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A message from President Cyril Ramaphosa Introducing Paul Mashatile, your new Treasurer General From the editor, Daryl Swanepoel Join the Progressive Business Forum Reason to celebrate: an update from the PBF Inside Luthuli House: we profile the ANC leaders Our new cabinet: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new team


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The Mandela Centenary celebrations: fulfilling the unfulfilled Cyril Ramaphosa: meet the president Dr Anna Mokgokong: a legendary entrepreneur Jackson Mthembu: interview with the ANC’s Chief Whip The Peace Parks Foundation: a vision for the future Robben Island Museum (RIM): sustainable tourism


38 María Soledad Córdova Montero: Ecuadorian Ambassador in South Africa 50 IF – a poem by teenage poet Zee 52 Australia – country focus 58 Desalination: essential for a sustainable future 70 Absa Cape Epic bike race 72 Teachers: the jewel in education’s crown 80 How to seal the deal: knowledge sharing with the PBF 84 Fast-tracking early childhood development 86 The Cape Town Hotel School 88 Recycling: a R17-billion industry 91 Industry insight: Anthea Fransman, the recycler


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The ANC’s 54th National Conference The ANC’s 106th Anniversary Gala Dinner KwaZulu-Natal Tourism networking event Budget Speech Business Briefing with Deputy Minister, Sfiso Buthelezi 46 Belt & Road Trade and Investment Forum in Beijing 48 Business Briefing with Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe 63 International Consumer Electronics Expo


95 Inga Vanqa – Inga Vanqa Quantity Surveyors 96 Jan Kabefa Moloisane – KABE Consulting Engineers 96 Mr. Fikile Mashinini – Ncamiso Mining


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outh Africans from all walks of life have united behind the call to build a better society and an inclusive economy. The have said that they want to be part of the process of renewal and rebuilding that the country needs to undertake to realise the goal of a better life for all. They have said: ‘Thuma mina. Send me.’ For South Africa to succeed, we need to rapidly grow our economy and draw many more people into employment. We need to promote investment, reduce the cost of doing business and create a more competitive economy. That is why we have embarked on an ambitious investment drive that aims to generate $100 billion in new investment over the ne t five years. This will re uire a concerted effort from all sectors of society and all citizens to market South Africa as an attractive investment destination. It also means that we need to implement a range of measures to make it easier to invest and do business in the country. hile we aim to attract significant investment from companies in South Africa and abroad in major projects that

A NEW DAWN FOR ALL SOUTH AFRICANS create jobs and enhance our productivity capacity, we are also determined to create an environment that encourages and supports the proliferation of small and medium businesses. It is these businesses that will drive greater economic activity and create job opportunities. This effort is taking place alongside work to develop township economies, bringing goods, services and jobs closer to where most of our people live. We are also working to restore the credibility and integrity of key public institutions like SARS, law enforcement agencies and strategic state owned enterprises (SOEs). In addition to addressing governance challenges at SOEs, we are also taking steps to improve the financial and operational performance of these companies, many of which have been distress for some time. Work is underway to address governance challenges in various provincial governments and municipalities. The achievement of a capable developmental state is vital to the economic and social development of our country.

We are serious about ending state capture and corruption in both the public and private sectors. The commission of in uiry into state capture, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has begun its work to establish the nature and extent of state capture and to identify those responsible. Another commission of in uiry, headed by retired Judge Robert Nugent, is looking at challenges within the South African Revenue Service and will recommend measures to strengthen this vital institution. For all of these efforts to succeed, it is important that all South Africans are involved. The challenges we face, although substantial, can be overcome if our people apply their extensive skills, energy and resources to building the country of our dreams. Together, we have set out on a new path of progress. While there is still some distance to travel and many obstacles to overcome, by working together in a spirit of partnership and cooperation, there is no doubt that we will succeed. Cyril Ramaphosa


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Paul Mashatile is your new Treasurer General…and this is his story.


aul Mashatile was born on 21 October 1961 in Geraldsville, Pretoria (Tshwane). He was an active participant in the liberation struggle as far back as his youth, when he was a member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). He co-founded the Alexandra Youth Congress (AYCO) in 1983 and was elected as its first resident. At the age of 23 he was elected the Assistant General Secretary of the United Democratic Front (UDF), Southern Transvaal Region, and later became the UDF’s General Secretary from 1989 until the unbanning of political parties in 1990, at which point the UDF was dissolved. As a result of his involvement in the struggle against apartheid, he was harassed by the security police, who also attempted to assassinate him. He was eventually detained without trial for four years, from 1985 to 1989, when the State of Emergency was declared by the government. During this time he embarked on an 18-day hunger strike as part of a nationwide protest. Mashatile took a leading role in reestablishing the structures of the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) when

Mashatile took a leading role in re-establishing the structures of the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party when these organisations were unbanned in 1990. these organisations were unbanned in 1990. He was appointed as General Secretary of the SACP in Gauteng and was also appointed as the ANC Branch Organiser in Alexandra and Branch Chairperson for the SACP. Mashatile also served on the Interim Leadership Group of the ANC in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging (PWV) region of the former Transvaal. He was later appointed as the Head of Political Education for the ANC PWV region. In 1992 he was elected as Provincial Secretary of the ANC, a position he held

for six years, working with Tokyo Sexwale as Chairperson of the Gauteng Province. In 1994 he became a member of the Gauteng Legislature and was appointed as Leader of the House, serving e -officio in the Gauteng Cabinet. In 1996 he was appointed MEC for Transport and Public Works in Gauteng. He went on to hold numerous positions in the Gauteng Provincial Government, handling the portfolios of Safety (19981999), Housing (1999-2004) and Finance and Economic Affairs (2004-2008). In 1998 he became Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng and, in 2007, he was elected Chairperson of the Province, a position he still holds today. After the resignation of the Premier of Gauteng, Mbhazima Shilowa, in 2008, he was appointed as Premier of the province. After serving 17 months as Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, he was appointed as Minister of Arts and Culture in the South African Parliament on November 2010. He is currently the MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance in the Gauteng Legislature. Mashatile studied at Alexandra High School and holds a Diploma in Economic Principles from the University of London.


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he new administration is now well established. Business confidence is up. The ratings agencies have kept the country’s economic outlook as stable. And jobs are starting to be created. In this issue of Progressive Leader, we take stock of the decisions taken at the ANC’s December National Conference which have set the ANC and the country on a path of recovery. We introduce the movement’s new leadership and ponder the economic future that lies ahead, and we have reached the conclusion that today is better than yesterday… and tomorrow will be even better than today.

However, in order for South Africa to prosper sufficiently so that we can achieve the ideals of real and lasting economic transformation – that being, a transformation that is capable of eradicating the developmental backlogs, income inequalities and high unemployment rates currently experienced in South Africa - a concerted team effort is required. Progressive business needs to heed the call by President Ramaphosa to put their hands up and report for service to our country and to, in some way (big or small), look beyond self-interest and make an

extraordinary contribution to the broader needs of society. A prosperous society is, after all, in the best interest of all South African businesses. So, with this in mind, let us harness the goodwill that has presented itself and, together, let’s help to build a society of which we can all be proud. Enjoy the read!


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Business Update is an official magazine of the ANC Progressive Business Forum (PBF). It reaches business leaders of companies that are members of the PBF and other influential government leaders. Capitalising on the PBF’s reach and access, the magazine presents the views of the country’s foremost leaders, thinkers and business practitioners drawn from all fields of business. Its objective is to assist business, and the members of the PBF in particular, to be good corporate citizens in the pursuit of a successful and progressive South Africa.

Expert contributors from the public and private sector provide a holistic perspective on doing business in South Africa’s unique corporate environment. The content offers helpful insights on legislation, advice on growing a business, information on support programmes for business owners, and other useful know-how for every business leader and career driven individual. Business Update is a primary communication channel between the PBF and its members. It is the ideal vehicle for companies to speak to members directly.

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JOIN THE PROGRESSIVE BUSINESS FORUM 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 characterised by good monetary and fiscal policy. The result has been a prolonged period of uninterrupted economic growth unprecedented in the history of the country. The sound financial system created by the ANC-led government has also helped to protect South Africa from the worst of the global banking, housing and credit crisis, and in a period when others are e periencing or pro ecting recession, South Africa is less e posed. Effective communication between government and the business community has been vital to the economic successes we have achieved in the past. This has traditionally been conducted at the formal level through entities such as Nedlac and with organised business groups. 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 oin our business group, the

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2018 ushered in a new leadership for the African National Congress. Given the difficult period leading up to the National Conference, the new unified leadership was reason to celebrate – and celebrate the PBF did. As organisor of the January 8th presidential gala dinner, which was held at the East London International Convention Centre, PBF participants arrived in their numbers to show their support and to be introduced to the new officials. On the programme front the PBF continued unabated. In February it hosted the Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. Sifiso Buthelezi, at its budget briefing in Cape Town, while the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Hon. Elizabeth Thabethe, spoke at the PBF’s Durban ministerial cocktail briefing. In March a round of negotiation and dealmaking training was hosted in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and in April the Minister of Energy, Hon.

Jeff Radebe (who is also the Head of ANC policy), was the keynote speaker at a packed Johannesburg event. In June the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Derek Hanekom, spoke at a lunch-time briefing in Cape Town, at an event hosted jointly between the PBF and the University of Cape Town’s Hotel School. The PBF also hosted the Minister of Small Business Development at a evening briefing in Bryanston, Johannesburg. On the international front, the PBF attended the Belt & Road Investment Forum in Beijing, China, after which the delegates continued with tailor-made programmes in Zhongshan, Guangzhou and Wuhan. In June a 25-strong delegation attended the Rainbow Push Annual Convention in Chicago, USA. They attended, inter alia, the Global and Africa Diaspora Investment Forum and a business session with the African Global Chamber of Commerce. The Minister of

Public Service and Administration, Hon. Ayanda Dlodlo, also attended the conference where she spoke at both the Women in Business luncheon and the event to celebrate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. The second half of 2018 promises to be as eventful, as already in July the PBF will participate in events linked to the BRICS summit to be held in Sandton, Johannesburg. And the PBF is already working on the second ministerial event in Durban, a second round of training and the annual construction summit, with much more activity to follow thereafter. We look forward to seeing you during the upcoming activities.

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An introduction to the leaders of the ANC

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA Cyril Ramaphosa was born on 17 November 1952. He grew up in Soweto, but matriculated in 1971 at the Mphaphuli High School in Sibasa, Venda. In 1976, he was detained for a second time for six months. Subsequent to his release, he became a law clerk for a Johannesburg fir of attorneys and continued his studies through the University of South Africa, from where he obtained his B.Proc Degree in 1981. Elected Secretary General of the African National Congress in 1991, he is widely respected as a skilful negotiator and strategist, having played a leading role as an ANC negotiator at

CODESA. He is also known for the role he played in building the National Union of Mineworkers into the biggest trade union in South Africa. ollo ing the first de ocratic elections in 1994, Ramaphosa became a Member of Parliament. He was elected Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly on 24 May 1994 and played a central role in the drafting of the South African Constitution. Among other positions held, he was the Executive Chairman of Shanduka Group, a company he founded. Shanduka Group has investments in the resources sector, energy sector, real estate, banking, insurance and telecoms (SEACOM). He

DEPUTY PRESIDENT DAVID MABUZA David Dabede Mabuza matriculated at Khumbula High School and furthered his studies at Mngwenya College of Education and later acquired his Bachelor's degree at the University of South Africa. Comrade Mabuza cut his teeth as an activist in the student movement and served as a Secretary of the Azanian Students Organisation (AZASO) in 1984. He later served as the Chairperson of the National Education Union of South Africa (NEUSA) from 1986 to 1988. He further served as a Co-ordinator of the National Education Crisis Committee (NECC) from 1987 to 1989 and a Chairperson of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) from 1988 to 1991. In 2007, at the ANC's 52nd National Conference in Polokwane, comrade Mabuza was directly elected onto the NEC. He was subsequently elected Chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga in 2008, a position he continued to hold until his election as the Deputy President of the ANC at its 54th National Conference in Nasrec in 2017. On 26 February 2018, he was selected by Cyril Ramaphosa as Deputy President of South Africa. On 20 March 2018, Mabuza gave his maiden speech in Parliament and for the first ti e responded to uestions fro M s as the Deputy President of South Africa. On 21 March 2018, Mabuza addressed the national Human Rights Day commemoration in Sharpeville as President Ramaphosa as out of the country on official business

was also Chairman of The Bidvest Group Limited and MTN. His other NonExecutive directorships included Macsteel Holdings, Alexander Forbes, Standard Bank and SABMiller. In March 2007, he was appointed NonExecutive Joint Chairman of Mondi, a leading international paper and packaging group, when the company demerged from Anglo American plc. Ramaphosa was elected Deputy President of the ANC in Mangaung at its 53rd National Conference in Mangaung, December 2012. He was elected Deputy President following the general election of May 2014.


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NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON GWEDE MANTASHE Gwede Samson Mantashe was born in Lower Cala in the Eastern Cape. As a youth he began his activism in the then Student Christian Movement (SCM), which was pivotal in raising the consciousness of young people in the 1970s. He joined Western Deep Levels mine in 1975 as a recreation officer n the sa e year Mantashe o ed to rieska Copper Mines here he as a elfare officer until e o ed to Matla Colliery where he co-founded and became the Witbank branch Chairperson of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 1982 to 1984. He was elected NUM Regional Secretary in 1985 and became its National Organiser (1988 to 1993) and Regional Coordinator (1993 to 1994). From 1994 to 1998 he served as the Assistant General Secretary of the NUM, hereupon he as elected the first orker eneral ecretary at the union’s congress in 1998, stepping down in 2006. In 2006, he was appointed Executive Manager: Strategic Initiatives at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), where he was the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA) for two years. In 2007 he was elected Chairman of the South African Communist Party (SACP), serving as a member of the Party’s Central Committee, and was elected Secretary General of the ANC at the 52nd National Conference in Polokwane. Mantashe was elected to the SACP’s Central Committee at the National Congress in 2012 (after stepping down as SACP Chairman), and was also re-elected as ANC Secretary General at its 53rd National Conference in Mangaung that year.


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SECRETARY GENERAL ACE MAGASHULE Elias Sekgobelo Magashule was born at Tumahole, Parys in the Free State Province. Growing up, he was actively involved in drama, soccer and boxing. Co rade Magashule played idfield in his day and wore number 8. His pro ess on the soccer field earned hi the nickname “Ace” – a name that stuck to this day. Comrade Magashule found a natural home in the anti-apartheid struggle. He was a founder member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) in 1979. While a student, he was arrested and charged with high treason in 1982 and subsequently detained several times under the Internal Security Act, and was also held in solitary confine ent for nine onths in Politically, comrade Magashule was mentored by Chris Hani and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. He participated in the founding of the United Democratic Front in the 1980s. After spending some time in exile, comrade Magashule was elected the chairperson of the ANC’s Northern Free State region after the unbanning of the ANC. After the merger of the ANC’s northern and southern regions in 1994, comrade Magashule continued to serve in various leadership positions. Having continuously been elected Provincial Chairperson, he became the longest serving ANC Provincial Chairperson. At the ANC’s 2007 Polokwane conference, he was directly elected as an additional member to the National Executive Committee. Comrade Magashule also serves as the Premier of the Free State, a position he has held since 2009.

DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL JESSIE DUARTE orn on epte ber in e clare Johannesburg, Jessie Yasmin Duarte is a former spokesperson for the ANC. A long-time antiapartheid activist, she has served variously as a special assistant to Nelson Mandela, a member of the provincial cabinet (MEC) for Gauteng and was an ambassador to Mozambique. She was detained without trial in 1988, released and placed under restriction orders until the State of Emergency was lifted. One of nine children, she was schooled in Coronationville and became active in politics while studying. She then rose through the ranks as Secretary General of the Federation of TVL Women, a UDF affiliate beca e a e ber of the AC and served on the ANC PWV Provincial Leadership. She is currently in her fourth term on the National Executive Committee of the ANC. She also served as Head of Monitoring and aluation Chief perating fficer in the office of the resident the Director General in charge of African multilateral relations in DIRCO, the MEC for Safety and Security in Gauteng, and as a Director of the Beyers Naudé Bursary Fund. She was elected Deputy Secretary eneral at the A C s rd ational Conference in Mangaung, December 2012.

TREASURER GENERAL PAUL MASHATILE Paul Mashatile is a former student activist and member of the Congress of South African Students, Mashatile played a critical role in various anti-apartheid formations during the struggle for liberation and was the co-founder of and first president of the Ale andra outh Congress. He was detained without trial fro and participated in a nationwide protest by engaging in an 18-day hunger strike. When the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party were unbanned in 1990, he helped re-establish them and continued to organize on their behalf. Prior to his election as Treasurer General, comrade Mashatile was serving as the Provincial Chairperson of the ANC in the Gauteng Province. He’s served the organization in various capacities throughout his political activism. He is a former Secretary of the UDF Southern Transvaal, former member of the Provincial Reception Committee for returning exiles, former member of the Provincial Central Committee of the SACP in Gauteng and a former Provincial Secretary of the ANC PWV (PretoriaWitwatersrand-Vereeniging, now known as Gauteng). Bosting a vast experience in government, Mashatile has previously held several portfolios in government, having served as Minister of Arts and Culture, Gauteng Premier and currently the MEC for Human Settlement and Cooperative Governance.


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HARD WORK AHEAD… BUT PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY The PBF was privileged to once again host the business programme alongside the 54th National Conference of the African National Conference from 15-20 December 2017 at Nasrec, Johannesburg.


he business programme comprised a number of activities including the Presidential Gala dinner, an exhibition in which more than 100 enterprises participated, a networking lounge and the ministerial breakfast series. Ministerial keynote speakers included the Ministers of Finance, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Trade & Industry and the Minister Responsible for Monitoring & Performance in the Presidency.

NATIONAL TREASURY Speaking on behalf of the National Treasury, then-Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba told delegates that, as a country, our next challenge is to accomplish a social revolution. “We have made enormous progress since 1994. However, despite all this progress our country still faces extreme income inequalities, deep poverty, very heavy levels of unemployment, particularly affecting the youth.

These evils still reflect the old class, race and gender as well as geographic features of apartheid and colonialism. While this has been mitigated through an expansive system of social grants, the fact of the matter is that our large social wage is as good as a trap if jobs are not created so that people can be gainfully employed. In this regard, a call for Radical Social Transformation is relevant – it is a stepping stone towards inclusive growth,” added Gigaba.


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“The people who were excluded in the past must become leaders, managers and directors of companies and run their own companies, becoming productive in the economy.” – Minister Rob Davies The Minister also touched on the necessity of Radical Economic Transformation in today’s economy and highlighted two key elements for such transformation: • The need to ensure that the ownership, management and worker profile at all levels reflects the racial composition of the broader society; and • The need to transform the composition of the economy to reflect a post-apartheid industrial economy built into a large stable skilled middle class – rather than a capital-intensive economy based on the mineral and energy complex.

DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY The Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, summarised some of the important elements within his department’s approach to taking the country’s economy forward. He highlighted the fact that the dti had approved over 70 applications for Black Industrialists, adding that their target is to reach 100 by the end of the financial year. “We must set ourselves on a higher level of economic growth. We must understand there will be radical change or disruptive change in production as a result of profound technology changes, in

the form of the digital industrial revolution or the fourth industrial revolution and disruptive change will not just affect production but value chain as well. Digital disruption must be confronted alongside radical economic transformation. Data management and digital firms are going to be at the apex in the near future,” said Davies. He added that the implications of the fourth industrial revolution included the fact that the barriers of entry to small enterprises need to be lowered, and that workers had to stay competitive by mastering digital technology. The ability to improve human life and create opportunities for entrepreneurial development will also prove essential. “The dti has developed industrial policy incentives and has dedicated programmes; the money for those incentives came out of reprioritisation and not the fiscus. The continental AfriTrade agreement will open a number of


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EVENT | 54TH ANC NATIONAL CONFERENCE opportunities, some of which will soon be visible between the SADC and East African communities. The people who were excluded in the past must become leaders, managers and directors of companies and run their own companies, becoming productive in the economy,” said Davies.

DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT The Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, said that the role that SMMEs can and should successfully play in the eradication of the triple challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty must be understood. “SMMEs are seen as vehicles that should be positioned and supported to stimulate the economy. I must emphasise that every government department has opportunities for SMMEs and cooperatives. It is essential that both public and private sectors should play an active role in making sure that there is support for SMMEs. We must all, including big business, help to ensure that SMMEs are given access to markets and a chance to thrive. Government must do more to make our

“Youth unemployment must be addressed and this implies the need to train and develop skilled and capable youth.” – Minister Ebrahim Patel people aware of the opportunities that exist within the SMME sector. Active political will is required to ensure that this is made possible. In addition, our society must be mobilised to purchase SA products,” said Zulu. The 30-day payment term was highlighted as an area of concern as it affects the viability of SMMEs in terms of cash-flow but even worse, is the fact that it is often not upheld. The Minister made an undertaking to encourage more departments to support the 30% preferential procurement policy which is aimed at prioritising SMMEs and she also stressed the importance of supporting SMMEs in rural areas.

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, said that the core focus of his Department is the economic inclusion of the marginalised, the youth and the

budding businesses of the country. The Minister set the tone by giving an overview of the global economic outlook to give context to how South Africa should position itself in the global arena. The reality of the fourth industrial revolution was brought to the fore and emphasis was placed on how South Africans should be empowered to effectively take advantage of this tide. The Minister stressed the importance of establishing an inclusive economy. He highlighted the need to identify which sectors should be targeted for growth. “Youth unemployment must be addressed and this implies the need to train and develop skilled and capable youth,” said Patel. He also emphasised the need for good governance across organisations both in the public and private sectors, and for enhanced partnerships of all sector players. Government maintains that a noninclusive economy stunts innovation,


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results in higher levels of inequality and economic exclusion because of higher barriers to entry. The Minister said that the Competition Commission would be empowered to be deal decisively with issues of inclusiveness. The Minister also explained that the government would be careful to ensure a good balance of economic concentration and inclusiveness. He noted that, even though deconcentration is important, concentrated business entities were better placed to take advantage of African markets which would open up more opportunities for the country.

THE PRESIDENCY The Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, highlighted the fact that, “amongst the major concerns of our government is the national unemployment rate which now remains unchanged at 27.7% in 2017, along with the depressed levels of business and consumer confidence. “We cannot ignore the fact that many young South Africans are out of work so we are working hard to deepen our actions to champion youth

entrepreneurship, boost economic growth, increase employment and reduce poverty and inequality.” He noted some of the recent successes that have been achieved: • Access to houses and basic services has improved through the construction of 4 million houses since 1994. • We have increased connections to electricity to 95% of all households. • Piped water to 85% of households. • The health status of South Africans continues to improve – Stats SA – the total life expectancy for South Africans has increased from 62 years in 2014 to 64 years in 2017. • Effective response to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis is being maintained with more than 3.9 million people living with HIV and AIDS being on antiretroviral drugs. • In basic education, the number of matriculants has increased from 334 000 in 2009 to 443 000 in 2016. Which is an increase from 60.6% in 2009 to 72.2% in 2016. • Operation Phakisa through the Ocean’s Economy Delivery Laboratory has been able to unlock R25 billion from the private and public sectors, creating 6517 jobs thus far.

The Minister further explained that the NDP is a compass to guide us to a more prosperous SA by 2030. It is platform for united action by all South Africans to eradicate poverty, create employment and reduce inequality. However, he also noted that total investment is now below 20% of GDP, down from 23.5% in 2008 and it needs to be between 20-25% to achieve the goals of NDP for growth and employment. “We are implementing a number of confidence boosting measures to reignite investment into our economy and unblocking obstacles to faster employment in key sectors of our economy. Public sector capacity in implementing some of the programmes is constrained and hence public private partnerships are crucial. “Our economic recovery and deepening industrialisation must support local procurement in order to grow the economy and create jobs. We also need to encourage more participation by SMEs in the economy and have made a commitment to set aside 30% of all procurement from SMEs and working to streamline legislative barriers and reduce red tape across all levels of government to support SMEs,” said Radebe.


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FULFILLING THE UNFULFILLED MANDELA 100: BE THE LEGACY People from across the globe have been inspired, changed and challenged by the story of President Mandela and what he has come to represent.


is name and legacy has been used across the world as a symbol of aspirational values; from creating standards to protect prisoners, to educational trusts and leadership awards, the Mandela name is one that we use when we seek to be more than ourselves. As the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), we seek to continue President Mandela’s work and to use his iconic status as a beacon of both peace and activism, to create meaningful change. Our mission is to ensure that his work for peace, democracy and social justice continues to enrich and inspire future generations throughout the world to do better, to try harder and to make the world a better place. 2018 marks the centenary of the birth

of Nelson Mandela and this year provides us with a unique opportunity to promote his legacy through reflecting on his life and times. Our centenary campaign has three overarching campaign calls. Firstly, we ask people to ‘Be the Legacy’ and in doing so ask people to live by the values Madiba held dear. With this call to action, the Foundation seeks to charge society to accept Madiba’s challenge, to take upon itself the responsibility to solve the challenges of the world. When he said “It is in your hands to make of the world a better place”, we believe he was passing on the responsibility to the next generation of leading and helping change the world for the better. Secondly, we ask people to ‘Find the Madiba in You’ by looking within oneself

and to confront our own biases and our own privileges and to work toward making oneself a better person and citizen. We also have to look at the type of person Madiba was and be inspired by some of his greatest traits. For example, for many us at the NMF, we take inspiration from the forty years and 35 failed examinations that Madiba went through to get his law degree, a sign of his perseverance and determination. Finally, we ask people across the globe to ‘build a values-based society’. We should remember that these values stem from the people of South Africa themselves as Madiba noted in 1969: “Permanent values in social life and thought cannot be created by people who are indifferent or hostile to the aspirations

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overty and Ine uality’ built on the five years of research of the Mandela Initiative. The Conversation will use traditional dialogical methodologies, public events, radio and print media, as well as cutting-edge digital engagement and innovative communications technology to achieve a broad reach across multiple sectors of our society. Our two focus areas for this year are land reform and redistribution and supporting Early Childhood Development. Finally, we must nurture young leaders. We will provide support and resources to capable emerging leaders to enable them to ride this historical wave. Our recently launched Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity (AFRE) is one such example of this and, through the fellowship activists working on dismantling anti-black racism, they will be supported both financially and through other means to fulfil their work. They will also meet with

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. “ – Madiba acknowledging the current shortcomings of our constitutional democracy. The legacy of Nelson Mandela is one inextricably bound up with South Africa’s Constitution and the translation of the rights for the benefit of all our people. Secondly, we must adopt a culture of openness towards what is to come. We cannot predict the future, and we have to approach it in an open way – which resonates with the manner in which Madiba lived his life. Key to this is dialogue, which we will pair with advocacy to foreground social justice. Thirdly, we must facilitate an understanding of where we are through research and analysis. An example of how we do this will be through the delivering of a ‘National Conversation on

other activists and fellows based in the United States to look for ways to build a global solidarity and develop global strategies for change.

THE 2018 NELSON MANDELA CENTENARY CAMPAIGN In 2018, as part of our on-going campaign during this celebratory year, we have established specific partnerships with those within the state, civil society youth groups, retailers and the corporate sector. Importantly, the NMF is part of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), set up by former President Jacob Zuma, for the 2018 celebrations. The involvement of the NMF in the IMC is integral in providing a cohesive message to people in South Africa on what the year means. The NMF

has also met with current President Cyril Ramaphosa about the year and our work on various projects with the state to give the year substance. The two most visible projects people will interact with will be commemorative stamps and notes issued by the ost ffice and Reserve Bank. Whilst we do have the support of those at the highest echelons of the state, it is also important for the civil service as well as ordinary South Africans to be a part of this year to harness the enormous goodwill associated with the Mandela name and there are a number of exciting projects and activities to get involved in. For example, this year’s Mandela Day campaign will seek to be the biggest yet. Rather than just focusing on a single day event, there is a sustained call to action in this year’s global Mandela Day #100to100 campaign. The campaign, which will culminate on Mandela Day 2018, seeks to build a long-term, strategic and sustainable ‘Mandela Day’ network across the globe. This year’s call is to ‘Take Action Against Poverty’ and the campaign is part of an unprecedented effort to remind each one of us of the responsibility we have to make an impact through public service. Over the course of the 100 days leading to the Mandela Day the campaign will seek to: • Obtain commitments from each Mandela Day stakeholder to a sustainable program over the 100 days. This would mean that Mandela Day would move from a day of public service to a strategic intervention over 100 days. • Share a common understanding of the campaign goal of ‘Action against Poverty’. • Share the messaging of the Mandela Centenary campaign. • Share branding and design elements across the globe. • Create a collective database of activities and programmes unfolding in each city and country for Mandela Day and to publically work on these to create greater awareness of key projects. • Work toward a global celebration on the 18th of July, in honour of Mandela and a year of service.


of a nation.” Therefore, in order for us to build this values-based society, we must look toward our aspirations as a nation. As an organisation we are mandated to continue Madiba’s unfinished business. Whilst Madiba led a remarkable life, there were many issues that were unresolved in the country. These include alleviating poverty, reducing inequality and dealing with the scourge of racism. We know that these are national goals that will take many years to achieve and that reaching these goals may only emerge by a disruption of the status quo. However, in the short term the NMF can strive to foster conditions that will support and enable a new and better way of collective living and a liberatory vision of the future. Four key approaches will underpin our approach to building a liberatory future for the NMF. Firstly, there is a need to protect and promote constitutionalism whilst


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When he said “It is in your hands to make of the world a better place”, we believe he was passing on the responsibility to the next generation helping change the world for the better We urge all businesses, schools, municipalities, cities and provinces to use these few months to work towards sustainable change. The NMF will also continue with key outreach projects such as Trek4Mandela, which raises funds for girl children to be provided with sanitary pads and the 67 Blankets for Mandela campaign. The Mandela Library Initiative has already secured a level of corporate commitment and there will be a number of supported book drives with partners, including ABSA and Look and Learn. We have also worked with a number of artists and exhibitors to tell the story of Mandela through exhibitions, art and music. The most notable will be MANDELA My Life: The Exhibition which will be a global exhibition launching in Australia in September, headed by IEC Exhibitions, the Lead Global Producer and TEG. In South Africa, the NMF will continue exhibiting ‘Unthreading Mandela’ at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. ‘Unthreading Mandela’ represents Mandela’s life as the ‘individual threads’ that wove Mandela’s freedom, or as it were, the narratives that make up Mandela’s story. The exhibition presents Mandela as less iconic but more human and reveals how his extraordinary achievements were not written in the stars but borne of real, painful, complex struggles. Music festivals are planned across the South Africa and as far as Portugal. We will work with a number of diverse styles

and musicians including the Soweto Gospel Choir, The Minnesota Orchestra, DJ Black Coffee and MIAIGI. We will also work with sporting codes across South Africa such as the uMgungundlovu Mandela Day Marathon, the Ski2Sea: Quest4Madiba Mountain Bike Race, African Polo Open, the FIFA Mandela Challenge Cup and the SPH Boxing Challenge, to name a few. Much of our research work this year will focus on unpacking the legacy of Mandela and to continue research into both his life as well as that of his contemporaries. Over 2018 and 2019 we will build on the success of Dare not Linger, the sequel to ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ and we will publish a number of books, including ‘I Remember Madiba’ (a collection of memories of those who worked with Madiba) and ‘The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela’, which is a collection of Madiba’s letters written from prison. We will also launch the Centenary Edition of ‘Mandela: The Authorised Portrait’ and we will re-launch the authorised comic book version of ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. We have also secured partnerships with a number of television channels with content curated for both children and adults.

As the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we urge you to become a part of this exciting global project. We should remember Mandela’s words when he stated, ‘Our struggle for freedom and justice was a collective effort’. The success of the centenary programme depends on committed stakeholders across the world who believe in the Mandela legacy. During this year we are continually reminded of the words of Madiba. “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” Our walk is long but together we can work together to climb those many hills as part of a global community, united in purpose. We look forward to on-going, rich and fruitful co-operation to ensure the continuation of our work and the Madiba legacy.


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MEET THE PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA On Thursday 15 February 2018, ANC President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as President of the Republic of South Africa, following the resignation a day earlier of his predecessor, President Jacob Zuma.


resident Ramaphosa is no stranger to the South African political scene. He cut his political teeth during the 1970s at the height of resistance especially by young people against the apartheid regime. This was through his involvement and leadership role in the South African Students Organization (SASO), which organisation was the backbone of the Black Consciousness Movement at the time. A lawyer by profession, President Ramaphosa worked for the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) as a legal advisor until he left in 1982 to form the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). His organising and management skills were aptly demonstrated when NUM, the union he founded from scratch, grew to the extent of having 300 000 members under his leadership as the General Secretary. Because of his work in the NUM, he became one of the most instrumental characters in the establishment of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, C SAT . resident Ramaphosa played no insigniďŹ cant role in shaping COSATU’s outlook as a trade union federation that belongs within the Mass Democratic


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Movement led by the ANC. COSATU’s role in undermining the apartheid regime in the latter part of the 1980s was in no small measure inspired by the leadership of President Ramaphosa who said at its founding congress that ‘a giant has arisen.’ It was this simple sounding yet profound phrase that psychologically contributed greatly to the radicalisation of the progressive trade union movement in the country and helped shape the federation’s perspectives on general societal matters beyond the factory floor. It was not surprising therefore when in 1987 the NUM embarked on one of the biggest and longest strike actions the country had ever seen in its history of labour relations. At the centre of that strike, which also highlighted contradictions at the workplace engendered by apartheid, was President Cyril Ramaphosa. That very strike earned him great recognition in the antiapartheid movement and also served to remind the regime that it had failed to crush his fighting spirit when it put him in solitary confinement for 11 months, a little more than a decade earlier. It is important to bear in mind that the existence of NUM and its leadership by President Ramaphosa dramatically

President Ramaphosa’s Presidency has been widely welcomed by South Africans from all walks of life as signifying a new dawn in South Africa. improved the conditions of mineworkers. It is a known fact that in defence of workers’ interests, Mr Ramaphosa had an unmatched prowess in driving a hard bargain at the negotiating table with various mining companies. He was active in the Release Mandela Campaign and was subsequently appointed Chairperson of the National Reception Committee which was tasked with all preparations for programmes to receive the Rivonia Trialists, including former President Nelson Mandela, who were being released from Robben Island by an apartheid government that was collapsing under domestic and international pressure. In 1991 Mr Ramaphosa was elected Secretary General of the African National Congress at its 48th National Conference, the first national conference of the ANC on South African soil in more than thirty years. As Secretary General, he was elected into the ANC’s Top 6 at a relatively young age of 39 to serve with, among

others, luminaries such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Oliver Reginald Tambo. Former President Zuma was elected as Deputy SecretaryGeneral. President Ramaphosa’s organising and management skills, as well as almost a decade of experience as NUM head of administration in a highly political environment, were thoroughly brought into play when the ANC was faced with the mammoth task of rebuilding its structures throughout the country. True to his nature as a hard worker, Mr Ramaphosa went beyond his already demanding responsibilities as Secretary General and became the Head of the ANC’s negotiating team at the multiparty Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA). This made him a very key player in the country’s negotiated transition to a democratic dispensation. It is here where the negotiating skills that had been honed during his years in the trade union movement were brought to


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FEATURE | MEET THE RESIDENT bear. History will record that it was the negotiation he led which determined a date for the official end of apartheid and it was the organisational machinery he headed which gave the ANC a decisive electoral victory on that historic day, the 27th of April 1994. Following the 1 4 elections, the first democratic elections in our country, he became a Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly which was charged with the responsibility to draft a new constitution of the Republic. The outcome of the work he undertook diligently with his colleagues in the Constitutional Assembly became known as Act 108 of 1996, the internationally acclaimed and envied Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which truly laid the foundation for a new social order based on fundamental human rights as well as the spirit of the Freedom Charter. After concluding his commendable work on the constitution, Mr Ramaphosa left full-time political office to pursue business interests in line with the vision of the ANC to build an inclusive economy which is a far cry from the racially exclusive one championed by the apartheid government.

He joined New Africa Investments Limited where he worked with seasoned black business people such as the late Dr Nthato Motlana, who was one of the champions of Black Economic Empowerment. In 2001, he established the Shanduka Group as a black-owned investment holding company, building up a diverse portfolio of shares, listed and unlisted. In 2004, Mr Ramaphosa established the Shanduka Foundation, focusing on education and small business development. The Foundation, which has since changed its name to Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, comprises Adopt-a-School Foundation, Black Umbrellas and the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust. He is co-chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust, which is in partnership with the Free State Department of Education on a programme to develop schools in the province. Like Dr Motlana, he is serious about the economic empowerment of the historically disadvantaged national groups. He gained a wide range of business experience serving on the boards of some of Shanduka’s investee companies and other companies.

He was a member of the United Nations Global Leadership Group that advised the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights. President Ramaphosa has received several awards. He was awarded the Olof Palme prize in October 1987 in Stockholm, Sweden. In October 1991, he was a visiting Professor of Law at Stanford University in the United States. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Natal, the University of Port Elizabeth, the University of Cape Town, the University of the North, the University of Lesotho, the University of Venda and the University of Massachusetts (USA). He is currently the Chancellor of the University of Mpumalanga. He was the first Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council. He was Vice Chairman of the Global Business Coalition on HI AIDS. Mr Ramaphosa was appointed, along with former Finnish President Maarti Ahtisaari, as a weapons inspector in Northern Ireland. He also sat on the International Commission of Intervention and State Sovereignty and the UN Secretary General’s Panel on International Support to NE AD. He was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the National Planning Commission in 2010, a body created to draft a longterm National Development lan for South Africa. In an interesting turn of events, Mr Ramaphosa came back to full-time political office when he was elected Deputy resident of the ANC at its 5 rd National Conference in Mangaung, Free State in December 01 . He was subse uently appointed Deputy President of the Republic by President Jacob Zuma in 2014, who ironically had been elected his Deputy at the 1 1ANC National Conference. He was elected President of the African National Congress in December 01 at the 54th National Conference which was held at Nasrec, Johannesburg in Gauteng. As President of the Republic since mid-February this year, President Ramaphosa has been leading efforts to


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fight against the scourge of corruption and state capture which had unfortunately begun to take root in recent years. His focus has been on restoring the moral credibility of the ANC as the leader of society and an effective tool of transformation in the hands of the people. His residency has been widely welcomed by South Africans from all walks of life as signifying a new dawn in the country. This new dawn has meant, among other things, taking bold and decisive action in the State wned Entities in order to reposition them to play their rightful role in the economy. Such decisive action has included the appointment of entirely new boards where necessary. In line with resolutions of the 54th National Conference which elected him, resident Ramaphosa has been a champion of a radical land reform programme which he believes is not only necessary but also long overdue if the country has to achieve social ustice and lasting peace and prosperity. The conference directed that e propriation of land without compensation must be one of the key mechanisms at the disposal of the state in pursuance of

this land reform and redistribution. It is, however, important to note that resident Ramaphosa has emphasised in no uncertain terms that the land reform programme envisaged by the ANC will be e ecuted in line with the laws of the land and in an orderly manner which does not harm the economy but rather increase agricultural production and guarantee food security. He has on numerous occasions publicly condemned those who engage in illegal occupation of land as well as those who encourage them to do so in order to gain political mileage. resident Ramaphosa has urged the business community not to see land reform as a threat to their investment but rather as the best long-term guarantor of the safety of such investments in a stable and peaceful political as well as socioeconomic environment. As someone who pays close attention to detail, the resident is fully aware that a stable and peaceful environment will only be achieved through a deep and meaningful compact between all social partners especially government, business and labour. South Africa can only benefit from the fact that the resident has had very successful careers in all these three


As President of the Republic since mid-February this year, President Ramaphosa has been leading efforts to fight against the scourge of corruption and “state capture” which had unfortunately begun to take root in recent years.

sectors and is thus best placed to constitute the centre towards which all three gravitate for leadership and guidance on how to make South Africa a better place for all. As a visionary thinker, the resident is currently seized with efforts to mobilise all progressive forces in business and labour to oin his ambitious drive to attract S 100 Billion in foreign and domestic investment over the ne t five years especially in the labour intensive manufacturing sector. This is in line with the ANC’s resolve to reindustrialise South Africa, grow the economy and create much needed obs for the many, who remain locked out of employment opportunities. In this regard, the resident has appointed four economic Special Envoys on investment who are charged with the responsibility to engage potential investors at home and abroad about the benefits of investigating in the South African economy. Beyond this, it is envisaged that an investment conference will be convened by the resident later this year in order to facilitate a conversation between business, government, labour and other key stakeholders. The conference is also e pected to put to bed issues of policy uncertainty where these may have served as a deterrent to enthusiastic investment. In what he has coined the Thuma Mina campaign, the resident has made a rallying call to all sections of the South African society to lend a hand in the efforts to create a better life for all. Inspired by the volunteerism of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, whose twin centenaries are celebrated this year, resident Ramaphosa has called on all South Africans to volunteer their time, energy and resources to improve the uality of life for fellow South Africans who are less fortunate. The progressive business community must determine its own role in this morally compelling campaign and play its part in creating a better life for all. nder resident Ramaphosa, a spirit of positivity and a sense of renewed hope have engulfed our country, thus compelling progressive business to seize the moment.


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On 26 February 2018, South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly sworn-in leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced a major Cabinet reshuffle to create his own team to lead South Africa forward.

President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa (ANC)

Deputy President of South Africa David Mabuza (ANC)

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (ANC)

Women: Minister in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini (ANC)

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana (SACP)

Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa (ANC)

Basic Education Angie Motshekga (ANC)

Communications Nomvula Mokonyane (SACP)

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Zweli Mkhize (ANC)

Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (ANC)

Economic Development Ebrahim Patel (COSATU)

Energy Jeff Radebe (SACP)

Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa (ANC)

Finance Nhlanhla Nene (ANC)

Health Aaron Motsoaledi (ANC)

Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor (ANC)

Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba (ANC)


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Labour Mildred Oliphant (ANC)

Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe (ANC)

Human Settlements Nomaindia Mfeketo (ANC)

International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu (ANC)

Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha (ANC)

Police Bheki Cele (ANC)

Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan (ANC)

Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo (ANC)

Public Works Thulas Nxesi (ANC)

Rural Development and Land Reform Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (ANC)

Science and Technology Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane (ANC)

Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu (ANC)

Social Development Susan Shabangu (ANC)

Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa (ANC)

State Security Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba (ANC)

Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele (ANC)

Tourism Derek Hanekom (ANC)

Trade and Industry Rob Davies (SACP)

Transport Blade Nzimande (SACP)

Water and Sanitation Gugile Nkwinti (ANC)


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On the eve of the anniversary celebrations marking the 106th founding year of the ANC, a gala dinner was held at the ICC in East London.



he PBF was tasked to make the practical arrangements around this important event, being presided over by the new ANC leadership elected at the ANC National Conference held in December 2107. Given the unprecedented interest in attending, the exhibition hall venue at the ICC soon reached capacity and the ANC leadership, eager not to turn

anyone away, decided for the first time, to use an additional venue, immediately above and to hold a mirror image event in the ball room. This room contained large screens and sophisticated media facilities which would make the guests upstairs feel every bit part of the event taking place downstairs. In excess of 1 00 guests filled these two venues.

The Treasurer-General of the ANC, Paul Mashatile, opened the event, warmly welcoming the guests and introducing the new ANC officials. He called on the program director, Minister Edna Molewa, to begin the formal proceedings. Minister Molewa highlighted the diverse and all-encompassing extent of the guests in the venues and mentioned


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and welcomed in particular: • The ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa • The ANC officials: National Chairperson, Gwede Mantashe; Secretary-General Ace Magashule; Deputy SecretaryGeneral, Jesse Duarte; and TreasurerGeneral, Paul Mashatile • The Head of State of South Africa, President Zuma • The Head of State of Kenya, President Kenyatta • All ANC Alliance partners • The NEC, PECs RECs of the ANC structures • South African Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers, Executive Mayors and Councilors • Kings, Queens and Traditional leaders • The ZANU PF • The Jubilee Party, the Congress Party and the BJP of India

“It is important to always remember the ANC is not just a political party; it is a movement of the people of South Africa which has been driven for many decades by the ideals of freedom, justice and equality.” – ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa • The SPLM of South Sudan • Ambassadors; High Commissioners and members of the diplomatic corps • Business leaders • Religious leaders • Members of the media The Grace preceding the dinner was led by Rev Dr Vukile Mehana. Entertainment was provided by the “Sweet Voices of Africa Ensemble”, a local group of young artists who regaled the guests with their powerful performance. The group

proceeded upstairs to the ballroom to entertain the guests there as well. President Ramaphosa then delivered his keynote address. It was seen live and directly by the guests in the upstairs venue as well from large screens in that venue. The President highlighted the decision of the ANC officials to reach back into the principles and moral fibre of the ANC s original leadership and to embark on a program of outreach to the ANC s roots the very heart of ANC support.


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“In this leadership, we see unity in action, we see a united leadership... we see diverse talents, different viewpoints, different experiences... If we violate this mandateby being divided, we will be violating a conference decision and a conference wish... Unity for us is not an option; we have no choice but to be united.” – ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa

The President also spoke of the diversity of its leadership, saying that the election by the delegates at Nasrec in December 2017 of the apparently disparate ANC officials was in effect an instruction by the delegates to use the skills and talents of the leaders to ma imize benefit to all South Africans and to the country as a whole. The President dispelled any suggestions that the diversity of the ANC leadership would paralyse the movement, saying instead it would strengthen the ANC. The response to

the resident s speech was unanimous and he was loudly cheered and praised. Following the serving of the dinner, the President proceeded to the upstairs venue to appear in person, even though the guests had seen and heard him deliver his speech on the large media screens earlier. The guests welcomed the resident warmly and enthusiastically together with Treasurer-General aul Mashatile and program director, Minister Edna Molewa. The dinner ended by 23h00, the guests

having enjoyed a hugely successful celebratory dinner. The prompt starting time and excellent management by the program director over a two-roomed venue, the first-ever such dinner , was indeed a recipe for success. The enthusiasm and support accorded by the guests to President Ramaphosa and the ANC officials was palpable and bore witness to the desire to act together to address the challenges faced by South Africa - in a oined effort of Government and business coordinated through the ANC.


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ince taking up the position of Ecuadorian Ambassador in South Africa, María Soledad Córdova Montero has been enjoying the opportunity of introducing South Africans to the wide range of hats, scarves, towels and other textiles hand-woven in Ecuador… and especially to the famed Republica del Cacao that is prized by chocolatiers the world over. “Ecuador’s location and climate is perfect for growing our cacoa, which is used to make some of the very best chocolate in the world,” says the Ambassador. Located on South America’s west coast, the country’s equatorial climate offers fertile soil for their world-class cacoa. The country is also one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries and is

home to an astonish mix of endemic plants and animals, particularly those found in the Galápagos Islands, with the Amazon Jungle and the Andean Mountains adding to Ecuador’s astonishing bio-diversity. This includes roughly 1 640 kinds of birds, 4 500 species of butterflies, 345 reptiles, 358 amphibians and 258 mammal species. Aside from its strong drawcard as a tourist destination, Ecuador also harbours incredible trade and investment opportunities, while offering the convenience and stability of using the US dollar as its local currency. Its developing economy is highly dependent on commodities, in particular petroleum and agricultural products: oil makes up 40% of Ecuador’s exports and contributes to its positive trade balance, and the country

is ranked first in the world for producing and exporting bananas, in addition to its thriving exports of shrimp, canned tuna, flowers and cacoa. “Our wonderful climate makes it possible for our agriculture to be harvested all year round, and our positioning close to Mexico makes our ports easily accessible for exporting our goods around the Americas and across the world,” adds Ambassador Montero. “The Republic of Opportunities offers you a unique way to invest abroad and it is an excellent way to diversify your portfolio,” she adds. Key investment opportunities in Ecuador include petroleum, mining, agriculture and manufacturing, while there is also a thriving telecommunications industry. If you choose to live in Ecuador you stand


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to benefit from a cultural e perience that can be en oyed at a comparatively low cost, while investing in Ecuador can also grant you residency, which comes with its own set of perks.

LEGISLATION AND INVESTOR INCENTIVES The Ecuadorian Constitution promotes private investment, guarantees freedom of entrepreneurship and mandates the State to stimulate free competition and competitive markets. Ecuadorian law also ensures that local and foreign investors are treated e ually and en oy the same rights and privileges. A further positive is the fact that the country has the lowest Income Ta in the region and, in addition, allows a reduction of 10 points from Income Ta for any reinvestment in productive activities, in addition to an impressive list of other deductions and incentives that are aimed at promoting investment and stimulating economic growth. e also offer businessfriendly and rela ed labour laws that allow companies the fle ibility of hiring workers temporarily instead of on yearlong contracts. This is a massive boost for companies as it encourages them to help drive economic growth for themselves and the greater economy, without having to budget or be restrained by the prospect of long-term wage bills. It’s proving to be a real game-changer for our country as well as for foreign investors, says Ambassador Montero.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Ecuador is situated on the coast of the acific cean to the north of South America. This gives trade access to the whole of Latin America, East Asia as well as the west coast of the S a key market , in addition to offering access to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the east coast of the S through the anama Canal. The port system in Ecuador is composed of seven state ports and 10 private docks, all specialised in general cargo and oil, and there is an aggressive investment plan in place to drive the growth of renewable energy as well as sophisticated telecommunication services that accesses an e tensive fibre optic network. Ecuador has a mega-diverse climate with more than 1 microclimates, is located in one of the world’s most productive agricultural areas, has stable climate conditions with defined wet and dry seasons and is rich in daylight. Investors are also highly motivated by the fact that there are no restrictions on the repatriation of profits for companies. A further huge incentive are our free trade zones, as these allow investors to import raw materials and machinery duty free, manufacture them into finished or semi-processed goods, and then e port them again all without paying ta es, adds Ambassador Montero. It’s one of the key reasons Ecuador is thriving and has become known as The Republic of pportunities.

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DR ANNA MOKGOKONG Dr Mokgokong is one of South Africa’s most successful and highly respected business people, having founded Community Investment Holdings in 1995. Progressive Leader asked her to share her thoughts about South Africa’s future How optimistic are you about South Africa’s future? I’m very bullish and optimistic about the economic growth of our country, however, I do believe it will take a concerted effort from all of our citizens to unlock all of our investment opportunities. Economic growth and investments – in particular infrastructure ones – will serve to unlock the much-needed job creation we need, and if our citizens are employed it will uplift social development.

external world. Whenever I engage with global companies they are very quick to mention the negative things that are portrayed in the media and yet other countries too have similar challenges, but ours seems to be overtly portrayed.

What do you believe are the keys to us ensuring the greatest possible success for South Africa?

You started as an entrepreneur selling sandwiches at school and now lead a vast business empire. What advice do you have for South Africans about starting a business?

Most importantly, if we could lift bureaucracy it would make a major difference as, to a great extent, I believe we are over-regulated and, as a result, decision-making takes forever. This discourages and is a deterrent to investors who then move to other shores where the decision-making processes are much quicker. As South Africans we are our own worst enemy as we do not portray our country positively to the

All you need is to be brave and have confidence in yourself and your ability to implement what your heart desires. There are sacrifices to be made and a huge price to be paid and, in my case, my entrepreneurship journey took many years. At one stage I could not even afford to service my insurance premiums and I had to sell my Mercedes-Benz and opt for a smaller car that could take me from point A to point B. I had to trim all luxuries

“I believe we are overregulated and, as a result, decision-making takes forever. This discourages and is a deterrent to investors.” and lead a very simple life. Looking back, I believe it was worth my while. As a black and female entrepreneur, there are many hurdles, but being focused and steadfast earned me the ticket to the race of economic emancipation.

What are the keys for ensuring that women enjoy the same opportunities as their male counterparts in corporate South Africa? Women should be ready and prepared to


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What do female entrepreneurs need in order for them to realise their potential in South Africa? I think education and being skilled to run your business is key, because if you know what you are dealing with and you are trained then you can reach your full potential and no-one can take advantage of you. Our weakness is that we’ve been taken advantage of for a very long time, even to date. We should be fearless to enter new territories which we must research well before we delve into them and carve our way and navigate through turbulent territories. Effective partnerships with global and national leaders of the sector you are entering into is also highly advantageous as you learn from the very best.

“Mediocracy should not ever be our value, but rather excellence. We must strive to be better and to excel above our male counterparts.” What leadership message would you like to share with South African CEOs and business owners? First of all, we must be patriotic about our country – we tend to undermine and underrate ourselves. Some of the problems we face in South Africa are not only prevalent in South Africa, but also globally. The issues around corruption I believe are a global phenomenon. How would you describe the Enron calamity that took place in America of all places, to name just one example. As successful businesses in South Africa, we must be mindful that we are an integral part of our society and we should be empathic to our fellow citizens. As we succeed, we must take along whoever is around us, broader communities at large. I’m passionate about education and I do believe our youth is our future and that we must create an educated youth. Through education our young people can aspire for greater heights and they can be the future leadership of our country as they will be highly informed on issues.

What are your personal secrets to leadership?

What challenges do you face running a large empire that crosses so many different industries?

I am fearless. I believe in myself and I do not take no for an answer… if I believe the answer should be yes. I’m principled in my manner of dealing with issues and try to be as fair as possible without compromising my assertiveness. Being a team player and not just a leader is also essential.

First of all, I believe diversity is exciting and it allows you to face all kinds of dynamics, for example, if you are in the resource and commodity business it comes in cycles. If diversified, you’ll be able to swing from one to the other seamlessly. However, that said, running a large empire is also equally complex as


face competition from their male counterparts. Mediocracy should not ever be our value, but rather excellence. We must strive to be better and to excel above our male counterparts. That’s what will earn us our stripes and our seat in the boardroom and at executive level. Women are normally meticulous in their manner of doing things and I sincerely believe that this is a special additional attribute that women have and they can use this to their best to earn them the recognition that they deserve.

you have to deal with a plethora of issues, as well as dealing with different people and individuals, not to mention regulatory issues that are dynamic. However, if you work as a team and take your Executives along with you – permit the free flow of ideas, solicit advice from professionals and industry specialists – then you will succeed.

Where are the opportunities for our youth to get their hands dirty growing the economy? The most important thing about our youth is to get them ready to work and appropriately trained for the industries that they are going to participate in. Hence, we should foster internships where they work within a specific environment so that they can get the experience that they require. We need robust mentorship programs that are not just meant to tick a box but, instead, are aimed at training them adequately. Once they are ready, we must then open doors for them so that they can start their own enterprises where we can give off-takes that will enable them to run sustainable businesses. We should also encourage twinning partnerships with larger companies and industries for skills transfer.


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TOURISM: THE NEW GOLD The PBF hosted a business networking event with Deputy Tourism Minister, the Hon Elizabeth Thabethe, on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at the Coastlands Hotel Umhlanga in Durban.


uest speaker for the evening was the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Hon. Elizabeth Thabethe MP. Sadha Naidoo, a prominent Durban businessman, succinctly summed up the cocktail evening with the following words: “Deputy Minister, you mentioned that your stay in this portfolio has been a mere 11 months. I think most of us will attest that your contribution, passion and perseverance has been immense in your portfolio. I think your passion to drive job creation, and more specifically youth development and sustainable tourism is unmatched, and we thank you for that. And I think this evening you have

unpacked for us, in a very insightful manner, opportunities that prevail in the tourism industry in this region, and in this province. But also, you created an opportunity for us to use the opportunity to network, synergise and to grow our businesses. “You touched on a very pertinent point. All of us that attend these PBF meetings – and at the end of the meeting, as we drive back home – we ask ourselves the uestion have we benefitted from interaction’? And as Daryl [the PBF Convenor] always indicates, I think the purpose of this is to create a platform to facilitate, it’s information sharing, it’s

about networking, and more importantly about identifying opportunities. And I’m uite confident that this evening, through your unpacking and insightful presentation, that we have identified those opportunities – so, Deputy Minister, thank you very much for that. “Colleagues, I think we have two types of guests here this evening. One is the investor and the other, those who are looking for opportunities – I look at my left and right – Saantha Naidoo, Brian Mpono, representing his boss, Vivien Reddy, who have invested billions into the tourism industry and, more specifically, the hospitality industry. They are


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“Tourism is a sector where we can double the number of jobs that we can have in the industry.” – Hon Elizabeth Thabethe. President in his SONA rightfully said that tourism is a sector where we can double the number of jobs that we can have in the industry. “The second is a very important one, and that is the one around travel as a lifestyle, where most of the people in our country do not travel – and we need to unpack why they don’t travel. I remember some time ago there was an initiative at the department level around social tourism, and perhaps we need to give more focus on that. “The third, which is a critical one, and offers some opportunities for us,

colleagues, is around the value chain. The tourism sector is one that has a very extensive value chain – right from agriculture, transport to manufacturing. The Premier of this province today focused on three key areas – agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. And therein lies an opportunity – and we spoke about synergies and networking. “And the last question, and maybe my question and comment, Deputy Minister, is around the opportunities that present all of us here around Operation Phakisa. The Blue Economy in this province – we have an extensive coastline and perhaps around marine and coastal tourism – that is an opportunity. “Colleagues, I have extended my mandate from Vote of Thanks to touch on some of the pertinent points, having been in the industry itself. But I trust that you have enjoyed the evening, trust that you are taking back some opportunities, some thought-provoking thoughts, so that we can benefit from being members of the PBF – I thank you.”


contributing to ensure that there is job creation and that tourism is the catalyst to economic development in the City and the country. I think their presence also complements the rest of us who are here to identify the opportunities in this industry, which is called ‘the new gold’. “I think Brian touched on a very pertinent point: it’s about the empowerment issue – the various mechanisms in which one gets empowered. To get a contract or supply beds to a hotel, is on a smaller scale on the value chain. But to be that owner of a hotel, or an apartment or a bed and breakfast, that is genuine real empowerment, and one needs to start refocusing our minds on that. And I think tonight is a milestone moment in that respect. “Deputy Minister, I just want to conclude by highlighting very quickly, once again, the key points that you have indicated, so we can take the points back when we are driving back home. The one obviously was about job creation – the

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he guest of honour for the event was Sfiso Buthelezi, the Deputy Minister of Finance, who also presented the keynote address to BF members. Minister Buthelezi’s presence and address was of particular relevance as the Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, had delivered the Budget speech to arliament and the nation the previous day. The briefing and networking event was attended by around 0 guests drawn from the entire business spectrum attended, along with various Chairs of arliamentary

and Standing Committees, Members of arliament, Ambassadors, Diplomats and representatives from various business organisations and Chambers. The event started promptly at 1 h00, when Deputy Minister Buthelezi briefed the gathering on the behind-the-scenes work, rationale and strategic thinking that had determined the outcome of the final Budget speech which Minister Gigaba had delivered in arliament the day before. Deputy Minister Buthelezi spoke in particular about the difficult choices that

the Department of Finance had to made in order to ensure sufficient ta income to increase the national fiscus to ensure South Africa has sufficient funds to operate. The big talking point was the decision by National Treasury to increase vat by one percent, which was one of the surprises of Minister Gigaba’s Budget Speech. Deputy Minister Buthelezi highlighted the need for combined and oined efforts countrywide in order to ensure that the goals and aspirations of each South African could be accommodated under


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The renewed level of trust an confi ence in the u get i trans ate into reciprocate confi ence fro outh frican citi ens fiso uthe e i

the provisions of the national budget. He repeated the sentiment made by Minister Gigaba that the new Budget was financially tough but strategically essential to ensure South Africa’s growth and development. He added that the Government was convinced that the renewed level of trust and confidence in it would translate into reciprocated confidence from South African citizens. Following the Deputy Minister’s keynote address there was an open discussion as well as a question and answer session,

as guests en uired about the basket of services being offered by the Government, the base from which ta ation was levied, the implementation of the sugar ta and whether the Budget was ratings agenciesmotivated. At the conclusion of the formal proceedings, guests stayed to network and engage further over cocktails and snacks.


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The PBF attended the Belt & Road Trade and Investment Forum in Beijing… and went looking for trade opportunities.


delegation of PBF businesspeople attended the Belt & Road Trade and Investment Forum held in Beijing, China, on Thursday, 12 April 2018. Co-organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, China Chamber of International Commerce, ICC World Chambers Federation and Silk Road Business Council, the forum’s purpose was to garner the support of businesses from countries that form part of the “Belt & Road Initiative (BRI)”. The BRI represents a global framework for economic integration that could significantly reduce the costs of moving goods, services and people across the borders of around 65 countries that form part of the initiative. Initiated by China, the BRI aims to promote policy communication, land and maritime

connectivity, trade and investment promotion, monetary circulation and people-to-people exchanges. The forum focused on industrial investment, trade & e-commerce, financial cooperation and economic development, in addition to Belt & Road legal services and risk management. It was attended by a wide range of highlevel participants, including inter alia Jiang Zengwei (Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade , eter Mih k Chair, orld Chambers Federation) and Qian Keming (the Vice Minister of Commerce of China). The keynote address was delivered by the Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Gao Yunlong. In his address to the forum, Daryl

Swanepoel (the Convenor of the PBF) said that the BRI, led by China, holds much promise for accelerating trade and investment within and between the 65 countries that have signed up to it. For Africa in particular, participation in the BRI offers strategic access to infrastructural development, investment and new channels of trade. The immense potential will be welcomed

The BRI represents a global framework for economic integration that cou significant reduce the costs of moving goods, services and people across the borders of around 65 countries. by the African countries along the Belt & Road, but there is evidence that these countries will not unconditionally subscribe thereto. African countries are increasingly becoming critical of the


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for BF enterprises that accompanied it to China. This included factory visits in the cities of Zhongshan and uhan, attendance of the Canton Fair in Guangzhou and the China Refrigeration E hibition, also in Bei ing. The South African enterprises were also given the opportunity to present investment pro ect proposals to the 01 Industrial and commercial enterprises investment and trade event in the city of Zhengzhou.


African countries are increasingly becoming critical of the wholesale export of raw materials ithout eneficiation at source of extraction.


wholesale export of raw materials without beneficiation at source of e traction and, as such, are wary of committing to e clusive trading arrangements and are, as a result, raising uality concerns as key reasons for remaining attached to their traditional supply chains. The development of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA adds a further dimension to Africa’s participation in the BRI, as it dramatically e pands the consumer market for enterprises along the Belt Road, making Africa’s participation therein even more strategic and desired. Swanepoel added that the drivers of the BRI will be well advised to promote mutual trust and mutual benefit in their endeavours to ensure a successful partnership and outcome. Further to attending the forum, the BF facilitated tailor-made trade visits

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ADDRESSES PBF JOBURG The Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, spoke to members of the PBF at a recent ohannes urg riefing in pri


he Minister of Energy and the Head of ANC Policy, the Hon. Jeff Radebe, addressed a packed Progressive Business Forum BF briefing held at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg. Also present was the Charge d’ affaires of the United States, Ms Jesse Lapenn. Minister Radebe briefed delegates and members on the latest developments and

trends within the energy sector, including details regarding the recent approval of 27 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects (REIPPP). The Minister had, earlier in the month, signed a R56-billion contract that was expected to add in the region of 2,300MW of electricity to South Africa’s national grid. This game-changing project would utilise the services of 27 independent

renewable energy power producers in what Radebe described as a “milestone following a long period of uncertainty”. “These 27 new projects represent the biggest IPP procurement by the department to date, combining in a total investment of R56-billion,” said Radebe, who added that the energy sector was poised for take-off and was certain to make a significant contribution to GD


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The energy sector is poised for take-off and is certain to make a significant contri ution to GDP and employment gro th eff a e e and employment growth. Minister Radebe’s formal presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session, after which the newly appointed Executive Manager of the PBF, Ms Elizabeth (Dolly) Tryon, was introduced by PBF Convenor, Daryl Swanepoel. Ms Tryon did the vote of thanks on behalf of business, after which members enjoyed networking over drinks and supper.

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If being black means suffering, then let me not be If being white means isolation, then let me not be I don’t want to be black if it means rebellion Let me not be white if it means superiority above others I choose to be human for that has neither race nor colour Please do not categorise me to judge me My humanness separates me distinctively If being black means poverty and being white subjectivity beg to be hu an in hu anity y D A cannot be defined Does black and white choose their pigmentation? Classification is the fall of a nation A fallen nation is a weak consortium Vulnerable to a cascade of viruses Racism Repeatedly Accelerates Condemnation Incorrectly Separating Mankind Allow my humanness to be supreme

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AUSTRALIA FOCUS Australia and South Africa share so many strengths. We are diverse multicultural societies with economies largely based on our rich natural environments, and values underpinned by the rule of law, open societies and liberal economies.


he growing economic and political ties between Australia and South Africa are only enhanced by our strong cultural, sporting and family ties, and we support and enjoy every opportunity for our peoples to get to know each other more at an individual level. Of course, we are also only an Indian Ocean away from each other.

ANTI-APARTHEID STRUGGLE Australia was a proud leader of the international struggle against apartheid, a contribution that remains as relevant today as ever. Our contribution was profiled at the Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid’ exhibition opened by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in December 01 at South Africa’s iconic Constitution Hill. We appreciate that the struggle to end apartheid was won here in South Africa, and primarily by the ANC. But in the 1 60s, 0s and 0s, Australian Governments of both political persuasions united in a bipartisan consensus for Australia to be one of the

driving forces against apartheid in the Commonwealth, and the wider international community. We employed various methods to get the attention of the world to end the crime against humanity that was apartheid. Australia’s sporting boycott was particularly well-targeted. After mass protests during the Springboks rugby union tour of Australia in 1 1, Labor rime Minister Gough hitlam announced in 1 that sporting teams selected on the basis of race would be prohibited from entering Australia. Liberal rime Minister Malcolm Fraser supported the 1 6 nited Nations General

Assembly resolution on apartheid in sport. A year later he was a strong supporter of the Commonwealth’s Gleneagles Agreement, which called for a boycott of racially-selected sporting teams. Labor rime Minister Bob Hawke further tightened sporting contacts in 1 . It was through Mr Hawke that Australia established scholarships for non-white South Africans to study in Australia, and assisted the ANC to establish its Australasian and acific ffice in Sydney. Eddie Funde, a truly wonderful man who remains a close friend of the High Commission, became the Chief


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Gareth Evans, the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Mr Hawke’s Government, was honoured in 2015 with the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo for his role.

BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP The breadth of the bilateral relationship between South Africa and Australia today is impressive, mindful that, in some respects, we started from scratch in 1994. Both nations are Southern Hemisphere Commonwealth countries. Both our economies are grounded in strong mining, resources and agriculture sectors. Under the banner of ‘economic diplomacy’, promoting bilateral trade and investment is a particular priority for both governments. We are doing well, but it is an area for substantial further growth in the relationship. This potential has been identified by the Australian Senate, which has undertaken a Parliamentary Inquiry into the trade and investment relationship with the countries of Africa, with its report expected later this year. South Africa is by far Australia’s largest trading partner on the African continent. Australia’s total two-way trade in goods and services with South Africa amounted to more than R$30-billion in the 2016-17 financial year, representing almost half of Australia’s total trade with Africa. It is a balanced trade relationship with Australia

and South Africa exporting and importing similar amounts. Major Australian exports to South Africa include aluminum and coal; while South Africa’s most important export to Australia is passenger motor vehicles. The investment relationship is also burgeoning, with total two-way investment over R$120-billion in the 2016 calendar year. Mining leads the way, with some 140 Australian mining projects in South Africa, and several mining services providers having established offices in Johannesburg. But mining is only the beginning of the story, with significant growth occurring in the services sector, especially in retail and financial services.


Representative of the ANC in the region. We were proud to host him. He facilitated visits to Australia during the 1980s by several ANC senior leaders, including Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu, along with other prominent anti-apartheid activists, most notably Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Eddie’s leadership, together with the receptive ears of the Australian Government and public, ensured that South Africa’s struggle for democracy was rarely far from the headlines in Australia. The impact of Australia’s sanctions was marked. Our imports from South Africa dropped by 14 per cent from 1983 to 1987, while our exports to South Africa plunged by 26 per cent. International sanctions, particularly when the UK and US took actions similar to those taken by Australia and others, bit hard in South Africa. When former President Nelson Mandela visited Australia in 1990, he told a massive crowd assembled on the steps of the Sydney Opera House that he could ‘feel the solidarity of Australians and others for 27 years through thick prison walls’. Australia’s contribution to the antiapartheid struggle is much more than history. It is an integral aspect of the broad bilateral relationship that we enjoy today with the democratic South Africa.

Australia’s total twoway trade in goods and services with South Africa amounted to more than R$30 billion in the financia ear representing almost half of Australia’s total trade with Africa. Australia’s Cotton On has over 170 stores in South Africa and has its largest store globally in the iconic Mall of Africa in Midrand. Australia’s Commonwealth Bank invested in South Africa’s TYME Digital, enabling self-service kiosks through Pick n Pay stores. Australia’s Windlab has implemented renewable energy projects through the Western and Eastern Cape. There has also been considerable South African investment into Australia. Woolworths purchased Australia’s David Jones and Country Road stores in 2014, Growthpoint Properties is now one of the top five office and commercial leasing companies in Australia, and Outsurance owns Youi Insurance, which was an innovative entrant into the Australian insurance market.


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Beyond seeking to promote particular trade and investment opportunities, structural similarities between the South African and Australian economies mean that we are well-placed to discuss our responses to shared economic challenges. Extractives and agriculture are important components of both our economies. It follows that we have both had to adapt to commodity and water availability boom and bust cycles, which makes planning and government policy settings all the more important in ensuring job security, inclusive growth and profitable returns to companies. Australians and South Africans are great adventurers. We have direct flights from both our national carriers – Qantas and SAA – which makes travel times between our countries shorter. We have strong and balanced tourism links, with almost 90,000 Australians visiting South Africa, and over 55,000 South Africans visiting Australia, both in the 2017 calendar year. Any Australian visiting South Africa is immediately struck with the similarity of the natural environment – the beaches, the deserts, the outback – and the similar climate - we are both top 10 countries for having the most sunshine in the world. All

of which is a great place to enjoy a BBQ or braai for our countless families with a foot in both countries. Cooperation in science and technology is important, and Australia is proud to cohost the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope (SKA), with South Africa. The SKA is a R 10-billion scientific pro ect of global significance, involving over 0 countries. Once completed, the thousands of dishes to be installed in remote areas of South Africa and Australia – chosen for their unusually dark skies – will work as a single radio telescope. It is driving scientific innovation not only in astronomy, but also ‘big data’ computing, with exciting opportunities for South African and Australian manufacturers and researchers. The SKA too also reinforced our people-to-people links through the “Shared Sky” exhibition of artworks by South African and Australian indigenous artists depicting the stars. While the SKA is mostly about cutting-edge science, the artworks reminded us of the shared magic of the southern hemisphere night sky, and its place in the traditions of our respective peoples.

e are confident that our people-topeople links will only continue to grow. Our Australia Awards program, which offers short course fellowships and masters scholarships to well- ualified South Africans, creates an everexpanding group of alumni whom, we hope, have developed a real understanding of and affection for Australia. Our Australian Volunteers program sees skilled Australians making valuable contributions to a range of organisations, big and small throughout South Africa. The High Commission also manages a modest Direct Aid Program to provide grass roots support to selected community organisations. And then there are the ubiquitous sporting links between two sports-mad countries. Attention has traditionally focussed on cricket and rugby – and we have welcomed both the Australian national teams to South Africa recently. However, we also saw the Australian national netball and hockey teams visit, and are particularly pleased to see 25 000 South African kids now playing Australian Rules Football, or AFL, our indigenous game known as ‘footy wild’ in South Africa. They are mostly in the

ABOVE LEFT SASCOC Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team farewell March 2018. Australian High Commissioner HE Adam McCarthy with Caster Semenya. ABOVE RIGHT SASCOC Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay Mpumalanga with Australian High Commissioner HE Adam McCarthy and school children from Eco Children, an NGO funded by the Australian High Commission.


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COUNTRY FOCUS | AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY Australia, like South Africa, is a vibrant, multicultural society. Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures, as well as Australians who identify with more than 270 ancestries. More than one-in-four of Australia’s 24 million

Nearly 20 per cent of Australians speak a language other than English at home and this rich, cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is central to our modern national identity. people were born overseas, almost 50 per cent have at least one parent who was born overseas, and nearly 20 per cent of Australians speak a language other than English at home. This rich, cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths. It is central to our modern national identity. We have a strong framework of laws to support non-discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, marital status and culture. But there is always room for improvement, as demonstrated by the 2017 legalisation of same-sex marriage. This was preceded by a postal survey, with a majority vote (over 61%) in favour of marriage reform, with every Australian state and every territory voting ‘yes’. Passing the Bill was only another step along the road, and we look to learn the lessons from other countries such as South Africa who preceded us on this journey.

CONCLUSION As southern countries, straddling the world’s major oceans and looking to Antarctica, we have so much more that binds than separates us. As longstanding members of the UN, we both believe that freedom is best advanced when we nurture an environment where ideas can flourish and where those who govern are accountable to the governed. As Commonwealth, G20 and Indian Ocean Rim Association members, we both believe our joint prosperity lies in the economic diplomacy of building trade, investment, tourism and people links. We look forward to continuing to share our joint expertise and values across our diverse interests. And, of course, to playing South Africa in every sport imaginable.

townships in the Free State and Western Cape, where footy wild is a new and fun sport, and where sport plays an important developmental role by promoting a healthy lifestyle and social cohesion. The South African Lions competed in the International AFL Cup in Australia in August 2017, and placed a respectable eighth out of 23 competing national teams. Australia is hosting the XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April 2018, and we look forward to welcoming the South African team led by flag bearer and global inspiration Caster Semenya. The Gold Coast Games will be the first to fully integrate disabled and able bodied competitions, and also to have an even number of events for both men and women, demonstrating our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.


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Around 70 percent of the earth is covered by water, but less than three percent of it is drinkable. With the world’s population adding over a billion people or more every two decades, the search for drinkable water is top of every forward-thinking leader’s radar.


ater, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink,” wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his famed poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the poem those words are spoken by a sailor whose boat is drifting slowly on becalmed waters in the middle of the ocean. He is surrounded by salt water as far as the eye can see, yet none if it is drinkable. Cape Town has faced much the same situation over the past two years. Surrounded by water, Cape Town’s central business district is the powerhouse of the region, yet the province started to run dry as dams sunk down to critical levels. The recent winter rains have allayed fears of the Western Cape reaching the dreaded Day Zero, but the crisis has called into question the urgent need to resource the city and the province. Water-saving

strategies are being rolled out through municipalities and the corporate world, while residents are also playing their part. Additional dams are on the drawing board, but such solution still rely entirely on rainfall. The province has had to box smarter and look for innovative solutions. “Cape Town and the Western Cape is setting a new global standard for waterwise tourism. Climate change is a reality in many places around the world, and we have shown that it is possible to adapt and grow, by working together and being sustainable,” said Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro. In the last three years alone, the City of Cape Town has reduced its water usage by nearly 60%, setting a new world-class standard, which is a model that the rest of the world should look to emulate. Essential to this has been the buy-in of the corporate world and the hospitality

industry in particular. “We have acted with urgency to ensure that our businesses are visitor-ready,” states Danny Bryer of Protea Hotels by Marriott. “We’ve adapted to our new normal and we are pressing ahead both as individual businesses and collectively as an industry to ensure all-round sustainability.” The new water programme by the City of Cape Town includes ground water abstraction from underground aquifers, temporary desalination and re-claimed/ re-used water, which already supplies 12 percent of the city’s daily usage, and would increase to more than 45 percent within a year. Surrounded by water up the East and West coasts, the opportunity for using advanced desalination processes to ‘harvest’ ocean water is enormous, although there are challenges – not the


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CAPE TOWN’S V&A PLANT WSP is one of the largest multidisciplinary engineering consultancies on the African continent, and they have played a crucial role in the fast-tracked development of the City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of fresh water into the city’s network per day. WSP has also been involved in the construction of some of the desalination plant projects around the South African coastline, including the City of Cape Town’s V&A desalination plant and the one at Richards Bay. The desalination plant located at the V&A Waterfront forms part of a series of emergency water supply projects the City of Cape Town Municipality is implementing to supplement critically low water resource levels in the district. Quality Filtration Systems (QFS), along with Osmoflo, were awarded the work as the main contractor – to build, own and operate the plant, as well as to decommission the plant at the end of the contract term. WSP tendered as subconsultants to QFS, where the company provided design engineering and site supervision services. According to Marthinus Retief, Principal Associate: Coastal, at WSP

Surrounded by water up the East and West coasts, the opportunity for using advanced desalination processes to ‘harvest’ ocean water is enormous, although there are challenges Maritime Africa: “Given the state of emergency of the water crisis in the region, this was a rapid execution, top priority project for all parties involved.” Retief confirms that the pro ect was awarded to QFS in January 2018. WSP, as sub-consultants, immediately started working on the designs, drawings and specifications for the plant’s ancillary components. Practical completion of these components was reached within two months and the plant is currently finalising overall commissioning. “We provided concept to detailed designs, as well as construction drawings and specifications for the desalination plant’s ancillary works. As this project was fast-tracked, significant focus was placed on where we could save time, but not compromise on quality of design or constructability. We also designed the ancillary works in such a way that the system can be upgraded by up to 50% in terms of production, if required,” adds Retief. The three main components that make up the ancillary works include the marine intake pipeline and seawater pumping system, the brine discharge system and the injection system to convey the fresh water to the localised water infrastructure network. WSP provided the marine, civil and mechanical design of these components. The desalination process itself is owned and operated by QFS, along with Osmoflo. “The seawater abstraction system is located close to the entrance to the V&A basins, but designed for optimised water quality and rapid construction. The desalination process separates the salts from the seawater and produces brine,

which is then discharged back into the ocean – and the fresh water is fed into the City of Cape Town’s infrastructure networks. Care was taken to discharge the brine in an environmentally acceptable manner,” says Retief. WSP also provided project management services, as well as site supervision for quality assurance and quick decision-making on site during construction. “There was always a member from our team on site, working closely with QFS and Southern Oceaneering (the contractor) to ensure that everything was done according to the design and for quality control purposes. This also enabled the project team, collectively, to collaborate better and ensure that any queries from site could be addressed and decisions executed rapidly.”


least being the cost of creating the infrastructure and then running it. The costs of desalination will, however, continue to drop as technology improves and economies of scale come into play throughout the industry. In June 2015, there were already 18 426 desalination plants operating globally, according to the International Desalination Association. Those plants were already producing water for 300 million people, roughly 86.8 million cubic meters per day, and with the increase in dry weather conditions globally the desalination market set to explode into a $70-billion industry over the next two decades.

RETHINKING THE NORM WSP designed the brine discharge system to operate under gravity, rather than a pumping system as envisaged within the tender document. However, by changing the hydraulics, WSP was able to optimise this process, which saved the client capital and operational costs on the project. Together with Southern Oceaneering, WSP designed a geotextile bag weighting system to provide stability for the marine intake pipeline. This enabled the contractor to more easily install the pipeline onto the existing revetment slope and down to the required depth on the seabed. The bags were concrete filled after installation to provide the required stability against wave action. Being an alternative solution to conventional


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(Above) A 3D image of Sea Harvest’s desalination plant and (right) the actual plant at the company’s Saldanha Bay operations.

SEA HARVEST’S MULTI-MILLION RAND DESALINATION PLANT WILL BENEFIT THE BUSINESS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES SALDANHA BAY: The installation of Sea Harvest’s multi-million-rand desalination plant, which includes desalination and reverse osmosis (RO), should ensure that the group can continue to operate and honour its commitment to delivering against stakeholder expectations. Since the Western Cape was declared a drought-stricken region in 2016, Sea Harvest has reduced its fresh water consumption by 35% in an effort to alleviate the pressure on this precious resource. According to Sea Harvest Operations Director, Terence Brown, the plant has the capacity to supply the company’s operations at its Saldanha Bay plant with all the water needed. “The most important deliverable of the plant is 1.15 ML of potable water per day. This will ensure that there is no disruption within our business should we reach ‘day zero’. In this way we can remain sustainable and profitable but most importantly protect jobs. Sea Harvest is the single largest employer within the Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM). Anything that negatively affects our ability to operate will have dire consequences on the communities in and around which we operate. As a responsible corporate citizen, we have to do our best to prevent this from happening.” Brown says that the quality of the water produced by the plant will meet the drinking water specification of 60

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the South African National Standard (SANS 241), which states the minimum requirements for potable water to be considered safe for human consumption. He adds that, “The plant is designed in such a way that the quality of the water will be monitored continuously. In addition, the SBM will provide further quality assurance by testing the water to ensure compliance with the required standard.” Sea Harvest does not have a licence to distribute water and can, therefore, only use the water produced by its desalination plant in its operations. Sea Harvest’s operation is both National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and European Union accredited, and to retain this accreditation stringent food processing requirements include the use of water. This natural resource is, therefore, a key component of Sea Harvest’s operations. The company’s vessels are loaded with ice to store fish caught at sea. Both the Fresh Fish Processing and Added Value factories, based at the Saldanha Bay Harbour, are also dependent on municipal water to remain operational. It uses the municipal water for factory hygiene, primary and secondary fish processing, human consumption, washing bins and tubs, ice, and water supply to vessels. Below are some of the measures previously implemented by Sea

Harvest to reduce its consumption of municipal water: • A sea water supply line was installed to connect to the water pump system to allow its cleaning service provider to do an initial rinse of its facilities using sea water; • Hygiene water pressure was increased to reduce the volume required; • Inspections of freshwater lines were increased and the time to perform any repairs was reduced; • Daily monitoring and reporting of freshwater consumption in factories were conducted; • Meetings were held with the SBM to discuss the effectiveness of municipal flow meters; • There was an increased emphasis on employee awareness via presentations and face-toface engagement, as well as a competition to promote water saving.


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RICHARDS BAY CASE STUDY: DESALINATING WITHIN FOUR MONTHS Facing an acute water shortage in the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the provincial cabinet issued a drought disaster declaration in 2014, and the Emergency Water Transfer Scheme was activated in July 2014. The South African Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) decided to look

for a solution to recover the drinking water shortages. Based on needs for rapid delivery, fast set-up, and immediate deployment, a plant based on 10 NIR B containerised S R Sea ater Reverse smosis units was contracted in August 2016. Because the entire plant is based on ten 40-foot shipping containers, it has an extremely small footprint and was rapidly deployed. The NIR B S desalination system is a modular, pre-assembled,


pre-cast concrete weight collars, it saved time on construction, while also reducing risk during pipeline installation. WSP worked closely with the contractor to ensure that the solution was constructible and optimised. “The professional work and value added by WSP on the City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant played an integral role in timely and professional delivery of the project under extreme pressure. The engineering and project management skills showcased by WSP during the project planning and implementation phases were impressive and made the project for QFS so much easier to deliver according to specifications, says Herman Smit, Managing Director, Quality Filtration Systems (QFS). “To ensure the project deadline could be met, we leveraged on the world-class expertise of our team of Coastal and Civil engineers to find solutions that were workable from a design perspective and

WHAT IS DESALINATION? Desalination is a process that removes salts and minerals from water. In the case of saltwater, desalination makes it possible to produce water that can be used for drinking as well as irrigation. Naturally, salt is a by-product of desalination because the process removes salt. Desalination is common on seagoing ships and submarines and it is one of small group of water sources that do not require rainfall to provide potable water.

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The global desalination market is set to explode into a $70-billion industry over the next two decades containerized solution that’s ideal for a compact area with minimal infrastructure. It comes ready for integration with other systems and equipment and it completely modular, allowing for staged expansion to support capacity upgrades, if desired. The plant was delivered in only four months, and included a centralised intake, post-treatment and remote monitoring. The plant’s smart design ensures it is more efficient and less costly in terms of infrastructure, equipment and operation and maintenance. The NIROBOX-based plant is successfully desalinating seawater

seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day to produce 10,000m3/d of potable, high quality drinking water to serve the local community of about 150 000 households. Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, has stressed that “there is dire need for coordination of infrastructure investments in targeted spaces across spheres, sectors and with stakeholders; and government across the various spheres should strive to overcome persistent backlogs and inequities in service delivery through improved intergovernmental planning and budgeting processes.” The recent rains have taken the strain off the Western Cape for now, but it’s crucial that decision makers across South Africa do not take their foot off the pedal of progress in terms of water saving as well as infrastructure development. When it comes to households, tourism, businesses and industry at large, water is a non-negotiable.

THE DOWNSIDE OF DESALINATION The byproduct of most desalination plants is brine, which is pumped back into the ocean. This posed a major concern for environmentalists and is an issue that will require innovative thinking to identify and develop ways of better utilising this brine or adapting the process to limit, reduce or redirect this byproduct. Desalination is also an energy intensive process, with roughly 14 kilowatt-hours of energy being required to produce 1 000 gallons of desalinated seawater. This is a cost that has to be borne in times of crisis, but it’s another long-term challenge that needs to be solved. On the plus side, desalinated water is generally viewed as being healthier than river or groundwater, as it contains less salt and limescale.


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The Consumer Electronics Expo attracted over 300 Chinese businesspeople representing more than 100 companies, in addition to a number of PBF companies who also participated.


he Progressive Business Forum co-organized the International Consumer Electronics Expo 2017, which was held at the Sandton International Convention Centre from 23-25 November 2017. The opening ceremony was addressed by a number of high-profile speakers, including Hon. Lindiwe Zulu MP (Minster for Small Business Development,), Ms Sun Tianlu (Chairperson of the Shenzhen Strategic Cooperation Association), Mr Yang Xinhong (Director General of the bureau of Statistics, Shenzhen Municipality), Mr Vusi Mweli (Director Export Trade Development, the dti) and Mr Godfrey Khuvutlu (Manager, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency). In his welcome address, Mr Daryl Swanepoel Convenor of the BF spoke of the significance of the e hibition for the role it has played in introducing “a range of alternative products into the South African market , adding that the importance of expanding the range of enterprises participating in the electronics sector ensures there is “enhanced competition, which is good for pushing down the price, which in turn is good for the consumer .

Minister Lindiwe Zulu thanked the ANC Progressive Business Forum for inviting her to attend such an important expo, adding that “South Africa and our continent overall shares a rich history, heritage and collaboration in economic and social relations with China . The Minister went on to highlight the fact that South Africa and China share a common desire to influence the global agenda in the 21st century in a manner that reflects the aspirations of developing our regions, and that the Expo is important as it consolidates the ChinaSouth Africa trade and investment relationship. She added that it is important to use such Expos for “real business exchanges and not merely gatherings . “As the Minister of Small Business, I am particularly interested in the promotion of entrepreneurship through innovation, and harnessing the collective efforts of all stakeholders interested in creating a culture of entrepreneurship. The idea is that we want to establish a culture of job creators rather than ob seekers, and we are open to solid partnerships in this regard, added the Minister. She stressed the importance of

entrepreneurship as it holds the key to resolving most economic problems, and highlighted the fact that South Africa and China remain firm in a collective commitment to build, develop and strengthen their relations.

“We want to establish a culture of job creators rather than job seekers, and we are open to solid partnerships in this regard.” – Minister Lindiwe Zulu “South Africa is moving rapidly to unlock our latent potential within the context of dynamic growth in Africa. However, we must work more effectively, and with clarity of purpose, if we are to truly unleash this potential. We believe that this cannot be done in isolation, but instead we must work closely with partners in China, concluded the Minister.


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MARITIME MARKETING PERFECTLY POSITIONED TO SUPPORT SOUTHERN AFRICA’S GROWING PLASTICS INDUSTRY Maritime Marketing has been servicing and supplying the plastics industry in Southern Africa for over 50 years. Such longevity bears testimony to a company that has been agile enough to adapt to the significant changes in the plastics industry, ranging from new competitors joining the race to technological advancements in machinery and materials. Greg Gerasimo, Managing Director at Maritime, comments: “Our ability to navigate our way through the industry headwinds has resulted in Maritime Marketing’s continued and consistent success in supplying and maintaining quality plastics converting machinery.” Maritime supplies end-to-end solutions in injection moulding, blow moulding, extrusion, vacuum forming, ancillaries as well as size reduction & recycling. Greg adds that, “Becoming a member of the PBF has allowed

us to connect with entrepreneurs who see gaps in the market ranging from the production of high volume, low-cost consumer homeware products to proprietary design products aimed at water conservation for small-scale agricultural projects, for example.” With Government focus on the environment and the global challenge of plastic landfill sites, Maritime also provides turnkey plastic recycling equipment that is underpinned by Maritime’s training, service and spares. “Visionary entrepreneurs are joining the dots between government funding and grants, job creation and opportunities stemming from environmental waste, in order to create sustainable recycling businesses whether it be on a large or small scale, and Maritime provides the perfect products and services to support this growing sector,” Greg says.

Maritimes’ pedigree ensures that all machinery supplied is of the highest international standards and their services include: • Design • Supply • Professional advice • Factory trials • Shipping • Insurance • Clearing • Local transport & rigging • Installation • Training & skills transfer • Maintenance • Warranty • Spares


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JACKSON MTHEMBU Progressive Leader asked ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu to share his ie s on here outh frica is going an hat inspires hi ith confi ence for the future of South Africa.


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PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT In everything that arliament does, and in all laws that it passes, it is e pected by our constitution to involve the South African public in the processes of passing such legislations. The South African constitution refers to this process of involving our people as ublic articipation. Therefore, there is no passing of legislation including any amendments to the constitution) that can pass the constitutional master unless the people of South Africa have had inputs in that work of parliament. It is for this reason that Committees of arliament – both in the National Assembly and National Council of rovinces – hold public hearings on important matters before these Committees in order to solicit their opinions of our people on whatever matters that are before them. Thirdly, the work of all Committees of arliament whether interrogating departments on their performance or deliberating on oversight, or legislative

“All these laws would have at its nucleus the total transformation of South Africa into a South Africa that serves all our people immaterial of the colour of their skin, their political belief and religious belief.” representatives and all the meetings are opened to the South African public so that our people can attest to the working of their own public representatives referred to as the Members of arliament.

THE YOUTH… OUR FUTURE! No country can ever have a future unless it crafts a rule for its youth in its development. ith this in mind, the arliament of the Republic continues to oversight the Executive on programs that have a direct bearing on our young people. Amongst others of those programs that are driven by the E ecutive includes the National outh Development Agency in the office of the resident, as well as a full department that deals with the preparation of our youth for adult life through proper educational programs. These departments include the department of Basic Education and the department of Higher Education and Training, through which our government ensures that our young people are prepared for the future through education. The budget of our Government for this year, 2018 and many other years in the past, has allowed more financial resources to this important aspect of empowering our young people i.e. their education . arliament has, without fail, approved and passed the budget presented by the Minister of Finance with a chunk of it directed to programs of youth education. e are very happy as arliament that, through our programs

with the Executive over a period of 24 years since our dawn of democracy, enough financial resources have been pumped into the basic education program to an e tent that many of our schools under the basic education program are fee free schools, and this has basically removed the burden of paying fees from parents. Similarly, for the current financial year, a massive allocation has been included in our budget to ensure free education for deserving students in tertiary institutions both in niversities and T ET colleges for the ne t three years. This is an achievement that all South Africans should take great pride in, as this was an ideal that was alluded to in the Freedom Charter – that the doors of learning shall be opened to all. hile there is a lot that parliament does through its work to ensure a brighter future of our young people, the uestion that the political parties that represent our people in arliament need to grapple with is how many of their Members of arliament are young people’ and how do they ensure that, during the ne t elections, more young people are represented in arliament.



oming back from our past – a past of discrimination, a past of racial segregation and a past where the ma ority of our people in the country are black – the important role of arliament as a people tribune in our democracy is to pass laws that relegates discrimination and racial segregation to the dustbin of history and, thus, allow a democratic South Africa to move away from a situation where black people could not have any ownership of the productive assets of our country. arliament must, therefore, contribute by becoming the torch bearer when it comes to ensuring that there is total transformation in our country in favour of those who were previously on the receiving side of apartheid colonialism. All these laws – along with the oversight that parliament would e ercise on the e ecutive – would have at its nucleus the total transformation of South Africa into a South Africa that serves all our people immaterial of the colour of their skin, their political belief and religious belief.

THE WORK OF THE CHIEF WHIP’S OFFICE The ffice of the Chief hip is the political management office that ensures seamless coordination of the parliament programme - amongst other things - and between the various political parties represented in arliament. This is given effect through the Chief hips’ Forum, which meets on a weekly basis. ithout multi-party agreements and co-ordinated work, arliament would not be in a position to craft a programme and work as seamlessly as it does. It is this co-ordination from the ffice of the Chief hip that becomes central to the work of arliament. The Chief hip of the ANC is responsible for ensuring that the ANC members of arliament – the M s who have been deployed by the ANC – do their


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“A massive allocation has been included to ensure free education for deserving students in tertiary institutions both in Universities and TVET colleges. This is an achievement all South Africans should take great pride in.” parliamentary work as envisaged by the organisation that deployed them. The Chief Whip, therefore, ensures that the mandate carried out by ANC MPs in this Parliament is indeed implemented without fail. The mandate that is carried by ANC MPs includes attending to their parliamentary obligations which are Parliament plenary sessions, Portfolio and Select Committees, Study Groups, ANC Cluster Committees, as well as ANC Caucus. Of course, the Chief Whip also has an interest in the preparedness of the ANC MPs for all debates that come before the two Houses of Parliament, the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and, for this purpose, strategy sessions are convened every morning to ensure that every ANC MP is prepared for whatever debate is due to take place in the house.

THE CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD We have a wonderful caucus machinery that holds research capacity on a variety of issues that assist ANC MPs with their work. In addition, ANC members are, in the majority, having a fair understanding of their responsibility as it pertains to their role here in Parliament. This understanding of ANC MPs is assisted by the research capacity we have, which is

further enhanced by the leadership of Chairpersons and Whips of Study Groups. Without these mechanisms that, over time, have evolved to make the work of the Chief Whip a little bit easier, it would have been very difficult to fulfil the obligations of the ffice of the Chief hip. f course, as with any other work environment, the ANC Caucus must strengthen its mechanism for monitoring attendance of ANC MPs, either in plenary, committee, oversight visits or study groups. The monitoring and tracking mechanism of such attendance is being enhanced as we speak. The other political challenge like in any political environment or multiparty institutions, is being able to get the parties in parliament to work together and agree on a programme of parliament through the Chief Whips’ Forum. In many instances – and in many ways – there is mutual respect amongst parties and we have not failed to produce an agreement on the programme of Parliament.

PRIDE IN OUR ORGANISATION It is seeing ANC members being able – through their debates – to link ANC progressive policies with the change and transformation that is essential for the improvement in the life and lives of various sections of our communities as well as our people. This gives me untold satisfaction from an ANC perspective as, ultimately, we are public representatives and our most important task is to better the lives of our people… so to see this unfolding fills one with pride. Secondly, to be able to gain and get the respect from all 13 parties in Parliament is something that also gives one immense satisfaction. Without respect from these parties and without mutual understanding amongst the parties, Parliament would not be operating as seamlessly as it does. It is, therefore, a source of pride again that we have a Parliament of the Republic that has never ground to a standstill during our term of office on account of political differences.

OPTIMISM FOR OUR FUTURE While we come from a past that made black South Africans to be strangers in their own country, democracy has created great optimism for most of our people. They are able to walk with pride every time they vote for a Government of their choice and, equally, economic opportunities are continually opening up for many of our people. Though there is still a long way to go, we are seeing serious transformation in various sectors of the economy, with many black people participating and, in particular, it is heartening to see this progress as it relates to women and young people. While the economy in the main remains in white hands – which explains the resolution of the ANC to enhance the Radical Socio Economic Transformation – it is in the best interests of all those who are owning the South African economy to ensure that black people are also able to benefit from the growth of our economy. Without a shared economic destiny we are not bound to continue to enhance our political gains. Roughly put, the lack of radical socio economic transformation can lead to the reversal of the political gain we have scored in the recent past. Recently our young people of all races represented us with flying colours at the Commonwealth Games held in Australia’s Gold Coast. Our young stars succeeded in claiming 37 medals, and among these young South Africans who did so well in these Commonwealth Games was Caster Semenya, who continues to fly the South African flag high. It is these activities and performances by our athletes that also give credence to the belief that our country has a future. The Chief Whips of all the different parties in Parliament recently visited two countries in 2017 – Ghana and the United Kingdom – and we can, without any contradiction, say that our


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consultative structures in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa are an envy of many developed democracies. It is essential that we harness these important structures that we have created in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. Inclusive of the Chief Whips’ Forum and the Programming Committee, it is these structures that have ensured that the work of Parliament continues, even under difficult circumstances. As we end the fifth term of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, we can say without any contradictions that Parliament has played its role as a lawmaker and as an institution that holds the Executive accountable.

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BIKE RACE were funded by Team Dimension Data for hubeka 11 bikes and by the 01 Absa Cape Epic teams who raced for hubeka 1 bikes . e really value the support of our Epic riders, who not only push themselves to the limit, but also put huge efforts into raising funds and awareness for hubeka, says Tsatsi haweni, hubeka’s E ecutive Director. The 50 bicycles being distributed today are part of the 1 bicycles raised by our 01 Epic teams in total [the remaining bicycles were distributed at a different event the previous day]. This year’s riders have already funded more than 1 0 bicycles, which is an enormous achievement considering that the event is not yet finished.

01 rider Frederick Rossouw, riding with arren rice as Team Sappi hubeka, says that it’s been a dream of his for years to take part in the Absa Cape Epic: I could never fathom how I could ever achieve this. That being said, in late 01 I was blessed with an opportunity to ride the Epic for the hubeka Charity. I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause that would give me the motivation re uired to complete this monumental challenge. Team rincipal at Team Dimension Data for hubeka, Doug Ryder, who has been riding this year’s Epic with South African celebrity Jan Braai, says it’s always special to see how the cycling community – whether roadies or mountain bikers – come together to support hubeka.

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ore than 600 teams take part in the Absa Cape Epic each year, mostly professionals, but the field is also open to a host of amateurs. Bart Brentjens won the 1996 Olympic gold medal in mountain biking as well as having previously won the Absa Cape Epic , and he describes the race as the Tour de France of mountain biking . But the Epic is so much more than a race, as its impact is felt far and wide, from the corporate boardroom to young children who’ve never had the chance to own – or even ride – a bike. n and March 01 , a total of 50 schoolchildren received new hubeka Bicycles at Klein Nederburg High School in Paarl, in the Western Cape. These bicycles


The annual, eight-day Absa Cape Epic has been running for the past 14 years and covers around 700 kilometres (435 miles)… but its impact is felt far and wide.


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“In the Western Cape we refer to big events as ‘the Eighth Attraction’, alongside the Cape’s major attractions such as the Table Mountain Cableway, Robben Island Museum, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Groot Constantia and the Two Oceans Aquarium. However, big events contribute a sizeable proportion to the tourism economy throughout the year,” says Enver Duminy, CEO, Cape Town Tourism.




Economic impact of events

“I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause that would give me the motivation required to complete this monumental challenge.” – Frederick Rossouw, Cape Epic 2018 rider “When Dimension Data for Qhubeka races, we ride for more than podiums and wins,” says Ryder. “We ride for Qhubeka. And the Epic teams that are doing the same will tell you that it gives such purpose to your race. Qhubeka shows us again and again how bicycles change

lives. You can be part of changing even more lives – we’re asking everyone (riders and spectators alike) to help match the 50 bicycles being distributed!” The Qhubeka Bicycles that were distributed are already assisting their new owners to take themselves to school, the library and to community services quicker and more frequently, and they will also be able to carry more on each trip. The children earned their bicycles through Qhubeka’s learn-to-earn programme implemented by the Western Cape Government’s Western Cape on Wellness initiative, aka WoW! This aims to improve learners’ mobility and health, and bicycle beneficiaries must complete a basic first aid and road safety course by accredited training providers and commit to regular school attendance and improved academic performance.

• The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is the city’s biggest annual event: 37 000 visitors, R700-million. • The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon: R224-million. • Cape Town Cycle Tour is the world’s biggest individually-timed cycling race: 35 000 riders (4 000 from overseas), R500-million. • The Absa Cape Epic: 600 teams of two tackle the 700km route, R300-million. • Sevens Rugby: this resulted in the creation of 1 400 jobs, while also showcasing Cape Town as an international destination through live global TV coverage, 2017 economic impact R500-million. • Cape Town leg of the Volvo Ocean Race: contributes R500-million and 35 000 bed nights to the city’s economy. The start city of the race, Alicante, Spain, estimates the economic value of each leg to be R960-million. • Events such as food festivals, business conferences, concerts and sport tournaments ensure that seasonality is countered, providing a much-needed income to tourism professionals in low season. Tourism supports over 300 000 jobs in the Western Cape, if indirect and induced jobs are included, contributing nearly R40-billion to the provincial economy.


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TEACHERS: THE JEWELS IN THE EDUCATION CROWN South Africa’s future depends on providing quality education for our youth… but to achieve this we need to pour greater resources in to supporting teachers, writes Taryn Casey of Edufundi.


t takes a special kind of person to be a caring and committed teacher. One of our Champion teachers, Ms Thobeka Gqirana, a Grade 3 teacher at Litha Primary School in Gugulethu, is a great example of such a teacher. On the cover of our 2017 Annual Report (available on is a picture of her welcoming one of her learners into her class using what we call an Entry Routine (top right), which she learnt as part of her mentoring relationship with Joyce Baholo, her Edufundi Foundation Phase mentor. Ms Gqirana follows this routine every day when she welcomes learners to her class. It allows her to “check in” with them to ensure they are ready to learn. This is a crucial part of the school day as the children we support come from

very challenging backgrounds and their emotional wellbeing is an integral part of their learning experience. Ms Gqirana took up the profession late and has only been teaching for three years, but she is a passionate educator for whom teaching is a true calling. With the guidance and support of her mentor, Ms Gqirana has excelled over the past year and epitomises the type of teacher we are supporting and building on the Edufundi Programme. She has strict routines and systems in place in her classroom and uses our techniques to build a very strong learning culture. She also cares deeply for each of her learners and is able to have a fun with them each day, for instance jumping rope at the end of break before teaching time resumes.

Her class achieved a 100% pass rate for Maths in the 2017 systemic evaluations, which is almost unheard of in schools in Gugulethu, and her results are even better than some schools that are blessed with far superior teaching resources than Litha Primary. The school itself excelled with a 90.3% pass rate in Maths and has also improved by 40% in Home Language. Teachers like Ms Gqirana work in the most challenging of circumstances yet are able to rise above those challenges to create an excellent teaching environment for their learners. At Edufundi we believe that such success is possible for all the teachers we support and it is something we strive towards as an organisation. In an opinion piece written by Professor Jonathan Jansen (How Business Can


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Help Alleviate Our Education Crisis, The Times, September 2017), he highlighted the importance of teacher development: “Pupils come and go… fund teachers, for they are the fi ed assets in the education system. Invest in teacher development and one generation of pupils after another will benefit from teachers who are confident and competent to teach. In order to make a significant impact in the schools in which we work, we visit our teachers on a weekly basis, and the success of our programme lies in these weekly visits. Key to this are the structured feedback sessions with our teachers where were pinpoint where they are in their own development in order that we can most effectively walk alongside them to help them to keep improving. Our Mentoring Programme has been officially accredited by the South African Council for Educators (SACE), meaning that teachers taking part in our mentoring programme are eligible to obtain 45 Continuous Professional Development (CPTD) points. In 2017 we awarded 174

“Invest in teacher development and one generation of pupils after another will benefit rom teachers ho are confident and competent to teach.” – Prof Jansen teachers (68%) with SACE accreditation. In order to sustain the work we do it is crucial that we work alongside the leadership teams in the schools we support, as well as the Department of Education. With this in mind, we started working towards supporting School Leadership Teams in 2017. During the course of the year we ran 38 Lead Like a Champion workshops across the country, which were attended by more than 120 members of School Management Teams.

Our goal is to deepen the impact of (and support for) these often neglected teams. A major challenge for any NGO is how to measure the impact of the work done and the results achieved, as donors are required to do extremely thorough due diligence on any organisation or project they support. It is for this reason that we are incredibly grateful to one of our key sponsors, Standard Bank, who funded an independent evaluation by the Centre for Social Development in Africa at the University of Johannesburg. The report stated that “positive results were being felt in schools”, learner discipline has dramatically improved and educators under mentorship were better equipped to plan for lessons. This independent feedback has given our organisation a major boost to know that the work we do is adding real value… but it also offers donors and funders greater confidence that any support they provide is making a difference where it really matters. The SACTWU Edufundi project (formerly Edupeg) was established in 1998.


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Southern Africa’s peace parks incorporate over half of the declared conservation estate in the region – over a million square kilometres in size. They rival the combined landmass of France an pain an are as astoun ing in e tent as in their natura agnificence oasting richness in biodiversity while protecting the cultural heritage of the communities they support. STORY AND PHOTOS: THE PEACE PARKS FOUNDATION


he Peace Parks Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 1 under the careful guidance of founding patrons the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, along with Dr Anton Rupert and His Royal Highness rince Bernhard of the Netherlands. These visionary philanthropists shared the dream of reconnecting ecosystems across southern Africa to ensure the preservation of biological diversity, to reopen ancient wildlife migration routes across man-made borders, and promote regional peace and stability between mankind, wildlife and nature. During his involvement in the establishment of the Foundation, the late Nelson Mandela said: I know of no political movement, no philosophy, no ideology, which does not agree with the

peace parks concept as we see it going into fruition today. It is a concept that can be embraced by all. In a world beset by conflicts and division, peace is one of the cornerstones of the future. eace parks are a building block in this process, not only in our region but potentially in the entire word. His words are no less true in current times as the day they were spoken. Today, the Foundation facilitates the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) across southern Africa with the purpose of safeguarding critical natural resources. These TFCAs, or peace parks, promote co-e istence between humans and nature, contributing to the development of shared economic benefits and poverty alleviation. This is achieved by promoting sustainable economic growth through community

empowerment and harnessing the development potential of tourism – an industry that is pro ected to be responsible for 0 million obs in South Africa in less than 10 years.

RECONNECTING ANCIENT CORRIDORS All throughout history, both human and animal populations migrated across large landscapes following ancient routes and relying on natural resources to sustain them. These routes are now interrupted by modern sovereign borders and property boundaries. Through the establishment of protected areas that transcend these borders, human and wildlife populations are again free to e plore and rediscover natural migration corridors. South Africa is part of si TFCAs that link it to all of its neighbouring countries.


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FEATURE | PEACE PARKS FOUNDATION Africa’s longest land mammal migration – which involves up to several thousand zebra traveling over 300 miles in a roundtrip north-south direction between Namibai and Botswana – occurs entirely within the largest transfrontier conservation area in the world, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). OPPOSITE The Kafue River basin in the Zambian component of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conseration Area, the largest transfrontier conservation area in the world.

The /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park straddles the South African and Namibian borders, while the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park lies between Botswana and South Africa. Towards the east, the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area links Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, while the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park and TFCA covers large areas in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Lubombo TFCA - which is most famous for the endangered sea turtles that nest here – transcends the Mozambique, Swaziland and South African borders. The Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Area stretches across the mountain ranges which form part of the Lesotho-South African border.

Across borders, these countries collaborate on policy development and institutionalisation, conservation planning and management, infrastructure and resource development, joint initiatives to combat environmental crimes, community development and commercialisation.

REWILDING AFRICA Wildlife crime, war, drought and a severe lack of resources have all but decimated many wildlife populations in Africa. Many of South Africa’s neighbours have magnificent conservation areas that offer massive wildlife carrying capacity… but no wildlife. Through many successful conservation projects in South Africa, wildlife here is flourishing to the point where some areas are overstocked. Working

in close collaboration with the South African government, the Foundation engages in initiatives to assist countries such as Mozambique and Zambia through the rewilding of protected wildlife corridors and conservation areas, thereby stimulating the revitalisation of the region’s tourism potential as well as the economic viability of those communities living in and around parks.

NOT JUST PARKS… PEOPLE TOO Several communities have benefitted from the work of the Peace Parks Foundation and its many partners across the region. These include, for example, deep rural communities living within the Simalaha Community Conservancy, which is situated within the Zambian component of the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) transfrontier conservation area


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“People have stopped living from the Zambezi River and they no longer destroy the forest because they are inspired to conserve nature for their grandchildren.” – Chris Kwandu, Village Action Group.

Transfrontier conservation areas considerably increase the natural habitat of large migratory species such as elephant. The Lumbombo TFCA aims to re-establish traditional seasonal migrations of the last naturally occurring elephant populations of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, as well as those in southern Mozambique, which historically moved across the border along the Futi system to the fertile Maputo River floodplain. OPPOSITE Founding patrons Nelson Mandela, HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Dr Anton Rupert.

that also straddles the borders of Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Previously living in extreme poverty, the people of these communities now form part of alternative livelihood initiatives aimed at empowering farmers to improve food security and get their produce to market while, at the same time, working to help conserve the environment. Other projects focus on promoting the co-existence of animals kept for livelihood and farming, along with wildlife that plays a critical role in keeping ecosystems and biodiversity balanced and healthy. I thought it would be difficult to live with wildlife, but there have been no problems at all. Cattle graze with zebra and people move freely between them,” says Chris Kwandu, the chairman of the Village Action Group that serves as a link between the local community and the

Foundation’s work in the area. Community buy-in is a critical success factor when it comes to sustainable community development, and this has been fostered through careful negotiations and fact-finding missions by Foundation staff on the ground. The teams who work here appreciate the fact that there must be a clear understanding of the needs of the people in order to offer appropriate solutions. Chris explains that “people have stopped living from the Zambezi River and they no longer destroy the forest because they are inspired to conserve nature for their grandchildren”. Just south of Africa’s first TFCA, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, six farms were awarded to the ‡Khomani San and Mier communities in a historic land settlement agreement with the government of South Africa. These farms comprise an area totalling around 35 000

hectares, plus an additional 60 000 hectares of land within the park. For years, development in the area – specifically the farms – was non-e istent due to severe poverty and lack of resources. In 2013, through donations from Rotary clubs and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation, funds were made available to fast track development here. The Foundation worked closely with the communities to utilise a portion of the fund to develop one of the farms into the Erin Game Ranch, which offers tourists a range of activities led by members of the community. These include cultural dances, guided walking and tracking, sustainable usage of wildlife, arts and craft stalls, as well as access to vulture breeding sites. Direct benefits from the initiative has seen the development of critically important infrastructure, training


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initiatives and employment opportunities. Large families living in rural communities place enormous pressure on natural resources, often resorting to taking much more than the natural systems can restore. As communities grow, so does the tension between human settlements and wildlife who share the same land, leading to conflict that has devastating consequences for both species. Concern-ed about the impact of these problems on both communities and ecosystems, the Peace Parks Foundation also supports community health programmes. In Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve and the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, women from the area have been trained to act as community health workers in an effort to assist people with family planning. These interventions enable women to meaningfully contribute towards

economic growth and development within their communities. On home soil, the Peace Parks Foundation has significantly invested in the establishment of two training facilities – the SA College for Tourism and the Southern African Wildlife College – where students from previously disadvantaged communities receive accredited training to become rangers, trackers, conservation managers or hospitality professionals. Since its establishment, the Wildlife College has seen more than 15 000 students pass through its halls, while the College for Tourism has enabled more than 1 00 graduates to either find meaningful employment or to own their own businesses in the tourism industry.

GUARDING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES Wildlife crime has been rife across Africa, and especially so in the last decade.

“Peace parks are a building block in this process, not only in our region but potentially in the entire word.” – Nelson Mandela Rhino poaching has increased to the extent that the stand against it has been declared a national priority by the South African government. Environmental crimes destroy biodiversity by threatening the extinction of critically endangered species, and this redirects key financial resources away from either conservation or community developments. This, in turn, ultimately destabilises the sustainable development of transfrontier


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FEATURE | PEACE PARKS FOUNDATION The Peace Parks Foundation has partnered with the Tongji University’s School of Design and Innovation in Shanghai (as well as with several International Schools in Ho Chi Minh City) in long-term programmes that educate and engage the youth in Asia to act as active ambassadors and to speak out against the use of rhino horn. OPPOSITE The Postcode Meerkat is a wide-area surveillance system that forms part of a suite of technology solutions that, with support from Peace Parks Foundation, have been deployed in the Kruger National Park to better equip security forces to take a stand against wildlife crime in the area. Its successful integration into the Park’s security systems has seen a significant decline in poaching incidents.

conservation areas and the protection of large ecosystems. If not dealt with effectively, wildlife crime could see South Africa lose its Big Five advantage, which would have a devastating effect on the livelihoods of the approximately one-inseven South Africans who depend on a thriving tourism industry for their daily income. The Foundation has joined the numerous local and international organisations (both public and private) that have stepped up to take a stand against this threat. In 2014 it launched the multi-faceted Rhino Protection Programme. Working in close partnership with conservation agencies South African National Parks (SANParks) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife as well as with technology developers, other conservation NGOs and research

The Peace Parks Foundation has taken the lead in overcoming these challenges by bringing the region s countries together ith a unifie goa to conquer boundaries in pursuit of a harmonious future for man and the natural world. organisations – the programme develops and implements practical, wellconsidered methods that play a role in combating rhino poaching. It also investigates and invests in state-of-theart technology security and monitoring solution. The Peace Parks Foundation also works closely with conservation authorities in South Africa and Mozambique in order to bolster specialist investigative capacity and improve the

coordination of activities between conservation and security agencies, thereby centralising informationgathering and analysis and allowing for the more effective development of cases against perpetrators of wildlife crimes. Managing and, ultimately, reducing the demand for rhino horn remains a priority focus for the Foundation, and it relies greatly on fostering effective and sustainable relationships between


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South Africa and primary user countries such as China and Vietnam. Closer to home, the people of southern Africa have sprung into action in the race to conserve biodiversity and critical ecosystems – the same systems upon which the human race rely for food, energy, medicines, clean water and breathable air. This is a race that will be lost to commercial exploitation and untethered population growth unless the conservation community accelerates its impact on the restoration and transformation of landscapes. Through the development of transfrontier conservation areas, the Peace Parks Foundation (in close partnership with various South African government agencies and departments) has taken the lead in overcoming these challenges by bringing the region’s countries together with a unified goal: to con uer boundaries in pursuit of a harmonious future for man and the natural world.

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HOW TO SEAL THE DEAL The PBF conducted a successful series of training events for members during March in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.


he courses were led by Jan Coetzee of Makarios Coaching and Mentorship, and PBF members who attended expressed their gratitude for the knowledge sharing imparted by the Makarios team. The topic for all three of these events was Negotiation and Deal Making, and the following matters were highlighted: • Avoiding legal and ethical pitfalls • Choosing your game • Defining your needs and interests • Dressing for successful negotiations • International negotiations • Pitfalls of negotiating internationally • Managing conflict • Sizing up the field • The definition of Negotiation • The importance of good communication • The negotiation game • The negotiation room • Using bargaining power

We gathered some key insights from these training events from the training manual, which you can download from our website (

THE BASICS OF NEGOTIATION When we hear the word “negotiation” most of us think of high-powered deals being hammered out: a powerful sport figure’s agent demanding more money for his client; a peace accord in the Middle East, a pay increase for the teacher’s union. The atmosphere is tense, the players are tough, and the stakes are high. Like it or not, we all are negotiators. We must negotiate every day with family, friends, colleagues or clients. We negotiate with our spouse about where to go for dinner. We negotiate with our child about bedtime and TV time and allowances. • Negotiation is a way of getting what you want from others.

• Negotiation is the process we use to satisfy our needs when someone else controls what we want. It can be helpful to think of negotiation as a different word… such a bargain, haggle, mediate or barter. It’s also good to keep in mind what the outcomes of negotiation are to keep you focused: • Help you build better relationships. • Deliver lasting, quality solutions rather than poor short-term solutions that do not satisfy the needs of either party. • Help you to avoid future problems and conflicts. A key benefit of negotiation is that it helps to reach a in- in’ Solution, which is mutually beneficial to all the parties involved. It is also one of the easiest and quickest ways to solve conflicts and disagreements. A further benefit is that negotiations help to reduces stress and frustration among conflicting individuals.


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Always remember that your advantage can sometimes be increased if you don’t announce your preferences to your opponent so that he still has to consider variables which you don’t

COMMUNICATION SKILLS Effective communication is a vital tool for any business owner. Your success at getting your point across can be the difference between sealing a deal and missing out on a potential opportunity. You should be able to clearly explain company policies to customers and clients and answer their questions about your products or services. It is crucial to communicate effectively in negotiations to ensure you achieve your goals. Success in any conversation is likely to be achieved through both parties listening to and understanding each other. Practice the following skills in any business situation where you communicate with others.

KEY COMMUNICATION TIP If possible, it may be helpful for negotiation partners to spend time together in a comfortable setting outside of the negotiation room. Knowing how each partner nonverbally communicates outside of the negotiation setting helps negotiation partners sense incongruity between verbal and non-verbal communication.

PREPARATION FOR NEGOTIATION Sometimes we are amid negotiation without recognising it… and then we have less chance to improve the outcome. If you haven’t thought of the transaction as a negotiation and haven’t prepared, chances are the results won’t be as beneficial as they might have been. • Preparation is 80% of negotiating. • Gather as much information as you can. • Know your own hot buttons. What makes you react? • Figure out your Walking Away Point (WAP) and Best Alternatives to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA).

OPENING THE NEGOTIATION In the opening stage you lay out your case using information gathered to construct a persuasive argument for what you want, why you want it and why the other side should give it to you. It’s important to be clear about your goals, to argue well for what you want, and to listen to what the other party wants so that you can present counter-arguments.

BARGAINING It’s time to play the classic negotiation game: give and take. Parties expect opening demands to be exaggerated, and that one or both parties will have to make concessions to reach some agreement. The bidding process is the process of moving from your opening bid toward

your target and getting the other side to do the same thing. Depending on whether the game is more competitive or more cooperative, you will want them to do more of the moving than you, or you will want to move at approximately the same distance and pace.

CLOSING AND IMPLEMENTATION In this stage you wrap up the final agreement. You review what you have agreed to. You may write out a contract or written agreement. You clarify anything that was left ambiguous or incomplete in the previous discussion. In a competitive negotiation, the other party may try to get a bit more on their plate by raising new issues. If they claim to have “forgotten” about these, you have the right to reopen the entire negotiation package and discuss other issues as well. Implementation is a critical stage as, once you have formulated an agreement, you need to put it into action. Parties often discover here if an agreement is incomplete or flawed, as problems arise that you did not anticipate. This is a critical phase for being able to go back to the other party and fi the agreement you arrived at earlier. Every good agreement should create the opportunity for the parties to reopen discussions if there are problems in implementation.


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agree with you, to reach a meaningful compromise, or to act. Researchers have identified si fundamental principles of persuasion—or influence—that do not involve the merits of the proposal but, rather, the way you communicate them. When you understand and use these principles ethically, you, too, can become a more effective negotiator.

While it’s important to remember that Game Theory consists of sanitised models with often unrealistic assumptions, we can derive some useful principles that can improve results in real world negotiations: • Minimise Risk As the minimax theorem shows, all things being equal it is usually a good strategy to minimize your opponent’s maximum pay-out, even if that means that you are guaranteeing him a higher minimum. • Make the first offer Unless you are at a demonstrable informational disadvantage, it is better to go first. This allows you to frame the negotiation to your advantage. Although it’s against most people’s natural inclination, the evidence is strong. • Beware of Precedence hile it’s difficult to go against convention, there is no reason to simply accept a situation where you are at a disadvantage. • Trust The ability to make commitments such as promises, and threats can be extremely valuable. If you lack credibility, you lose that capacity. Sometimes it’s better to incur a cost rather than lose stature. • Continuity Open ended commitments encourage reliability while short term relationships encourage deception. • Reciprocity Anatol Rapoport’s ‘Tit for Tat’ strategy and subsequent evidence shows that you can expect to get what you give. Moreover, while there is no reason to set out on a nasty path, sometimes that’s where you’ll have to end up. As the Al Capone character in The Untouchables said “You get more with a kind word…and a gun, than you do with just a kind word.



See possibilities rather than problems. Keep an open mind. Have confidence in their own abilities. Are willing to listen. Egos don’t get in the way of a win/win. Are creative and ready to consider ways of doing things differently.

TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE NEGOTIATORS • Don’t confuse negotiation with confrontation - you should remain calm, professional and patient. • Don’t become emotional. Stick to the issue, don’t make it personal, and avoid becoming angry, hostile or frustrated. • Don’t blame the other party if you can´t achieve your desired outcome. • DO be clear about what you are offering and what you need from the other party. • DO be prepared. Think about what the other party needs and then take a comprehensive view of the situation. • DO be consistent with how you present your goals, expectations and objectives. • DO set guidelines for the discussion and ensure you stick to them throughout.

There are five main negotiation styles, and each deals with conflict differently. Each has its pros and cons so it’s crucial to be tactical in which style you choose.

THE COMPETITIVE GAME This is the most adversarial style. Negotiators who gravitate to this style see negotiations as competitions that have winners and losers, and competing negotiators are seen as aggressive and strategic. The competing style works best when you need a fast negotiation or when there aren’t many variables at play, such as negotiating over the price of a product. However, the competing style does not work well when used against another using the competing style; often, deadlock occurs, and relationships become frayed or even hostile.

THE COLLABORATIVE GAME Collaborating involves ensuring the needs of both parties are met. Parties will brainstorm to create mutual value and think outside of the box in collaborating

Compete Our wants and needs

PRINCIPLES OF INFLUENCE No matter what your job title, chances are you engage in workplace negotiations every day. Whether selling products or services to clients, vying for company resources, driving your ideas through to completion, or managing the day-to-day workload, being able to negotiate successfully is essential for success. At its core, negotiation is really about persuasion—how you present your ideas to others in a way that moves them to

• DO use effective communication skills, including positive body language. • DO prepare for compromise. • DO strive for mutually beneficial solutions. • DO consider whether you should seek legal advice. • DO ask plenty of questions. • DO pay attention to detail. • DO put things in writing.

I win - You lose

Collaborate I win - You win

Compromise I win some you win some I lose some you lose some

I lose - You lose

You win - I lose


Accomodate Their wants and needs


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on a solution. Collaborating is all about value creation and is commonly encouraged by those who support the principled negotiation format. Collaborators expand the pie and strive to meet an optimal agreement that maximises everyone’s returns. This style is great at forming strong bonds or maintaining good relationships, but it is time-consuming, mentally exhausting and requires the most preparation. It does not work as well with competing styles as they may try to take advantage of the situation. Collaborators need to be wary of how much information is shared to avoid being taken advantage of.

THE COMPROMISE GAME The compromising style involves parties meeting halfway. One side makes some concessions, while the other side makes some concessions. In the end, there are no clear winners, but rather, what is believed to be a fair result instead occurs. Parties tend to start out at extreme positions before taking their time to work their way to the middle. This style is often used when it comes to positional bargaining and it works well when there are time constraints in place or when there are ongoing and strong relationships with the other negotiating party. While this format helps keep relationships strong, the agreements are usually not the most optimal agreements for both parties.

THE AVOIDING GAME The avoiding style is passive aggressive and tends to skirt issues rather than confront them head on. Avoiders tend to come across as less transparent and honest, and lines of communication can be weak. Often this style is employed by negotiators who do not respond well to conflict or aggression. Rather than make accommodations, the avoiders simply avoid the situation. The avoiding style has its advantages in highly emotional negotiations as it allows individuals to avoid confronting emotions and passions, instead focusing on hard numbers to reach an agreement. The avoiding style works fine when a negotiation is simple or trivial. However, due to looming communication issues, the avoiding style can result in deadlock and resentment, as well as strained relationships. If you find yourself using this style and negotiations have become rocky, consider taking a break from the negotiating table to think through strategy before returning to negotiations.

THE ACCOMMODATIVE GAME The accommodative style is a submissive style – the yin to the competing style’s yang. Accommodators are ready and willing to give information and to make concessions and often let the other side of the table win on issues. This can be dangerous when negotiating against a competing style.

However, accommodators put relationship as a top priority, and this style can be very successful in negotiations in which mending or maintaining relationships is critical. For example, if your company is in the midst of a crisis, an accommodative strategy can be very successful at avoiding litigation and appeasing the other party. However, unless the situation involves a relationship crisis, use accommodative strategies sparingly giving away too many concessions or too much information in a negotiation might lead to a less than ideal outcome.

Members of the PBF can download this handbook from our website using one of the following links: http://www. negotiation-and-deal-making.pdf or To make enquiries about this content Negotiation and or any training Deal Making or mentorship needs, PBF members can contact Lesley Coetzee (Managing Director of Makarios): • • 082 454 8408 Progressing to become a leader


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The Unlimited Child is an NPO that is having a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of children through their innovative early childhood education programme.

t has been proven that children who do not receive the necessary early childhood education before the age of six years old start their lives at a severe disadvantage. As a leading non-proďŹ t organisation, The Unlimited Child is having a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of children through their early childhood education

programme. Using a proven and highly scalable solution, this organisation is able to give access to early childhood education to the most disadvantaged and marginalised communities in South Africa, thereby ensuring that these children begin life being able to maximise their future potential. The Unlimited Child was launched in

00 by the Durban-based ďŹ nancial services provider The Unlimited, and this NPO supports early childhood development (ECD) centres by providing access to quality educational programmes. The Unlimited Child has enjoyed exponential growth over the past two years in particular, thanks largely to the establishment of funding


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partnerships. The Unlimited funds all the programme’s operational expenses, while all additional funding raised is channelled directly to the beneficiaries, in so doing ensuring that as many people as possible benefit from the programme. The Unlimited Child’s model is an integrated, rapid-impact programme that equips practitioners in disadvantaged communities to use high-quality training, toys and resources. The programme is aligned with national and current policy

standards and is available in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi and Afrikaans. As both scale and quality are priorities, all ECD Centres are further grouped into clusters for ongoing support, monitoring and mentoring through locally based field monitors in each district. To date The Unlimited Child has trained thousands of practitioners, provided educational toys and learning resources to our ECD centres, and reached tens of thousands of children across eight provinces. An independent M&E Research Study conducted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal endorsed The Unlimited Child’s programme as a tried, tested and effective model with high impact and high quality. The fact that only 20% of the 5-million preschool children in South Africa currently have access to early childhood education makes it crucial that we make investment into early childhood education a priority. Early childhood education might seem like child’s play, but the impact of early childhood

Only 20% of the 5-million preschool children in South Africa currently have access to early childhood education. education on the life of a child is serious business. Learning through play with appropriate and quality toys and resources has a profound effect on their formal education. Children who have been through The Unlimited Child programme are more likely to succeed in school, proceed to tertiary education, find a job and eventually make a positive contribution in creating the foundation for a prosperous society. For more information visit or follow TUC on Twitter (@unlimitedchild) and Facebook (@theunlimitedchild).


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A LEADER IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT EDUCATION ocate on the ranger a a pus the ape o n ote choo is one of the finest hospitality management training establishments in Southern Africa.


stablished in 1991, the school overlooks the Atlantic in the stunning setting of Mouille Point. Granger Bay is one of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s six campuses, and the university has various satellite campuses and service points. With a total of more than 34 000 registered students, the CPUT is the largest university in the Western Cape Province, in addition to being the only University of Technology in the region. Housed in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, the hotel school is one of CPUT’s shining examples and has consistently been hailed by the industry for producing work-ready graduates. Affectionately referred to as an academic centre of excellence, the hotel school offers Hospitality Management diplomas and degrees in Accommodation, Food and Beverage and Professional Cookery, in addition to Masters and Doctoral Programmes in hospitality and tourism. The school’s restaurant provides a complete service to the public all year round and also serves as a choice venue for elegant occasions. The restaurant is operated by students under the guidance

of skilled instructors who provide them with the essential training the need to assist them as they embark on their careers in South Africa’s ever-thriving hospitality industry. Students are given invaluable opportunities to manage the restaurant, and this offers the perfect training ground when it comes to preparing them for a successful career in the growing hospitality industry. To add to their training and development, they are supervised by skilled restaurant management professionals, as well as executive sous chef and instructors. Guests can be treated to a wide variety of services at the restaurant, ranging from à la carte to corporate functions and special events. The restaurant operates from Tuesday to Friday and serves a buffet lunch on Sundays. Those who would like to make use of the premium venue for weddings, business conferences and other social events (including à la carte) can make reservations and bookings on 021-440 5736 or email The school is a proud member of key industry bodies both locally and abroad, and these include the Federated

Hospitality Association of Southern Africa, SA Chefs Association, as well as EUHOFA international. It will soon join the international hospitality network HosCo and, in addition, has partnerships with local and international hotel schools, including Birmingham College University (UK) and Ferrandi (Paris). Graduates from the school are among the most sought-after in the industry and gain employment easily, as well as having access to opportunities to further their studies in hotel schools anywhere in the world. Year in and year out, Hospitality Management students from the Cape Town Hotel School who excel academically walk away with bursaries and prizes awarded by the industry. Earlier this year, students who excelled in 2017 walked away with bursaries, vouchers and prizes totalling R1 478 100 during the annual Cape Town Hotel School Awards. The bursaries are funded by successful establishments in the industry, including Tsogo Sun Hotels, the Cape Liquor and Catering Trade Educational Trust as well as Protea Hotels by Marriot. Thembisile Molose, the director of the Cape Town Hotel School, said that the


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monetary value of the bursaries is a vote of confidence in the school’s work by industry captains, and he further e pressed his gratitude to the school’s advisory board. rof aul Green, Dean of Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, believes that other departments should take a leaf from the school’s management and learn how to attract such financial and other support from industry. In an ongoing effort to provide uality education that is re uired by industry, the school also offers two short courses in the form of Block-release for industry workers. For more information or any en uiries about courses: Full-time programmes: Fazlin Nagia – 0 1-440-5 4 or Nashieta Esau – 0 1-440-5 00 Short courses: Ms. Nandipha Nyumba – 0 1-440-5 5 or Mrs. Shamielah aulse – 0 1-440-5 5



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Driven by passion for the built environment and a desire to excel in our work, we have grown into a multi-disciplinary company that can serve our customers better and bigger. Whilst we were formally incorporated in 1998, we have well over thirty years’ experience in the industry. We pride ourselves with the execution of our projects with competence, effectiveness and a relentless attention to detail from start to finish. Over the years, we have built a team of extremely resourceful and capable staff who strive to implement our projects to the highest industry standards.

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What we do We can handle a wide diversity of building activities that cover the full scope of the built industry for both the private and publicsectors. Our construction and building capabilities include the following: - Schools - Hospitals - Diverse Community Amenities - Civil Engineering Works - Turnkey Projects

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A R17-BILLION INDUSTRY Recycling is rapidly blossoming into a major industry worth billions of rands but, equally important, it offers huge potential for job creation and enterprise development in South Africa, writes Simon Lewis.


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Cutting down on contamination, wastage and wishful recycling is of utmost importance to the sustainability of the industry, but the true catalyst to change will be consumer education and communication, in conjunction with effective sorting at source According to a recycling consultant who spoke to Progressive Leader on condition of anonymity, the solution is for businesses and households to now start actively recycling their waste in order to reduce the volume that gets sent to landfill. “Most households can easily reduce their weekly refuse by between 70% to 0 , and the figure can be even greater for many businesses,” he said. This is particularly important for businesses and residential complexes that have multiple refuse bins, as introducing effective recycling practices will enable them to reduce the amount of garbage that local municipalities have to remove from them. Consequently, this will help to reduce their monthly rates, especially once the raised refuse levies come into play. An additional piece of legislation being mooted is around organic matter, as this

is creating serious problems in landfill sites, as the build-up of methane gas is proving hazardous to workers as well as to the environment. The consultant we interviewed suggested that organic matter could soon be banned from landfill sites, and failure to adhere to this would carry stiff penalties. The message is clear: it’s important for business owners and homeowners to start getting their recycling habits in check… and herein lies an opportunity for business leaders. While the recycling business is rapidly expanding, there remains massive untapped opportunities, either for capital investment (through starting small-scale recycling operations) or through supporting SMMEs and promoting enterprise development. Based on the waste industry’s landscape in 2016, there is much potential in the following sectors: • Paper, glass and plastic • e-Waste • Organic waste • Construction and demolition waste In terms of business opportunities, the report highlights the following as potential growth areas that will be required to support the burgeoning recycling industry: • Textile processing • Cardboard core processing • Cardboard core containers • Pallet recycling • Wood chipping • On- and off- site paper pulp / effluent technology • Contaminated bentonite processing • Foundry sand value add • Paper recycler/dehydration of waste streams



ccording to a GreenCape report, the total value of South Africa’s waste economy is in the region of R17-billion but, at present, a lot of this value is not yet being realised. This failure to recycle effectively places a huge burden on the environment, both in terms of the effects on overflowing landfills as well as the ever-growing burden to mine natural resources to create the materials needed for manufacturing products. However, the industry also offers massive employment opportunities, not to mention the chance for corporates to support or partner with SMMEs involved in the recycling industry. However, GreenCape stresses that it is essential that all of the 1 identified waste streams are actively being serviced by the industry, along with municipalities seeking innovative solutions to collect and process the recycled material. “This includes partnerships with the private sector, where provincial and national government play a role in the implementation of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and allow for the levies charged to assist with some of the infrastructural and operational demands,” says the report. Legislation is waiting to drop that will tighten up the need for corporates as well as individual households to be a lot more responsible and responsive in terms of their recycling. nconfirmed reports from industry insiders hint at landfill sites soon raising their entry prices to slow down the waste burden on each site. This will result in significant additional costs to municipalities which will, ultimately, be borne by the consumer. The effects of that on the economy will be significant.


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Recent breaking news in the world of recycling revolved around China cutting back on the amount of recycling it imported from Australia, which indicates that the glory days of easy recycling have come to a grinding halt. Worldwide the growth in citizen action and an uptake in terms of responsible recycling have seen record rises in recycling rates, but the China crisis (along with the breaking of municipal waste collection and recycling budgets worldwide), is turning the recycling industry on its head. Far from encouraging greater recycling, the global trend is to turn recycling away or to tighten up on what can be recycled. Many municipalities are even dumping recycling in landďŹ lls as it is pro ing simply too expensive to process. Worldwide, residents are being asked to pay even more for their recycling to be collected and, while South Africa has

Many municipalities are even dumping recycling in an fi s as it is pro ing si p too e pensi e to process been widely protected from this, the change seems to be inevitable as the burden on municipalities is proving unsustainable. To put the problem into context, the market for recycling remains ever volatile, with prices rising and falling along with commodity indexes. This factor keeps recyclers constantly on edge as they battle to stay afloat in an industry which offers little ďŹ nancial iggle roo Added to that is the problem of contamination of recyclable materials, which plays a major role in the cost-effectiveness or otherwise of any recycling operation. Contamination occurs when spoilt,

messy or inappropriate items are put into the recycling stream, and this results in those items having to be disposed of as refuse, along with any other items they have contaminated during transport, storage or sorting. Cutting down on contamination, wastage and wishful recycling is of utmost importance to the sustainability of the industry, but the true catalyst to change will be consumer education and communication, in conjunction with effective sorting at source. While this is yet another cost that the industry will have to shoulder, it is certain to be more cost-effective in the long-term.


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Progressive Leader interviewed Anthea Fransman of Recycle 1st, a female-owned, BEE Level 1 recycling company (with 135% Procurement Recognition) that started from her garage nine years ago but has grown into a warehouse employing dozens of previously unemployed people. Anthea, tell us how you started your recycling business? Recycle 1st began in 2009 when I started collecting recycling in the Durbanville area. I did it because I wanted to get out of the banking sector and, although I wasn’t a recycler to begin with, after doing a lot of research into various business opportunities I decided that recycling was where I wanted to devote my energies.

What are the key lessons you have learnt from running your business? There is real truth in the saying that knowledge is power, and the only way you can grow your business and grow the people who work for you is by educating yourself. You have to learn more about business, about your industry, about the world out there, about best practices and standard operating procedures. Every year we’ve added additional training and have been involved in coaching and mentoring with companies, and that is how I have managed to increase the business and grow our turnover.

What motivates you to keep growing your business? What currently fuels me is the ability to really do good. Every day I get to help people recycle more, and every day I get to help the people who work for me put

food on the table for their families. As a result, I’ve really fallen in love with recycling and the changes that we can make in peoples lives.

How has being an entrepreneur changed you? My current business development manager from Black Umbrellas (part of the Shanduka Group) would say that being an entrepreneur means that you are a risk-taker. hen he first met me he described me as risk averse… but I think we can safely say I’m no long risk averse, as I’ve managed to take some very big risks in the last 18 months. My previous career taught me a bit about business, but it also taught me valuable lessons about rejection, as I was in sales in home loans and vehicle finance, so I had to face to a lot of rejection. I think that experience made my character stronger because rejection doesn’t quite get me down as much as it did in the very beginning. I think that’s a valuable skill because, at the end of the day, you sell yourself as much as your product.

What are the challenges we face in reducing recycling? The growth of recycling somehow seems to give people a reason to actually buy more! Take the plastic shopping bag:



people think they don’t have to reuse their shopping bags because they are going to get recycled! People act as if they don’t have to try and reduce their waste, but in the coming years we’re all going to have to figure out a way to reduce our waste. It’s the same with the water shortage: we’ve now learnt how to deal with using only 50 litres of water a day and there’s going to come a time when we’re going to have to learn how to waste less. Hopefully we will do that before the crisis happens!

What is the current state of the recycling industry in South Africa? There is more than enough business to go around, as waste is a huge sector and we are nowhere near recycling 100% of our waste. There are also a lot of interesting developments happening in the waste industry, and in South Africa we’re running out of space when it comes to our landfills. That is the biggest challenge we are facing. The other challenge is that a lot of our waste gets exported, but if there is a huge supply in the market that may hamper our ability to export and then we might end up sitting with recyclables that can’t be recycled. This is what has happened in Australia since China stopped importing their recycling, and it has been disastrous for the Australian recycling industry.


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THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM Robben Island Museum (RIM) welcomes thousands of tourists and locals to its World Heritage site throughout the year. It is because of this abundance of visitors that RIM has recognised the importance of driving sustainable tourism initiatives to conserve the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environment and protect the species that inhabit the Island. 92

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“It’s time we learn lessons from Africa and take those lessons to other regions of the world to showcase the positive developments that are taking place here.” – Joseph King, ICCROM



IM kicked off 2018 with a partnership with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) to host a number of respected delegates from various World Heritage advisory bodies. This meeting saw an assembly of the UNESCO World Heritage organisations discussing strategies to conserve and protect World Heritage sites such as Robben Island. The purpose of this meeting was to critically reflect on the work of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization) and to address aspects of nature conservation and protecting cultural properties. Robben Island was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 on the basis of its cultural significance it was subsequently declared as a World Heritage Site (WHS) in 2007 under the

World Heritage Convention Act (49 of 1999). The Act requires an Integrated Conservation Management Plan (ICMP) to provide the framework and the necessary strategies to ensure that Robben Island maintains its integrity as a WHS. Mr. Joseph King from International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), a World Heritage Advisory body and participant in the C2C meeting added that he would “like to use your management plan as an example at other heritage sites around the world. It’s time we learn lessons from Africa and take those lessons to other regions of the world to showcase the positive developments that are taking place here,” says King, referring to RIM’s ICMP. Within the content of RIM’s ICMP are

provisions to sustainably develop the Island’s infrastructure. To roll out this provision RIM has, in partnership with the National Department of Tourism, launched its Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Mini Grid, also known as the Island’s solar farm. The solar farm provides the Island with a total of 1 057 796 kWh of electricity per annum. The NDT recognises that tourism is a major contributor to the national GDP and, therefore, needs to be supported by renewable energy. South Africa has huge solar power potential as solar energy is an abundant resource, and this is particularly relevant when you consider where Robben Island is located. According to our National Department of Energy, South Africa’s solar radiation average is 220 Watt per square meter


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(W/m2), which is more than double that of Europe. Tapping into this solar energy potential, it is estimated that the project will save R5 6 04 in its first year and, at that rate, it would take less that five years to completely pay back the setup costs. “Prior to the construction of the solar plant, we relied solely on expensive diesel generators to provide electricity on the

Island. This transition will see the island largely powered by the solar plant. This will not only reduce the Island’s carbon emissions by almost 940 tons per year, but will bring about a monetary saving of around R4-million per annum,” said RIM CEO, Mr Mava Dada. The solar PV mini-grid on Robben Island is part of a broader departmental pilot initiative implemented in collabor-

ation with the management authorities of government-owned tourism attractions to retrofit facilities with solar energy generating systems. Deriving a part of its energy requirements from the solar farm, the desalinisation plant provides the Island with its water requirements. Robben Island Museum For further information on the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP), visit or

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Inga Vanqa

Managing Director, Inga Vanqa Quantity Surveyors

TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY Inga Vanqa Quantity Surveyors and ro ect Managers is a consulting firm providing Quantity Surveying and Construction ro ect Management as our core services. We also provide additional services such as Green Building Consulting, Dispute Resolution and Infrastructure Development Advisory Services. In addition, I own a construction e uipment rental company and have business interests in mining as well as property development.



ur main clientele is made up of mainly government departments and stateowned companies where we provide e pert solutions in management of construction pro ects, making sure that our clients get value for their investment.

Strive to be dynamic in your thinking rather than reactive - in order to create opportunities. Keep going regardless of the challenges you face. Research your industry to keep abreast of technological advances. Collaboration and forming strategic partnerships is vital.

SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS A youth-owned business, most of our employees are young people, making us open to technological advances and developments in our industry. e have embraced technology and invested in the latest technology available and that has given us a competitive advantage.

CHALLENGES YOU FACE The sluggish economy has resulted in fewer construction projects, and govt’s 0 day payment promise often stretches way over 120 days, which can have a ma or effect on a small business.



KEY LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS ithout integrity, leadership can become a destructive function. Resilience and a positive attitude are also important to carry you through the tough times.

WORDS OF WISDOM In SA there is enough sky for all of us to fly and we need to work with each other rather against each other, especially us as youth-owned black businesses. e need to find innovative solutions to the challenges of our economy as every challenge has hidden opportunities.

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ur vision is to strive for e cellence by being a professional service provider adding value and rendering e cellence of the highest uality. e undertake to develop, implement and manage sustainable solutions and poverty alleviation through rural development.

Resolving community issues during implementation of pro ects to ensure they understand the importance of service being delivered over personal issues.



KABE Consulting Engineers is a BBBEE Level 1 Contributor and ISO 9001:2015 certified entity. e provide the following consulting services: Civil and structural engineering; Project Management and Environmental Management. KABE specialises in the investigation, planning, design, implementation and pro ect management of township services, road and stormwater management, water and sanitation, with an emphasis on research into and the introduction of affordable services

e go the e tra mile in ensuring our clients and stakeholders’ satisfaction on each pro ect we are engaged in. e also have the best interest at heart for the communities we deliver services to, and we strive to ensure they understand the services we provide are for their benefit.

CHALLENGES YOU FACE Late invoice payments, clients, stakeholders and partners who undermine our professional responsibility are other challenges.

BEST BUSINESS LESSON Cash flow is king. ithout it you can’t obtain any financial assistance. Identify and define the strategic plan and values that shape the culture and talent we recuit.

GAME-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES D printing will have a huge impact in the economy, while the constant increase in fuel opens opportunities for the use of public transport, motor cycles, bikes and possibly even hoverboards.

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR LEADERS Be passionate. Know what you want. Have clear goals. Follow your dream.


Mr. Fikile Mashinini MD and Founder of Ncamiso Mining

Celebrating 10 years in operation in 01 , Ncamiso Mining pride themselves as industry-leading innovators in alternative mining solutions and land rehabilitation. The founder and MD, Mr.Fikile Mashinini has over 0 years e perience and is passionate about rehabilitating land and unlocking the mineral wealth left in disused mine sites. Founded and incorporated in South Africa in 00 , the company currently mines, e cavates, handles and transports close to one-million tons of raw material

a year in the South African mining Industry. Ncamiso is highly focused on providing e pert and professional services to enhance the revenue of its clients by screening gold from mine dump material that would otherwise be sterilised and crushed for roads and buildings, among other uses. As part of these e tra revenue stream pro ects, Ncamiso also provides invaluable and uni ue solutions in post-mine closure rehabilitation and the removal of contaminated surface material to rehabilitate ground. The company consistently works towards achieving the merging of industries through mining, construction and farming to close the gap that was created by mining in the past. In each pro ectthat Ncamiso takes on, it strives to reduce state liability by clearing disused contaminated land with the ultimate goal to achieve complete, sustainable

rehabilitation for residential development, eradication of illegal miners and ob creation in local communities all whilst also unlocking wealth in gold recovery. Ncamiso has established itself as a game changer in post-mine closure mining, bringing unbelievable insight, passion and determination to fundamentally add value to each and every client, partner and community that the company is involved with. At the core of our business, our main aim is to contribute to the sustainable growth and upliftment of the communities we work in. e are dedicated to making a real impact and difference. e believe keeping this sentiment at the heart of our business will result in building and growing the business in the right way. nlocking the mineral wealth through the rehabilitation process is an added bonus and privilege in contributing to the economic growth our country.


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Progressive Leader Issue 18  

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