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Together, let us work to grow South Africa


ollowing the State of the Nation Address on 20 June, South Africans have been engaged in an important national conversation about the kind of society they want to live in. At the heart of this conversation is the collective aspiration to live in a South Africa that is underpinned by inclusive economic growth and one that is free from poverty, inequality and unemployment. The work of the 6th administration must thus – in order to be consistent with the electoral mandate – be focused on growing the economy, creating jobs and significantly reducing inequality. This work will be guided by the seven priorities we outlined during the SONA, which are: economic transformation and job creation; education, skills and health; consolidating the social wage through reliable and quality basic services; spatial integration, human settlements and local government; social cohesion and safe communities; a capable, ethical and developmental state; a better Africa and World. Sustained economic growth will be a precondition for the successful implementation of these priorities. This means that the business community – arising from its own desire for a better South Africa – must be robust and deliberate in complementing the efforts of government to grow the economy, create jobs and stimulate demand. Government will continue to work on the policy context and regulatory framework to reduce the cost and improve the ease of doing business in our country. In this regard, we are determined to be counted among the Top 50 best performing countries in the

World Bank’s annual Doing Business Report within the next three years. We call on business to work with us as we navigate the challenges imposed on us by the great technological advances of the fourth industrial revolution. We must reskill the current workforce to fit into the rapidly changing world of work and prepare especially the youth for the future of work. We are already strengthening teaching, from the primary school level of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. These are the important subjects that must give our economy some much-needed STEAM. Coding and Data Analytics are also receiving greater attention, so that we can equip our children to become researchers at the cutting edge of scientific in uiry, with the advanced skills necessary to take our country into a new technological age. The business and investor community must play its part in developing these skills and harnessing them towards the productive sectors of our economy and improving the export capacity of our country. Despite the economic challenges of the day, we are resolute that South Africa remains an investment destination which offers a good return on investment. We will host our second investment conference this year and we encourage our local investors to lead their counterparts from beyond our shores in pledging investments in those areas of our economy with the greatest growth and job creating potential. Over the next few months, we will be engaging more directly with local investors to develop master plans for each sector of

We are determined to be counted among the Top 50 best performing countries in the World Bank’s annual Doing Business Report our economy and begin – as an entrepreneurial state – to direct private sector investment to such sectors as may be more suited for our current priorities. e have already identified the need to attract more investment in order to unleash the great potential of sectors like telecommunications, tourism, agriculture and mining. We are acutely aware that a sound relationship with the business and investor community requires policy certainty and consistency. We will continue to improve on this score. Business is a strategic and indispensable partner on the journey to build a South Africa that delivers a better quality of life for all its citizens. Let’s grow South Africa together. Cyril Ramaphosa President of the ANC and the Republic of South Africa


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South Africa forges ahead


n this issue of Progressive Leader we introduce the new Cabinet as appointed by President Ramaphosa following the general election earlier this year. We share with you his vision for taking our country forward. And as is evident from the content of this magazine, there is enough evidence to suggest that South Africa is poised to enter a new dawn: we have the talent, we have the skills and we have the drive. In acknowledging the developmental challenges facing our nation, which are exacerbated by the slow global economy and international trade rivalry, we urge progressive business to heed the

president’s call to “forge a compact for growth and economic opportunity” by working together “to achieve the South Africa we want”. No one can challenge the indisputable fact that the South Africa of today is better than the South Africa of yesterday, but we equally believe that the South Africa of tomorrow must and can be better than the South Africa of today. For this, each South African must consider what their contribution should be in achieving the envisaged new dawn. Throughout the pages of this magazine we illustrate how extra-ordinary South Africans are playing their part. Be it through

culture, sport, business, public and/or political service, each in their own way is doing their bit to make South Africa even greater than it is today. Let it serve as an inspiration for others to be a constructive part of South Africa rising. Enjoy the read!

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South Africa is rising On 25 May, President Cyril Ramaphosa celebrated the unity of Africa Day by taking an oath to lead South Africa into a future of action, to forge a compact for an ethical state, to realise the African Union’s vision of Agenda 2063 – to usher in a brighter day for all. Here’s what the President had to say about building a future beyond the probable…


stand before you having just taken the oath to be President of our beautiful country South Africa. I am humbled by the trust you have bestowed upon me, aware of the challenges our country faces, but also alive to the fact that our people are filled with hope for a better tomorrow. We gather here on the day that the people of our continent celebrate the unity of Africa. It is a day of friendship, solidarity and cooperation. It is a day on which we reaffirm our common commitment to an Africa that is at peace, that is prosperous and that promises a better existence for its people. As South Africa, we are honoured and deeply humbled by the presence here of

leaders from across the African continent. Your Excellencies, we are profoundly grateful to you for choosing to celebrate Africa Day among us, giving further poignancy to South Africa’s transformation from a pariah state to a full and valued member of the family of African nations. We also recognise with appreciation those countries from other continents who have joined us today. We remain eternally grateful to all nations represented here for the sacrifices and tireless contributions by your people and governments to the liberation of our land. oday, we reaffirm our determination to work with our sisters and brothers across the continent to realise the African Union’s vision of Agenda 2063. To build the Africa

that we all Africans want. To forge a free trade area that stretches from Cape Town to Cairo, bringing growth and opportunity to all African countries. To silence the guns and let peace and harmony reign. Today, we declare that our progress as South Africa depends on – and cannot be separated from – the onward march of our beloved continent Africa. Esteemed Guests, Fellow South Africans, 25 years have passed since that glorious morning on which Nelson Rolihahla andela was sworn in as the first resident of a democratic South Africa. In the passage of that time, our land has known both seasons of plenty and times of scarcity. Our people have felt the warm embrace of liberty. They have rejoiced at


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“South Africans want action and not just words and promises. And there will be action” the affirmation of their essential and e ual humanity. They have found shelter and sustenance. They have found opportunity and purpose. As the shackles of oppression have fallen away, they have felt their horizons widen and their lives improve in a myriad ways. But they have also known moments of doubt. They have felt the cold shadow of a past so cruel and ini uitous that it has at times threatened to eclipse the very achievement of their hard-won freedom. Despite our most earnest efforts, many South Africans still go to bed hungry, many succumb to diseases that can be treated, many live lives of intolerable deprivation. Too many of our people do not work especially the youth. In recent times, our people have watched as some of those in whom they had invested their trust have surrendered to the temptation of power and riches. They have

seen some of the very institutions of our democracy eroded and resources s uandered The challenges that we face are real. But they are not insurmountable. They can be solved. And we are going to solve them. In the face of all these challenges our people have remained resolute, resilient, unwavering in their desire for a better South Africa. Through the irrefutable power of the ballot on 8 May, South Africans declared the dawn of a new era. They have chosen hope over hopelessness, they have opted for unity over conflict and divisions. As we give effect to their mandate, we draw comfort from the knowledge that that which unites us is far, far more powerful and enduring than that which divides us. Despite our differences, despite a past of conflict and division and bitterness, despite the fierce political contestation among political parties in recent months, we share

the same hopes and fears, the same anxieties and aspirations. We all want our children to have lives that are better than our own, to have work that is dignified and rewarding e are bound together by our determination that never again shall the adversities of our past be visited on the people of this land. his is a defining moment for our young nation. Today is the choice of history. It is a time for us to make the future we yearn for. It is through our actions now that we will determine our destiny. South Africans want action and not just words and promises. And there will be action. It is through our actions now that we will give form to the society for which so many have fought and sacrificed and for which all of us yearn. All South Africans yearn for a society defined by e uality, by solidarity, by a shared humanity. They yearn for a society in which our worth is determined by how we value others. It is a society guided by the fundamental human principle that says: Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. Motho ke motho ka batho. Muthu ndi muthu nga vhangwe vhathu. Munhu yi munhu yi vanhu. Our Constitution – the basic law of our land – continues to guide our way even at the darkest hour. As a nation we therefore can no longer abide the grave disparities of


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wealth and opportunity that have defined our past and which threaten to imperil our future. It is our shared will – and our shared responsibility – to build a society that knows neither privilege nor disadvantage. It is a society where those who have much are willing to share with those who have little. It is a society where every person, regardless of race or sex or circumstance, may experience the fundamental necessities of a decent, dignified life Today, let us declare before the esteemed witnesses gathered here that such a South Africa is possible. Let us declare our shared determination that we shall end poverty in South Africa within a generation. Let us declare that when we gather to celebrate the 50th year of our freedom there shall no

longer be any person in this land who is unable to meet their basic needs. That there should be no child who goes hungry. Every school child will be able to read, and every person who wants to work will have a reasonable opportunity to find employment. As we make this bold declaration, we are aware of the depth of the challenges we must confront. We are aware of the debilitating legacy of our past, nor the many difficulties of the present To achieve the South Africa we want will demand an extraordinary feat of human endeavour. he road ahead will be difficult e will have to use our courage, wisdom and perseverance to achieve the South Africa we want.

t will re uire an ambition that is rare ike our forebears who gathered so many years ago on a piece of veld in Kliptown to declare that the people shall govern, let us aspire to a future beyond the probable. Let our reach extend beyond our grasp. Let our gaze stretch beyond the horizon. Let us – as we embark on this new era – mobilise our every resource and summon our every capability to realise the vision of our founding mothers and fathers. Let us forge a compact – not merely as business and labour, not as those who govern and those who are governed – but as citizens and patriots of this great nation, free and e ual and resolute Let us forge a compact for growth and economic opportunity, for productive lands and viable communities, for knowledge, for


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innovation, and for services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable. et us forge a compact for an efficient, capable and ethical state, a state that is free from corruption, for companies that generate social value and propel human development, for elected officials and public servants who faithfully serve no other cause than that of the public. We must be a society that values excellence, rewards effort and hard work and rejects mediocrity. We must be a society that values its young people by creating a conducive environment for them to gain skills and be productively employed to develop our country. Let us celebrate the great strides we have made – demonstrated so clearly in the incoming Parliament – to raise the prominence and contribution of women in public life. Let us work together to fundamentally, and forever, change the relations of power between men and women. Let us end the dominion that men claim over women, the denial of opportunity, the abuse and the violence, the neglect, and the disregard of each person’s e ual rights Let us build a truly non-racial society, one that belongs to all South Africans, and in which all South Africans belong. Let us build a society that protects and values those who are vulnerable and who for too long have been rendered marginal. A society where disability is no impediment, where there is tolerance, and where no person is judged on their sexual orientation, where no person suffers


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“That which unites us is far, far more powerful and enduring than that which divides us. Despite our differences, despite a past of con ict and division and bitterness despite the fierce political contestation among political parties in recent months, we share the same hopes and fears, the same anxieties and aspirations”

prejudice because of the colour of their skin, the language of their birth or their country of origin. Let us preserve our natural resources for future generations, as we work with greater purpose to end the human destruction of our world. On this Africa Day, on the day that our nation enters a new era of hope and renewal, we recall and celebrate that Africa is the birthplace of humanity. We recall that it was around 100,000 years ago that a small group of some of the first humans set foot beyond the continent. With them they took a sense of perseverance and a talent for innovation which enabled them to progressively occupy every corner of the world. Humanity has achieved a great deal over the intervening millennia and all by virtue of talents which evolved in Africa. Africa is poised once again to rise, to assume its place among the free and e ual nations of the world. We must use that

innovative talent that originated in Africa to embrace and use the fourth Industrial Revolution to develop Africa and create jobs for the youth and empower the women of our continent. Africa is poised to realise the vision of Pixley ka Isaka Seme more than a century ago, when he said: “The brighter day is rising upon Africa. Already I seem to see her chains dissolved, her desert plains red with harvest, her Abyssinia and her Zululand the seats of science and religion, reflecting the glory of the rising sun from the spires of their churches and universities. “Her Congo and her Gambia whitened with commerce, her crowded cities sending forth the hum of business, and all her sons [and daughters] employed in advancing the victories of peace – greater and more abiding than the spoils of war.” It is to this brighter day that we now turn our eyes, to a vista rich with the hues of hope and promise. It is you, the people of South Africa, who have spoken. With your

votes you have placed your confidence and your trust in the men and women who now sit in our sixth democratic Parliament. hese men and women whom you have sent to Parliament seem to have heard the same call that the Lord made to Isaiah when He said: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” They have now said, send us. They have said Thuma Thina. You have chosen them to safeguard your rights, to improve your lives and to build a country that is united, strong and truly free. You, the people of South Africa, have sent them, and you have sent me, as your President. Having taken the oath of office am saying yes, South Africa Thuma Mina. And I pledge here today that I will serve you, I will work with you, side by side, to build the South Africa that we all want and deserve. A new era has dawned in our country. A brighter day is rising upon South Africa and upon our beloved continent, Africa. Nkosi Sikelel’ Afrika. I thank you.


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OUR NEW LEADERS On 29 May 2019, South Africa’s newly inaugurated leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa, announced his trimmed-down Cabinet at the Union Buildings in Pretoria – one that he believes will steer South Africa in a positive direction

President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa (ANC)

Deputy President of South Africa David Mabuza (ANC)

Minister in the Presidency: Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (ANC)

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu (ANC)

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza (ANC)

Basic Education Angie Motshekga (ANC)

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (ANC)

Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (ANC)

Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi (ANC)

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy (ANC)

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni (ANC)

Health Dr Zwelini Mkhize (ANC)

Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr Blade Nzimande (ANC)

Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi (ANC)

Human Settlements Ms Lindiwe Sisulu (ANC)

International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor (ANC)

Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola (ANC)


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or the first time in the histor of our countr half of all ministers are women e have also included a significant number of oung people resident amaphosa

Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe (ANC)

Police Mr Bheki Cele (ANC)

Public Enterprise Mr Pravin Gordhan (ANC)

Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu (ANC)

Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia De Lille (GOOD)

Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni (ANC)

Social Development Lindiwe Zulu (ANC)

Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa (ANC)

State Security Ayanda Dlodlo (ANC)

Telecommunication and Postal Services Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (ANC)

Tourism Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi (ANC)

Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel (ANC)

Transport Fikile Mbalula (ANC)


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Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize (ANC)

Presidency Thembi Siweya (ANC)

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Mcebisi Skwatsha (ANC)

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Sdumo Dlamini (ANC)

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Basic Education Dr Regina Mhaule (ANC)

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Obed Bapelo (ANC)

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Parks Tau (ANC)

Defence and Military Veterans Thabang Makwetla (ANC)

Employment and Labour Boitumelo Moloi (ANC)

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Maggie Sotyu (ANC)

Finance Dr David Masondo (ANC)

Health Joe Phaahla (ANC)

Higher Education, Science and Technology Buti Manamela (ANC)

Home Affairs Njabulo Nzuza (ANC)

Human Settlements and Water David Mahlobo (ANC)

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Pam Tshwete (ANC)

International Relations and Cooperation Alvin Botes (ANC)

International Relations and Cooperation Candith Mashego-Dlamini (ANC)

Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffrey (ANC)

Justice and Correctional Services Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa (ANC)


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Mineral Resources and Energy Bavelile Hlongwa (ANC)

Police Mr Cassel Mathale (ANC)

Public Enterprises Phumulo Masualle (ANC)

Public Works and Infrastructure Noxolo Kiviet (ANC)

Small Business Development Rosemary Capa (ANC)

Social Development Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu (ANC)

Sports, Arts and Culture Nocawe Mafu (ANC)

State Security Zizi Kodwa (ANC)

Telecommunication and Postal Services Pinky Kekana (ANC)

Tourism Fish Mahlale (ANC)

Trade and Industry Fikile Majola (ANC)

Trade and Industry Nomalungelo Gina (ANC)

Transport Dikeledi Magadzi (ANC)

Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga (ANC)

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A MODERN DAY ACROPOLIS The story of the Union Buildings spans more than 100 years and has itnessed ar and eace, horrific o ression and e traordinary chan e


tanding tall and proud – with arms open wide and a warm smile – the massive bronzeplated statue of former president Nelson Mandela stands front and centre at the iconic Union Buildings in Pretoria, the peacemaker uniting different cultures as represented by the two wings. Like a fortress, the Union buildings watch over the city from the top of Meintjieskop, a constant reminder of the immense political change South Africans have fought for and endured. From this vantage, you have a panoramic view of Pretoria’s skyscrapers and suburbs lined with Jacaranda trees. From here you also see Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument, two other famous landmarks in clear site on the opposite hill. n fact, the significance of the oortrekker Monument and the Union Buildings in the national consciousness is the basis of a law in Pretoria that limits the height of any

building between them so that the view remains unobstructed. The buildings themselves tell a quirky story. Commissioned as part of establishing the Union of South Africa after the AngloBoer War, they were designed by influential architect Sir Herbert Baker to resemble the acropolis in Greece – the light sandstone colour and statues of Gods are evidence of this – a throwback to his time on the Mediterranean. The numbers are staggering. It took approximately 1265 artisans, workmen and labourers almost three years to construct, using million bricks for the interior office walls, half a million cubic feet of freestone, 74 000 cubic yards of concrete, 40 000 bags of cement and 20 000 cubic feet of granite to erect. The U-shape of the building has east and west wings representing Afrikaans and English and the centre representing the

union between the two cultures. The two identical wings and the combination of both Cape Dutch and Edwardian elements in the design were Baker’s attempt to unite two divided nations. The middle of the dome was meant to emulate the White House dome in Washington – designed to symbolise a temple of peace. But the dome remains unfinished the nion Buildings incomplete In keeping with the Grecian theme, the two matching statues on top of the domed towers are gods: Atlas, holding up the world and Mercury, a Roman messenger and God of trade. The name of the nearest suburb – Arcadia, meaning ‘Playground of the Gods’ – ties it all together. The Union Buildings are more than a home for the Presidency and the seat of the South African Government. They also hold immense social value. Most unforgettably, thousands of people stood in long queues


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“It [the Union Buildings] is a tangible expression of a proudly South African identity and experience”

to pay their last respects to Madiba when he lay in state there. The 9000-seat Nelson Mandela amphitheatre has played host to presidential inaugurations and political gatherings. The inviting terraced gardens often see newly-weds posing for photos, people picnicking on the lush lawns on a sunny day, joggers gliding around the grounds. And you may even see a lonely artist sketching the building or skyline. Of course, there are also busloads of tourists trundling about with cameras in tow, snapping away at the myriad monuments dotted around: the Delville Wood War Memorial, a tribute to South African troops who died during the First orld ar a pla ue in memory of those who died during the orean ar a statue of the country s first president, eneral ouis Botha, on horseback the outh African olice emorial to name a few Other classic historical events include the pass laws protest of 1956 during apartheid, where 20 000 women marched to the doors of the Union Buildings. The legendary former president Nelson Mandela was inaugurated there after the country s first free elections in 1994, heralding a new era in South Africa’s history.

There is even a whispering statue… The memorial put in place after the women marched for the abolition of the pass laws – chanting, “Wathint’ Abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo!” which translates to ‘strike the women, strike the rock’ – uses an ‘imbokodo’, a grinding stone used by women to grind maize, as the focal point to represent nurturing. It rests on bronze plates, representing fire and earth As you walk closer to the imbokodo, infrared beams are triggered, activating history’s “whispering voices” sounding in all 11 official languages As a spokesperson at the Union Buildings once said,“The Union Buildings as a place or site of significance enriches people s lives, providing a deep and inspirational sense of connection to community and city landscape, to the past [history] and memories. It is a tangible expression of a proudly South African identity and experience. As a place of significance it reflects the diversity of the South African society, telling us who we are, the past that has formed us as well as the South African landscape. The site is therefore irreplaceable, precious and indeed of national importance hence it must be conserved for present and future generations.”


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ANC Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile

President Cyril Ramaphosa

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n support of the ANC’s Western Cape election campaign, the PBF organised the presidential dinner, hosting it at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town this time round, on 19 March 2019. The business community responded exuberantly and there was much positive comment during and after the occasion. The guests expressed that such engagements were valuable channels for dialogue which contributes towards building business confidence and the development of a better understanding between business and government leaders. Alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Treasurer General of the ANC, Paul Mashatile, a number of ministers and the leadership of the ANC in the Western Cape also attended the dinner. The up-and-coming Cape songstress Amy Jones entertained, while the guests wined and dined and networked.


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Good food, fine company and a great manifesto The PBF hosted a gala dinner, held on 11 January this year at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, in Durban, on the eve of the rally celebrating the ANC’s 107th anniversary


he gala dinner, the largest of its kind facilitated by the PBF, saw in excess of two thousand guests attending the launch of the ANC’s Election Manifesto. The event was opened by the ANC’s head of elections, Fikile Mbalula. The ANC Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile, then bid the guests a warm welcome and introduced President Ramaphosa, inviting him to share a few words. The President supported the remarks made by the Treasurer General, namely that the nature of the dinner on this occasion differed from previous years, as it coincided with the launch of the ANC Election Manifesto this year. The President spoke powerfully on the road ahead for South Africa and the need for all South Africans to work together to ensure the very best future for the country. The President’s remarks were fondly and enthusiastically received, and the mood around the room of positivity and optimism was palpable – just what the President called for. But it wasn’t all business. The entertainment was top-notch, with various youth organisations and Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing tracks from the election album among others. A fantastic evening was enjoyed by all, and the networking and celebrating continued long after the formalities and the dinner itself were concluded.

ANC Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile (centre)


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The gala dinner...saw in excess of two thousand guests attending the launch of the ANC’s Election Manifesto

President Cyril Ramaphosa

It wasn’t all business. The entertainment was top-notch, with various youth organisations and Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing tracks from the election album


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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT In an interview with Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission André Gaum, Progressive Leader got answers to some pertinent questions on where South Africa is placed on a global scale in terms of rights and equality and how this impacts on economic growth


uman rights continues to be a bone of contention in every corner of the globe. From gender disparity and racism to poverty, violence, homelessness, corruption, disability and sexual orientation, human beings will always need champions for the different, for the powerless, for the underdog. Living in a world that largely values commercial gain, power and popularity over humanitarianism doesn’t help matters. outh Africa is no stranger to the fight for human rights n fact, we find ourselves at the centre of myriad universal issues – a veritable melting pot of human rights violations. But we are also at the forefront of revolutionary change in many respects. The shift from apartheid to democracy is one such movement; the focus on inclusion of women and children, ending poverty, and the acceptance of the gay community are others. In South Africa, our champion is the Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), who

were put into place by the Constitution to protect, promote and monitor the realisation of our human rights, and encourage a culture of human rights in our country.


As an independent and impartial body, the AH plays a hugely significant role acting as not only a watchdog to monitor the realisation of rights, to conduct investigations and to seek redress where rights have been violated, but it also serves a more proactive role in engaging, advising or providing support to government and parliamentary bodies to facilitate the protection and realisation of rights. Ultimately, the SAHRC is a critical mechanism to ensure accountability of the state, and all those within the Republic, in upholding human rights. Within the context of massive social and economic disparities, the role of the Commission remains of critical importance. South Africa retains the

stigma of being the most unequal country in the world, and while we have made significant strides in the realisation of rights – through both the adoption of what is considered to be the most progressive constitution in the world, as well as through the entrenchment of rights into basic laws and policies – much more still needs to be done when it comes to implementation.


As already mentioned, South Africa remains the most unequal country in the world, measured in terms of the distribution of both income and wealth. Approximately 10% of South Africans own a whopping 90-95% of all wealth in the country, and 60% of income is earned by a paltry 10% of South Africans. The SAHRC is looking at the right to equality, further education and access to land as key catalysts in moving towards economic equality and transformation.


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Approximately 10% of South Africans own a whopping 90-95% of all wealth in the country, and 60% of income is earned by a paltry 10% of South Africans While the Commission doesn’t play a direct role in the government’s global investment agenda, the work of the SAHRC certainly has an impact on this. Multiple factors play a role in determining foreign direct investment inflows policy continuity, the efficiency of government regulation, levels of corruption, quality of infrastructure, levels of social unrest. In addition, much of the work the SAHRC does relates to the business and human rights sphere, including both domestic and global organisations – monitoring and reporting on compliance with human rights standards within the private sector, as well as advising on best practices. Simply put, the Commission is the referee, watching that the state maintains an equitable balance between the need to attract foreign investment and upholding human rights.


The SAHRC has a close connection with the Commission for Gender Equality in addressing one of the cross-cutting themes which forms part of almost every initiative, and is seen as imperative to the greater development agenda. The majority of the Commission’s handiwork incorporates a gender mainstreaming approach – from legal and policy reviews,

to stakeholder engagements and advocacy initiatives. Several initiatives are on the go, including hosting public hearings and releasing research reports aimed at addressing unfair discrimination in the workplace, together with monitoring the progress made towards transformation – particularly in universities. Also, there has been sharp focus on the gendered impact of food security and land reform in South Africa. Furthermore, of real concern has been decriminalising sex work, preventing sexual abuse and harassment in schools, and combatting human trafficking to safeguard women, who remain predominantly vulnerable. The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual persons (LGBTQIA+) have also been paid a substantial amount of attention.


Incumbent in the right to basic education are aspects like the quality and adequacy of basic infrastructure, learning and teaching support material, nutrition, the absence of discrimination and measures to promote equality and inclusivity, appropriate learner-to-teacher ratios, the

competency of teachers and the overall quality of the education system. Although the country is close to achieving universal access to schools, certain categories of children remain disproportionately affected, including learners with disabilities and undocumented learners. The SAHRC has been earnestly rallying for the revision of the National Admissions Policy, as well as for breaking down the barriers to education faced by children with disabilities and speeding up progress towards an inclusive education system. Second to this, the Commission is concerned that an alarming 78% of Grade 4 learners can’t read yet for meaning in any language and that, despite high enrolment levels, the drop out levels in higher grades remains problematic, with as little as half of learners completing Grade 12, and even fewer passing. he solution anguage policies need to be developed and implemented; learning and teaching support materials need to be provided. Combatting the scourge of sexual abuse and harassment in schools, preventing unfair discrimination in schools, and ensuring safe and adequate infrastructure are also at the top of the HRC’s education agenda. More recently, increasing consideration


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“The lack of access to socio-economic rights provides the clearest re ection of the levels of systemic poverty, unemployment, and inequality in South Africa” is being given to the development of the right to Internet access. Today, access to the Internet is increasingly being viewed as a catalyst for the enjoyment of some rights, such as the right of access to information, freedom of association and freedom of expression. But it is also an important tool for the advancement of other rights such as the right to education. However, despite the multiple debates around the globe, Internet access is yet to be formally declared a human right.


Corruption goes against the rule of law and everything the Constitution stands for, and can have a profoundly negative effect on the realisation of rights. But State Capture goes beyond corruption it permeates the entire political system, which can potentially lead to the removal of controls required to uphold the rule of law, transparency and accountability. More often than not, it’s the poorest and most marginalised that suffer the consequences. Lack of accountability also results in poor delivery of goods and services, and inflated prices, reducing available resources used to respond to the basic rights of people. In 2017, former Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan estimated that the cost of state capture in South Africa stood at around R250-billion, and in 2011, a report released by section 27 and Corruption Watch estimated that around R20-billion was being lost in the public and private

health sector – a perfect example of how the misuse of state funds can impede the progressive realisation of rights. But the protection and promotion of rights also plays a crucial role in the promotion of good governance and prevention of corruption. The right of access to information; to freedom of expression (for all, including the media); the right to demonstrate; as well as the right of access to justice, and the assurance of strong, independent and sufficiently resourced institutions mandated to uphold the rule of law are all central to anti-corruption strategies.


Each year the SAHRC releases a statistical overview of complaints dealt with by the Commission – a Trends Analysis Report. The report not only provides critical insight into the types of human rights violations taking place, but also highlights the level of awareness of human rights in the country, allowing the SAHRC to identify and monitor certain trends and develop strategic interventions. The most recent report highlights the fact that the number of complaints being received by the Commission has increased over time he top five rights violations were equality (section 9); healthcare, food, water and social security (section 27); arrested, detained and accused persons (section 35); labour relations (section 23) and just administrative action (section 33).

Adv André Gaum, Commissioner of the SAHRC

Although equality remains the highest, when the statistics for all socio-economic rights are considered together, including the section 27 rights outlined above as well as complaints relating to housing (section 26) and education (section 29), it is clear that complaints in relation to violations to socio-economic rights remain the highest. As reflected in the 2016/2017 report, “The lack of access to socio-economic rights provides the clearest reflection of the levels of systemic poverty, unemployment, and inequality in South Africa and demonstrates the persistent recurrence of the cycle of poverty.” When considering the equality-related complaints received, the majority were race related, and the number was ten times higher than the next two highest grounds, being disability and social origin. That said, all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated efining the “top” rights violations is therefore difficult to pin down, and would likely differ from person to person.


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KHANYISILE KWEYAMA ON BEING THE ULTIMATE PROFESSIONAL Progressive Leader invited revered South African businesswoman Khanyisile Kweyama, currently CEO of Prasa, to share some of her vast knowledge on the highs and lows of being on the top rung in the corporate space

Leadership means leading from the front, making the tough decisions, executing on decisions made, building effective teams, developing listening skills

YOUR RESUME SPANS FROM BEING THE FIRST FEMALE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT ANGLO AMERICAN IN SOUTH AFRICA, THE CEO FOR BUSINESS UNITY SOUTH AFRICA, THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE INTERIM BOARD OF PRASA AND SERVING ON THE BOARDS OF NUMEROUS RENOWNED COMPANIES, TO BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR SETTING UP YOUR OWN COMPANIES. WHAT DRIVES YOUR CAPACITY FOR BUSINESS? I have always been driven to be the best I can be at whatever role I’m in. I love working with people and have learned a lot and grown professionally and personally with the exposure I’ve gained from working in such diverse companies. And, of course, my deep sense of commitment to South Africa and its growth and prosperity drives me to do the best for my country.

HOW HAS YOUR VAST PREVIOUS BUSINESS EXPERIENCE EQUIPPED YOU TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES YOU ARE FACING AT PRASA? Managing people has been the greatest learning curve in terms of past business experience. Even though I Chair the Board, the mammoth task of turning PRASA around and working on moving it away from a past culture of not caring about its mandate has caused me to draw on that particular experience. Secondly, experience serving on excos and boards of private sector companies has been invaluable in the task of restoring governance in an entity that has been destroyed by years of corruption, wrongdoing and malfeasance. Finally, my experience in stakeholder management has also been valuable in


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navigating the huge stakeholder base at Prasa – from management and organised labour, to government and communities.


It does, but it’s not negative pressure. rasa needs a lot of fixing, so the title motivates me to do the right thing, work hard at finding solutions to the myriad of problems in the company and to keep my eyes on the ball. There are many who prefer to stick to the status quo, but I’m determined to act in the best interests of rasa so those fix it skills are much needed!

Also, I believe in teamwork and, while I may be the Chair and face of the entity, this board has some amazing professionals who excel in their areas of expertise and work very hard in the task of #LeavingPrasaBetterThanWeFoundIt. Without them I would have thrown in the towel a long time ago, because, as we make progress, there are those who want to maintain the status quo and seem to do their best to pull us down. But we push ahead even harder. Without a dedicated team on the board, I would not succeed.

WHAT STEPS CAN ORGANISED BUSINESS TAKE TOWARDS CONTRIBUTING CONSTRUCTIVELY TOWARDS SA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH? Organised business would do well to become a partner to government, not an adversary. Other important actions they could take are to drive job creation more and to create an investment client who makes South Africa a preferred investment destination.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT INVESTMENT DRIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA The investment drive is a great initiative for South Africa. The commitments made by A and international companies in the first year at the first investment summit have started on a strong footing. The momentum must be kept up and results communicated widely, including to the general public, so that the country unites behind the president in his drive. A lesson I’ve always kept reminding myself of over the years while working in business and in SOEs is about the huge impact a statement, a behaviour, an incident or even just a public utterance has on the share price of RSA. If we can all

be conscious of that, we will all unite in the effort to stabilise and grow our economy.

HOW CAN WE DISRUPT WOMEN’S LEGACY OF REMAINING ON THE BOTTOM RUNG IN TERMS OF SUCCESS, POWER AND LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS? Women must be champions and promoters of each other. We must lift each other up, wherever we are.

ARE THERE WAYS IN WHICH BUSINESS CAN INVOLVE THE YOUTH THAT WILL SERVE THE LONG-TERM GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY? Businesses need to provide opportunities for young people in the workplace to secure the future of our economy. They need to create a learning environment, where young people get appropriate training and skills development that will remain relevant in the fast-changing world of business.

COULD YOU SHARE SOME ADVICE ON EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP FOR THE BENEFIT OF CEOS AND BUSINESS OWNERS? Leadership means leading from the front, making the tough decisions, executing on decisions made, building effective teams, developing listening skills. Basically, just being the ultimate professional.



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LEADING THE WAY The OR Tambo School of Leadership is reaching out, as a centre of transformation, to anyone keen on understanding how the world works and how to change it


he African National Congress’ Strategy and Tactics document envisions a cadre with a particular and specific progressive acumen. It dictates for such cadres to act as Agents of Change. It says such “ANC cadres need to be located in all [centres of social transformation], exercising leadership not by decree or through arrogance; but in terms of the logic of their ideas, through their organisational acumen and from exemplary conduct. Honesty, hard work, humility, ethics and respect for the people are some of the core attributes that they should evince.” This, in essence, explains the logic behind the establishment of the OR Tambo School of Leadership, the ANC’s political education school. On the one hand the school is required to produce the type of cadre envisaged in the Strategy and Tactics document. On the other, it must appreciate that such cadres must be sourced from all centres of transformation and be equally located across sectoral post training – public sector, labour, business, civil society. At the recent launch of the OR Tambo

School, President Cyril Ramaphosa argued that, for the ANC, this phase of the country’s transition dictates the need to provide leadership that is fit for purpose he tasks of our movement in this phase of our transition require cadres that have the ideological grounding, revolutionary morality and technical capabilities to function in a complex and evolving environment. They must appreciate the relationship between consciousness and conscience”. In so doing, the President characterised the establishment of the school as fulfilling a resolution of successive ANC conferences, that the movement needs a dedicated institution that has a responsibility for cadre development. OR Tambo School of Leadership gives impetus to the determination that the ANC needs to deepen political understanding and restore the revolutionary integrity of its leaders and cadres. The school builds on the long-standing political education tradition of the ANC. This can be seen from the formation of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania, to political education infused as

part of training in the camps of Umkhonto we Sizwe as well as the tradition of Umrabulo on Robben Island. It also builds on the legacy of night schools that the Communist Party established as early as the 1920s and political education programmes run by student organisations, trade unions, civic organisations and other formations of the mass democratic movement. Informed by an understanding of its role in society and within the ANC and its aligned progressive formations, the school was aptly named after Isithwalande President Oliver Reginald Tambo, popularly known as OR – who is described by President Ramaphosa as “a leader who firmly believed in the development of cadres who combined revolutionary zeal with the political tools suitable to the conditions of the time”. By naming the school after OR, the ANC honours his incredible contribution to the struggle to liberate South Africa from the clutches of colonialism and Apartheid. It also brings attention to his combined exceptional leadership quality and total dedication to education and his studies. He was renowned for a style of leadership that


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“The tasks of our movement in this phase of our transition require cadres that have the ideological grounding, revolutionary morality and technical capabilities to function in a complex and evolving environment” - President Cyril Ramaphosa was fair, inclusive and embracing. OR’s record of transformative leadership, underpinned by the values of humility, selflessness, foresight and inclusiveness, will form the foundation of the ANC political school’s character and the delivery of its work. OR was an intellectual leader who valued the power of persuasive argument and ideas. This element of leadership – a leader who values ideas and their power – is critical to the evolution of the ANC and a prosperous future for our country. Present experience of the unsatisfactory pace of service delivery and revelations about corruption exposes the critical need to pay closer attention to the type of cadre the ANC develops and injects into society to lead across all sectors public, private and civil society. The OR Tambo School of Leadership is ensuring renewal through developing agents of change who have a well-rounded worldview. And this is achieved through offering education, promoting revolutionary activism. For the Chairperson of the OR Tambo School of Leadership, Kgalema Motlanthe, the launch of the OR Tambo School is a momentous occasion. He described it as

a significant step towards the renewal of the ANC. It is consistent with the historical role of the ANC in building its members and leaders to be agents of change. It is only through ethically and intellectually grounded members that the ANC can continue to lead society”. In terms of course content and delivery, the OR Tambo School of Leadership facilitates education on strategic studies, policy and organisational skills. The 13 courses offered will be delivered on different platforms, including the use of information communication technology as well as face-to-face interactions between students and facilitators. he courses include fascinating subjects Political Economy, Developmental State, ANC Vision, Values and Principles, Africa in the Global Economy as well as Gender and Women Emancipation. The course content and methods of delivery are designed in such a way that they will be accredited in the medium term. Though, for successful attendance a minimum pass rate of 70% will be required. Beneficiaries of the O ambo chool of Leadership can be members of the ANC and the democratic movement as well as

anyone keen on understanding how the world works and how to change it. In line with the ANC conference resolution, the school will initially start with a requirement for leaders of the ANC from regional to national structures to attend the school successfully.

Board Member and Principal Dr David Masondo The OR Tambo School of Leadership is contactable at or on, or through social media on Facebook and Twitter under the name “ORTamboSchool”.


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Peace and prosperity in Viet Nam Viet Nam is no longer the picture of war and poverty it once was. Overcoming the great atrocities of the past, it is now one of the fastest-growing economies in the world – not to mention the most peaceful, with the most staggering natural beauty


iet Nam’s development record over the past 30 years is remarkable. Economic and political reforms under i i (‘renovation policy’), launched by the Communist Party of Viet Nam at its 6th National Congress in 1986, have spurred rapid economic growth and development and transformed Viet Nam from one of the world’s poorest nations to a lower middleincome country. Furthermore, Viet Nam maintains a stable and peaceful political environment, effectively serving the cause of its national defence and development. This is echoed in The Communist Party of Viet Nam’s – the sole political party within its political

structure – view that “the Party leads, the State manages and the People master”. With national unity and boosted defence and security, this Southeast Asian country continues to firmly protect its independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and national interests. The borderline with neighbouring countries is well managed, making it truly a border of peace, friendship and development. In the South China Sea, Viet Nam also continues to firmly protect its sovereignty, national rights and interests in accordance with international laws.

ECONOMIC GROWTH TRENDS Even with rapid and unpredictable

international developments and the global economy facing many challenges, Viet Nam’s economic growth stood at 7.08% in 2018, the highest rate regionally and second internationally. Its macroeconomics remains stable and inflation is under control. Total trade volume in 2018 reached US$480.16-billion, with rice exports ranked second in the world. Viet Nam is also ranked 69th among 190 economies in the ease of doing business, according to the latest World Bank annual ratings. There have been more than 27 350 valid foreign-investment projects in Viet Nam so far, with a total registered capital of US$340-billion. According to a forecast by


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As a nation emerging from a long period of foreign suppression and bloody wars, Viet Nam treasures and champions human rights

PricewaterhouseCoopers in February 2017, Viet Nam may be the fastest-growing of the world’s economies, with a potential annual GDP growth rate of about 5.1%, which would make its economy the 20th-largest worldwide by 2050.

GLOBAL GROWTH TRENDS Over the last few years, Viet Nam has been actively promoting international peace and development. In 2017, Viet Nam successfully chaired the Asia acific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Year, driving the 21 economies in fostering multilateralism and regional economic integration. In 2018, the World Economic Forum Conference on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN) hosted by the country was marked as the


most successful event in the 27-year history of the Forum. When this article was written, the second historic Summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was taking place in Hanoi capital – the city of peace – a bold step towards peace and stability in East Asia and the world. With its international prestige, the country has increasing responsibilities in regional and global institutions, including at many organs of state of the United Nations and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The country’s international economic integration obviously shows its active, positive and creative approach. Among its many international bilateral and multilateral


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free trade agreements, Viet Nam, together with another ten countries, signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for rans acific artnership , becoming one of the first seven countries in the world to ratify this newgeneration free trade agreement. Closer to home, together with breathtaking diverse natural resources – mountains, forests, deltas, beaches, caves, waterfalls and rivers – Viet Nam’s popular and affordable local street food and friendly people have also attracted a growing number of tourists. Viet Nam has eight world heritage sites and 12 intangible cultural heritages recognised by UNESCO, including the stunning Ha Long Bay, in northeast Viet Nam, well known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. The number of international tourists increased to over 15 million people as a record in 2018, putting Viet Nam on the list of countries with robust tourism growth, ranking first in Asia and sixth in the ten fastest-growing destinations on the planet. oreover, the country aims to develop tourism into a spearhead economic sector by 2020, with a target of welcoming up to 20 million foreign arrivals and hosting 82 million domestic tourists, contributing 10% to GDP and earning a whopping US$35-billion in revenue.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT GROWTH TRENDS As a nation emerging from a long period of foreign suppression and bloody wars, Viet Nam treasures and champions human rights. The country is highly valued by the United Nations for its successful completion of the illennium evelopment oals s and ranks in the top six countries globally yielding impressive results. “Viet Nam has achieved tremendous results in reducing poverty and improving the quality of life for millions. The decline in poverty among ethnic minorities is encouraging, and more focused efforts on improving their incomes can further broaden their opportunities and reduce persistent inequalities,” said Ousmane Dione, World Bank Country Director for Viet Nam, in 2018. In education, Viet Nam has made significant progress in terms of access and quality, with nearly 6% of its GDP spent on education – high by global standards. The country has set in place universal preschool education for five year old children and primary education, and is working towards achieving universal lower secondary education. The country has also improved dramatically in its levels of student learning. Per the recently published Programme for International Student Assessment

(PISA), Viet Nam surpasses the OECD country average and many developed economies, and places in the top 10 overall in science achievement. In the 2015 PISA, with its focus on science, Viet Nam was clearly in the top ten worldwide. This bodes well for preparing students for the world of work with the 21st century skills they will undoubtedly need to succeed – science and technology being fundamental stepping stones into the future. Also as a preparation for the 4.0 industrial revolution, the nation is witnessing fast Internet growth, with more than 50/95 million users, putting its growth on the list of those on top the world over. Nearly one million kilometres of fibre optic cables have been installed at grassrootslevel in 63 provinces/cities across the country, making Viet Nam one of the countries with the highest rate of deployed fibre optic cables globally n addition, the national Viettel telecommunications group was honoured as one of the 500 most valuable brands in the world in 2019. In addition, the number of Facebook users in Viet Nam in 2019 is expected to reach 45.3 million, more than half of the population, up from 41.1 million in 2017. From a safety and security perspective, anti-corruption work has been implemented in drastic measures by the Party and State of Viet Nam in recent years. With 33/100 points, Viet Nam stood at 117/180 globally, in the 2017 Index of Corruption Perceptions (CPI) of Transparency International (TI). any of its effective solutions have been internationally recognised, compared with most countries which are putting in the effort but making little progress in the matter. The unprecedented scale and intensity of the campaign sends a strong message that Viet Nam Party and State is determined to clean up its political system and nurture an attractive environment for development. In the spirit of President Ho hi inh nity, nity, reat nity Success, Success, Great Success.”


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SA and China solder bilateral trade The PBF went on a trade mission to Hebei Province in China from 16-23 May 2019. They found opportunities galore


delegation of 31 PBF businesspeople went in search of trade opportunities earlier this year. During the visit the delegation attended the Langfang International Economic and Trade Fair – including a visit to its trade exhibition, the Qian’an / South Africa Business Seminar & B2B and the Laoting / South Africa Business Seminar & B2B. While the focus of the delegation was on the steel and construction sector, enterprises from a number of other sectors also joined in. On arrival, the delegation was treated to a welcome dinner, hosted by the PBF, at which South African Economic Counsellor Thandokwazi delivered the keynote address

on the topic of doing business in China. The delegation was made to feel most welcome and honoured throughout the visit, with a meeting arranged by the Governor of Hebei province, Mr Xu Qin, and friendly dinners organised by officials of both the ian an and Laoting municipalities. At the meeting in Hebei province, the overnor spelt out the benefits of investing in Hebei province and Langfang city and went into detail about the Beijing-TianjinHebei Integration Plan. The Convenor of the PBF, Daryl Swanepoel, made two speeches during the visit. In Langfang, Mr Swanepoel unpacked the many agricultural trade and investment opportunities in South Africa. According to

the Convenor, “South Africa currently exports a mere US$126-million of live animals, vegetables, animal and vegetable fats, and prepared foodstuffs to China. In turn it imports US$413-million from China. This is a pretty low base, but at the same time, given the push by China, under President Xi Jinping’s initiative to promote greater imports into China in order to promote a balance of payments, space exists to expand the flow of agricultural products from South Africa to China.” Two days later, in Qian’an, he discussed the investment and trade opportunities in South Africa within the context of the evolving Belt & Road Initiative: “The current economic conditions and the relationship


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Since 2009 China has become South Africa’s main trading partner. Similarly, South Africa is China’s main trading partner in Africa. Bilateral trade has grown from US$1.8 billion in 1998 to US$39billion in 2017

between our two countries set the stage for our enterprises to now take initiatives that will further boost business between our two countries. Since 2009 China has become South Africa’s main trading partner. Similarly, South Africa is China’s main trading partner in Africa. Bilateral trade has grown from US$1.8-billion in 1998 to US$39-billion in 2017. “That being said, I am of the opinion that we have but scratched the surface, which I argue as follows: South Africa mainly exports raw materials. Of the R7.6-billion exports in 2017, more than R6.5-billion comprised minerals and steel products. That means that there is still a wide scope for further expanding the basket of

products that we as South Africans are selling to China, and likewise, downstream beneficiation of raw materials within outh Africa, creates significant opportunities for Chinese enterprises to invest in South Africa.” Mr Swanepoel expressed great appreciation on behalf of the delegation to the organisers of the seminar for the warm reception, fruitful meetings and exceptional hospitality. He then joked, saying, “If this is what doing business with China is about, then count us in!” The visit also included some free time to go on short adventures and indulge in leisure activities – most memorable was the visit to the Great Wall of China.


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Opening up global trade

Convenor of the PBF Daryl Swanepoel attended the CEO Conference at the Belt & Road Forum in Beijing from 25-27 April 2019. And came back with some game-changing ideas…


he Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) has 120 countries from around the world banding together in an atmosphere of cooperation in developing the economic infrastructure between them. The initiative’s overriding objective is to open up the world economy. his was the first O onference at what was the second Belt & Road Forum for nternational ooperation jointly held by the hina ouncil for the romotion of nternational rade , All hina ederation of ndustry and ommerce A and tate owned Assets upervision and Administration of ommission ouncil A A ore than guests from companies, governments and business organisations in 88 countries and international organisations gathered for this event. he O onference sparked discussions on new goals for the BRI that would inject fresh impetus and lead to exploring unchartered areas for project development,

but, most importantly, on how innovative rules for business could promote trade. As well as the O onference, the onvenor of the B , aryl wanepoel, also had the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony of the Belt oad orum, which was attended by 34 heads of state and international organisations. n his keynote address, resident i inping of the eople s epublic of hina emphasised that while the B was hina s design, its outcomes belong to the world He said the BRI was about creating a more open world trade system that recognises the interconnectivity needed for an accessible global economy and for building the infrastructure the bedrock of sustainable economic development needed as a result he B , he said, should embody win win development for the global community. resident i also spoke about the need to pursue clean cooperation, green investment and green financing He emphasised

The BRI should work towards extending market access, and create fair competition for investment. It should intensify efforts for international cooperation with regard to intellectual property protection


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Countries of the BRI must commit to increasing their focus on implementing the opening up policies

PBF Convenor, Daryl Swanepoel (centre) with Gerhard Papenfus, CEO of NEASA (right)

transparency and a zero tolerance of corruption as essential to the success of these endeavours. oing forward, the president said the B should work towards extending market access, and create fair competition for investment. It should intensify efforts for international cooperation with regard to intellectual property protection According to resident i, hina plans to increase its import of goods on an even larger scale, as hina does not seek a trade surplus or this to come to fruition, greater

cooperation and multilateral policy coordination is necessary, and countries of the BRI must commit to increasing their focus on implementing the opening up policies. Other speakers at the forum included the presidents of a akhstan, ussia, akistan, gypt, hile and alaysia, among others he ecretary eneral of the nited Nations also pledged their support for the BRI’s great efforts in uniting international factions in trade and industry.

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SA follows the silk road to success Cape Town members of the PBF attended the China-South Africa Economic and Cultural Event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 13 June 2019

PBF Convenor, Daryl Swanepoel


nce again, China and South Africa banded together to talk business and share a cultural experience. The guests included numerous Chinese companies from Shaanxi, a landlocked province, considered to be the spiritual cradle of Chinese culture and history as well as the starting point of the Silk Road. Here is a short list of the companies that attended: Shaanxi Pharmaceutical Holdings Group, Shaanxi Regional Electric Power (Group), Sino Shaanxi Nuclear Industry Group, Shaanxi Financial Holding Group, Chang`an Bank Co Ltd, Shaanxi Xingfeng Mining Group, Huaqing Palace, Xi`an TCM Hospital of Encephalopathy, to name a few. The Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Cape Town and Convenor of the PBF, Daryl Swanepoel, spoke eloquently to an enthralled audience. The gathering was also entertained by various Chinese cultural dancing groups, while refreshments were served. Chinese dance, with its twirling ribbons, elaborate movements and ethnic costumes, tells the story of a complex and ancient culture.


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Gerhard Papenfus, CEO of NEASA

Hon Joan Fubbs MP(right)

China promotes the Canton Fair The PBF in collaboration with the China Foreign Trade Centre hosted the China Import and Export Fair Promotion conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 25 March 2019


s the name suggests, the intention of the gathering was to inform the business community of the benefits for them of participating in the 126th China Import and Export Fair, or Canton Fair – the largest trade exhibition globally – in autumn this year. Since the Canton Fair established the International Pavilion for overseas enterprises in the 101st session, it has attracted 13 000 foreign enterprises from over 100 countries and regions.

The Canton Fair is a fast-track for facilitating the access of overseas enterprises and products to the Chinese market. In future, the fair is said to improve the level of specialisation, market orientation, digitalisation and international development, make full use of online and offline platforms, attract more worldleading enterprises, well-known brands and high-quality buyers. The keynote speech was delivered by Honourable Joan Fubbs MP, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for

rade and ndustry his fine speech was followed by presentations from the Director of the China Foreign Trade Centre, the Convenor of the PBF and the CEO of NEASA. China’s Vice Consul to Johannesburg, Guo Bin, also participated. The PBF showed much enthusiasm about visiting and exhibiting at the 126th session of the fair in October. Watch out for the next edition of Progressive Leader to get the lowdown on how the event fared.


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SANRAL: Managing SA’s most important public asset Horizon 2030 has been dubbed as SANRAL’s long-term strategy to mitigate the past inequalities in access to transport and unlock economic potential. All with the help of cutting-edge technology – and a few shovel-ready projects in the pipeline


outh Africa’s national road network is pivotal to future plans of attracting new investment and generating sorely needed growth, which will culminate in an increase in jobs and economic opportunities. It is no coincidence then that government under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa has earmarked infrastructure as a primary factor in the direction, and the pace, of future economic growth. Both local and international investors seriously consider the quality of South Africa’s primary road network in their decisions about the best locations for getting local projects off the ground – locations with the best prospects for boosting the country’s economy and for favourable returns on their investments. As the custodians of this network – some 22 000km of national roads that stretches across all nine provinces – SANRAL has a

huge impact on our lives. And a huge responsibility to boot: connecting people to places, moving goods and products to markets, enabling tourists to visit outlying areas, giving communities greater access to government services such as clinics, schools and pension pay points. In fact, the National Development Plan singles out the road network as the country’s “largest single public asset”. At a replacement value of close to R2-trillion, preserving it holds a place near the top of the country’s priority list. More than two decades after President Nelson Mandela’s new government, in 1994, put in place SANRAL as one of the first state owned entities, AN A is still managing Africa’s most sophisticated road network – the 10th-largest in the world – with recognition for this feat both locally and globally. But how to continue along this path is the question on everybody’s lips.

LONG-TERM STRATEGY In 2018, SANRAL embarked on a new stage in its journey – the long-term strategy “Horizon 2030” was brought into play, and with it came a renewed focus on the core of what the company stands for. Providing a functional, cared-for, well managed transport system for the South African people is at the heart of this game plan. Hori on identifies four strategic pillars in SANRAL’s activities: roads, road safety, mobility, stakeholders. The strategy also marks the critical enablers which will keep the organisation agile in the midst of the highly dynamic construction and engineering environments. Simultaneously, it foresees the catalytic role that SANRAL will play in transforming the engineering and construction sectors and enabling emerging enterprises owned by black South Africans, women, the youth and the disabled to get larger shares of


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In the past 12 months the company [SANRAL] has turned words into action, brokering agreements between well known construction giants and emerging contractors

major construction contracts. SANRAL’s transformation policy is the product of wide-ranging consultation with industry stakeholders, economic and labour formations, government and communities. In the past 12 months the company has turned words into action, brokering agreements between well known construction giants and emerging contractors to facilitate access to machinery, equipment, mentoring and professional services.

ERADICATE PAST INEQUALITIES IN ROAD PROVISION The legacy of apartheid spatial planning is one of the primary factors which inhibit balanced growth and prevent communities having access to ways of improving their livelihoods. The planning of the future road network must take into account the role of this critical infrastructure to facilitate easier access to such opportunities, jobs and resources. These factors are in sharp focus, influencing SANRAL’s current – and future – plans to manage the existing road network and expand into geographical areas that have been marginalised in the past. The upgrading of the Moloto Road –

R563 – has been elevated to a national priority and received a R9.6-billion boost in the stimulus package announced by President Ramaphosa earlier this year. This is a vital project on a road that links the predominantly rural provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo with the urban economy of Gauteng. The road carries up to 50 000 commuters every day but, unfortunately, has earned a poor reputation for the high rate of crashes and fatalities that could, in the past, be attributed to the deficient uality of the road. he first phase of the oloto upgrade is nearing completion and includes the introduction of critical road infrastructure which will enhance the safety of commuters and other road users such as pedestrians. The importance of the road for the economic growth of the region should not be underestimated. It will facilitate the safe movement of services and products – especially in the agricultural sector – and provide improved access to tourism and heritage spots located further away from the established major routes. Similar developments are taking place in Limpopo, the country’s gateway to the rest of the African continent: major interventions in the form of new road


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WE WILL ALWAYS SERVE YOU – TRY US FOR A DRIVE MISSION D o L igh t T r ans p or t ( P T Y ) L t d of f e r s t op - clas s t r ans p or t s e r v ice s t o it s p as s e nge r s w it h in t h e p ar ame t e r s of r e q u ir e d s t andar ds of t h e indu s t r y and in s t r ict obs e r v ance of s af e t y r e q u ir e me nt s of t h e s e ct or .

ABOUT DO LIGHT TRANSPORT (PTY) LTD D o L igh t T r ans p or t ( P T Y ) L t d w as e s t ablis h e d 14 y e ar s ago by t w o e nt r e p r e ne u r s as a t ak e ov e r f r om t h e de f u nct Sw angi’ s B u s Se r v ice s . I n t h e e v olu t ionar y de v e lop me nt of t h e comp any t o w h e r e it is t oday , t h e comp any is cu r r e nt ly ow ne d by bot h male and f e male , w h o t oge t h e r p os s e s mu ch experience, from business to financial management expertise and who have chartered a new vision f or a ne w comp any t h at h as be come a h ou s e h old name in t h e t r ans p or t indu s t r y w it h in t h e SA D C cou nt r ie s .

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Most significantly in the strategic positioning of the company is the acquisition of new fleet, int r odu ct ion of ne w manage me nt s t r at e gie s , s ou nd inv e s t me nt in h u man r e s ou r ce s , comp r e h e ns iv e plans on preventative and corrective fleet maintenance for optimal performance utilization. Central t o t h is is ou r r e s p e ct f or and s p e cial t r e at me nt of ou r cu s t ome r s .

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The company has since grown and broadened its horizons beyond daily commuters transport to op e r at ing 24 h ou r s and p r ov iding mine w or k e r s and s ch olar t r ans p or t at ion, and s p e cial h ir e acr os s SA D C cou nt r ie s . B as e d on it s gr ow t h , t h e comp any h as e s t ablis h e d de p ot s in v ar iou s ar e as , i.e . Malamu le le , T h oh oy andou , T s h it e r e k e , St e e lp oor t / B u r ge r s f or t , Maila, Mak h ado T ow n.



D o L igh t T r ans p or t ( P T Y ) L t d is f u lly inv olv e d in s ocial inv e s t me nt by v alu e adding t o s ocie t y w it h in t h e e nv ir onme nt it op e r at e s . F or t h is r e as on it h as cr e at e d t h e Managing D ir e ct or D is cr e t ionar y F u nd ( MD D F ) w h ich cont r ibu t e s by f u nding a v ar ie t y of commu nit y ne e ds , int e r alia: -

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infrastructure have been introduced on a critical section of the N1 to reduce crashes and improve safety. Further to the north, the construction of ring roads near the provincial capital, Polokwane, and near Musina on the border of imbabwe will greatly improve traffic flows on a road which carries large volumes of commuter and freight traffic

ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION Last year the former Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, ushered in the new Mount Edgecombe interchange on the N2 north of Durban. This was the culmination of an intricate engineering and construction project that was recognised by the Concrete Society of Southern Africa as the top civil engineering project of the year. Work on two major bridges and several offramps was done without major

disruptions to traffic, and the completed project includes improvements to access roads, a pedestrian bridge, new footpaths and top quality lighting to improve the safety of road users. Like all SANRAL projects the value of this initiative stretches beyond the engineering achievements. The project represents strategic economic infrastructure which will unlock greater value for the city of eThekwini, the province of KwaZulu-Natal, and into the wider regions including the country’s neighbours eSwatini and Mozambique. More than 800 people were employed by the contractors and subcontractors, of which some 90% were drawn from the eThekwini area, including 47 women and more than 480 youths. Work to the value of R21-million was performed by small- and medium-sized enterprises.

UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF REGIONAL ECONOMIES Further to the south the N2 Wild Coast Road will unlock the economic potential of the Eastern Cape, one of the country’s poorest provinces. Apartheid spatial planning has isolated many rural communities from access to government services and opportunities in the fields of tourism, heritage and agriculture. This involves an R8-billion project that includes the construction of modern, high quality freeway infrastructure and the upgrading of existing road across a combined 410km between East London and Port Edward. The current projections are that every R1 spent on the roads project will unlock R3.15 into the local and regional economies. Within the regional context the N2 Wild Coast Road will save three hours of travel time between Durban and East London,


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SANRAL is responding to the national need for investments in infrastructure with shovel-ready projects to the value of more than R13-billion

improve logistical linkages and facilitate the easier – and safer – movement of people, goods and services. A feature of the N2WCR development has been the extent of public consultation that preceded the decision to launch the construction phase. In a recent judgement the Gauteng North High Court described it as “one of the most comprehensive public participation processes undertaken in this country…” And an earlier survey done by the Human Sciences Research Council found 98% support for the road among affected communities in the region.

SHOVEL-READY PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE In addition to the flagship projects, SANRAL is responding to the national need for investments in infrastructure with shovelready projects to the value of more than R13-billion currently in the pipeline. Many of these projects will be completed within the next 12 to 24 months and their economic impact will reach communities in all nine provinces and beyond into the Southern African region. • In the Thembisile Hani Local Municipality in Mpumalanga the Tweefontein and Kwaggafontein access roads will be built with a combined budget of more than R200-million and create some 600 job opportunities.

• In the uMgungundlovu District of KwaZulu-Natal SANRAL is adding additional lanes between Cato Ridge and Dardanelles. It has a forecasted budget of more than R1.5-billion and will create an additional 4 000 jobs. • In the Northern Cape three new intersections were added to the N14 between the towns of Olifantshoek and Kathu. Two refurbished bridges across the Orange River were recently opened and the upgrading of three vital intersections near Kimberley greatly improved traffic movement in the provincial capital. SANRAL’s contribution towards broader economic development stretches beyond its management of world-class construction projects. Through its sponsorship of research chairs at top universities it is working closely with the academic communities and industry to raise the standards of engineering even further. The Technical Innovation Hub, located in Cape Town, focuses on engineering interventions that can contribute to the provision of safer road infrastructure. This is in line with SANRAL’s commitment to the “safe system approach” followed by the United Nations in its Decade of Action on Road Safety. Through bursaries, internships and investments in education SANRAL also helps to produce the next generation of engineers, artisans and skilled professionals in the fields of science and mathematics. At the Technical Excellence Academy in East London the agency offers

opportunities for newly-graduated engineers to gain experience on construction projects and bridge the gap between the academic and professional environments.

MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE SANRAL appreciates the reality that it is operating within an economic environment in which funding for infrastructure projects has to compete with social priorities in the fields of education, health care and social development. The entire construction sector has been under pressure since the heydays that preceded South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. There are, however, encouraging signs that activity will pick up in response to government’s prioritisation of infrastructure investment. Policy clarity on the future funding model for road construction will help to resolve the vexed issues around toll roads, including the future operating model for the Gauteng freeway network. he strategic identification and roll out of future SANRAL projects can ensure a stable pipeline of work to the road construction industry – and also contribute to the growth of emerging contractors, which will result in the transformation of a key sector of the national economy. The coming decade will see a focus on long-term visioning, a review of network growth and ongoing concerted steps to redress past imbalances and improve the mobility of all South African communities.


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Deputy Minister, Cassel Mathale (centre)

Jay Ramnundlall, CEO of Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

SMMEs: The Golden Key

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he keynote address was made by Hon Cassel Mathale MP, Deputy Minister of Small Business Development. He brought into focus his department’s programme to assist SMMEs, which, according to the deputy minister, form the backbone of the South African economy. Hon Mathale said that SMMEs contribute the largest share in terms of both GDP and employment, and shared some eye-opening statistics to back up his statement. This extract from his speech brings it together succinctly: “Small businesses are earmarked to create 90% of the 11 million jobs by 2030 as envisaged by the National Development Plan (NDP). This is indeed a huge challenge amidst the depressed economic climate marred by a drop in figures in the first two quarters of 2018. Although the year ended on a positive growth of about 0.08% of the figures, it is still below expectation and the situation is exacerbated by the constant high unemployment rate

and the sharp fuel price increases. “Therefore, upscaling focus towards SMMEs and Cooperatives is seen as the golden key to unlocking positive growth in relation to the dwindling figures and the high unemployment rate. We have observed that, globally, the role of SMME and Cooperatives in advancing the economy is rapidly gaining recognition and traction, we are also following the same trend. “According to the Seda Quarterly Update for the third quarter of 2018, the number of SMMEs in South Africa (SA) increased by 13.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) from 2.25 million in third quarter of 2017 to 2.56 million in the third quarter of 2018. Total employment provided by SMMEs grew by 10.1% between quarter three 2017 and quarter three 2018 to 10.1 million. Excluding the employers and own account workers, SMME employment increased by hese figures are encouraging in the context of the economic challenges that were experienced in 2018. It shows that SMMEs are resilient and are

growing in terms of number and jobs created despite the depressed economic environment. “The Seda Quarterly Update does not cover SMME contribution to GDP. The latest figures are from the Annual Review which shows that SMMEs, excluding the three medium-sized categories, contribute 48.04% to overall GDP in South Africa. SMMEs thus contribute nearly half of overall GDP, illustrating its immense contribution to the national economy.” The deputy minister went on to discuss the impact of economic challenges on SMMEs and cooperatives. He drew on recent research, commenting: “There were key lessons to be learnt and recommendations to be considered, including: 1) That the features of SMMEs that make them more vulnerable to economic shocks are the same features which create challenges for them in normal times. These include cash flow constraints and lack of access to information and technology, among others.


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“This implies that policy should not only focus on safeguarding these enterprises during difficult economic times, but should encourage resilience and agility in general, so that small businesses are better able to grow during normal times and better able to withstand crises. “2) Reduction of data costs and improve internet access as a matter of urgency. 3) The use of differentiated and easy-tounderstand tax incentives to encourage formalisation s should be made

eligible for tax reductions and exemptions, based on employment, location and industry hese exemptions should be large enough to encourage formalisation. implification of the tax collection system such that all tax forms are completed on a single, easy to understand document, with rebates and returns deducted from taxes due. These would go a long way in reducing cash flow constraints on SMMEs and cooperatives who would otherwise have to pay full taxes and wait to

“The Seda Quarterly Update does not cover SMME contribution to GDP. The latest figures are from the 2016/2017 Annual Review which shows that s e cluding the three medium-si ed categories contribute 48.04% to overall GDP in outh frica s thus contribute nearly half of overall illustrating its immense contribution to the national econom be repaid for rebates and returns Hon athale concluded by saying that he believes that a sufficient case for upscaling support for SMMEs and ooperatives has been made and it will not change post the elections The deputy minister’s speech precipitated an enthused question and answer session, after which ay amnundlall, O of ichfield raduate nstitute of echnology, expressed a vote of thanks on behalf of the business community As business was out of the way, the guests indulged in some hearty networking over drinks and supper.


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Women owning Africa 4.0 Thought leader and successful businesswoman Vuyo Dubese keeps us in the loop about how women are disrupting the world of entrepreneurship by breaking through the glass ceiling of the tech space


n a Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Women’s Report published in 2017, where 63 economies were surveyed to measure the female adult population engaged in early-stage entrepreneurship activity, Sub-Saharan Africa lead the way with 25.9%. Boasting an above average performance of 36.8%, Senegal came out on top, while South Africa had the lowest number of active women entrepreneurs in the region at 5.9%. Globally, while the total entrepreneurial activity among women increased by 10%, and the gender gap closed up by 5% – and in this recognising the great strides and progress made we find there is still as much need and retention opportunity to create the inclusive and profitable development we all desire. In this article, in as much as we’ll be unpacking the role and impact of women in entrepreneurship and technology for future developing economies of scale, what’s important to highlight is that there is no single profile of a female entrepreneur, and

neither a silver bullet to decrease the rate of failing businesses, but through data science, an opportunity to diagnose, predict and impact.

WHAT WOMEN LACK IN ACTUALISING ENTREPRENEURSHIP For Sub-Saharan Africa, unfortunately the rate at which women entrepreneurs are rising is accelerating at the same pace as their businesses are being discontinued. cites unprofitability or lack of financing as the possible reasons for these women closing down their businesses. And the opportunity for education, training, mentorship, funding and networking to take centre stage to solve these issues. For the African Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), which is a pan-African organisation – an active catalyst in business development and women empowerment – the market is in the gap. Through its development programmes, accelerators and networking events, including the annual AWIEF

Conference and Awards, over 1200 women across all private and public sector spaces and from all global corners are brought together. In recognising that platforms of success for supporting women-owned businesses to thrive should also be digital, Future Females is doing its part. With its innovative three-month virtual incubator, Future Females Business School is an opportunity to leverage not only a business education with highly skilled and reputable coaches, but also access to a global network of almost 10 000 other female entrepreneurs across four continents. n efficient and factor driven economies such as in Sub-Saharan Africa, capabilities and resources that provide access and opportunity to increase female stakeholders in their ecosystems will always have a role to play, and even more beyond early-stage entrepreneurship, when these businesses are ready to scale up. However, the hurdles continue to be overcome by venture capitalists and


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hen it comes to technolog firms owned b women according to venture capitalist firm lluminate entures investors e perience a higher return on investment than those led b men investors, who are actively and intentionally breaking down these investment barriers; the reason why funds like the Dazzle Angels and Rising Tide Africa exist. What is intently important to honour with these aforementioned organisations is that they are founded by women for women (and are for profit , and that there is a clear connection between the social capital and the working capital raised. Networking platforms are not only great support and knowledge communities, but also kickstarters to raising funds for your business, something that is an open secret in the “old boy’s club”.

BANKING ON INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY (ICT) INCLUSION What is interesting about this reality is that, particularly when it comes to technology firms owned by women, according to venture capitalist firm lluminate entures, investors experience a 35% higher return on investment than those led by men. Technology startups led by women in Africa are on the rise, and the impact and potential that this has on the economy and the ecosystem is truly great. It’s no secret that economically empowering women leads to enhanced outcomes for society, as women (entrepreneurs or not) typically tend to invest 90% of their earnings back into their communities. So, why are women entrepreneurs still highlighted as a greater risk than men? Look at Rwanda’s Clarisse Iribagiza, whose company HeHe Limited, a Kigalibased mobile technologies company that grew immensely from 2010 and which she recently sold for US$20-million to Kenyan serial entrepreneur Njeri Rionge, founder of

one of East Africa’s leading Internet service providers, Wananchi Online, valued at US$173-million; and Aisha Pandor, Coounder of outh African technology startup SweepSouth, a digital booking cleaning services company that five years later has a revenue of over R100-million, with plans to expand outside of the country. The risk in female entrepreneurs, seemingly great as perception sells it, yields the same rewards through business growth, innovation and internationalisation. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2016/17 Women’s Report further investigated that overall, 4.6% of women in the surveyed economies provided finance to entrepreneurs, ranging from 1% in Morocco to 16% in Cameroon and that investment rates also decline with the level of economic development. In order to break down barriers, a recognition of the gender inequality needs to be highlighted, especially when it comes to funding and technology-enabled businesses, something that Dazzle Angels recognises all too well, and as a result invests exclusively in women technology-enabled businesses. More of these kind of stakeholders in the ecosystems are needed to facilitate the

opportunity for women-owned businesses, not just assuming the roles as entrepreneurs.

BETTER POSITION WOMEN TO INFLUENCE IN AFRICA 4.0 n this bu word filled ourth ndustrial Revolution, how do we better position women to be venture capitalists, makers, entrepreneurs in an ecosystem that is systematically engineered and biased towards men? By continuing to fund and amplify African women-owned businesses. Through this augmented reality we also get to highlight role models in entrepreneurship and in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) who younger women can aspire to be. And lastly, by not being afraid to break through the glass ceiling and enter spaces where women are not plentiful, inviting each other and allies to the (decisionmaking and influencer) table and opening doors for each other. In this way, we position women in the best way to better influence, impact and inclusively develop economies, and themselves.

uyolwethu ubese is an African millennial impassioned about Innovation, Impact, Inclusion and Entrepreneurship. At present, she is an Associate at mpact Amplifier, a entor at the Allan ray Orbis oundation and a UNDP Content Partner through her website at


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Artificial Intelligence: Putting ‘Smart’ to Work Our lives are increasingly run by ‘smart’ technology, says PBF associate Catherine Potgieter, CEO of iten oba , and findin a ay to ada t is crucia to our sur i a as hu ans and as businesses


n recent years, our attention has been drawn to the highly-discussed topic of how A Artificial ntelligence is shaping up to be the next big thing in the advancement of technology. Together with the enhanced 5G communications network, AI will bring virtual reality and advanced analytics to life. Other exciting concepts include driverless cars entering larger production demands as well as the first autonomous flying car from Boeing, which has been under intensive testing, with a launch date in the near future. any of the concepts we first had a glimpse of in futuristic Hollywood science fiction films Annihilation, Ex Machina, The Matrix, Star Trek, Minority Report, Back to the Future, Her, and the most memorable film from , The Fifth Element are now becoming a reality in both our personal and business lives.

AI IS EVERYWHERE According to a survey conducted by eloitte nsights on October , the respondents top five rated business benefits of A are enhancing current products , optimising internal

operations , making better business decisions , optimising external operations and freeing workers to be more creative The survey clearly indicates that today’s business and technology worlds are interlinked, as AI technologies begin to standardise across various industries and appear in our daily lives. By facilitating these advanced technologies, soon-to-be available to B2B and B2C markets, we have an amazing opportunity to reshape the interactions between humans and machines and embrace AI as reality in our time, and not just as a fleeting trend. AI is already interwoven with almost every part of our existence: common practices based on machine learning such as the use of the image recognition systems employed by Facebook and other social media platforms automatically tagging photos for you when you upload images, and tagging your friends and family. Consumer-use tech gadgets including health monitors which track vital signs to help identify risks and semiautonomous cruise control which can automatically maintain a car’s speed and direction on the road are examples of AI

applications enhancing safety. urthermore, banking and financial institutions can process and approve debit or credit card purchases in real time. Other automotive examples of AI involve new lane-departure warning systems and automatic intelligent braking, which intelligently use sensors to assist drivers to avoid accidents. Insurance company systems also use AI to decide payments or denial of claims in real time, based on patterns of risk logic similar to the automated risk analysis in self-driving cars, which operate with sensors and software, using artificial intelligence to calculate and execute autonomously. AI is even present in the routine online shopping experience: unavoidable pop-up recommendations are generated by machine learning, constantly analysing your shopping habits and order history in an attempt to predict items you are likely to buy in the future. Using your smartphone, with voice commands to make calls or search for specific information, relies heavily on technology supported by machine learning A also filters your incoming emails, diverting spam away from


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your inbox. It is clear that in many ways AI is enhancing our modern-day experience of life in the st century

DOING BUSINESS WITH AI Optimistic predictions of artificial intelligence potentially see it injecting up to trillion into the global economy by 2030, based on algorithms gleaned from current e-commerce sales forecasts. To date, companies in various business categories have started to explore and evaluate the adaption of AI by testing select opportunities with small potential use cases to obtain valuable insights. To most executives, this boils down to a sustained commitment to implement machine learning systematically and redesign their core systems and business strategies with data driven insights leading to a better understanding of the likely future impact on productivity and, most importantly, on cost effective profit growth But for many companies, these are not merely minor steps to becoming an AI-fuelled organisation. The challenge also lies in the needed standardisation of new AI technologies across industries: new business models using validated AI tools may lead to increased productivity, but will determine which technologies sink or swim too. Ultimately, AI is globally transforming interactions between people, machines, data collection and processing in order to better understand customer needs and profit benefits here is a serious basis for putting AI to work to improve productivity and cut costs by applying new technology to significantly improve sales revenue Moreover, the best practices of applying A in real time for accuracy and efficiency can be seen in the healthcare industry, with facilities dispensing access for patients to their health data. Coupled with AI, the upshot of having the capability to provide actionable insights from patient data is increased engagement and improved outcomes, with limited room for human error. On another note, AI technology can also be deployed by many leading organisations

ptimistic predictions of artificial intelligence potentiall see it in ecting up to -trillion into the global econom b as a proactive measure against cyberattacks by speeding detection and response.

THE SOLUTION he benefits of A re uire investments by executive leadership, especially during the transitional phase of deploying AI across business operating systems. But not many companies have the capacity to keep inhouse AI and machine learning talent. Nevertheless, it will soon be a battle to recruit this talent, as cognitive technologies and automation transform IT roles and skills rapidly for those businesses that become AI-fuelled. Setting these goals will enable businesses to draft a detailed, actionable outline with clearly marked milestones. Moving purposefully to carry out a cost benefit analysis will help determine whether an AI solution is feasible for a given process. Though, keep in mind this re uires analysis of both existing resources as well as those which will need to be ac uired with additional budget Today, especially in Africa, there is a trend towards expanding on the traditional working environment by engaging a diverse, global workforce of contractors

and service providers who carry the necessary AI talent. As this trend plays out, humans and machines will begin to complement each other more effectively, lessening the demand for the workload to be carried out solely by in-house full-time employees. In an AI-deployed work environment, employees will learn new skills: using analytics to perform traditional tasks as well as adapting to a new organisational culture. AI will likely be installed not only to augment human performance but also to automate operational and business processes. A multitude of successful solutions have to date been applied to the automotive and health industries, with an untold number of AI applications waiting in the wings for broad public health programmes diagnosing and treating patients and collaborating with people to live fuller and healthier lives has never been more hopeful. Prepare for the new era: Ask yourself how your organisation could use artificial intelligence to eclipse outdated business objectives and win the competitive advantage. Then, put ‘smart’ to work!

Catherine Potgieter is the Founder and CEO of ElitenGlobal. Currently, also serving as Board of Director for both TACCNC-32nd (Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce Northern California) and GFCBW-NC (Global Federation of Chinese Business Women Northern California) ELITENGLOBAL.COM M. (415) 316-9939 B. (833) 8-ELITEN


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Hon. Joan Fubbs, Former Chair Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry

Talking trade and upturn The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, Hon Joan Fubbs MP, spoke to the PBF at a recent briefin and business unch in a e o n on A ri


he fairly new SunSquare Hotel in the heart of the City of Cape Town was the perfect venue for the direct and open engagement intended by the PBF, who hosted the gathering. he briefing and business lunch, where not one seat remained vacant, was attended by guests from across the South African business spectrum and by diplomats from as far as the Missions of Brazil, Japan, the UK and the US, as well as local business representatives from Saldanha Bay, the legal fraternity, the media, academics, the hospitality industry and Parliamentary representatives. Hon Joan Fubbs, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, was the honoured guest and keynote speaker on the day. Ms Fubbs spoke on the topic of the South African economy after the May 8th elections, highlighting the challenges the economy has had to face over the past years, and the prospects and absolute necessity for a recovery and substantial growth of the economy in the years ahead. A lively question and answer session ensued, with many of the questions focusing on the promises made in the heat of the elections – promises of recuperation in the country and of advancements in the access of greater business opportunities. Tim Hughes, CEO of the marketing company ReadDillon, closed the luncheon proceedings with warm thanks to Ms Fubbs for her years of service and unfailing integrity, skill and leadership. The PBF presented Ms Fubbs with a lifetime honorary membership, etched in memory on a certificate for her


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US Partners through PEPFAR The USA’s PEPFAR programme forms the bedrock of its relationship with South Africa, but there are other win-win factors keeping the countries committed to their connection too


espite recent disagreements and disappointments between the United States and South Africa – on issues such as Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Iran, land reform and trade tariffs – America believes that relations between the two countries are strong enough to overcome these differences and remains committed to helping SA. In 2018, over 375 000 Americans came to South Africa to enjoy its wildlife safaris, to swim with the sharks, to conduct business and trade, to attend conferences, and to sample some of the world’s best wines. American tourists have consistently been one of the top three sources of travellers coming to South Africa, generating jobs and new investments across the country. The United States has also made strategic-level investments in South Africa’s current drivers of prosperity and key pillars of its economic future, including advanced manufacturing, high-tech, education, health, security, and on people-to-people exchanges and education programmes. An estimated 60 000 US citizens live and work in South Africa, with South Africa serving as the entry point and main engine for US business on the continent. In 2017,

almost 122 000 South Africans travelled to the United States, and about 100 000 South Africans call the United States home.


The US is a major trade partner for South Africa, exchanging total two-way goods trade of over US$12-billion in 2017. The United States encourages this business relationship through preferential trade benefits under the African rowth and Opportunity Act A OA , a law enacted by the US Congress in May 2000 to enhance market access to the United States for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries. According to the US Trade Representative, the United States imported US$7.7-billion worth of goods from South Africa in 2017, representing the largest amount of US imports from a single country in Africa. US exports to South Africa of over US$5-billion in goods in 2017 made South Africa the United States’ largest export market in Africa as well. What is most remarkable about these totals is the relatively high percentage of value-added and manufactured products – exactly the kinds of products that South Africa is counting on to lead its development under several government strategies.

here are more than firms operating in South Africa, with many Americans establishing businesses here because they believe South Africa will remain the most attractive regional and continental hub. The American Chamber of Commerce reports that “American companies in South Africa primarily employ local South Africans sourced from the communities in which they operate. Threaded into their ethos is their commitment to empowering and upskilling their workers and investing in social responsibility projects. Clearly American investment in South Africa is quality investment.” US companies’ annual turnover in South Africa equals 10% of outh Africa s companies employ more than 250 000 South Africans directly and indirectly in good-paying jobs through their operations and suppliers. US portfolio investments also play important roles in supporting South Africa’s development, accounting for roughly 25% of the total holdings of South African treasury bonds and stocks on the JSE. In health, while US and South African government institutions are conducting historic trials for an H vaccine, fi er invested in the Biovac facility to bring the


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The United States and South Africa are partnering to save and improve lives through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

US Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx listens to civil society representatives during a meeting with the Treatment Action Campaign in Johannesburg in December 2018.

first capacity to produce anti pneumonia vaccines for children. IBM invested to set up one of its 12 research centres worldwide, applying its massive computing power to help South Africa address public health and urban infrastructure challenges in new ways. n manufacturing, ord continues to reinvent itself with one of its most efficient car manufacturing plants worldwide, while working on the next generation of transportation solutions imilarly, eneral Electric brought the technology to South Africa to produce the continent’s most advanced rail freight engine in a joint venture with Transnet. In aviation, Boeing is working with partners on revolutionary new

products like aviation biodiesel, which will not only help combat climate change but will put farmers in Mpumalanga at the forefront of the new bioeconomy. And South Africans are also taking advantage of US investment opportunities. In 2017, Sibanye acquired the US Stillwater mine in Montana for more than billion, and in ecember asol announced its US$11-billion investment in the Lake Charles, Louisiana ethane cracker (very large industrial facilities that convert gas to another by product , making it one of the largest foreign investments in the United States. A great example of a US-South African partnership that is a win-win for both countries is the US engagement with the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa and N adioisotopes n eptember , the nited tates epartment of nergy s National Nuclear Security Administration O NN A presented outh African company N adioisotopes O , with an outstanding achievement award, marking the company’s development of medical radioisotope production N is one of the world’s largest producers and suppliers of key medical radioisotope molybdenum o , used in the production of cancer detecting, life-saving nuclear medicines. he epartment of nergy has a long

standing relationship with N A and N , with N supplying o and other radioisotopes to some 50 countries around the world, including the United States.


The United States and South Africa are partnering to save and improve lives through the resident s mergency lan for A elief, or A , which supports more than 100 local organisations working in more than 1500 facilities to expand lifesaving HIV treatment and prevent new infections o achieve this, A also works closely with numerous South African partners, including the National and rovincial epartments of Health, the outh African National A ouncil, people living with HIV, civil society groups, faith-based organisations, traditional leaders, private sector entities, and the epartments of Basic ducation, ocial evelopment, Correctional Services, and others. he overnment of outh Africa funds roughly 80% of the national HIV response, but the United States is also a vital partner in this effort, investing over R80-billion billion since , and funding more than 20% of the national response in recent years. Thanks to this cooperation, South Africa has the largest HIV treatment


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When Nelson Mandela visited the United States in 1990, he inspired millions and left a lasting impression and legacy


programme in the world, providing lifesaving anti retroviral treatment A to million outh Africans, free of charge and through the public health system. A strongly supports resident Ramaphosa’s bold commitment to provide ART for two million more South Africans by 2020. To reach this goal, the United States is working closely with South African partners to link more people living with HIV to immediate treatment and ensure they stay on treatment to protect their own health and their loved ones A is doing this by supporting high volume facilities in districts with the largest HIV burden to meet their goals of reducing wait times, improving quality of care, and making better use of technology and data.

When Nelson Mandela visited the United tates in , he inspired millions and left a lasting impression and legacy. The US government established the Young African eadership nitiative in and named their flagship programme the Mandela ashington ellows, which has brought young South African leaders to the United States for intensive training on civic leadership, business and public administration. These Mandela Washington ellows have leveraged the six week academic and leadership training at US universities to achieve great success over the last four years. The returned fellows are now part of a cohort of more than 3 000 alumni from countries throughout ub Saharan Africa. In 2018, News24 recognised five fellows as part of its “100 Young Mandelas of the future” series. Six other fellows were finalists of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. These young leaders continue to make moves! Look at many of the young leaders in South Africa and you will find some connection to the andela ashington ellowship, the oung African eaders nitiative A or our other exchange programmes. These programmes build relations between the American people and South Africans through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, public-private partnerships and mentoring programmes. n fact, resident amaphosa participated in the US International Visitor and Leadership programme. Education is another agenda where the

United States and South Africa are working together. In the 2017 school year, 6 072 American students attended South African universities, and outh Africans studied in the United States. Many of those students benefited from government study programmes. The EducationUSA network provides information for students who wish to study in the United States and the US Embassy is currently accepting applications for its ulbright tudent programme. Students can learn more about learning opportunities in the United States and exchange programmes through the US Embassy’s website, or by visiting one of the United States’ six American Corners in South Africa located in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, ietermarit burg, ort li abeth, retoria, estonaria, amelodi and Soweto.

Five weeks. Four South African students. Three American cities. And countless opportunities to learn about civic engagement, community building, economic development and volunteerism!

The South African participants for the tudy of the nstitutes for tudent eaders on ivic ngagement , Tholoana Matli, Mpho Mokwalakwala, Andrea du Toit and Siphesihle Ndaba, said despite the cold, the programme was life changing and they look forward to implementing civic engagement projects back in South Africa.


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ourism, trade and investment are high up on the national agenda. President Cyril Ramaphosa had much to say on the subject in his State of the Nation Address, saying he believes that South Africa is an investment destination which still offers a good return on investment. The president announced a second investment conference later this year and encouraged local investors to get involved in encouraging foreign investment. And also identified the need to attract more investment in order to unleash the great potential of sectors like tourism. One company that is on top of the growth game is esgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. This energetic team, headed by CEO Tim Harris, who work closely with the National Department of Trade and Industry, measures success by the number of jobs created and contributions made to the economy. Wesgro’s modus operandi is threefold: first, it aims to attract and retain direct investment in the Western Cape, grow exports, and market the province as a competitive and sustainable tourism destination globally. Second: it aims to facilitate the link between business and government decision-makers. Third: it aims to provide service excellence in all its business support functions. In order to achieve this goal, Wesgro relies on the strong competence and professionalism of its various units – Trade, Investment, IQ, Film, Destination Marketing, Strategic Projects and Marketing.

THE CAPE MEANS BUSINESS AND LEISURE Whether you choose to call the Western Cape home or plan to visit for business or pleasure, this culturally and naturally diverse city offers an abundance of lifeenriching, world-class experiences for all visitors, both local and international. Wesgro’s Destination Marketing Unit is dedicated to promoting these experiences and positioning the Cape as a destination of choice.

The Unit is made up of two distinct teams: Leisure Marketing and the Convention Bureau. To increase the number of international and domestic visitors, the Leisure team creates demand through marketing campaigns and joint marketing agreements with tourism stakeholders and the private sector. The team supports and champions regional events during the low season and drives alignment at local, regional and national level to ensure greater marketing synergy. In the past year, the team backed 32 tourism destination initiatives, resulting in an estimated economic impact of over R454.4-million. The team also supported over 47 regional events in small towns across the province during the period April to September – events which attracted over 325 000 visitors to the towns and created more than 3 000 temporary jobs. On the other hand, the Convention Bureau focusses more on growing and attracting meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. In the past year, the team secured 33 bids, resulting in an economic impact of R452-million for the Western Cape. Wesgro’s Trade and Investment teams also offer cross-selling opportunities to the

Convention Bureau, together working towards strengthening the Cape’s position as a leading business destination in Africa. One success over the past year was winning the bid to host the 2019 YPO EDGE and Global Leadership Conference, which brought roughly 3 000 of the top CEOs in the world together in Cape Town for a showcase of thought leadership and innovation.

BRINGING AIR ACCESS Big vision requires making big things happen. International air route development is crucial to supporting the growth of the Cape as a destination for business, leisure and trade. Wesgro’s action was to launch the Cape Town Air Access initiative in 2015 to promote, develop and maintain air routes in and out of Cape Town International Airport. Since then, Cape Town Air Access has played a part in 15 new routes and 20 route expansions, doubling international seat capacity and contributing an additional 750 000 inbound seats to the airport network. The Air Access project is a great example of an agency serving as a platform to bring together diverse role-players to achieve growth. With the backing of Wesgro, the


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In the past year, the Wesgro Trade team facilitated 53 business agreements at a value of around R2.83-billion

Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism, and the private sector this initiative is bound for big things. The initiative has also gained international recognition, with the project coming in as runner up for the Destination Marketing award at the annual World Routes 2018 Marketing Awards in China. At Routes Africa 2018, the team won the Destination Marketing award as well as the overall Routes Africa award.

DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL TRADE Export of Western Cape goods and services to the global community is the specialty of Wesgro’s International Trade and Development Unit. And increasing the rand value of exports into global markets and the number of jobs resulting from export orders is their game. The unit also facilitates and supports the expansion of ualified Western Cape companies to the rest of Africa through outward foreign direct investment (OFDI).

Wesgro Trade offers a variety of key services to companies looking to export, including market research and information, investor and company matching, inward buying and outward selling missions, support in accessing finance and forging strategic partnerships. In the past year, the Wesgro Trade team facilitated 53 business agreements at a value of around R2.83-billion, bringing 679 jobs to the Western Cape. Moreover, the Western Cape has recorded an impressive average annual export growth of 10.6% over the past ten years, with imports growing at an annual average rate of 6.6%.

INVESTING IN THE CAPE When it comes to foreign and domestic direct investment into the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Province, the Wesgro Investment Promotion (IP) Unit has it covered. The team proactively markets the province and its key sectors, and offers services such as facilitating access to incentives, grants and finance assisting

with site location; and providing guidance on immigration. The IP unit also makes itself available for policy advocacy and strategic matchmaking between domestic and foreign companies. n the previous financial year, the nit at Wesgro facilitated investments to the value of R2.29-billion, accounting for the creation of 1014 jobs. The team undertook 16 outward missions to promote the Western Cape in foreign markets, hosted 50 inward business delegations, and recruited 82 new projects to the pipeline. esponding to the significance of agribusiness to the local economy, Wesgro also houses an Agribusiness Investment Unit, funded by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Agribusiness is a key priority sector forming part of the Western Cape Government’s strategy for economic growth and job creation. Despite a challenging year – due to drought and the economic climate – the team worked round the clock to sell and maintain the province’s position as the preferred agribusiness investment destination. The unit helped to realise projects to the value of a massive R756-million, which facilitated 1412 jobs. In addition to the work done by the IP Unit, Wesgro operates the Western Cape InvestSA One Stop Shop in partnership with the Western Cape Government. The facility in the centre of Cape Town, spearheaded by the National Department of Trade and Industry, brings together the different government departments involved in the facilitation of investment to create a streamlined investment environment.


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A SOUGHT-AFTER FILM DESTINATION Diversity of locations, a moderate climate, world-class facilities, highly skilled crew, and a number of national film and television incentives are just a few of the Cape’s value propositions as a popular film destination Aligned to the Western Cape Government’s film and media strategy and the ity of Cape Town’s mandate, the Wesgro Film and Media Unit aims to attract the production of local and international film and new media productions into the Cape. The unit oils the wheels of business-tobusiness connections, assists with export advancement programmes, and provides advice on access to national film and television incentives provided by the Department of Trade and Industry. Two of the team members are certified African Film Commissioners, connecting the unit to the African Film Commission Network – a Pan-African group that works together to attract productions to Africa and develop capacity across the value chain of the industry n the past year the film and media team has facilitated production value spend of R1.92-billion, with 2 449 associated fulltime equivalent jobs.

AN INTELLIGENT ECONOMY Economic research and marketing intelligence, provided by the Wesgro Research/ IQ Team, serves not only the Agency, but also the needs of Wesgro

clients. In the past year, the IQ team completed 173 information requests, took on average 1.5 days to provide customised research and information support, and presented to 41 different delegations. One of their flagship publications is Invest in Cape Town – a collaborative publication between Wesgro and the City of Cape Town to highlight the investment opportunities, as well as the long-term sector development strategies, for the whole province. Last month saw the launch of another flagship: Trade and Investment into Africa. The 2019 publication was launched at an evening event, with a packed programme and a panel discussion including prominent Western Cape companies with a strong footprint in the rest Africa. The panellists were all highly optimistic about strong growth prospects on the Continent, coupled with the opening of new markets under the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

engagements, campaigns into source markets, stakeholder events, and the development of marketing material the messages are spread. Last year the drought brought unprecedented challenges to many sectors in the Western Cape, including tourism. During the height of the water crisis in Cape own, unified messaging to both local and international media became vital to ensure that visitors planning to visit the destination had access to the correct information. Over this period the team engaged with over 100 international journalists, assisting with answering pertinent questions relating to the drought. The unit also assisted in developing a dedicated website ( for sharing of information as well as a hard-sell investment platform –, showcasing a world of opportunities in a variety of sectors.

AMPLIFYING POSITIVE STORIES This is the job of the Marketing and Communications team at Wesgro, sending out the good news to the City and the Province to position the Agency and region among stakeholders and larger business communities. Through day-to-day earned media communication, the writing and distribution of opinion editorial pieces, website management, strategic media

Let us help you do business in an inspiring place. Email Tel +27(0)21 487 8600 Visit or Follow on Twitter (@wesgro) and LinkedIn


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Established in 1992, IDC provides the full range of architectural services for projects of all sizes. Through our unique method of management, we link experts from numerous disciplines into a coordinated project team, providing lifecycle facility solutions geared towards the overall success of our clients’ businesses. IDC has broad expertise in the residential, affordable housing, commercial, industrial, heritage, health and educational sectors, providing a comprehensive approach to complex design issues. We seek to provide our creative innovation and unlimited commitment through design-specific tailormade architectural solutions that meet the needs, added investment value and desire of our clients. Our wealth of experience includes research undertaken into all fields of our areas of operation, which is then applied to direct planning and development; expertise in housing, with a particular focus on affordable housing that allows us to provide a comprehensive approach to housing issues; and a strong commitment to creating an accessible environment for people living with disabilities, along with active involvement in developing new standards to address this need in our society. We are also committed to prioritising developmental needs, and facilitate the establishment of structures within communities, access to funding and community training with a view to empowering people towards self-reliance. We believe in effective team work and collaboration, and work collectively towards cutting edge innovation and environmentally responsible design. In addition to projects undertaken during the past 20 years, our principals and senior staff have a wide range of previous experience gained both locally and internationally. For more information on our service offerings, please reach out to us on +27 11 234 8141 or +27 82 900 8288

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B etter yield through better knowledge

Rehoboth is a poultry farm that specializes in producing eggs. Our forte is in e ciency, quality, and timely delivery.

Our aspiration is to support f r er profit bility throu h knowledge and quality products that have been created to suit the farmer’ s specific crop re uire ents.

For more inf ormation please contact: Siyaphakama F arming 40 Sim Road, Aston Manor, Kempton Park, 1630, Johannesburg Tel: + 27 11 979 580 / 5891 Cell: + 27 74 118 8469 / + 27 81 288 0273 / + 27 84 465 9749 / + 27 83 635 1973


With an array of differently si ed and graded eggs (from small to jumbo), we offer our product in various quantity trays and cartons, ranging from 6x2 cartons, cartons of 18 each, and trays of 30 each. Our brood is kept in a well-maintained area, that is time and again disinfected and purified from pests to ensure a healthy breed of chickens. The chickens are given a highquality feed, and thus are able to maintain a consistent production of highly nutritious eggs.

Contact details Dr MA Monareng: 064 659 6279 Thabo Monareng: 072 562 7101 Location: Emalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga

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Farming takes flight with drones Accordin to e tra S y, far ers can rea hu e benefits fro – these days, with farming, the sky truly is the limit

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ot many people are aware that Drones, Remotely Piloted Unmanned Aerial Systems (DRPUAS), aren’t a new trend – they’ve actually been used commercially since the early 80s. As we look to the skies for ways to improve our business (and private) lives, we now see drones having applications in many industries, with sightings becoming more frequent. Among the most promising sectors where drones are being found to be effective is in farming – agriculture, livestock and aquaculture – with the potential to help refine the farmer s day to day operations There is much scope for putting drones to work in order to increase operational efficiencies at a fraction of the cost of using manned aircraft. This technology is set to give the industry a high tech makeover, with planning and strategy based on real time data gathering and processing n most cases, farmers find it challenging to navigate the large expanse of their lands on foot or by vehicle to gather information – it’s a time consuming routine and, at times, areas can be unreachable. Based on our experience and research, we found numerous ways to use drones to streamline operations and systems.


This is an especially useful way to plan a farm’s layout and gather aerial pictures of the current landscape status: water points, soil conditions, security. This can be done daily, weekly, monthly, with various payload sensors to gather data for further analysis.


Based on data captured from aerial mapping, farmers have the power to make operational and planning decisions about which areas of the farm require additional irrigation or pesticide spraying. Drones are now available with litre tanks to provide targeted spraying of farm crops;

the result is greater productivity, with the added bonus of a reduction in the amount of chemicals used. he combination of vast fields and low efficacy in crop monitoring is the farmer s mightiest obstacle. The advancement in data analysis software is allowing farmers to perform regular scouting, damage analysis and counting of crops and livestock. oday, we have time series landscape capturing, which can show the precise development of a crop and reveal production inefficiencies, enabling better crop management throughout the growing season.


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appearing on the tech scene is that this way they can more easily keep track of farming equipment, livestock and staff by sending out a drone to scan the farm and track down the target.



rones fitted with hyperspectral, multispectral or thermal sensors have the ability to identify the dry problem areas of a farm, so that prompt responses of additional irrigation or watering holes for livestock can be put into motion before it’s too late.


It is essential to assess crop health and spot bacterial or fungal infections in time. The solution is drones with both visible and near infrared light sensors, which scan the crop to identify plants reflecting different amounts of green light and NIR light. This data can then produce multispectral images that track changes in plants and indicate their health. With a quick response, entire crops can be saved and farmers can apply and monitor remedies more precisely.


With a quick response, entire crops can be saved and farmers can apply and monitor remedies more precisely o remedy this, a drone fitted with a night vision and thermal camera can be deployed by farm security personnel to monitor the perimeter and assets of the farm, not only covering more ground, but also reducing the number of people needed for doing surveillance. Farm security can react more rapidly to threats and take counter measures to secure the property.

Combining the use of data captured methodically by drones and the use of the platform to bolster farm security is bound to have a positive effect on the outlook of insurers – and in many cases even reduce monthly premiums paid by farmers.




Extensive farmlands are vulnerable when it comes to securing assets and staff.

ith the advancement of artificial intelligence, drone platforms can be conveniently fitted with object recognition sensors to count livestock, plants in an orchid or farm equipment – at any time.

The upshot for farmers of the Internet of Things (IoT) and RF tagging devices

Sometimes simple things can hold up a farming operation, for example, requiring a spanner to fix a tractor pipe or a vaccine to dart one of the livestock out in the field Enter the drone, which can deliver this with speed and to areas not easily accessible by foot. A number of additional uses for drones are being discovered on a daily basis, bringing about the development of innovative sensors and payloads designed to enhance drone usage and capability. The intriguing next level of drone deployment is going to be Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations – drones will be flown remotely from an operations room, where the pilot commands and controls the drone from behind a video monitor and computer screen some distance away from the actual aerial operations. BVLOS capabilities will eliminate the need for a pilot to have visual line of sight (VLOS) of a drone out in the field ven better, it will allow for multiple drones to be flown at any one time by a single pilot. Also, these operations could be manned 24/7 and would be ideally suited to large farmlands, where the risk of injuring someone is minimal compared to farms in urban areas. As they say, traditional farming is good, precision farming is better, strategic farming is best.


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FOREIGN INVESTMENT THRIVES he arran ed a in ohannesbur on


inisteria briefin and net or in dinner A ri at the Sunnyside ar ote

onourable Mondli Gungubele MP, Deputy Minister of Finance, was the guest speaker at the well-attended gathering. The deputy minister addressed the hot topic at present of where we as South Africans will land in the post-election economy, which, according to Honourable Gungubele is poised for recovery and growth. Recent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) commitments flowing from government’s investment conference and focused recruitment drive have delivered good results, pointing to renewed interest and confidence in the outh African economy

A new United Nations report found that FDI into South Africa grew by a whopping 446% to US$7.1-billion in 2018. A welcome relief after the steep decrease in FDI since 2014. President Cyril Ramaphosa aims to boost this by US$100-billion by 2023. Following on from the minister’s speech, an animated audience asked questions and raised topics for further discussion. Then, Elizabeth Tryon, Executive Manager of the PBF, offered warm thanks to the guests on behalf of the business community. The enthusiastic business networking that ensued was enjoyed over drinks and supper.


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Rosatom commemorates the 65th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear power plant and highlights a wide array of innovative applications of nuclear energy for boosting socio-economic development Access to stable and affordable electricity in the coming decades remains to be one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to South Africa’s industrial development and sustainable economic growth. A balanced energy mix that will both support the country’s industrial and socio-economic ambitions and at the same time inflict the least damage on the environment is one of the keys to this goal. Making use of existing South African technological advancements in areas like nuclear medicine is another key to strengthening the country’s development. Globally, nuclear industry makes an important contribution to sustainable development of society as it provides the world with clean and affordable energy, helps to preserve the environment and opens up new opportunities for the industrial development, while innovative products based on nuclear technology improve the quality of people’s lives. As a world leader in nuclear technology innovation, ROSATOM

has a wide range of technologies to offer for energy mix, from ‘large’ light water reactors (pressurised water reactors or PWRs) with capacity over 1GW to small modular reactors (so called SMRs). Our latest generation of tried and tested PWR-type reactor VVER-1200, which is already being built in series is of particular interest. Compared to the previous generation reactors, it is 20% more powerful; and the lifetime of the reactor has doubled to 60 years, with the option of extending to 80 years. In the past decades, ROSATOM has also gone beyond energy, developing new businesses in the sphere of nuclear medicine, water treatment and desalination, food irradiation, composite materials and additive manufacturing. These projects allow, among other results, to significantly raise number of early diagnostics of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, to provide access to fresh potable water, to treat and to purify wastewater from the energy,

oil and gas, petrochemical, food and other industries, to extend shelf-life of products, to produce materials for construction that are lighter in weight, but stronger in terms of elasticity, chemical and corrosion resistance than the conventional materials. Such a wide range of applications might sound too good to be true, but I urge you to get in touch to discuss our innovative solutions for your specific area of interest.

Dmitry Shornikov, CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa


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Tending to business During February this year, the PBF held an enlightening training event in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town


he hot topic at the well-attended event this time round was Successful Tender Submissions. The course content was the handiwork of Makarios Coaching and Mentorship, who gave the PBF members some key insights and practical tools to confidently put in motion a tender re uest To give you a taste, here are a few of the angles the course covered: • Foundations of the tendering process • Ethical and unethical business practices • Tender checklist re ualification guidelines • Guidelines to set you on course • Tender preparation and submission • Summary of documents • Policies and procedures • Evaluation criteria • B-BEEE and tenders • Presentation The focus was on public tendering, which has formed the basis of how most of the larger private enterprises operate. Let’s take a sneak peek at some of the content of the course to get a better hold on the topic.

TENDERING: THE HARD FACTS Contracts awarded through tendering represent billions of rand in new business every year. Tenders are an excellent source of income, but can be a minefield to negotiate because re uirements differ between private companies and

government sectors. Getting the process right not only saves time and effort but has the potential to set up lucrative income streams. Many suppliers or potential tenderers greet the arrival of an invitation to tender with feelings close to panic. The best antidote is to prepare your tender methodically. Patching tenders together with copyand-paste commands can be dangerous. Overselling or inflating the tender with unrealisable promises will catch up with you! The consensus among evaluators is that tenders most likely to win are prepared concisely, with substance and according to the brief and re uest Building a good relationship with your existing clients, delivering on brief, on budget and on time every time, earning their trust, should get you an early lead. You may even be afforded the opportunity to assist with developing ideas and shaping the tender specification Regard this as an investment in your customer relationship. t s good to keep in mind the benefits to all parties of ac uiring goods services through the tender process: nsures fairness, transparency and e uity in the supply of goods or services • Obtains a view of potential alternative solutions romotes private sector accountability buy in

• Promotes the use of highly developing industries in the public sector • Discourages the use of non-competitive suppliers • Promotes competition, in order to get the best price solution

FOCUS ON THE CLIENT’S NEEDS The prime function of a tender can be seen from the standpoint of the contractor as winning business through a competitive response to the client s re uirements But it is also important to view tendering from the client’s perspective. For the client, it’s all about identifying the contractor most likely to deliver the best value and achieve the best results. Although following the client’s instructions and supplying the information the client needs seems like common sense, it’s surprising how many tenders fail on this point. Foolish, considering the procurement activity in which the tender plays a central role is “owned” by the client. And it is the client who sets up the competition, invites contractors to tender and judges the strengths of each competitor. So the client’s priorities, not those of the contractor, must take centre stage. A tender that shows the client a character of understanding and commitment is much more likely to succeed than one presenting only the contractor’s point of view. This makes it imperative to gain in-depth


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knowledge about the client’s business environment, strategies and objectives before even starting to prepare the tender. Remember, a proposal is not meant to describe a solution to the client’s problem – it is to convince the client that you have the skills, resources and experience to work out the right solution, and that the organisation will gain uni ue added value and achieve its objectives best by awarding the work to you.

hareholders want profit and long-term business External customers want their requirements met and value for money

T E N D E R P RO C E S S Employees want job security and fair remuneration Society wants the legal requirements and good business ethics to be adhered to

MATCH TENDER TO OPPORTUNITY A key business skill is to know how to develop tenders efficiently and to communicate them powerfully. Tenders are business documents; to succeed they need to exhibit business like ualities both in the way they address the work to be done and in the way they speak to the client. The tender has to show that the person, or people, who wrote it thought hard about the client s re uirements, interpreted them accurately, developed the tender specifically for that opportunity and exercised care in its preparation. They need to see that it was not just patched together using copy-and-paste commands.

There is little point in submitting a tender unless it has distinctive benefits to offer the client, and unless it is designed to be as competitive as it can be in terms of both technical uality and value for money he aim is to establish your tender with superiority, getting the content right and communicating these strengths as convincingly as possible.

BE HONEST AND REALISTIC Don’t inflate the tender with unrealisable promises! Once clients come to the belief that they cannot rely on you to deliver what you promise, you will have your work cut out to regain their confidence his is an important point to bear in mind when you are tendering for further work from them. When seeking work from new clients, you are unlikely to get far if you just make generalised assumptions about the strength of your expertise or the breadth of your experience.

PERFORMANCE: THE ESSENTIAL CREDENTIAL Those who are new to proposal writing may imagine that to win a contract for repeat business from an existing client is relatively easy. From experience, the opposite is true. When you are defending your position against challengers too eager to take your place, your proposal has to be even more combative, and this demands much more effort. It is true that you will be well-placed to put in a competent tender, the client will be familiar with your people and your strengths, and you should know more about the client s re uirements and the practicalities of the work than anyone else. But your competitors may seem to offer a fresh source of energy and ideas. Their personnel may be just as skilled and resourceful as yours, and if they are a younger and smaller company, they will probably carry a lesser burden of overheads and so, may be able to uote a cheaper price for the same work.

TOP TIPS ON TENDERING • Plan your tender around the buyer’s timetable to meet all deadlines. • If you’re not sure of something, ask the buyer in good time before the deadline. • If the buyer asks you to explain something that’s unclear in your tender, give your explanation by the original deadline, unless agreed otherwise. • Only tender for work you are 100% sure you can do. • If you can’t provide the information you’re asked for, check whether your tender will be accepted before you send it back. • Accurately answer all the questions. • Know about any quality-assurance standards that affect your industry. • Ask the buyer about any policies they have on quality assurance when awarding contracts. • Always include a plan for skills transfer. • Never use words/terms that are out of context of tender, e.g. Mentoring, etc. • Writing and language must be correct and understandable. • Explain how your solution will make the client look good. • Expand on communication strategy and skills. • Make this a team exercise. • Emphasise management skills.


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Your proposal has to demonstrate that you are the frontrunner in terms of the dependability of your contract management

hink about the three key uestions the client will ask themselves: • Who will give us better value for money – our existing contractors or new ones? • Will a change of contractors bring practical benefits in terms of service uality and outcomes • Will we enjoy a more constructive working relationship with new contractors?

The most powerful weapon is your skills and ability to deliver. And your strongest marketing tool is your performance record on current and past contracts for the client – initiatives launched, innovations achieved, targets met, milestones reached, outputs delivered, objectives secured. All these need to be emphasised forcefully as part of the added value you bring. Your proposal has to demonstrate that you are the front-runner in terms of the dependability of your contract management as much as the primacy of your technical expertise.

READABILITY MAKES A DIFFERENCE You need to captivate your audience – write in a way that conveys energy, enthusiasm and drive. The tender should be interesting and easy to read. There is a consensus among evaluators that the tenders most likely to win are those that make their case straightforwardly, concisely and vividly.

The content must project a sense of value way unmatched by any other tender. Use an imaginative and compelling structure; use examples that bring the text to life. Use creative graphics; give it a hands on feel All these ualities give the tender a directness of personality that heightens its competitive impact.

KEEP CALM AND TENDER Some contractors greet the arrival of an invitation to tender with feelings of panic. Which is understandable when faced with a complex and stressful intellectual challenge and an unforgiving deadline – especially if you have little experience of tender writing. But don’t let the fear get to you – give it five minutes, then push it to one side and get down to work! The best stress-reliever is knowing you have a structured procedure in place that will support you to develop the tender methodically and that will uickly yields positive results.


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Makheleni Construction will take care of all your building, alteration and renovation projects. With our emphasis on professionalism and quality construction, we ensure that our clients’ building projects are well planned and executed within budget and to agreed schedules. We are certifed by the NH B RC and our artisans are well trained to eli er finishes of n e cellent st n r . Makheleni Construction also offers full project management services, in order to co-ordinate subcontractors and ensure that all parties adhere to strict health and safety policies and are managed to ensure progress to scheduled milestones. Key services include: • B ulk water supply, distribution and storage • Milling plants, material handling, silos and storage • Port and marine facilities and airports • Roads, bridges and interchanges • Dams, canals, pipelines and rail contracts • Water and wastewater treatment • Pre-cast concrete structure • Pre-stressing and specialize d engineering, including incremental launching • Commercial survey services • B ulk township services • n fill n s ll pon construction

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DEVELOP TENDER WRITING SKILLS The more experience you gain in writing tenders, the less intimidating the task seems and the easier it becomes to find the most effective means of communicating your message. One useful route is to start by having skilled staff contribute technical input and the pre ualification of material ou need to identify people with the right capabilities and then help them build up a bank of skills not just in business communication and the logistics of tender preparation, but also in the strategic aspects of tendering: • Gauging a practical response to the scale of contract re uirements • Analysing contract issues, options and approaches • Seeing contracts from the client’s point of view • Viewing the work as a service delivered to the client, not a technical exercise • Matching work procedures with their cost implications

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There is a consensus among evaluators that the tenders most likely to win are those that make their case straightforwardly, concisely and vividly

Applying project management techni ues in developing work programmes • Researching markets and projects • Understanding client needs and priorities Applying first hand project experience to tender development Choose people that have the capacity to

ac uire an attitude of mind that looks into the mechanics of a project, sees what problems might occur and how to prevent them, and builds these measures into an effective partnership between client and contractor.

MANAGING THE TENDER The tender manager is fundamental to a smooth process. The person needs to be skilled in structuring, coordinating and motivating a team to drive the work forward. They ensure that input is developed on time and to the re uired standard hey organise the content, presentation and submission of the tender, applying the document management controls that are needed to produce an efficient business offer. Lastly, they are the checkpoint for the uality and integrity of the tender before its submission.

Before making a final decision to spend precious time, money and resources on a tender there are some serious practical considerations: Can you tender? Or why can’t you tender? Only make this decision after careful consideration, because either way you can lose a ton of money. It can also result in serious damage to your reputation. A few simple uestions will point you in the right direction: • Do you have the capital or will you be able to access the capital to invest in raw materials and e uipment you may need • Can you deliver by the due date? an you achieve the uality standards re uired • Do you have the employees or will you be able to appoint additional competent staff once the tender has been awarded? • If the contract duration is long, have you taken into consideration any changes in raw material prices that may affect your profit margins xpansion involves matters of financial resources, working space as well as additional skilled personnel to deliver what is re uired Be aware that failure to deliver what is re uired at the stated costs and within the time agreed will probably make you liable for penalties in terms of the contract. So, be sure that you understand what is expected from you. o make en uiries about this content or any training or mentorship needs, PBF members can contact: Lesley Coetzee Managing Director of Makarios Cell: 082 454 8408 Email:


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OUR MAIN OBJECTIVES • To provide rental housing units within Greater Middelburg’s inner city and the surrounding areas. • To provide good value, newly constructed, medium to high density housing units on welllocated vacant land within Middelburg and surrounding areas. • To offer a range of tenure options to beneficiaries over time, including rental and rental with option to purchase. • To avail affordable accommodation to households earning affordable income. • To secure institutional subsidies from the Provincial Government. In addition, to secure grant and loan

finance from other actors to finance the activities of the STHA. • To construct housing at densities greater than 50 units per hectare in order to optimize well – located land thereby contribute to densification. • To combine subsidized residential units with limited market related units in order to improve the financial viability and amenity of housing provided. • To secure the financial viability and sustainability of the institution, by ensuring that it break-even and generates minimal profits.

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Saving lives, changing lives and creating futures he ationa Sea escue nstitute, ith the he of count ess se ess volunteers and donors, has been safeguarding our waters for over 50 years


tragic maritime incident in 1966, in Stilbaai on the east coast of the Cape, just below Mossel Bay, signalled the urgent need for a rescue service eventeen fishermen drowned after three fishing boats sank in a terrible storm. Four boats were out that day; only one came back iss atti rice, saddened by such senseless loss of life, began a committed letter writing campaign for the formation of a Sea Rescue Organisation in South Africa. A year later, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was put in place. iss rice s persistence paid off and today the NSRI has over 1200 unpaid, highly trained volunteers at 41 bases around the coast and inland dams – serving the community purely on the back of passion and commitment. It is these volunteers, together with the over 90 000 donors who contribute each and every month, that forms the backbone of the nstitute s success


he N also identified a serious need to teach children about water safety, in the rural areas. Many reports prior to 2006 showed an increased number of drownings in areas where children were living close to dams and rivers. Today, the rate of drowning in South Africa is staggering, estimated at 3.6 per 100 000 people – roughly 2 000 people drown each year, of which 600 are children. Faced with these statistics, in 2006 the NSRI sought to develop a Water Safety chool ducation rogramme in order to promote and cultivate water safety nationwide. The programme now reaches a diverse background of people through the support and guidance of local schools and municipalities, evolving water safety awareness through education, to help preserve lives. The instructors head out to the schools to teach the children a simple four-step programme: how to react when faced with

danger in water, who to call in case of an emergency, practical tools on how to do peer rescue, and bystander for the older children). Over and above their education programme, the NSRI started rolling out the ink escue Buoy project in November 2017. Rescuers worldwide use torpedo buoys as flotation devices; the buoys are affordable and highly effective. The idea behind the project is to educate people about the dangers of peer rescue, by using simple graphics on a sign, and how to provide emergency flotation for a person in danger of drowning as well as for a rescuer who decides, against common advice, to enter the water to help someone in an emergency. he flotation buoys are bright pink hence the name of the project), so that they can easily be spotted on the water – and the colour is unique to the NSRI. After use, the end goal is to hang the buoy back on its hook, at the ready to save another life


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The NSRI has over 1200 unpaid, highly trained volunteers at 41 bases around the coast and inland dams – serving the community purely on the back of passion and commitment he ink escue Buoy project has received huge support from communities, many of whom have taken ownership of the project locally. The project was recognised by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) with an award for Innovation and Technology. To date, there have been 436-plus installations, and 43 lives have been saved.


rom humble beginnings with their first inflatable boat, Snoopy, Sea Rescue has

grown to its current annual budget of over R150-million – used to run 41 bases, 106 rescue craft, 30 rescue vehicles, 16 quad bikes and tractors And this only possible through the phenomenal support of the community. In 2018, the NSRI responded to 1138 rescues, rescued 1620 people and assisted 51 animals (whales, dolphins, turtles). Dedicated volunteers gave up 2 327 hours of their time for rescues and 4 482 hours for training to be prepared for these rescues. Their water safety team of instructors reached children and broke through the magical two million mark, having reached an incredible total of 2 094 006 children through the growth of the programme since 2006.


Although he N s primary role is search and rescue at sea and on the inland dams, rescue volunteers are also on standby for all coastal airports and civil emergencies, including evacuation from floods and fires The overarching goal is to prevent drowning through education, through preventative measures and through rescue. Other preventative measures include emergency

signage, ink escue Buoy for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards and active patrols during peak seasons There is no coastguard service in South Africa. If we do not launch, no one else will. Though most rescues are coastal and inshore, an increasing number of these operations require search and rescue vessels with advanced capability in technology – and the ability to safely increase the endurance of the crew further out to sea. There is no one standing by to save our crew should their boat get into difficulty e need the best vessel and equipment to safely carry out our mission of saving lives. o keep everyone safe, the N needs to replace the current Class 1 rescue boats with craft that are better suited to their Search and Rescue missions, including deep sea operations, medical evacuations and mass rescue incidents. The best vessel for the job is the French 14m SAR (Search and Rescue) ORC. After extensive research and development, the decision was made to have the first vessel, a m A O Alick Rennie built to completion in France and the second vessel, the Donna Nicholas built as a hull, deck and bulkheads in rance, to be completed locally in South Africa. The NSRI is aligned with supporting local people and local industries by having their rescue boats built in South Africa and welcome new support o find out more about this project and how you can assist in funding the next generation of search and rescue vessels, contact Alison Smith, Fundraising Manager at the NSRI at or visit our website,

If you would like to make a donation please use the Snapscan or Zapper codes on the left or go to Every little bit counts towards saving a life. 79

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THE LONG ROAD TO SUCCESS In an exclusive interview with Yvonne Chaka Chaka we get a glimpse into the star studded ife of the rincess of Africa, and find behind the curtain a kindred spirit


fter over 30 years in the music industry, you would think that someone as celebrated and successful as Yvonne Chaka Chaka would have succumbed to her fame, donned a heavy cloak of ego and riches and become jaded by the constant interviews and attention. But it seems she’s managed to keep her feet on the ground, her head out of the clouds and her heart in the right place. We started off the interview by both confessing to having the flu, and before you know it we were swopping off-the-counter medicine tips and home remedies. It turns out, Yvonne is surprisingly down-to-earth

and refreshing and open – I felt like we’d known each other for years. The conversation flowed naturally into me asking her who the Princess of Africa is when she’s out of the spotlight. Her answer was simple: “I’m a mother to my children and the wife to my husband.” And when asked what she does for downtime, she whispered, ”Can I tell you the truth?” The truth is that Yvonne loves her sleep. When she’s not working or travelling or taking care of her four children (or her husband), you ll find her stretched out, slowly reading a book and drifting off. “My sleep is my ‘me-time’,” she says. We decide it’s time to move on to business. I ask her whether

there was a moment when she knew she was going to be a big star. She says,”You know, music wasn’t a career that I wanted. I wanted to be a chartered accountant – my mother wanted me to become a lawyer. But I knew that I wanted to work for myself. I wanted to make a difference. Even though I was young, from a very poor family, I told myself I was going to make it, no matter how. I’ve always had this competitive spirit – working very hard, never expecting anything from anybody but myself. “But the moment I stepped into the recording studio I knew I was going to be in the industry for a very long time. It all happened by mistake, bye-the-way.


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“It was at the SABC on a rainy Friday. Phil Hollis and Attie van Wyk were looking for young girls between the ages of 19 and 25 for a song, and instead of me going to the race relations office to apply for a bursary to go to university, I found myself at the SABC, auditioning.” On staying relevant and in demand in a cut-throat entertainment industry for all these years, Yvonne had to say, ”I don’t listen to whether people think I’m relevant or not relevant. For me it’s just about staying true to yourself. Knowing your art. Doing the live shows. People recognise my music because it has an ‘Yvonne Chaka Chaka’ feel to it. So I wouldn’t want to be a youngster, or somebody else.


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But, obviously, you change, and each time you have to reinvent yourself. Pitch things differently and make sure that you stay visible, because if you’re not, people do forget about you.” Yvonne released a new album at the end of 2017, Keep Looking at Me, which has been lapped up by her fans. She spoke about a beautiful video she made – with the help of funds from UNICEF – of one of the much-loved songs on her album, Kulila, featuring the dyslexic children she works with, from Namibia, Swakopmund. “Disability doesn’t mean inability. These kids are dyslexic, but when they hear music, they start singing and dancing and playing drums, they love it. They get into it. “It’s all about empowering others and changing society’s perspective. I saw an opportunity to work with these kids, to

unleash their potential. And it makes me very, very happy.” Her passion for humanitarianism earned Yvonne the title of UNICEF goodwill ambassador. Alongside her work with children, Yvonne is also a global goodwill ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria campaign. She started working on the campaign when one of her musicians, sadly, passed away after contracting malaria while performing in Gabon. Yvonne sees her fame as “a platform that I’ve been given to help others, to be the voice of the voiceless”. he first business vonne had was a hair salon, back in 1993, which soon ballooned to two hairdressing salons. She saw a gap in the market and used her keen business sense to move with the times. Recently, she’s used that savvy in other ways.

She started an investment company with Geoff Rothchild and Lisa Brumani. Yvonne is also part of a BEE company called Women and Energy, which she kick-started a few years ago. o vonne, financial independence is important – she knew from the start of her music career that she couldn’t just depend on being a singer to survive. Instead of spending all her money on expensive clothes and over-the-top entertainment, she has always invested some of it back into her business, looking out for chances to make her money work for her. I tell her I’m amazed that she’s managed to successfully raise a family and be a singer and run several businesses and do charity work, and I ask her how she does it. She responds, “You know, there’s no recipe for being a parent or staying in a marriage.


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It’s all about empowering others and changing society’s perspective

I’ve been very lucky. I have a husband who understands, who’s very supportive. Until my mother died 12 years ago, she and my two sisters were always there for me. When I travelled for performances I always took my children with me, and a nanny for help. I wanted that bond with them.” Yvonne tells me how grateful she is to have a close-knit family, who are always there for her. She tells me that in October this year, her and her husband will have been married for 30 years. And still going strong! She says her latest album is not only for her fans, it’s also for her family, for those who encouraged her. Education is another topic Yvonne is passionate about. She says thanks to Fiona Frasier, her elocution teacher at the time, who insisted that she should do a public speaking and spoken drama course through Trinity College of London, Yvonne

kept up with her education. In fact, she went on to study a law degree (to please her mom), but failed Afrikaans dismally, three times, which meant not finishing her articles – you need articles to practice law and articles were only taught in Afrikaans in those days. Yvonne says she understands her mother’s argument; her mom just wanted her to have something to fall back on if her music career dried up, which is always possible in such a fickle environment But putting in the hours of study instead of ‘jolling’ with her friends after performances has benefitted her in a myriad of ways: She now sits on various boards of companies. It helped her to know the rights from the wrongs, to see how she could better her art, how she could use her money wisely. I ask her what she’s up to these days, and her answer tells me she has no plans of slowing down. In 2014, on her own steam, Yvonne launched the Backing Vocalist and

Session Musicians award to recognise the artists at the back who boost the art of the frontliners. And to give them some exposure and teach them how to manage their finances he idea is also to involve these artists in outreach projects by putting on shows with successful South African frontline artists. he stage is not the only place you ll find the Princess of Africa. You can also watch her from the comfort of your couch, in a new Tsonga telenovela, Giyani: Land of Blood, currently airing on SABC2. It’s the first of its kind, and even got a mention from the president in his Human Rights Day speech. Actually, Yvonne is hot on the big screen at the moment, starring alongside ace comedian Joey Rasdien in a movie released earlier this year called Jumbo Goes to Jozi. I ask Yvonne how she’s feeling about her career and the new path it’s taken. Her response, again, is simple, ”It’s a long road to success!”


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The Springboks’ Quest for Glory Dust off your Springbok jersey and your vuvuzela and your ear u s e re on the fi e etre ine and the Rugby World Cup is just on the other side. Intrepid rugby fan Hans Mackenzie Main takes us through the phases


n September, South Africans will unite once more when the Springboks take on the world in their quest to bring home the coveted William Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup. In supermarkets across the country Springbok jerseys, balls, scarves and, yes, even camping chairs are up for sale positioned right at the entrance. We’re in a year where appointments are shifted and weddings are left early. The Rugby World Cup only comes around every four years, after all, and, with the national team standing more than just a sporting chance at winning the tournament this year, the work supporters put in now might just be rewarded later. Our men in green and gold have a proud history at world rugby’s international showpiece. Who could forget Nelson

Mandela standing arms aloft in a Springbok jersey next to Francois Pienaar, his own arms aloft holding the precious cup. “We didn’t have 65 000 [the people in the stadium] behind us today,” Pienaar said after the game played in Johannesburg. “We had 43 million.” Roll on 12 years and another South African was holding the William Webb Ellis trophy, that time in Paris, the man John Smit – the cup in his right hand; his other hand holding a smiling, then president Thabo Mbeki. This year’s Springboks are captained for the first time by a black player in the formidable form of Siya Kolisi. A new-look team with a good blend of young players and stalwarts, they’re coached by Rassie Erasmus and surprised all and sundry in 2018 by winning a series against a strong

England side 2-1 and achieving the unthinkable by beating the All Blacks on home soil – the only international team to do so in quite some time. Kolisi’s men will have to draw on that famous victory when they take on their old foes and defending world champions New Zealand on 21 September in their opening game of the 2019 event. After that momentous clash, the Boks take on neighbours Namibia on 28 September, Italy on 4 October and Canada on 8 October, which will see the end of their pool stage matches. To advance to the play-offs, they have to finish in the top two of their pool he first ugby orld up was held in 1987 in Australia and New Zealand, after which the All Blacks were officially crowned as the best team in the world for the


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This year’s Springboks are captained for the first time b a black player in the formidable form of Siya Kolisi

following four years, something they would do two more times to become the only rugby team to date to win the tournament three times. Other winners include Australia (twice), England (once) and South Africa (a famous two times). The tournament is widely regarded as the third-largest sports event in the world behind the Summer Olympics and the FIFA Soccer World Cup. In 2015 an estimated four billion people tuned in to watch the event in 200 countries across the globe. This year’s tournament takes place in Japan, where the sport’s world governing body hopes to spread the rugby gospel. The tournament will be held in 12 host cities from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south, with Tokyo playing host to the opening match when Japan take on Russia on 20 September. In 2015, Japan beat the Springboks in a Rugby World Cup pool game. The result sent shock waves through the rugbyplaying world. The Brave Blossoms – as Japan’s national rugby team is known – put apanese rugby firmly on the world map The Asian country received another boost when it was announced that a regional team, the Sunwolves, would be taking part in Super Rugby – the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest competition.

6 Q U I C K S TAT S • Most points by a team in a single match – 145-17, New Zealand vs Japan, 1995 • Most tries by a team in a single match – Australia, 22 • Most points in one tournament – 126, Grant Fox, 1987 • Most overall tries to date – 15, Bryan Habana, 2007-2015 • Youngest player to date – 20 years, Jonah Lomu • Oldest player to date – 40 years, Diego Ormaechea According to some the appeal of rugby in Japan is wildly underestimated in the Western World – a view seemingly supported by World Rugby. Although it’s hard to pin down exactly who’s watching, the body claims on its official ugby orld Cup site that there are 14 million rugby fans in Japan, with 90 million people (70% of the population) aware of the tournament. Whether that is the case or not, the fact remains that the sport, largely fuelled by


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olisi s men will have to draw on that famous victor when they take on their old foes and defending world champions ew ealand on eptember in their opening game of the event


Japan’s remarkable victory over the Boks in 2015, has an ever-expanding support base right across Asia. Former world cup winners Francois Pienaar and John Smit have said a strong winning culture as well as strong leadership and team ethos are key factors in a championship side. As two leaders who have steered their teams to the pinnacle of their sport, their advice is gold. The Springboks, with Siya Kolisi at the helm, will do well to take heed and try to stay calm in the pressure cooker that is the Rugby World Cup. Our nation’s hopes rest on their broad shoulders, and if the past year is anything to go by, they will do us proud. But even if they don’t win the cup, even if there is no bus parade when they return home, we’ll still love them. For they would have given their all for South Africa and united the country once again.

• The Web Ellis trophy is named after the creator and founder of rugby, the Reverend William Webb Ellis, who allegedly picked up the ball and ran with it during a school football match. • In all the World Cup finals combined, only 8 tries have been scored. • The same whistle has been used since the first match, which is close to a hundred years old. • The Women's Rugby World Cup is held every four years. The next tournament is scheduled for 2021, but the host is yet to be decided. • New Zealand is the most successful women's world rugby team, winning five Cups. England have won twice and the United States once.


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Small enterprise, Whopping product In an expanding world, bicycles and tricycles are an increasing trend in the transport sector. Whoppa Cycles has come up with an innovative plan to boost job creation and ease traffic in South Africa, and beyond


he new kid on the block in the Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprise (SMME) sector is Whoppa Cycles. The company, Whoppa Engineering, has actually been around for 20 years, having started up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and specialises in producing products for the gas, petrochemical and steel furniture industry. After about 10 years in the business Whoppa came up with an innovative project – manufacturing cargo tricycles (or trikes) for vending, deliveries and re-cycling. The idea took off and has been on an upward growth trajectory ever since. The company has invested millions on plant, equipment and buildings – including two factories, one for manufacturing of approximately 3 400m² and the assembly, storage area of 1700m², and vacant land of 9 000m² – to be able to produce the vendor trike.

These world-class trikes are manufactured in South Africa for African conditions by Whoppa Cycles and have been displayed at the Euro Bike Show in Germany. The trikes have a three-speed internal hub gear peddle model, which is geared lower to handle extra weight and can carry 250-plus kilograms. The wheels are motorbike aluminium wheels and all spokes and fasteners, wherever possible, are stainless steel. The chain is motorbike chain and will outlast most bikes. And then there is the electric battery powered e-trike, which can reach speeds of up to 25km/h and can cover a distance of 50-60km on a single charge. The frames of the tricycles are designed, manufactured and assembled in the Whoppa factory in South Africa. The remainder of the parts are imported from China – Whoppa has built up a supply network with suppliers in China through

their frequent visits to the Shanghai Bicycle Fair. China, India and Thailand’s economies were built around trikes. Bikes were a mode of transport, but trikes were a leading factor in their economies and still play a huge roll in these countries today. As South Africa becomes more and more urbanised and the population continues to grow at an alarming rate, trikes become a potentially significant player not only in job creation but also as a mode of transport, considering that you don’t need a licence to drive it. As battery technology develops, the trend around the world is moving towards e-bikes and e-trikes. Bicycle lanes are now the norm in all developed countries and this has been realised in certain areas in our country. Cape Town, for example, has an extensive bike lane network and this network is growing as we speak.


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Businesses will benefit from roaming advertising on the side of the three-speed peddle or electric e-trike Stating the obvious, job creation needs to target the people that do not have jobs. The vendor trike is the perfect vehicle for the unemployed to start their own venture: general vending, recycling, street cleaning, garden services, meter reading, post/flyer deliveries, water deliveries, to name a few. The problem is that these are the very people who do not have the finance to pay for a trike. The solution is to get funding in the form of grants and get together with private enterprises and create an environment that will allow the jobless to participate in the economy he idea is to get this financial assistance in the roll out of the project, giving incentives to businesses who supply these trikes to the unemployed. And to get bigger overseas investors involved. rom a business perspective, financial social development support programmes can be used to finance these tricycles,

which will not only create much-needed jobs, it will also assist with environmental clean-up, contribute to the recycling of most types of waste, ensuring waste pickers are more efficient and road traffic compliant while using eco-friendly transport. In addition, businesses will benefit from roaming advertising on the side of the three-speed peddle or electric e-trike. The trikes will be distributed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and municipalities in cooperation with the waste pickers’ association, re-cyclers’ association and re-claimers in the geographic area targeted. Wherever possible, the Department, in conjunction with the re-cyclers and reclaimers will make land available for the waste pickers – Waste Pickers Integration Plan. The investor’s role: • The geographical area will be decided by the investor, for their advertising benefit

• The investor may require the trike to be used for a certain period for an advertising campaign, then donate the trike, or the funder may purchase the advertising from the vendor at a given rate. • The investor may want the vendor to distribute his products or supply a service in certain target areas. • The investor may want to donate a certain type of trike with no attachments or further dealings with the vendor. SANCO (South African National Civic Organisation), which represents the community, has approached Whoppa to be involved in the distribution of the threespeed peddle and e-trikes. They represent the community at government level and understand the community’s needs, problems and aspirations. Whoppa Cycles is also working closely with the government, who, as it stands hasn’t agreed to assist with funding the roll out of the project yet.

If you would like to get involved in the roll out of this life-changing project, visit or email or call +27 11 822 7090.


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Business takes off on the runway South African Fashion Week has changed the face of local fashion and design over the past 21 years – from local one-off entertainment piece to design-led tour de force in the tradition of international fashion capitals


MAKING IT HAPPEN SA Fashion Week has been privately funded since inception, unlike its international counterparts, who are principally financed by their respective industry bodies. This has made world-class production values and powerful brand positioning of critical importance. It was apparent from the start that the support of sponsors and the media is key.

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n August 1997 in a purpose-designed white marquee in the now Mandela Square, the heart of Johannesburg’s high-powered new commercial hub, South African Fashion Week rolled out the red carpet and announced itself open for business. In the following 21 years, this bold initiative by intrepid fashion maverick Lucilla Booyzen fostered a system that has redefined the top end of the local designer pyramid in fundamental ways. or the first time, in , designers were the centre of their own creative universe rather than the fringe players of commercial prescription or capricious patronage. It allowed the industry’s many diverse stakeholders – from models to photographers, retailers, journalists and celebrities – to recognise their common interest and hone their unique contribution to it. Most importantly, Booyzen’s initiative has been the driving force behind structuring, strengthening and growing a consciousness of the enormous socioeconomical value of a vibrant local design culture. It has done this by establishing a world-class platform to spotlight the best fashion moments the country has to offer. And by responding pragmatically to the unique challenges of a complex developing society in a resourceful way, and remaining true to a passionately held vision and faith in the future of local design.


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he media was sceptical at first A fashion week sounded like a foreign object. Fashion was treated as entertainment. It has taken time to convince them that fashion culture can be found on the ramp. Nevertheless, the media machine kicked into gear and has consistently contributed immensely to the unfolding of discussions around South African fashion culture and its transformation. The advent and growth of social media has had an enormous impact on fashion reporting, here and globally. Instagram sends instant ramp visuals into the ether at the speed of light. Every Joe Bloggs now literally has an opinion, informed or not. In the absence of state funding, sponsorship revenue has been vitally important to the continued well-being of this initiative. Competitions, with the excitement and publicity potential they offer, have proven to be an enormously valuable tool for securing sponsorship in support of strategic undertakings to develop the industry. Although menswear collections have been a tradition at SA Fashion Week since 1998, they were always a relatively small component. Over the past decade, however, menswear has become the fastest-growing fashion segment. In recognition of its new status, the first competition exclusively focused on this category, the Scouting Menswear Competition, in association with GQ and car brand MINI, was launched in 2013. Equally important is to inspire and nurture aspirant student designers. The SA Fashion Week Student Competition has been open to 32 fashion schools around the country for some time, giving students access to the fashion industry from an early stage. By , A ashion eek was firmly entrenched as the principal driver of a local fashion culture and Made in South Africa was added to its positioning statement. The importance of underscoring the economic potential of this development was articulated by altering this positioning to The Business of Fashion in 2010.

This clearly conveyed to all stakeholders that, while still a marketing platform for fashion designers using international best practice, it was now the principal change agent in the evolution of a design-led fashion industry.

CHANGING THE STRUCTURE OF FASHION It became very apparent that there were structural weaknesses in the local fashion production system soon after SA Fashion Week was launched. Designers were developing interesting garments – there was no lack of imagination or talent – but the infrastructure to develop and produce the designs was sorely inadequate, as was operational business acumen. In response, SA Fashion Week has introduced various education and training initiatives over the past 21 years. More recently, SA Fashion Week partnered with retail giant, Edcon, to subsidise its 21 Steps to Retail for fashion school graduates from economically challenged backgrounds. Talented participants are drawn from nominations received by 12 fashion institutions around South Africa, with the purpose of fasttracking their experiential capacity to perform optimally as commercial designers within a large retail organisation. Another structural weakness is the dominance of powerful shopping centres with prohibitive rentals in South Africa’s high-end retail precincts, which have always posed a near impenetrable barrier to access for designers. Signature designer boutiques expressing a fresh and distinctively South African identity – in reaction to the prevalent mass market commercial offerings of the fashion chains – flourished in the heady early days of the new democracy. It was the beginning of a local designer retail culture, which met with some success, but was ultimately difficult to sustain. SA Fashion Week has always recognised the unique challenges posed by South Africa s retail landscape ts first intervention as a market facilitator was to introduce a trade floor of exhibitors open to

agents, retail buyers and the public alike, to run parallel with the collection shows. All industry creatives, including jewellery and accessory designers, could exhibit alongside the designers, who would occupy a stand after launching on the runway. A constant component of the SA Fashion Week seasonal event since its inception in 2000, it subsequently became the Buyers Lounge in 2010. Also in 2010, the South African Fashion Week Pop-Up was launched in the Fountain Court of Sandton City, the country’s single most concentrated hub of affluence. or the first time, local design took centre stage in the centre of well-heeled consumption. The curious descended to see the daily runway shows and interact directly with designers who, until then, had existed in the realm of media pages only. The SA Fashion Week Designer Capsule Collection was another step towards broadening consumer awareness of, and access to, local design. In partnership with fashion chain Edgars, a shop-within-a-shop at the retailer’s flagship stores in Johannesburg’s Sandton City and Melrose Arch opened in 2011. This was the first time outh African design was


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easily available in a top mainstream retail environment. In 2012, SA Fashion Week partnered with Annette Pringle Kölsch, the former Brand Manager for Hugo Boss in Europe and America, to launch The Fashion Agent. As a specialist wholesale agency for South African designers for both independent boutiques and large chains, it understands and navigates the complexities associated with designer production on the one hand, and the high-speed risk associated with fashion retail on the other. At a time when rampant consumerism and mass production is increasingly questioned by a new type of luxury consumer inspired by less is more, the individuality of hand-made and fair trade, a small window of opportunity may be opening for our independent brands with their unique stories to tell.

jewellery, millinery and accessory ranges. Now, more than ever, buyers are looking for something new and fresh to attract their customers. The Trade Show is designed to offer just that: an intimate, networkingfriendly and neutral trading ground for all designers in Africa, offering a broad spectrum of the various designers’ pricing, optimising the buyers’ purchasing power and boutique owners’ attendance. The exhibiting brands are carefully curated and are retail ready with sound business processes in place, which enables them to deliver according to order. The rewards of the Trade Show are plentiful – visibility, a credibility boost, networking time, opportunities to form new relationships with clients and vendors, a chance to generate leads, and a soft entry to the media.


Day one Day one of the 34th season of SA Fashion Week was kicked off with the Woolworths tyle By A showcase n a fitting finale to this ground-breaking collaboration which has built a significant retail presence for local design over the past three years, the show included internationally acclaimed Thebe Magugu as well as MMUSOMAXWELL and Wanda Lephoto. According to SAFW director Lucilla Booyzen, the broad-based consumer exposure that this initiative gave to South African design will have a major and ongoing positive impact on the industry despite coming to an end this season.

The SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 Luxury Collections event and Trade Show was staged at the Protea Court Rooftop, Sandton City Shopping Centre earlier this year, from 3-6 April. Distinctive craftsmanship and bespoke detailing were the order of the day, with a line-up that echoed its single-minded commitment to promoting a world-class African design ethos and industry across the continent. Equally important was the bi-annual SAFW Trade Show, which ran parallel to the runway collections and showcased 50 carefully curated womens- and menswear,


Magugu, who was listed as one of Vogue Italy’s 2018 Vogue Talents, recently also scooped the winning award at London Fashion Week’s International Fashion Showcase exhibition of the 15 exciting new creatives to watch, with his distinctive globalised African signature. The 25-year-old, Kimberley-born talent is one of the 20 international shortlisted designers for the prestigious LMVH Prize 2019. This honour is more weighted given that he was chosen from over 1700 applicants in the world! Magugu shared the show with design duo MMUSOMAXWELL, who hit the headlines when megastar Beyoncé wore one of their looks at the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 in December last year. Both these 2018 SAFW New Talent Search winners are currently stocked in luxury boutique, Luminance. Featured in its Twenty-One Years of SA Fashion Week retrospective book, industry stalwart Amanda Laird-Cherry, who launched her first collection at A in 1999, returned for a double bill with equally iconic perennial, Clive Rundle. Following a long tradition of turning fashion inside out with his wizardry, the self-proclaimed constructionist worked with man-made corrugation as a trope to interpret pleats, with conceptual references ranging from rice paddies to the earth’s shifting tectonic plates – all interpreted in slate greys and teal blues with copper foiling. The evening wrapped up with three brands that have each carved highly successful niches for their respective aesthetic. Cape Town-based Helon Melon has collaborated with local mills like Svenmill and the SA Mohair Cluster to create a highly wearable, sustainable and ethical fashion collection that was available online immediately after the show. Eco-inspired Lunar started a fresh chapter in the brand’s 21-year history, with new owner and creative director, Nicola Luther, and former Stoned Cherrie designer, Sonja Stanislaus-Kaw Di-Aping, working with natural fabrics – including cotton,


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linen, Tencel and Rayon – to explore the beauty and complexity of the South African landscape through the lens of great South African literature, with origami-inspired pleating and eloquently structured proportions and shapes. Celebrity designer Palesa Mokubung, of Mantsho, completed the trio with her distinctive Afrojazzy signature. Day two SELFI, by founder Celeste Arendse, derives from the idea of self, selfempowerment and personal agency, with each collection an expression of authenticity and self-hood. Carla Pinto’s African Style Story chic ready-to-wear is currently being stocked locally and internationally, inter alia, by stores such as Lalauxxe, B. Scene, Icon and Prey boutiques as well as online at Zando and Muster, and at Happy Company in Lisbon. “I love the many shapes and sizes of women in South Africa,” remarked Isabel de Villiers. “More than anything it is the curves of the female form that inspire me,” said the Pretoria-based designer, who has become synonymous with the concept of inclusive fashion, about her new collection which features nine plus-size models this season. Judith Atelier, who works to create the ‘Epitome of Female Sophistication’, recently made her collection debut on, further expanding her highend couture brand.

Fashion’s headline king, Gert-Johan Coetzee, again walked the talk when he dressed Oprah Winfrey for the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 in December last year and continued to wow us when he took to the runway for his 18th season. In line with the South African Wool Industry’s strategy to promote the exquisite luxury of sustainably-produced wool as a highly desirable designer fibre, ape ool SA once again joined forces with womenswear brand Erre and Carlo Gibson’s Klipa menswear. Erre’s distinctively confident signature reached new heights in 2018 when HRH Princess Charlene of Monaco became a regular client of their pared-down power-dressing after wearing it for her cover on woman’s magazine Rooi Rose. An unabashed love of the theatrical combined with a keen sense of commercial wearability has marked Klipa as one of the most exciting labels to watch since launching in 2018. This season saw its strong African-inspired aesthetic mix winter and summer into a textured cocktail of natural fabrics – wool, jerseys, cotton – starting with black and moving to colour in a dynamic visual representation of ongoing inclusion. Day three MINI Scouting Menswear, in association with GQ South Africa, has aimed to nurture and grow the diversity of the industry’s menswear designers since inception. This season reflects that vision, with designers drawn from a myriad of backgrounds and each telling a unique story with their respective collections. BI PAREL, by University of Johannesburg graduate Shaylene Morris – a Japaneseinspired streetwear range that focuses on juggling the fine balance between innovation and construction – was crowned winner of the 2019 MINI Scouting Menswear competition. Recently returned from a dazzling showcase at the prestigious London Bridal Fashion Week, Ryan Keys has successfully built a clientele of glamorous A-listers, including celebrities such as Nomuzile Mabena and Enhle Mbali, over the past five years

SA Fashion Week has always recognised the unique challenges posed by South Africa’s retail landscape Day four he final day of opened with frontrunner of the country’s gender-neutral fashion movement De Mil’s distinctive aesthetic. Ephraim Molingoana, much-adored veteran of SA Fashion Week, has been refining his authentically outh African Ephymol identity for two decades. His Men of the World Collection was a spectacular homage to the past 22 years. Closing the SS19 season was powerhouse Loxion Kulca, who made an unforgettable statement on the runway to mark 20 years as an iconic local brand. ‘Loxion/lock-shin/location’ is a unique South Africanism to describe townships, ghettos, disadvantaged and underdeveloped areas – and the brand’s DNA has captured this distinctive meaning of ‘home’ and the urban African state of mind it represents when combined with the historic pride, identity and hard-won freedom conveyed by the inclusive idea of ‘Kulca’ (culture). If you missed out on this epic event, and the opportunity to meet your favourite designer(s), save the date for the SAFW Autumn/Winter 2020 Collections event from 23-26 October 2019. And keep an eye on the SAFW website at for other exciting occasions.


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Social Media: Your Objective, their Trust and a Mosh Pit Mike Saunders, CEO at DigitLab, shares his failsafe strategy for attracting the right kind of attention to bolster your business


rands are chasing every single platform. Wanting to be everywhere; making sure that each platform has their voice, their content and their flavour. Organisations are chasing down the next app, the next network and the next digital trend. Now, I’m all about being innovative and cutting-edge, but being everywhere doesn’t necessarily make you innovative. It just makes you everywhere. And being everywhere can be a very expensive and resource-intensive challenge. Let’s break this down: 20% of your marketing is, most likely, contributing to 80% of your returns. Tracking and measuring all your initiatives will help you find the that counts. Then, you invest heavily in what matters – building an incredibly strong brand that is valued by its customers. n essence, we are talking about finding the touch points that are valuable to customers and choosing to invest there. Finding these touch points is a two-fold

process that in practice becomes more an art than a science.


First, ask yourself how your social media presence contributes to the customer: • Does it make their life more convenient? • Does it add to their personal brand or projected persona? • Is it entertaining? Then, crossmatch that with your social media objective: • Are you driving leads? • Are you building Share of Voice? • Are you trying to educate people about the problem you’re solving? hen you find that crucial intersection where a customer values your social presence and you’re achieving your objective – that’s a true win-win scenario that you can invest in. Once you’ve found your win-win scenario, it’s time to start leveraging social media. In understanding that social media is all about building relationships with our

customers, we soon find ourselves in a position where trust becomes the foundation of our marketing.


ocial media is the first nternet based platform to facilitate a people-to-people connection. This deft stage for communication equips us with a structure to mould a personal presence online – one that can be used to keep a finger on the pulse of our personal relationships, broadcast to our entire network and, importantly, it helps us expand that network. Over time, social media and the Internet have actually begun to replicate many of the human interactions we engage in offline. Advances in social media just make it more and more attractive to build relationships online. Brands are able to go beyond content distribution and towards strengthening connections. In shaping a brand persona online we are able to leverage these social platforms and their


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Being everywhere doesn’t necessarily make you innovative. It just makes you everywhere. And being everywhere can be a very expensive and resource-intensive challenge

technologies to get closer to our customers. At the very least, we can fashion the impression of a good relationship by leveraging social media. At the heart of building relationships lies the currency of relationships: trust. Relationships are built on trust and destroyed when trust is broken. So, our role as a brand on social media is to nurture trust with our audience. The result? A solid relationship, brand love and advocacy. My secret to successfully gaining trust comes in the form of a simple formula, developed by Charles H. Green, which I have tested and applied to a number of consumer brand and B2B environments. Each time, it highlights the gaps in a social media strategy and what we need to focus on to boost trust.

TRUST = CREDIBILITY + RELIABILITY + INTIMACY SELF-ORIENTATION Credibility has to do with the words we speak. We might say, “I can trust what she says about intellectual property; she’s very credible on the subject.”

Reliability is all about actions. “If he says he’ll deliver the product tomorrow, I trust him, because he’s dependable” is a good example. Intimacy talks to the safety or security that we feel when entrusting someone with something. “I can trust her with that information, she’s never violated my confidentiality before, and she would never embarrass me.” Self-orientation refers to the person’s focus. In particular, whether the person’s focus is primarily on themselves, or on the other person. “I can’t trust him on this deal – I don’t think he cares enough about me, he’s focused on what he gets out of it.” Or more commonly, “I don’t trust him – I think he’s too concerned about how he’s appearing, so he’s not really paying attention.” Applying this formula is a cinch: score your brand, or ask your customers to, on a scale of 1-10 on each of the four variables, then calculate your score. Use the numbers to identify areas that need attention and develop tactics to up your score.


Social media is not a marketing channel, rather it’s a mosh pit of conversations that surround our marketing channels. If it were a channel, we would be able to control its distribution and conversation better. The truth is that social media is the mesh (or mess) between our channels; it affects and feels the effect of everything our brand does. In order to adapt to the mosh pit, there are a few strategies we can action in our social media teams.

Break down silos Bring your social teams into the conversation about brand positioning and campaigns much earlier. Push them to get involved in the bigger strategic picture, not simply the execution of ideas. Encourage them to see the big picture and how their work in the ‘mosh pit’ is bringing everything together. Leverage data Leverage social data to better understand the customer online. Demographic and psychographic information can speak into your key insights that drive brand decisions. In addition, allow your social media management team to leverage data in real time. Use data to get a feel for how the mosh pit is moving, and then allow them some autonomy to ‘move with the pit’ and build better relationships and brand love with customers. Make sure social is everywhere Social is the mesh holding all the channels together, so make sure that you have backup. Whether it’s TV, radio, events, print or billboards, social media presents an opportunity to further leverage your media and activation spend by extending conversations online. Planned carefully, these social conversations can then be used for maximum advantage in business objectives like lead generation or brand awareness. To fully bring social media into play, pin down objectives that invigorate your business, build trust with your customers, and embrace the social mosh pit. For more info visit


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Putting the Heart back into Hotels Two new BON Hotels are set to take over the hospitality industry in Rundu and Walvis Bay, making it a grand total of three BON Hotels in Namibia


hrough an alliance with the Theart family in Namibia, wellknown in business circles and with a great deal of experience in the hospitality industry, BON Hotels will now expand its footprint across the country. With its entry into the Namibian market firmly entrenched through its presence in the country since 2014 via its wholly-owned hotel in Swakopmund, BON Hotels has built up a reputation for excellence in the industry, bringing with it the skills and networks needed to run a hotel operation successfully. According to Pieter van Eck, the Operations Director of BON Hotels, “Growing our Namibian presence is a strategic approach in expanding our African footprint. Entering the fourth year of BON Hotel Swakopmund’s existence, we now have a good understanding of the Namibian market and we have identified the areas offering growth opportunities in Namibia. Adding two Namibian properties to our portfolio allows BON Hotels to increase our offering to our loyal guests, travel partners and BONami loyalty members.” BON Hotels, a South-African based hotel company that manages, owns and leases hotels, lodges and resorts throughout Southern Africa, as well as West and East Africa, views the potential of the Namibian market in an extremely positive light. Says Guy Stehlik, CEO of BON Hotels, “Namibia has experienced significant growth in its tourist numbers in recent times. In fact, statistics provided by Trading Economics

reflect an increase from about 80 000 tourists in 2006 to over 1.4 million a decade later. The country is attracting many new visitors from Europe, as well as South African travellers. With the tough economic times in South Africa currently, some South Africans are opting to travel closer to home, rather than to go overseas, and a road trip through Namibia is a popular choice for a family break.” Launching on 1 July 2019, the BON Hotel Ngandu Rundu is situated in the north-east of the country. With a strong focus on environmental issues, its location overlooking the Kavango River’s southern wetlands and riverine forest makes the property ideal for travellers seeking a unique break in the best of Africa’s natural surroundings. The building was originally constructed on the ruins of an old military base used during the War of Independence. That history is, however, long past and the property is today characterised by its wealth of natural flora and fauna, including a large collection of indigenous Aloe species. The BON Hotel Ngandu Rundu caters for a range of travellers, offering hotel bedrooms, family units, as well as campsites. “These facilities allow us to provide for all types of guests, including backpackers and campers, who are not usually attracted to hotels,” explains Van Eck. Leisure tourists – individual travellers, large tour groups, conference delegates – are attracted to the area by the opportunities for game-viewing and spectacular cruises down the Kunene River.

The hotel also offers facilities for local businesses, such as four conference halls and a restaurant. The hotel was successfully founded in the 1990s and run until now by Oswald and Corry Theart, who are also the owners of the Ngandu at Sea in Walvis Bay. The Walvis Bay property, popular among corporate travellers, in particular those involved in the fishing industry, will also be managed by BON Hotels as of 1 July, and will shortly undergo extensive refurbishment. It, too, is ideal for travellers looking to enjoy nature: with proximity to the lagoon, guests will be thrilled by the presence nearby of bird life, dolphins and seals in their pristine natural location, and will be able to experience Atlantic fishing excursions and enjoy traditional West Coast cuisine. “These hotels are our pride and joy,” comments Mr Theart, “but the time is ripe for us to bring in a trusted partner to help run these two properties. We chose BON Hotels based on their credibility in the hospitality industry and having seen the job they have done with their property in Swakopmund. We are excited about the opportunity to work with them.” BON Hotels looks forward to a great deal more success in the Namibian hospitality market, and is proud of its new association with the Theart family. For more info contact : BON Hotels Head Office on +27 21 912 1300 or 0861 266 222 (SA Only) and on


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Welcome to Klipdraai Caravan Park – a jewel in the heart of Gauteng, situated on the banks of the Klip River in Meyerton. Only an hour’s drive from OR Tambo International Airport and 90 minutes from Pretoria, with quick and easy access to highways.

This caravan park offers beautiful green camping sites, lovely and enough shading, and is close to Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark. The park focuses on family, and our variety of activities, recreational facilities and entertainment will keep everyone in the family busy, while also giving everyone the opportunity to relax and experience our sincere hospitality. Security is a priority at the park, with electric fencing and a 24 hour access control point. We also cater for day visitors, who are welcome to pack a picnic basket and relax under the shady trees. Klipdraai Caravan Park is the ideal place: • To slip away from busy city life • For a quick weekend getaway • To be for a well-deserved, fantastic family holiday Upon your arrival you will immediately feel at home with our variety of wildlife that greets you and colours our tranquil atmosphere.

Camping The caravan park has 350 caravan sites with beautiful green grass and lots of trees. Stands are not marked out and allocated, so you have freedom of choice where to camp. Each site has a 220 volt / 30 amp electric power point and water taps are nearby. The modern and clean ablution facilities make the visit a convenient experience. There are 10 ablution facilities with showers, baths, toilets, paraplegic toilets, wash basins and power points for razors and hairdryers and 4 wash areas.

Facilities and activities • Warm water pool • Cold water pool • Kiddies cold water pool • Jacuzzis • Volleyball and Jukskei, outside chess, pool tables, darts • 9-hole adventure mini golf • Trampolines and Kiddies playground • Miniature horses • Wildlife camp • Fishing • Convenience store

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