available natural resources. “The government Health and Agricultural Departments should place food security and HIV/AIDS nutrition in the hands of women,” says one of the Ratanang project members. The project was established in 1999 by senior citizens of the community, four of whom are 92, with the rest ranging in age from 46 to 86. They work hard daily while a vast majority of teenagers and unemployed community members wait for the government to provide them with employment or grants. Gone are the days when people could depend on formal employment once they had left school. New, different and innovative thinking needs to be the order of the day and individuals and communities need to become more resourceful. Natural resources can help to provide employment and food security for the whole country. Government child support grants encourage teenage pregnancies and a lurking dependency syndrome in the country. In desperation teenagers will fall pregnant to receive an income, no matter how small, which will enable them to provide for themselves. What happens to the child is a tragic story played out in our society over and over again. Without receiving good education and a firm basis from which to start

Joe MATIMbA is the Senior Project Manager for Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), a South African national social enterprise that started in 1990 to address global warming and now develops, manages and promotes greening, climate change action, sustainable natural resource management and food security programmes. In the past 19 years FTFA has distributed over 3,6 million trees, facilitated the development of over 3,500 natural food gardens for the poorest in South Africa and launched the first carbon calculator and the Carbon Standard in this country. 75


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PBF people in business

Running and maintaining a business takes skills, courage and determination. We asked PBF business leaders about what drives them and how they succeeded in their individual industries. Mpho Nangu, Marketing and Development Manager, Nangu Investments Tell us about your company.

Nangu Investments specialises in facilities management and maintenance, property management, property development and construction. I have partnered with big companies as part of the enterprise development and growth strategy for my company.

How do you relax?

At home with my adorable twin girls. I also like movies and sometimes the outdoors.

Do you have a role model or someone who inspires you?

My role is in development, to market the business and manage the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations strategy.

The list is endless, so I decided to be my own role model and a role model to others. I have a good story to tell; when I am ready I plan to write a book about my life and all that inspires me.

What challenges do you face in the industry?

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt?

In what way has being a member of the PBF added to your company?

What are your future plans for the business?

What role do you play in the business?

The competition is a challenge and the standard of delivery and customer service needs to be maintained at a very high level. We offer our customers more than they expect so we cannot afford to lower our standards; instead we improve always.

PBF has exposed my company in a very professional manner; through networking it has given me confidence and courage to face competition head on.

How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

Being an entrepreneur one has to be creative in finding ways to keep your head above water. I never stopped believing in myself and the success of my company. The downturn has made me work smarter than before.

What motivates you?

So many people look up to me and believe in me â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that is what motivates me. I have a purpose in that I create employment. Being a South African is such a blessing; I am always motivated by the 76 76

opportunities South Africa offers.

To do things right the first time round in order to reap excellent results and to reinvest in my business. Time management is also one of the best lessons I have learnt; procrastination is a thief of time and money.

To create growth and stability by being the leader in the property industry and to create thousands of jobs.

What words of wisdom do you have for other business leaders?

Knowledge and wisdom are powerful instruments for all of us and the foundations for our organisations should be built on trust and loyalty. Honesty and integrity go a long way and will ensure that whatever you are doing is solid as a rock.

What advice do you have for those wanting to enter the industry?

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can always achieve.


What role do you play in your business? Managing Director.

What challenges do you face in the industry?

having worked with him at COSATU level.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt?

To try and accommodate the number of students wanting to do in-service training.

To treat people with respect, share knowledge and interact with local communities.

In what way has being a member of the PBF added to your company?

What is your future plan for the business?

Interacting with various stakeholders has contributed towards establishing relationships within the business community in general.

How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

Fortunately we have been able to procure long-term contracts and thus have not been badly affected.

How do you relax?

Gym and playing a variety of sport.

Do you have a role model or someone who inspires you?

The current President Jacob Zuma because we are from the same background. My other role model is Secretary General Gwede Matashe,

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Elvis Dube, Managing Director, Stedone Group of Companies

To grow our business and to empower SMMEs as much as possible.

What words of wisdom do you have for other business leaders?

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about the fact that you cannot do everything, but rather the fact that you can always do something. In other words, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t subscribe to the notion that if you cannot do everything then it means you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything.

What advice do you have for those wanting to enter the industry?

Firstly, understand that your frustrations can become your vision. Write down your frustrations, which will enable these to become your vision. Finally, write down your vision and make it happen.

Titus HZ Ximba, Managing Director, Kuntwela Enzansi Ventures T/A KEV Accurate Measuring Tells us about your company.

Kuntwela Enzansi Ventures T/A KEV Accurate Measuring started operating on 1 March 2002. The main purpose of the business is to respond to the needs of local government. The company assists local government in providing accurate billing through accurate metering data and we respond to both water and electricity meter management. The business involves meter reading, auditing, installation, plumbing and electrification. Our vision is to be one of the best service providers in the field of local government and to deliver excellent services and products of the highest quality to our various markets.

What role do you play in the business?

I am the Director of the company. My role involves strategic planning and also daily management control to ensure that

the vision of the company is upheld. I also develop, train and monitor strategies.

What challenges do you face in the industry?

The industry is very competitive and my role is to make sure that our company delivers excellent services. We promote our company by presenting papers to local municipality forums, such as the South African Revenue Protection Association (SARPA). This helps us to promote new services and also ensures that we are still on the right track when it comes to technology.

In what way has being a member of the PBF added to your company?

The company has used PBF to promote itself nationally.

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How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

The economic downturn has not really affected us but as a small business we have been through financial difficulties and have been able to weather these through constant cash management.

What motivates you?

The love of what I do and the contribution that we make in the lives of the many people we have employed. I am also motivated by the hunger for success.

How do you relax?

By going to church, spending quality time with my family and friends and reading motivational books.

Do you have a role model or someone who inspires you?

My role models are business people like Mr Maponya, Mr Ackerman and Mr P Motsepe.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt?

Managing cash flow and managing human assets - the main factors of the success of the business.

What are your future plans for the business?

I want to grow KEV Accurate Measuring to be the trusted name in local government nationally.

What words of wisdom do you have for other business leaders?

Do not quit. The darkest hour means dawn is just in sight. Hold on to your vision and calling.

What advice do you have for those wanting to enter the industry?

Have a clear vision, and it must be broad but very clear and distinct from others.

Godfrey Masegela, Managing Director, Amaloba Horticultural Services Tell us about your company.

Amaloba Horticultural Services does landscaping installation for both office interiors and outdoor gardens, which includes in-house irrigation, garden design and the maintenance thereof. Our main clients include universities, estates, government departments, the corporate sector as well as some domestic gardens and mines.

What role do you play in the business?

I am Managing Director overseeing the entire running of the company, including its marketing.

What challenges do you face in the industry?

It is a very competitive industry; the important thing is to deliver high level services and customer liaison on a continuous basis. We thrive on word-ofmouth marketing and do not remember losing a client because of poor quality in our 12 years of existence. Our biggest challenge is staff turnover because of low wages, even though it is government controlled.

In what way has being a member of the PBF added to your company?

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the PBF. Hopefully with the calibre of the participants and the opportunities to network, we will achieve positive results from our membership.

How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

Fortunately we had some running contractors, which allowed us to pay our monthly obligations. But yes, picking up new business was very tough indeed.

What motivates you?

Growing up watching my mother try all sorts of things, including making uMqomothi nearly every day, to pay for our school fees and buy school clothes. Today I am proud when looking back. Also I love what I do and want to see my kids getting a good education.

How do you relax?

Being with my mom when in Limpopo and my family when in Gauteng, or going to the bush and spending a day or two with my goats and sheep.

Do you have a role model or someone who inspires you?

Yes, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and my mother, Ramokone Masegela.


Whenever I approach something new I always have a plan B just in case.

What are your future plans for business? Our head office is in Laezonia, Centurion, and we have branches in Limpopo, Botswana and are busy organising one in Mozambique; we want to be an international company in years to come.

What words of wisdom do you have for other business leaders?

Try by all means to recognise each

employee’s contribution to the company and remunerate accordingly. Stop using the policy of ‘Die donkie wat trek, is die een wat altyd geslaan word’ (the donkey that pulls, is the one that gets hit). It is bad management and not conducive to productivity. Also treat people the way you would like to be treated, especially your competitors.

What advice do you have for those want to enter the industry?

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What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt?

Study the industry and be competitive. Also try your best to do the best job.

Joe Makhafola, Group Executive: Corporate Affairs, Regulatory Affairs & Government Liaison, Altech Tell us about your company.

Altech is a leading, multi-billion rand, high technology South African group that operates in the telecommunications, multimedia and information technology (TMT) environments, with a strong focus on convergence.

What role do you play in the business?

Group Executive: Corporate Affairs, Regulatory Affairs & Government Liaison.

What challenges do you face in the industry?

It’s a very competitive environment. Delays in decision making can be costly because technology evolves rapidly.

In what way has being a member of the PBF added to your company?

It has helped to bring me closer to decision makers and my contemporaries, which makes my job easier from a networking point of view.

How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

The Altech Group’s performance was achieved mainly by increasing annuity revenue to over 80 percent of total revenue. Generally, it is perceived that annuity revenue businesses are better protected during times of difficult economic conditions.

What motivates you?

How do you relax?

I recently started playing golf and I go to gym now and again. I like movies and read inspirational books.

Do you have a role model or someone who inspires you?

I have different role models for different reasons. Nelson Mandela for his courage and determination. He once said “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” He lived to see it through.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt?

Follow your instincts. When in doubt, pause and listen to that inner voice.

What are your future plans for the business?

To become a formidable businessman.

What words of wisdom do you have for other business leaders?

Don’t be complacent, accolades are just inspiration to do more and touch lives.

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A Message from the ANC Parliamentary Chief Whip.

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(Botho/Ubuntu) is the fountainhead of the fundamental principle of human dignity and the right to equality, freedom and justice for all which are inherent in all of us and are inalienable and inviolable human rights. These fundamental freedoms are the bedrock of our human rights culture. On the 18 July we shall be celebrating the 94th birthday of our icon, Nelson Mandela, in Zeerust in the North West Province. We should use this birthday to root the human and peoples’ rights culture in our youth and children. It would be most befitting too that government dedicate one day in a year as Ubuntu Day to serve as a reminder of Mandela’s is legacy to South Africa, Africa and the world. President Jacob Zuma told the nation that the ANC is committed to building a cohesive, caring and prosperous nation based on Ubuntu values and principles. He traced back this revolutionary morality to his predecessors and early ANC policy documents. President Zuma went on to convene a National Summit on Nation Building and Social Cohesion. The Summit will take place from the 4 to 5 July. As we did in the past we shall establish a multi-party Task Team that will work together with the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to coordinate and integrate the programmes of the Summit and the campaigns that will follow thereafter. Our Activist Parliament is a primary Nation Building institution. In pursuit of this objective parliament will use its Parliamentary Constituency Office (PCOs) and Constituency Forum meetings to take the dialogue and related campaigns to communities. The feedback received in these community engagements will come back to parliament through statements, motions, questions to Ministers, Deputy President and President. This Presidential Dialogue will get all South Africans, both black and white, to speak to and find one another in search of a cohesive, caring and sustainable nation. The recent events around the Goodman Gallery show that reconciliation and building a cohesive nation cannot be achieved through the stroke of the pen. <

pon his release on 11 February 1990, Madiba said the following, “I call on the strongest possible way for us to act with the dignity and discipline that our just struggle for freedom deserves. From that day on, Madiba pursued a principled and peaceful struggle that led to the 1994 democratic breakthrough. The 11th February should be declared ‘South African and African History Month’ to be used to remind and teach our people, both black and white, where we come from as a nation and what pitfalls we should avoid so that we do not forget, nor return, to the dark days of apartheid colonialism. When the first results were announced, and it became clear that the ANC would form a government, Madiba adopted his reconciliation policy which he explained as follows, “From the moment the results were in and it was apparent that the ANC was to form the government, I saw my mission as one of preaching reconciliation, of binding the wounds of the country, of engendering trust and confidence. I knew that many people, particularly the minorities, whites, coloureds and Indians, would be feeling anxious about the future and I wanted them to feel secure. I reminded people again and again that the liberation struggle was not a battle against any one group or colour, but a fight against a system of repression. At every opportunity, I said all South Africans must now unite and join hands and say we are one country, one nation, one people marching together into the future.” In his first state of the nation address, Madiba elaborated on the post-Apartheid Constitutional vision embodied in the Freedom Charter. He linked the restoration of human dignity to the improve-

ment of the quality of life of all South Africans. Madiba knew full well that the recovery of our humanity and restoration of the dignity of all South Africans, both black and white, would require spiritual transformation as a prerequisite for social and economic transformation. Parliament is the primary nation building and heritage institution. Its strategic objectives include public education, public participation and the promotion of co-operative governance. Parliament established the Parliamentary Millennium Project (PMP) as a premier nation building and heritage programme. The loss of the revolutionary moral values and deepening moral degeneration makes this PMP a very important programme on public education and youth development. Our public education programme should address both the spiritual (intrinsically moral values) and material aspects of the human personality. The pursuit of material means, mainly sacrificing at the altar for money, will not help us to build the character of our youth and children and to create cohesive, caring and sustainable communities. The PMP should first and foremost build the character of the youth and children by rooting them in the African cultural heritage and history. Our youth and children should embrace a core set of human values essential to our society that need to be part of all formal and informal public education programmes. Madiba urged us to remind the youth and children at all times that, “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine, that the child of a farm worker can become the President of a nation. It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” Madiba not only calls for the restoration of human dignity but shows that this is linked to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans. Mandela embodies the revolutionary morality of the African National Congress. He taught us that ‘we are because other are’ or ‘we are through other (Motho Ke Motho Ka Batho). This benevolent philosophy of humanism

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six were delegations from South Africa to China. To this delegation from Hubei Province, China, we greet you warmly, you are long-standing friends. In fact it bears noting that the very first contact with our friends from Hubei came last year already, when the Executive Deputy Governor of the Hubei Provincial Government, Mr Li Xiansheng, visited South Africa on a trip coordinated by the PBF. That visit heralded as it were, the start of our ongoing and indeed expanding contact with Hubei. In May this year, a South African PBF delegation visited Wuhan, holding a business seminar with the provincial government. In August of this year, the Deputy Secretary General of the CPC, Mr Li Chunming, visited South Africa. These visits have grown in stature and number and indeed, if I am not mistaken, today’s numbers are witness to the largest delegation ever from China to South Africa. And, 2011 also marks the year that South Africa took its largest ever delegation to China. It is clear that our ties are growing exponentially, and indeed, continue to grow. Today, everyone can see for themselves the interest in business between our two countries, this despite the traditionally holiday mode of South Africans and on the eve of a public holiday - nothing, it seems can stem the tide of interest in business relations between our two countries. The ANC’s Progressive Business Forum is proud to be involved in these business activities, and indeed we intend to continue to do everything in our power to expand and deepen those ties even further.” <

n 15 December 2011 the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) hosted an incoming trade delegation from Hubei, China, at the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park. Hubei is often called the ‘Land of Fish and Rice’. Important agricultural products in Hubei include cotton, rice, wheat and tea, while industries include automobiles, metallurgy, machinery, power generation, textiles, foodstuffs and hightech commodities. Over 200 PBF members and 80 Hubei-based companies attended the event, which was hosted by PBF Co-convenor Renier Schoeman in conjunction with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). Mr Schoeman welcomed the guests, and he was followed by the main speaker, Mr Li Youcai, the Vice Chairman of CPPCC Hubei Provincial Committee. After Mr Schoeman and Mr Youcai signed an official memorandum of understanding the guests broke for a vibrant business-to-business session between the South African companies and their Chinese counterparts. Extracts of remarks by Schoeman, Co-convenor of the PBF: “Today marks the last function of the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum for this year. It is fitting indeed that the PBF’s involvement and work with China has grown considerably. The very first international function, arranged by the PBF in 2011, was a China related event, the very last event of this year is fittingly also a China related function. Over the past 12 months there have been 13 such events, of which seven involved incoming delegations from China to South Africa and


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Vice President of Vietnam during her visit to South Africa in 2011. Ambassador Zazeraj pointed out that Paramount Group had, since the initial meeting initiated by the PBF with the Vietnamese side, been able to engage with Vietnam on different and diverse levels. This was possible, he said, because of the diversity within Paramount itself, but also because of the diverse opportunities in Vietnam and the facilitating role of the PBF, which had earlier hosted events in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the Deputy President of Vietnam and her delegation. Ambassador Zazeraj encouraged the South African businesses present and indeed in South Africa to engage their Vietnamese counterparts on many levels and was sure that there would be an area and opportunity for business for everyone. The guests were able to engage and network over the lunch. Both the South African and Vietnamese businesses present expressed their satisfaction with the opportunity provided to have engaged with each other. <

delegation from Vietnam visited South Africa in February this year and the PBF hosted an informal networking lunch for the delegation at which the Vietnamese side was able to meet their South African business equivalents. The event was held in Woodmead, Johannesburg on 6 February and was also attended by the South African Ambassador to Vietnam, HE Super Moloi, and the Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. The guests were welcomed by PBF Co-convenor, Daryl Swanepoel, who invited the business representatives of both countries to use the opportunity provided by the event to explore and take advantage of business opportunities the other presented. South African Ambassador to Vietnam, Super Moloi added to the welcoming remarks and wished the delegation well during the visit to South Africa. The keynote address was delivered by Ambassador Vic Zazeraj of the Paramount Group. He pointed out that his address was based upon an engagement of the PBF with the

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Indonesia sought to enhance business with South Africa and he highlighted also the advantages South Africa enjoyed in its trade portfolio and which were attractive to Indonesia. The joint program directors, Renier Schoeman, Coconvenor of the ANC Progressive Business Forum and the Ambassador of Indonesia to South Africa, HE Ambassador Sabaruddin, thanked the South African and Indonesian business representatives for their conviction and commitment to expanding trade opportunities between the two countries and commended them for their dedication and entrepreneurial spirit which stood to benefit the people of both nations. Following the formalities, the meeting dispersed to facilitate networking in earnest over a buffet breakfast. The event continued well after its scheduled ending time, proof indeed of the eagerness and commitment of the businesses of both countries to never miss an opportunity to explore and expand business on all fronts. <

he Indonesian Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr Gita Wirjawan, lead a delegation of about 30 Indonesian businesses to South Africa in December 2011. At a breakfast networking event hosted by the PBF at the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on 2 December 2011, about 120 South African business representatives and subscribers to the Progressive Business Forum turned out to explore the opportunities and potential for enhanced business between the two countries. The ANC Treasurer General, Dr Mathews Phosa, met with the group ahead of the address by the Indonesian Trade Minister that same morning. In his remarks, Indonesian Trade Minister Wirjawan pointed out the similarities between the South African and Indonesian cultures, serving, he said, as a good basis upon which the two countries could undertake increased trade and business opportunities. The Minister pointed out the areas in which


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out the strong cultural links between South Africa and China and remarked also that strong historical and cultural ties are often a most important precondition for business ventures between them. In his response, Mr Qiao Shengli, the President of the Chinese New Sinoark Group, spoke powerfully of the lessons that could be drawn from the establishment of the city of Shenzen, which has grown in some 30 years from a small fishing town to its significant size and affluence today. Mr Shengli pointed out the challenges that were faced in the establishment and prosperity of Shenzen, and he suggested that the unemployment and building rules and regulation challenges in China 30 years ago were greater than those faced in much of South Africa today. He encouraged the South Africans to look towards the establishment of special economic zones to facilitate and speed up the opportunities to eradicate poverty, create a sustainable and improved social environment for its population and to enhance employment opportunities for its citizens. <

high level delegation from China visited South Africa in February this year. This delegation included senior officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology, one of the original planners and architects of the city of Shenzen, Mr Qiao Shengli, and a powerful business component, including one of Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most influential and most affluent businessmen. The delegationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit to South Africa was essentially designed to familiarise them with the infrastructure in South Africa and to acquaint them with the opportunities for joined efforts based on the city of Shenzen model, which has grown from a small city to one of the largest and most affluent of all in China, largely due to that city being accorded special status as a special economic zone. Having met with very senior South African officials and business representatives, a dinner was hosted by the Progressive Business Forum for this delegation and attended by about 200 PBF participants in the Hilton Hotel, Sandton on 27 February this year. Arts and Culture Minister, Paul Mashatile, was the guest of honour and in his address to the guests, the Minister pointed


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PBF delegation of 27 business people, headed by the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Mathume Phaahla, and the PBF Co-convenor, Renier Schoeman, paid a highly successful four-day visit to Tanzania in March 2012.

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The trade seminar in Dar es Salaam was co-hosted by the PBF and the Tanzanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and addressed by its President, Mr Mwamanga, and its Executive Director, Mr Daniel Machemba, who gave a business presentation, as did Mr John Mnali, of the Tanzania Investment Corporation. From the South African side, the keynote speaker was Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla, Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture. In his speech, which was widely reported in the Tanzanian and South African media, Deputy Minister Phaahla said, inter alia: “I am delighted to be here and bring warm fraternal greetings from the African National Congress and the people of South Africa to members of Chama Cha Mapinduzi and the people of Tanzania. “We will always remember the great help that Tanzania provided us with during our days in need, during our struggle for democracy. Tanzania became home to many of us and we still hold this country dear to us. “The African National Congress is celebrating its centenary year this year as the oldest liberation movement in Africa. We therefore want to take this opportunity to thank all the countries that assisted us and to build closer relations with you. We thank Chama Cha Mapindizi for the role you played in making us feel at home in Tanzania. “More than 120 South Africa companies have invested in Tanzania since 1990. South African investments in Tanzania span a range of sectors from agriculture, commercial buildings, telecommunications and advertising to the financial sector, transportation, manufacturing, natural resources, mining and petroleum, as well as tourism infrastructure and services. “In Tanzania, the (South African) 92


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Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) was instrumental in reviving the only tanzanite deposit found in the world and currently holds a 22.8 percent shareholding in the operating company, African Gem Resources Ltd. The corporation has also approved a loan facility for the expansion and diversification of a manufacturing concern. “Two agro-processing projects, a health resort and an infrastructure project are also currently under consideration. In Kenya, the IDC is looking to provide finance for a project to produce an affordable antimalarial treatment for the African market, with a portion of this project also being rooted in neighbouring Tanzania. “With the Spatial Development Initiative Programme and, as per agreement, the first phase of the Mtwara Development Corridor (MtwDC) complete, the managing of the MtwDC has been handed over to Tanzania’s National Development Corporation. The South African Department of Trade and Industry Spatial Development Initiative unit will continue to offer support to the Tanzanian National Development Corporation (NDC) for the success of the corridor. “As the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture I am glad to inform you that we have signed a Cultural Agreement last year and are working closely on the African liberation Heritage Route. We will be signing a Programme of Co-operation here in Tanzania in the next few months identifying areas of collaboration in the next three years. We have plans to host a SOMAFCO Festival (Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College) in June. We will also build a Wall of Remembrance at SOMAFCO for all the comrades we lost here. “Cultural exchanges will certainly allow for a greater understanding between our countries and bring us closer, especially because of our historic links and also as we are part of the Southern African Development Co-operation bloc. I want to re-iterate that a dream that we have all cherished can become reality when we form intra-African trading partnerships and realise the dream of an integrated Africa.”

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In his vote of thanks on behalf of the delegates, South African businessman, Zemani Letjane, CEO of Akafin Retirement Fund, thanked the government, the CCM, the Tanzanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and all concerned for according the delegation such a warm reception on all fronts. He also thanked the two High Commissioners for their support and singled out Deputy Minister Phaahla for his intense engagement in the visit. He praised the PBF for keeping its earlier promise to bring a delegation to Tanzania by March 2012, which had been noted with appreciation by the Tanzanian hosts. Outside of the business programme, two highlights of the visit of the delegation were the seminar and the meeting with a number of senior officials of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Party, including its Secretary General, Mr Wilson Makuma. The CCM is a sister party of the ANC, led by President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. The group also met the Secretary for Political Affairs and International Relations of the CCM, Mr January Makamba (MP), senior members of parliament, the Mayor, the Hon Didas Masaburi and the Executive Committee of Dar es Salaam. The delegation also met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations, Hon. Mahadhi J. Maalim.

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The visit of the delegation to the head office of the ANC sister party, the CCM, where the delegation was received by its Vice Chair Pius Masekwa, the Secretary General of the CCM, Mr Wilson Makuma and Mr January Makamba MP, the Secretary for Political Affairs and International Relations of the CCM, who also addressed the welcome breakfast, and a large number of CCM officials. In response to the warm welcome remarks by the Secretary General, Deputy Minister Phaahla conveyed fraternal greetings from the ANC and presented a copy of the ANC centenary publication Unity and Diversity: 100 Years of Leadership (1912 - 2012) to the CCM head office as well as a copy for the CCM President. The first copy of the booklet The ANC in Morogoro - A home in exile, published by the PBF to commemorate the visit, falling as it does in the ANC centenary year, was also handed over. Members of the delegation were given golf caps with CCM branding, evoking much comment when worn on the street. 94


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Standard Bank, and Mr Krishna Patel, CEO, Global Private Banking and Group General Manager of HSBC Bank. There was also a strong business presence with many linkages into South Africa. In his speech (which is printed in full on page 128), Dr Phosa made a powerful plea for further strengthening of commercial and other bilateral relationships between South Africa and the UK. In his response, Mr Peter Hain congratulated the ANC on its centenary and said it was highly appropriate that the international launch of the publication Unity in Diversity: 100 Years of the ANC Leadership (1912-2012) should take place in the UK from where the anti-apartheid struggle was driven with such commitment and global impact and effect.


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xtracts from a speech by Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Member of the ANC National Executive Committee, and Head of ANC Policy Unit, on the occasion of the Progressive Business Forum business lunch, Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead, 1 June 2012: “I am pleased to be part of this business lunch organised by the Progressive Business Forum. Allow me to congratulate the Progressive Business Forum for its continued work, which helps the ANC to interact with various business people in our country. As you would know, our economy is characterised as a mixed economy, because there are important roles to be played by both the private sector and the public sector towards ensuring we meet the five priority areas highlighted in the ANC electoral manifesto. "The ANC National Policy Conference later this month is aimed at ensuring that we further consolidate and take stock of the progress and shortcomings in the implementation of our transformation programmes as per the National Conference in Polokwane as further expounded by the five manifesto priority areas. "As I suppose you know by now, the National Policy Conference will be convened from 26 to 29 June this year. Already, branches are in the process of discussing the various draft policy documents adopted by the ANC NEC. Amongst those are the Strategy and Tactics, Organisational Renewal and a number of policy papers. I can assure you that we are on course towards achieving our goals in that regard and come 26 June we will be ready to confer and make appropriate and informed recommendations to National Conference in December. "As you also know, the National Policy Conference is not a constitutional body of the ANC, but an essential invention that helps consolidate wide-ranging views from the various stakeholders of our country’s social, economic and political development. For this reason, we will welcome views from the business sector, and we are no doubt biased to progressive views from the Progressive Business Forum associates and members. "The policymaking process in the ANC is well organised to ensure that views expressed at National Conference are mandated views from the lower structures of the organisation, hence National Conference will be constituted by 4,000 voting delegates from branches, while a further 400 will be the NEC, PEC’s and the Leagues. There will be around 600 observers, and therefore a total of 5,000 people attending


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the National Conference in December. "The issue of the ideological trajectory best expounded through the Strategy and Tactics document will feature prominently as we discuss what kind of development path we seek to pursue towards 2014 and the decades to come. Linked to this will be the issue of Organisational Renewal paper, as to what kind of organisation and what programmes it must spearhead to better lead our continued revolutionary struggle for a better life for all. "Amongst the issues that must be of concern to our branches are the issues of service delivery protest that, if left unattended, threaten to give the impression that our people are completely dissatisfied with the leadership of the ANC, particularly at the local level. Also are the concerns of building sustainable and safe communities, jobs and the economy, welfare, health and education. "From the economic point of view, the issue of the Developmental State as emphasised in Polokwane will feature prominently as we seek to grapple with the avenues and limitations posed by various barriers to our transformation, and most particularly how we can navigate against such challenges to further our development agenda. "On the issue of economic transformation will be the all-round critical aspect of job creation. To what extent we have created job absorbing capacity in the economy will again be a major question. It can be argued that job creation remains the single most important challenge of our times, as from it flows the remedy of many of the other challenges that we are faced with. An employed people is able to fend for itself and is not reliant on government grants and other social expenditures. An employed person also pays tax, increasing the revenue available for government to fulfil its mandate. The role of the private sector and of the State in this regard will come out sharply, and I am confident as the business community you will provide more inputs towards solutions in this regard. "Other issues will include infrastructure, which will feature as main government expenditure in the coming years as well as industrial transformation. Currently, the New Growth and Development Plan is characterised by the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2 and a developmental Trade Policy Strategic Framework. The PBF partners must give more flesh to these frameworks. "The role of the State through the State Owned Enterprises in expanding our industrial sector and meeting the job creation targets will also feature prominently and so will the Green Economy and the imperatives of climate change, such as clean energy through solar and wind, etc. "Another aspect that will feature prominently is that of international relations, particularly how the world continues to tilt in or against

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our favour. Africa remains our immediate environment and we are bound to work closely with it to realise both our national and continental goals. "We have continued to partake in continental issues, including the peace process in the two Sudans, in the DRC, in Cote Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ivoire, in Libya and elsewhere. Some of the measures we have taken have been successful while some have failed, many times due to the global balance of forces with its competing agendas. The Arab Spring has redefined the continent to some extent; what are the implications for the democratic and developmental agenda? That is a question we must grapple with. "As I conclude, allow me to emphasise the need to build a strong revolutionary organisation capable of leading and implementing the various resolutions that would keep our revolution alive and relevant. It is for this reason that we are pleased with such platforms to re-emphasise the ANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership in every facet of society in our country. I therefore exceedingly thank you for being here and look forward to your contribution to making the ANC a better organisation and our country a better place for all.

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conduct governing professional behaviour and compliance with the regulations of the World Federation of DSA based in the USA. I am a member of a unique Direct Selling organisation called the ANC; we go from house to house at some stage in a year to sell our product, our organisation, and I can tell you that it is the hardest part. So I have some idea of how hard you must work and I can attest to the fact that selling is one of those most undervalued practices in our society. "The selling profession requires the art of persuasion and understanding the customer, but also the ability to recognise and exploit new possibilities and opportunities. In addition, more than simply creating jobs, the direct selling industry also skills its people, not only with product training but financial and business management, people skills, leadership development skills, communication, personal and life skills, backed by a reliable infrastructure of market research, advertising and long established promotional programmes. "One of the greatest strengths of direct selling is that the industry is open to everyone from all walks of life. No skills, qualifications or talents are required for newcomers, only determination, ambition, a hunger to learn and an eagerness to grow. Research results show that the direct selling industry defies global economic trends â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the market thrives when other industry sectors are tightening their belts.

Despite the economic downturn, the direct selling industry is set to grow at around twice the rate of the national economic growth figure, and member companies of the DSA have recruited more than 100,000 people over the past 12 months. A further 300,000 people are predicted to join the industry over the next three years. "There are some 90 million people involved in direct selling worldwide. Extra income earned by part-time direct sellers, many of whom are from lower LSM families, can make a significant difference to their quality of life and enables those hardest hit by tough economic times the opportunity to make ends meet. "It is an industry that particularly suits women. Eight-six percent of direct sellers in South Africa are women, and this figure reflects a global trend where over 75 percent of direct sellers globally are women. Globally, almost 80 percent of direct sellers are part-timers. And, direct sellers represent the demographics of South Africa. "The DSA and its DSA member companies turn entrepreneurial and financial dreams into reality. It gives hope where there was none. It rewards hard work. It provides a platform for a different, brighter future. I have confidence in women. "The DSA could not be in better hands. Take care and grow. South Africa needs you to grow so you can shed light on the rest of us." <

he PBF facilitated a function at which the Minister of Defence, Lindiwe Sisulu, addressed the 40th anniversary event of the Direct Selling Association (DSA) at the Sandton Conference Centre in May this year. The event was attended by about 400 DSA members from all over South Africa and the PBF was represented by its Co-convenor, Daryl Swanepoel. Minister Sisulu made some interesting points on direct selling: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Direct selling was one of the most innovative ideas that retail had ever experienced at the time of its launch. My first experience with direct selling was some 20 years ago. I was in exile in a foreign country and teaching at the university/training college. I walked into the staff room and there was clearly a roaring Tupperware party going on. The women on the staff had discovered an excellent way to augment their meagre salaries. "At that party I was an outsider looking in at people having fun, loving what they were doing and getting fulfilment from it. I did not hesitate when I was invited to join. "Today Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still an outsider, but luckily I have been part of the party. Happy birthday Direct Selling Association. I congratulate you on your sound business ethics and code of conduct. Being a military person myself, I relate to and am attracted to such strong principles. I am informed that members of every Direct Selling Association around the world uphold a strictly monitored code of

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he Deputy Minister of Police, Ms Makhotso Sotyu, met the Chinese Community Policing Forum (CPF) and members of the Chinese community at a lunch event hosted by the ANCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Progressive Business Forum in Cyrildene, Johannesburg on 20 March. The event was attended by about 70 members of the Chinese community who expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the Deputy Minister for her presence and willingness to interact with them with a view to exchange views and take steps to improve policing among the Chinese community itself. The Minister was taken on a tour of the offices of the Chinese Community Policing Forum (CPF) in Cyrildene and she spoke to officials and listened to the challenges they faced. Following her visit to the CPF, the Deputy Minister met the guests at the lunch. The Co-convenor of the PBF, Daryl Swanepoel, introduced the Deputy Minister and thanked her for her participation and keen interest in the Chinese community, many of whom were subscribers of the PBF. In her address, Deputy Minister Sotyu spoke powerfully of the challenges facing the police in combating crime. She commended

the CPF for its work and encouraged the community to interact constantly with the police in the neighbourhood. The Deputy Minister spoke frankly about the challenges of the community and also of the lessons that South Africa could learn from the hardworking Chinese community who had also been subjected to apartheid abuses prior to democracy in South Africa. Speaking in reply were representatives of the CPF, the Chinese Consulate General in Johannesburg and the Chinese Embassy itself. They were ad idem in their thanks and appreciation to the Deputy Minister for her visible commitment to policing in the community. The speakers praised several members of the local police force for their hard work and dedication in serving the community. Deputy Minister Sotyu is clearly highly regarded by the Chinese community, and the Chinese speakers who addressed the guests after the Minister reiterated their satisfaction with the interaction with senior government representatives and Ministers and Deputy Ministers, all of whom had taken time to meet with the Chinese community and to listen to their challenges, hopes and aspirations. <

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President Jacob Zuma’s tribute to Comrade Radhakrishna Lutchmana ‘Roy’ Padayachie

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n this 9th day of May, the third anniversary of the inauguration of the fourth democratic President of the Republic, we gather sadly to bid farewell to one of these outstanding patriots who suffered so that we could be free, our beloved Minister for Public Service and Administration, Radhakrishna Lutchmana Padayachie, known to all of us affectionately as Comrade Roy. We are honoured to testify today that we knew this gentle, humble giant of our struggle for freedom. We knew this patriot who hardly enjoyed comfort before the dawn of freedom, and who, after the achievement of freedom in 1994, committed himself to the struggle to achieve a truly prosperous South Africa. We are gathered not to mourn, but to celebrate the life he lived in pursuit of freedom, justice, human rights, democracy and prosperity. We reflect on his activism as a young student here in Durban, where he worked closely with a small group of activists, including Pravin Gordhan, Yunus Mahomed, Yusuf Vawda and others. Armed with the Freedom Charter and also the Black Consciousness philosophy, they turned the Indian University at Salisbury Island, which later became the University of Durban-Westville, into a hive of political activity. They were highly politically trained and organised, and could skilfully form structures that combined both overt civic campaigns and clandestine ANC activities. This group mobilised students, workers, and neighbouring communities in Phoenix, Chatsworth, Lamontville, Chesterville and others around several issues. That activism kept the spirit of the congress movement alive under difficult political conditions and repression in the 70s and early 80s. It provided fertile ground for the formation of community and civic organisations. It also prepared the ground for the formation of the United Democratic Front and COSATU years later. The revival of the Natal Indian Congress by others including Mewa Ramgobin and George Sewpersadh also provided a vehicle for the banned ANC to do underground work. Comrade Roy Padayachie worked intensively with this group and within the Natal Indian Congress, doing mobilisation

work that attracted the security police who hounded him, making a normal family life almost impossible. His dear wife Sally and their daughters suffered greatly. However, Comrade Sally has always understood that her husband was also married to the struggle, and that he would not rest until freedom had been attained. Given his political activism at the time, it is amazing that Minister Padayachie completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of DurbanWestville. It demonstrates his supreme intellectual abilities. We have lost a friend, a brother, a comrade and a man who truly loved this

country and its people. Some of us have lost more than a cabinet colleague. My first encounter with Comrade Roy occurred shortly after my release from Robben Island in December 1973, together with Sunny Singh, Judson Khuzwayo and Kirsten Moonsamy, among others. Comrade Roy drove me to my first medical check-up at King Edward Hospital in 1974 to ensure that I was in good health, following my release from the Island. He later drove me to several meetings and activities in days to come. He asked a lot of probing questions, and shared extremely good ideas about what we needed to do to advance the struggle under those difficult

The late Cde Radhakrishna Lutchmana ‘Roy’ Padayachie and his wife Sally at the PBF gala dinner at the NGC in September 2010.


those of us whom he has left behind must be comforted by the knowledge that he has played his part in liberating us and in shaping our lives in positive dimensions beyond April 1994. We are reminded as we pay our final tribute to Comrade Roy that the struggle that he and many others waged so bravely and so selflessly was not in vain. It was a struggle to achieve freedom, democracy and human rights for all. That has been achieved. It was also a struggle for all the people of South Africa to live in a society without poverty, inequality and unemployment. He left us in the middle of this phase of struggle. When he launched the Peace Pillar Memorial in Tongaat in November 2010, Comrade Roy uttered words that can easily be regarded as referring to his own life and contribution to our country. He said: “The monument is a poignant reminder of the richness of our past, the arduous struggle and sacrifices of our forebears and the immensely rich cultural and spiritual foundations of all our peoples in South Africa. It is a powerful reminder of the lifetimes of selfless service to the cause of freedom that our pioneering forefathers and freedom fighters suffered to bring about the democracy that we cherish today.” Indeed, today we celebrate his selfless contribution and how he suffered to bring about the democracy we cherish today. We can only be richer through borrowing from his legacy. We have learned from him the importance of loving our country and its people, and putting South Africa first in everything we do. We have learned the importance of working for peace and the unity of all our people. We have learned from his friendly disposition that all South Africans are important and can make a difference in building a great South Africa. We have learned that we should never forget the plight of the poor and the disadvantaged, as he prioritised them in every deployment and any assignment he was given. He never lost track of the mission of his organisation. More importantly, we have learned the importance of unwavering loyalty, discipline and respect as foundations for order and progress. Mrs Padayachie and family, allow me to extend, on behalf of the Deputy President, government and the people of South Africa, our deepest condolences. Thank you for sharing this soldier and freedom fighter with the nation. He has made an indelible mark in this beautiful country that he loved so dearly! I thank you.

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Internet, faxes and others. Comrade Roy was determined to expand access to broadcasting services to remote areas as well. We discovered places in this country that had never had television reception through Minister Padayachie’s hard work. He was equally passionate about expanding banking services to the poor. He wanted Postbank to become a bank of first choice for communities that have little or no access to commercial banking services or facilities. In 2011, when he was appointed Minister of Public Service and Administration, I gave him the task of creating a caring public service that was responsive to the needs of the people. As a consummate political activist, he knew what the public service of a free, democratic South Africa should be like, for us to be able to say things were changing for the better. At the time of his passing, he was busy with strategies of improving the recruitment, career-pathing and the retention of skills in the public service to create the ideal public service for a developmental state. Comrade Padayachie was also busy with public service wage negotiations. As agreed in the previous round of negotiations, he planned to negotiate a Multi-term Agreement whose aim was to ensure labour peace, and create room for government to implement resolutions that were agreed upon at the Public Service Collective Bargaining Council level. We certainly looked forward to a peaceful negotiations season, under this skilful negotiator and activist. We always urge members of parliament to be in touch with their constituencies. For many communities, their constituency MP is the only source of assistance when they are in distress. Minister Padayachie was an accessible, diligent and exemplary Member of Parliament for his constituency, Tongaat, and surrounding areas. Despite his heavy ministerial schedule, he still made time for the people of his constituency. He wanted to do a lot for his constituency. He had several items in his project plan which includes a Service Delivery Forum, a frail care centre, a museum for 1860 artefacts, a Thusong Centre and a job creation project on which he was working with the Department of Trade and Industry. The people are mourning the loss of a great MP and leader that they could always call upon for help. The passing on of Comrade Padayachie has robbed us of a father, a grandfather, a husband, a brother, a friend, a colleague, a visionary, a leader and a servant of the people. But

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political conditions. Since we spent so much time together, I came to know him better and to appreciate his political acumen and commitment to the struggle, this country and its people. He became a friend, a brother and a comrade that I could depend on for underground political work. I later went into exile and Comrade Roy went to study at the University of London, where he completed a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics. He interacted with comrades such as President Oliver Tambo, Yusuf Dadoo, Aziz Pahad, and others. The stay in London deepened his political education and consciousness. He underwent intensive political education and came back to Durban more empowered about the ANC and its policies. He became even more of an asset to the Natal Indian Congress and to the clandestine work of the ANC. In paying tribute to Comrade Roy, we reflect on some outstanding attributes that he and his peers displayed. One of these was the fact that they never regarded their activism as warranting positions in the ANC or in government. They never marketed themselves as possible members of the ANC National Executive Committee or as members of cabinet. They were happy to work in the background as long as work was done to advance the struggle for freedom and a better life for all. Some people in this country may not even have known Comrade Roy’s illustrious political career and contribution, simply because he never saw the need to make this known. He was satisfied with the fact that the freedom he sacrificed much for had been achieved. We will always remember this trait of humility and placing the needs of the country before one’s own. This was evident even when he was deployed in government. He stood ready to serve the country in whatever capacity. To him, government was an extension of the struggle he had waged for freedom and a better life. In 2004 to 2009, Comrade Roy joined government as Deputy Minister of Communications. He was Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration from 2009 to 2010, Minister of Communications from 2010 to 2011 and as Minister for Public Service and Administration from October 2011 until the time of his passing. He made his mark in each portfolio. In the Communications portfolio, he used the opportunity to bridge the digital divide. He was often seen in remote areas delivering computers to poor schools. He also worked hard to establish telecentres so that the children of the poor can have access to communication facilities such as the

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We pay tribute to a servant of the people and valued friend of the PBF

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through activism in the labour movement led by COSATU. In the advent of our democratic dispensation, Shiceka was amongst those who set up the structures of governance in Gauteng where he became an MEC. He served the province until he was elected to the NEC and subsequently deployed in the national government as a Minister. After his removal as Minister he continued to serve the ANC as a member of Parliament. The ANC would like to convey to the family and friends our condolences. We want to assure them that their loss is our loss. May his soul rest in peace. <

he African National Congress is saddened by the passing on of Comrade Sicelo Shiceka at Umtata General Hospital in the Eastern Cape following a long illness that saw him take extended leave from his work as a Minister. His passing on has robbed us of one of our comrades who had worked tirelessly for the liberation of our people. He has made his lasting contribution by not only fighting for liberation, but his contribution in government. Comrade Shiceka cut his political teeth in the mass democratic movement that was led by the United Democratic Front and also


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