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Inside • South Africa and the world • Local government elections 2011

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BRICS: A powerful new global link

Sitsabo PROJECT Project Managers SITSABO MANAGERScc cc Multi-Disciplinary Project M u l t i - D i s c i p l i n a r yFirm F i r mSpecialising S p e c i a l i s i n g iin n P r o j e c t mManagement, anagement, A r c h i t e c t u Design r a l D e s i g&n Construction & P r o p e r t y D e vEngineering elopment Architectural Reg. No. 2006/041382/23

Sitsabo Project Managers cc has its origin a consultancy started in March 2006 by Rev. S. S. Dlamini, after working for Portal Partnership Architects in Parktown North as Architect, and the RSSC Group (Division of Tate & Lyle, UK) as a Construction Manager for 5 Years. Rev. Dlamini pioneered his work in South Africa during his study period in Pretoria in the early 1990s and after graduation, as he worked for Mike Payne Architects in Witbank and later RFB Architects in Auckland Park. Between 2001 and 2005, Rev Dlamini went on to consolidate his project management expertise with the University of Bath in the UK, where he did the MSc in International Construction Management. Rev Dlamini exercises unique inuence in traditional architectural practices, construction engineering and project management thinking to contemporary innovative approaches and his work in practice bears testimony to his thinking in shaping theory and practice of these areas of his expertise. To take this a step further, he is currently doing his PhD in Construction Economics with the University of Reading in the UK, which places him as a disciplined beacon of hope for the global construction fraternity. As a practising Architect, Construction Engineer and Project Manager of vision, Rev Dlamini has established himself as a reputable professional of creativity, conviction and tireless devotion to construction industry best practice development models. His academic and industry experiences, in South Africa and the UK present him as a unique asset for the state as he continues to contribute immensely towards construction industry best practice initiatives.

Empangemi Rail High School

Catherine Booth Hospital - MDR TB Isolation Facility

One stop developement center in Nquthu

20T Roads and Stormwater Programme rolled out in Mohlakeng, West Rand

Catherine Booth Hospital - MDR TB Isolation Facility

Catherine Booth Hospital - MDR TB Isolation Facility


Sitsabo PROJECT Project Managers SITSABO MANAGERScc cc Multi-Disciplinary Project M u l t i - D i s c i p l i n a r yFirm F i r mSpecialising S p e c i a l i s i n g iin n P r o j e c t mManagement, anagement, A r c h i t e c t u Design r a l D e s i g&n Construction & P r o p e r t y D e vEngineering elopment Architectural Reg. No. 2006/041382/23

We emphasise the need to consider and further promote the integration of social considerations into procurement in the best way possible and in this way contribute to sustainable development, a concept that combines economic growth, social progress and respect for the environment.

Corporate Objectives Non-economic Objectives

To employ realistic methods of project management which attempt to concentrate and improve integration of specialist roles in the construction industry. • To meet reasonable aspirations of employees. • To develop employees to their full potential. • To serve clients and the general community well. • To maintain a good reputation within the industry.

Economic Objectives and Targets

Maximise the growth of the firm while maintaining a minimum acceptable level of profit for the shareholders. • Ensure growth of turnover and earnings. • Increase market share in existing markets. • Increase number of markets in which the firm operates. • Ensure stability of annual gross turnover. • Increase gross profit and return on investments. • Ensure the efficient utilisation of scarce physical and human resources held by the firm.

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From local to global, building a better tomorrow



outh Africans recently went to the polls to elect their representatives for local government. The election was a great success and a tribute to the millions of voters who demonstrated their determination to decide for themselves on the matters that affect their own future. Nationally, the ANC emerged as the leading party, receiving a clear mandate from the electorate to continue to put the needs of the people at the centre of its programmes in government. Voters gave a clear indication that, while much has been achieved since the dawn of democracy, much more needs to be done to bring about the lasting changes that we want and need in our communities. A central element of the ANC’s message was that we must all work together – councillors and communities, business and labour, national and provincial government – to ensure that we create jobs, provide affordable services to all, and build much-needed infrastructure.

we need to develop our most important resource, our people. This means that we need to focus on improving the quality and reach of our education system. We need to provide access to all to health care, so that our people can achieve their potential. In these respects, we can learn a lot from our partners in BRICS, and from many other countries with which we have established strong relations. Though it may sometimes seem far away, our people have a very real interest in the achievement of peace and stability not only on our continent, but also across the globe. Economic progress is not possible in conditions of conflict and unrest. It consumes resources that would otherwise have been put to productive use for the betterment of all people. Yet, perhaps the most significant link between local and global at this moment in our development is to be found in the challenge of climate change. Though we may not be responsible for carbon emissions on the scale of the developed world, we are nevertheless greatly affected by global warming. Towns that flood, crops that fail, water supplies that dry up, all are local symptoms of a global problem. That is why South Africa is determined to work with leaders across the world to find solutions to these pressing problems. We face many challenges. Yet we also have greater opportunities than our predecessors could have imagined. Let us work together, in our local communities, as a nation, and as a member of the global family, to build a better tomorrow for all.


President Jacob Zuma addressing the BRICS leaders in China

As we were preparing for elections, we were also engaged in a number of international activities. In April, South Africa attended, for the first time, the leaders summit of the BRICS group of nations, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This was an historic occasion, the first time that Africa has been represented at this important gathering of leading emerging market nations. This meeting takes place at a time when the countries of the developing world as a whole are gaining a greater voice in the international community. It is significant that even during the global economic downturn, most developing countries continued to grow at higher rates than many developed economies. It is important that Africa now has a voice in such a forum. These two events – one local, the other global – represent two facets of the same mission, which is to build a better tomorrow for our people and for the peoples of the world. We know that we cannot separate the task of local economic development from the challenge of transforming the world trade system. If people are going to build factories and create jobs in our towns and cities, we need, among other things, to be able to find international markets for our products. And to reach these international markets, we need to have adequate roads, railways and ports. We know that if we are to improve the living conditions of our people, ensuring that everyone has water, sanitation, housing and electricity, we need to attract greater levels of foreign direct investment. Strengthening relations with other emerging markets creates opportunities for closer economic cooperation in areas like investment, technology transfer and development. We know that if we are to be successful in the global environment,

Jacob Zuma ANC President


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.

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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. 5

Bonelena Construction Enterprise and Projects

Bonelena Construction Enterprise and Projects was established in June 2005. The company was established and is owned, managed and directed by black professional women. We are registered under CIDB with grading of 7GB PE, as well as the South African Revenue Services, Master Builders Association, Progressive Business Forum, and the Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We are also in the process of registering with the NBHRC. We offer a holistic construction service,

from erecting the building or civil structure to customizing it as per our client’s needs. Based on research findings, we have discovered that most black communities experience many health, safety and security problems at homes and schools. Many more people are without houses and shelter, especially in rural areas, and people have little resources if any, to provide for themselves. The primary purpose of our company is to provide low cost (quality) services to

the lower income groups, at a price they can afford, and/or arrange housing schemes that can well suit their needs. This is in accordance with the Government’s RDP, GEAR (Growth Empowerment and Redistribution) construction standard and building guidelines. We commit ourselves to honor our agreement with clients and we shall perform our duties with the highest possible level of professionalism. We will also ensure that the services and products are provided economically and efficiently in order to give our clients a value for their money, always putting our clients first

Telephone No.: 033 386 2080 Fax No.: 033 386 2085 Email Address: info@bonelena.co.za Website Address: www.bonelena.co.za Business Address: 5 Rodger De Klerk place, Mkhondeni, Pietermaritzburg Postal Address: P.O. Box 11981 Dorpsruit 3206






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Letter from the Co-Editors


Daryl Swanepoel


Renier Schoeman


s readers page through this issue, the sixth since the launch of our flagship publication, they will be struck by the range and number of Progressive Business Forum (PBF) activities covered in a single issue of Progressive Leader, reflecting as it does, the steady increase of PBF activities. By design, every issue covers the full spectrum of PBF activities like gala dinners, ministerial networking events, overseas trade delegations, visits of delegations from many countries to South Africa, etc. This is done in the first instance to ensure that PBF participating businesses are kept fully informed about what their business platform of choice is doing for them, thereby encouraging them to get involved. But to present Progressive Leader as a powerful instrument of internal communication is certainly not the full story. We say this because increasingly Progressive Leader has become a vehicle to showcase what the PBF is doing across a wide spectrum, not only of national proportion, but also highlighting global activities designed to add value for ANC participating companies of all sizes. This showcasing is at the top end of business locally and internationally and is being sent not only to all PBF members, but also all ANC top leaders, Ministers, Deputies, Premiers, provincial MECs, Members of Parliament, Metro Mayors, local government leaders, South African ambassadors abroad and foreign ambassadors and high commissioners in South Africa, top end businessmen in South Africa and outside such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries and the UK and USA. Add to this the fact that previous editions of Progressive Leader and its loyal advertisers can be accessed on the PBF website (www.pbf.org.za). The effect of all this is an instrument of communication envied by many. What also adds significant weight to the influence of Progressive Leader is the way in which it serves as a platform for political and business leaders, thereby giving our readership an insight into their thinking and producing a strategic advantage. A case in point is the regular Letter from the President, which we have published in every issue thus far and of which we as PBF are highly appreciative to our President for engaging with business in this way. Not least we are appreciative of the efforts of our publishing and editorial team in enable us to deliver a unique and strategic publication of value, which we will continue to strive for.

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

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From our readers... To the PBF Co-Convenors Tracking our progress from PBF point of view Exactly a year ago, the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) and the honorable Minister of Energy, Mrs. Dipuo Peters, led a group of PBF members to a trade mission in South Korea. Part of the mission’s deliberations focused on how South Korea managed to rise from being a poor third world country the size of Kruger National Park with 43 million people, to becoming one of the richest countries in the world in just 20 years. From these deliberations a lot was learnt about their economic model and strategies and how some can be applied beneficially in South Africa to the benefit of business, the state, and the population at large. After returning from the mission, Thlokomelo Management, an Electrical Engineering company based in Pretoria, established a network of companies to work together in implementing the lessons learnt. Noted was that South Korea relies mainly on the technology exports for its economic prosperity; then Thlokomelo Management ventured into working hand in hand with Korean companies that seek to disseminate technology to South Africa and African market at large. The strategy is to use the network as a distribution capacity that can benefit both the Korean technology vendors and the local companies within the network. The futuristic perspective of this working relationship is to get the Korean companies to transfer skills with the view to eventually manufacture some of the technology products locally, with research and development backing from the technology partners. So far the technologies for which relationships have been secured and the projects are under implementation are solar water heating and energy saving light bulbs. Perhaps the most important thread in these positive developments is that without the initiative and support from the PBF, neither Thlokomelo Management, nor its Korean partners, or even our local network of companies, would be presiding over this monumentally great opportunity. On that note, we say thank you to the Progressive Business Forum; may your support continue to the very end. Victor Nkuna (Director) Thlokomelo Management ----------------------------------------------------------

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To the PBF Co-Convenors Letter of appreciation for Dynamic Tendering Workshop We would like to convey our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the PBF for the networking opportunities since we joined you in February 2011. Our company Directors are 29 and 22-years-old respectively and the networking opportunities availed to us have seen our company grow in size and stature in the small period we have been with the PBF. The Dynamic Tendering Workshop that we attended on 22 February 2011 could not have come at a better time, as we were busy with five tenders with one of our big clients. The lessons we learnt from the PBF facilitator helped us to win all five tenders without a problem. This guaranteed us work until December 2011, which is a milestone on its own considering the stiff competition out there. We were tendering against some bigger companies but none had the edge that we had from our PBF facilitated training. To us, networking is not only about how many business deals we have managed to close, but also the quality and level of conversation and engagement that the PBF has facilitated. Our company is owned by two young people but we have managed to break new ground in terms of clients and how positively and professionally we deal with each and every one of them. Thank you PBF for helping us with opportunities and training which we would have only dreamt of. Keep the good work up. Kind Regards Evans Farai Chabata and Jabulile Ngomane-Chabata Directors In erratum In the business profile of Reverend Sitsabo Dlamini in the previous issue, we referred the lady on page 60 as the reverend’s wife. It is in fact not his wife, Londiwe Dlamini, but Thandi Mdlalose, ANC Joe Slovo Branch Chairlady.

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ANC Rally at Sun City Pre-launch gala dinner at Sun City KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize at the Durban event Gwede Mantashe: A vote for the ANC Our Heads of State cast their vote

DIRCO on BRICS President Jacob Zuma’s speech in China PBF event with Deputy Minister Marius Fransman




18 Profile: Minister Jeff Radebe 68 Profile: Minister Pravin Gordhan 88 Business Profile: Robin Xu 100 Entrepreneurs: PBF People in Business 128 Honouring the life of Albertina Sisulu

GURUS & OPINION 16 34 60 98


Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in the USA Infrastructure: Disaster Management Cultural Legacy - The Hector Pieterson Memorial City Focus: Tshwane


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Jannie Mouton: Finance Milly Moabi: Film Johan van den Berg: Environment Gerry Elsdon: Health



5 Inside Luthuli House 12 About the PBF 14 PBF Update 25 76 PBF International Linkages 107 News from Parliament 108 PBF networking events 144 Parting Shot


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he ANC Progressive Business Forum (PBF) has as its main objective the promotion of dialogue between the business community, the ANC and its representatives in Government. Since 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 characterized by good monetary and fiscal policy. The result has been a prolonged period of uninterrupted economic growth unprecedented in the history of the country. This is widely recognized by the business community. Through this programme of dialogue, and in the spirit of working together in order to achieve more, the ANC wishes to build on the well established foundation. Through the Progressive Business Forum, participating companies enjoy unique opportunities to interact with our countries policy-makers at the highest level, with fellow progressive businesspeople and through the PBF international programme, platforms are also created for them to explore international opportunities. 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 bringing people together in order to strengthen our progressive business community and South Africa.

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



In addition the PBF creates a variety of platforms to network, market, inform and promote your company’s products and services to fellow progressive businesspeople in our country and abroad, in both the public and private sector. As a member of the PBF, you will: • be invited to intimate and exclusive briefing & networking events organized specifically for the PBF that will be structured in a way that maximizes 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, publications and other documents from our policy & publications team;

have the opportunity to join ANC PBF-led international trade missions and conferences, enabling you to promote your products and services internationally;

be invited to participate in trade exhibitions, both domestically and internationally;

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(seated): Lazzy Mphasane – Group CEO MFS Holdings, (standing from left): Ben Moletsane - MD MFS Health, Maggie Makenete – Provincial Manager, Mzi Damoyi - GM MFS Retirement Advisory Services

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articipants in the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) have had a tumultuous first half year, with a range of activities including training, ministerial networking events, international trade delegations, gala dinners, etc. The year had hardly begun and the PBF was on its way to Chennai India, where it led a delegation of 12 companies to the International Renewable Energy Exhibition and Conference. This was the second visit to Chennai in a space of three months, as the PBF took a trade delegation to the city during November 2010, accompanied by the Executive Deputy Mayor of Ethekwini, Cllr Logie Naidoo. This visit took place with a simultaneous visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where, led by Deputy Water & Environmental Affairs Minister, Rejoyce Mabudhafasi, the PBF participated in the Vietnam Water Industry Conference. In May the PBF visited Havana, Cuba, for the second time. This visit took place directly after the announcement of the Cuban political and economic reforms, and following South African President Zuma’s December state visit to the island nation, both of which opens up new opportunities for trade and investment between the two countries.

Focus on BRICS & Africa The PBF, in its international programme, strengthened by South Africa’s inclusion in the BRICS block of nations, continues to focus on the participating countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, with Africa as an additional focus region. To this end a PBF delegation leaves for Mauritius in June, and at least two delegations will visit China in the second half of 2011. To strengthen the level of work between China and South Africa, the PBF recently concluded a working arrangement between itself and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade & Investment. The PBF is also working well with the Chamber of Indian Industry. Next year the PBF will call on the other two BRICS countries, namely Russia and Brazil (for the 2nd time). In the meantime the PBF has also played host to a number of incoming Chinese trade delegations, including the Jilin trade delegation in February, which included a well attended conference and B2B session at the premises of Ernst & Young in Johannesburg; and the China Auto Tour & Exhibition during November 2010, in which the PBF participated in Johannesburg, Durban & Cape Town.

The PBF also participated in trade conferences and B2B sessions for incoming trade delegations from Korea (hosted by Kotra) and Vietnam (hosted by JCCI). Domestic activity mushrooms In addition to the aforementioned incoming trade delegations, the PBF has continued with its ministerial & networking events programme. 2010 was closed off with events addressed by Dr Mathews Phosa, Treasurer General of the ANC, held in both Johannesburg & Durban. 2011 kicked off with a PBF organised gala dinner on the eve of the January the 8th Statement in Polokwane, with President Jacob Zuma as the guest of honour and keynote speaker. Two further Presidential Gala Dinners were arranged by the PBF at Sun City (in February) and the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg (in March). A number of training sessions were also held in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, as well as a ministers networking session in Cape Town during April, at which the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, and ANC Western Cape provincial chairperson, Marius Fransman, was guest of honour and keynote speaker. <



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Managing your cash flows In your personal life as well as in business, managing your cash flows is key to your financial well being, writes Jannie Mouton





any of the principles we practice in business apply in your personal life and should not be neglected. The first and arguable the most helpful principal I want to address is the business plan. Many businesses start off with a business plan but the successful businesses revisit their business plans at least once a year. It gives you a great sense of direction and steer your decision making. Now, I wonder how many people make personal business or financial plans. What do I mean by this? Think where you want to be in 10/20 years from now or at the end of your working career. Do you want to be financially independent? Do you want to work for yourself? Once you know your desired destiny you must build a plan on how you are going to achieve it. You must have a financial action plan. There are normally only a few key drivers: Income (salary, interest income, dividends) less expenses (living costs, interest expense) = either a surplus or a deficit. There is a book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad that teaches this with a very simple story: Poor Dad bought a larger house and car every time he received a salary increase, increasing his debt and thereby effectively worked for the banks his entire life because he had a constant deficit. Rich Dad on the other hand lived in a small house and drove a modest car for a large portion of his initial working career, but invested all his surplus cash. One day Rich Dad found himself very rich and he could afford to buy anything his heart desired. The message I’m trying to convey is that you should live within your means to ensure you have money left to save. However, you must be clever when you put money away – instead of just saving you must be investing! The famous Albert Einstein said: “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it... he who doesn’t... pays it.” If you invest R1000

per month for a year and then the following year you invest 10% more (R1100 per month) and so on for 30 years, and we assume your investment grows by 10% per year, then you will have accumulated R5.7m in 30 years time. If you are able to achieve an investment return of 20% per annum and also increase your yearly savings by 20%, then your investment would have grown to more than R70m! Not everybody can be an expert investor, hence there are professionals out there that can help you. One of our businesses, PSG Konsult, is the largest independent broking and advisory business in South Africa and they can help you make the right investment decisions. Please contact them at www. psgkonsult.co.za should your require assistance. Another tip - if somebody is selling you an investment product that guarantees you a return of 20% - they are lying and the chances are very good that you will lose your money! The rule is simple - higher returns normally come with higher risk. Now once you have your personal business plan, you need to follow it up in your day to day living. In business we do annual budgets but we also do stringent cash management. At PSG we look at our cash flows on a weekly basis; each time we analyze what cash we have earned/spent/invested and then look at our cash in- and out-flows for at least a year ahead. It gives us time to make the right decisions. In your personal life it means analyzing and scrutinizing your bank account on at least a monthly basis. Don’t ever buy something on budget, don’t fall for store cards and keep it simple so that you can understand your cash flows. These lessons are very simple. Draw a long term plan for yourself and then make sure you spend less than what you earn so that you can save (invest) money on a monthly basis and then continuously monitor your cashflows to make sure you are sticking to your plan. This has worked out well for me.

My children will tell you that since they were small I included them in my discussions regarding my financial plan for the family. I did this long before I was financially successful. Due to the beauty of compounded interest I have many times exceeded my initial financial dreams. Having invested money constantly enabled me to start PSG when the opportunity arose. PSG has been great for the past 15 years. I will be the first to acknowledge that I was lucky, but if you have no money to invest because you live a life of surplus, you will never be able to get lucky. So start investing!

JANNIE MOUTON is chairman of the PSG Group Ltd. Other board positions include Steinhoff International Holdings Ltd and Pioneer Food Group Ltd.

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Minister Jeff Radebe in his ofďŹ ce at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development in Pretoria.

An experienced hand The story of how a young boy from Kwazulu Natal became a devoted political activist and well-respected member of cabinet, is one we are not familiar with but one that the minister, Jeff Radebe, is happy to share writes Lebohang Thulo


He got his start in politics at a very young age. He was already involved in a youth movement based in KwaMashu called Kwayo KwaMashu

department of the party. While in Lesotho he spent time working with underground structures and giving political direction to many activists involved in Umkhonto we Sizwe. He also was present for the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF) – one of the most important anti-apartheid organizations in the 1980’s. He describes the 1980’s as a tumultuous but encouraging time. “It was a time of real change in South Africa; you could feel that our people were no longer prepared to be ruled by apartheid,” he says. And like so many other activists during the 1980’s, he was arrested in 1986 under the Terrorism Act. He has only unpleasant memories about his prison experience. “Forget what people tell you about jail, it was bad,” he says. He was originally sentenced to 10 years on Robben Island, but on appeal the sentence was reduced to six. During his prison term he was as active inside as he had been on the outside and regarded it as just another front or terrain of struggle. While incarcerated he held various positions as head of political education and was a leader of a hunger strike which accelerated the release of political prisoners.



Youth Organisation, a forerunner to the National Youth Organisation. During that time he was also exposed to the ideologies of the Black Consciousness Movement under the leadership of among others, Steve Biko and Keith Makoape. “These are the people who introduced us to the movement,” he says. It was in the 1976, after the Soweto uprisings that he earned his activism stripes and joined the ANC, a party which after the uprisings was establishing itself as the leading organisation of the struggle. The liberation of former Portuguese colonies Mozambique and Angola at that time inspired and opened up a lot of avenues for the ANC to fight the apartheid regime with the help of the rest of Africa. The contacts and assistance from these countries made involvement in the underground operations of the organization possible for Jeff and his comrades who were deployed in countries throughout the rest of the continent. About that period he says. “It was clear at that time that the apartheid regime was intensifying its hold, but the winds of change were blowing across the rest of Africa.” In the late 1970’s he was sent to Mozambique by the ANC followed by a two year stint working as a radio journalist at Radio Freedom in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania which was part of an effort by the ANC to counteract the negative information that the apartheid government was spreading about the organization to the rest of the world. While in that country, he also worked as deputy chief representative of the party. In Lusaka, Angola he was involved in the international relations


effrey Thamsanqa (Jeff) Radebe is one of the country’s longest serving and most recognizable members of government. As one of the original members of cabinet, he was first deployed by former state president Nelson Mandela as Minister of Public Works in 1994. He is currently a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and head of policy in the ANC. Born in 1953 in the town of Cato Manor in Kwazulu/Natal, as a young boy Jeff had already felt the negative effects of apartheid after his family and his neighbours were evicted and forcibly moved to KwaMashu, one of the biggest townships in Kwazulu Natal. “I know every corner of Kwamashu,” he says about the place he grew up in. A studious young man who loved his books, he matriculated from Isibonelo High School in KwaMashu with, he proudly adds, a distinction in geography. With a head for mathematics and physical science, he had the option of studying medicine at the University of Natal but chose to study law at the University of Zululand instead. A decision he says was largely motivated by the political climate of that time, and one he has never regretted. “We had to make sacrifices, life in South Africa under apartheid was not going to be enough,” he says. “The real future of South Africa lay in a nonracial democracy I put my shoulder to the wheel to change South Africa.”

The many roles of Jeff Radebe

“The ANC is a movement, it’s my home,” he says about the party in which he has been a member for most of his life, and the driving motive behind all his work. After all these years, he still holds the party in high esteem, and attributes many of the changes in the country to the ANC and its policies. He has also given a lot of himself to the party. Since 1994 he has been 19

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Minister of Public Enterprises, Public Works, Transport, a short stint as acting Minister of Health and now Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. I ask him what he brings to each department. “I make sure that the challenges I find there, I must crack them in order to ensure that we provide good services to our people,” he says. As a leader he admits to being a tough task master who believes in collective leadership, “But I am not afraid of being bold in ensuring that things are done,” he says. His notable achievements throughout the various ministries he has headed include the initiation of the Public Procurement Reform, supporting small black owned contractors and improvements in the running of state owned enterprises during his time as minister of Public Works. While at the Department of Public Enterprises he oversaw the listing of Telkom on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and The New York Stock Exchange. The construction of the Gautrain, Bus Rapid Transit System and the airports in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg were during his

This token of appreciation was awarded by the SA Air Force, Mobile Deployment Wing in 2006, when he was Minister of Transport.

Certificate of his appointment to the position of Acting President by President Jacob Zuma in May 2010.

term as Transport Minister. “All these experiences shaped the idea of being a turnaround specialist,” and is based on his belief that there is not big or small task. Another lesser known, but equally impressive, achievement by the minister was the naming of a flower after him in 2003. The Leucospermum Radebe Sunrise is a new and rare yellow pincushion protea. But it is his role as a servant of the people for which he is best known and most passionate. A role which began, he explains, when he was activist and leader and has now translated itself into government. Government’s adopted principle of ‘Batho Pele’ is one he takes to heart. “We want to change the quality of life of all South Africa’s people, so it’s important that we dedicate ourselves and leave no stone unturned in order to provide good service to the people,” he says. A story that has stayed close to him is his experience as minister of Public Enterprises with a group of black women working on a state-owned forestry company plantation, SAFCO (South African Forestry Company) in the Cacadu district just outside Port Elizabeth. When the plantation was going through restructuring, the women approached the minister with their business plan and requested that a piece of the land be handed over to them. Today the business, run by

these woman, is thriving and helping to support the women and their families.

Family Man

Another role of which he is equally proud, is that of the family man. Jeff married Brigette Radebe in 1998 and Nelson Mandela was a guest of honour at the wedding. He has three children; his oldest son works at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. He also has two daughters, the eldest is studying at Pretoria University and the youngest is only four-years-old. Family is the basic unit of society, he explains, and needs to be nurtured and provided for; a lesson he tries to pass on to his children, along with the importance of education. To the rest of the country’s youth his message is that of sacrifice and hard work especially during Youth Month. “Young people need to rededicate themselves and realize that the freedom that they are enjoying today is because of sacrifices of people like Tsietsi Mashinini, Solomon Mahlangu and many other unsung heroes and heroines of our youth,” he says. The focus for young people now, unlike during apartheid, should be on education and skills development. He explains that we have attained political independence, but political freedom without economic emancipation is meaningless. <


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Prelaunch Gala Dinner, Sun City, 26 February 2011

n 26 February 2011, the ANC launched its election manifesto, and music album at the Sun City Superbowl in Rustenburg. The event, taking the form of a Gala Dinner was attended by the President, Jacob Zuma, members of the NEC, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, as well as other high ranking ANC ofďŹ cials. Progressive Business Forum participants attended the festive event in great numbers.





n 18 May 2011 the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) held a cocktail and networking event at Coastlands Umhlanga in KwaZuluNatal. The main address at this event was given by the KwaZulu-Natal Premier and ANC Chairperson in the province, Dr Zweli Mkhize. Over 200 people, including PBF participants, ANC officials and other guests attended the event, which was aimed at informing the attendees about progress made with regard to the 2011 Local Elections, as well as giving an update on PBF work in the country and the province. The proceedings were opened by the programme director, Sadha Naidoo, CEO of the Calypso Group, who introduced Renier Schoeman, PBF Co-Convenor. Mr Schoeman spoke about the need for the voters to keep their eye on the vision of the Freedom Charter, which clearly stated that all South Africa belongs to all who live

in it, black and white, and appealed to minority voters not to allow illconsidered statements to create negativity towards the ANC on 18 May 2011. Dr Mkhize then took to the podium. He spoke with extraordinary knowledge and insight about the history of the province leading to the unique and vibrant mixture of cultures seen today. Dr Mkhize emphasised the enormous amount of work and effort that had gone in to creating a fruitful collaboration between races, cultures and social strata, from the first wars in the 1800s, to the successful ANC election campaign of the present. The Premier’s speech was very well received by all. In addition to the excellent speeches, a lively auction was held in order to raise funds for the election campaign. The auctioneer, Vinay Rajkumar of Invesprop Real Estate

Agents and Auctioneers successfully auctioned the following items: 2 magnum bottles of Dieu Donne 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, personally signed by the President Jacob Zuma; beautiful leather bound book containing two of President Zuma’s speeches, also personally inscribed and signed; a copy of a photographic collage given to President Mandela by photographer Kevin Joseph; and finally a copy of the iconic photograph taken by Mr Joseph of the ANC “top six” officials, on their election at the 52nd National Conference in Polokwane, 2007. Over R350 000 was raised for the KZN election campaign, which Premier Mkhize acknowledged with appreciate. KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC, Ina Cronje, gave the vote of thanks, after which the official proceedings were closed, followed by a vibrant networking session occurred over cocktail snacks. <


KZN cocktail and networking event with the Premier Zweli Mkhize, 12 May 2011










A vote for the ANC

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe spells out the ANC's basic points of departure


want to start my appeal to South Africans to vote for the ANC on 18th May 2011 by setting out the ANC’s basic points of departure with regards to this election: In the 2009 general elections, the ANC focused on the five national priorities - creating decent work and sustainable livelihoods; education; health; rural development and agrarian reform; and the fight against crime and corruption. Progress has been made on these priorities. Through our direct contact with the people – in villages, townships and suburbs – we have received feedback on the progress, or lack of it. We often find a consistent message – “We appreciate the progress, but want faster change”. It is also a message that communities

want to work with government to do more. And we have listened. Going forward and taking the message of working together, we need to do things differently – and we will! Our election manifesto addresses the main challenges we face in our communities and local government – and the ways of doing things. Our Manifesto is affordable, realistic and achievable. It draws lessons from our experience in government. It builds on the achievements and changes we have brought since 1994. But local government and communities do face major challenges – reducing unemployment, more access to better quality basic services, overcoming the legacy of apartheid spatial development, strengthening community participation and building 31


Work is underway to review their powers and functions of all spheres of government to ensure a more effective cooperative governance system. From top to bottom, under the leadership of President Jacob Zuma, government is monitoring implementation more closely to ensure that government does its job. The President put a new Minister in charge of monitoring and made all national Ministers sign performance agreements. Where there has been underperformance, the President has taken action to strengthen those areas. At a local level, some councilors and Mayors who are not performing well have been replaced. Government has also taken active steps to deal with the corruption in local government. Where necessary, the special instigating unit has been called in. But a lot more needs to be done to intensify or campaign against corruption. At the end of an election campaign, during which, as is the case in all election campaigns worldwide, a good deal of negative energy has been released into the political discourse. This must not be allowed to distract the sight of South African voters across the spectrum, to whom our appeal for support is directed, now as in the past. Our target is every South African, black, white, coloured and Indian. Obtaining and sustaining their support, across the board, is our challenge, and our strength, if we are successful in this endeavour. I can say this without fear of contradiction. It has been 99 years since a meeting of chiefs, church and organization representatives brought about the creation of the African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein in January 1912. Forty three years later the Freedom Charter was adopted and has become more than just a document expressing the concerns and hopes of a subset of the population. It has now become the dream of the nation. The primary objectives of the ANC’s program is to give meaning to the preamble of the Freedom Charter that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white – and the only way we can create such an inclusive society, is to give space to people, irrespective of political affiliation or race, to make a contribution to ensure that that contribution is also recognized. Ideally

this entails support for the ANC at the ballot box at election times. The Freedom Charter itself was created and embraced by more than just the ANC. The Coloured People’s Congress and the Indian Congress, were among other organizations that brought life to what is the basis of this country’s constitution. The Charter presents several points which were binding ideals of the people at the time and included ensuring that the people governed, equal rights for all, economic equity, education, land redistribution and security. These have become the issues that we have to handle every day in order for us to progress as a nation together. In the long term the ANC is guided by the single dream of developing a united, non racial, non sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. That is the dream. But whilst we have a dream and a vision of a better South Africa, than the one we find ourselves in, and a better life for all, we have the day to day task of governing a country with its many challenges. We are not in denial about the adequacy of our performance in government in all the spheres and neither are we complacent. We have acknowledged over and over that we must do better. But the fact remains that no other political movement is able to command the width and depth of the ANC’s electoral and social support. Even if the ANC were to disappear, who could possibly replace it? My message to the voters is a simple one. Do not sit on the sidelines and shout at the ANC. Get onto the playing field and play your own role building a better country. Hurting or punishing with your vote will not take our country forward or achieve anything positive because strong challenges need a strong government. Start your on journey by voting for the ANC on 18 May 2011, and then by joining it, and working from the inside for a better South Africa, with the many South Africans from all races that live in the hope that that will come about. That is the best way to secure your own and your country’s future. And when this election is behind us and the dust has settled, let us engage in a new positive national discourse and exchange of ideas on how the vision of the Freedom Charter can be achieved and ensured for us all. <


effective, accountable and clean, corruption free local government. Our Manifesto is our commitment to address these challenges, working with communities. We are committed to ensuring that local government understands the fundamentals of serving communities. National and provincial government will work shoulder to shoulder with municipalities in this major effort. We have subjected our nominees to the scrutiny of communities. We are committed to ensuring that every councilor will regularly report back to the community and explain plans, successes and challenges. This is not negotiable. Since 2000 we have been developing a new nonracial, democratic and developmental local government system, which will ensure that municipalities assume their full role as enshrined in the country’s constitution. Many municipalities are functioning well, but many others, especially in the rural areas, are still struggling, lacking the capacity and resources they need to fulfill their functions. This has led to some municipalities being unable to provide even a core of basic municipal services effectively and efficiently. As a result the pace of local development has been uneven, and some communities have been left behind. Project Consolidate in which National Government sent in support management teams to remedy managerial failures made a difference and brought improvements, but not enough. Now we are lacking things further. The Government launched the local government turn-around strategy in 2009. It is a major initiative to consolidate and strengthen municipalities through active support from national and provincial government and effective community participation. The challenges facing municipalities relate to accountability. Many councilors have served their communities well but many have not. What happens locally, depends on effective cooperation between municipalities, provincial government and local government. We need to ensure that national and provincial government do work more closely with local government to ensure that they fulfill, their functions more effectively.



The growth of the SA film industry Film producer Milly Moabi discusses the status of the local film industry.


is held annually in the Western Sahara desert to showcase films from Spain, Venezuela and South Africa. More importantly, it is a festival of solidarity for the Saharawi people who have been fighting for their own self-determination since the Moroccan occupation. Our honourable host, the Minister of Culture, Professor Khadija Hamdi, related how important film and culture were for South Africa during apartheid in communicating the message of human injustices to the international media and how we can help their community in doing the same through co-productions and skills sharing.



local artists as the SAFTAS and Naledi Awards as well as festivals such as the Durban Film Festival and Encounters which have established a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work in the hope of securing possible distribution. It is the ultimate dream for every upcoming filmmaker to show their work at well-established festivals like Cannes Film Festival where the National Film and Video Fountain, has set up a pavilion in the last five years to promote the local industry on international platform. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, SA had a large presence with its screenings and the winning of the Queen Palm by the Afrikaans film titled Skoonheid directed by upcoming Capetonian Oliver Herman , the first 3D animation Jock of the Bushveld and Spud featuring John Cleese created excitement at the film festival. On the local scene, our filmmakers are struggling to secure finance for feature films that could screen in cinemas and get international distribution. However frustrating the situation is, many young directors and producers are doing the best they can by creating movies for television and other mediums and finding other innovative means to tell their stories. The upcoming young directors who are pushing the boundaries are Khalo Matabane, Norman Maake and Shaft Moropane who is currently shooting his film Cast the First Stone which is commissioned by the pay TV station Mzansi Magic. With a small budget he has been able to secure a great cast and made use of popular but affordable locations in Alexander and Soweto. The department of Arts and Culture also supports the industry mostly through the NFVF. I had the honour of being part of their delegation to the Fisahara Film Festival in North African in May. The Fisahara Festival

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he South African Film industry has been on the rapid rise in growth over the past decade, having produced international recognised quality films with strong local content like the Oscar winning film Tsotsi and the Oscar nominated film Yesterday which addressed a pivotal message at the time about the disease AIDS. The current success of films such as White Wedding, District 9, Blood Diamonds, Hotel Rwanda and the profitable Mr Bones 2 which is South Africa’s top box office leader with a gross of R34 million show positive support for the developing global market from the local audience. There is huge interest from international filmmakers to shoot on our beautiful locations and with the newly developed Cape Town Studio the industry is creating innovating strides towards establishing the industry as an economical viable force to recognize. It is estimated that out of 25 feature films shot here annually, a potential of 1200 direct jobs can be created. It is with the support of government organisations such as the National Film and Video Foundation whose aim has been to, train promote and fund local filmmakers that new young directors and producers have emerged with strong content. Creating a platform for co-productions with other countries such as Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany and other African countries has also helped. The First Grader is a great example of films created from the co-production treaty, featuring top local actor’s such as Tony Kgoroge and Vusi Kunene. It was written by South Africa’s Emmy award winning director Ann- Peacock and was the first co-production between SA, Kenya and the United Kingdoms the film is distributed by Videovision. They are also numerous local films and TV awards ceremonies that give recognition to the work done by our

Film producer Milly Moabi studied film at AFDA. She produces short films, music videos and promotes South African filmmakers. She is currently developing her first documentary feature about the conflict in the Western Sahara.

South Africa on its new journey This is the address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC, during his highly successful visit to the United States of America in March 2011


years ago South Africa embarked on a new journey. This journey was predicated on the need to give expression to the wishes and aspirations of the majority of South Africans articulated in various forms over centuries. At the heart of this process was a commitment to reconcile our people and embrace our common humanity, to celebrate our diversity and harness it as a source of richness fully understanding that in it lies both inherent contradictions as well opportunities, to build a people centred society on the solid foundation of a genuine pursuit of democracy, non- racialism, non-sexism, respect for the rule of law and the protection, promotion and advancement of human rights, to establish our country as a responsible member of the international community of nations ready to take its part in the construction of a better world for all, and finally, to accept that our own destiny is intertwined with that of our continent and therefore the imperative need for us to secure a peaceful and


enduring prosperity in Africa. Since then, we have covered a lot of ground. There are many achievements to celebrate. These include; the adoption of our constitution, the building of a unitary state that serves all its people, building independent institutions, including the judiciary, building an economy based on sound macro-economic fundamentals, extending social and economic services to the majority of the population previously excluded on the mere basis of the colour of their skin, building health and education systems that benefit all our people, hosting the most successful FIFA World Cup, and implementing an international relations policy predicated on the need to build humane and well managed world. However, it would be remiss of me not to mention that more remains to be done. Like in every war and battle, the transformation path has not been smooth. We still lack universal access to quality education and healthcare. Unemployment remains high. Growth

rates are humble, thus limiting opportunities for sharing. Fortunately, the political organisation I represent, the African National Congress, the governing party in South Africa, is honest about these challenges. It does not pretend to have a monopoly of wisdom to resolve challenges that lie ahead. Neither does it believe that disabilities accumulated over centuries can be wiped out in two decades. We are in for a long-haul, working together with local and international partners who wish to see South Africa succeed. We appreciate the support we have had from the government and the people of the United States of America as our international partners over the years. Our bilateral political relations with the United States of America are sound and characterised by openness and mutual respect. We have established mechanisms to exchange ideas even on those areas where our views may differ. By and large we share common values which form the bedrock of our partnership. Ours, we believe, cannot


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Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with the Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, Mr R. Davey be a partnership based on shifting sands of political expediency. Our nation values this partnership and will play its part to protect it, to nurture it and ensure that it grows. We have also forged strong partnerships in the economic sphere. You are our largest portfolio investor and fourth largest source of Foreign Direct Investment. All these have contributed to the successes we have registered both in our country and our region. After all, a stable and thriving South Africa is key to the stability and success of the southern African region. As you are aware, South Africa is humbled that, in spite of our own domestic social and economic challenges, we are entrusted with the responsibility to lead the continent of Africa. The responsibilities which we shoulder are heavy, but not insurmountable. In many of these we have based our actions on shared views. This is the case in Sudan, in the Great Lakes region, particularly the DRC, in Somalia and in Madagascar, to name but a few. In Sudan we need to continue to work together to support not only the birth of a new and viable state

of South Sudan but to also recognise the tensions that the results of the referendum have created in the North. Therefore we need to work hard to compose these tensions and to set off a process of mutually beneficial coexistence between the two states in the Sudan. As regards Somalia we need to work with all partners to encourage an inclusive and meaningful dialogue, peace and stability, while creating the necessary space for a lasting political solution to be found. Africa, and indeed the world, needs a Somalia that is functional and viable. Anything less means continued extremism manifested in acts of terrorism continually posing dangers not only in the Horn of Africa but the world at large. The tragic attack by the Al Shabaab on an innocent and defenceless people in Uganda in July last year showed their readiness to visit the spectre of terrorism on other regions of Africa. Ominously, we are worried by the clear link between this group and Al Qaeda. Finding strength in unity, we cannot but succeed in this daunting task of putting paid to the scourge of terrorism. We are determined to succeed as anything less spells continued pain and

misery for scores of innocent people. Succeeding to create condition of peace, stability and prosperity in this troubled part of the world will be fitting tribute to the many lives lost unnecessarily as a result of terrorism. I know I speak in a country that has felt the pain and anguish of these deplorable acts. Let me take this opportunity to honour those who perished in this country on that fateful September 11 nearly ten years ago. In many areas our two nations share common values and same principles even though we may not always agree on the means to achieve our common objectives. I believe that such is the case for example in Zimbabwe where we share a common commitment to the restoration of democracy on the basis of full respect for the will of the people of Zimbabwe expressed through free and fair elections. With respect to Cote d`Ivoire we fully support the decisions and the work of the African Union High Level Panel. We need to work towards a more enduring peace in that country based on an earnest attempt to boldly confront the fault lines that continue to bedevil the search for peace. We need to appreciate that these

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of the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, to the protection of the Environment, amongst others. But we need a UN that enjoys the full confidence of its members. We share the view that the UN as presently functioning is in need of major reform, involving all its organs. Of specific note in this regard is the UN Security Council. South Africa urges for the speeding of the reform process in New York. We know that all this is not easy but are convinced that timely attention is what is needed to protect the UN from being seen as marginal in the pursuit of a better world for all of the people of the world. I started this address by pointing at a number of wishes and aspirations that underpin our national democratic project. I pointed out that in our own country we have gone a long way in trying to construct a society on the basis of these aspirations. It is also clear that some of these reflect challenges in many other national and regional settings. We stand ready to share our own experiences as we also try to learn from others. Thank you once again, I look forward to a meaningful engagement with you in the civil society and the government of the United States of America.


Our work in this forum is at least driven by two imperatives namely: Firstly to leverage possibilities to grow our economy so as to be able to respond to the scourges of unemployment, poverty and underdevelopment in our own country. Secondly, to argue for an engagement with the continent that allows for our continent to grow in a manner that addresses the needs of its own people. China in particular is forging long term partnerships with many African

countries. Vital infrastructure is being built. Many countries require this infrastructure to be able to trade with other countries and regions. But also need this infrastructure for trade and interaction with the rest of the continent. Intra-Europe trade is over 70% for the major European powers. At the same time intra Asia trade is about 60%. Yet intra-Africa trade is only 10 %. It can be said therefore that the very basis of Africa's economic marginalization rests with the continents inability to trade with itself. To do so, industrial capacity has to be built and the necessary connectivity ensured. All this requires Foreign Direct Investment. Africa also needs a global environment that allows for it to exploit its competitive advantage in agriculture. That is why the current DOHA round of negotiations and its focus on agriculture is so vital in the process of ensuring that Africa joins the mainstream. We invite you to join us as we seek to integrate Africa into the global economy. South Africa believes that a strong United Nations is indispensable if we are to succeed in addressing some of the challenges that the global community faces. These range from the prevention


fault lines transcend individuals and are structural, systemic and encompass politics, law and socioeconomics. Here too, the road will be long and hard but there is no alternative to a determined resolve to succeed. Failure in Cote d`Ivoire can only spell disaster for the whole of West Africa. Creating durable peace in Africa would not only be good for Africans but would open up opportunities for mutually beneficial economic activity. "As an African, I am hopeful of the future of our continent. I know that we have to make Africa succeed and we will succeed! We have to turn Africa's agricultural potential, resource endowment and its demographic profile into a source of wealth and opportunity. We have to build markets that attract investment. We know that the route we have chosen has inevitably been through good governance in both the political and economic spheres. Many countries in Africa have started following this path and the results are showing. The recent developments in North Africa are an eloquent testimony to the fact that the only legitimate grounds for any political rule is the will of the governed. At the same time we all need to work together to avoid loss of life. In this regard the events in Libya, Yemen and other countries should compel all of us to reflect on what could have been done to avert the shedding of blood of innocent civilians. We must also recognise that we are stronger when we work together in unity. There are major changes taking place in global geopolitics. A key element of this is the growing power of some emerging powers, largely China, Brazil and India. South Africa has over the years sought to work closely with these emerging powers. This explains our membership of Brazil-Russia-IndaChina-South Africa (BRICS).

Addressing an audience at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago. 39



Speech by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), 1 November 2010


hen the Administration of President Jacob Zuma changed our name from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, we did so to affirm a better understanding of ourselves – what we are about and what we do – and the complex character of the world we live in today. This understanding of ourselves has its foundation in the call contained in the Freedom Charter that “There Shall be Peace and Friendship”; and that “South Africa shall be a fully independent state which respects the rights and sovereignty of all nations; [and] … shall strive to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation - not war”. We are indeed about peace and friendship. We are about collaboration, cooperation and building partnerships; not confrontation and thriving in competition or rivalry. This is what informs not only our approach to the world, but also to opportunities provided to us and the world by the rise of countries we call the “emerging powers”. The world we live in today has changed significantly since the end of the Cold War. A new group of

economically influential countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China are on the ascendancy, and are remapping the contours of political and economic power in the global system. We are at the brink of a world envisaged in the Freedom Charter. We are far more aware today of the importance of global interdependence than any time in history. And it is evident that forging fruitful partnerships and a stronger global governance template requires cooperation between the developed and developing countries.

New Challenges

Also, new challenges related to climate change, energy security, and those to do with coordination of trade and finance have become more salient today than ever. The reality of interdependence is a reality in the global system today. We have shared concerns and aspirations. Overcoming these challenges and achieving a safer and better world requires concerted efforts by both the developed and the developing world. The simple lesson to draw from recent history as we come to terms with the geopolitical shifts expressed in the rise of emerging powers is


The relationship between South Africa and the Emerging Global Powers that astute management of global interdependence and deepening of cooperation is essential for a strong and stable global governance mechanism. Emerging powers are an important force in shaping the coordinates of a better global system, characterised by greater representation, fairness and equity.

BRICS and the rise of emerging powers

The rise of emerging powers has helped to increase a sense of optimism amongst developing countries. Opportunities that were previously not existing to influence the evolving global system have opened up for developing countries as a result of the geopolitical shifts occasioned by the rise of emerging powers. There is general agreement among students and practitioners of international relations that a dramatic global realignment appears to be in progress and quickening. The three emerging third world powers of Brazil, India and China plus Russia, are forming new alliances with nations extending from Asia and Africa and Latin America. The Big Four, as the BRIC have come to be known, is a powerful economic 41


alliance of the four fast-growing nations, two of which have the biggest populations of any country on earth. This group is battling to give greater recognition to the developing giants. On another front, is the progressive trend that has taken sway of the direction of many governments in Latin America which has posed serious challenge to the dominance of the neo-liberal development model and how natural resources of the South have hitherto been exploited to the detriment of our countries and people. This phenomenon, together with the increasing geo-political weight of emerging powers of the South, is shaking the balance of forces in international affairs. The seeds of South-South cooperation were laid in the 1955 Bandung Conference, when African and Asian nations cemented political and cultural ties. The creation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961 and the UNCTAD G77 in 1964 was birthed out of this partnership and shared objective about a different global template that is more sensitive to the interests of developing countries. Subsequently, various other initiatives were multiplied from this progressive impulse. This is an important history to draw upon. As the South African government, we are also aware that history has marched on. The age of globalisation requires us to elevate these partnerships to a different level, building on the wells of goodwill and solidarity, and generate mutually beneficial economic relations. The shared historical ties make it much easier to share lessons about pursuing development paths. Building economic ties with these countries become all the more easier, because there is an understanding of the kind of challenges that we face as developing countries. We share similar perspectives about the reform of global governance, in particular the imperative for enhanced representation and voice of developing countries in decision-making processes. Significantly, we share a common view that multilateralism and rulesbased global governance mechanism is the best guarantor of stability, and provides a better framework for asserting our values and interests. We also share the desire to augment our agenda-setting capabilities so that we can engage effectively in multilateral processes, while also defending our policy space and flexibility given the massive development responsibilities

our countries carry.

South-South: IBSA and BRICS

When we presented the budget vote in the National Assembly last year, we underscored the need to intensify our bilateral relations with countries of the South, especially with those that are strategic to us because of their economy, history and geopolitical orientation. Our approach to intensifying our relations with emerging powers and other countries of the South is, of course, through active and strong bilateral engagement. In addition, however, we also see the NAM and the G77 as important for South-South interaction, especially within the framework of the United Nations. At another level, we see the formation of the IBSA and our membership of that body as a mechanism not only for enhancing our trilateral partnership with India and Brazil, but also as an important pillar for strengthening the muscle of the South in global affairs. We believe that the IBSA will get a better balance, and become even stronger, if South Africa could become a member of the BRIC. We remain convinced that South Africa’s diversified foreign policy objectives and interests allow for both groupings (IBSA and BRIC) to co-exist. It is our belief that the mandates of BRIC and IBSA are highly complementary. IBSA, together with its partners, was also hailed at UNGA65 as an exceptional developmental initiative through its Hunger and Poverty Alleviation Facility, known as the IBSA Trust Fund. This Trust Fund was indeed honoured, during UNGA65, with the prestigious MDG Award for its various innovative and successful projects in countries such as Haiti, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Burundi, Palestine and Cambodia. This type of cooperation was recognised as “a breakthrough model of South-South technical cooperation”. We believe that IBSA and indeed the BRIC are best placed to serve as models for development cooperation in a South-South context.

China, India and Brazil

In the recent past, we have been intensifying our diplomatic relations with China, India and Brazil (among others). We have recently elevated our relations with China to a

comprehensive strategic partnership level, for example. The State Visits undertaken to these countries in the past eighteen months or so have helped in deepening our relations. Our business sector has been part of these delegations, signifying the importance of trade and investment in diplomatic relations in the 21st Century. This is significant especially as it holds prospects for attracting investments in our economy, contributing to the growth of our exports, and creating conditions for employment creation. This is in line with one of our commitments to cast our foreign policy in the mould of our domestic development priorities. We believe South Africa should embrace all available opportunities to establish partnerships and alliances, which have proven dependable during global negotiations dealing with issues such as world trade, ¬economy and finance. It is our conviction that alliances are ¬important and the more we have as a country, the better – especially at an economic level. As a country, South Africa supports partnerships that have a potential of ensuring there is dynamic growth and development for us in a regional context, and not stagnation; Emerging powers offer possibilities for South Africa and other African countries an important avenue for trade and investment linkages, technology transfers, and technical cooperation on a range of sectors. In terms of the numbers, BRIC-Africa trade has increased nearly eightfold between 2000 and 2008; and BRIC’s share of African trade increased from 4,6% in 1993 to almost 20% in 2008. Today, China, India and Brazil rank as Africa’s 2nd, 6th and 10th largest trading partners respectively. Many economists have even gone to the extent of suggesting that the BRICs, combined together, have moved Africa from the periphery of the global economy into a wider and inclusive centre. They argue that BRIC economies have supplemented Africa’s economic growth trajectory.

South Africa’s Part in emerging Africa

South Africa will play its part to contribute to the rise of our continent as an emerging power. Some have referred to our country as what they call an “emerging market”. But we believe that our strength is in how we

will marshal our collective muscle that will bring together countries such as Angola, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Kenya and Uganda – into a formidable force. South Africa is only strong and indeed stronger when it is and behaves likes an inseparable part of this continent. However, while deepening our relations with countries on our continent and emerging powers, South Africa will continue to strengthen the partnerships that we have with countries of the North. Our recent summit in Brussels to strengthen our strategic partnership framework with the European Union is but one example of this.

A growing space of influence

The reality of emerging powers is here to stay. The economic centre of gravity is shifting to the South. This shift should not be regarded as a zero-sum game. It is an opportunity to be harnessed to strengthen collective global responsibility and achieve


Economic Centre of Gravity

developmental gains for developing countries, and Africa in particular. On the other hand, the emerging powers will also have the challenge to ensure that their dominance is for the general good of the South and the entire humanity. As a country, the geopolitical shifts and the need to establish global governance on a firm foundation requires us to refocus our foreign policy tools as South Africa. This is the objective we have in mind with the White Paper process, the Foreign Policy Council we intend to establish, and the envisaged South African Development Partnership Agency. The global system requires that we work on managing global interdependencies and strengthen cooperation in order to overcome common challenges related to development, climate change, energy security, and trade and finance. SAIIA, as a non-state actor, is an invaluable partner. We are pleased that you have been visibly active in our activities, including the consultation we organized recently on the Discussion Document on our White Paper. We count on actions by organizations like yourselves to work together with us to realize the dream of a new Africa. <

The growing space of influence by developing countries in structures of global governance is something to be welcomed. The rise of emerging powers is a development that reflects multiplicity of civilisations and political identities, and this should be regarded as a source of strength rather than weakness in international relations. It should be seen as a critical element for forging deeper cooperation rather than a sign of the emergence of new rivalries. Diversity in global governance processes can empower decisionmaking, broaden our vision, enrich our normative concepts and language, and

further enlighten our interests. Recent research has shown that emerging economies contribute large share of global growth. There is further evidence borne out by research that other low and middle-income countries have registered positive growth as a result of integrating closely with emerging economies. There is also a weight of expectation from the developed world, including the IMF, that emerging powers such as China and India will sustain global growth for many years to come. This will the first time in 200 years that global growth is driven by emerging powers. This is expected to change the face of global commerce, with innovation, product designs and value chains driven by emerging powers. This newly found economic strength could potentially translate itself into enhanced political voice in global governance mechanism.

PROFILE OF MINISTER MAITE NKOANA-MASHABANE Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was born in the Limpopo Province. She was married to the late Mr. Norman Mashabane. During the 1980s, she was an active member of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and served in the various structures of the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM) and the ANC underground structures. After the unbanning of the ANC in 1990, she served the party in various structures including the ANC Women's League and actively participated in the re-launch of the ANC Women's League in the country. 1994 - 1995: Served as a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly. 1995 - 1999: Appointed as High Commissioner to Malaysia, accredited to the Philippines and Brunei. 1999 - 2005: Appointed High Commissioner to India, accredited to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal. 2004 November: Appointed MEC for Local Government and Housing in the Limpopo Province and resumed her duties in January of 2005. 2004 - 2008 - Provincial Deputy Secretary of the ANC in the Limpopo Province 2004 - 2008 - Member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) of the ANC Women's League 2007 to date - Provincial Convener of the Progressive Women's Movement, Limpopo Chapter 2007 to date - Member of the ANC NEC and NWC May 10, 2009 - Appointed Minister of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa 2009 to date - Appointed to the Board of LOC as a representative of the South African Government.


Some Perspectives on BRICS and South Africa Address by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ebrahim Ebrahim, in May 2011



he International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa and the Financial Times must be congratulated for collaborating in hosting this roundtable discussion on South Africa’s membership of BRICS. These discussions demonstrate our willingness as a country to leverage potential benefits as a result of the opportunities presented by BRICS. It is indeed an honour to address you this evening and I hope to, inter alia, bring to these discussions a sense of the actual BRICS proceedings from our first meeting as to emphasise South Africa’s role within this formation. I will also endeavor to elucidate on what it is that South Africa brings to BRICS as well as our strategic objectives towards BRICS. Alongside that, we should apply our minds on critical issues such as: Firstly, the real commonalities that are emerging out of this partnership; Secondly, how the country and the African continent envisage to maximize benefits from South Africa’s membership of BRICS; and Lastly, ensure a systemic focus on those fundamental building blocks that enjoin us together as a people – that which if we lose, shall detach the entire meaning of creating a better BRICS for a more prosperous and a better world. I am sure that you will agree with me that the level of interest demonstrated by many, following South Africa’s accession to BRICS, both internationally and locally, was indeed unprecedented – and this excites us! From the detractors and nay-sayers to the advocates who recognize the opportunities inherent in intensifying international cooperation, the debates in the media and in various economic fora, academic institutions and think tanks, BRICS is the focus of attention – this is without any shadow of doubt!

Move the Debate

Let us here tonight move the debate about BRICS forward beyond narrowly defined criteria and toward actualities 44

within the shifting global economic context. I hope we will also be proactive in contributing to setting the agenda for debate around BRICS, as we make our assessments of the opportunities, benefits and challenges so as to provoke innovative thought and debate. South Africa’s accession to BRICS in January 2011 was the culmination of broad-based thinking and joint efforts that started two years ago. Drawing from the important history of the origins of South-South co-operation laid down in 1955 at the Bandung Conference, as well as with the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961, the Government of South Africa recognized that we have to be part of the forward march of history. Our accession into BRICS is also an acknowledgement of the fact that the age of globalization requires us to elevate mutual partnerships to a different level. We enter into these alliances, taking advantage of the wells of goodwill and solidarity out there, with a view to exploiting these beneficial political and economic relations. Our analysis of the impact of economic and political globalization has necessitated our government to find ways to adapt to the new conditions on the ground, hence our decision to seek for new markets and strategic partners in order to prosper. Our view is that the narrowly defined criteria for BRICS member states have hampered in some important quarters the development of real and innovative thinking on and around BRICS. It is true, South Africa does not have a trillion dollar GDP - and it is a fact that we are the smallest economy inside BRICS. We agree that we do not have a major world population size in comparison to other BRICS member states, including the high digit growth rates enjoyed by its BRICS partners. We move from the premise that, there are attributes that fellow BRICS

member-states see in our country, that some among us choose to overlook or undermine. We also argue that, if we consistently profile ourselves as that small country on the southern tip of Africa, we will go nowhere.

Political and Economic Liberation

Our political attributes of having traversed the route from racial oppression to a democratic South Africa, without going the civil war route, is celebrated the world over. Less than twenty years ago, all the BRICS member states supported the liberation struggle in South Africa, and now that we have won our collective political liberation, these countries come back to us in an effort to help us win our next battle of economic emancipation. Our independent outlook on international issues, be it on the reform of Global Institutions of Governance or issues of Climate Change or the use of force – all these have earned us respect and recognition. At an economic level, our positive attributes, that puts us in a different category include, amongst others, our role as a major economic player in Africa; our mineral and industrial output; our electricity generation capacity; our road, rail, ports, communication infrastructure; our sophisticated financial markets and service industries; our manufacturing capacity; our membership in the G20; our level of industrialization. All these, and many more profiles us in a very positive way. Important for us to note, is also that as a group of emerging markets, we share some similar concerns and interests with regard to reform of the global governance mechanism, aspects of under-development, illiteracy, poverty, disease and access to markets, just to mention a few. Collaboration and cooperation are therefore central to this evolving BRICS Mechanism. On the business front, BRICS


member states are the largest new investors and trade partners into Africa with strong exponential growth potential for the future. Africa’s exports to BRICS countries have grown more rapidly than its imports - increasing from 13 billion USD in 2001 to 93, 5 billion USD in 2008. It must give us a great sense of pride to know that South Africa is the third biggest investor into Africa within the BRICS grouping, after China and India. Important also is the fact that BRICS countries hold some of the largest foreign reserve bases in the world, coupled with the high savings rates in those countries. We therefore can look forward to investment in developmental projects.

The third BRICS Summit

In order to further strengthen the work it does, the Third BRICS Summit came out with the most comprehensive Declaration to date and a detailed Action Plan. This Action Plan pronounced on future areas of

cooperation that me and you should start applying our minds on. These include in the field of Science and Technology, Agriculture, Statistics, Banking Cooperation, Competition Commission, Justice, Think Tanks, Health, Education and cooperatives. We believe all these areas are not only of importance to the South African economy but also to the African continent in general. For those that say we should be sensitive to our physical size, we invite you to tell us about the physical size and natural wealth of Japan, the Netherlands and Singapore. If the three countries had folded their arms and accepted it as their fate that they are small, where will they be today? We will continue to find ways to exploit our strong strategic relations at the bilateral level with all the other BRICS members, including within the context of the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum. We move into BRICS unashamedly and with confidence that we exist alongside them as equals. Having

participated in the April 14, 2011 Summit, we can say this with no fear of contradiction that participation, deliberations and inputs into shaping the agenda of the BRICS Forum are given equal weight in adherence to the principles of cooperation. The basic values of consensus through consultation, transparency, nonalignment and a commitment to work on areas of convergences inform this body.

South Africa’s Participation

Let me share with you details of South Africa’s participation in the Third BRICS Summit that took place on 14 April 2011. We went into this BRICS Summit with the objective of consolidating our BRICS membership; commit to its processes and related mechanisms; identifying and there-after seek to leverage opportunities for South Africa’s developmental agenda; enhancing the African Agenda and Sustainable Development; promoting broad cooperation in the multilateral arena; 45


and working for cooperation with other emerging market economies. South Africa received a very warm welcome from the four other members who felt that an important deficit in that composition of the group had been addressed with South Africa’s accession. We are particularly satisfied with the text of the outcome document for the Summit, the Sanya Declaration, which is notable for being, for the first time, a very detailed statement with common positions on a variety of economic and political issues. Our partners made it clear that they look at South Africa as an ally and as a guide on economic development opportunities, into the Southern African region and the broader African continent. Our President went further by inviting companies of the BRICS member states to join hands with South African companies in the development of Africa and pointed out that in terms of infrastructure alone, 480 billion dollars in investments will be required over the next 10 years. My appeal to you this evening is that we need to be mindful of the responsibilities this new development places upon us. Let us work together to successfully leverage these priorities; and seize the opportunity to the benefit of our continent. Let us not be coy about this, nor cynical.

Not only National Interests

President Zuma’s Mandate

President Zuma has been given a

clear mandate by the leadership of the AU to chair the NEPAD High Level Sub-Committee on Infrastructure. As a result, the President utilized our presence at the third BRICS Summit to highlight Africa’s need for infrastructure and industrialization. In the Sanya Declaration, the BRICS countries expressed support for this. In closing, I would like to quote our Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Rob Davies, when he said in his budget vote speech on 19 April 2011 that South Africa will work within BRICS to build on existing trade and investment flows, while encouraging greater inward investment and exports of higher value added, employment generating, goods and services. Minister Davies brought to the fore the continuing importance of our traditional partners when he noted that in as far as investment promotion is concerned, South Africa is involved in targeted initiatives with China, India, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Germany, France, the UK, USA and countries of the Middle East. The South African government anticipates that this work programme will translate over the next three years into an investment pipeline of projects valued at approximately R115 billion. Our job as practitioners of diplomacy is to tackle and unscrew the tough socio-economic and political nuts in the international arena, it is now for business to do what it does best – which is being in business. <

Our foreign policy implores us not just to focus on our national interests alone,

but to share with our region and our Continent. It is for this very reason that we are pursuing regional integration with renewed vigor with the objective of linking SADC, EAC and COMESA into one large Free Trade Agreement (FTA). We believe this will provide economies of scale, larger markets and position us to better compete in the global economy. The BRICS economies, which already constitute approximately 40% of global GDP, will link a large part of Africa with the fastest growing economies in the world. The question is often asked: does South Africa have a mandate to speak on behalf of Africa in fora such as BRICS and the G20 for example. We wish to state that, we have no mandate nor have we asked for one from the African Union (AU) to represent them within the BRICS Mechanism. As for the G20, we have that mandate from the AU. Notwithstanding, it should be noted that our interactions within these bodies are informed by the wealth of information we have about our region and our continent. We will resist any temptation to represent only ourselves, for we are inextricably part of this continent. Consequently, wherever you find South African diplomats, they speak not only for the wellbeing of South Africa, but also of the region, and the African Continent of which we are an integral part.

PROFILE OF MINISTER EBRAHIM ISMAIL EBRAHIM Ebrahim joined the liberation movement as a youth activist in 1952, and participated in the Congress of the People Campaign, which drew up and adopted the Freedom Charter in 1955. He was active in all the campaigns of the 1950’s, and after the banning of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1960, Ebrahim joined the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto We Sizwe in 1961. He was arrested in 1963 and charged under the sabotage act with eighteen other accused in the Pietermaritzburg Sabotage Trial. He was sentenced to 15 years on Robben Island. He was released in 1979, was banned and restricted to his home town in Durban. He was prevented from participating in any public or political activities. In 1980, as per instruction of the ANC, he went into exile. He operated from the frontline states bordering South Africa and was responsible for the political underground. In December 1986, he was kidnapped from Swaziland by the South African Security Forces and detained in South Africa where he was severely tortured. He was charged for high treason and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on Robben Island. In 1991, the appeal court ruled that his kidnapping from a foreign country was illegal, and that the South African court had no jurisdiction to try him. He was subsequently released from prison in early 1991. In July 1991, he was elected to the National Executive Committee of the ANC and also became a member of the National Working Committee. Ebrahim participated in the CODESA negotiations in a significant way establishing the patriotic front of over 13 organizations. Ebrahim was elected a member of the National Assembly of Parliament in 1994. In August 1997, he was elected Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee and also became a member of the Joint Select Committee on Intelligence. Ebrahim resigned from Parliament in July 2002, to take up the position of the Senior Political and Economic Advisor to the Deputy President of South Africa. Since 2002 Ebrahim has been actively involved in conflict resolution efforts between Israel and Palestine, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as in Burundi, Kosovo, Bolivia, and Nepal. In 2006 Ebrahim was appointed as Head of International Affairs at the African National Congress Head Office in Luthuli House. In May 2009 he was appointed as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. He continues to serve as a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee. 46

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Address by Marius Fransman, MP, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and ANC Chairperson of the Western Cape delivered in Cape Town at the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) on 18 April 2011


llow me to thank the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) for the opportunity to address you on this occasion. The notion of progressive business is a comforting one as the immense challenges that we face as a nation requires a different approach from all of us. This is especially true of business in a global climate that has put immense strain on most sectors of our economy and impacted our ability to radically ramp up job creation as envisaged in the New Growth Path.

Business in the Western Cape

Allow me for a second to also wear my Western Cape cap and say to you that unless there is a radical change in the way we approach business in this province, and embrace the agenda of transformation in a progressive spirit, we will not achieve the full potential of this province’s economy. That is what President Mandela reminded us of in 1995 in a speech when he said : “The opportunities in the Western Cape are enormous, and it is up to all of us to help realise the potential. There are problems, yes, but together we can overcome them. Let us work as one to build the economy in the Western Cape, in a way that brings benefit to all the people.” That is the sum total of the problem, we can’t expand this economy through systematic exclusion of the majority of the people and the entrenchment of privileged access for a few. That is not progressive and does not make business sense. I’m not a business man but even I can’t see how such 48

simple logic escapes the powers that be in this province. BRICS Allow me now to reflect on its relevance in the context of the opportunities opened for ALL South African business by BRICS. President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of Trade and Industry, attended as a full member state, the Third BRICS Summit which took place on 14 April 2011 in Sanya, China. BRICS countries account for approximately 40% of the world’s population, 25% of the world’s land area with abundant natural resources and diversified economies growing at sustainable rates. In addition, in 2010, BRICS accounted for almost half of the global GDP growth. As you know, some BRICS countries enjoy the largest global foreign exchange reserves, China with the largest at 3 trillion US dollars, Russia (3rd ) with 439 billion US dollars, India (5th) with 283 billion US dollars and Brazil (7th ) with 240 billion US dollars. Statistics aside, BRICS is a mechanism for cooperation between some of the emerging market economies. This mechanism has evolved from a theoretical concept into a dialogue platform and diplomatic initiative between the member states where issues of common interest, notably regarding international economic and financial cooperation are deliberated.

South Africa in BRICS

There have been mixed reactions about South Africa’s invitation and subsequent acceptance to BRICS, largely based on misunderstanding, and so I feel it is important at this forum to touch upon this. Some critics base their arguments on a dated construct of major emerging “economic giants.” But as President Zuma pointed out to the South African

business delegation accompany him to China for the Summit, the time has come to stop saying that South Africa is punching above its weight. It is time instead to acknowledge that South Africa is in fact punching within its weight. This fact is acknowledged by all the other BRICS members and they all affirm that the BRICS construct, with the inclusion of South Africa, is now more complete as it is more globally representative and that South Africa is the leading economy on the African Continent. They also acknowledge the important role that South Africa plays with regard to peace and security



efforts in Africa, as illustrated by the AU High-Level Panel Initiative on Libya. In addition, that South Africa because of its unique history and independent foreign policy, brings a particular perspective to BRICS. To expand upon this, it is important to note that in terms of GDP Capita as well as in other areas such as sophistication of financial regulatory systems, extensive and quality infrastructure and of course, its geographic position embedded as it is in one of the fastest growing continents in the world, South Africa compares favorably to its BRICS partners.



BRICS and the UN

All BRICS countries serve on the UN Security Council as permanent or nonpermanent members this year and this augurs well for enhanced cooperation and coordination on issues of common interest. Our membership of the BRICS forum and the good bilateral relations that we have with individual members does not mean that we have turned our back on our traditional trading partners in the EU, the US and Japan. We will continue to expand our economic relations with them. However, we will be negligent in our duties and responsibilities to create a better life for all South Africans if we do not take cognizance of the changing global power shifts and not exploit them. What we at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation recognize is that foreign policy making in the 21st century is a multidimensional endeavour as states use different avenues to pursue their various interests. Some of these interests are best addressed not only through bilateral contacts but require plurilateral and multilateral fora. The global system requires that we work on managing global interdependencies and strengthen cooperation in order to overcome common challenges relating to development, climate change, energy

security as well as trade and finance. Through membership of BRICS our foreign policy priorities will be furthered enhanced. Minister NkoanaMashabane put it succinctly when she said that “South Africa’s membership of BRICS (will in the end) be measured by three factors; the imperatives of a diversified foreign policy, the substantive agenda that BRICS has set for itself, and the other important attributes that South Africa possesses which will allow it to make a significant contribution to the BRICS agenda.”

A Lucrative Market

As I said in my opening remarks, The BRICS grouping offers a big, lucrative market for South African goods and services and lots of opportunities to implement our Industrial Policy Action Plan and the New Growth Path framework. We will utilize this forum to actively promote trade and investment which enhances industrialization and promotes job creation. In conclusion, a lesson we can take from the recent BRICS Summit, is that South Africa enjoys great international standing and credibility notwithstanding that we are only the 27th largest economy in the world. There can be little doubt that South Africa’s standing has been further elevated through its membership of BRICS. Our international standing and the systemic significant role that we play is also evident in South Africa’s participation in the G20. <

One only has to consult the 2010/11 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum which ranks South Africa favorably in relation to the other BRIC countries to see that, in the Minister’s words “South Africa fits BRICS like a glove.” In addition, the 2010 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development World Investment Report puts South Africa in the top 20 of priority countries for foreign direct investment in the world. Among developing countries we are still the biggest investor on the African continent. This means that, although our economy is small in relation to other BRICS members, we have attributes that have positioned us well in the world and which will allow us to bring special insights into the work of BRICS. The other BRICS members have made it clear that they would like

to work with South Africa in Africa and the BRICS Sanya Declaration pledges support for infrastructure development in and the industrialization of Africa.

PROFILE OF DEPUTY MINISTER MARIUS FRANSMAN Marius Llewellyn Fransman was born in Blackheath on the Cape Flats, Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the Western Cape in 1991 and thereafter (1991) obtained a Higher Diploma in Education at the same university. His employment career started off in Vredendal on the West Coast as a teacher. Much of his formative experience as a student activist informed his new role of educator. Marius served as Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANC Western Cape from 1997 to 2004 for three consecutive terms His experience with rural communities and both mobilization and organizing departments made him the ideal candidate for the role of rural elections co-ordinator from 1995-1999. In 1999 he became provincial elections co-ordinator under the leadership of the provincial secretary. His primary role was that of strategy formulation and implementation, fulfillment of elections objectives and operations. He served on the Vredendal Municipal Council firstly in the role of Deputy-Mayor and then as Mayor from 1995-1998. In 1999 he became a Member of the Provincial Legislature for the ANC and went on to serve four respective portfolios. In 2001 he became the MEC (Provincial Minister) of Social Services and Poverty Alleviation in the Western Cape. After the 2004 National Elections he was deployed to a new portfolio as MEC (Provincial Minister) for Local Government and Housing Western Cape. In July 2005 he was deployed to take up position of MEC (Provincial Minister) for Transport and Public Works Western Cape and he served this position until August 2008 when he became Western Cape MEC (Provincial Minister) of Health. In May 2009 he was appointed to the National Parliament of The Republic of South Africa. Mr Fransman was appointed as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 2 November 2010. He was elected Chairperson of the African National Congress for the Western Cape Region on 12 February 2011.


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The third summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group of emerging nations took place in China. President Jacob Zuma addressed a plenary session where he thanked the other members and expressed how proud South Africa is to be a member of the new world order


A powerful new global link I

t is a great honour for South Africa to attend this third BRICS leaders’ meeting as a new member of this important mechanism. I wish to acknowledge with deep gratitude the personal efforts made by the distinguished leaders present here, to expedite South Africa’s membership of BRICS. Your various messages of congratulations and official statements on South Africa’s membership have been humbly but proudly received by the South African government and people. I thank you sincerely for this exceptional welcome into your midst. It may be recalled that just two decades ago, South Africa was still in the throes of its liberation struggle. Brazil, the Russian Federation, India and China firmly supported our quest for freedom. Today we have met as one, we have met as partners. This bears testimony to the evolving world. We are now equal co-architects of a new equitable international system. Such a new world order will be to the benefit of all humanity and aims at securing shared prosperity for all. What distinguishes each of the BRICS countries is the value and importance we attach to development. 53


We share the commitment of ensuring that our people benefit at the broadest level from global growth and that the benefits of economic expansion are shared equitably. South Africa and the African continent’s future prosperity is increasingly linked to the economies of BRICS, and this forum can decisively assist in tackling our development deficits. As you are aware, the BRICS countries in general have a large savings pool whereas the African continent is ready for large scale investments, particularly in infrastructure and manufacturing. Over the next ten years, Africa will need US$480-billion (R3.3-trillion) for infrastructure development, which should interest the BRICS business communities. Already, Africa is projected as the third fastest growing economy in the world, while the BRICS countries now constitute the largest trading partners of Africa and largest new investors. This economic relationship will be further strengthened as Africa forges ahead towards regional economic integration. This move will open up opportunities for more foreign direct investment and expanding trade relations with BRICS countries. With regards to South Africa specifically, we expect to benefit economically and politically from this important alliance. Our primary goal is to improve the lives of South Africans through the growth and development of the economy, which will in turn result in job creation, our primary focus areas especially this year. South Africa stands to benefit from the concrete projects of BRICS. These are in areas such as agriculture, science, statistics, development finance institutions, security and justice. As this is a dynamic relationship, more areas of cooperation will no doubt be added as we interact. We must emphasise that the relationship with our BRICS partners does not mean that relations with countries such as the US and the broader North have become less important. The European Union and Europe also remain South Africa’s most important economic trading partners, accounting for approximately 40% of its exports, as well as 70% of foreign direct investment. We value these relationships with the developed North too.

Alassane Ouattara, should be given an opportunity to lead the country. It is important that work begins without delay towards normalising the situation and to unite the Ivorian people. At the end of this year, South Africa will host the 17th Conference of Parties (COP) meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. We are working towards the implementation of the COP 16 decisions in Durban, and are aiming for a realistic outcome in the short time available, while not raising any unrealistic expectations. We firmly support an equitable and legally binding outcome to be reached by parties participating in the climate change negotiations. I also have the honour to co-chair, with Her Excellency Tarja Halonen, the President of Finland, the UN secretarygeneral’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability. We have no choice as nations of the world. We must confront the climate change challenge head on for the sake of

sustainable development and future generations. With regards to equitable international trade, we join the call for the conclusion of the Doha Development Round, and will continue engaging for a developmental round. We are optimistic about progress in many areas of cooperation, because we in BRICS share a common view on the need to work together to change the world for the better. There is unity of purpose in our diversity and this is what renders this mechanism unique and increasingly influential. Naturally each country is responsible to its own citizenry, but we further share a collective accountability now to the global community and notably the emerging market and developing economies component thereof. Once again, let me reiterate the honour of the Republic of South Africa and its people on becoming a member of this important group of countries.


We recognise the developed North’s continued dominance, but it is important to also acknowledge the rising importance of the giants of the South and the value thereof, for a developing economy like ours. As you are aware, the African Union (AU) has put forward a road map towards a viable political solution to the Libyan situation. The roadmap calls, amongst others, for the cessation of all hostilities, implementation of political reforms to eliminate the causes of the current crisis, and an inclusive dialogue among the Libyan parties. While Libyan Leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi accepted the road map and has agreed to work with the AU towards a solution, we must still work further with the opposition groups to gain their understanding and cooperation. We appreciate the support of the BRICS countries of this AU initiative. With regards to Cote d’Ivoire, the AU had taken a position that the recognised winner of the elections, Mr


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businesses. The fact that South Africa became a formal member of the BRICS group of nations opened up many opportunities for South African business. Daryl Swanepoel, responding to Deputy Minister Fransman’s notion that South African business should involve themselves in the BRICS markets, said that the PBF in 2008 deliberately decided to focus on these countries. The PBF has already led a number of delegations to China, India and Brazil. In addition the PBF is also promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment between African countries and South Africa. The Minister highlighted and supported the important role the PBF plays in the South African business environment by saying “the notion of progressive business is a comforting one as the immense challenges that we face as a nation requires a different

approach from all of us. This is especially true of business in a global climate that has put immense strain on most sectors of our economy and impacted our ability to radically ramp up job creation as envisaged in the New Growth Path.” A vibrant question-and-answer session followed where guests asked the Deputy Minister probing and frank questions on topics concerning the upcoming elections, growing business in South Africa and the development plans for South Africa’s vulnerable citizens, to which he responded effectively. Finally the Chairperson of the NCOP, Mninwa Mahlangu gave the vote of thanks and the Programme Director closed the official proceedings. A networking session followed over hot snacks. <


n 18 April 2011 the ANC Progressive Business Forum hosted a cocktail and networking session at the Cape Sun in Cape Town. The main speaker at this event was Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, and ANC Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman. The PBF was also honoured by the attendance of the Chair and Deputy Chair of the NCOP, Mninwa Mahlangu and Thandi Memela. The proceedings were opened by Daryl Swanepoel, PBF Co-Convenor and Programme Director for the evening. The welcome address was delivered by Renier Schoeman, PBF C-Convenor. Minister Fransman then gave a speech covering not only the upcoming elections, but also his activities at the recent BRICS summit, and the implications for South African







Why we need the Carbon Emission Tax The new Carbon Emission Tax is proving to be a sting in the tail of a big vehicle purchase. Clean energy expert, Johan van den Berg, explains why the tax is necessary.





rom September 1, 2010, South African buyers have been paying an ad valorem CO2 emissions tax on new passenger vehicles. The emissions tax initially applies to passenger cars, but will be extended to commercial vehicles in time. New passenger cars will be taxed based on their certified CO2 emissions. Any new passenger vehicle with a CO2 rating of above 120g/km will attract a tax of R75 for every g/km over that value. This can mean an extra payment of anything between R750 and R25 000 on a normal new car, depending on how efficient and/or expensive it may be.

Climate change

Climate change (or global warming) is generally accepted to be the greatest environmental challenge faced by humankind and other species. The tiny particles that are emitted when we burn coal, gas, oil or petrol find their way to the upper atmosphere where they can stay for decades. The earth cannot normally radiate the heat it absorbs from the sun back into space as these particles act like a blanket or mirror and trap the heat – thus the socalled “greenhouse effect”. The consequences of climate change include more volatile climate with extreme events like floods, crop failures, sea level rise, increased surface temperatures, species loss, loss of human habitat/environmental refugees, and the spread of tropical diseases like malaria to new areas. The possible solutions to the problem include more efficient energy usage (like cars that run further per tank) and/or the increased use of cleaner/ renewable energy like solar or wind power that does not emit carbon dioxide as a by-product of electricity

generation, for example, as a coal-fired power plant does. Because people typically are under the impression that they make almost no contribution to the problem and can do almost nothing to mitigate it, collective action is required. The legal instruments that aim to achieve these goals are broadly grouped into “command and control” legislation and market-based incentive schemes. These can be likened to the “carrot” and “stick” approaches. On a broader level, both these initiatives can be driven either internationally or nationally. International rules are created by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. These rules determine the obligations of various countries that have signed up. The countries then ensure they can comply with their obligations by creating national rules that will hopefully combine to reach the country’s target.

with fossil fuel energy. It will further create an investment signal that may lead to increased investment into renewable energy. The vehicle tax is thus just one of many such measures that will develop in the future as governments strive to move their economies to a low-carbon model that mitigates climate change. Each consumer will benefit in the end as doing something about climate change in the long run will be far cheaper than doing nothing.

South Africa’s regulations

Carbon emissions regulations in South Africa are only taking shape now. While the vehicle tax is already in place, a carbon tax on electricity use has been also been mooted that will impact on the effective price of grid electricity and thus on the production costs of manufactured goods, especially energy-intensive goods like aluminum. Such products effectively cause a disproportionate percentage of pollution by the energy generator (Eskom). Previously, the cost was passed on to the environment and thus effectively the total population that has to bear the cost of the pollution. The tax will force the ‘internalisation’ of pollution costs into the product and make it easier for renewable energy to compete

Renewable energy expert, Johan VAN DEN BERG practised as an advocate specialising in environmental dispute resolution. Since 2002 he has been working in climate change, carbon finance and renewable energy. He is presently CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association and a Director of CDM Africa Climate Solutions, a company he founded in 2004.

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LASHER BOWSAW 51,95 22,95 SKU: 9129804 BOSCH108,95 GARDEN HOSE -SKU:Rooftiles NT & PREMIXES530mm STEEL SECTION BUILDING PRODUCTS 65,95 924554 63,95 2,1m (2,688m 2 ) & SKU:LINTELS 1210 292,95 pack of 20 6,0m SKU: 19160 92,95 per20,95 length 25 x•25 • 1,6mm/6m SKU: 475 86,95 per length CHROME LEATHER PSB70 16,95 + Fittings 3,6m • SKU: 1051 IMPORTED 2 ) SKU: 1240 333,95 CHROME LEATHER 600mm • SKU: 924550 74,95 2,4m (3,072m pack of 20 6,6m SKU: 19166 110,95 per length BRICKS IMPACT DRILL GLOVES ROUND BAR/REROD 20m x 12mm 8,95 Is to buy large loads directly GARDEN FORK 82,95 GLOVES FENCING 90 Degree 50 x 1,6mm KEYLESS CHUCK SKU: 906142 ADJUSTABLE WRENCH 50mm • Candy Stripe 750mm • SKU: 924551 86,95 8mm/6,0m (2,5kg) SKU: 461 23,95 SKU: 8805 SKU: 9129805 38 x 114 250mm 8,95 4,2m • SKU: 1061 delivered from the supplier. 700 W SKU: 999160 300 mm SKU: 922004 147,95 SKU: 912610 129,95 SKU: 971113 10mm/6,0m SKU: 462 34,95 Grade • 64mm(3,9kg) 54,95 per length No handling feeGALVANISED applies.20,95 100,95 WIRE KNOTTY PINE • 1stBRICKS 124,95 SKIRTING &22,95 CORNICES 76,95 715,95 8 GGE • 4,0mm • 5kg 1,2m (1,536m 2 ) SKU: 1120 N70,95 - WE’VE CHECKED! 4,8m • SKU: 1071 SKIL 12mm/6,0m (5,6kg)packSKU: 463 51,95 166,95 of 20 per length SKU: 425 SCOTIA PINE CHROME HARDWOOD PLANER CHROME LEATHER 119,95 32/3,0 WHEELBARROWS 1,8m (2,304m 2 ) SKU: 1180 250,95 pack of 20 78,95 per length LEATHER PUBLIC HOLIDAYS QUADRANT 1555AA • 550 W 77,95 per roll CABLE TIES SKU: 2153 GLOVES SKU: 9741122 GLOVES LASHER 18/3,0 CONCRETE 2 ) SKU: 1210 292,95 RIVET GUN 6,0m • SKU: 1091 T30R (PP100) We are open for business everyday, 2,1m (2,688m pack of 20 DPC UT YELLOW 92,95 per length BRICKFORCE • (2,0mm)/15m WINDOW SECTION 250mm SKU: 2038 WHEELBARROW EL SECTION 50mm BUILDING PRODUCTS & LINTELS 46,95 GARDEN FORK Heavy Duty SKU: 912739 119,95 161,95 except on the following holidays:RF7 • (8,6 kg) SKU: 8890210 14,95 654,95 NSABS 100U 1,5m • SKU: 10665 SKU:•912610 SKU: 476163 82,95 SKU: 912609 2 per length 2,4m (3,072m ) SKU: 1240 333,95 pack ofSKU: 20 883 75mm/150mm • SKU: 450/2 20,95 per roll 110,95 per length LASHER GALVANISED WIRE BOWSAW BLADES 14,95 GALVANISED WIRE 335,95 Sat 1 January - New Year’s 10GGE Day – Closed PINE 159,95 per length T50R (PP100) 76,95 • 3,15mm • 5kg 51,95 ROUND BAR/REROD RUBBER DUST BIN 8 GGE • 4,0mm • per 5kgroll 100mm • SKU: 451 20,28 Sun 2 January -924583 Public Holiday – Closed 164,95 530mm • SKU:CAMEO 16,95 SKU: 426 STAPLE GUN SKU: 8890211CONCRETE 20,95 NDAL SATIN BLEND TRAVERTINE FBA QUADRANT BLOCK MB140 PINE SKIRTING PINE CLEAT SKU: 425 CHROME SQUARE BAR Heavy Duty Fri 22 April - Good Friday – Closed GREEN DIRECT GLOVES SKIL 32/3,0 YARD • SKU: 2143 per 1000 YARD per127,95 1000 DIRECT per 1000 DIRECT YARD 8mm/6,0m (2,5kg) SKU: 461 23,95 75/3,0 32/3,0 25/3,0 BRICKFORCE • 75mm • SABS Approved per roll 600mm • SKU: 924584 17,95 LEATHER 9515111099412 T50I (PP100) Sun 8 May - Mother’s Day – Closed SKIRTING 204mm • 1009892 Double Lined1009891 309,95 SKU: SKU: 1009014 & CORNICES 1009015 SKU: SKU: 2148 JIGSAW SKU: 2108 77,95SKU: per 2043 roll 10mm/6m • 1099518 (4,7 kg)SKU:SKU: 476152 47,95 44,95 SKU: 912614 SKU: 8890212 35,95 Sun 25 - Christmas Day – Closed 4003AA • 380 WGLOVES (2,8mm)/20m SKU: 4522 42,95 per roll 10mm/6,0m (3,9kg) SKU: 462 34,95 750mm •December SKU: 924585 20,95 FLAT BAR • 6,0m per length 170,95 ONTEIN 3410 TWEEFONTEIN 2680 MOLOTO 43,95 60,95 30,95 SCOTIA3700 PINE Mon 26 December - Day of Goodwill – 2450 Closed HARDWOOD9530 50mm Bow Handle PICK HEAD 9470 108,95 SKIL per length length STOCK BERGENDAL SATIN BLEND CAMEOper TRAVERTINE FBA per length SKU: 972111 CONCRETE 32/3,0 CLAY SKU: 912609 BLOCK MB140 202500 x 5,0mm • (4,7kg) SKU: 485 58,95 QUADRANT 12mm/6,0m (5,6kg) SKU: 463 BRICKS 51,95 C&D • 3kg SIYABUSWA 2730 GALVANISED WIRE BOLT CUTTER ANGLE GRINDER per 1000 T YARD SKU: 2153 per 1000 DIRECT YARD per 1000 DIRECT YARD per 1000 DIRECT YARD SKU: 882 DIRECT 18/3,0 YARD 226,9551,95 9780AA SKU: 922155 10GGE • 3,15mm • 5kg x 5,0mm SKU: 486 64,95 2570 2800 SKU: 1009892SKU: 2038 1009891 5 1009516 SKU: MOLOTO 1099164 25PEG 1099109 SKU: 450 mm1009014 1009015 SKU: 1099518 1099412 STAY• (5,9kg) & SCREWS SILVER STAY 46,95 SKU: 426 2000 W 139,95 SKU: 9071206 2400 X 38 ROOFING per length WATER TANK 354,95 SKU: 974237 GREEN GLOVES MOLOTOCONCRETE9470 IRON • 6,0m 0 1760 TWEEFONTEIN 1460 200mm 1570 TWEEFONTEIN ANGLE 3410 3700 TWEEFONTEIN 2450 2680 9530 14,95 SKU: 448 LINTELS 127,95 per roll GARDEN PRUNING SHEARS DPC UT YELLOW •42,95 (2,0mm)/15m per length BRICKFORCE 15,95 204mm • Double Lined RAZOR WIRE COVER STRIP IMPORTED PICK HEAD DOUBLE ROMAN CONCRETE ROOF TILES 817,95 UNDER TILE FLASHING 150/2,4m 25 x 3,0mm • (6,7kg) SKU: 490 71,95 CORRUGATED IRON SHEETS • Z100 ISQ550 0 1680 SIYABUSWA 1510 1690 SIYABUSWA 2500 2730 the colour of advertised products may differ from that of the actual products in-store. SKU: 912614 NSABS 100U • 1,5m • SKU: 10665 Flatwrap 5batches, PINE SKIRTING PINE CLEATRed • Black • Terracotta • Brown SKU: 9550 0,610 x 3,0m COLD CHISEL HARDWOOD C&D • 3kg 47,95 250mm SKU: 9071207 1,8m Galv • 0,4 x 225mm Z160 0,27mm/ 75mm/150mm • SKU: 450/2 20,95 per roll HARDWOOD 500mm 25 x 5,0mm • (10,6kg) SKU: 491 117,95 75/3,0 SKU: 886 32/3,0 SKU: 5719 25/3,0 45 x 10/3,0 0 1810 MOLOTO 1560 1690 MOLOTO 2570 2800 108,95 per 1000 DIRECT 18,95 YARD ABLE IN SELECTED STORES SKU: 2275 73,95 per length 159,95 SKU: 442204 86,95 SKIRTING SKU:2008 923103 63,95 DPC ROLLS SKU: 2148 SKU: 204320 x 250 SKU: 2108 SQUARE TUBING SKU: Various TIMBER 0,27mm/ 100mm • SKU:SKU: 451 20,28 per roll 31,95 150/3,0m0,610 x 3,6m 75/3,0x•40m SKU: 2048 123,95 NSABS 170U x 150mm 0 LOWEST DENNILTON 1450 1570 254,95 per roll 60,95 25 x 250 SKU: 923104 67,95 SKU: 2277 88,95 per length 43,95 9570 30,95 SKU: 9461 31,95 BAR 20SLIDING x 209000 • 1,6mm/6m SKU: 474 66,95 per length TWEEFONTEIN 7550 ESSQUARE PRICES ON CEMENT! STEEL TILE STAY AND SCREWS GUMPOLES per length KR STANDARD per length BRICKFORCE per length SKI ROPE 45,95 per length 0,27mm / 0,610 x 4,2m per length • 75mm • SABS20,95 Approved RIDGE ur local store fordue price. ARDEN HEDGE SHEARS WEB 108,95 se10mm/6m note that to different manufacturing processes, dates and batches, the of advertised products from that of the actual products in-store. 103,95 per length LASHER CONCRETE CCA PICK20,95 HANDLE 25 x 25 •7300 1,6mm/6m SKU: 475• 75/100 86,95 percolour length SIYABUSWA 6080 1800 •ANGLE SKU: 4440 may differ WATER TANK SKU: 2279 SKU: 476152 47,95 150mm SKU:Treated 9071213 ,95 per length • (4,7 kg) 10mm x 30m Burgundy WHEELBARROW 1,8m • SKU: 1001 1st Grade 0,27mm / 0,610 x 4,8m SKU:MOLOTO 916308 SKU: 5985 (2,8mm)/20m SKU: 4522 42,95 per roll 91,95 5700178mm6850 45,95 SKU: 9071209 35,95 SKU: 96301 ,95 per length ROSS ALUMINIUM LEVEL SKU: 2281 118,95 per length 394,95 ROOFING 36,95 2400 •78,95 SKU:955147 4441 TIMBER BARBED WIRE • Double 62,95 800mm SKU: 177,95 DENNILTON 6080 7300 270mm SKU:•9071210 44,95 ,95 per length 95 43,95 2,4m SKU: 1031 ROLLTOP RIDGE BOSCH CORR Strand • 2,0mm x 17.5kg BRICKS 58,95 IBRANGLE • ISQ5 UNDER TILE FLASHING BOSCH CORRUGATED IRON SHEETS • Z100 ISQ550 TIMBER 50 x 76 Z160 • Galvanised • 0,4 x 400mm GUMPOLES JIGSAW ,95 per length SHER HEDGE SHEARS • SKU: 4339 270m (LG)SABS GREEN 50,95 0,4 FH 0,76 SKU: 565 95 1,8m Galv • 0,4 LEAF x 225mm Z160 GRINDER 0,27mm/ 0,610 x 3,0m PST 680E • 500 W CCA Treated • 75/100 3,0m • SKU: 1041 AFRICAN RAKE 575,95 SKU: 612 HOE HEAD SKU: 5719 5 per length 3,6m SKU: 18136 54,95 per length ,95 per length per roll GWS20-230 SKU: 2275 73,95 per length 37,95 Bow1001 Handle CONCRETELEVEL 106,95 per•length SKU: 968224 ALUMINIUM SKU: 1,8m 0,4 FH 0,76 2000 W SKU: 9741112 0,27mm/ 0,610700g x 3,6m 65,95 31,95 62,95 5ANGLE per length IRON • 6,0m 4,2m HAND/LEFT SKU: 18142 61,95 per SKU: length965121 450mm 49,95 36,95 LINTELS SKU: 955150 RIGHT HAND SKU: 614 SKU: 9741119 SKU: 22771051 HARVEY ROOF 88,95 per length 19,95 3,6m • SKU: TILES STEEL TILE 476,95 FIBREGLASS ECONOSPAN 0,4 FH 0,76 GARDEN HOSE • (6,7kg) HANDLE 150/2,4m CONCRETE ROOF 25 3,0mm SKU: 490 POLY 71,95 BARBED WIRESKU: • WITH Single CONCRETE ROOF 1100g 68,95 0,27mm81,95 / 0,610 x 4,2m 5R25 per x 4,8m 18148 per SKU: length965122 1152,95 2,4m • SKU: 1031 ALLEN KEY SET ANGLE RIDGE Green onlength SKU: 616 82,95 SKU: 9550 SCREW & BUSH Strand • 1,6mm x 845m Black SKU: 7031 64,95 WHEELBARROW SKU: 2279 103,95 per length TAPERED RIDGE V 1,8m RIDGE• SKU: 1061043 92,95 1,5 to 10 mm Burgundy 0,4 FH 0,76 SKU: 300007 4,2m • SKU: 1061 5,0mm • (10,6kg) SKU: 491 117,95 525per xlength SKU: 9071201/2 6,0mSTEEL SKU: 18160 88,95 per length BARBED WIRE • Double 50,95 hopping Various colors Various colors 0,27mm / 0,610 x 4,8m LASHER RAKE SKU: 5985 Burgundy SKU: 7035 64,95 86,95 SKU: 9169450 SKU: 620 Clear, Green DPC ROLLS 408,95 SKU: Various SKU:3,0m Various• SKU: 1041 129,95 Strand • 2,0 mm x 17.5 kg KNOTTY PINE • 1st Grade • 64mm665,95 SKU:100,95 2281 118,95 per length per roll18166 100,95 16 Tooth • Heavy Duty 19,95 5 6,6m SKU: per length uinper length 0,4 FH 0,76 3,0m • SKU: Various 155,95 150/3,0m STANDARD Y NSABS 170U x 150mm x 40m 78,95 Green SKU: 7038 64,95 28,95 SKU: 885 270m (LG) • SKU: 4339SKU: 622 2 ) ROLLTOP 4,8m • SKU: 1071 39,95 44,95 1,2m (1,536m SKU: 1120 166,95 pack of 20 SKU: 9570 RIDGE CORR SKU: 9461 HOE HANDLE 1850m (3,7kg) 65,95 95 320/29.per length 3,6m • SKU: Various 185,95 IBR •SKU: ISQ550 440 Z160 WATER STOCK TANK1,8m 100,95 • Galvanised • 0,4 x 400mm 575,95 per roll 2FENCING 119,95 First Grade SKU:BLEND 96401 52,95TOWN MK Hardware is 100% MK Hardware aims 3,6m • SKU: 1051 (2,304m ) Z160 SKU: 1180 250,95 pack of 20 CEMENT BRICKS CLAY STOCK BRICKS BERGENDAL SATIN TRAVERTINE FBA CONCRETE BLOCK MB140 0,4 FH 0,762 x 3,6m IN CAMEO 108,95 SKU: 565 20,95 2500L VER 45kg 95 perLPDE length RED COMMUNICATION ALL EVERYDAY PRICESperARE THE LOWEST - WE’VE CHECKED! 6,0m • SKU: 1091YARD 103,95 each150,95 1000with DIRECT YARD per 1000 black DIRECT per 1000 OUR DIRECT per DIRECT YARD per 1000272 CODE DIRECT YARD 2 ) SKU:YARD Supplier • Building Material SKU: 612 per1000 sheet Of: owned hardware retail to formalise partnerships the 2,1m (2,688m 1210 292,95 pack of 20 82,95 00 - SKU: 13:00 SKU: 1009515 1009516 1099164 1099109 SKU: 1009891 SKU: 1009014 1009015 SKU: 1099518 1099412 ANISED WIRE 106,95 per length SKU: 58501 1999,95 161,95 0,41009892 FH 0,762 x 4,2m SABSthat TIMBER 38 114 2) x 4,2m • SKU: 1061 BARBED WIRE • Single (3,072m SKU: 1240 333,95 pack of 20 supplies building materials stakeholders in TWEEFONTEIN the construction SKU: 614 175,95 per sheet 2450 TWEEFONTEIN 2,4m 1710 1760 TWEEFONTEIN 1460 1570 3410 3700 TWEEFONTEIN 2680 MOLOTO 9470 9530 Strand CHECKED! • 1,6mm x 845m • Radiant Lighting Selected Zone 23a 3,6m SKU: 19136Zone54,95 23a ALL OURPINE EVERYDAY PRICES ARE THE LOWEST Distributors IN TOWN - WE’VE KNOTTY • 1st Grade • 64mm per length products may not be available in all stores 0,4 FH 0,762 x 4,8m 95SIYABUSWA 100,95 CONCRETE ROOF CONCRETE ROOF and related products directly industry by bringing exceptional SKU: 300007 1620 1680 SIYABUSWA 1510 1690 SIYABUSWA 2500 2730 SKU: 200,95 per sheet 4,8m • SKU: 1071 RAKE BRICKS 2 616 1120 166,95 5MOLOTO TAPERED RIDGE VRUBBER RIDGE (1,536m pack of 20 4,2m to SKU: 19142 70,95 per length SKU: 9991511 FLAT SHEETING 0,4 )FHSKU: 0,762 x 6,0m 1760 1810 MOLOTO 1560 1690 MOLOTO 2570 2800 • Steel & customers throughout the quality, lowest priced1,2m building 665,95 per roll ANISED WIRE BIRD NETTING RTING & colors CORNICES • Protective Clothing Various Various colors 5DENNILTON 2 0,4mm CQ • 0,925 x 1,8m SKU:) 620 250,95 900 xand 13mm associated x 0,71mm/5mm 1,8m (2,304m SKU: 1180 250,95 pack ofper 20 sheet 119,95 4,8m country. 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With some of the worst disasters witnessed in recent times, coupled with political instability on the African continent, how prepared is South Africa for major disaster?


hen major earthquakes hit the small island nations of Haiti in early 2010 and Japan the following year, the rest of the world watched on in shock at the extent of humanitarian and economic loss suffered by the two nations. But it is natural disasters such as these and others around the world that help raise peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awareness at how crucial proper disaster management systems are for when natural or man-made disaster hits.


Due to its location and climate, South Africa may seem immune from the damage of major natural disasters such as tropical cyclones, tornadoes and earthquakes. However in just the period of December 2010 to January 2011, South Africa experienced disasters in 8 of the 9 provinces which were affected by storms, lightening, drought or flooding. The ministry of Co-operative Governance reported that close to 100 people died in these natural disasters in the same period

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Thousands of people were displaced after xenophic violence erupted in May 2008.


economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide, the earthquake in Haiti caused a total estimated R56 billion in damages with losses amounting to 120% of Haiti’s 2009 GDP. It was further estimated that at least R75 billion would be needed to rebuilt the Caribbean island. In Japan, 3000 people died despite the fact that the earthquake-prone country was one of the world’s best prepared to handle earthquakes.

Waters rose to dangerous levels on Pretoria’s roads during heavy rainfalls in January 2011. with close to 15 000 houses damaged and the number of injured people reaching 321. While these numbers are disturbing, we have seen how the impact of a disaster can sometimes be catastrophic. Just in Haiti, tens of thousands of people died when the quake struck. The cholera outbreak that followed killed a further two thousand. According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which provides

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And Australia, which faces similar natural hazards to South Africa such as droughts, fires and floods was hit by a series of floods in the states of Queensland and Victoria from December 2010 to early 2011. Thirty five people died and thousands were forced to evacuate from the area. It’s been estimated that it will take months to rebuild infrastructure damaged by the waters. To lessen the impact of such natural disasters, all countries across the globe are encouraged to implement international policies, such as the Hyogo Framework of Action. The framework has been adopted by member states of the United Nations and aims to build the resistance of nations and communities to disaster as well as reducing losses that can hinder a country’s development by the year of 2015. These international strategies work along with regional and national policies to ensure each country’s preparedness in responding to disasters. In South Africa, how these disasters are dealt with, is set out in the Disaster Management Act of 2000, the Act recognizes and makes provision for the various risks and disasters that can occur with a focus on avoiding and

When an earthquake hit the Caribbean nation of Haiti much of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed with an estimated R75 billion needed to rebuild.

Officials scan people for radiation in Japan after the powerful earthquake damaged a nuclear reactor, triggering fears of radiation leaks.

Access to fresh water is one of the primary challenges in disaster management.

National state departments such as Water Affairs, Environment, Health and Social Development are each required to prepare a disaster management plan particular to its role and responsibilities in terms of emergency response and post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation. The responsibilities of local government (the provinces and municipalities) are similar to that of the national departments, but will also require that each province or municipality anticipate the types of hazards that are likely to occur in their own particular location. Local government is also responsible for helping with emergency preparedness, contingency plans and emergency procedures in the event of a disaster. How this works in practice, Sethusha gives the recent droughts in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape as an example. In such an event the Centre acts as a coordinator and rallies together resources across the departments to ensure immediate response and intervention to the

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reducing losses. The Act also lays out the duties and responsibilities of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) which is the main functional unit for disaster risk management nationally. The acting head of the centre, Modiegi Sethusha, explains that the centres core responsibilities lie in promoting the development and implementation of a integrated disaster risk management, as well as coordinating, guiding, and developing frameworks for government disaster risk management policy and legislation and their implementation. The centre also aids with the working together of the various organs of state in the event of an emergency. This cooperation between the different sectors is crucial to establishing effective disaster management efforts. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, under which the NDMC falls, not only develops national policies and legislation with regard to provinces and local government, it is also responsible for monitoring the implementation of various legislations including the Disaster Management Act. The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will also aid with the coordination of support and will play an oversight role over local and national government spheres in implementing the Act.




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The tsunami that was triggered by the earthquake in Japan swept away cars, ships and buildings.

affected communities. Some incidents can be managed by the particular province with perhaps only technical support from the Centre required. Each province she explains, must be aware of their particular threats they face, Mpumalanga, North West and Free State for example are vulnerable to veld fires while the Western Cape is particularly vulnerable to heavy rains. As a result each of these provinces is expected to remain vigilant in responding to those threats. Not many people are aware of the role that the civil society plays in responding to disaster locally and internationally. Non Government Organisations (NGOs), charities and the private sector are also important stakeholders in managing disaster. The Gift of the Givers Foundation, one of the largest disaster relief organizations in Africa, sent teams of search and rescue specialists to Haiti last year to help victims of the earthquake. And the NGO Rescue South Africa assigned rescue teams to Japan accompanied by fire service members from various metros. The work that these rescue teams is often seen as evidence of the country’s skill and capacity in responding to natural and other disasters. For the current financial year, the NDMC was allocated a budget of R1.850 billion to do various relief work. These funds are transferred to the municipalities and provinces for immediate humanitarian relief. R254 million is allocated to prevention and mitigation with R600 million going to post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation. Training and research generates and spreads information about disaster risk management issues, to encourage disaster management as a career option. R2 million has been awarded to study bursaries. But ultimately, whether the country is prepared for a natural disaster of the magnitude of Haiti or Japan, is dependent on many factors, ranging from legislation and its proper implementation as well as proper communication and cooperation between the different stakeholders. As to whether we are prepared, Sethusha's answer points to team work and proper planning.“The country’s readiness is dependant on the amount of work we put in towards disaster/ risk reduction measures and the nature and magnitude of the incident that might occur,” she says.



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Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan

Once an activist, always an activist Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is the master of reinvention, but no matter what role he plays in our political history, he remains a committed activist


economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) once put it: “Monetary policy can pretend to be close to science if it can be conducted using simple and robust rules. The rules can be formal, or informal. They may not be perfect, but they have to be robust, i.e. to do well especially when things are bad. “Monetary policy must be closer to art if it is frequently confronted to new, poorly anticipated and poorly understood contingencies. In that case, each of these contingencies requires fast thinking and having to make decisions, not fully based on existing research but rather on well trained intuition.” Though Blanchard was talking about monetary policy, the point applies to economic policy making in general. Blanchard’s formulation also explains Gordhan’s approach to his work. Born in Durban on April 12 1949 to a Gujurati-speaking family, Gordhan’s political journey began at Sastri College, the high school where Indian Congress leaders got their academic grounding. He cut his political teeth in student politics in the early 1970s, where he quickly grasped the difference between romantic political idealism and hard pragmatism (I have heard him refer to himself as a progressive pragmatist), a lesson that continues to shape his work today. After graduation, Gordhan worked at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban for seven years as a pharmacist, a job that provided him with the necessary cover to engage in political activity. A number of lessons from his struggle days continue to inform his approach to his work today. As an underground operative, for example, he learned to marshal often meager resources to achieve his objectives,


various ways; the point is to change it.” “Some of the best business leaders are activists. What is good about them? They have a passion, insight, a strategic head. They have the ability to innovate, and the ability to mobilize people around their particular idea, the ability to get down to the production level and learn from it,” Gordhan once said. The above statement is as good a description of Gordhan as you will ever get. Activism is not the only trait though that has helped Gordhan navigate through life. His science training continues to shape his approach to tasks at hand. In the run-up to the tabling of the 2011/12 national budget in parliament, Gordhan asked for a schema of his speech. That was the scientist’s approach to speech writing: always breaking the whole into its constituent parts and then putting them together again. A pharmacist by background, Gordhan seems to approach all challenges this way. Even when he explains an idea to you, he breaks it down into its components and writes it out as if it were a scientific formula. It is a trait that Trevor Manuel, Gordhan’s predecessor and a man who also knew him during the struggle days has also picked up. Says Manuel of Gordhan: “Pravin’s razor-sharp mind operates in this truly unique way that allows him to take a problem, however complex, and then to dice-and-slice it not to shift the problem out of focus but to solve it – having reduced it to a few simple component parts. This is not an attribute that I have witnessed in anybody else.” But to reduce Gordhan’s approach only to that of a scientist would be half the story. His approach is much more than that. It is indeed part art, part science. As Olivier Blanchard, the chief


he protocol that accompanies the post of the Finance Minister seems to be something of a constraint for Pravin Gordhan the activist. Recently, I watched him address a gathering of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg. Judging by his reaction, the setting must have triggered memories of his activist days when he used to mobilise communities to agitate for their basic needs, an approach he once described as a way to ‘connect with the masses’. That day in Soweto, Gordhan did indeed connect with the masses. Free from the tradition-bound task of delivering budget speeches, he was in his element. Though I did not accompany him when he campaigned for the ruling party in the runup to the municipal elections, his face was always bright and there was a twinkle in his eye when he described his experiences on the campaign trail. If he had his way, he would spend more time gathering intelligence from the coal face of public service delivery. Gordhan the activist lives on in the Finance Minister. This is not to suggest that Gordhan does not enjoy his job as Finance Minister, for he is a master of reinvention especially when it comes to his poitical career. The 62 years that Gordhan has spent on this planet can be packaged neatly into seven phases; student activist, emergent political activist, underground operative, peace negotiator, parliamentarian, taxman, and now Finance Minister. He has transformed seamlessly from the one to the next and the activist in him is the common thread that runs through all seven phases. Gordhan is the embodiment of Karl Marx’s comment that “philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in


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an approach that partly explains why he is the champion of frugality and of the state doing more things with less. As a change agent, a role in which he excelled as Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), Gordhan’s way of dealing with the process of change is informed by Appreciative Inquiry, an approached developed in the 1980s by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva. In essence, Appreciative Inquiry says that organisations will change in the direction in which they inquire. So if an organisation inquires into problems it will find problems, but if it appreciates the best in itself it will find more and more of what is good in itself which it can then use as the foundation upon which to build a future by accentuating the positive. How would Gordhan describe himself ? “I would call myself very much an organic person,” he says. “I’ve learnt my skills from others and from situations and from actual experience, on the one hand, and from reflection on situations and the experiences of others, on the other hand.”

Minister Pravin Gordhan helping shape the country’s Constitution. And it is only proper that the last word should go to his friend of more than 45 years Zak Yacoob, a Justice of the Constitutional Court: “Pravin has a sense of integrity which in my view is unsurpassed, a sense of fairness which I have always found unnerving and an understanding of the requirements of the moment which I have not seen before.” Those are the markers of an activist. <


Minister Pravin Gordhan with President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe after the 2011 Budget Speech.

Minister Pravin Gordhan as SARS Commissioner assisting taxpayers during Filing Season.

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ust over a month ago, South Africans headed to the polls to vote in what were the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth local municipal elections since the advent of democracy in 1994. This year young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 made up almost 30 percent of the total 23.6 million on the voters roll nationally. This is the same demographic that is facing issues of crime, HIV and unemployment and will, this Youth Month be called to remember the events of June 16 1976 and the contribution made by the class of 1976 in bringing about the collapse of the apartheid regime ultimately giving every citizen the right to vote. The high school students who marched on that day were opposing an order by the Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used 72

on an equal basis with English as the medium of instruction in secondary schools, an order the students could not accept as Afrikaans was seen as the language of the oppressor. The march began at various high schools in Soweto such as Moletsani, Naledi and Morris Isaacson High Schools and was to end at Orlando Stadium, where the students had planned to congregate. As planned the demonstration was initially peaceful with thousands of students in school uniform singing struggle songs and waving placards as they headed to their

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Africans were also shocked at the government’s actions. Thirty five years after that day, the man responsible for that picture was bestowed with national honours by President Jacob Zuma on April 28 of this year. Sam Nzima received the Order of Ikhamanga, which recognizes South Africans who excel in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport, and joins past winners such as jazz legend Hugh Masekela and novelist Alan Paton. According to Nzima, his photograph “tells the story of what happened. You don’t even need a caption to see that something terrible has happened,” he says of the photograph that ended his career as a photographer after he faced mounting hostility from the police for the attention his photograph garnered across the world. It is this iconic photograph that forms part of the entrance of the Hector Pieterson Museum. Although the painful politics of that time are well documented in the history books and inside monuments, the museum, located in Orlando West Soweto remains one of the best ways to experience and learn about


planned destination. When police learnt of the students plans they barricaded the route to Orlando Stadium. Chaos erupted when police fired shots into the crowds which resulted in panic, rioting and looting and further protests across the country’s townships. Along with Pieterson, almost 600 young students from various parts of the township died in skirmishes between students and police that followed. But as the first and youngest to be killed, and because of the powerful photograph taken of a dying Pieterson being carried by fellow student Mbuyisa Makhubo with his frightened sister Antoinette running alongside, Pieterson came to embody the tragedy of that day. At the time the photograph was undeniable proof to the rest of the world of the brutality of the apartheid police and caused outrage bringing down international condemnation on the Apartheid government. Many white South

The iconic photograph of Hector Pieterson with his sister Antoinette and Mbuyisa Makhubo at the entrance of the museum. 73

The exterior of the museum.

Memorial plaques at the museum, each representing a young person who lost their lives in the uprisings.

Police shooting at unarmed students in Soweto on 16 June 1976. the uprisings. The commemorative museum which was built in 2002 stands in the heart of where the uprisings took place and only a few hundred meters from where Pieterson (after whom the museum is named) fell after he was gunned down. Museum director, Kwezi Gule explains that the purpose of the museum is to educate visitors on the history of South Africa and its heritage and to get the local community involved the activities of the museum. From the outside the museum building is easy to miss, having been designed to blend in with the area. The building matches the 74

One of the featured photographs at the Hector Pieterson Museum.

neighbouring houses built with red bricks with corrugated iron roofing, typical of the township style of the 1950’s. The inside offers visitors a sensitive and heart rendering account of the events of June 16 1976. Words quoted throughout the memorial like pride, sacrifice and retribution used to describe the day echo throughout the building. Gule explains that the displays in the museums are meant to be viewed as a “singular narrative and installation” with various mediums such as photography, video footage, oral testimonies (you can hear an interview with charismatic student leader Tsietsi Mashinini) working together to tell of the social and political history of the youth of Soweto and their stories of bravery and courage shown on that day. The museum also features

Photographer Sam Nzima with his award winning photograph.



The memorial erected in honour of the students who marched on June 16 1.976.

the history and development of the township of Soweto and its cultural life. The underlying theme behind the museum is freedom, Gule says, he wants people to focus on the ideal of freedom as espoused in the 1995 Freedom Charter, “I want a gathering of people looking at the notion of freedom and whether we are living up to it,” he said in an interview last year. Activities planned at the museum this Youth Month include the annual commemoration of the uprising and wreath laying ceremony with a proposed march to the Orlando Stadium which was the original planned destination back in 1976. <

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Hector Pieterson Museum.


South Africa - Vietnam: A new PBF global linkage





Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

rom 9 – 13 November, an ANC Progressive Business Forum trade delegation led by co-convenor Renier Schoeman joined Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Minister of Water Affairs, on a visit to Vietnam with the Vietnam Water Industry Conference in Ho Chi Minh City. 13 people representing 8 interested companies from South Africa made up the delegation. The theme of the conference was “Green Technologies & Solutions for a Sustainable Water Industry” which ran over two days and was attended by over 250 companies from around the world, South Africa included. Amongst other issues the conference covered, water supply and resource management, monitoring and control, non-revenue water and water loss prevention, water quality and safety, investments and Partnership opportunities and new technological advances. The PBF delegation spent a very informative two days attending the conference. The third day was spent meeting Vietnamese companies and government officials as well as attending the inauguration of the Vietnam South Africa Joint Business Council where the Deputy Minister, Mr Schoeman and the active South African High Commissioner to Vietnam Mr. Super Moloi. The delegates agreed that enormous value had been created for them. The PBF was honoured with a dinner at the home of the Honorary Consul of South Africa to Ho Chi Minh City, Madame Lien on the last night. Speaking at the dinner, Renier Schoeman, PBF Co-Convenor said that the business linkages between SA and Vietnam were receiving high priority following the recent state visit to Vietnam by a delegation lead by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.







Visit to South Africa by the Vice President of Vietnam


Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria She brought with her about 38 members of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry from a range of businesses. The Deputy President of Vietnam’s program included an address to the Business Forum meeting hosted by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 3 May in Johannesburg, at which South African businesses, including a large number of PBF participants, met with the Vietnamese business people. The program also included a meeting with South African Deputy President

Motlanthe on 4 May 2011. The ANC’s Progressive Business Forum (PBF) organized Madame Doan’s visit to the La Motte wine Farm, on 2 May 2011 hosted kindly by the owners and invited subscribers of the PBF to attend and participate in the Business Forum meeting in Johannesburg on 3 May. The Vice President, during the lunch hosted by the PBF, extended an invitation to Dr Phosa, the TreasurerGeneral of the ANC, to visit Vietnam and bring a delegation of business people from South Africa to that country.



he Vice President of Vietnam, Madame Nguyen Thi Doan, visited South Africa from 30 April to 4 May this year. She was accompanied by her official delegation, including the Deputy Head of the Presidential Office of Vietnam; the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam; the Deputy Agriculture Minister of Vietnam; the Vice President of the Vietnam Women’s Union; the Chairwoman of the Vietnam Woman’s Entrepreneurs Council and a senior member of the Vietnam Communist Party’s Central Inspection Committee.

Deputy President and delegation with Mr Hein Koegelenberg of La Motte and Renier Schoeman at La Motte Wine Estate, Franschoek 80



Deputy President being received at the Union Buildings by Deputy President Motlanthe

Some Background The Vice Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit to South Africa, follows that of Deputy President Motlanthe to Vietnam last year. In November last year, the PBF organized a delegation of about a dozen South African business people to Ho Chi Minh City under leadership of South African Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi. The delegation attended a Water Conference and Exhibition held in Ho Chi Minh City from 10-12 November last year. During the visit of the South African delegation to Vietnam, Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi and the Co-Convenor of the PBF, Renier Schoeman, were invited speakers at the launch of the South Africa/Vietnam Business Council. Following closely on the Water Conference, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of Vietnam, Mr Le Duong Quang, brought a delegation to South Africa toward the end of November 2010. The Deputy Ministerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delegation included his Director-General of the Africa Division of his Department and a sixteen person business delegation representing various business fields. Amidst arrangements for meetings with South African business people in similar fields, the PBF invited the Deputy Minister and his delegation to attend a networking breakfast in Johannesburg at which the guest of honour was ANC Treasurer-General, Dr Mathews Phosa. Deputy Minister Le Duong Quang was warmly welcomed at the function and addressed the meeting in turn.


South Africa - India, 150 years





Chennai, India

he ANC Progressive Business Forum (PBF) travelled to Chennai, India, for a trade visit from 13 to 17 November 2010. Forty-two PBF companies joined the delegation, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor of Ethekwini, Cllr Logie Naidoo. The visit took place exactly 150 years from when the first Indians set foot in South Africa. These Indian poineers hailed from Chennai (then named Madras). To mark the occasion Deputy Mayor Naidoo unveiled a plaque in the city during the PBFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visit. The first day in India was spent sightseeing, and visiting the beautiful, historic buildings in nearby Tirukkalukkunram, Mammalapuram, such as cave temples, monolithic shrines, stone temples, and relief sculptured rock panels. On Tuesday 16 November, the first Indo-South Africa Trade and Investment Seminar, jointly organised by the PBF and the Confederation of Indian Industry, was held at the Park Sheraton Hotel in Chennai. The conference was addressed by a number of senior representatives from both countries, including Deputy Mayor Naidoo and the Principal Secretary, Industries Department of the Tamil Nadu Government, Rajeev Ranjan. During the business-to-business meetings scheduled for the afternoon, over 100 Chennai companies met with the South African companies in over 200 B2B meetings. In his opening remarks at the conference, the PBFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Co-Convenor, Daryl Swanepoel, stressed the importance of developing mutually beneficial trade and investment between the two countries. He said that the sort of trade and investment that South Africa seeks is trade and investment that is mutually beneficial to both economies. It is important that we create two-way traffic in terms of trade and investment, so that both sides of the equation benefit economically, that healthy trade balances are promoted, and that, through this trade and investment, we help to address the still unacceptably high levels of unemployment that both our nations face. He added that the sort of investment that South Africa seeks is investment that involves greater beneficiation of its considerable mineral and other resources prior to them leaving South African shores, and investment that creates jobs for the unemployed. On Wednesday morning, the State Bank of India hosted the South African delegation for a business breakfast.



PBF attends renewable energy expo


Chennai, India

rom 14 to 16 January the Progressive Business Forum took a trade delegation of PBF participants to the International Renewable Energy Expo and Conference in Chennai, India. The conference, which focussed on the growing opportunities in the field of renewable energy, provided an excellent chance for South African companies to investigate the industry and meet with their counterparts in India. Day 1 dealt with issues around wind energy, Day 2 focussed on solar energy and the final day saw lectures presented on bioenergy. Over 200 companies from around the world exhibited their products at the Expo, and the South African business owners spent a fruitful 3 days attending presentations and interacting with representatives of the exhibiting companies. 83

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Havana, Cuba The Cuban First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Antonio Carricarte, told the conference that, taking into account the current economic situation worldwide, commercial relations should be used as a means for the peoples’ development. South African Deputy Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, in his speech, congratulated Cuba on the successful congress that they recently held and from which a new leadership was elected and which resulted in a new socio-economic update process. He looked forward to a mutually beneficial relationship and cooperation between South Africa and Cuba. Deputy Minister Nene said that this second mission organized by the ANC PBF was evidence of South Africa’s commitment towards deepening the longstanding political and economic relations. “The business delegation from South Africa reflects the diversity of areas of cooperation South Africa hopes to enhance in the interest of both Cuba


Minister of MINCEX, also addressed the conference, prior to an extensive presentation on the Cuban economy by Dr Celia Labora, the Head of International Relations of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce. Ms Madrigal pointed to the Cuban offerings to South Africa of vaccines against different types of cancer, projects for the installation of hospitals, solar heaters, small hydroelectric power stations, and other products in the energy sector. Mr Swanepoel in his opening remarks said that in order to drive the process forward more effectively, the PBF has taken a decision to strengthen its international desk by setting up a Cuba-South Africa conduit, a line of communication directly with the Cuban Chamber of Commerce. He said that he was of “the firm belief the strengthening of this connectivity will make a significant contribution in turning the trade tide” between the two countries.


n association with the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, the ANC Progressive Business Forum (PBF) hosted a business forum and B2B session at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba on the 9th of May 2011. Forty PBF businessmen and – women travelled to the island state, accompanied by South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon Nhlanhla Nene. 120 Cuban companies joined the conference and participated in the lively B2B session. In the conference report compiled after the event it was established that an encouraging number of positive business contacts were made with good prospects for trade, investment and joint ventures. The President of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Ms Estrella Madrigal Valdes and the Co-Convenor of the PBF, Mr Daryl Swanepoel opened the conference in which Deputy Minister Nene and the Hon Antonio, Luis Carricarte Corona, Cuba’s Vice-

Deputy Ministers Nene (South Africa) and Carricarte (Cuba). 85

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and South Africa”, Deputy Minister Nene said. The Deputy Minister added that there was an opportunity to strengthen economic ties between the two countries and he believed that some tangible projects and investments would materialize from the engagements which took place between the South African delegation and their Cuban counterparts. Deputy Minister Nene said that the South African Government was also considering “options with regard to providing financial assistance to Cuba” and that he had been informed that a technical team would be visiting Cuba during the latter part of May during which visit the modalities of the financial assistance would be discussed with the relevant Cuban counterparts. The visit by the PBF to Havana took place in the wake of the National Congress’s approval for the updating of the Cuban economy, which presents new and stimulating opportunities for the Cuban business sector. The PBF delegates used the exploratory visit to familiarise themselves with these changes. A full and comprehensive overview was outlined to the delegation during their visit to ICAP at Friendship House on Tuesday, 10 May. It was not all work, fun was also had, with delegates visiting the Old Town of Havana, with it’s beautiful architecture and town squares, music-filled atmosphere, good food and of course, rum and Cuban cigars. A visit to the market saw many a Cuban artefact, Che Guevara t-shirt and cap, paintings and Cuban shirts (Guayabera) leave the Cuban island destined for South Africa. Flowing from the PBF’s visit to Cuba, the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, with the co-operation of the PBF, will attend SAITEX in Johannesburg during July.


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he late 1990’s saw trade between China and South Africa increase dramatically. And like any businessman worth his salt, Robin Xu spotted a business opportunity that he could not let pass. Since 1998, trade and investment relations between the two countries had developed at a rapid rate after the strengthening of diplomatic ties. “I could see clearly the yearly increase of trade volume,“ he says of the motivation behind his first shopping centre. Just last year, China was Africa’s biggest trade partner and now represents 10.4% of the continents total trade. It was shortly after noticing this trade trend in 2002 that Xu began with construction on the China Mall which is located in the industrial Crown Mines area. The shopping centre consists of 420 shops and enables independent traders to sell their imported wares

directly to the public. He bought the land at a time when the area was on a down slide, and had many others offering to sell him their land. But now because of his and others investment, the number of businesses in the area has increased and property prices have risen. Since the completion of China Mall in 2007, his business has grown to include the Wheel Shopping Centre in Durban and renovations are ongoing at the former High Gate Shopping Centre in Roodepoort, which has been renamed China Plaza, and will boast local chain stores along with Chinese traders. There are plans to expand to Cape Town and Nelspruit as well as to neighbouring countries. Xu is proud of the wide variety of products that make their way through his centre and the different kind of shopping experience that his centres offer. Customers, many who are

shop owners, travel from all over the country to buy goods in bulk to stock up their shelves. “We are attracting a lot of customers, as far as Kimberley, Durban and neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Lesotho,” he says of the people that visit his centre. He explains that because the products are imported directly from suppliers in China, the traders are able to keep their prices at a competitive level. Xu proudly recalls a visit by the first lady’s, Bongi Zuma, to the centre and being able to show her the quality and variety of the items on sale. Having been in the country for over 18 years, Xu considers South Africa as his second home. He first arrived in the country in the employ of a state-owned Chinese company and says the country was politically and economically, a very different place then. In 1996 he left that job to begin working as an entrepreneur.


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He credits the country’s political and economic stability for allowing him to build and grow a thriving business. And that it is because he believes that the country has progressed so much that foreign investors are willing to do business in the country. South Africa benefits too. Xu employs up to 200 people, from administrative and security to cleaning staff. He says he also plays his part in encouraging others to bring their skills and technology into the country. Even with the successes, Xu admits there is still work to be done in helping the Chinese community get better integrated in the local business environment. He encourages his shop keepers to learn about the countries labour laws, policies and regulations. And pushes others to employ locals, but admits that sometimes the language barrier remains a hindrance. These are the reasons, he explains that he joined the Progressive Business Forum (PBF). “If we want to enlarge our business we need a platform, we need local business societies,” he says about his decision, a year and a half ago, to become a member. As one of the first Chinese members to join the forum, he says he has benefitted from the experience of fellow business owners and the networking opportunities offered.

Robin Xu’s various shopping centres include China Mall in Crown Mines, China Plaza located in Roodepoort and the Wheel Shopping Centre in Durban. 90

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Tshwane, taking the bull by the horns The Tshwane municipality welcomes its new Executive Mayor Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa.


Meet the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa is the Executive Mayor of Tshwane and Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Tshwane Region. He also served as Tshwane’s Ward 51 Councillor between 2000 and 2005. He served in the leadership of the South African Students Congress (SASCO) and the ANC Youth League at the University of Durban-Westville. His qualifications include BSc Civil Engineering from the University of Durban-Westville, Master of Public Administration from the University of Pretoria, Master of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Stellenbosch. He is currently writing his PhD thesis on local government finance at the University of Pretoria.

He has extensive experience in corporate governance and served as the CEO of the Metropolitan Trading Company (MTC), an entity of the City of Johannesburg, and of the Johannesburg Market which is the largest fresh produce market in the world by volume. Mr Ramokgopa is the Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Trade Investment in Limpopo. He has been recognised for his sterling business leadership and has been voted the and the 2008 MTN Boss of the Year and the 2009 CEO of the Year (adjudicated by the Institute of People Management). He is also the 2010 Black Business Quarterly title bearer: Young Business Achiever of the Year. Growing up in Atteridgeville, he attended Seaparankwe Lower Primary School, proceeded to Patogeng Higher Primary School and finished at Hofmeyr High School. A keen soccer player as a young man, he was given the nickname Sputla for his skill and creative manoeuvring of a soccer ball. Still an avid sport enthusiast, he watches football, rugby, cricket and Formula 1 race driving and likes to attend live matches. Relaxation further includes reading up on economics and politics, and doing community work. His life motto is: “Live truthfully and you shall prevail against all adversity.” He has three sisters and four brothers and his parents, father Mothibi and mother Mamphaki, are pensioners.


This ushered in an executive type of city management aimed at streamlining decision-making and improving service delivery. On that day the various municipalities joined forces in breaking down the boundaries that had divided their land and people for so long. As a Category A municipality, the City of Tshwane had an executive mayor and 152 councillors, of whom 76 were proportionally elected and 76 were ward councillors. The first council meeting took place on 12 December 2000. In 2007 the City of Tshwane approved


n 5 December 2000 several municipalities and councils that previously served the Greater Pretoria Area were integrated into a new administration, the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. These were: Pretoria, Centurion, Akasia, Soshanguve, Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Winterveld, Hammanskraal, Temba, Pienaar’s River, Crocodile River, portions of the Eastern and Western Gauteng Services Council and the Eastern District Council. The new entity covered 2 198 km² and housed 2,2 million people.


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a plan to implement alternative service delivery, which saw Tshwane being divided into five regions so as to strengthen service delivery and ensure coordination. On 28 May 2008 the Member of the Executive Committee for Local Government and Housing in Gauteng published a directive in the Government Gazette through a section 12 notice that the City of Tshwane and the Metsweding District Municipality, including Dinokeng tsa Taemane (Cullinan) and Kungwini (Bronkhorstspruit), were to merge. This was in line with the Gauteng global city region strategy to reduce the number of municipalities in Gauteng to four or less metros by 2016. The new Tshwane is the single largest metropolitan municipality in South Africa, covering an area of 6 368 km². It has 105 wards, 210 councillors and about 2,5 million residents, and is divided into 7 regions, whose offices will eventually deliver a full spectrum of services to the wards within their boundaries. Tshwane is now also the third largest city in the world in terms of land mass, after New York and Tokyo/Yokohama. In his State of the City Address



on 8 March 2011, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, said that the TshwaneMetsweding merger would bring about many challenges, including the integration of systems, different organisational cultures, unequal levels of service, backlogs, increasing debt and incomparable collection levels. However, the merger would also bring a precious opportunity to diversify the revenue base, to include, for instance, ecotourism, minerals beneficiation, and urban farming, forestry and fishing. The additional land would allow the City of Tshwane to carry out more projects that require land, and to participate more meaningfully in agricultural activities,


|focus CITY which had been prioritised by President Jacob Zuma shortly before. The first Medium-Term Revenue and Expenditure Framework (MTREF) for the next three financial years for the new Tshwane was presented to Council on 28 April 2011, and on 19 May 2011, Day 1 of the merger finally arrived. The transition took place smoothly after hundreds of hours of work delivered behind the scenes by officials who were committed to ensure its success. 96

The merger is built on much more than geographic proximity. All the regions now share the mandate to render focused, dedicated and improved services to the community. The success of the merger will however depend largely on the financial durability of the new entity. This requires the National Treasury and the Gauteng Provincial Government to create funding in the form of a restructuring grant to bolster the realisation of the political rationale of

For the City of Tshwane the merger marks a new chapter, in which it will continue to be guided by its vision and mission: To position Tshwane as an internationally acclaimed African capital city of excellence that empowers the community to prosper in a safe and healthy environment, and to enhance the quality of life of all the people of Tshwane through a developmental system of local government and the rendering of efficient, effective and affordable services.


Interesting facts about Tshwane

• Tshwane is named after Chief Tshwane who settled here with his followers in the mid-1700s. Early African inhabitants of the area also referred to the area as Tshwane. • Tshwane has a diverse and rich natural, historical and cultural heritage. Its warm and pleasant climate makes it an ideal tourist destination all year round. It is also a leader in the fields of manufacturing, technology, electronics, defence design and construction. • As the capital of South Africa, Tshwane provides accommodation to more than 100 embassies, trade delegations, consulates and non-government organisations. This gives it a cosmopolitan flavour. • Besides being regarded as the knowledge centre of South Africa due to its impressive concentration of academic, research, technology and scientific institutions, the city is developing into a sports mecca owing to its extensive sports infrastructure and moderate climate. • Places that are worth visiting in Tshwane include the Union Buildings, the official seat of the South African government since 1913 and the place where the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, was inaugurated on 10 May 1994; the Palace of Justice, which was completed in 1900, but was initially used as a military hospital by British forces that occupied Pretoria at the time and decades later became the seat of the Supreme Court of South Africa and the place where Nelson Mandela and his co-accused would receive their sentences; and the State Theatre, the National Zoological Gardens and the Voortrekker Monument.


the merger. The first council meeting of the new City of Tshwane was held on Thursday 26 May 2011. This historic event included the election of the new Executive Mayor, the Speaker of Council and the Chief Whip. All councillors were sworn in after taking an oath or making an affirmation. This was followed by the election of the Members of the Mayoral Committee. The council meeting was preceded by a day-long induction and related activities so as to introduce councillors to council operations and systems. As for the workforce, the City of Tshwane has been working closely and will continue to work closely with all unions and employees to ensure that they are aware of all the planned changes. This includes providing employees with communication, technology and branding guidelines. A collective agreement to pave a smooth migration and placement of employees in terms of the merger was finalised in January 2011 by the Technical Steering Committee for the merger. The agreement will ensure that the new City of Tshwane will fulfil its mandate to ensure that communities are provided with effective, efficient and accessible services. The agreement will also regulate the terms and conditions of employees with a view to enhancing organisational effectiveness, create new service delivery models to minimise possible service disruptions and alleviate employees’ uncertainty.


Demystifying Tuberculosis Gerry Elsdon is a media personality and celebrity in South Africa where has a successful career as a media and public relations personality as well as a TV presenter. She talks frankly about how TB changed her life.





hen Glamour Girl Gerry was diagnosed with tuberculosis, she was flying high on her increasing popularity and media success and had just started hosting the African version of the popular reality show “Big Brother”. It was at this very moment that she suddenly fell ill. The first thing Gerry had to do was to locate a TB clinic in her district so she could start her 6-month treatment. Then she realized that even though it was only five minutes from her home, she had never heard of it because it was located into such a remote place. This was also at this time that she realized that TB was a disease that often remained hidden. Being confronted with the stigma associated with TB, especially in a country like South Africa where co-infection is frequent and some people suffering from TB are also infected with HIV, had a significant impact on her life. A personal battle with TB When her TB status became public, there were many rumours in the press that she was also living with HIV. But because Gerry was no ordinary TB patient but also a celebrity, she was asked to be on the cover of a popular women’s magazine with the headline: “The positive face of TB”. This was the turning point for Gerry. She realized that even though she was about to fully recover from the disease, she could not ignore the plight of the thousands of people in her country that were affected by TB. Because they are not celebrities, these people are even far more affected by stigma and discrimination, fuelling further infection since they mostly live in poorer areas just like the place Gerry came from originally.

“I grew up in a township near Cape Town”, she remembers. “This was at a place and a time when the work of the Red Cross impacted our lives. This work was crucial and fundamental and it certainly showed me the way. Organizations like the Red Cross creates activists just like me”, Gerry adds. Bringing the message worldwide Another key encounter for her was when she met with representatives of the Lilly multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB Partnership, an alliance of more than 20 public and private organizations (including the IFRC) that have combined forces to respond to the rapidly growing threat of MDR-TB. Thanks to Lily’s support, Gerry was able to bring her message abroad. We met with her during her short stop in Geneva before heading to Cancun, Mexico to participate in meetings with members of the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership from around the world. “Of course we need to lobby governments for them to do more to reduce TB infection and the stigma that goes with it. However, governments cannot do everything so we need to get the work done and this involves community members as well”, she says. Gerry especially believes more should be done in terms of the sharing of information amongst the most vulnerable groups and the necessity for people to get tested. “It is crucial to remember that one TB patient can infect 10 to 15 people so it is vital to get treatment and follow it until the end. After all, if treated on time, TB is curable so reaching the groups that are not left behind by mainstream information campaigns is key to limit infection”, explains Lasha Goguadze, the IFRC’s Senior Officer

in charge of the TB global programme who welcomed Gerry at the IFRC Geneva Secretariat. “Bringing psychosocial support and ensuring patients have enough food is also essential as this is another major part of the recovery process. These are some of the tasks Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers implement all over the world, including in South Africa”, he concludes.

TB activist, Gerry Elsdon is a media personality and celebrity whose determination to raise awareness for tuberlulosis has highlighted the inescapable presence of the disease in SA.



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Morena Corporate Services (MCS) cc was incorporated in 1995. We were established to cover all facets of cleaning properties i.e. offices, hotels, windows, ablution blocks, carpet cleaning, shopping centres and residential. Within a couple of years MCS was cultivated into one of the fastest growing cleaning contractors in the Gauteng Province. The company’s founder and Managing Member, Mr. Elliot Mokone has more than twenty years of experience in the cleaning industry. We are a customer orientated, dynamic player in the field of cleaning. We are a business with motivated people and competent systems in place, which ensure that our customers receive the best service possible and make us competitive in our industry. Services: 1. Contract cleaning 2. Specialized cleaning - Window cleaning -- Carpet cleaning --- Pre cleaning 3. Packaging and distribution 4. Consumables 5. Pest Control 6. Landscaping 7. Labour Broking (Labour Outsourcing) Our approach to business relies on the belief that caring for our customers’ needs creates an atmosphere of ongoing trust. This philosophy is installed to all our staff. We follow principles such as our customer is the life-blood of our corporation and the reason we are in business; and integrity and honesty are of the utmost importance. At MCS we aim to always remain committed to our customers’ well-being; and offer well managed, reliable and financially sound services. We shall continuously be flexible to the needs of our customers; and be professional at all times.

Contact Info: Elliot Mokone: 083 266 7208 | Mamsie Mokone: 082 561 7824 Address: 206 Sheffield Road, Wadeville, 1407 Tel: +27 11 824 6229 | Fax: +27 11 827 3423 | Email: morena@oribi.co.za

PBF people in business

Running and maintaining a business takes skills, courage and determination. We asked four PBF business leaders about what drives them and how they succeeded in their individual industries


ibiti Ntshumaelo is an executive director of Lekwa Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd, a professional civil engineering firm that specialises mainly in infrastructure projects such as roads and stormwater systems, water and sewage systems, low cost housing and structures projects, recreational facilities and both solid and mine waste disposal systems. Lekwa Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd is a civil engineering consultancy firm affiliated to Consulting Engineers of South Africa, CESA – a key voluntary association within Built Environment and under the statutory body, ECSA.

Tell us about your company.

The company was established in 2002 with the aim of undertaking sustainable projects taking into account the socio-economic, community-related and environmental concerns. Lekwa Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd prides itself on being the ‘Sustainable Human Settlement Practitioners’, by virtue of thorough and in-depth understanding of contextualizing project initiative solutions, aimed at attaining holistic integrated and sustainable project roll out. The company is a level 3 BBBEE designated with a client base which includes Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development, Ekurhuleni Metro, Rand Water and Mintek, among others. The company prides itself on being the Leading Consulting Member of an Accredited Professional Resource Team (PRT) with the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing. The company played a key role as a strategic turnkey project implementation partner in the construction of some 30km of internal 100

township roads and stormwater in Ekurhuleni over a period of 28 months. With experience of over 12 years as a professional Civil Engineer, Kibiti Ntshumaelo, continues to steer the company to greater heights.

What role do you play in the business?

I am a co-director of the firm which entails providing strategic business development, and ensuring that smooth operational objectives are met. I am also required to maintain and grow the business whilst ensuring that we contribute significantly to the sustainable project deliverance for the communities/clients we serve.

your company?

Being a member, PBF has given us access to network with decision makers and captains of industries. More importantly, through the Progressive Leader magazine as well as the PBF’s Procurement Directory, our company has received great deal of exposure to the leadership and policy implementers in Government.

How has your company weathered the economic down-turn? It has been a fairly difficult period made worse by longer than 60 days cash convention cycles for client bodies. This challenge however has

What challenges do you play in the industry?

Our industry is highly competitive and with delayed roll out of capital projects as well as lack of project funding, the industry is challenged. With the bulk of our work being generated by Government, the ambiguous and unclear procurement practices makes it difficult for Sustainable Enterprise Development. The need to recognise the professional ethos of companies such as ours and appreciation of statutory requirements for procuring professional services to ensure greater public safety in the long run is paramount.

In what way has being a member of PBF added to


Executive Director of Lekwa Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd.

unlocked opportunities to diversify into other areas.

What motivates you?

Selflessness and seeing other human beings succeed. Project realisation from concept to closeout stage also motivates me.

How do you relax?

By spending time at home with my family and listening to great African jazz. I am also a staunch Orlando Pirates fan, so watching football is serious business!

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

I am inspired by the roles all the past leaders of our Liberation Movement have played in shaping our future. I am

particularly intrigued by the teachings of Madibaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life journey. In business, I am inspired by Richard Maponya and Sandile Zungu.

internship programmes which will increase the skills pool in the industry.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt?

Integrity is all you have when all is lost. Strive to maintain unequal integrity in the pursuit of business acumen. Always remember where you come from and gain strength from your humble beginnings.

Seeing the bigger picture in all aspects of business operations and keeping focussed on achieving the objectives.

What are your future plans for the business?

Continue to nurture and maintain the clients we have whilst venturing in other areas such as mining infrastructure development and other PPP Turnkey projects. We mainly employ young engineers and technicians. We intend empowering more youth through learnerships and

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

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

Realise your limitations and improve on them through up skilling. Ensure Professionalism and adherence to Statutory Requirements. Give it your best shot and never be shy to ask for Peer assistance.


What role do you play in the business?


I am the Executive Director of Business Development. I am responsible for our merger and acquisition strategy which will see us growing and diversifying our asset base to generate greater returns for our stakeholders. I am also fully responsible for Supply Chain Management.

Executive Director of Business Development at Anooraq Resource Corperation.


unadi Manyatsa is the Executive Director of Business Development at Anooraq Resource Corperation.

Tells us about your company.

Anooraq Resources Corporation is a black controlled mineral resources company with a primary listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange venture Bourse (TSXV), with secondary

What challenges do you face in the industry?

There is still a huge gap between the full economic benefit our mineral resources are able to deliver to our country and the majority of its people, to what it actually delivers and mostly to a minority. The potential to exploit fully the extent of our mineral wealth is significant, which if done in a responsible and equitable manner, can go a long way to addressing South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s socioeconomic problems.

In what way has being a member of PBF added to your company? The networks we have access to have proved invaluable.

How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

It has been a challenge which was made worse by the fact that the transaction that led to Anooraq becoming an operational mine occurred during the economic downturn when platinum prices took a severe beating. It became important to establish strategies that were flexible and realistic in responding to the changing environment. So capital expansion for instance focused on asset acquisitions that would enhance the current production levels rather than focusing into new, riskier areas. Optimising our production methods and efficiencies to extract more volumes also became very critical.

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listings on the American Exchange (AMEX) now part of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE).

What motivates you?

I have been fortunate and blessed in many ways and I am passionate about transferring the skills, knowledge and experience I have gained towards the transformational goals of our country. I am passionate about achieving and maintaining excellence in what I do. I am further motivated to be the kind of individual who deserves the admiration and unconditional love I receive from my son every day. 101

How do you relax?

I love to read and spend quality time with my family and friends. I also go to the spa at least once a month.

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

Yes. There are two amazing business leaders who have had a major influence in my life and career. Tumelo Motsisi, my current boss and Executive Chairman of Anooraq, as well as Lucky Montana, Group CEO of PRASA and my previous boss. I find them to be visionary, transformational leaders whose support and belief in me has been extremely humbling. I continue to learn so much from them.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt?

The soft skills are as important as the technical and strategic abilities. The

Asivhanzhi Mathaba

Executive Producer of Asi-B Films.


sivhanzhi Mathaba is the Executive Producer of Asi-B Films.

Tell us about your company?

Asi-B Films is a film and multi-media company that was established 12 years ago with the vision to 102

situation needs to be analysed before determining whether a diplomatic or more direct approach is warranted. It is about winning the war, not necessarily each battle.

What are your future plans for the business?

It is to grow the business organically and through asset acquisitions, and diversifying into other key mineral resources. The aim is to become the leading and one of the most profitable mining houses in the country.

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

When one is bestowed with power and responsibility, one is in a position to impact significantly and positively on the development of the country and the individual lives of people. That is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.

You should not lose focus on the moral and ethical leadership principles that will ensure you leave a lasting legacy that achieves this.

What advice do you have for those wanting to enter the industry? Education is key, so you would need to obtain the relevant academic qualifications. If you work hard and achieve great results you can apply and hopefully be accepted into a mining house on qualifying. If you are already an established professional in a different industry, it will be important to gain as much knowledge as possible about the industry and attend functions to meet its key players. Then you should market yourself by establishing which specific skills you possess that would make you valuable and in demand.

create art that made business sense. We specialize in feature films, documentaries, corporate productions, wedding films and animation. Everything we do be it film, a corporate function or a wedding, we approach with a storytelling and creative angle. So when you call us to shoot your wedding, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come to just record an event, we come to tell a love story of two people coming together. With corporate productions, we conceptualize a vision based on our clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desires, and use our creative touch to make the corporate video or event, unique and special.

that I overlook all the vigorous creative quality checks that our projects go through before we hand them over to the public or our clients.

What role do you play in the business?

How has being a member of PBF added to your company?

I am an Executive Producer, but since my background is in directing, I still do a lot of that too. I would love to do more, but since we are not just artists but business people as well, the Executive Producer side of me handles the business aspects of the company, but the creative side of me ensures

What challenges do you face in the industry?

It has taken us 12 years to reach where we are today and I can tell you that success has not been easy. The main challenge we faced initially was to turn film making into a profitable business. Many investors in the country donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know this yet, but films can be very profitable and even though it is not a get-rich-quick scheme, with patience and hard work, you will see your money. Every investor we have has made the projected profits and many have made even more profit that initially anticipated. To date we have never made a loss on any of our projects! We employ about 17 people right now and sustaining that needs capital which is what we have managed to make, but getting investments would make our job not only easier, but more profitable.

PBF has given me the platform to mingle with influential people and potential investors. This is invaluable because I have been able to explain the concept of film investing which many have taken to and we have formed working relationships ever since. To date, many members of the

PBF are people who I do business with, whether it’s through creating corporate productions, weddings or as new investors. We are currently working on a world class reality show that is the result of a relationship formed through the PBF network.

How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

What motivates you?


ethea Breytenbach is the General Manager of Finance at Milnex151.

Tells us about your company.

Milnex 151 cc is a privately owned, BBBEE compliant contractor that specializes in the provision of horticultural equipment and vehicles . As a natural evolution, horticultural services such as grass cutting and general garden maintenance originated as an add-on business venture. To stay abreast with the changing consumer needs, Milnex is constantly re-inventing itself to better meet the demands of our clients. As a result, we have expanded our scope of business to include services such as supply and installation of park and street furniture,

I don’t remember the last time I took a holiday. But day to day, I enjoy going to the gym which helps me release tension and get my mind off things. I also watch films avidly and even though it’s not always relaxing since the filmmaker side of me is either learning new things or being critical, I still find it a very relaxing thing to do.

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

A lot of people have inspired me. Jesus, he knew what he was here for and everything I do has to come back to my purpose in this world. I also really look up to Spike Lee and John Singleton who entered the industry at a time when black filmmakers where not making an impact of significant consequence on the industry. John’s film Boyz ’n the Hood was what made me look at film in a different light and decide to become a filmmaker.

What is the best business lesson that you have ever learnt?

Patience, there is no quick success. If patience is coupled with hard work then you can begin to realize your vision.

What are your future plans for the business?

I would like to see Asi-B Films as one of the top 10 brands in the world. The same way Apple is a brand, I want Asi-B Films to be a brand. And with the same focus to detail we will

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

There are no short cuts. Hard work cannot be replaced. Passion helps to sustain you through the difficult times and the glamorous part of it is momentary. For the most part you are in the trenches and that is where not only your character is built, but where your heart is defined.

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

We need more filmmakers who are not only talented in the art, but the producing side as well. No one individual can tell all the stories that need to be told and the more voices we have the more diverse we will become and that will benefit all of us. We have the ability to make an exportable product that will have our own unique touch to it, but still carrying universal appeal. The South African trade mark needs to come stronger on to our work and the more people enter the industry the quicker we will be able to find our voice and not just use concepts borrowed from Hollywood. As long as investors being to understand that this industry has a lot of potential and it is not as scary as some people think it is we will grow to heights we could have never imagined.

waste management and related cleaning services. We have also been accredited as a Mahindra Tractor service centre and are a member of RMI. As experienced business managers, we know the value of outstanding service. We aim to provide a high caliber service to the business sector of South Africa.

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Love and passion for what we do. When I finished high school and decided to take the filmmaking route everyone said that’s it was a bad decision especially because I was a young Venda boy who wanted to go into a relatively unknown field. So I had to have a lot of heart and passion in order to endure the struggles that followed and, without that as a motivating force, I don’t

How do you relax?

get there. I try not to set too many deadlines for my dreams since they can discourage you if you don’t meet them and make you lose momentum. But with that vision in mind, I just keep working towards the dream.


It didn’t hit us as hard as it has with other businesses. The fact that Asi-B Films is involved in many different areas has given us the opportunity to cushion the blow when one area fails to perform. We felt it hardest with corporations which held fewer functions, but the fact is that there are always stories tol be told. We pride ourselves on being current and relevant so when we were in the recession, stories about the recession were the most relevant. At the same time, weddings happen come rain or shine, economic boom or gloom and we always had someone’s love story to tell.

think I would have come to this point.

What role do you play in the business? I am the General Manager tasked with financial matters and human relations.


General Manager of Finance at Milnex151 103

What challenges do you play in the industry?

Our business is service orientated. Our reputation relies solely on the level of service we can provide. We strongly believe that our business is only as good as our last service delivery. As a result, it’s always an uphill battle to provide services of the highest quality.

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

We have only been a member for a short while, but already we have benefited from the regular communications we receive, especially regarding products and services offered by other PBF members. It has broadened the scope for procurement options.

How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

I think every business felt the crunch and I would be less than honest if I said it was all smooth sailing for us. Having said that, our business was extremely resilient during this trying time and we are very lucky that the diverse nature of our services has contributed to keeping head above water.

What motivates you?

I am a strong believer in humanity and the human spirit. I draw many an inspiration from people who have overcome adverse situations and triumphed despite having the odds stacked against them.

How do you relax?

I enjoy spending time with my family, they always manage to make me laugh and divert my attention away from the stressful corporate life.

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

Positive people. All things considered, life is hard. We are bombarded with news of escalating crime, job losses, financial hardships, dreaded diseases and the like. It is very easy to fall into a rut of negativity and despair. I believe that positive people are a very valuable and rare commodity that needs to be treasured.

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt? That human capital is your biggest asset. Successful businesses are not made by money, large contracts or tangible assets. Your wealth is not measured by the amount of zero’s in


azarus Mphasane is the Group CEO of MFS Retirement Advisory Services.

Tell us about your company.


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Our company started from humble beginnings in 1996 after we identified a need in the retirement industry. We realized that many people were contributing religiously to a pension or a provident fund, believing that one day this fund would look after them on retirement, only to discover – at the end of it - that they had not understood the fund rules, never received any benefit statements, pre-retirement counseling or any updates on their benefits, let alone advice on how to plan and implement their retirement benefit.

your nett profit, but by the state of your employees. Taking care of your personnel must always take top priority.

What are your future plans for the business?

I have always been weary of sudden expansion. It’s easy to lose control and focus, and more importantly, to lose the personal touch our clients have become accustomed to. Our long term goals include gradual expansion of our scope to other provinces and diversifying our business functions to include a larger range of services.

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

Make time for yourself and your lovedones. It’s very easy to be consumed by the corporate industry, there is the constant need to do better and be more competitive. Spending time with your family and friends takes the edge off.

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

Be tough and determined, but considerate and caring. Knowledge is power; therefore know your industry, your own business and that of your competitors. Be prepared to re-invent yourself and your business constantly.

What role do you play in the business?

We educate people about pensions, and unpack complex funds and taxation rules as well as highlighting the various pros and cons. We then show members different options available to them on their retirement benefits. We also conduct forums for members on their pension fund rules and benefits, especially GEPF and prepare members financially prior to their retirement.

What challenges do you face in the industry?

Our members, and indeed the general public, are clueless about benefits. I believe that HR personnel continue to mislead and advise people incorrectly about their pension benefits. I know of beneficiaries who waited up to 26 years for their death pension benefits to be paid and members waiting up to 10 years for payment after retirement to receive their

pension benefits. There is a problem with Pension Fund Administrators and HR personnel closing the door communication knowing full well that they deprive fund members objective independent advice on retirement planning.

In what way has being a member of PBF added to your company? It has introduced our company’s brand to many government and parastatal officials.

How has your company weathered the economic downturn?

The plight of our people; retirees are not informed enough about their rights and benefits and then not looked after properly when they become pensioners.

How do you relax?

I am a passionate Golfer.

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

What is the best business lesson you have ever learnt? Do it yourself and do it today.

What are your future plans for the business? We would like to see the Brand MFS Retirement Advisory Service synonymous with pension benefits. South Africans should think first of MFS before accessing their pension benefits. We would like to see our business expanding to all provinces

and beyond our borders.

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

‘Do unto others as you would like them to be done unto you.’ Also, a fundamental pillar of your business is your clients; grow together with your clients because ‘a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. The words of Robin Sharma are also worth remembering. “The pristine reputation that took you decades to build could be torn down in 60 seconds of bad judgment. To show leadership in business (and life) today, it’s missioncritical to be radically ethical. No dishonorable move goes unnoticed.”

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

Study and comply, be trustworthy and honest with clients. And always think about the long term benefit for your country in all your endeavors.


It has been tough; we’ve seen many companies closing their doors. We are fortunate that all our funds are being administrated by reputable asset management companies. As MFS, we always take a very prudent and cautious investment view regarding our client’s pension monies.

What motivates you?

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ur South African democracy is both representative and participatory. The ANC believes that development is not only about the delivery of basic services to a passive citizenry. The people must be involved and participate in the legislative processes and development of programmes aimed to benefit them. In taking this approach the ANC seeks to give effect to the principle of participatory democracy which requires us to take parliament to the people. The ANC defined the fourth parliament as an activist parliament, responsive, efficient and effective peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tribune.

One-stop centre parliamentary constituency offices

PCOs adequately, staff them with capable people and train the current staff, and develop better management and co-ordination systems as PCOs are the face of parliament within communities.

PBF Procurement Directory

Last year we supported the first issue of this useful ANC publication, the Progressive Business Forum Procurement Directory and its utilization in our PCOs across the length and breadth of South Africa. It plays an unique role in interfacing parliament as institution, ANC party leaders at provincial and local level and supportive businessmen in every corner of our country. We once again urge them all to make use of this publication and in so doing strengthening a successful and progressive partnership between parliament, our business supporters and our party, the ANC. <

Constituency work is at the centre of the work of an activist parliament as it serves as an opportunity for public representatives to interact with the people through local constituency and public participation forums. We have

therefore restructured our constituency offices to make them one-stop centre parliamentary constituency offices which bring together public representatives (MPs, MPLs and Councillors) under one roof to promote policy co-ordination and integration of programmes for community outreach. Satellite offices will be established where necessary to ensure that we reach out to the remotest rural areas of our country. The one-stop centre PCOs will ensure that community issues obtained by public representatives (including MPs, MPLs and Councillors) are formalised in parliament, legislatures and councils and raised with the executive for consideration and response in all the three spheres of government. The ANC will ensure that the separation of powers is effected at the local levels to enhance robust oversight. We will then resource our PCOs, appoint competent administrators and researchers. This means that we need to resource these

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Dr. Mathole Motshekga, ANC Chief Whip in the National Assembly

A message from the ANC Parliamentary Chief Whip


Networking events with Dr Mathews Phosa in Johannesburg and Durban 2010





ohannesburg: On 30 November and 2 December 2010 the Progressive Business Forum held its annual year-end functions at the Auckland Park campus of the Johannesburg Country Club and Coastlands on the Ridge Hotel in Durban respectively. Over 300 PBF members from the Gauteng region and 160 members from the KwaZulu Natal region attended the events to hear the ANC Treasurer General, Dr Mathews Phosa give an enlightening speech on the progress made governing the country in 2010, and the way forward in 2011. The speech included some frank acknowledgements of the challenges faced, but also provided an in depth look at the ideas and reasoning that are being used in the ANC to address these challenges. The audience was encouraged to add their thoughts, queries and personal experiences, thereby deepening the discourse between the ANC and the public. In Johannesburg the PBF was honoured to also have the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Le Duong Quang attending the breakfast and making a short speech emphasising the growing trade links between S.A. and Vietnam. Also in attendance was the active Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung. Durban: The PBF was also honoured to have the Deputy Mayor of the Ethekwini Metro, Logie Naidoo, in attendance, and he was able to give a summary of the recent PBF trade delegation visit to Chennai, India, and the warm reception received there. The newest member of the PBF team was in attendance at both events, Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele, who will be taking the reins of the newly formed PCF Ombuds Office and the projects she will be driving through the Progressive Citizens Forum.A networking opportunity for the PBF members followed both event as well as a chance to personally speak with Dr Phosa, Ms Mthembi-Mahanyele and the PBF Co-Convenors.












Under African Skies Celebration Dinner, Polokwane





n January 7th, 2011 the Progressive Business Forum held a Celebration Dinner in Polokwane, in honour of the 99th birthday of the ANC. The dinner was hosted by the President, the honourable Jacob Zuma and included many ministers and guests from all levels of the ANC, as well as the public. The PBF was honoured to invite its membership to this dinner and about 800 PBF participants from all over South Africa formed part of the 1500 guests. Despite a week of rainy conditions in Polokwane, the weather held out and the guests were treated to a prestigious dinner under a beautiful nomadic tent in the middle of the rugby field in the Peter Mokaba Stadium Complex. President Zuma delivered a powerful and insightful speech to the assembled, high powered business community. Dinner included a starter of Jack Daniels glazed beef boerewors and herb crusted salmon, while mains was a selection of a leg of lamb on the spit and a chicken roulade. Dessert was a decadent tricolore chocolate mousse stack and seasonal fruit kebabs. Wine was kindly sponsored by the La Motte Wine Estate. During the dinner the guests were entertained by Die Broers from Cape Town, the Kopano Cultural Dancers and Denay Willie and the Rainbow Academy also from Cape Town. The evening was wrapped up by Sindi and the Agape Jazz Band while guests mingled and networked. Programme Director, Minister Malusi Gigaba executed his task brilliantly, adding to the lustre of the event.







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Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu 21 October 1918 - 2 June 2011


lbertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu passed away at her Johannesburg home after a lifetime of service to her country and family. She was born on October 21 1918 in the Tsomo district of the Transkei. She was the second of five children born to parents Bonilizwe and Monikazi Tetiwe. As the eldest she helped looked after her brothers and sisters after the death their parents as a teenager. She left the Transkei to train as a nurse at Johannesburg’s Non-European Hospital. She started working in Johannesburg as a midwife in 1946. The wages she made were sent to the Transkei to help support her family.

In 1944 she married the man who would be the great love of her life, Walter Sisulu. Sisulu was an ANC activist as well as its former general secretary and president. He was her introduction to political activism. Together they had five children; Max, Vuyisile, Mlungisi, Zwelakhe, Lindiwe and Nonkululeko. Ma Sisulu was commended as a struggle hero and politics was a large part of her life. She was involved in women’s organizations, and joined the ANC Women’s League in the 1940’s. She became its deputy president when the organization was re-launched in 1990. She also assisted in the formation the Federation of SA women in 1954 and the launch of the Freedom Charter

the following year. On August 9 1956, she was part of a march of 20,000 women with activists Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi and Dorothy Nyembe, to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The march was in protest of the pass laws and government oppression. It was on this march that the powerful slogan “Wathint’ Abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo!” (You strike a woman, you strike a rock) was immortalized. In 1964 when her husband was sentenced to life on Robben Island, she was banned for five years and placed under house-arrest. With her husband in prison, she was left alone to care and provide for their five children and her late sisters-in-

President Jacob Zuma pays special tribute to the late Mama Albertina Sisulu

A matriarch and a nurse by profession, Mama Sisulu was one of the foremost mothers of the nation and the last of the colossuses of the struggle for the liberation of South Africa. “Mama Sisulu has over the decades been a pillar of strength not only for the Sisulu family but also the entire liberation Movement as she reared, counselled, nursed and educated most of the leaders and founders of the democratic South Africa,” said President Zuma. “While we mourn her loss, we must thank her most profoundly for the selfless service to all South Africans and humanity at large, for her generosity of spirit and for teaching the nation humility, respect for human dignity and compassion for the weak, the poor and the downtrodden,” said the President. A former president of the massive United Democratic Front and together with her late husband, Walter Sisulu, Mama Sisulu dedicated her entire adult life to the struggle for liberation in South Africa, in the process enduring decades of banishment, detention, humiliation and ultimately exile, where the Sisulu spent most of their lives as ambassadors and leaders of the African National Congress. South Africa remains eternally grateful and indebted to this stalwart of the liberation and an assuming leader of all races of our people. On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, we would like to convey our deepest condolences to the Sisulu family and thank them profusely for dedicated their daughter, mother and grandmother to the service of humanity, President Zuma said.

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law’s children. Ma Sisulu herself was constantly in and out of jail. She continued working as a nurse until her retirement in 1983 at the age of 65. She remained politically active and in 1983 she was elected co-president of the United Democratic Front (UDF). Her restrictions were lifted on October 1989, and her husband was finally released from jail. He had spent 25 years in custody on Robben Island. His return in 1989 was celebrated by many South Africans, but especially Ma Sisulu who was finally reunited her husband. The couple, who had remained close through letters they sent each other, had 15 years of normal married life before she was widowed. Walter Sisulu died in 2003 at the age of 90. They were married for 59 years. In 1994, she was elected to the first democratic Parliament; she served until retiring four years later. For her 85th birthday in 2003, she and Nelson Mandela opened the Walter Sisulu Pediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa in Johannesburg, which was named after her late husband. She was a trustee for the centre and helped raise funds for the centre. She also founded the Albertina Sisulu Multi-Purpose Resource Centre founded under the Albertina Sisulu Foundation in Orlando the same year. The last years of her life were spent getting involved in several charities. In 2004 she was voted 57th in the SABC3’s Great South Africans. She was also honoured for her commitment to the struggle and social work when the World Peace Council in Basel, Switzerland, elected her president of the council. On the news of her death, the ANC paid tribute to Ma Sisulu, saying in a statement following her death: “While the family has lost a mother, a grandmother and a great grand-mother, the ANC and the country have lost an irreplaceable leader, a role model and a constant reminder of dedication and selflessness. She embodied grace and humility.” Speaking of the sacrifices that she made in the struggle against apartheid the party said: “She inspired a generation of leaders who have since swelled the ranks of the democratic movement and our government. To us she has left huge footprints that track our history of suffering, and resilience under immeasurable harassment and dehumanization under apartheid”


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Thiko Consulting Engineers is a multi disciplinary consulting firm established in 2008. We are owned and managed by individuals from the previously disadvantaged communities (100% PDI and 100% women ownership). The company provides engineering services to the engineering industry; also pioneering new visions on development of the continent. We value good solid working relations with clients and shareholders. Services Offered: Project Management,Water, Sanitation, Feasibility Studies, Transportation, Urban & Rural Development, Structural Engineering, Health & Safety, Architectural Technology and Electrical Engineering Physical Address: 15 Pierre Street No: 15 Ficus Park Bendor POLOKWANE 0700

Postal Address: P O Box 11683 Bendor Park 0713

Tel: (015) 296 4039 • Fax: (015) 296 4326 • Emails: admin@thiko.co.za

14 Trawlers Wharf Bayhead Park “C” DURBAN 4001 P O Box 1985 DURBAN 4000 Tel: 031 466 6020 Fax: 086 6180 664 Mr Malanda: 082 560 2892 Mr Allers: 082 447 7265

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Contact details: (Tel): 011 315 0428 | (Fax): 011 315 0429 info@olwethu-engineering.co.za | zmzana@olwethu-engineering.co.za Web: www.olwethu-engineering.co.za


We have global breadth of expertise that we use to improve our clients’ Facilities Management needs. We go further than minimising risk, we know how to identify and maximise commercial opportunity. We are innovative and pragmatic problem solvers who go from strategy to implementation. Make the better choice for your business. UNITED BY OUR DIFFERENCE

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SERVICES: YOUTH & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ★ Concept development & Implementers. ★ Training & Development. ★ Monitoring & Evaluation. ARTS, CULTURE & HERITAGE ★ Edutainment campaigns. ★ Training & Development. ★ Exhibitions.

PONGOLA Ntokozo Tabede: 078 738 3836 Zethu Masondo: 076 919 7936 KwaBhembe Reserve, | P.O.BOX 1870 Pongola 3170 RICHARDS BAY Tel: (035) 789 5187 Dollana Makhoba: 083 684 7884 Bhekani Thabede: 082 596 0248 Fax: 086 609 4242 | Email:qhawes@executivemail.co.za Cnr. 47 Bullion Boulevard/Krugerrand Street, Richards Bay P.O.BOX 2031 Richards bay 3900

Tshabalala General Trading CC t/a TGT Properties, established, 1999. Our BUSINESS is accommodation. Our MISSION is total elimination of opportunities for customer dissatisfaction. Our MOTTO is constant and never ending improvement in service delivery. Our OBJECTIVE is to be the preferred service provider in KOSH area in North West and beyond. We care and we value our customer; we are environmentally sensitive and therefore conduct ourselves and our business accordingly. Credibility and honesty are our foundation. Beautiful affordable variety of accommodations in the centre of Town. Contact our office and speak to Bongie: T: (018) 464 1286 | C: 079 107 0347| F: (018) 464 1186 Fax e-mail 086 582 7929 | E: tgtproperties@mwebbiz.co.za 26 Halgryn Street Pienaarsdorp, Klerksdorp 2570.


MOTTO “Intsha umphakathi wakusasa” translated as “Youth is Future Community”.

Tshabalala General Trading CC


SPORTS & RECREATION ★ Sports development. ★ Event management & tournaments.

ZWOTHE CONSULTING ENGINEERS Zwothe Consulting Engineers specialises in the design and project management of the following Projects: • Roads and Stormwater, • Water Reticulation and Bulk Water Supply • Sewer Reticulation and Bulk Sewer (Rising Mains and Outfall Sewer) • Pump Stations (Water and Sewer) • Buildings and Top Structures (Toilets) • Structural Designs (Reinforced Structures) • Architectural Work Design • Quantity Surveyors (Q/S) Our main office is situated in Pretoria as per the below contact: GAUTENG: 405 Church Street, Apollo Centre; Fifth Floor, Office 508; ARCADIA 0002 and P.O. Box 6663, PRETORIA 0001 Tel: (012) 320 1545, Fax: (012) 320 1544, Email: Zwothe@telkomsa.net Our satellite office is situated in Limpopo Province as follows: LIMPOPO: 74 Anderson Street, Ledino Flat no.4, Louis Trichardt, 0920 and P.O Box 1526, Louis Trichardt, 0920 Tel: (015) 516 3094, Fax: (015) 516 5357, Email: Zwothecons@telkomsa.net

VENUS AFRICA SECURITY is a distinct integrated security service provider, offering a wide range of superior safety and security services with excellent service, civility and empathy at all times to our customers.

Services: • Guards Division • Risk Management • Assets-in -Transit • Forensic and Investigations Team • Armed Reaction


NB: For all technical enquiries please contact Bothwell Nyambi: 083 464 1222 | Khomotso Modishane: 012 320 1545

Tel no: [012] 665 371 Fax no: 086 662 2001

Proud to be in association with Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

PATIENT CARE - Surgical Gloves - ECG Electrodes - Foley Catheters

RESPIRATORY - Oxygen Nebulizer Masks - Oxygen Masks - Oxygen Venturi Masks - Bubble Humidifier Bottles

Tel: 011 462 1682 Fax: 011 462 7232 email: umndeni@mailbox.co.za

- Oxygen Nasal Cannula - Tracheostomy T Piece - Laryngeal Masks - Ventilator Nebulizer T Piece - Oxygen Rebreathing Masks

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Head Office Address No.13 Esdoring Street, Central Park Building No. 5 Highveld Technopark Centurion 0157

Zwane Inspections (Pty) Ltd is a BEE company Established in 2001 and offers a wide range of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) services aimed at improving availability and safety of Eskom plant components. Zwane is a well-established company with a multitude of experienced professionals working at the operational level.

We deliver professional service and advice to our clients in line with sound business and safety principles, which will enable them to increase plant efficiency and safety. Head Office Tel: +27 (0) 13 246 1507 | Fax: +27 (0) 13 246 1862 E-mail: henry.zwane@zwaneinspections.co.za 12 Meter Street | Middelburg Mpumalanga, 1050


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Zwane offers the following services (all technicians have Eskom approval): • Metallographic Replication (30 technicians able to replicate more than 160 areas per day); • In-situ Hardness Testing; • Surface Preparation (polishing for NDT purposes); • Metallographic Replica Evaluation; • Project Management (3 Eskom experienced engineers to assist with on-site project management); • Ultrasonic Testing (4 SAQCC certified technicians); • Magnetic Particle Inspections (7 SAQCC certified technicians); • Penetrant Testing (3 SAQCC certified technicians); • In-house SAQCC Level III; • Dimension Testing (9 technicians that received in-house training from Level III).

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Harsco Metals is the world’s largest provider of contract services to the metallurgical industry and operates within 36 countries and over 160 steel processing sites. In 1996, South Africa’s Highway authority was experiencing quality problems with local aggregate used in asphalt. Harsco developed a steel slag surfacing solution - lab tests and site trials were undertaken in partnership with a local asphalt manufacturer to prove properties and demonstrate its advantages. The Consulting Engineer specified steel slag to meet safety and durability requirements. The material has been successfully laid on the Van Reenen’s pass, one of the bussiest roads in South Africa – connecting Johannesburg and Durban, where traffic averages several thousands of vehicles per day. This emphasizes the fact that Harsco Metals assists to “build the World”. Harsco Metals South Africa (Pty) Ltd c/o ArcelorMittal South Gate Entrance Delfos Blvd Vanderbijlpark 1911

P O Box 4662 Vanderbijlpark 1900 South Africa Tel: +27 (0) 16 889 6072 Web: www.harscometals.com

Directors: C Kirkwood (Chairman) | JJ van Brouwershaven (Managing, Netherlands) | GDH Butler (UK) | AS Pretorius Company Secretary


Krossover provides IT SERVICES using highly skilled IT people from SA and India: - Business Process Design - Software Application Development and Maintenance - End to end Testing - People Change Management - Business Process Outsourcing - IT RESOURCES individually on a contract basis or assemble a team for a turnkey project. Skills provided include: Project Management, Business Analysis, Process Management, IT Audit, Testing and Technical Specialists. CONTACT SYDNEY ZWANE on Telephone: +27 11 912 1173 | +27 82 453 1840 info@krossover.co.za | www.krossover.co.za 86 Oxford Road, Houghton , Johannesburg, 2198.

11th floor, Ten Sixty Six Building, 35 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg P.O. Box 7942, Johannesburg, 2000 Telephone (011) 838 7280

Vutani Consulting Services is a black owned consulting engineering firm that was founded with the intention to offer comprehensive, professional, and quality services in engineering and its related aspects. With historically disadvantaged members, Mr Phako Dannis Lesufi (Pr Techni Eng) and Mr Cedric Nkuna (Pr Tech Eng), the firm‘s intention is to recruit other members and more staff uncompromisingly from the historically disadvantaged communities aiming the gender ratio of 50:50. The main objective of the firm is to “create pool of engineering technology in the country, for the fellow country communities”. We offer the following services: • Projects Management and Contract Administration, • Water Resources and Supply, • Water and Wastewater Treatment, • Transportation, • Structures / Buildings • Urban and Rural Development • Community Projects, and Social Development. South Africa Gsm: +27 15 291 1413 • Fax: +27 15 291 1017 • E-mail: admin@vutani.co.za 31 Hans van Rensburg Street • Ramlin Square, Office No.12 • Polokwane, 0699 P O Box 31334 • Superbia, 0759

MOT Professional Services Consultancy is a Civil Engineering practice established in 2004. The practice is based in South Africa with head offices in Tshwane (Gauteng) and other regional offices in Limpopo and Free State Province. MOT Professional Services Consultancy offers a wide range of services, from feasibility studies to detail designs, project management to construction supervision .While rendering professional service we adopt innovative approach to deliver value through sustainable change and development of client’s requirements and within available resources •

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Civil Engineering • Water and Sanitation Infrastructure • Transportation / Road Infrastructure • Railway and Airport Infrastructure Structural Engineering • Buildings • Bridges Development Engineering • Urban and Rural Planning • Low Cost Housing Development Project Management • Project Modeling and Feasibility • Construction Supervision • Project Finance • Project Risk Management Management Consulting • Labour Intensive Programmes • Infrastructure and Asset Management

MOT Professional Services Consultancy - Reg: 2004/021974/23 Tel: +27 12 323 4411/2 • Fax: +27 12 323 4477 • E-mail: admin@mot-psc.co.za

Office 214 Masada Bldg, 196 Proes Street, Pretoria, 0002 PO Box 99151, Garsfontein East, 0060

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government that interacts passionately and regularly with all our constituencies and nonconstituencies. We should be a participative government that works not only for the people but with the people. We should also be a transparent government that should be accountable for what we do as was the case in the recent local government elections,” Phosa said. The local government election was now over and all should now look to the future and not the past. “I want to plead that we take a notion and principle of reconciliation further so that we also reconcile across party-political alliances to make South Africa a better place to live in.

“I want to reiterate what I have said on numerous occasions: South Africa belongs to all who live in it and not only some of us. In this definition I include all minorities whether they are of race, culture or language,” he said. Phosa added: “Our aim should be on increased service delivery on all three levels of government. If we get our service delivery structures in place it will also make a substantial contribution to sustainable job creation.” “In summary, let us walk away from everything that divides us, and has divided us in the recent past. Let us make service delivery and job creation our over-arching and non-partisan goals,” he said. <

usiness has a crucial role to play in the reconstruction of South Africa, ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa said. “When I say this, I also mean that the ANC government should increase its interaction with business on matters of policy that impact on the day to day management of businesses,” he told delegates at a Progressive Business Forum lunch. “Job creation is a crucial issue in South Africa today and the most important issue that we should address going forward with our economic policy. I also believe that our government has learnt a number of lessons in the recent past. “We should be a listening

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