Progressive Leader :: Issue 4

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Issue 4

Publication of the ANC Progressive Business Forum


Feel it. It’s finally here!

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Lubbe Construction (PTY)LTD

Lubbe Contraction (PTY)LTD South Africa was founded in 1981 by Sam Lubbe – he started out as a one-man operation, installing electricity in homes when the greatest part of Soweto Johannesburg still had no electricity. Sam entered the building industry at the age of 12 and worked first as a tea boy, then on site as a labourer. Assisting electricians on the job, he also learnt to do wiring, and all these acquired skills served as a sound foundation for his business ventures later in life. Within the space of four years, he was able to read house plans and electrical drawings, and when he was retrenched for being too highly paid he used his R3 000 severance pay to start his business. After the Mandela Government came into power in 1994, we became actively involved in providing RDP (low cost) housing, delivering 160 houses per month to the South African population. Our main operations consists of building construction of every type -from RDP housing, social housing (flats etc), civil works and other building such as schools hospitals, libraries etc. Despite our large volumes, we do not compromise on quality, and we only employ highly skilled artisans on all our contracts. The sky is the limit when it comes to providing decent, affordable and quality housing for the people of South Africa. For our efforts, we have been presented with the much coveted South African National award of being judged the “Best Emerging Builder” and for “Outstanding Performance and


Service in the Provision of Housing” in both 1997 and 1999. We were also presented with a merit award from the Germiston Chamber of Commerce as well as the “Southern African Entrepreneurial Development Award” of 1999. The company has expanded its horizons internationally. And has set up two companies and offices in Botswana and Mozambique respectively. They are Lubbe Building Contractors Botswana (Pty) Ltd which is situated in Gaborone Botswana and Lubbe Building & Electrical Contractors Mozambique which is situated in Maputo Mozambique. The international companies are currently involved in the following developments: All upmarket housing development in Mozambique (Maputo) has been started with a contract value of $ 10.4 million. Development of private individual properties has also taken place in Botswana to the value of $1 million and we are in the planning stages of a residential housing development of 110 houses in Gaborone Botswana. As can be seen the company has shown exceptional growth and leadership not only in its home county of South Africa, but also it has broken through into the rest of Africa. Its is the company’s vision to become a leading supplier of houses and services (including roads, schools, shopping centers etc) in the entire African content,





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economy are being put in place. The cost of business will be significantly reduced. Trade will be enhanced. Importantly, ordinary South Africans will have access to better facilities in their communities. A significant part of this construction is being undertaken as part of our Expanded Public Works Programme, which aims to create more than 4 million work opportunities over the five years of this administration. This is primarily a poverty-alleviation intervention that will provide an income to poor families while providing participants with experience and skills. This investment has played an important part in helping South Africa through the global economic crisis. Our future spending plans will help the country recover from this crisis faster and in a sustainable manner. The World Cup is not only changing much of our built landscape. It is also having a positive effect on the national psyche. Not since the 1994 democratic elections have South Africans been so excited about their national identity. Flags are flying everywhere. Everyone, regardless of background, can be seen in a Bafana Bafana shirt. There is a real sense of pride and anticipation. It is good to be South African. As the world arrives in South Africa, they can be sure of a warm and generous welcome. They can be certain of an unforgettable experience that they will cherish for years to come. And even after the final whistle, after the visitors have left, we can be certain that our country will be much changed. The 2010 FIFA World Cup is an opportunity to advance the development of our democratic nation. Let us make sure that we seize that opportunity.


Our President gets into the swing of things as soccer fever consumes the nation. Laduuuuuuuuuma!

his edition of Progressive Leader coincides with the hosting by South Africa of the greatest sporting event ever to be held on the African continent, the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is a tribute to the South African people. It recognises the remarkable progress we have made in building a united nation and working together to overcome the legacy of our past. It is an indication of Africa’s renewal, a sign that perceptions about the continent have significantly changed. The 2010 FIFA World Cup takes place at a time when Africa is undergoing a period of sustained economic growth, even as the rest of the world has been grappling with a recession. Trade within Africa is increasing, markets are becoming more accessible. There is a renewed effort to integrate Africa’s economies and invest more in its infrastructure. The World Cup will help to draw attention to these developments. It will also expose South Africa to the world in a way that has never happened before. Literally, billions of people will watch the tournament on television and listen to it on radio. Everyone will be talking about South Africa and will be seeing the country in all its richness and beauty. Those who travel to our shores to watch football will have an opportunity to explore all that our country has to offer. They will return home with videos, photos and stories. This is a valuable opportunity to market our country as a travel destination. It is an opportunity also to market our country as a destination for investment. Alongside the stadiums, airports and roads that have been built for the World Cup, we are undertaking a massive infrastructure programme in areas such as energy, telecommunications, transport and water. We are also investing in education, health and other social facilities. As a result, the physical requirements of our rapidly growing

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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

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.

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.

|who’s who

National Chairperson Baleka Mbete


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.

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. 9

Letter from the Co-Editors


Daryl Swanepoel


Renier Schoeman


ince the last issue of Progressive Leader much has happened on the political and economic landscape of South Africa, and South Africans are excitedly awaiting the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup in June 2010. The Progressive Business Forum has fully supported this sporting extravaganza as was evident from the coverage of the event in the previous issues of Progressive Leader. We continue this tradition by dedicating this entire issue to the FIFA World Cup, with a special focus on the infrastructure projects undertaken for the tournament. We believe the infrastructural legacy of the event will be making a lasting contribution to our economy. With this specially themed issue we have tried to do justice to this hugely important and historic event, while at the same time not sacrificing the other matters that Progressive Leader needs to report on in terms of its mandate to produce a publication for our participants and also for those in the political, government and business spheres (nationally and internationally) with whom the PBF participants wish to communicate and engage in this unique way. As editors we believe that this goal (in the spirit of the beautiful game!) can be achieved by continuing to showcase our members, activities and important national political events. The ongoing demand, from South Africa and abroad, for copies of Progressive Leader 3, dedicated to former President Nelson Mandela, is testimony to the fact that there is a need for this vibrant forum. This support is a tribute to the publication itself and should be heart-warming for our valued advertisers and demonstrate the long shelf-life of our magazine. Our next issue is scheduled to have a green theme, which we will try to present in a fresh and down-to-earth way (so to say). We have had to take leave of our first managing editor of Progressive Leader, Clive Vanderwagen, and we acknowledge with thanks and appreciation his pioneering role together with that of the publishers, Eric Bornman and Gina Borthwick, and their sales and editorial teams. As we take leave of Clive, we welcome our new managing editor, Elizabeth Donaldson, a highly experienced journalist who already shares our passion for Progressive Leader and is determined, together with us and the team, to maintain the high standards that have been set in the first three issues. Enjoy number four, and keep it on your shelf to remind you of a momentous year in our country’s history.

Co-editors: Renier Schoeman and Daryl Swanepoel Managing editor: Elizabeth Donaldson Journalist: Sarah Kiguwa-Smith

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Letter from the President Letter from the Co-Editors

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Our captain: Beware the Axe Man! Our coach: The man for the big stage Our team: Pride of the nation Messages from the ministry South Africa is ready to host the world We salute the workers Danny Jordaan: Keeping his eyes on the price SA thanks the Deputy President The 2010 Legacy


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Jabu Mabuza: A question of balance Up close and personal with comrade Thandi Modise David Mabunda – Custodian of our national treasures Entrepreneurs: PBF People in Business Honouring the life of Doctor Sefularo, Deputy Minister of Health




Riel Dance: Dance like no one’s watching Address by President Zuma to the SA-UK Business Forum Seminar in London 80 Our National Orders – Recognising excellence to build our nation 82 President Zuma’s economic vision for SA and Zambia 95 City Focus – Ekurhuleni 102 Kliptown: Site of struggle


Kabelo Malapela: Tax Initiatives for SMES: helpful or not? Hannes Breytenbach: Traffic between South Africa and the UK here to stay 73 Hans van der Merwe: Yes we can! 88 Lucas Moloi: Quantifying quality – and managing it 100 Linda Erasmus: Insights that prepare you for tomorrow 144 Dr. Matthews Phosa’s speech at the Chris Hani Memorial Service 25


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Inside Luthuli House Join the Progressive Business Forum PBF Update: Much activity – nationally and internationally PBF international linkages What’s happening in parliament PBF networking events


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Progressive Business Forum

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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e would like to welcome the new PBF participants who have joined our growing programme, whose number is now approaching 5 000. We are doing our best to provide our participants with an exciting programme that informs and involves them in a programme of dialogue with the ANC leadership and its representatives in government. To address the current high poverty and unemployment levels, maximised economic growth is needed; for this to happen, it is crucially important for the country’s political leadership and the business community to engage with each other.

development workshops for the staff of PBF participating companies.


Global activities and missions

To this end the PBF, since the last publication of Progressive Leader, has conducted a round of networking and briefing events with Economic Development Minister, Ebrahim Patel MP (November 2009). The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Sicheka MP, attended a cocktail briefing in Durban and a business breakfast in Johannesburg during April 2010. His Deputy Minister, Yunus Carrim MP, addressed a business breakfast in Cape Town on 22 April 2010.

Growth assist


At a dinner hosted by the PBF during March 2010 – which was addressed by Deputy Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba MP – it was announced that a South Africa-China chapter would soon be launched. The first members have already been recruited. In the same vein good progress has been made in the formation of the PBF London chapter. ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe is scheduled to visit London in May this year to further cement the PBF’s activities in the UK capital. This issue of Progressive Leader covers PBF trade missions to Guangzhou (China, November 2009), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo, February 2010) and Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates, March 2010). A visit to Seoul, South Korea, is to take place in May and a few others are planned for the remainder of 2010. Visits to Chennai (India) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) are on the cards for the first quarter of 2011. The PBF is also proud to announce that it will be hosting the leadership of a number of inbound delegations with a view to organising inbound trade missions to introduce international companies to PBF participants. The first of these delegations can be expected to visit the country during the second half of 2010.

Procurement directory

For the first time a PBF procurement directory has been published, containing the contact information of a large number of participating companies. The publication will be distributed among the 5 000 PBF participating companies, as well as others, and not only to leaders in

In conclusion

Much has taken place over the last couple of months, and much more is planned for the remainder of the year. We are consolidating our already extensive offering, and more will be rolled out as we grow. We urge PBF participants to continue to make full use of their benefits, which have been designed to ensure ongoing dialogue with the political leadership of the country and to help businesses grow through the various platforms we provide; these platforms include the training and enterprise connectivity activities. Profit from these as well as the extensive travel incentive programme, which allows PBF participants generous flight, car rental and hotel accommodation discounts.


We thank PBF participants for their loyal support, and as we enter our fifth year we look forward to continue working with you who are, in a sense, our reason for being. The programme is dependent on your continued participation, and to this end we will welcome feedback and suggestions from you regarding our current activities and improvements you would like to see. Send these comments and suggestions to our email address at – together we can indeed do more.

Enjoy the World Cup, and we urge you to root for the Bafana Bafana squad! <

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Tax initiatives for SMEs: helpful or not? Ernst & Young’s Kabelo Malapela debates whether initiatives such as turnover tax and special tax incentives have alleviated small business owners’ admin headaches


ince 1994, a number of tax initiatives have been introduced to make life easier for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Favourable tax rates for small business corporations (SBCs) and a simplified tax called turnover tax are two of these initiatives. Although these initiatives have certainly made life a little easier for small business owners, they have also had some unintended consequences. This article considers the merits and drawbacks of these initiatives.



SMEs – a definition

To appreciate the difficulties faced by SMEs, we have to define the concept first. It’s not purely a function of size. The National Small Business Act distinguishes micro from small and medium. The turnover threshold is different for these three categories of enterprises and varies according to the industry. The better definition of an SME could be the broader definition as stated in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, which refers to qualified small enterprises as those with an annual turnover of between R5 million and R35 million.

The admin nightmare

SMEs are South Africa’s answer to sustainable economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation. Therefore, the tax regime should be as responsive to their practical needs as possible. However, even with their limited resources, SMEs still have to cope with the administration nightmare of income tax (including capital gains tax or CGT), employees’ tax, value added tax (VAT), secondary tax on companies (STC) and so forth. Entrepreneurs should focus on building their businesses, not complying with administrative requirements. SMEs are constantly under pressure to make more money and strengthen their balance sheet while facing possible cash squeeze due to late payment 20

by debtors, poor credit ratings or insufficient credit lines. What is required is a system that takes away the administrative burden from these businesses. Turnover tax has been one attempt to alleviate their tax hassles. There have also been some tax incentives aimed specifically at small businesses. Both of these are briefly discussed below.

Turnover tax

This is a simplified, standalone, voluntary tax system that is a substitute for income tax, CGT, STC and VAT. This tax is levied annually in respect of a year of assessment that runs from March to February. The base on which tax is levied is taxable turnover, which is defined as the total amount received by the business from conducting business activities during the year of assessment. There are specific inclusions, for example, 50% of capital receipts from the disposal of business assets, and there are a number of exclusions such as investment income in certain circumstances, certain exempt government grants etc. For a micro-business (natural person or company) to qualify for turnover tax, taxable turnover must not exceed R1 million in the year of assessment. As this turnover tax is aimed at small start-up businesses, multiple shareholdings and complex legal structures are excluded as these are often associated with a more sophisticated taxpayer. This is a final tax levied at favourable tax rates. While this incentive is a step in the right direction, there is still a lot that can be done. Some of the limitations of turnover tax make it an unattractive option. It has a limited application due to the low cap, and it is seen to hinder trade between registered VAT vendors and micro-businesses as VAT vendors cannot claim input VAT on purchases from these businesses.

Small business corporation tax incentives

There are some incentives available in terms of Section 12E of the Income Act that apply to SBCs – including close corporations, co-operatives or companies – with gross income of up to R14 million during any year of assessment. There is also a limitation with regard to the amount of investment income and income from rendering personal service that can be generated by a qualifying SBC. Unlike the turnover tax, the incentives for SBCs are only in the form of favourable tax rates and accelerated capital allowances on plant or machinery owned by the business. The SBC is therefore still liable for income tax, CGT, STC, VAT and pay as you earn and the related administration. What is encouraging is that the tax authorities and government are becoming increasingly sensitive to the unique needs of SMEs and are willing to create enabling legislation to improve their operating environment. What remains to be done is to refine these facilities for better alignment with the reality faced by SMEs.

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Beware the

axe man!

Nicknamed Mbazo, Aaron Mokoena is expected to chop with precision and propel our nation to glory during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, writes Lucas Ledwaba


He’s no rookie

Aaron Mokoena the Axe Man in action against Serbia 22

Although Mokoena has not been part of coach Carlos Alberto Parreira’s recent camps in Brazil, Germany and Johannesburg, he was named as part of the prelim World Cup squad. His vast experience will surely add to the team’s quest for honours. He’s no rookie when it comes to the rigours of international football. He was

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hen Bafana Bafana take to the field in the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Mexico in Johannesburg on 11 June, the nation will be pinning its hopes on the axe man, captain Aaron Mokoena, to lead the team to glory. He is not known as Mbazo for nothing. His uncompromising, tough and timely tackles often remind one of a sharp axe reducing stubborn blocks of wood to bits and pieces. That’s what Mokoena does to the opposition’s dangerous moves; he breaks them up with the ease and poise of an accomplished defender. And now, as South Africa prepares to take on the world, the nation expects the axe man to chop with precision and propel the nation to glory. Mokoena is a versatile and hardworking player who is comfortable both as a midfield anchor man and central defender. Despite being relegated from the Barclays Premier League with his team Portsmouth in England, Mokoena will be hoping for better luck in the World Cup, especially after leading the team to an impressive run during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Playing before their legions of fans last winter, Bafana Bafana surpassed all expectations during the tournament. Mokoena played a prominent role in the heart of defence, and Bafana lost narrowly to both Spain and Brazil to finish fourth in the tournament.

The man for the

big stage

Lucas Ledwaba runs through national coach Carlos Alberto Parreira’s impressive professional career. His past World Cup success may just stand the Bafana squad in good stead for the 2010 tournament…




part of Shakes Mashaba’s all-conquering under-23 team in the late 1990s – the team that qualified for the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. There, playing in the heart of defence with the likes of Matthew Booth (who is also part of Parreira’s preliminary squad) the team beat a Brazil team made up of the likes of Ronaldinho, who went on to win the World Cup with Brazil in Korea/ Japan 2002. Interestingly, not many SA football fans have any memories of Mokoena’s days in the local Premier Soccer League where he turned out for Jomo Cosmos in 1998, aged just 18. He made only a few appearances before his talents caught the eye of European scouts, and it was not long before he ended up at German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in 1998. The PSL was history, and it was clear Europe would now become Mokoena’s battleground. Germany turned out to be a learning curve for the youngster, who spent many hours learning the ropes from seasoned campaigners and spending much of his time on the bench. But a new challenge arose when Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam came calling. Mokoena made the move to Amsterdam, where he began to gradually taste first team action. But it was in Belgium where Mokoena made his mark, turning out first for KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen and Racing Genk. Strangely though, while his club career was battling to get out of first gear in Europe, his international career had long taken off, having made his Bafana Bafana debut at the age of 18 in 1998. He was even picked for the 2002 World Cup squad, where he played alongside national hero Lucas Radebe. In fact, Mokoena has always been touted as the legendary Radebe’s successor, and he has not disappointed. In 2005, Mokoena’s performances in Belgium caught the eye of English Premiership side Blackburn Rovers, who wangled an R8,4 million transfer fee to have him on their books. Mbazo had, at last, arrived on the big stage, and the Premiership was soon to feel the sting of his axe-like tackles. He spent four seasons at Ewood Park before moving to Portsmouth on a free transfer in the summer of 2009. Although Mokoena has captained the national team for more than four years, the World Cup finals is his biggest challenge yet, and it remains to be seen whether the axe man will wield his deadly weapon cometh the hour.

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afana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is part of an elite class of coaches who have won football’s most prestigious tournament, the FIFA World Cup. Not only that – Parreira also holds the rare distinction of being one of only two coaches that has led four national teams to the World Cup. In 1982, in Spain, he was in charge of Kuwait, then at Italy 1990 he was in charge of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia at France 1998 and in charge of his native Brazil in the 1994 and 2006 tournaments. His finest hour, though, came in the United States in 1994, when he led Brazil to their fourth World Cup title after they defeated a stubborn Italy in the final. Parreira will equal Bora Milutinović’s record of taking five different teams to the World Cup when he sits on the bench for Bafana Bafana during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The 66-year-old Brazilian also holds the dubious record of being sacked after only two matches at the FIFA World Cup finals in 1998 while in charge of Saudi Arabia. He is a world travelled coach whose love for a challenge and an adventure has taken him to Ghana, the Gulf region, Europe and the United States. In 1997, Parreira coached the MetroStars of the American Major League Soccer and had a stint with Fenerbahçe in Turkey, where he won the Turkish League Championship. Parreira was also in charge of Corinthians in 2002. However, he repeatedly turned down offers to coach Brazil again between the 1998 and 2002 World Cup tournaments. After the 2002 World Cup, Parreira took part in drafting a technical report of the tournament. He was named coach along with Mário Zagallo as assistant director in January 2003, and their goal was to defend the country’s World Cup title in Germany 2006. But the dream was not to be as the defending champions succumbed to France in the quarterfinals. After Brazil’s exit from the World Cup, Parreira was heavily criticised for playing an outdated brand of football and not using the players available to him properly. Parreira subsequently resigned in July 2006.

Up for the challenge



But he has proven he’s not one to shy away from a challenge. When he was approached by the South African

Football Association (Safa) to take up the Bafana Bafana coaching reigns in 2006, he didn’t shy away from the challenge. This was despite the fact that at the time, Bafana Bafana were in a downward spiral and not many coaches would have wanted to be seen anywhere near the team during that period. But when he was asked by Safa to help build a team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Parreira jumped at the opportunity. South Africans were delighted, and hopeful, that at last, they now had someone who had been to the World Cup and returned with a winner’s medal. This was interpreted by critics as a clear indication of Safa’s intention not to just add numbers during the World Cup finals to be played at home, but also to challenge for honours and leave a lasting impression. Although some raised eyebrows at the R1,6 million-amonth salary Parreira was drawing from Safa, events on the field soon pointed to a brighter and better future, with some believing the team was on course to emulate the legendary Class of 96, which lifted the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil and qualified for France 1998. But just as Parreira’s hard work behind the scenes was beginning to show positive results on the field of play, tragedy struck. In April 2008, the Brazilian quit his post after 21 matches in charge when his wife fell ill with cancer. He returned to Brazil to be with his ailing wife. He recommended his countryman Joel Santana to the Safa leadership, who wasted no time in appointing Parreira’s compatriot. But although Santana had an impressive run during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, things went downhill after the tournament with Bafana losing eight of their last nine matches just eight months before the World Cup. Santana got the sack, and Parreira returned to take off where he’d left off 18 months earlier. His return was criticised in certain quarters. Some former coaches felt it was time to appoint a local to guide the team at the World Cup finals. But Parreira is now fully in charge, and the signs are that, come the 2010 World Cup, Bafana Bafana will be nobody’s pushover. Parreira likes his teams to play with passion and keep the ball on the ground with patient build-ups from the back and overlapping fullbacks delivering crosses into the box. We wish him and his team all the best!


efore Brazil won the World Cup for the fourth time in 1994 after a barren spell of 24 years, their teams lived in the shadow of the legendary 1970 team, which boasted a galaxy of stars such as Pele, Jairzinho and Rivelino. No matter how well the teams that succeeded the World Cup winning squad played, they were just

Pride of the nation The shadow of the African Cup of Nations class of 1996 hovers, but the Bafana team competing in this year’s World Cup should focus on its combined talents and keep its head high, argues Lucas Ledwaba


|stars All eyes will be on the national squad come 11 June 2010. Go Bafana! not deemed good enough. The team that came closest to winning the hearts of the Brazilian public and media was the 1982 squad, in which Zico and Socrates starred in Spain. But even then critics argued that Zico’s team played romantic football but failed to win the World Cup – which is what ultimately matters.

Now it is the turn of Bafana Bafana teams to live in the shadow of that great team of 1996. Coached by South African Clive Barker, who had no international experience when he took over in 1994, and made up of mainly locally based players, the team defied all odds to lift that year’s edition of the Africa Cup of Nations trophy, on home

soil. The nation went wild, and the football world took notice. It didn’t end there. The team went on to make history by qualifying for the FIFA World Cup at the second attempt. Many nations had tried 10 times with no success. And here Bafana Bafana, back for a mere six years after FIFA’s ban was lifted following the dawn of 25

Shedding the shadow

But these expectations can be a


burden on the players because wherever and whenever, no matter what they do, the shadow of the 1996 team continues to haunt them. When a goalkeeper comes through the ranks, people immediately start seeing an Andre Arendse and expect the poor player to emulate the man who played a starring role between the poles for Bafana Bafana. It’s exactly the same with the midfielders; Teko Modise is expected to waltz and dazzle past defenders like the great John “Shoes” Moshoeu, and Steven Pienaar is expected to repeat the magic of Doctor Khumalo. Unfortunately, times have changed, and so has football, and just like Brazil, perhaps it’s time the Mzansi nation realised it is in its best interests to support the current Bafana Bafana team and relegate the achievements of 1996 to the archives. The danger of holding onto past glories is that people then forget to live in the present and fail to appreciate the good that is on offer. On paper, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has a pool of talented players who can form a squad that could

make the country proud. For example, Parreira now has at his disposal a magnificent player like Steven Pienaar, who has had a wonderful season in England and could prove a match winner for Bafana should he retain his form. In Aaron Mokoena the team has a highly experienced campaigner who has been in Europe for well over a decade and understands the rigours and demands of international football. And it all looks good for Bafana Bafana, who has had tremendous training camps in Durban, Brazil, Germany and Johannesburg during the first half of the year. And although the team didn’t look quite the finished the product in the friendlies against Jamaica and China during May, history has proven that with home ground advantage and millions of fans behind them, teams often play well beyond expectation, and past form often counts for nothing. In fact, most host nations have made it past the first round to buoy the nation’s spirits. And with 48 million fans behind Bafana Bafana, the sky is the limit. <


democracy in South Africa, had made it to the great spectacle! During that period Bafana Bafana also held their own against some of the world’s best footballing nations, including Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands and Germany. It’s been 14 years since that momentous day in February 1996 when captain Neil Tovey, flanked by then president Nelson Mandela and Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini, hoisted high the Africa Cup of Nations trophy, and Bafana Bafana have yet to reach those heights again. And now, with South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup as it will be played for the first time ever on African soil, hopes are high that Bafana Bafana will equal the achievements of the Nations Cup class of 96. It’s a dream harboured by every soccer loving nation – the dream of winning the FIFA World Cup. It’s also every footballer’s dream to stand at the podium and hoist high soccer’s most prestigious trophy.

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Messages from the Ministry of Sport and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile:

“In his letter to the FIFA president in 2003, President Mbeki emphasised that the foundation of SA’s bid to host the World Cup was “a resolve to ensure that the 21st century unfolds as a century of growth and development in Africa’’. The same sentiments were definitely in the minds of soccer officials like the late Solomon “Sticks” Morewa when they mooted the idea of South Africa as a host of the FIFA World Cup. These leaders will be the first to confess that they were inspired by the release of Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela from prison and the subsequent and historic first democratic elections of 1994. The announcement in Zurich on the 15 May 2004 that South Africa would host the 2010 FIFA World Cup was met with great exuberation. South Africa, Africa and many parts of the world burst into joyous celebration! But that joy was soon dimmed by questions of our readiness, transport capabilities, questions of suitable accommodation and, of course, crime and security questions – all very legitimate concerns but raised with venom and distortions clearly born from Afro-pessimism. We confounded all pessimists and “Plan B” harbingers. Since the Zurich announcement was made, South Africans have proudly risen to the task of preparing for and hosting a memorable World Cup. We needed to make sure that such a World Cup would be a project of the nation and would contribute to nation building, unity and patriotism. We have succeeded! The FIFA World Cup presents us with an ideal forum to extend an unforgettable South African welcome to the world. It offers us a golden opportunity to collaborate with all stakeholders in a dynamic partnership based on integrity and excellence. It is a strong catalyst towards the building of national and continental pride and unity. It is already boosting tourism and our economy. The World Cup must make South Africa a favourable destination to visit and conduct business. It must reduce Afro-pessimism. 28

Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhenkesi Stofile Our President, Comrade JG Zuma, describes our hosting of and preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup as follows: “We have been working hard towards bringing this event to Africa. We have built new and revitalised our existing stadia, and we have upgraded our transport and accommodation facilities. We have demonstrated our pedigree by successfully hosting the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the final draw for 2010.” Here the President opens a window for all to see the huge investment our government made in infrastructure development and in

reconstructing the image of South Africa and Africa as legitimate members of the family of nations. For once, we should not be shy to give ourselves a big pat on the back – all of us. The World Cup has opened many people’s eyes to other countries and their cultures. As our youth is inculcated with a sense of national pride and are exposed to other cultures, their respect for uniting in diversity gets stronger. This is good for good citizenship that is nondiscriminatory and non-xenophobic. This is good for internationalism and a peaceful world.

About the Minister of Sport and Recreation


new projections indicate that visitors to our country will stay longer and potentially spend more. The Winter Games held in Norway in 1994 resulted in tourism growing by 59% from 1989 to 1994. While 350 000 foreigners visited Paris during the 1988 FIFA World Cup in France, 10 years later arrivals in that country continued to increase by more than 13%. It is to this end that the African sixpack project requires strong support from all corners of our country and the rest of the African continent. Each of the six African countries that participate in the tournament must treat and feel each of the stadia as their home ground. As South Africans, we must provide home-crowd support to our brothers and sisters in our quest to restore the dignity of our continent’s people. It is in this context that we have to caution those who are using the World Cup as a bargaining stick for benefits and service delivery. The vision should not be what is in it for me, the attitude should rather be, what is in it for our country and our continent and what are the longterm prospects and benefits to us as Africans. Ke nako is not to introduce challenges. Ke nako is to celebrate Africa’s humanity. Ke nako is to live the spirit of ubuntu – for a better and brighter future!

About the Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation

Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen

Gert Oosthuizen is the Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation and has held this position since 2004. He graduated from the Rand Afrikaans University with an honours degree in development studies. He was a member of Parliament for the Constituency of Pretoria Central from 1987 to 1994 and took over as Whip from 1989 to 1999. He was elected as a member of the first democratic parliament in South Africa in 1994, and he joined the ANC in 2000. He has served in a number of capacities: as member of the ANC Strategy Committee in parliament, on the Joint Defence Committee, Portfolio Committee on Defence and the Portfolio Committee of Correctional Services. He also served on the executives of various cultural, religious and community organisations.

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I have no doubt that the socioeconomic impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be felt long after the event itself. During the construction phase of our preparations, we were clear that low-income households should benefit from the infrastructure development programme. We now know that more than 100 000 workers have been employed - either directly or indirectly through the 2010 construction programme. We also know that many workers moved from being unskilled to semiskilled. And then on from being semiskilled to skilled. We now know that more and more women have entered the construction industry. They have done so in many different capacities – as brick layers, plasterers, crane drivers and safety officers, to name but a few. With the games being hosted in 10 venues, we were able to spread the benefit of this investment to reach far and wide in society. Grant Thornton projects that about 370 000 visitors will arrive for the 2010 World Cup. It is also estimated that the economic impact of the World Cup will be a staggering R93 billion. These


Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile is the Minister of Sport and Recreation and has held the position since 2004. He is also the Chairperson of the ANC in the Eastern Cape and a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC. He studied theology at the University of Fort Hare. He obtained a postgraduate diploma in technology in Tübingen, Germany, and a master of arts degree from Princeton University. He completed his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Port Elizabeth. Stofile was a stalwart of the struggle, particularly during the 1980s when he was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He also has a notable career in the church and in politics. He was the Regional Chairperson of the ANC from 1990 to 1991, Chairperson of the Area Political Committee doing military combat work for the ANC, a member of the ANC internal leadership core, a member of parliament, Treasurer General of the ANC and Premier of the Eastern Cape.

Deputy Minister Gert Oosthuizen:










President Zuma has been adamant that the country “will deliver a world-class event”. Despite the doubts of the world, we will be prepared come kick-off. Here is a rundown of the special arrangements made for the tournament host cities will be prioritised and dealt with in a court with jurisdiction.

Disaster management and fi re services

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Safety and security

The millions of fans who will be in South Africa to enjoy the 2010 FIFA World Cup can be assured of their safety. South Africa’s safety and security plan includes, among other things: • Route security – specifically from the various airports into the cities and border security at ports of entry, including South Africa’s land, sea and air borders – will be in place. • State-of-the-art information and communications military technology will be used as well as a fleet of nearly 40 helicopters. • Courts will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure access to justice during the event. • Plans are in place to address terror threats, hooliganism and crime. • The South African Police Service (SAPS) is spending R640 million on the deployment of 41 000 officers specifically for the event. These include 31 000 permanent members and 10 000 police reservists. The majority of the police deployed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be trained officers with experience in major events. • Each of the 32 qualifying countries competing in the event will be invited to send their own specially trained police officers to assist with language and cultural differences and to

support the SAPS. • Interpol will be setting up an office in South Africa for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Administration of justice

A key area for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will be to deal with all criminal cases in a fast and efficient way, especially where foreigners are involved. The following special measures will be implemented: • At least one dedicated district court and one regional court will be set up per host city to deal with 2010-related cases for the period 28 May to 25 July 2010. • Dedicated, skilled and experienced magistrates, prosecutors, Legal Aid South Africa attorneys, local and foreign court language interpreters and other court officials will be assigned to each of the dedicated 2010 courts. • All 2010-related cases outside of the

The 2010 disaster-management master plan was developed for joint implementation by the members of the 2010 National Disaster Management Steering Committee. The plan provides for the establishment of an operation centre for: • receiving disaster-related information and incidents, • analysing the trends of incidents and • connecting the nine World Cup host cities and provincial disastermanagement centres. The plan also provides for the: • development of an active database with all the standard operation procedures recorded; • activation of a 24/7 national operation (command centre) where volunteers will be trained and deployed to provincial joint operation centres, provincial disastermanagement centres and cluster joint operation centres; and • placement of special operations experts to deal with specific incidents. Other preparations include: • the deployment of 800 disastermanagement and fire-services reservists in the host cities; and • the procurement of two multipurpose equipment caches, deployed in Gauteng and the Western Cape respectively, to deal with potential incidents around urban search and rescue. An estimated R200 million has already been spent by host cities and provincial governments to improve fire-services infrastructure and capacity. There will be expenditure towards training specialists in hazardous material and how to respond to incidents involving chemicals and other

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en the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa, it will be the culmination of years of dedicated effort, planning and commitment. Long after the last whistle has blown, South Africa and Africa will continue to reap the rewards of its investments in this tournament, which have catalysed huge developments. All of South Africa has risen to the occasion to make this the best World Cup ever.


South Africa is ready to host the world


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Health and medical services

Ensuring sufficient energy supply

The Department of Energy has taken the lead to ensure that all energy matters are addressed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Technical power for critical elements of stadiums will run on generators, and grid supply will be provided as backup, as required by FIFA. Between 2007 and 2010, more than R300 million had been invested by host provinces in the procuring of generators and expanding and upgrading electricity infrastructure.

IBC upgrade The 2010 FIFA World Cup will, for the first time in the history of the tournament, be broadcast in high-

Safety and security for the millions of fans include route security to and from all affected airports.

A HUGE TEAM EFFORT Hosting football’s showpiece event clearly demanded a huge amount of organisation. Since the announcement in 2004 that South Africa had won the bid to stage the 2010 FIFA World Cup, structures were put in place to deliver this historic tournament. Various government committees were formed to oversee the preparations: the Inter-Ministerial Committee, the Technical Coordinating Committee and a 2010 project-management unit within the Department of Sports and Recreation. Government’s overall World Cup effort was driven by the Inter-Ministerial Committee chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and heads of the ministries responsible for delivering on government’s guarantees to FIFA. The committee also met and reported to President Jacob Zuma on a monthly basis.

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Telkom and Sentech have been contracted to provide the required ICT infrastructure. Access network establishment The access network infrastructure (“last mile”) refers to the network extension between the Telkom core network and the stadiums/international broadcasting centre (IBC) Telkom carrier room. Backup satellite network establishment The delivery of the satellite backup network will include the deployment of a second Sentech teleport at the location of the IBC, Nasrec, Johannesburg. Telkom core network upgrade Telkom will upgrade its core network infrastructure by upgrading the opticfibre links between all the 10 stadiums and the IBC as well as between the IBC and international undersea submarine cable landing points at Melkbosstrand on the west coast and Mtunzini on the east coast.

International bandwidth capacity upgrade The provision for the broadcaster’s signals from the IBC will be a commercial process between the service-providers (Telkom and Sentech) and the broadcast partners. This will be effected through Telkom performing upgrades to its South Atlantic 3 (SAT-3) and South Africa Far East cables. Each stadium will install dedicated local area telecommunications infrastructure to support the wider telecommunications and broadcast project.


Information and communications technology (ICT)

definition television through mobile telephones. More than 15 000 media representatives will use the IBC to cover the 2010 FIFA World Cup from South Africa.


All players, officials, visitors, support staff and vendors attending the various events will have access to adequate and appropriate health and medical services. Medical teams will be strategically positioned throughout each stadium and its precinct. The Department of Health has established various working groups, focusing on such areas as emergency medical services (EMS), on-site medical centres (event venue and VIP hotels), aero-medical services, disaster and mass casualty planning and biochemical defence. Key deliverables that are being addressed to meet government’s guarantees to FIFA include: • EMS; • hospitals preparation; • port health at all ports of entry to South Africa; • environmental health services (including food control); • communicable disease control; • FIFA fan parks and public viewing areas; • forensic pathology; • forensic clinical medicine; • health promotion to communicate prevailing health circumstances (eg H1N1); • chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats; and • service provision. In the interest of protecting public health, it remains a priority of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to ensure that animals and

plants are disease-free. Inspection services at all South African border posts (land, sea and air) are being upgraded. Additional sniffer dogs were obtained in 2008/09 as part of the Sedupe K9 sniffer dog programme for the detection of prohibited agricultural substances at ports of entry.


We salute the workers The 2010 FIFA World Cup is here. It’s been a long journey for everyone who has been counting down to the kick-off date, when we’ll get to see our soccer stars in action. But let’s first take some time to thank the unknown heroes who have made it all possible committee South Africa and FIFA have rewarded deserving workers across the country with two category four tickets to see the games. No doubt it will be a proud and emotional moment as they take their seats in the stadium they built to watch the tournament, the firstever World Cup on African soil. The event has become a symbol of hope and pride, and the people who made it happen have shown that we can take the world at anything. Everything that was built will be forever an icon to remind us what we are capable of and that this is only the beginning. We salute the workers! Ke nako – it’s time. <

to launch their careers and show the world what we are capable of. Together with the rest of the globe, we have watched in amazement as hotels, transport systems, power lines and 10 breathtaking stadiums have sprung to life for the event. These are extraordinary state-of-the art entities built by South Africans, and we owe the workers who accomplished these feats a vote of thanks. We have all been witness to the late-night teams of workers who continued working round the clock to complete the work. They have done us proud. In recognition of their sterling work, the FIFA World Cup organising

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he 2010 FIFA World Cup is finally here, and while we are celebrating the arrival of international guests and soccer stars, we must not forget the many heroes who worked long and hard over the past years to build the stadiums, hotels, roads, railways and airports needed to host this momentous event. Hosting this important tournament has created intense development in various sectors across South Africa, construction in particular, and in so doing it has provided thousands of jobs for those in the construction industry and has also been a springboard for personnel and companies in the sector

A message from South African President Jacob Zuma Parliament, 12 May 2010

Pitch maintenance at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium


Security personnel deployed during the World Cup will be highly trained officers with experience in major events

Honourable members, allow me to express the nation’s gratitude to our two former presidents for their sterling contribution to the World Cup project – Isithwalazwe President Nelson Mandela and President Thabo Mbeki. We also register our appreciation to our honourable deputy president, who leads the FIFA World Cup’s inter-ministerial committee, which has executed its tasks efficiently and effectively. We must also as a nation acknowledge the hard-working 2010 local organising committee, Irvin Khoza and Danny Jordaan. We also take our hats off to all individuals who toil everyday, to make the World Cup tournament a success. We salute in particular the construction workers who have built our remarkable stadiums and other infrastructure.

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The World Cup is literally on our doorstep, but the man at the helm of the local organising committee, Danny Jordaan, is not resting on his laurels just yet, Siza Mtimkulu discovers

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Keeping his eyes on the prize



Collective leadership

A long and winding road

Jordaan has come a far way to now stand at the helm of the local World Cup organising committee. His inclusive approach and fighting spirit earned this comrade recognition after

the constant bad press. “This actually makes us even more determined to succeed and never surrender.” He is quoted in an international sports publication as saying: “Negative stories, it seems, are just part of a phase of delivering the event. It was so in Sydney in the 2000 Olympics. In Athens in 2004, people said: ‘Athens will never be ready.’

Danny Jordaan and former president Nelson Mandela celebrate the successful FIFA 2010 World Cup bid the first democratic elections in 1994 when he became a key member of the team preparing South Africa’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup. The pursuit, as we know, was initially lost to Germany for the 2006 event, but the bid committee’s hard work paid off for the 2010 event. He’s been quoted as saying: “I must write to The Guinness Book of Records. The length of time I’ve been on this project must be a world record! It’s the entire period of the democratic South Africa.” Jordaan says he won’t ever forget the historic 2010 announcement in 2004, where the bid committee’s ranks were strengthened by the presence of former president Nelson Mandela. Jordaan and his team have had to endure incessant bad publicity from the international media who question South Africa’s ability to host an event of this magnitude. The pressure is compounded by the fact that this is also the Cup’s debut on the African continent. But Jordaan remains unfazed. “We are not quitters,” he says about

And now for London for the 2012 Olympics: ‘This stadium will not be ready, this may not happen, this will not be complete.’ I think if you want to host an event, you need to know that the media will take you through these phases, so keep your wits about you.”


Still. The man needs his rest, so I don’t beat about the bush and jump right in, asking him about leadership style. “I believe in collective leadership,” he says with great humility, trying to define his own unique brand. “That is how the movement shaped us, because the essence of a struggle against apartheid meant that no individual was big enough to take apartheid on on his own. And, your leadership, your strength and ability both to lead and be led gave you the strength and comfort of being part of a great movement to achieve the objective.” Not only did he cut his teeth in the management school of the liberationmovement ANC, he has always been inspired in management and leadership by ANC icons such as the late Chris Hani, by whose side he worked during the struggle. Jordaan believes that the principle of collective leadership can be applied to any scenario. In the context of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, collective leadership involves ensuring people who work with you and those who you must guide and lead are inspired by

the things that you want to achieve as a collective. That is how the historical evolution of the struggle moulded him.


t the rate his day was going when I went to interview him at SAFA House, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup bid Danny Jordaan may well need some serious time off once this much-anticipated soccer tournament comes to an end. The challenge of juggling back-to-back meetings, being at three different World Cup related community events while slotting in five media interviews, all in one day, seemed excessive. Although I was warned about a possible delay due to his frantic schedule, I never expected to conduct the interview well after sunset, at about 8.30pm, instead of the originally booked 2.30pm time slot. “It’s like this, seven days a week,” says a plainly exhausted Janet Sebastian, media coordinator for the World Cup, in an effort to calm my nerves and explain her boss’s crazy schedule. “Sometimes we finish well after midnight only to be back again first thing in the morning,” she points out in appreciation of a dream job that comes only once in a lifetime. When he is finally available, Jordaan emerges from his last meeting of the day surprisingly upbeat and all set to answer questions.

Building the World Cup legacy

Needless to say, Jordaan is confident that South Africa is more than ready. This has been a 16-year dream and, clearly, there is no way he is about to take his eyes off the ball. As with any driven and visionary leader, Jordaan deems it vital to leave a World Cup legacy, particularly one that will make conditions in the country more conducive to social cohesion. “As a host country, South Africa seeks to achieve a positive outcome, especially with our status as a fairly new democracy,” he says. He is very excited that after the 2010 World Cup our infrastructure will be among the best in the world and on the continent thanks to the investment in 37


our roads, airports and speed trains to the hotels and stadiums. “The fact that we will deliver the event in high definition television and that we have many mobile media platforms should raise the image of the country. It will mean that we have provided the framework for the country to attract further investment and trade and therefore create jobs,” he says with great pride. Raising the profile of the country is another positive outcome that Jordaan hopes to achieve after a successful delivery of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He believes that our competence and high level of execution at the Cup will improve the international perception of this country. “In the 16 years that I have worked on this project, questions such as ‘Can they deliver?’ always came up. After the 2010 World Cup, we want to make sure that these questions can no longer be asked, because we have answered them in a very comprehensive and efficient manner. Yes, whatever we promised, we delivered.” Increasing tourism is also on the

legacy agenda. Currently 11 million tourists visit South Africa every year. “We want 15 million by 2015, which means that the people who visit the country for the first time must feel that they get value for money,” he says. “They must feel safe, they must have a wonderful experience – and they must want to return.” Nation-building and social cohesion are also targeted as part of the World Cup legacy. Programmes have been launched around the country that campaign for wearing the jersey on Fridays, carrying the national flag and knowing the national anthem. All this is helping to instil a sense of patriotism and pride among the people of South Africa.

For the rest of Africa too…

Also dubbed the “African World Cup”, this tournament is sure to leave a legacy that reverberates positively and tangibly throughout the African continent. As such Africa is also part of the plan for the 2010 World Cup. “We cannot think of ourselves as a country outside the African continent,”



Jordaan with soccer legend Diego Maradona

he says. “We want to present Africa with the same ambitions as South Africa, to entrench democracy, seek economic growth and opportunity for investment so that the lives of fellow Africans are improved.” Among these is the One Goal Project, an initiative aimed at addressing educational needs of about 14 million children on the African continent who have no access to schooling, the majority of which are girls. This is supported by South African President Jacob Zuma, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and other reputable world leaders. Twenty centres have already been set up in various places around the continent including in Khayelitsha, Cape Town; Rwanda; Namibia and Ghana. The centres will cover environmental education, health promotion and football-skills development. One of these initiatives is an artificial pitch programme called Win in Africa for Africa. “It’s a programme created to give financial support and improve football in the country through artificial turfs that are set up in rural areas,” Jordaan explains. Three of the 53 planned pitches have already been completed. Despite growing concern that the refurbished stadiums could end up as white elephants, Jordaan is adamant that these fears are groundless. Many stadiums have already been used for other events. The Orlando, Nelson Mandela Bay, Durban and Cape Town stadia have already hosted several PSL games. Durban and Cape Town stadia and Soccer City have also already become tourist attractions. I can’t help but be inspired by Jordaan’s enthusiasm for the World Cup and South Africa and Africa’s development. He’s earned a long break after the event is over. Or at least just some nine-to-five days.

South Africa thanks Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who successfully chaired the Inter-Ministerial Committee that drove government’s overall World Cup efforts


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osting football’s showpiece event clearly demanded a huge amount of organization. Since the announcement in2004 that South Africa had won the bid to stage the World Cup, the structures were put in place to deliver the tournament. Various government committees were formed to oversee the preparations; namely the InterMinisterial Committee, the Technical Coordinating Committee and a 2010 Project Management Unit within the Department of Sports and Recreation. Government’s overall World Cup effort was driven by the InterMinisterial Committee, chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and heads of the ministries responsible for delivering on government’s guarantees to FIFA. The committee met and reported to President Jacob Zuma on a monthly basis. Re a leboga morena Motlanthe. The 2010 Inter-Ministerial Committee included: • Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma • Minister of National Planning Commission (The Presidency), Mr Trevor Manuel • Minister of Justice and constitutional Development, Mr Jeffrey Radebe • Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu • Minister of Sport and Recreation, Rev Makhenkesi Stofile • Minister of Tourism, Mr Marthinus Van Schalkwyk • Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Buyelwa Sonjica • Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulama Xingwana • Minister of State Security, Dr Siyabonga Cwele • Minister of Police, Mr Nathi Mthethwa


SA thanks the Deputy President

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe • Minister of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs, Mr Sicelo Shiceka • Minister of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration (The Presidency), Mr Collins Chabane • Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies • Minister of Women, Youth, Children & People with Disabilities, Ms Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya • Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty • Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

• Minister of Transport, Mr Sibusiso Ndebele • Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite NkoanaMashabane • Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Sue van der Merwe) • Minister of Communications, Gen Siphiwe Nyanda • Minister of Energy, Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters • Deputy Minister Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Musa Nene • Deputy Minister of Sports and Recreation, Mr Gert Oosthuizen 41

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The 2010 legacy


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As nations from across the globe converge on South Africa to take part in and experience one of the largest and most popular international events that will take place on African soil, excitement is growing around the opportunity to showcase our abilities in terms of capability, efficiency and attractiveness as a world-class investment, sporting and leisure destination. As a result, 10 stadia around the country have been refurbished and developed, creating more than 20 000 jobs and providing extensive skills training. It is hoped that those who participated in World Cup projects will be able to meet the demand for skilled workers on other construction projects post-2010.


Job creation through the projects for the 2010 FIFA World Cup


ecent research by South African consumer experts African Response found that 56% of the country feels that the development and construction for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will have a lasting effect on sports infrastructure across the country and contribute billions to our economy. The African Response report indicates that, “South Africans are noticing the improvements taking place in airports around the country, with confidence jumping up by 6% since July 2009. The construction of the new stadia is also being noticed – up 7% from the last measure.” This bodes well in light of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s observation that South Africa needs to realise other countries are breathing down its neck in terms of both competitiveness and skills levels. “Brazil, India, China and a host of other middle-income countries are actively taking steps to improve their competitiveness, raise their skills levels, invest in infrastructure and remove obstacles to growth and employment,” he said during his budget speech. “South Africa must not be left behind.”

Financial investment

Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg

The South African government has contributed R9.8 billion to stadium and precinct development, R13.6 billion to transport, R300 million to broadcast and telecommunications, R1.3 billion to safety and security and R3.5 billion to ports of entry infrastructure. It is anticipated that the roads, electricity, airports, telecommunications, transport systems and sporting 43

infrastructure developed for the event will provide lasting benefits and continue to add value well after the last whistle is blown. Public-sector investment is a crucial component of growth and job creation, providing the infrastructure through which we transport goods, power the economy and connect households and business to services and markets. Accordingly, spend on infrastructure has accelerated since mid-2008. Over the next three years, the public sector aims to boost spend from R780 billion to R846 billion, with the plan to create 4.5 million short-term jobs between 2009 and 2014.

Tourism’s contribution

Tourism has become the lifeblood of the South African economy and has contributed some R350 billion in foreign direct spending since 2003. Last year, the sector contributed 8.4% to the country’s GDP, with growth in the global tourism industry at 1.3%, compared to South Africa’s 5.5%. Research by Grant Thornton shows that the 2010 FIFA World Cup will contribute R57 billion to the South African economy, generate 415 400 jobs and contribute R19.3 billion in tax income to government. It is estimated that the 483,257 tourists will spend around R8.5 billion during their stay in South Africa. Millions of visitors who will pour into the country during the event will boost opportunities in accommodation, health services, travel services, short-term insurance, event management, logistics, arts, crafts and entertainment. The World Cup has been a catalyst for the building of

Operating centre at the train and bus depot in Midrand

Twin track installation at Kelvin Power Station

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around 25 new hotels in South Africa in the last couple of years.

Ongoing improvements to transport infrastructure

Providing facilities for the people

A key benefit of hosting the 2010 World Cup is the provision of sports facilities to communities that have not had facilities before. The World Cup will leave first-class venues for soccer, following years of apartheid-era neglect, but the upgraded facilities will also benefit sport and recreational activities in general. Cities and provinces are investing in the independent upgrading and development of sports venues besides the World Cup stadia. Some of these venues will be used for World Cup training. They include: • the Orlando Stadium and its precinct in Soweto, • Dobsonville Stadium and its precinct, • the Rand Stadium, • the Cecil Payne Stadium in Roodepoort, • Rabie Ridge Stadium and • Ruimsig Stadium.



Government is also well on track with the rollout of the R13.6 billion Public Transport Infrastructure and Systems Fund projects, including the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, public transport corridors, inter-modal facilities, freeway expansions and road upgrades. The Airports Company of South Africa is spending R19.5 billion on airport upgrades to deal with planned capacity increases during and after the tournament – with South Africa’s airports increasing their passenger capacity substantially in many areas, including parking, check-in facilities and baggage processing. Airports around the country received a R5.2 billion cash injection to upgrade facilities to worldclass standards. The plan is for host cities to have efficient public transport in place in time for the World Cup, with an estimated 70% of visiting fans planning to use public transport. R3.5 billion has been spent on the upgrading of South Africa’s rail and road networks. The R15.1 billion first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, including the upgrade of the R21 airport road and the N1 between Soweto and the 14th Avenue exit near Soccer City, has to be completed in time for the June kick-off, as well as certain new lane additions to other stretches of freeway, and work on some of the interchanges. Perhaps one of the most exciting projects has been the creation of the Gautrain, a high-speed rail link between Johannesburg, Oliver Tambo International Airport and Pretoria, with a strategy aimed at integration with the existing freeway system in Johannesburg and the Rea Vaya, or “we are moving”, BRT. While the need for the BRT was independent from the transport needs for the World Cup, the implementation has been fast tracked in order to transport an estimated 40 000 to 150 000 people a day, providing faster, safer, more reliable and affordable public transport. This involved the construction of “bus way corridors” and median stations every 500 metres on dedicated lanes; modernised technology was employed in the process. Complementary and feeder routes will use smaller buses, with high-peak bus frequencies of three

to five minutes and 18-hour daily operations between 5am and 11pm. The new transport system has three main aims: • to channel public transport into focussed, high frequency corridors; • to provide improved access between residential areas and economic nodes; and • to allow for better law enforcement on public transport.

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Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium - Port Elizabeth In Cape Town, a new electrical substation is being built in Greenpoint to ensure enough power for the Greenpoint Stadium and surrounding area. The new owners of the V&A Waterfront are investing R7 billion in the precinct, and six new hotels are planned.

Investment beyond 2010


R142 billion Kusile, which will be in operation in 2016. Another parastatal, Telkom, has guaranteed that it is ready to deal with all the challenges presented by the world event. Sentech, the state-owned national broadcasting signal distributor, has upgraded its capacity considerably and now has full satellite infrastructure. All in all, our country is well set to make the 2010 Soccer World Cup a memorable world-class event and a major step forward to a better life for all South Africans. <

Many of the infrastructure development projects will continue beyond 2010 and are not linked to the tournament but are investments meant to stimulate the economy. These include but are not limited to:

• the R11.2 billion multi-product pipeline between Durban and Johannesburg, which will transport petrol, diesel and jet fuel from the third quarter of 2010; and • the construction of the R10 billion container terminal at Ngqura in the Coega Development Zone. Eskom has promised reliable electricity throughout the event and, as part of its expansion programme, is building the largest dry-cooled thermal power stations in the world – the R120 billion Medupi, which will be fully operational by 2015, and the


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Jabu Mabuza, CEO of the Tsogo Sun Group

A question of balance

Jabu Mabuza’s success as CEO of the Tsogo Sun Group has not come at the expense of family, friends and a good round of golf, he tells Nikki Temkin

The office maketh the man

“If you want to know who I am and what’s important to me, then you need only look at what I have in my office,” he says. “Everything has been chosen for a very specific reason.” He points to some photos of his three children and his wife, to whom he has been married for 25 years. “This is why I get up to go to work,” he explains. Then, he points to another picture.

This one is of his mother and father. “This picture is the first time that my parents were under the same roof,” he explains. It is clear that a tough childhood caused him pain and still continues to do so. The picture is a constant reminder to him never to let this happen to his kids, he says. Next, Mabuza brings points to an oil painting of a donkey and cart by Marc Poisson. This reminds him how important hard work is. “I don’t believe in this sense of entitlement,” Mabuza says. “This feeling we are owed something is wrong. We mustn’t expect handouts.” Mabuza could not expect anything while he was cutting his teeth as a budding entrepreneur. He faced many obstacles and still managed to become one of South Africa’s most respected business people. Next up in the guided tour of the office are the trophy heads – Nguni cattle. “These represent the livelihood of my clan,” he says. “We use them for milk, meat and transport. We also use them to plough and to pay lobola [dowry]” he explains. The hedgehogs on the next wall signify prosperity and abundance, while the kudu horns symbolise his clan animal so he never forgets who he is and where he came from. “And the couch is for my one-hour a day snooze,” he says, winking. It would seem that Mabuza has his value system intact. Yes, work is a priority, but traditional family values and a philosophy of balance keep him


just insisted he does not want to do an interview. Thankfully he breaks the silence. “We’ll just have a conversation,” he suggests. “I’m tired of doing profiles on myself. Iit’s not all about me.” Well, that makes a pleasant change from the multitude of people who love waxing lyrical about their achievements. Most people like nothing more than talking about themselves. But Mabuza is not most people. His take on life and his way of seeing things are at odds with the hard-driving corporate businessman image. As we talk, this unique man reveals much about himself despite his efforts to steer our conversation to focus on his ideas about inspiring the youth of the country. And no charcoal suits for this guy! He’s dressed as if is about to play a round of golf. It’s obvious that he doesn’t take himself too seriously – once again, distinctly different from most businesspeople and refreshingly so.


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don’t want to do an interview,” says Jabu Mabuza the moment I sit hom down. I’m not quite sure how to respond to this reputable businessman. Sitting there in an informal peak cap, he looks rather jovial. Could he be joking? And so begins an interesting hour with the charming and dynamic head of the Tsogo Sun Group. What’s clear right from the start is that this will be no ordinary encounter. Not because Mabuza is difficult but rather because he feels that there are more important things to talk about than his life and work. He eyes my neat little stack of questions. Growing from a man from rural Mpumalanga who drove taxis to pay for his tuition to a master of a 26-year-old R4 billionplus company, he’s probably answered all the questions I have in my stack. Questions about the vast experience he obtained in marketing and business management and about his membership of a number of boards, including the South African Tourism Board of which he is the chair. He’s said to be one of the first selfmade black millionaires in the country before the end of apartheid and he has held directorships at various companies and received numerous business awards including the Champion of Black Economic Empowerment Pioneer’s award in 1997 and the Top Black Business Personality of the Year award in 2004. So there are many questions, but I need him to answer them, and he has


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Mabuza also chairs the SA Tourism Board sane and grounded. How does he achieve this balance? Golf. And lots of it, he admits.

Inspiring the youth


Now that I’ve gained a little more insight into the man himself, I allow Mabuza to elaborate about this matter that is obviously close to his heart – the youth and how one should inspire this particular group of society. We talk about how important it is to have career goals and work hard. But balance keeps creeping back into our conversation. Work should never be everything, he says. This was just one of the life lessons he believes in. Later that day he mails me a speech that he gave to young graduates. One particular paragraph stood out: “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air: work, family, health, friends and spirit. You’ll soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.” For someone not keen on being interviewed, Mabuza had a whole lot to say – and I left a much richer individual for it. 52

15 LIFE LESSONS FROM JABU MABUZA 01. E mbrace change and learn to thrive on it. It’s about constantly growing and learning new skills. Learn to be an entrepreneur or at least be entrepreneurial in spirit. Don’t ever get complacent. Knowledge is a great treasure. 02. A ccept that you will make mistakes. You have to learn to risk failure in order to succeed. But try not to make the same mistake twice. 03. D on’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only know what is best for you. 04. H ave fun. Enjoy yourself. Life is not a race but a journey to be savoured. Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or the future. 05. V alue your friends and those closest to you. Laugh a lot. Take your work seriously, but never take yourself seriously. 06. Don’t compare yourself to others. We each have our own individual paths to follow. Sometimes you’ll be ahead, sometimes behind. It’s okay. Life is not always fair. 07. Understand you are a brand. Wear good shoes, comb your hair and dress appropriately.

08. M ake a conscious decision about what sort of human being you want to be, and make sure all your actions take you there. Don’t use time or words carelessly – neither can ever be retrieved. 09. Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. The value of a good education and good grounding will become apparent as you move through life. 10. Appreciate, engage and be involved in something more than your individual life. Give back. 11. Don’t stress too much about finding the answers. You won’t. Just go with your gut or, at the very least, providence. There are no right or wrong answers. 12. Find what you love doing and then try to find someone to pay you for doing it. 13. The most important assets for any business or company are: people, brand and reputation. 14. Business is about people, not jargon, not numbers. Treat them with respect and dignity, and you will get the best out of them. Our greatest need is to be appreciated. 15. Eat well and sleep well!

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Deputy Secretary General of the ANC Thandi Modise

Up close and personal

with comrade Thandi Modise

Sarah Kiguwa-Smith gets to sit down with the ANC Deputy Secretary General


eputy Secretary General Thandi Modise opens her heart about everything from life in the MK camps in Angola to the role of women today.

Growing up black

Huhudi had already made a name for itself as a hot bed of resistance. Its people had a reputation of being outspoken and taking action. It paid a heavy price as the apartheid government refused to build anything in the township. Residents had to make do with no hospitals (there was only a segregated one in Vryburg) and no high schools. Students had to go to outside schools were labelled trouble-makers.

Growing up wild

Thandi also has fond memories of growing up, particularly of her parents who were staunch members of the

In 1974, the government had introduced yet another ridiculous way of separating black South Africans. This was the homeland system, which relegated people to tiny, rural areas according to their tribes. These homelands were supposed to be self-governing, separate countries. Like many young people at the time, Thandi remembers questioning who she was in this new dispensation. The new laws meant that black South Africans were no longer regarded as citizens of their own country. But government under-estimated the anger brewing among the youth, and in 1976, the youth erupted, not only in Soweto, but all over the country. The renewed force showed the government the fight for freedom had gathered momentum. For Thandi, still a teenager, it was only a matter of time before she became involved in politics. Against the backdrop of the political chaos and violence that ensued, Thandi was fighting a personal battle after surviving a rape and receiving no justice from the courts. She learnt firsthand how black women were treated by the justice system. And so began a life-long fight for the rights of women and the youth and with it endless battles with the


Growing up conscious

Growing up in politics

authorities because of her activities. It became clear that the young Thandi Modise was no longer safe in South Africa and so she fled to Botswana, where she was arrested for illegally entering the country. On her release she faced another battle. This time with Umkhonto we Sizwe (or MK), the military wing of the ANC, because she was considered too young to fight. Instead, the organisation wanted to send her to school. But Thandi was never short of guts and an ability to persuade people. Soon she made it clear she was there to fight to liberate South Africa, nothing less. Still with youthful zeal, Thandi thought it wouldn’t be long before they won the fight for freedom. Little did she know what was in store for her. “It took years,” she remembers, “and a lot of courageous people died, were disabled or incarcerated. It was painful, but we carried the pain with pride.” There was one particular episode when they were poisoned at camp. People were crawling around in pain. We thought we were going to die, and so we began singing with what we thought was our last breath. The camps were tough. There were no radios, newspapers or even toilet paper. She can’t recall what the girls did when they needed feminine toiletries, but they survived somehow and were proud to be girls and soldiers. It was not easy being female in a male-dominated camp, but Thandi still considers joining Umkhonto we Sizwe the best decision she ever made in her life. The organisation formed her political foundation, opened her eyes to the realities of the world and taught her everything she needed to become a leader today.


Thandi grew up during difficult times in Huhudi, a township outside Vryburg in the North-West Province. It was a deeply racist place to live. There was a little stream that flowed in Vryburg that divided the whites from the blacks. In those days, little separated the Indians from the whites until the blacks chose to shop at the Indian shopping centre. Indians were removed from their business and residential areas. This destroyed the economy and made life even harder for residents of the township. But nothing made the racism more obvious than the local rituals. On 16 December, traditional Dingaan Day, the town celebrated by doing a reenactment of the great battle between the Afrikaners the Zulus. Thandi soon realised that there was no play-acting; her people were really being beaten.

ANC. She loved movies and dancing and remembers, with a laugh, being smacked by her parents when she sneaked out to go to the movies or go dancing. She attended a private Catholic school because they offered a superior syllabus to the Bantu education schools. Little did she know all of that was about to change. In her matric year in 1976, the political climate took a new turn that changed Thandi’s life dramatically.



Thandi returned to South Africa to put her combat training to good use, but it wasn’t long before the government caught up with her and she was arrested. She faced detention for 10 years. She recalls being heavily pregnant and being tortured continuously in detention. She was even left alone when she went into labour and her waters broke. When she was released, she continued her studies while playing an important role in the civilian part of the ANC.

Growing strong

She became a member of the National Executive Council of the ANC and considers herself privileged to be part of the first members of parliament in 1994. She also considers it a privilege to have served as Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence. She leans closer as she emphasises the importance of these committees, which were first in “selling the idea of a permanent and representative national defence force”. This was no easy feat considering South Africans had a negative attitude towards the South African Defence Force (SADF) as an instrument of apartheid. This was only the beginning as she also took on the fight for the rights of women serving in the new defence force (the South African National Defence Force). She knew it was time to create a new culture in the national defence force. She’s very proud of the part she played in parliament, which dealt with the role of women in wars or conflict. She was instrumental in lobbying for the adoption of UN

resolution 1325, which protects women in war and conflict. “My heart will always belong to the rights of women… and my heart will always belong to the youth,” she says. The youth of today is always on her mind, and she is constantly trying to engage them on political issues. “How can we ensure they understand the sacrifices made for them? How can we prepare them to take over the leadership of the ANC? If we don’t do that, we will jeopardise the freedom of all South Africans,” she says. Thandi is quick to point out that although the ANC played a pivotal role in the liberation of the South African people, there were numerous other organisations and interest groups involved in the fight for the total emancipation of all South Africans. One of the key instruments in achieving this is through education, especially of women. So what drives this woman who speaks so passionately about politics? “Seeing young women who impress me,” she says. “But there are also those who make me fearful.” Although the younger generation of women is more assertive, there are still those who don’t question their place in politics or in the nation or on the continent – women who ignore important issues that affect them. She’d like to see these young women becoming more aware, she says, and her peers becoming role-models.




Thandi Modise with comrade Gwede Mantashe, ANC Secretary General

and two of them are teenagers. She confesses they’re better cooks than her, and while her family is a “debating” one, she still reckons her girls talk too much. She is fiercely proud of the fact that they are budding feminists and members of the ANC. “They should understand they are women first, then citizens,” she insists. She jokes about their ANC membership, laughing hard as she says if they were anything else, they’d have to leave home. It’s in the homes of people where the ANC should have its strongest support base, she says. The last member of the household is Thandi’s second husband, whom she describes as “wonderful”. Her family loves reading and so does she, but it’s always challenging to fit a book into her busy schedule. She has a well-stocked library and reading room in her homes in Gauteng and Mafikeng and also has an impressive CD collection. She watches movies when she can. She’d like to see more movies honouring the heroes of South Africa’s past. “Where are the films to embody and immortalise what our forefathers did?” she asks and with a smile confesses to have done “a bit of acting in MK”. While she may not relax as often as she likes, she is grateful for all that she has. “We are lucky to enjoy what we have when many died fighting for it,” she reminds us solemnly.

Growing girls

A role-model is what she tries to be to her daughters, she says with fondness, laughing. She has three daughters,

A young Thandi Modise during the tumultuous 1970s

International linkages Guangzhou, PRC In November 2009 the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) set off to Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, where they attended the forum’s Tourism and Trade Seminar held at the city’s prestigious Grand Hyatt Hotel. They also visited the Guangdong International Tourism and Cultural Festival and met with counterpart Chinese companies in order to establish contacts to trade and do business with. Over 70 PBF companies accompanied the delegation, which was led by the ANC’s Treasurer General, Dr Mathews Phosa and joined by Social Development Minister, Edna Molewa. A high-powered Chinese delegation led by Vice Minister of the International Department, Mr Li Jingjun attended and spoke at the PBF Tourism and Trade Seminar, which was organised in conjunction with the China Economic Cooperation Centre (CECC), with whom the PBF entered into a cooperation agreement. Vice Minister Li said in relation to the agreement that: “The connection of PBF and CECC as political party affiliates will pool their political and economic connections and resources and will effectively advance Sino-SA pragmatic cooperation. According to Vice Minister Li, “This is a new testimony of the ever closer exchanges and cooperation between the ruling parties of the two countries”. Minister Li said that the exchanges have enriched the content of political party exchanges and cooperation, and have injected new vitality into bilateral pragmatic cooperation and the development of China-South Africa strategic partnership in particular. Minister Li went on to say that he


hoped that entrepreneurs of both countries will seize the opportunity and make good use of the platform to make new acquaintances and enhance mutual understanding. He said that the purpose of the platform created by the ANC and the CPC will contribute to Sino-SA pragmatic cooperation and deepen Sino-SA strategic partnership. In his speech Dr Mathews Phosa, Treasurer General of the ANC, said both governments are committed to promoting mutually beneficial trade, where both economies benefit in terms of growth, access, economic capacity and job creation. Dr Phosa said it was a position that the ANC strongly supported. “We are promoting and assisting partnerships that will assist us in our primary objective of fighting poverty through economic growth,” he said. South Africa is committed to SouthSouth trade and investment and therefore, according to Dr Phosa, places a “high priority on developing trade and investment between developing nations”. Dr Phosa said that “given the scope of China’s economy, its size, the fact that it is poised to become the world’s largest economy this century, and the shared commitment to the developing world, South African businesses should position themselves to take advantage of the climate that has been created between our two nations”. Chinese companies should in turn also take advantage of the economic climate. “South Africa stands ready to welcome them”, he said. In her speech, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Edna Molewa, said “South Africa acknowledges China’s

important role as a factor for stability and economic development in Africa, and as an important player on the international stage”. Referring to the increasing trade between the two countries Minister Molewa pointed out that in trade volume China had become the third biggest trading partner of South Africa, after Europe and the United States of America. South Africa was in turn the second biggest trade partner of China on the African continent. She noted the need to take additional measures to “realise a great deal of untapped opportunities and potential of the bilateral relations” between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China. Both Dr Phosa and Minister Molewa urged the Chinese to visit South Africa for the Soccer World Cup. “South Africa is ready to host the biggest and most successful sporting spectacular that the world has ever seen” Minister Molewa said, adding that “every visitor can expect a warm and hearty African welcome”. Dr Phosa referred to the “magnificent” infra-structural developments that are on track, pointing out that its legacy in terms of the upgraded road networks, public transport improvements, new airports etc. will, after the event is ove,r “remain in place to help facilitate economic growth”. “We believe that the FIFA Soccer World Cup will be the best ever and we look forward to sharing our friendly South African hospitality with the world, including we trust, the Chinese in their numbers” he said.








Daryl Swanepoel, Co-Convenor of the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) was in Havana, Cuba, during December 2009. He was in the City in follow-up to the PBF’s trade delegation during June 2009, when the PBF took a group of more than 40 South African companies to Cuba in order to promote and strengthen trade ties between the two countries. Swanepoel was accompanying a tourism and hospitality company to Cuba, which is looking into making substantial investments there. During the visit he called at Africa House, in Havana to present on behalf of the PBF, a donation comprising indigenous South African artefacts. Africa House comprises permanent displays about the culture of the sub-Saharan African people and its exhibits display various elements of the wide variety of Afro-Cuban cultures and religions. The Cuban people have strong roots of African origin as a result of the slave trade. Speaking at the handing over ceremony Swanepoel said that in June 2009, during the PBF’s trade visit they had visited Africa House. “It was most informative with regard to the strong bonds that bind Cuba and Africa. South Africa and Cuba of course also have a strong, shared history; and specifically Cuba’s role together with the ANC in fighting for freedom in our country cannot be forgotten”, he said. However, what struck the delegation was the small number of exhibited items from S.A. on display in Africa House. The delegation felt that this should not be so “given the strong relationships between our countries, the role that Cuba played in our history and the fact that South Africa as a country is the strongest economic player on the continent”. So the PBF undertook to mobilise items from South Africa for Africa House. Swanepoel said that he knew it was a small contribution, but that “it more that doubles what’s already here”. And he challenged South African businesses to each time they strike a deal with Cuba they should make a similar contribution to Africa House. “We hope that business will flourish between our two nations to the extent that Africa House will say to us: Please no more from South Africa!” he said.

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29 companies visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in February 2010 as part of a Progressive Business Forum trade delegation. The Deputy Minister for Trade & Industry, Maria Ntuli MP, accompanied the delegation. A business-meets-business seminar was held at the Memling Hotel in the DRC capital of Kinshasa. Speakers at the event, in addition to Deputy Ntuli who delivered the keynote address, included the Ambassador of the DRC to South Africa, HE Bene M’poko , the CEO of Onatra (the DRC equivalent of Transnet), Mr Serge Basaula Ndomdeni, the President of the FEC (Federated Chamber of Commerce) and others. At meetings held at the respective ministries, the Ministers of Planning (Olivier Kamitatu) and Public Enterprises (Jeannine Mabunda) briefed the delegation on the socio-economic and political developments and business opportunities in the DRC. A number of prospective projects flowing from the visit are currently being explored.

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South Africa wants to deepen its economic and investment relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is a major gateway for South African products into the Middle East and therefore South Africa was “looking for strong long-term trade and economic relations with the UAE”, according to Joan Fubbs MP, Chairperson of the Trade & Industry Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, who delivered the keynote address at the South African Business forum hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and organised in association with the ANC Progressive Business Forum (PBF). The PBF led a strong business delegation of just under 100 businessmen and women for a threeday visit to the UAE in March 2010 to the UAE cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.


As reported in the Gulf News of 31 March 2010, Hamad Bu Amim, Director General of the Dubai Chamber said that Dubai enjoyed friendly and strong relations with South Africa especially since the country is ranked 37th among Dubai’s trading partners. He added that the forum was directly in line with the Chamber’s latest initiative to explore new markets for its members. He said that South Africa was one of the emerging economies offering excellent investment opportunities for Dubai businesses to promote their trading activities and competitiveness in global markets.


During the visit to the impressive city of Sharjah the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce hosted the PBF delegation, where, before a business-meets-

business networking session, it received a briefing from by its Director General, Mr Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, who highlighted a number of exciting business opportunities in the Emirate. Its Chairman HE Ahmed Mohamed Al Midfa echoed this during his interactions with the PBF.

Abu Dhabi

The main PBF seminar was held in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi. In a speech delivered by HE Maryam Al Suwaid of the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority on behalf of HE Sultan Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, she said that the trade exchange between the two countries reached 14 billion dirhams in 2008 and that the UAE “is interested in enhancing this relationship, especially as we consider South Africa a mature and attractive market for international investment”. She said that the global crisis opened doors for many opportunities especially in the small and medium business sector, which according to HE Al Suwaid was regarded as a safe alternative for investments for governments and businesses all over the world. She said that the Ministry of Economy has been officially asked by the government to develop the SME sector in the UAE. “The first SME Forum was the strategic flag-off to make this vital sector, a vital contributor to the national economy”, Al Suwaid said. Ms Mmathulare (Busi) Coleman MP, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Economic Development, accompanied the delegation and spoke at the seminar, where she highlighted the strategic focus of South Africa to shift

from jobless growth to economic development with employment to eradicate poverty. She gave the seminar a glimpse into South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, which has been adopted to create synergies between the macro and micro economies in order to fuel the reindustrialisation in South Africa, with specific emphasis on expanding the manufacturing sector. Speaking to the seminar via video the South African Minister for Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, said that the past decade has seen a deepening of economic relations between the two countries and that in the last 13 years trade grew by some 2000%. Patel firmly believes there are opportunities to deepen the relationship. Patel said that “the visit by the South African business delegation was an important step to achieve greater economic cooperation” and on the South African economy that is “was open for business”. Minister Patel said that South Africa was “the gateway to African development, with strong contacts with the other economies of neighbouring countries and an expanding trade and investment profile”. He said “when you invest in South Africa you reach not only 50 million South African consumers, but also millions of consumers elsewhere on the (African) continent”. Minister Patel also referred to the FIFA Soccer World Cup, saying “it will be a window for the world to South Africa, who will see South Africa and the beauty of our country and which will expand the tourism industry”. “Hope you are ready to join us in the largest sport spectacle that we will see this year” he told the seminar.




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Dance like

no-one’s watching... The riel may be one of the oldest dance forms practised in this country, but there’s life in her yet!

Riel aficionado Elias P Nel

“set pieces” where scenarios are acted out, much to the amusement of the audience: the meerkat’s way of looking out for predators, a horse galloping, two men fighting. Of course, things have modernised and adapted too... Nowadays one finds allusion to electrical sheep shearers, for instance, and dancers as young as five. Things are kept strictly geographical. Witzenberg up against Knersvlakte, Wupperthal vs Grabouw… And if there is a rule of thumb on a night like that, with 7 000 eyes fixed on an open-air amphitheatre stage covered with sand and dancers appearing from the wings to the rhythmic if repetitive sound of guitar strumming and fiddles fiddling, it would be this: the smaller the town, the bigger the riel. In which case the Bushmanland and the Karoo are to the riel what South Central Los Angeles is to gangster rap. Witzenberg, near Ceres, took top honours in 2009. But the riel is only warming up, it seems… “Yes, we’re hard at work organising the fifth year of the riel revolution,” the godfather of the riel, Elias P Nel, told Progressive

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aarl will this year play host to the the fifth annual reel dancing (or rieldans in Afrikaans) competition, marking a flamboyant comeback for a dance form that has its roots in early Khoi, San and Nama communities. By performing this dance, hunters from these communities debriefed after a tough day at the office. Last year’s competition, which was held in December, attracted quite some attention. A crowd of more than 3 500 people attended the finals – held at the Afrikaans Language Monument, an hour’s drive from Cape Town – and included riel lovers from mainly the Western and Nothern Cape provinces but also a good number of the culturally curious. Eleven teams competed in the final stage in the 2009 competition. But what exactly is the riel? Firstly, it’s a broad church dance. Not as exclusive as, say, Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, but not as limited in terms of expression as, say, the sakkie-sakkie. The hunt, courtship, the harvest and the interrelatedness of humankind and environment are all central themes in the riel. There are certain


THIS PICTURE AND LEFT: Scenes from the 2009 rieldans competition


Leader. Nel, a writer who grew up in Verneukpan in the Northern Cape, has been one of the main driving forces behind the riel-volution. “For me, nothing can end before the whole of South Africa and the world takes notice of this centuries-old cultural treasure of ours,” says Nel. By making the riel project an ongoing endeavour of his employer, the Afrikaans language and cultural organisation ATKV and by running the competition on a talent search (almost Idols-like) basis, Nel has brought smalltown steps onto the big stage. “The ideal is that communities will no longer be ashamed to admit that the riel is part of their cultural heritage and that they will dance with pride,” says

drawn from an original 56 groups from almost as many towns is proof of that. For Nel, a lot of the competition’s worth lies in the fact that the event builds confidence in its participants, who come from far and wide. “The way I do it, is the only way I can reach the participant in his or her natural environment,” Nel explains. “My birth place, Verneukpan, or Swartkop, actually, lies in the Bushmanland. It’s hands-down the smallest, most impoverished little place but with the most wonderful people. “Also places like Spoegrivier, Paulshoek or Elizabethfontein and many other such towns are calling out to be visited, and those who live there are longing for recognition of their humanity.”

A crowd of more than 3 500 people attended the 2009 rieldans competition fi nals

A member of the PBF




Nel, with reference to the controversial history of the dance, which was Eurocentrically named after similiarities it showed to the Scottish reel dance. The Nama word for its early form was the khapara, but it has also hurtfully been referred to as the Hotnotsriel. Musical legend and folk music zealot David Kramer attended and performed at the finals for the past two years, but the spotlight remains on the competitors, the dancers – like the 56-year-old Mannetjies Syster of Vyeboom, near Grabouw near Cape Town... and the musicians who accompany most of the groups. The riel is widely practised in South Africa. The fact that the 11 teams competing in last year’s finals were


MESSAGE FROM JAPIE GOUWS, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE ATKV The Afrikaans language and cultural society ATKV is 80 years old this year. It was established in 1930 to ensure that Afrikaans would survive in the English environment of those years. Since then the ATKV evolved to become the totally inclusive organisation it is today, making Afrikaans accessible to as many people as possible and maintaining the relevance of Afrikaans in the presentday multi-cultural South Africa. Our aim is to contribute materially towards the success of South Africa – in Afrikaans. The ATKV’s projects comprise, among others, language, music, drama, dance, debating, arts and writing. Afrikaans has a rich culture in all genres, but there is also potential for growth in all diversities of the Afrikaans language. One of the these is the rieldans –

a live dance on original music with amazing stories locked up in every move of the dancers and every note of the music. The ATKV every year hosts a national rieldans competition with an exciting final, which is held in the amfitheatre of the Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl. This project has been one of the fastest-growing projects in the history of the ATKV. Seven rieldans teams participated in the first competion in 2006 and 56 teams entered the competition in 2009! Afrikaans is important in the South Africa of today. Most Afrikaansspeaking people have the will and know-how to contribute towards all aspects of society and the well-being of all South Africans. With its branches and members throughout South Africa, the ATKV has an important role to play in creating a successful South Africa. And that is indeed part of our mission! Also see

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Yes, we can!

Hans van der Merwe is the executive director of Agri SA, which hosted the Commodity and Farmer Development Conference in Stellenbosch. Flowing from the conference he communicates some of the more critical messages and challenges, including land reform and food security, that defined the event



On the second day, the focus moved to transformation, farmer development and training. Presentations on existing projects highlighted the growing pains, the bottle-necks and social impact that specific projects had on farmer development. Presentations that brought the importance of training, information transfer, selection criteria, mentorship and financing under the delegates’ attention were also made. The willingness of both Ministers Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Gugile Nkwinti to actively take part in the conference proved that the confidence that Agri SA has in South Africa’s democratic dispensation is not unfounded. The conference ended with delegates from all facets of the agricultural sector, including government, leaving with an overall positivity and eagerness to make their full contribution together towards feeding and developing the people of South Africa. “In this year of action, together with the agricultural sector, we must work faster and smarter to deliver food security for our country, job creation for our fellow countrymen and an increased contribution to the GDP of South Africa,” said Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Yes, we can!


and therefore on food security, especially at household level. Government officials have conceded that there has been a loss of production capacity, especially on restitution land, with a far-reaching negative impact on households and communities. Optimum agricultural production needs to be maintained and encouraged on land that has already been redistributed or is earmarked for land-reform purposes. Given the high incidence of urbanisation, national food security cannot be achieved through subsistence farming. Emerging farmers must therefore move towards commercial maturity as soon as possible in order to supplement the existing commercial sector as the country strives to achieve national food security. Agri SA agrees with Minister Nkwinti that both organised agriculture and the government have a role to play in this regard. Food security in South Africa can no longer be taken for granted. Our constitution states in Section 27, 1(b) that, “every citizen has a right to have access to sufficient food and water”. Can South Africa’s farmers still feed our people? Yes, we can! By hosting the successful two-day Commodity and Farmer Development Conference in Stellenbosch, Agri SA confirmed that the farmers of South Africa can and wish to feed our nation. The first day focussed on commodity organisations and the numerous challenges they face in terms of growth and development from their own perspectives. Special attention was given to: • c ommodity support services; • t he influence of technology, input costs and infrastructure on competitiveness; • sustainability; and • t he contribution of food-price formation, market development and marketing and trade.


gri South Africa (Agri SA) was established in 1904 as a federal South African agricultural union. It serves large and small-scale commercial farmer members of all races. On behalf of its members and through its involvement and input on national and international level, Agri SA promotes the sustainable profitability and stability of commercial agricultural producers and agribusinesses.The conference theme this year was: “Yes, we can!” Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti addressed the delegates: “As you are most probably aware, many land-reform projects are not successful, not by the fault of beneficiaries alone, but by us all. Land reform cannot happen in isolation. It requires a collective resolve of all, namely government, the private sector and the communities. It is imperative in terms of land reform to link our processes with strategic partners to ensure skills transfer and sustainability. It is for this reason that we want to partner with you, in terms of comanagement, share equity and mentoring. There are two objectives behind this initiative. Firstly, skills, expertise and knowledge sharing and transfer and secondly, production discipline. Our collective goal, as a nation, is food security.” In closure the Minister said: “I am aware that there are many white farmers out there who want to assist. I therefore call on you to partner with us.” Through various commodity organisations, Agri SA is already involved in development programmes. The organisation has also initiated programmes to mentor emerging farmers and to transfer skills. Agri SA’s mission statement clearly underlines the fact that the promotion of a competitive environment for the agricultural sector as a whole is vital. However, the land-reform process has a significant influence on food production

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Address by President of the Republic of South Africa,

His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, to the South Africa-United Kingdom

Business Forum Seminar, Drapers Hall, London 5 March 2010

It is a great pleasure to meet with you as we conclude our successful state visit to the United Kingdom. Let me take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to her majesty, the government of the United Kingdom and the City of London for hosting us this week. The visit has certainly taken our relations to another level, given

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he Lord Mayor of the City of London, Minister Rob Davies and Lord Jones, Business Ambassador for United Kingdom Trade and Investment, honourable ministers, leaders of business organisations present, esteemed members of the business community, ladies and gentlemen.


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the highly successful nature of all the engagements we have had individually and collectively. As we conclude the visit, our enthusiasm about working harder to strengthen these relations has been given added impetus indeed. South Africa attaches great importance to the friendship and cooperation that has developed between our people, positively affecting our relations at bilateral and multilateral levels. Over the last few years, the political relations between our countries have scaled new heights in terms of their quality and maturity. Similarly, our economic relations have also continued to deepen. Almost daily, the United Kingdom consolidates its position as one of our leading economic partners, as the figures indicate. The level of investment on each other′s economy is encouraging. South Africa now not only exports fine wine to the United Kingdom but is also investing in various other sectors, as 600 South African companies already have a presence in this country. We have been accompanied by more than 200 business persons on this state visit, representing various sectors. This augurs well for the future of our trade and economic relations. We have to ensure that the interactions that took place during the week produce results as we are serious about creating decent jobs back home. Esteemed guests, in our 2008 contact through the South African Bilateral Forum, a trade and investment review was established. Its main purpose was to broaden and deepen sustainable partnerships and cooperation in trade and economy. Information regarding policy priorities was exchanged, with a view to determine crucial areas. South Africa indicated focus areas for investment that should be pursued in order for the current relations and achievements not to stagnate. These


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include gas and liquid technology, nuclear energy and infrastructure, particularly building new power stations and refurbishing old ones to increase energy creation capacity. We came to the United Kingdom feeling somewhat upbeat as the economic recession that has seriously affected our economy is gradually subsiding, as the entire global economy shows. According to the latest figures for December, manufacturing output was 3.2% higher than in the corresponding month in 2008, first annualised for 14 months. The prospects are good, and we should now make hay as the sun is beginning to shine again. For a country that lost close to a million jobs due to the recession, we have every reason to be encouraged by the changing economic prospects. On our South African side, we will continue to improve our investment climate and cost of doing business in South Africa. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, announced a second industrial policy action plan last week. This is our plan representing a significant step forward in improving our efforts to promote long term industrialisation and industrial diversification beyond our current reliance on traditional commodities and non-tradable services. I am sure you have deliberated on these opportunities in your break-away sessions. We are investing in the health and skills of our population as part of our core development goals, and also to improve our global competitiveness. Health and education are part of the five priorities we have committed ourselves to as the current administration in our country. The others are creating decent work, fighting crime as well as rural development and land reform. Public hospitals in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Gauteng provinces are being revamped; proposals for a national health insurance are under review, along with a 10-point strategy for revitalising the health system. We have to deal with mortality and the impact of HIV and AIDS through improving our prevention strategies and introducing new treatment measures. Policy has been adjusted, and from April 2010, new measures will be implemented to begin anti-retroviral treatment when CD4 count falls below 350 for tuberculosis-infected and pregnant women and for all HIV-infected infants. We will invest R8.4 billion in this regard. Key performance indicators were

developed to enhance the effectiveness of our public health-care system, bearing in mind that in some cases our public hospitals are not that bad. For example, the first heart transplant in the world was done in a public hospital in Cape Town. Ladies and gentlemen, about 70% of South Africans are under the age of 35. More than half of our population still have their entire working lives ahead of them. Being such a youthful country poses enormous challenges as well as opportunities for us. It is for this reason that we spend billions of rands on education, actually the lion′s share of the national budget. We have a plan to revitalise education to ensure effective learning and teaching. Billions of rands have been allocated as subsidies for universities and for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to enhance access. Education and skills development will really continue to be our key investment areas. Amongst the outcomes of this visit, we agreed that the United Kingdom and South Africa will work together to develop links between further education and training colleges to help South Africa to tackle its unemployment through skills development. We are also going to establish a South Africa and United Kingdom next generation forum to deepen links between young people, our next generation of leaders. Proposed collaborations in creating centres of excellence and revitalising technical colleges are most welcome indeed as a contribution to our skills drive. This should include investment in information and communications technology in the schools as proposed. During my meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Thursday, we agreed to work with FIFA and the Global Campaign for Education in their One Goal campaign, aimed at harnessing the power of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the benefit of education for all. The intention is to ensure that 72 million children, who should be in primary school but cannot do so due to poverty, receive education, which is one of their basic rights. This should be one of the greatest spin-offs of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on African soil. Amongst the ambassadors of the campaign is the captain of Bafana Bafana, Aaron Mokoena, who is providing good leadership to his peers in this regard. We will provide full support to the campaign.

Esteemed guests, we are engaged in massive infrastructure development and intend to spend more than R846 billion rand in this regard. Roads, bridges, dams, electricity supply and a host of other projects will be undertaken during this term of government, while we are also working on plans for the next 10 to 20 years. That is why we say our country currently looks like a huge construction site, as projects are ongoing in every sphere. It is well known that we faced challenges with regards to energy. We have embarked on a number of strategies to address this. In addition to minor interventions such as promoting the installation of solar-water geysers and energyefficient light bulbs, South Africa has – through its utility, Eskom – begun the construction of projects such as the Medupe and Kusile power stations, as well as the Ingula hydroelectricity scheme, all which should be complete by 2014. One of our key focus areas is to change the face of rural areas, through supporting water, sanitation and rural housing development on a visible scale in the next three years. Ladies and gentlemen, the mining sector contributes about 5% of our gross domestic product and employs about 500 000 people. It is the main foreign-exchange earner for South Africa. The sector is dominated by the platinum group of metals, followed by gold and coal. We would like to reiterate here, as we have done in other forums during this visit, that the nationalisation of mines is not government policy, and there is no law that authorises the nationalisation of mineral resources. The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act recognises the state as the custodian of all natural resources in the country and regulates the approval and renewal of mineral rights and licences. It is important to also emphasise that while the policy on minerals and mining that we have does not make provision for nationalisation of mining assets, it also does not preclude the State from participating actively in mining. That is why the African Exploration, Mining and Financing Company, a wholly state-owned company, is active in this industry. Allow me to use this opportunity to indicate that we are concerned about a widely held view within the investment fraternity that there is

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some illegal mining that is taking place in South Africa. Such mining is said to be negatively impacting on the productive environment of legal mining operations. We are taking this matter very seriously as government, and it is being investigated. We have also announced an amnesty period as an attempt to encourage any existing illegal miners to end their illegal activities or face the full might of the law. Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a global village, and some solutions to our challenges have to be global. We are encouraged by the manner in which we continue to work positively with the Unite Kingdom on various matters that particularly affect the African continent. At our bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Brown we agreed that United Kingdom and South Africa will work together towards the reform of the international financial institutions, to make them more effective, accountable and legitimate. We also welcome United Kingdom support for permanent African representation on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to enable the UNSC to better address issues of peace and security across the globe. We will work together in various international forums such as the G20, with South Africa′s goal being to promote the interests of the African continent in particular and the developing world in general. Esteemed guests, the 2010 FIFA World Cup is literally just three months away. The project has enabled us to invest and develop massive infrastructure such as stadia, airport and road upgrades and others. We have created work as well as training opportunities in the process. As said earlier, we will continue to spend on infrastructure beyond the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and there will be many opportunities for business and investment. South Africa and the United Kingdom are great sporting nations, and to our friends in the United Kingdom, we look forward to warmly welcoming many football fans to the finest 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament you have ever seen. Everything is in place for the tournament. Security and various other logistical issues have been taken care of. Ladies and gentlemen, in our state of the nation address last month, we declared the year 2010 as a year of action and a year of doing things differently in our country. It is a year of ensuring that everything we do is informed by tangible outcomes and measurable outputs. I therefore challenge you as the business community to turn decisions taken at the business seminar into practical implementation. The meeting of the next trade and investment committee review should be able to receive reports of tangible progress and accelerate our bilateral relationship. We want to be performance-based in everything we do, as a new culture and a new way of doing things in South Africa. As we end the visit, we extend our sincere gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen for her gracious invitation and exceptionally warm welcome and hospitality extended to our delegation. This has indicated to us that the relations between the two countries are taken very seriously indeed. Let me thank both the South African and United Kingdom business delegations for a job well done during this visit. As government we can only create an enabling environment. It is up to you as business to take the process further and use the opportunities that are opened by bilateral relations at a governmental level. I thank you!


Providing prosperity for all Pravin Gordhan has been South Africa’s Finance Minister since 11 May 2009. He holds a bachelor of pharmacy degree from the University of Durban-Westville and honorary doctorates from the University of South Africa, University of Cape Town and the Free State Central University of Technology. He served as Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service for almost 10 years. He was involved in a number of antiapartheid organisations including the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party. This is an article prepared to coincide with President Zuma’s state visit to the UK

Minister of Finance: Pravin Gordhan


his year, South Africa will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The organising of the tournament and the investment that has gone into preparing for the tournament has been on a scale not seen in South Africa before. The fact that South Africa has completed all its major infrastructure investments on time and is able to organise an event of this magnitude during the deepest economic recession in decades is testimony to South Africa’s maturity as an emerging market. In 2009, South Africa had a smooth political transition to a new administration. In the same year, however, the country fell into a recession, its first in 17 years. This was brought about largely as a result of the downturn in global economic activity as a result of the financial crisis. The recession took a toll on South Africans, with some 870 000 people losing their jobs in 2009 and households facing falling incomes and high levels of debt. South Africa entered this period with a solid record of economic management, with successive layers of reform since 1994 contributing to an acceleration of economic growth and employment in the period 2001 to 2008. Strong growth and sound fiscal management have enabled 78

significant redistribution opportunities for the population. When the economic crisis hit our shores, the South African government was able to respond by sustaining growth in public spending – allowing us to build on the public-sector investment programme already under way, expand public employment programmes, broaden our social security net, continue to invest in education, health and other public services and to support well-targeted industrial development. These elements provide a counter-cyclical boost to the economy that will assist in sustaining growth and minimising further job losses. There are already strong indications that South Africa has exited the recession with recent figures pointing to GDP growth of 3.2% in the last quarter of 2009. In February, President Zuma delivered his 2010 State of the Nation address, which signalled a new approach and committed government to: elivering more and better services in a caring and •d efficient manner; olding political office bearers and public servants •h accountable; • shifting resources to new priorities; oving from debate to effective implementation and •m decisive action; and orking in partnership with communities, labour and •w business to achieve our shared objectives. The budget tabled following the President’s address sets out how government will deliver on these commitments within the difficult economic and fiscal context facing all countries. As South Africa emerges from recession, the policy focus is shifting from stabilising the economy to raising our trend growth rates and increasing employment. Our future depends on finding a more inclusive economic trajectory, characterised by more rapid growth in gross domestic product (GDP) and job creation. The budget reflects government’s focus on social expenditure while consistently finding creative ways of creating a conducive environment for businesses to operate in. Government’s policy objectives include making the economy more labour-absorptive, raising productivity, boosting exports and promoting greater levels of investment. These economic objectives, alongside social policy goals such as improved education, training and health outcomes, will contribute to more effective redistribution of resources and capabilities. Ultimately, poverty reduction is about developing people’s capabilities and providing a growing economy in which they can work to improve their living conditions. The policy levers to achieve these

creation. These initiatives are led by the economic cluster of ministers, in consultation with industry stakeholders. The 2010 budget also takes further steps in reprioritising public expenditure. In general, resources are shifted towards education, health, rural development, creating jobs, fighting crime, infrastructure and human settlements, and improving local government. South Africa’s social security system has proven resilient during the turbulent economic conditions of the past year. Almost 14 million South Africans are now receiving social grants, and this number is set to increase in the coming years as a result of the extension of the child support grant to recipients’ 18th birthday. There is, however, considerable room for improvement in the social security system. Government is examining ways to bring down the cost of administering

The most urgent focus of policy change must be interventions to create jobs for young people.


the grants system and countering fraudulent claims. Infrastructure investment has accelerated strongly over the past four years and is set to continue to contribute toward higher growth in the short term and greater competitiveness in the longer term. Over the next three years, government will spend a total of R846 billion on infrastructure, mainly on electricity generation, freight rail and ports capacity, water schemes, roads and airport infrastructure. During the recession, tax revenue in the country fell by nearly 3% of GDP, contributing to an increase in budget deficit. Due to South Africa’s low public debt, government could sustain strong growth in public spending through increased borrowings to help cushion the economy. Now that the recession has ended, we can afford to adopt a gradual approach in reducing our budget deficit. A budget deficit of 7.3% is projected for 2009 to 2010 and 6.2% in 2010 to 2011. By 2012 to 2013, the deficit is expected to reach 4.1%. The recession has yielded important lessons about macro-economic management. Countries that have done better during the recession, and which are better placed to grow more rapidly


in the years ahead, are characterised by well-developed financial sector regulation, sound macro-economic policies, low public debt, high savings rates, broad and robust social security nets, and governments capable of responding effectively to the inevitable challenges that arise in a competitive and volatile global economy. As the first African hosts of the FIFA World Cup, South Africa has ensured that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has not gone to waste. To date, government has spent about R33 billion in preparation for the tournament. The World Cup has acted as a catalyst for investment in the human and physical capital of the country, driven improvements in transport and communications infrastructure, created jobs and boosted the economy. The knowledge and experience gained in planning and implementing this project means South Africa now has increased its capacity to implement other “mega-projects” in the future, creating a more competitive economy and driving growth. The actual event is expected to contribute about 0.5% of GDP growth in 2010. The country stands ready to welcome visitors from all over the world for what is sure to be an unforgettable event. Experience clearly shows that success in the global economy requires hard work, effective organisation and clear leadership. Many countries are working to increase competitiveness, attract investment, develop more skilled labour and broaden opportunities for their citizens. South Africa too must compete on this global platform, where progress is registered through hard work, effective organisation and clear leadership. Government has made clear its commitment to ensure the continued growth and development of the country, which provides prosperity for all.


objectives include: •S teps to reduce youth unemployment, including a targeted wage subsidy aimed at lowering the costs and risks of hiring inexperienced work-seekers. •S upporting labour-intensive industries through industrial policy interventions, skills development, infrastructure investment, public employment programmes and a rural development strategy. •R aising our savings level, and sustaining high levels of public and private investment. • I mproving the performance and effectiveness of the state, especially the provision of quality education and training at all levels. •R eforms to increase inclusion and participation in the labour market, alongside efforts to improve competition in product markets, to reduce barriers to job creation and investment, and to lower the nonwage costs of doing business. •K eeping inflation low, striving for a stable and competitive exchange rate, and providing a buffer against global volatility. •R aising productivity and competitiveness by cutting red tape, enforcing competition laws, enhancing regulatory oversight, improving the performance of stateowned enterprises, and opening up the economy to investment and trade opportunities that can boost exports. The most urgent focus of policy change must be interventions to create jobs for young people. Government aims to accelerate job creation for young people through a targeted wage subsidy, together with improved information services linked to training, to activate employment in the private sector. A further expansion of public employment programmes is also under way and is supporting local infrastructure projects, literacy programmes, home-based care, school maintenance and early childhood education initiatives. In developing a new growth path, progress also needs to be made in developing sectoral plans to raise employment and output. For example, South Africa needs a strategy to raise agricultural output, which will have positive benefits for rural employment. Similarly, a plan that removes obstacles to mining investment and exports could boost output and support job

South Africa’s economic indicators GDP: $277.4 billion (2009) GDP growth: -1.9% (2009 estimate) GDP per capita: $5 684 (2009) (nominal; 76th) $10 136 (2009) (PPP; 79th) GDP by sector: agriculture (0.9%), industry (20.6%), services (78.5%) Inflation (CPI): 7.2% (2009 estimate)


Our national orders – recognising excellence to build our nation


ince the inception of national orders in South Africa it has become very clear that the significance of our orders is located in a duality of outcomes in the sense that not only is excellence and achievement in different spheres recognised and acknowledged, but in the process the value of our diversity as an instrument to build our sense of nationhood is illustrated. Coming as they do from the full spectrum of our racial, social and cultural diversity the recipients reflect that diversity and the strength that flows from it.

The highest national tribute

As head of state, President Jacob Zuma is empowered to make these awards. He captured the positive essence of the concept of the awards in a recent awards ceremony speech in Pretoria when he said: “We are honouring men and women who deserve the highest national tribute for their contribution to South African life and history. “Coming from many walks of life, and some parts of the world, they have enriched our lives and made it possible for us to declare ourselves to be a nation of heroes and achievers. “These national orders are a source of pride as they are a reminder of the road we have travelled. “Before 1994, we had no common identity. We were a nation in flux, full of fear and uncertainty. “We set out in 1994 to build a nation united in its diversity. It has not been an easy task. But we have certainly made a good start over the past 15 years. “There are certain basic elements that define who we are as South Africans that are a source of pride. “We have a constitution that guarantees human rights for all, the right to a minimum standard of life – including the right to access health, education, social security, food and water. Every five years, we celebrate the 80

right of all people to elect a government of their choice in regular, free and fair elections in a multi-party democracy. “We celebrate the right to mobilise our people to actively take part in decisionmaking processes that affect their lives.

“We pride ourselves on having a free and independent judiciary. “We showcase our promotion of equality and freedom from discrimination on racial, gender or any other ground.

A celebration of excellence

The Order of Mendi for Bravery

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He went on to say: “We will continue to celebrate those South Africans who excel in various fields and enable us to walk tall amongst other nations, knowing that we also have the best there can ever be when it comes to talent and expertise. “We want to be a nation that honours and recognises the contribution of its citizens and its international friends and allies. “Compatriots, some of the honours that we will bestow today tell the South African story in a tapestry of occurrences and events that changed the course of history. “They outline the achievements of remarkable men and women, undertaken in pursuit of causes that changed our lives and made our country the success that it has become. “They tell the story of our proficiency in sports, the arts, medicine, science and technology. “We will present the Order of Mendi for Bravery to those who sacrificed or risked their lives so that others may live. “They have confronted clear and present danger of one kind or another, with full knowledge of the potential harm to themselves, to save human life and limb. “We will award the Order of Mapungubwe to South African citizens who have excelled in the field of biomedical science, oceanographic science and medical science. “We will admit to the Order of the Baobab, compatriots who have made exceptional and distinguished contributions in business and

the economy, science, medicine and technological innovation and community service. “The Order of the Ikhamanga will showcase our leading artists and performers as well as sportsmen and women. Many artists went through remarkable hardships and sacrifice to keep our music and culture alive and to use it as instruments of fighting for freedom and justice. “Those who have excelled in various sports are also a source of great joy and pride and are powerful contributors to nation building in our land. We salute them all. “Compatriots, we will today boldly bestow outstanding South Africans into the Order of Luthuli. “It goes to men and women who have made an immense contribution to our goal of a free, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa. “Inkosi Albert Luthuli, our illustrious national hero, epitomised the kind of South Africa we wished for – free of injustice, racism and suffering, full of harmony, unity, peace and prosperity. “It is our singular honour to admit in the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo outstanding internationals who refused to allow geographical boundaries to limit their quest for justice and human rights. “It is awarded to distinguished international dignitaries for friendship and solidarity shown towards South Africa. These are citizens of other countries, who – without discrimination and at great cost to themselves, their countries and peoples – have made an exceptional contribution to the objectives that our national hero and icon OR Tambo devoted his whole life to. “In OR Tambo’s name, this order symbolises freedom, cooperation, peace and the expression of solidarity and support. We will admit all these outstanding men and women into these Orders on behalf of the people of South Africa.We declare that through them we see ourselves. “We see our resolve to strive for the common good of our country. “In them we see our resolve to make this a nation of achievers, a nation of people who know what it means to sacrifice for the good of the country and fellow beings.” Building on our President words and in the spirit of popularising our national orders, Progressive Leader will in future editions give coverage to a selection of the recipients of the national orders as reflected in our President’s speech.


“We have enshrined workers’ rights, the freedom of association and freedom of religion, culture and beliefs. “We proudly proclaim freedom of expression and of the media, including the promotion of a free market of ideas on issues affection the republic and our people. “All of these remind us of what it means to be South Africans. We also have national symbols that give fundamental meaning to our South African-ness. “We pay allegiance to one flag, one national anthem and one coat of arms. We celebrate one national rugby team, one cricket team as well as the male and female national soccer teams. “We want to be known as a nation that recognises distinction and excellence. This occasion takes us in that direction.”

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The birth of a new non-racial and non-sexist democracy in South Africa necessitated a critical review of the system of national orders. The previous system consisted of one decoration and four orders whose symbolic aesthetic was representative of the past. Seeking to move away from the past, in May 1998, the newly instituted president’s advisory council on national orders was given the task and responsibility to review the system of national orders and awards. To implement the task, a technical committee was constituted that embarked on an extensive and inclusive research process that involved public consultations, interviews with stakeholders on a national scale, group discussions focusing on alternative systems, the commissioning of historical research and the gathering of jewellery and

medal designers to design new medals through a design brief. As part of this process, the then Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology in co-operation with the Government Communication and Information System investigated further symbols and symbolism in an attempt to capture the essence of a new aesthetic that will reflect the spirit of a new country. A panel of academics and specialists versed in indigenous symbols and symbolism was asked to identify key factors and elements that denote the collective and inclusive history and experience of Africa with South Africa as the main point of reference. The collective outcome of this process resulted in the commissioning and ultimate design of the new national orders.


South Africa has taken many strides

away from its past of exclusion and discrimination on the basis of sex, colour and creed. The country has been steadily moving forward in a direction that reasserts our humanity. In this march towards humanity, a new culture of human rights and a respect for the dignity of the human spirit have become characteristics of South Africa. One of the symbolic moments of the exodus from the past was the raising of the new flag in 1994. This moment aptly affirmed the pride and dignity of an unfolding country and a celebration of humanity. Another was the unveiling of a new coat of arms on 27 April 2000 that embraced the collective historical essence of the people of the country. In so doing, a new aesthetic that takes into consideration Africa and her symbols became part of the new culture that informs a South African rebirth. The new national orders have been conceived in the spirit of that rebirth.


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Our national orders: history

The Order of Mapungubwe

The Order of Luthuli


The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo


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President Zuma’s economic vision for

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and this week’s interaction amongst businesspeople should serve to further enhance that. “The major exports from South Africa to Zambia include mineral oils and fuels, automobiles and components, chemicals, steel and capital equipment. “In addition to this we have seen significant investments from South Africa to Zambia, amounting to US$789 million. “Sectors where South African companies have invested include the metals, real estate, ICT, financial services and chemicals sectors. “As the South African government we will continue to give our full support to these growing trade relations.


President Jacob Zuma in Zambia

ddressing the president and Cabinet and politicians of Zambia as well as foreign ambassadors and a large group of the South African business community in Lusaka, President Zuma made the following remarks, which, given their importance and the importance of both countries, Progressive Leader is publishing in full: “We are pleased to be able to spend this evening with the business delegation of our two countries. “This enables us to reaffirm our commitment to deepen at a practical level the economic relations between our two countries. “Our two countries and peoples share a very warm and deep history of solidarity and friendship including family and blood ties. “We therefore have a good foundation on which to base our bilateral relations. We are not strangers to each other. We have a common outlook, and we are one people. “Your excellency, I am therefore here to ask Zambia to partner with us in working for a future of growth, stability and prosperity for our two countries. “As indicated earlier, our business delegation comprises 60 companies in the following sectors – energy and petroleum, ICT, infrastructure, financial services, health care, mining as well as agro-processing. “South Africa and Zambia already have a well-established trade relationship,


In a recent important and wide ranging speech on his vision for economic links between South Africa and Zambia, President Jacob Zuma also touched on many issues affecting Africa as a whole

Challenges facing South Africa and Zambia

“Mr President, business leaders, while working hard to deepen our economic linkages, we must reflect on the challenges that confront these two countries. These challenges are similar and in the main entail socioeconomic development. “They include poverty alleviation, creation of sustainable employment and reducing inequality in standards of living and economic growth. These challenges are neither new nor irreversible. “But while they have long been recognised, and measures have been put in place to deal with them, they must now be addressed in the context of an integrated Africa. 85


efficiency and competitiveness in our domestic economies. “They must also promote the overall economic growth strategy, in line with our respective industrial and development strategies.

World and regional trade

“It is in this context that we need to consider our approach to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and regional trade arrangements. “The trading system needs to be responsive to the trade and development interests of the developing world. “In light of this, countries such as South Africa and Zambia have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the unfairness and inequities in the trading system is addressed. “We must ensure that our business sectors begin to enjoy a trading environment that is less restrictive. “While multilateralism is a preferred approach, we also have to recognise that increased access to markets and deeper economic linkages are taking place in parallel, through a proliferation of regional and bilateral free-trade arrangements. In this regard it is important for the SADC countries to adopt a common approach on the implementation of the SADC Free Trade Protocol despite the challenges brought about by the global economic crisis.

“We also recognise that the objectives of enhanced economic development can and should be achieved through mutually beneficial regional integration projects. “It is in this regard that a common approach should be adopted on proposals by our partners in the North, such as the European Interim Partnership Agreement. “These are some of the issues that we will continue to engage with as we meet, your excellency, as they need constant reflection to find solutions.

Opportunities to be explored

“Your excellency Mr President, there are no doubt various opportunities that are waiting to be explored, from tourism to ICT and energy and various other areas in the two economies. “Our South African and Zambian business people will therefore find abundant opportunities for cooperation in both countries. “We regard our visit as a building block for creating further opportunities to strengthen business-to-business links between our countries. “We therefore today, together, confirm that South Africa and Zambia are open for business! “May South Africa and Zambia’s economic relations continue to grow from strength to strength! “I thank you.” <

“It is in this regard that the two countries need to continue to vigorously partner with each other in furtherance of their shared vision. “For the two countries to address the challenges within this new context, it is required of them to have a paradigm shift. This is in regard to the way in which we think and approach the challenges. “The key imperative involves seeking enhanced access to global markets for our exports, for the investment, technology and finance that is essential for the success of our growth and development strategies. “Our approach should be two-fold. We need to enhance our access to the major sources of investment and finance in the North, but our efforts need to be supplemented by deepening linkages between ourselves and among the countries of the South. “We need to replicate the experience of highly developed countries in the post-1995 period where global economic growth was driven by increased trade and investment flows within the countries of the North. “This approach raises important questions of trade policy and the need to carefully manage the process of reform of the trade regimes – both domestic and global trade regimes. “We need to ensure that the reform processes contribute to enhancing

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Ensuring top standards in your business is essential for satisfied employees and customers, writes Lucas Moloi, CEO of Junto Investment Holdings


hat is quality? The age-old question of what defines quality has been argued over for decades. The effect of not having quality management is certainly detrimental to the survival of your organisation. It impacts negatively on your reputation, profitability and will undoubtedly get your customers running to your competitors. The concept of quality permeates products, services, people, processes and environments. Quality concepts involve meeting and exceeding customer needs and expectations. It’s a dynamic and ever-changing, continual process. This is because what is considered good quality today may not be so tomorrow.

The purpose of a quality management system

Instituting a quality management system in your company will ensure a different way of doing business. Through a quality management system, you can maximise your competitiveness by continually improving the quality of your products, services, people, processes and environments. This means that your organisation’s culture is defined by and supports the constant attainment of customer satisfaction through an integrated system of tools, techniques, and training. This involves the continuous improvement of organisational processes, resulting in high-quality products and services. The main goal of a quality management system is to “do the right things right the first time, every time”. A quality management system is a process driven by management and used to make continuous improvements to all functions of your organisation. If quality is built-in or embedded in every organisational function, the final product or service will be of superior standards.

A typical scenario would involve the customer being exposed to excellent service from the initial point of contact through the life cycle of the product/ service to after-sales support. A company that has a fully functional quality management system in place has a coherent, well-structured way of servicing clients and maintaining their operations that is periodically reviewed. Quality management systems usually adopt the PDCA circle that encourages both managers and staff to plan, do, check and act. Instituting a quality management system has many benefits, of which one is employee satisfaction. A quality management system can help to improve and increase your company’s turnover and productivity by keeping your employees satisfied. Another key benefit a quality management system carries for your organisation is customer satisfaction.

Customer satisfaction

Your company or organisation will set up goals and objectives that will take into consideration the needs and expectations of its client base, leading to satisfied customers. The customers’ needs are better understood as you seek feedback from your clients regarding overall service and product offering. This feedback is analysed, and negative trends are can be rectified. In this way, you spend less time focusing on departmental or individual goals and rather spend more constructive time working together to meet and exceed customer expectations and needs. Once these needs are identified, you can set a benchmark for quality goals and customer expectations and reduce costs in the long run by producing exactly what your customer wants. Since your customers’ needs are

documented through the quality management system, you can ensure the benchmark set in the beginning is met. A quality management system allows you to periodically control and review client needs to ensure that the promised quality is still being achieved.

Bring in the experts

For expertise on quality management systems, turn to Junto Consulting, a company that has developed a quality excellence model for South African businesses. The “integrated electronic business management system” developed by Junto ensured four nominations in the annual Quality Awards presented in March this year, and the company walked home with the prestigious South African Quality Champion Award. The award is an acknowledgement that Junto is setting new benchmarks in the industry of quality management and writing the books of history.

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o put it is simply, Dr Madoda David Mabunda is effectively the most important man in the conservation field in Southern Africa. He is the chief executive officer of the South African National Parks Board (Sanparks), the body charged with the management of a system of national parks and all its related fauna and flora, some of which are shown on these pages. Dr Mabunda was recently honoured by the University of Witwatersrand for the leadership strength he displayed during the colossal task of leading Sanparks through one of the most critical periods in South Africa – the transition to a democratic government. “The chief”, as he is affectionately known among the Sanparks staff, guided a difficult but successful process of transformation, first as director of the South Africa’s largest reservation, the Kruger National Park, and later within Sanparks. During this period he identified and assisted in the advancement of individuals from previously disadvantaged groups, including women, into managerial positions and established various training schemes in an effort to develop skills. In more than 10 years at the helm of Africa’s leading conservation agency, Dr Mabunda continues to lead from the front, as is evident from his busy schedule. He is the epitome of great leadership in the field of conservation on the African continent. “But I must give credit where credit is due,” he says. “This would not have been possible without the commitment of my colleagues at Sanparks and the South African public at large who supported many of the initiatives. Through this support a new body of knowledge and understanding has emerged.” On acceptance of his award from Wits University, Dr Mabunda pointed out that the national parks act a mirror of society’s environmental values. These parks and are a powerful 90

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diverse cultural and political persuasions connect with each other, their realities and their national parks to make South Africa a better country for all. “Together we are guardians, guides, story-tellers and partners of South Africa’s significant places,” he said during his acceptance speech. “Our historic sites, monuments, nature reserves, battle sites and wildlife ranches teach us lessons that are timeless and will continue to influence many

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generations to come. These natural assets inspire and move us emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.” He believes each of the national parks is part of the country’s collective soul and an inalienable component of our nation’s promise to its future. “As such the day-to-day activities at Sanparks are profoundly important to our large and diverse nation,” he said. “It is true that our work is at the very core of nation-building in post-apartheid South Africa. “We are a national institution that represents the love and commitment of all South Africans for their living heritage, and as Sanparks we are committed to using our range of educational facilities and resources to promote unique learning experiences by creating partnerships with the formal education community for the benefit of the youth and young adults. “We are committed to building a citizenry that takes responsibility and pride in creating and enhancing the health of its environment.” In his closing remarks Dr Mabunda remembered the famous words of Abraham Lincoln, who remarked during his Gettysburg address, “We must use our national parks to give the last full measure of devotion to form and reform a nation.”


national symbol along with the national flag, the national anthem, coat of arms and the iconic structures such as the Union Buildings. “Our national parks and the entire conservation section play a key part in the process of nation building by telling our stories and speaking of our identity as a people and a nation,” he said. Dr Mabunda urges all South Africans to bury the hatchet and create a country that works, a country where people of

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We are moving inexorably towards an energy crisis. The world population is soaring. Every one of us expects an ever improving quality of life. More energy for warmth, for housing, for transportation and to manufacture all the goods that surround us. Particularly for those living in poverty we must provide this energy. But in trying heedlessly to meet the escalating demand, we are damaging the global environment. All this at a time when we are starting to glimpse the end of global energy resources. Of the total energy consumed in South Africa, about 30% is electrical energy. That percentage will rise quite rapidly as oil and gas, particularly for transportation, become scarce. Nearly 90% of our electricity comes from burning coal. Africa’s only nuclear power station, Koeberg, contributes about 5%. All currently operating power stations will have come to the end of their working lives by 2050. Just to replace existing stations will cost around an unimaginable trillion rand. How are we going to replace them? With more coal-fired stations? With great reluctance only. A large power station emits tens of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. There is some hope that ways of capturing it and ‘sequestrating’ it underground will be found but there is no guarantee of success. The world will not allow South Africa to go on burning coal (or oil or gas) indefinitely. Witness recent opposition to the World Bank loan to part-finance Medupi, the coalburning station now under construction in the Northern Province.

There is an expectation that the Department of Energy’s upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2) will show us a vision for the future. Meanwhile, it is vitally important that everyone involved in the planning process, as well as members of the general public, comes to understand the issues at stake. With this in mind, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) has produced a DVD for television entitled ‘Energy Security – the Nuclear Contribution’. It comes in two halfhour episodes. The first deals with the energy options open to us and develops the vision. The second looks hard at nuclear generation. It addresses issues like nuclear waste and weapons proliferation that not surprisingly concern many people. It also looks at quite other applications of nuclear energy, for example desalination and the conversion of coal to oil. For busy people, there is a 17-minute Summary Disc. To obtain this material please e-mail info@vdw. giving a postal address and indicating either ‘Complete Package’ or ‘Summary Disc’.

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and of its vision of an equitable and progressive community.

Facts and figures

Ekurhuleni has a total surface area of approximately 2 000km² that accommodates a population of about 2.7 million. This constitutes in the region of 5.6% of the national population and makes up 28% of Gauteng’s population. The population density is approximately 1 400 people per km², making Ekurhuleni one of the most densely populated areas in the country and the province. By comparison, population density in Gauteng is 596 people per km². Population density for the entire country is 39 people per km². The Ekurhuleni metropolitan economy is larger and more diverse than that of many small countries in Africa, including all the countries in Southern Africa. It accounts for nearly a quarter of the Gauteng economy, which in turn

contributes over a third of the national Gross Domestic Product. Ekurhuleni contributes in the region of 7% to the country’s spending power and about 7.4% to the nation’s production. In most respects (per capita income, unemployment, poverty, average wages and other indicators of human development) it is similar to the rest of Gauteng. However, there is one important structural difference: many of the factories for production of goods and commodities are located in Ekurhuleni. Manufacturing in Ekurhuleni accounts for just less than 20% of the GDP of Gauteng while in Ekurhuleni itself, manufacturing accounts for some 28% of total production output. This is the largest concentration of industry in the whole of South Africa and Africa, which is why Ekurhuleni is often referred to as “Africa’s Workshop”. The downside of the strong manufacturing sector is that globalisation has a definite impact on



he Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, the fourth largest metropolitan municipality in the country, is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. It was on 5 December 2000 that the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality came into existence after the amalgamation of 11 former local councils into one administration. The former local administrations of the nine towns in the East Rand – Alberton, Benoni, Boksburg, Brakpan, Edenvale, Germiston, Kempton Park/Tembisa, Nigel and Springs were amalgamated into the new metropolitan municipality, along with two other councils – the Kayalami Metropolitan Council and the Eastern Gauteng Services Council. The new municipality was given a Tsonga name, Ekurhuleni, by the people of the region, meaning “place of peace”. The choice of a Tsonga name for the metropolitan municipality is symbolic of the diversity of the new city


Celebrating a decade of social and economic excellence in this metropole


The country’s transport hub

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Ekurhuleni can, in fact, be regarded as the transportation hub of the country. The municipality is home to the OR Tambo International Airport, the busiest airport in Africa. This airport services the entire continent and links to major cities throughout the world. Similarly, many of the world’s leading airlines fly into the OR Tambo International Airport. Some 14 million passengers pass through this airport each year. In addition, a number of smaller domestic airlines connect it with cities throughout South Africa. South Africa’s largest railway hub can also be found in Ekurhuleni (Germiston) and links the city to all the major population centres and ports in the Southern African region. A number of South Africa’s modern freeways and expressways connect Ekurhuleni to other cities and provinces. The Maputo corridor development, South Africa’s most advanced spatial development initiative, connects the region with the capital of Mozambique and the largest South African Indian Ocean port. Direct rail, road and air links connect Ekurhuleni to Durban, the biggest and busiest port within the country. During the period 1995 to 2005, the Gauteng government was strategic in upgrading some of the ageing road networks linked to the industrial hub, to promote the movement of goods and services. The Blue IQ projects situated within Ekurhuleni include the Wadeville Alrode Industrial Corridor with linkages to the largest logical hub, the City Deep Container terminal, the Gautrain rapid rail link to Johannesburg and Tshwane and the OR Tambo International Airport Industrial Development Zone. The latter aims to develop an aero space park. In addition the municipality has

received a clean audit, and a top creditrating shows Ekurhuleni is on track.

Operation clean audit

The auditor-general has given Ekurhuleni Metro a clean bill of health, with an unqualified audit report for the first time in its 10-year existence. And what’s more, the metro has retained its AA level credit-rating despite the global recession and tough economic conditions. Executive Mayor Councillor Ntombi Mekgwe says the 2008/9 financial year was the first in Ekurhuleni’s history that unqualified audit opinions were achieved for all the entities within the municipality. City Manager Khaya Ngema says the achievement is due to a process of hard work over the past 10 years, starting from when Ekurhuleni was established. The financial initiatives commenced in 2000, says Councillor Mekgwe, and the continued process towards improvement in controls finally yielded positive results. “The contribution of the chartered accountants that were seconded to the municipality as part of the partnership between the department of Housing and Local Government and SAICA must also be acknowledged as they provided meaningful insight into the new accounting regime,” the mayor says. The ongoing oversight and leadership provided by the metro’s strategic management team, as well as the finance portfolio committee and municipal public accounts committee ensured that the milestones set were rigorously monitored until achieved. Councillor Mekgwe adds that this is, however, not the end of “operation clean audit”, as the auditor-general has raised some control issues in a management letter. Also, irregular expenditure occurred again in the 2008/9 financial year, and various investigations are being conducted. “These matters are to be addressed on an ongoing basis to ensure continued achievement of unqualified audit reports, financial management of the highest standards and procurement without any irregularities. With the combined efforts of the management team and the political leaders, a clean audit report will be maintained,” the mayor pledges.

A proud political pedigree

Apart from the social and economic strengths of the municipality, Ekurhuleni

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the structure of production and on the demand for labour. Ekurhuleni, although not benefitting from direct capital investments as a result of the automotive sector developments in the country, continues to play the role of the workshop of the economy, with production of structural steel and fabricated metal products serving as inputs into other areas’ economies. It also has a network of roads, airports, rail lines, telephones, electricity grids and telecommunications that rivals that of Europe and America – a first world infrastructure supporting a well-established industrial and commercial complex.

Chris Hani, another one of Ekurhuleni’s famous sons

cooperation agreement on 24 October to ensure that the OR Tambo legend lives on. “This is part of our quest to trace the steps of OR Tambo, who is one of the key corner stones of our liberation struggle in South Africa,” says Councillor Mekgwe.


has a long and proud political pedigree. Among its famous sons are OR Tambo and Chris Hani. To honour these fallen heroes, two individual annual programmes have been initiated. As part of the OR Tambo celebration the metro has partnered with the city of Lusaka in Zambia. Both signed a


Honouring the life of Chris Hani

Tambo was born in the OR Tambo district on 27 October 1917. He spent over three decades in exile, living in a number of countries including Zambia. Upon his return to South Africa in 1990, he settled in Wattville, Ekurhuleni. Tambo died in 1993 after suffering a stroke and lies buried at the Tamboville Cemetery in Wattville. In 2003 Ekurhuleni conferred the freedom of the city to Tambo posthumously and declared October as OR Tambo month. During this month South Africans are reminded of the role he played in the liberation struggle and the legacy he left behind. In taking the process forward, it was agreed to rope in the city of Lusaka. The common objective of the agreement includes, among others, knowledge-sharing to enhance the development potential of the three municipalities, eradicating poverty and addressing inequality, promoting programmes aimed at enhancing and empowering designated groups, in particular women and children, and facilitating institutional development to enhance service delivery, sound financial management and sustainable human development. “If Tambo were alive, he would have been proud of the steps we are taking to remind our people of his legacy and his belief. Tambo was a selfless leader who always put the interests of the people before his, and it is very important that we do not forget that and ensure that we take and make meaningful strides towards providing a better life for the people we serve,” says Councillor Mekgwe. The anniversary of the death of South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani is commemorated annually in April, with a special programme hosted by the Ekurhuleni Metro. This year saw the commemoration of the 17th anniversary of Hani’s death on 10 April 1993, when he was assassinated outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg. The Metro holds a month-long programme that, this year, included a special wreath-laying ceremony and addresses by political leaders as well as a memorial lecture on the life and legacy of Hani. Councillor Mekgwe says it was an honour for her to remember the link between the metro and Hani through these celebrations. The freedom of the city was bestowed on Hani posthumously.


“Hani’s life and legacy should serve to empower South Africans to position ourselves to serve our people with loyalty, discipline and selflessness. We should learn from the rich history that Chris Hani left us and deepen and strengthen our commitment to the attainment of a united, non-sexist and non-racial democratic country, wherein there shall be no exploitation and racial oppression of any kind.” Hani never lost sight of the four pillars that underpinned the liberation struggle, and this understanding and commitment has strengthened the pursuit for democracy. Today Ekurhuleni is home to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

A clean metro Executive Mayor Ntombi Mekgwe Meet the mayor

Councillor Ntombi Mekgwe boasts 16 years of service in local government and leads the vibrant Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, the fourth largest metro in the country, with a population of about 3 million people. Mekgwe cut her teeth in local government administration as early as 1995, when she became the first democratically elected mayor of the municipality of Nigel. As Nigel’s first citizen, she was part of the history that saw the birth of Ekurhuleni after the municipal elections of December 2000. The town of Nigel merged with nine others to form Ekurhuleni. Mekgwe served the new Ekurhuleni Metro for a year as an ordinary councillor in 2000 and a ward councillor in 2001. She was then elected speaker of council in 2001. She remained in this position until 2006, when she became executive mayor.

Councillor Mekgwe says Hani will be remembered especially for his triple-H campaign, which focused on the eradication of hunger and promoting good healthcare and housing for all. “Through this month-long programme, we will ensure that the legacy of Chris Hani is carried forward to encourage and continue to inculcate a deep sense of patriotism and activism and to build and deepen our young democracy” she says. 98

The Ekurhuleni Metro received three excellence awards from the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs for its water cleanliness. The Metro was given the Blue Drop award, which certifies that Ekurhuleni water is clean and safe to drink. The Blue Drop water certification is only awarded to municipalities that comply with at least 95% of the criteria set for water-quality water management. Ekurhuleni scored 96%. The metro also received recognition for water conservation and water-demand management after successfully reducing the perecentage of unaccounted water from 24% to the acceptable standard of 18%. The third award was the Green Drop award for excellence in the management of waste. And on the subject of clean, Ekurhuleni is committed to keeping its local lakes and dams clear of weeds, particularly water hyacinths, which is why the metro has purchased the Watermaster Classic III machine known for its ability to purify and neutralise any poison and contamination in water. Councillor Mekgwe says the Watermaster is the perfect solution to clean the metro’s dams and lakes. The acquisition of the Watermaster is part of a broader rehabilitation intervention, which includes revegetation, erosion control structures, pathways and walkways control and the removal of illegal dumping materials and invasive plants and weeds. This initiative coincides with the World Wetlands call for all to take care of wetlands as an answer to the challenge of climate change.

Meet the city manager

Khaya Ngema is a man of vision who has made a significant change since he took over the reigns as city manager of the Ekurhuleni Metro in mid-2009. Ngema’s experience in the public sector spans 15 years. The son of two school teachers, he was born and bred in Katlehong. He matriculated in his hometown in 1987 before completing his studies at Wits University and the Institute of Social Studies and Public Administration in the Netherlands. He furthered his education in local government through an executive development programme at the Wits Business School and the University of Cape Town. He views his appointment as city manager of the Ekurhuleni Metro as a position with enormous responsibility and accountability. “Of the country’s three spheres of government, local government is the closest to the people, which really appeals to me,” he says. “I would like to strive to leave a legacy that will take Ekurhuleni to a higher level of growth, job-creation and prosperity. My goal is to work with business, structures and ordinary people to enhance Ekurhuleni’s position as the industrial hub of the country and that of the African continent.”

City Manager Khanya Ngema Ekurhuleni welcomes 2010

Small and medium business enterprises have indicated their interest in the Dries Niemandt Welcome Village situated in Ekurhuleni’s Kempton Park.

Visitors to the desk will be offered information on what Ekurhuleni has to offer. The stand also will also offer

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The Ekurhuleni Metro has received awards for its clean water


Located just minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport, the village is expected to attract between 10 000 and 15 000 international tourists who will be coming for the 2010 World Cup in June/July. It will serve as a public viewing area and will have approximately 1 000 stalls as well as outdoor accommodation for up to 1 000 people. The village will comprise a fan park with nonstop carnival entertainment, fan camp, food and beverage areas, exhibition areas, as well as formal and informal retail vending areas ideal for an African shopping experience. For a reliable, safe and convenient transport network to soccer matches, the Dries Niemandt Welcome Village is the connection point. The village’s trustworthy staff will provide accurate information on accommodation, match times and rules, transport, dining out and entertainment areas around the city of Ekurhuleni during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In addition to the village, Ekurhuleni has set up a welcome desk at the OR Tambo International Airport to receive fans coming in for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Strategically placed at the domestic arrival section of the airport, the metro’s desk will assist tourists travelling to and from South Africa.

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Insights that prepare you for tomorrow

Linda Erasmus, CEO of international property company Fine & Country South Africa, shares some valuable guidelines for buying and selling property Keep it simple

Keep your investments simple. Paying off your home loan on the first home is your first step to wealth and security.



Investment limitations

There’s a limit to the amount that you should pour into one property. Focus on the first basic step – paying off the first property – and then move onto the next investment. Know when to “turn off the tap”. Before making additions, learn what will add more value when it comes to selling. Avoid gimmicks such as jacuzzis, which become dated.

Maintenance and your return on investment

An investment property needs to be maintained. Avoid investing in rental properties with large gardens and pools. When you no longer occupy your primary residential home, sell it while it is still in good condition. If a big garden becomes neglected, the property loses its value.

Invest to suit your own unique personal circumstances

No two people find themselves in the same position at the same time. Personal circumstances play a major role in making the right move, whether you are buying or selling. Analyse your position. It might be a good decision to sell at a lower price to empower yourself to make an investment that will be more beneficial in the future. Be ahead of the game and remain open to a good investment opportunity.

The difference between a R2 million and a R25 million property

At the top end of the market, a R5 million difference is often a matter of taste. For the rest, R5 million is money that can’t be wasted. A R6 million home will provide the same lifestyle as a R10 million home. But six properties valued at R1 million each plus a primary residence valued 100

at R4 million will provide a good lifestyle plus an investment. Also, the R1 million properties are quick to turn into cash. But remember, property is a long-term investment.

The SARS factor

Tax is a key element in property investing. Attend free SARS seminars hosted around the country to understand tax implications on your investments, including property.


A miss is as good as a mile. Once you enter the property investment market, you have to keep informed about what is selling and what is not, to be ready for that next bargain. Bargains don’t hang around. The secret is to know when to buy and when to sell and to make sure that you are never forced into either.


For the first-time investor, the bottom line is to get a foot in the door. Get friends or family members to come together to help you with your first investment. Many property tycoons started like this. Begin with the end in mind. Don’t over-expose yourself. Only buy or invest what you can afford. If the bank forecloses on your property, you can lose more than you spent.

Fractional ownership – a word of caution

Fractional ownership is relatively new in South Africa, and the resale value of such properties has not been analysed properly. If you ever want to make a long-term investment this is it. Fractional ownership is property that you buy to enjoy. Rather look at it as a holiday investment so that you can appreciate the value of the money you spend.

Invest in your family

Property is not only about making money, it’s also about family. A holiday property is a lifestyle investment in your home and family life.

Learn more about the market

As business leaders we need to encourage home ownership and a culture of knowing that without a little hardship nothing good is gained. Fine & Country offers home-ownership as well as business seminars for owners who would like their staff complement to invest in property.

Close to home

The best investments are often on your doorstep. If you’re not yet a property tycoon, avoid investing in land and rather buy a sectional title unit close to the central business district. If you need the money for something else, then these units are quick to sell.

Own your office space

The basis for a good investment is to invest in premises where your business pays the rent. A culture of participation, where three or four businesses get together and buy their property is a strategy for future success.

Linda ErasmUS CEO Fine & Country South Africa

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site of struggle Sarah Kiguwa-Smith explores the meaning of freedom in one of Soweto’s oldest districts

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Freedom Charter was formulated and signed. It really was a people affair when more than 3 000 representatives of resistance organisations (The Congress of the People) of different races came together to decide their future ignoring police cordons and the dust as they planned a different kind of vision than the oppressive one they were living in. Nelson Mandela was in hiding and had to watch everything from a nearby rooftop. The Freedom Charter lives on today in ANC policy and has inspired the South African constitution. The historic site where the charter was



t’s 16°C in Kliptown, and there are about 100 women on the Walter Sisulu Square rehearsing the latest Joburg dance moves. There’s a crowd gathered to watch, and even the traders are craning their necks to get a glimpse. They are braving the cold, and anticipation is in the air for the coming celebration. It’s Freedom Day tomorrow. The history of Kliptown, the oldest residential district of Soweto, is steeped in the fight for freedom, which began for the oppressed peoples of South Africa in 1955 when the



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signed was christened the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication and declared a national heritage site. The offical opening was in June 2005, when then president Thabo Mbeki lit a flame of freedom to celebrate 50 years of the Freedom Charter. The square is named after one of the stalwarts of the ANC. Freedom fighter Walter Sisulu who was one of the delegates at the 1955 Congress of the People. Like his peer Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu also suffered imprisonment and was released in 1989. He did not live to see the official


It was a people affair when more than 3 000 delegates of different races came together to decide their future ignoring police cordons and the dust

The Hector Pieterson memorial is a short walk from Kliptown

flame lit, but till today, like Freedom Square, he not only lives in the hearts of South Africa’s residents but is a symbol for what many died for and the price South Africa had to pay.

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One of the nine provincial crosses

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future generations would enjoy. It has a unique multi-purpose hall that can be used for political events and celebrations in the midst of history and true township life. The building where Mandela hid out on that historical day still stands today. So does the house of legendary musician and artist Gerald Sekoto, who made Kliptown his home before going into exile in France, where he died. Going through the streets of Kliptown is like going through a live museum as everything – from mini-billboards to street signs and the people – tells the story of this fascinating part of Soweto. Historic sites nearby include the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial, commemorating the victims of the 1976 uprisings. The people make for interesting observation as the young and trendy mingle with the old and all-knowing. Locals are big on community and seem to all know each other as they yell greetings to practically everyone they pass. The masses of people everywhere going about their daily business might seem overwhelming for the first-time visitor, who can so easily be picked out. It would be best to go with one of the many township-tour companies that offer a variety of tours on foot, by minbuses and even on bicycles.

Kliptown has had its fair share of problems and today faces a different kind of struggle with widespread unemployment and a lack of or poor housing, but the residents are enormously proud of their history and how their district is growing. New and modern-looking residential buildings are springing up. The residents will acknowledge many things still have to be done, but the place they live in is a reminder that in 1955 a seed of freedom was planted that continues to grow, telling a story of where they come from. And they live in hope. Not even the cold weather will deter them from coming out to celebrate Freedom Day.

Things to look out for… • Ten pillars of the Freedom Charter • The nine provincial crosses • The Freedom Charter Monument (with the eternally burning flame) • Kliptown open-air museum • Kliptown flea market • Kliptown eco museum • Buskers – dancers, artists, poets • Gerald Sekoto’s house • The people and passion of Kliptown (soak in the sound, colour and vibe)


Walter Sisulu Square is becoming a favourite for tourists and locals alike. It is a mixture of the past and the present and boasts an open-air museum (with nine stone crosses representing Soiuth Africa’s provinces) next to a hotel, an eco museum, conference areas, formal and informal traders and a flea market. On a sunny days artists, poets and dancers all come out to play, the marketplace bursts with colour and you can buy anything from fresh vegetables to crafts and curios. Modern township hits blare from loud speakers as the traders yell a welcome to check out their wares. The museum houses exhibitions that bring alive the aspirations the South African people hold for a democratic society and the roots of where it all began. Ten pillars stand imposing, reminding passers-by of the 10 clauses of the Freedom Charter, which include among others, equality for all. These clauses can be read in the Freedom Charter Monument that houses the flame that burns for 24 hours a day. It is a sombre conclave, which immediately brings to mind 3 000 people raising their hands to approve the clauses they were not sure they’d survive to see come into place. But they were determined to set into motion what



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Things to do in Soweto

• While you’re in Vilakazi Street, pop into the Mandela Family Museum to get a feel for the humble house Madiba used to call home. This was the house he returned to following his final release from prison. It’s filled with photographs, paintings and other bits of memorabilia. • Stay over at the world-class Soweto Hotel with its quirky retro décor reminiscent of the 1950s South African landscape. • Get the adrenalin pumping with some power swinging and bungee jumping from the landmark Orlando Towers.


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Kliptown and all its attractions should keep you busy for a full day, but while you’re in the area you might as well… • Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial, honouring young Hector and the other victims of the 1976 Soweto student uprisings. • Walk down Vilakazi Street, once home to two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, former president Nelson Mandela and archbishop Desmond Tutu. Vilakazi Street is also the address of some of Soweto’s internationally renowned restaurants including Nambitha and Sakhumzi.

The Taste of Soweto Tour

With so much to see and do in Soweto, why not consider spending an entire day in the township with a night’s stay in one of South Africa’s premier hotels, The Soweto Hotel? The Taste of Soweto Tour includes a full-day guided tour, all meals and drinks, a massage and one night’s accommodation (including breakfast) at the four-star Soweto Hotel. It will set you back R1 925 per person. The day’s itinerary will run as follows: 9am: Township breakfast at the Soweto Hotel: a delectable selection of traditional township breakfast foods including sautéed chicken livers and jeqe (dumplings), magwinya (deep-fried pastry), achar (Indian pickles) and mdoko (sour porridge), accompanied by a selection of hot and cold beverages, fresh fruit and yoghurt. 10am: A walking tour to the neighbouring Soweto Kliptown Youth Centre to visit the children’s feeding scheme and nursery school and the African Tavern for a midmorning sip of African beer.

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11.30am: Lunch at Oom Bolo’s home museum: traditional fare will include phutu (porridge), maas (sour milk), Indian curry, mogodu (tripe) and samp (cooked dried corn kernels), morogo (African spinach) and more. 12.30pm: A driven tour through Pimville to Baragwanath Taxi Rank. This is a park-and-walk tour through the market and taxi rank. 2pm: A stop at Vicky’s bakery in Klipspruit. 3pm: A visit to Mofolo’s Morara Wine Emporium, owned by Mnikelo Mangciphu, founder member of the Soweto Wine Festival, and Masakeng Pub next door. 4.30pm: A back, shoulder and neck massage at the Bath House & Beauty Spa in Maponya Mall. 5pm: Unwind for the night at the Soweto Hotel.

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Running and maintaining a business takes skill, courage and determination. We asked four PBF business leaders about what drives them and how they manage to rise above the rest Tell us more about Lincolnwood’s training courses. Who’s your target audience? Our training is targeted at various levels. We’ll train people in rural areas but also people in the corporate sector and government.

What courses do you offer?

We offer training in aspects including project management, tourism development, human resources development, IT, customer care, HIV/AIDS management, life skills, recognition of prior learning strategies (RPLs) and learnerships.

Lincolnwood also offers consulting services?

Yes. Our consulting services include HR, enterprise development, RPLs, assessments and moderations, diversity management and mentoring and coaching. We also offer recruitment and placement services.

What is your role?

My responsibilities in the organisation are to develop, manage and monitor business strategies.

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



izakele Moloko is the general manager of Lincolnwood, a small 100% black-owned female company. Aware of the gaping hole in skills development in the country, Lincolnwood aims, through a diverse range of services, to bridge the gap and do its bit to aid government in its empowerment and employment equity goals and strategies.


The exposure to various networks has assisted in the growth of the business.

We’re just starting to emerge from an economic downturn. How has Lincolnwood weathered the storm? By being creative. We explored other business interests such as material development for other businesses. We also had some success assisting outside organisations with the accreditation process.

What motivates you?

My beautiful daughters, Palesa and Mpho. I always want to be there for them and be a good role-model. To watch them grow from young girls to where they are right now encourages me to wake up and work harder.

How do you relax?

When at home, I spend time watching movies or take a weekend off to holiday resorts.

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

There are quite a number of people who have inspired me. My late mother inspired me with her commitment to supporting us and teaching us values that have become a major part of how we also raise our own children. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma continues to amaze me with her ability to take bold and calculated decisions in executing her duties. Despite the fact that some of her decisions made her very unpopular, she would stand by them. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for her leadership role and commitment in rural development. She was able to demystify minerals and energy to a level where even I with very little knowledge of that sector was able to learn and participate. People from rural areas are now benefiting through those government policies. Professor R Ngcongo, who was my lecturer at some point. There is so much I learnt from her and Dr Mamphele Ramphele of course.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt?

Persistence and creativity is the key to longevity. And also the lesson that “No” is not meant personally.

What are your future plans for the business?

Our plans are to become a premier training powerhouse by adhering to world class performance standards in all aspects of our business. The realisation of our vision will be achieved through continual improvement aimed at consistently meeting and exceeding our commitments to all our stakeholders.

What words of wisdom do you have for other business leaders? Stick to what you know best.

And advice for those looking to enter the industry?

Give yourself time, and learn all there is to learn in an industry of your choice.

Are you proudly South African?

I am very proud to be a South African. I have travelled extensively, and I always say I wish everybody could travel internationally. International travel has taught me to appreciate my country and be patriotic.

As the CEO, I am basically the managing director.

What challenges do you face in the debt-collection industry?

As this is a very competitive market, the most important challenge at work is to deliver high levels of customer service and support on a continuous basis. Our service has to be top notch, and we have to keep working at maintaining client relationships.

Has your company’s PBF membership been beneficial? Indeed.

In what way?

The networking is obviously the most important benefit, and being a member of the PBF has been the gateway to various business contracts that we have achieved in the past year.

Without a doubt! It is a rough debtcollections environment out there these days.

How has TSLS been dealing with growing levels of bad debt?

We’ve been trying to be fair and compassionate when dealing with these collections, and our approach seems to be having a positive effect. If people understand that you are a real person and that you are just trying to collect so that your company can remain sound, they are more likely to work with you. I hope that the days of “the collections monster” are waning because establishing a real connection with a debtor is infinitely more practical than becoming a monster. If you can collect successfully now, you can collect successfully anytime.

What motivates you?

The challenges in business that I face on a daily basis. The prospect of excelling in the financial-services industry is also motivational. The number one thing that will drive me to succeed is to tell me that I can’t do something. That’s exactly the kind of comment that kick-started TSLS 12 years ago. Since then my mission has been to keep my eye on the goal and keep going.

How do you relax?

Either at home with my kids or by going away for the weekend. These weekends feel like a very long holidays.

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Despite the fact that small businesses such as Lincolnwood will not necessarily benefit directly from the World Cup, most people, including myself, will definitely benefit indirectly through what our government is generating to host this event. South Africa will never be the same again!

What role do you play in TSLS?

The rough economic patch the world has just been through must have affected your business.


Are you excited about the 2010 FIFA World Cup?


asi Govender is the CEO and sole owner of TS Legal services (TSLS). This blackowned debt-collection company is dedicated to uplifting individuals from all walks of life. Starting with only three staff members in 1998, TSLS is now a well-established company with a staff complement of 56. The company has now entered into a few joint ventures in the legal and financial services field that has afforded it the opportunity to expand.

Do you have a role-model or someone who inspires you? Yes, my friend Fiona Nel.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt? It is stubborn and foolish to hold onto ideas and practices that are not working. Consider alternative approaches to overcome challenges.

What are your future plans for the business?

We intend to have a branch in each province soon and besides Gauteng have already established a branch in the Eastern Cape.


What words of wisdom do you have for other business leaders? Remember that differences are not


ZANE DAWOOD bad, just different. Differences make things interesting, and when it’s interesting, it’s fun! Don’t be afraid to try new things.

And for those wanting to enter the industry?

No one person knows it all or can do it all. Passion and commitment is what you have to have to be in the credit-control industry. You’ve got to love what you’re doing more than anything else.

Do you think the World Cup will be a success? With all the ongoing preparations leading to the event, it just has to be a success!


usinessman and entrepreneur Zane Dawood is the chairman of Sultan Zane Construction (SZC). Through his various projects, including the Asia and Middle East expos, he has been instrumental in attracting investment upward of R1 billion into South Africa. Very little can stand in the way of this self-starter. When he had to drop out of university due to financial


I’m involved in the negotiations of contracts with countries in the Middle East and Asia and liaising with our Saudi Arabian partners. I’m also responsible for the overall progress of the construction process. Currently the King Fahd Religious Centre is taking up most of my time. I have to take a “helicopter view” of the project but am involved on a daily basis. I have regular meetings with the engineers and site foremen and have to keep abreast of the progress on all the various aspects of the project.

This project seems to occupy a special place in your heart…

Yes. I am hoping to use the King Fahd Centre to showcase the quality of our work and ability to construct buildings with unique architectural designs. We will use the centre as a springboard to engage with other stakeholders in the industry to maximise our potential so that we can continue to make major contributions to our country.

What challenges do you face in the construction industry?

It is a very competitive industry in South Africa, especially for projects in the R100 million plus bracket.

The PBF is a wonderful platform to forge relationships with senior members of our party. We also engage with fellow members and attend seminars. We hope to take the opportunity to join fellow members, senior leaders and ministers when they travel overseas on trade and investment missions. The PBF is also very pro-active and provides a tremendous platform for emerging entrepreneurs to network.

Construction worldwide has been badly affected by the economic downturn. How has SZC dealt with the tough times?

It has been a very difficult period. We re-negotiated terms with our suppliers and created an awareness campaign for our 200 staff members to look at cost-cutting measures in their various positions and departments.

What motivates you?

I am motivated by great leaders such as the Prophet Mohammed as well as world leaders such as former president Nelson Mandela, United States president Barack Obama and current President Jacob Zuma. I have tremendous respect for the American president as well as for our own who, despite trying circumstances, overcame all odds to lead our country and stabilise our economy.

How do you relax?

By taking trips in my 4x4 all-terrain vehicle, driving my sports cars, spending time with my family, by reading biographies and taking long walks. I live in Joburg, so I also relax when I visit my condo in Cape Town and spend time on the beach and visiting the other beautiful sites in the Mother City.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt? Do not become despondent when you are down or your idea has been rejected. Pick yourself up, and do it again. When one door closes, another one will open.

What are your future plans for the business?

I would like to build up SZC to become the leader in the construction market for Middle Eastern countries based in South Africa – in particular Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, I would like

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

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And for those hoping to enter the construction industry?

Study your market, do a risk analysis and try your best.

Are you excited about the FIFA World Cup coming our way?

Your complement of women shareholders has grown exponentially. Give us some figures to understand the context of the achievement. Ashanti Power was founded as a 26% black-owned company, and today it is 100% black and 51% women owned.

Tell us more about what Ashanti Power does…


Electrical enclosure manufacturing needs transformation, and government must enforce procurement from previously disadvantaged companies.

In what way has being a member of PBF added to your company? It has created great networking opportunities with other business people and government. Exposure to foreign businesses has also allowed us and benchmark our company on an international level.

Was Ashanti Power affected by the economic downturn?

For sure. The economic down-turn has been a “cleansing period” because it will be followed by an even bigger economic upturn when our dream to succeed will draw even closer.

What motivates you?

I derive the greatest pleasure from the knowledge that the things that I do, my actions, have changed someone’s life and are making a positive difference in the lives of our people.

How do you relax?

I love spending time with family and friends, watching soccer and playing golf with my son and nephews.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt? Focus on your plans, pay attention to details, follow through and get your hands dirty. Don’t be a spectator.

What are your future plans for the business?

Ashanti Power will be growing the existing business. In the shortto-medium term, we are planning to venture into the production of renewable energy products, employ more people and offer on-the-job training and opportunities to qualified students. In the medium term, we plan to expand to all corners of South Africa. Long term we wish to go international.

MOLEFI CHAKA What words of wisdom do you have for other business leaders? Invest in communities where you operate. Invest in the education of disadvantaged children, and offer other smaller business opportunities alongside your primary business concern. Also, spend valuable time in your own business.

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

There is enormous opportunity in electrical enclosure manufacturing as it has not yet transformed but it is not for the faint-hearted or the lazy.

Are you excited about the upcoming 2010 World Cup?

My thanks and best wishes go to government and the South African Football Association for their vision from day one and all their splendid work in bringing the world’s biggest sporting event to Africa. I am behind Bafana Bafana all the way and hope the boys show pride when they’re out there on the field. To all the South Africans – give our visitors a warm Mzansi welcome and some real ubuntu hospitality. Ke nako. <

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olefi Chaka is the executive chairman of Ashanti Power, a BEE-compliant electrical manufacturing company. The company was founded in 2006 and has achieved astonishing growth since then. Not only has Ashanti Power steadily been extending its range of products, it has also increased the number of women taking up share holding and executive positions at the company. Ashanti Power’s success has driven Chaka to new heights, as have his aspirations to change the lives of people and making a difference in the community.

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as a practical tool to connect supportive progressive business people and local party office bearers and activists involved in South Africa’s roughly 300 PCOs. Such a powerful partnership will significantly underpin the ANC and its alliance partner’s collective effort to work effectively towards better and coordinated social mobilisation and equip us to meet the many challenges we face in creating a better life for all. This new connectivity will give effect to the latest NEC position on PCOs (see paragraph 3.4 (c) 4 of the NEC Lekgotla Bulletin) that holds that, inter alia, “one stop centre” PCOs must be established and must also be accessible to the broader public. All this emphasises that the PBF Procurement Directory comes at precisely the right moment, supporting as it does our intention to take our parliament to the people of South Africa. We look forward to a successful and progressive partnership between parliament, our business supporters and our party, the ANC.



t the very important ANC annual strategic leadership session, the National Executive Council (NEC) Lekgotla, which was held in January 2010, many significant decisions were taken. These decisions involved not only government policy but also the organisational functioning of the ANC on all levels. Of these decisions, one of the most relevant concerns the functioning of the parliamentary constituency offices (PCOs). This matter was initially tabled at the ANC Polokwane Conference in 2007, where it was stated that PCOs are organs of parliament and legislatures and serve as important mechanisms through which parliament reaches out to the people, monitors the implementation of legislation and service delivery and ensures accountability. Effectively, PCOs should be an extended organ of an activist ANC parliamentary caucus. Against this background we whips welcome the arrangement between the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) and our offices to use the PBF Procurement Directory

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The Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, addressed two highly successful PBF events in Durban and Johannesburg. He talked about national and international economic challenges and engaged in extensive question-and-answer sessions with PBF members and senior ANC provincial officials at both events.













PBF training for entrepreneurs Part of the Progressive Business Forum's mandate includes offering training for entrepreneurs, presenting growth-assist workshops and small-, medium- and micro-enterprise skills development courses to its members. To fullfil this mandate, the PBF Progressive Leader training for entrepreneurs kicked off in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town in April this year and has been well received. The training programme comprises four modules and is presented simultaneously in the three cities over a twoyear period. One module is presented every six months during a one-day workshop, and following the workshops further selfstudy and monitoring are required to complete the requirements. Module one is entitled "Empowered leader, strengthened management" and includes sessions on the following topics: values, attitudes and beliefs; strategic management; managing a changing environment; business plans; management; crime and fraud awareness; and warning indicators and techniques. Entitled "Finance: the lifeblood of the organisation", module two includes sessions on topics including: the opportunities and dangers in accounting; measuring cash flow; interpreting financial statements; managing tenders and projects; pricing strategies; and budgets and forecasts. Module one was presented in Cape Town and Joburg and Module two in Durban.






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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Sicheka, addressed a business breakfast of the Progressive Business Forum held at the Johannesburg Country Club in Woodmead, Johannesburg on 9 April 2010. The minister covered a wide range of issues including small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs), human development, the World Cup and the economy. The focus of the minister's talk was on the development of local government and business partnership to promote local economic development. In his speech, Minister Sicheka called on business to partner with government in the development of the economy. His view is that local government is a critical driver of development and growth and as such business should seek out partnerships with these governments. In response to a lively Q&A session the minister said that steps are being taken to amend the Municipal Finance and Management Act and other related legislation to broaden the scope of social development and growth using the levers of government. He said that procurement systems of municipalities need to be reviewed to ensure that procurement processes are more open and transparent. Referring to the 2010 World Cup projects, Minister Sicheka said that government has learnt from the 2010 projects and that future developments of this nature should include greater SMME participation. The previous week, Minister Sicheka spoke on the same topic at a cocktail briefing event of the Progressive Business Forum in Durban.



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The Department of Home Affairs will soon be piloting a Visa Business Partnering Initiative, which involves appointing a service provider to receive applications and conduct quality assurance in order to expedite the process of issuing permits to business people in particular. This according to Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who spoke at a Progressive Business Forum (PBF) dinner held in Johannesburg during March 2010. The dinner was held as a precursor to the launch of the SA China PBF Chapter, for which a number of new participants have already been recruited. Deputy Minister Gigaba said that the Department of Home Affairs have two principle strategic objectives over the next three years. “Firstly is the provision of necessary document to citizens of South Africa. Secondly is to provide a competent and speedy service to foreign nationals” he said adding that South Africa has no reason to be sub-standard in our services just because we are a third world country. “We should compare ourselves with the best in the world,” he said. With regard to the important role that the Department has to play to facilitate business Gigaba said that Home Affairs was a vital agent for facilitating the movement of people between our two countries to enhance trade and people-to-people contact. He said that the Department of Home Affairs continued to undergo a transformation process aimed at improving the provision of services. These services include various categories of permits for working, doing business and studying. Various local Chinese business associations were present who expressed a keen interest in strengthening ties between the PBF and their respective organisations. People’s Republic of China Consul General in Johannesburg, Fang Li, also attended the dinner. He welcomed the close interaction, stressing that Chinese businessmen were active participants in the South African economy and therefore the PBF’s programme of dialogue would be “an important vehicle to share and exchange ideas. In both their speeches, the co-convenors of the PBF, Renier Schoeman and Daryl Swanepoel, stressed the significance of the formation of the Chinese Chapter underlying as it does the special links between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China.

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Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim addresses PBF business breakfast forum in Cape Town Cooperative partnerships to stimulate and grow local economies and small, medium and micro enterprises came under the spotlight at a well-attended business breakfast of the Progressive Business Forum at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday, 21 April 2010. Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Yunus Carrim, was the keynote speaker at the event. He said that as it applied to his ministry, “essentially we’re talking about local economic development [LED]”. Deputy Minister Carrim said that at the heart of the LED is the notion that through collaboration and partnerships between stakeholders within a local area, the resources within that specific area can be exploited for the benefit of all. He said that there isn’t a single approach to LED that will work in every municipality. “Each municipality must develop its own LED, identifying its competitive advantages,” he explained, citing as an example that one municipality may be able to use its harbour as a key aspect of its LED strategy while another uses its tourist features and yet another its fertile land. He urged business to get involved in LED and said that business has to acknowledge that they cannot function effectively unless their municipalities work. “Electricity, water, sanitation, waste management, refuse removal, traffic control – without adequate such services, how can a business function effectively?” he asked. “As businesses, you have a vested, endemic interest in strong municipalities.” He pointed out that through the local government turnaround strategy and together with other stakeholders, business can play an important role in strengthening local government. Where municipalities are very weak, business needs to play an active role in assisting them, he said. He urged business to become involved in the “Business adopt a municipality” project, which his department has initiated. This project encourages both small and big businesses to support weak municipalities to address mainly their economic development and infrastructure challenges. “Business in turn will reap benefits from this in the longer term,” he said.



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Obituary of

Dr Molefi Sefularo

Dr Molefi Sefularo transformation and the political education subcommittees of the National Executive Council. The Deputy Minister of Health was a distinguished leader in the community, academia and politics. He was prepared to serve in the country’s health sector through his active participation in various non-governmental health organisations and formal studies at the then Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa), which is now called the University of Limpopo; the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits); the University of Cape Town (UCT); the Institute for Development Studies in Sussex, England; and Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. He was also lectured at Wits. Deputy Minister Sefularo obtained the following qualifications: • An MBChB degree at Medunsa • A masters degree in business administration from the Graduate School of Business at UCT. • Postgraduate diplomas in tropical medicine and hygiene, public health as well as health-service management at Wits.

He completed the health sector transformation for primary health-care programme at the Sussex Institute for Development Studies. He also took courses in health-care management, executive leadership and international trade at Harvard. As Deputy Minister of Health he focused on matters that are strategic, operational, national and sub-national in character, such as accelerating the attainment of the millennium development goals. One of his major responsibilities was to oversee health readiness for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Central to this responsibility was the attainment of government guarantees to FIFA that comprehensive health and medical services will be available around the country on a 24-hour basis for the duration of the tournament. He worked tirelessly to support provinces’ and host cities’ health departments in their efforts to have everything in place for the tournament. Shortly before his death he visited all the provinces hosting matches during the World Cup to assess their individual states of readiness for the tournament. Thanks to his leadership, all provinces are on track and ready to provide quality health services of world-class standards. Through his leadership, a national health operations centre is being set up to coordinate the health activities of all provinces for the duration of the tournament. Dr Sefularo appointed a dedicated team of officials from both the Department of Health and the South African Military Health Service to provide a seamless service during the tournament. The services of this operations centre will be retained after the tournament, enabling the Department of Health to better coordinate and command future events and incidents. Ke Tholo, ke Morolong, ke mmina tshipi, ke Namane ya Tholo, Morolong wa Mokgopa, wa masepa, e se oo motho, e le tshesebe! Robala ka kagiso Tholo!

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he late Dr Molefi Sefularo, the second-born of five children to Mr Kenosi and Ma-Seabata, was born on 9 July 1957 in Palmietfontein in the Ventersdorp district in the North-West. He started primary school at Nanogang and later proceeded to Basupi Secondary School, where he obtained a Joint Matriculation Board Certificate with distinctions. Dr Sefularo met Kgomotso Kgoathe in 1984, and the couple got married in 1989. They were blessed with four children, a son (Chere) and three daughters (Bonolo, Masechaba and Ipeleng). They were recently blessed with a granddaughter, Ngwedi. His contribution to the struggle for the improvement of people’s lives dates back to the 1970s as a youth in Potchefstroom and founder-member of the Azanian Students’ Organisation, a forerunner of the South African Students’ Congress. Dr Sefularo was a member of the North-West Provincial Legislature from 1994 to 2004 and Deputy Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in North-West. As a former member of the Executive Council, he was responsible for various projects including the reconstruction and development, transformation, governance and administration, health, social development, broadcasting and communications. He served as a member of the Provincial Working Committee from 1996 to 2000, as Deputy Secretary from 2000 to 2005 and as Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in the NorthWest from 2005 to 2009. He was a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly since 2004, and in that time he served on various parliamentary committees including trade and industry, transport, foreign affairs and health. As part of the caucus, he served as a whip for both the trade and industry and transport study groups. He also served on the caucus strategy committee. As a whip in the Economic cluster, he also served on the economic



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ANC Treasurer General Dr Mathews Phosa’s speech at the


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Chris Hani memorial service


hen Nelson Mandela walked to freedom 20 years ago, that single act started a process of reconciliation and nation building, a process on which we are still building today. The first concrete product of this process was the completion of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in 1996. The constitution reaffirms most of the principles imbedded in the Freedom Charter, which the ANC adopted in 1955. Some of the principles contained in the constitution are: • a commitment to a non racial society; • a commitment to a non sexist society; • a commitment to the fact that the fundamental human rights of all people in South Africa will be respected. As a result of the adoption of the constitution, South Africa became a beacon of light on the continent and globally. We are deeply respected for what we have achieved in a society that was previously deeply divided. In the circumstances we are facing today, we need to constantly remind ourselves of the principles of the constitution that we all committed ourselves to then and remain committed to now.

Chris Hani

We cannot, under any circumstances, allow ourselves to be pushed backwards into a society of racism, violence, lack of respect for human rights, hatred, fear and divisive threats. As a shining example of this, Chris Hani and members of his family lived and died for a peaceful South Africa that we all yearn and work for. When he died during the Easter weekend of 1993, his legacy, combined with the legacy of Nelson Mandela, was so strong that it pulled us peacefully towards our ideal of a better life for all. For that leadership and heroism we honour him and his family. In extremely difficult times he rose above divisive debates and circumstances and made us all proud to be South Africans. As we stand here today, we face the daunting challenges of poverty, energy provision, racial harmony and regional security. In such a challenging environment we need cool and wise heads. We need leaders who seek to unite and reconcile and leaders who place national interest above self and sectional interest. We need leaders who create calm, who reach bravely across divides and leaders who understand that populism must sometimes be shelved in the

interest of the nation’s wellbeing and cohesion. A death by murder in a healing society cries out for leaders to step forward and look ahead into the next decade and not selfishly to the headlines of tomorrow and next week. We certainly cannot, on any side of the debate, tolerate hot heads who, through their words and actions, overheat the temperature of our political discourse. It might be the time for us, again, to sit down as leaders and plot the principles of reconciliation and nation building through a national debate. Such a debate can be structured in a way that it allows all well-meaning and patriotic South Africans to make contributions into the ongoing process of reconciliation and national building. Chris Hani and his family showed that we can overcome any tragedy or division. Through him we have realised that we can only build this country through unity and strong and lasting partnerships. South Africa belongs to all who live in it, and it should be our goal to leave a legacy of tirelessly building on that foundation. We should pursue this goal, not for ourselves, but for our children and their children. Thank you. <


Dr Mathews Phosa


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