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Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has written five books – The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference; Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking; Outliers: The Story of Success; What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures; and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. All five books made it onto The New York Times Best Seller list. He is a noted speaker and was named one of Time‘s 100 most influential people in 2005.
Best-selling author | Journalist | Speaker
Bruce Whitfield there are some people who say that Bruce Whitfield is pretty good at what he does. They’ve…
Bruce Whitfield there are some people who say that Bruce Whitfield is pretty good at what he does. They’ve even given him awards in recognition of his contribution to financial journalism on radio, print and television. Bruce has been named Sanlam Financial journalist of the Year twice. He has been crowned Citadel Words on Money Overall Winner for personal finance writing, Citi South Africa Financial Journalist of the Year in 2009 and he completed a course at New York’s framed Columbia Journalism School as part of that programme. He has won numerous other accolades for print, radio and television in the Sanlam and Citadel awards over the past decade and has also been crowned ‘Best Financial Broadcaster’ in the MTN Radio Awards three years running. Bruce was also named ‘Best Money Writer’ in the 2012 Telkom Classic Business Journalist of the Year awards. He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University when typewriters were still in use, the internet was in its infancy, cell phones were foreign concept and Google was a pipe-dream. He’s been practicing as a journalist for nearly two decades. One day, he hopes to turn it into a career. Bruce presents the multi-award winning Money Show on 702 and Cape Talk, hosts a brand new show on CNBC Africa and he writes for Finweek. He is a sought-after public speaker, MC and conference facilitator. Keynote Talks: <strong>Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers</strong> “Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers is a brand new talk about South Africa and why it is a great place for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset. It incorporates individual case studies gleaned from financial journalist Bruce Whitfield’s two-decades of award-winning reporting on the political economy in one of the most complex societies on earth. Why has South Africa spawned so many globally competitive corporations? What do we learn from those that have thrived in the chaos of South Africa and how does that shape our future? Rebels, Renegades and Problem Solvers analyses why some not only survive but succeed despite considerable volatility and uncertainty. Bruce brings to life inspiring stories from some of SA’s most dynamic and diverse entrepreneurs. It creates a sober, yet uplifting perspective on the challenges facing SA right now and how some of it’s smartest citizens are navigating the complexity of the current business environment.” <strong>The Upside of Down</strong> The Upside of Down is a 45 minute talk that takes audiences on a roller coaster ride through 50 years of South African history to provide some context to today’s troubles. Nenegeddon was not the end. What felt cataclysmic at the time of Nhlanhla Nene’s firing in December 2015 is actually proving to be a catalyst for change – a slow and painful catalyst – but a catalyst nevertheless. South African’s have prospered despite the noise and the chaos over more than five decades. While many feel down in the dumps, we can survived considerably worse. All you have to do to verify that claim is ready history books. My talk saves you the trouble.
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A Fellow of the Royal Geographical, Sarah Begum is an Immersive Investigative Journalist, Anthropologist-Explorer and Public Speaker. Sarah has been exploring the world, studying tribes and different ways of life whilst investigating current affairs and making a humanitarian effort to help people along the way through her work. In 2010, Sarah travelled deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, where she lived with the Huaorani tribe and immersed in their way of life, hunting with warriors, gathering with women whilst investigating into the impacts of oil exploitation on their land. On this expedition, Sarah was made Queen and married to a warrior to create an alliance and send their message about protecting their land through her film. Sarah became the youngest person to make a first film in the Amazon jungle at the age of 21 with a premiere of “Amazon Souls” held at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The film has been endorsed by rainforest charities Sky Rainforest Rescue, Rainforest Alliance, celebrity Adventurer Bear Grylls and has released on various platforms worldwide. Sarah’s achievements include winning the “Spirit of Adventure Award” from the Captain Scott Society 2014 for her next big expedition, “Life In The Darien Gap”, shortlisted by the SES (Scientific Exploration Society) Explorer of the year Award 2014, Finalist of the National Geographic Explorer Award, Finalist of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Award 2014, highly commended by The Adventure Fund in association with Sidetracked magazine. Sarah’s photography aired on the Discovery Channel of a photo she took with a woman from the Berber tribe who adopted her in the Atlas Mountains. Sarah has investigated into the mafia system in rural Sicily and how it has changed since the anti-mafia movement. She has stepped into the underworld of Poland’s most dangerous football hooligan gangs to understand what divides them. Undercover filming in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, Sarah Begum gained an insight into the professional and personal life of a prostitute from an exclusive interview. Exploring the USA, Sarah captured stories from the Native Americans about how alcohol, gambling and unemployment created a lost nation in the modern world and is set to release a book about her epic journey. In Bangladesh, Sarah witnessed spiritual possessions, exorcisms, forced marriages and challenged gender barriers setting standards for the new generation of Bengali women. Sarah has survived in some of the most dangerous cities in the world. In Caracas, Venezuela, Sarah worked as a Broadcast Journalist, presenting international current affairs for an English TV channel whilst surviving the city. Sarah Begum returned to the murder capital of the world to film undercover in Latin America’s largest and most dangerous slums and to investigate how social, economic and political issues have impacted life in Caracas. Sarah released her report, “Surviving Caracas” just before the elections in Venezuela in December 2015. In February 2014, Sarah collaborated with a World Award Winning body painter and came up with the idea to create, “Adventurion 3D-360 , confirmed by the Guinness World Records as the first ever adventure themed 3D UV chromadepth bodypaint to be captured on both linear and 360 camera lens, representing the past, present and future of exploration, filmed at Pinewood Studios. This concept combines adventure, art, science, space and new film technology. Through her partnership with Rainforest Concern, Sarah implemented a strategy to raise awareness of her tribe in the Amazon. Book Sarah through Conference Speakers International Sarah trains in martial arts and is an activist for environmental, human and women’s rights, fighting to shine light upon issues internationally. Her humanitarian work includes delivering workshops on entrepreneurship to students in colleges and universities across Ethiopia to create sustainable businesses thus boosting the economy. When Typhoon Haiyan took the Philippines by storm in 2013, Sarah made a documentary about the survivors whilst rescuing the village of Lanao with aid. It was aired on Sky and raised enough money to rebuild the entire village. She helped transform a wine plantation to an eco farm in rural Sicily whilst dodging an active volcano and surviving an earthquake. Sarah spent time in an orphanage in Venezuela, helping young children gain confidence through a workshop she delivered on performance focused on their futures. Sarah visited the refugee camps in the Calais jungle and taught the refugees how to use their existing skills and the entrepreneur schemes available to them to start their own businesses whilst they were waiting for citizenship. In Ghana, Sarah Begum has reported stories that have made a difference in the lives of her subject from a mother and her twins seeking refuge at an orphanage from ritual sacrifice in Nigeria to a woman suffering from tuberculosis of the spine with her only child who is blind. These stories went viral, attracting the international eyes to help their cause. She continues to work on various projects that attract her attention in helping those in need. Sarah was featured in The Guardian as part of the San Miguel Rich List 2016 for enriching explorers and named “world’s top 17 trailblazer” with an exhibition of her photos at Somerset House. She was published in Marie Claire in 2017 to share her life and work to date and returned from Ghana in 2017, where she was working as a Broadcast Journalist/TV Presenter for GHOne TV producing and presenting special features for the news, live reports and TV documentaries on stories ranging from social issues, adventures, the environment and undercover assignments. The stories ranged from investigating living conditions, chasing crime and exploring brothels in the most dangerous slums of Ghana, “Sodom and Gomorrah”, being appointed the first to fly at the Kwahu Paragliding Festival 2017 to fishing and farming in undocumented rural villages capturing their expectations of the new government. Sarah won an award at BAFTA when she directed the short film, “Who Would Have Thought…” for Nespresso Talents 2018, coming second place in the final three out of the 400 from around the UK and Ireland. Sarah’s journalism took a new turn when she interviewed world renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall for BBC Focus magazine. She now writes for various publications about her own experiences around the world and other topics of interest ranging from adventure, travel, history, geography, anthropology, the environment and conservation. Sarah Begum partnered with Russ Malkin from Big Earth to set up ‘The Adventuress Club’ – a platform to connect, share, empower and encourage women in the world of adventure. She has delivered a TEDx talk on the environment in Ghana, The Rotary Club in the UK, to oil directors from major oil companies around the world in Spain and she was a panelist at the Belfast Media Festival 2016 framed as ‘The Future Storyteller’. An advocate for women’s rights, Sarah has spoken on International Women’s Day several times to promote the unconventional woman who is breaking traditional barriers in order to become a role model for future generations seeking the alternative path. As a public speaker, Sarah aims to inspire people to live their dreams no matter how impossible it may seem whilst teaching them about the world through her adventures touching on anthropology, exploration, film, environment, human rights, women’s rights and other global topics rooted in her work.
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Max du Preez
Max du Preez is a veteran journalist and television personality with a strong reputation for his independent…
Max du Preez is a veteran journalist and television personality with a strong reputation for his independent thinking, understanding of the political and social dynamics of South Africa and abilities to communicate complex issues simply and clearly. He was born in the Free State in 1951 and educated at Stellenbosch University. His career in journalism includes serving as the political correspondent of the Financial Mail, Sunday Times and Business Day. In 1988 he was the founder and editor of the first anti-apartheid Afrikaans newspaper Vrye Weekblad which became famous for its fearless reporting and exposés of the apartheid government’s death squads. He joined the SABC in 1994 and pioneered and presented such programmes as the Special Report on the Truth Commission and Special Assignment. He was dismissed by the SABC in 1999 “for disrespecting SABC management”, a charge he could not deny. Max now works as a syndicated columnist, a documentary film maker, a political analyst and popular public speaker. He has written nine highly acclaimed books on South African history and politics. The updated and revised edition of his memoir, Pale Native – Memories of a Renegade Reporter, as well as its Afrikaans equivalent, Dwars – Mymeringe van ‘n Gebleikte Afrikaan, have just been published. Among his other published books are Of Warriors, Lovers and Prophets, Of Tricksters, Tyrants and Turncoats, Oranje Blanje Blues, Essence of a Land, The World According to Julius Malema (with Mandy Rossouw) and Oor Krygers, Korrelkoppe en Konkelaars. He has just been commissioned by Penguin Books (UK) to write The Rough Guide to Nelson Mandela He is a Fellow in Applied Leadership Values at the University of Fort Hare and an honorary research associate at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. Among his many awards are the Pringle Award from the South African Society of Journalists, the Louis M Lyons Award from the Nieman Fellows at Harvard University, the Excellence in Journalism Award from the Southern African Foreign Correspondents Association and an honorary degree from the University of Cape Town. Max du Preez was the 2006 Yale Globalist International Journalist of the Year and the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Nat Nakasa Award for integrity and courage in journalism from the SA National Editors Forum.
Aubrey Matshiqi is a Financial Mail rated political analyst. He was a Senior Research Associate at the…
Aubrey Matshiqi is a Financial Mail rated political analyst. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Policy studies (CPS) in Johannesburg until March 2011, and was a research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation until December 2016. In 2010, he was invited to take up a research fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (Stias). At CPS he specialised in South African Politics with a special focus on the ANC and the Alliance, the re-alignment of opposition politics, electoral system reform and the state of democracy in South Africa. At Stias he did research on historical memory and politics in post-apartheid South Africa. In May 2014, Matshiqi was invited to speak at a symposium held in honour of Nelson Mandela at the Uppsala university in Sweden, and in October 2016 he was invited to speak in London at an investment conference on South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria. Aubrey Matshiqi – Political Commentator is a former Mathematics, Science and English teacher, strategist at the Premier’s Office in Gauteng, as well as, spokesperson for the MEC for education in Gauteng. He holds a degree in History and English Literature. He is also a former member of the United Democratic Front, African National Congress, Umkhonto we Sizwe (the military wing of the ANC) and the South African Communist Party. He writes a monthly column for Engineering News and polity.org. He also writes regularly for other publications in and outside South Africa. He has written book chapters, policy briefs and research papers on the following topics: The one party state in Africa and lessons for South Africa. The re-alignment of opposition politics in South Africa. The implications of the Jacob Zuma corruption trial for the South African criminal justice system. The performance of the public service. Development at local level. South Africa’s foreign policy and the United Nations Security Council. BRICS. Aubrey Matshiqi has also given lectures at the National Defence Collge on South Africa, the UN Security Council and the International Balance of Forces. He has also guest-lectured to the MBA class at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) on The Political Environment of Business. His services as a political analyst are used by academic institutions, research institutions, foreign embassies, ratings agencies, political parties and private companies such as: <ul> <li>Morgan Stanley</li> <li>Barclays Capital</li> <li>Merrill Lynch</li> <li>Anglo American</li> <li>Lonmin</li> <li>Anglo Platinum</li> <li>Sun International</li> <li>Price WaterHouse Coopers</li> <li>KPMG</li> <li>Vantage Capital</li> <li>Goldman Sachs</li> <li>First Rand</li> <li>FNB</li> <li>Nedgroup Investments</li> <li>Nedbank</li> <li>Kagiso Securities</li> <li>Thebe Securities</li> <li>JP Morgan</li> <li>Rand Merchant Bank</li> <li>Stanlib</li> <li>Bureau for Economic Research (Stellenbosch)</li> <li>Engen</li> <li>PPC Cement</li> <li>TSB Sugar Holdings</li> <li>ABSA</li> <li>Macquarie</li> <li>The Gordon Institute of Business Science</li> <li>The National Defence College</li> <li>EDCON</li> <li>Standard Bank</li> <li>Hollard</li> <li>Momentum</li> <li>Microsoft</li> <li>Allan Gray</li> <li>Woolworths</li> <li>Pick n’ Pay</li> </ul> Aubrey Matshiqi is currently writing two books one on the ANC and the state of the nation, and a second on his spiritual journey and becoming a sangoma/healer. In November 2012 Matshiqi’s e-book, The Zuma Moment and the Road to Mangaung, was published and is available on amazon.com and on Kindle books.
Stephen Grootes is an Award-winning journalist and political commentator, is the host of the Afternoon Drive…
Stephen Grootes is an Award-winning journalist and political commentator, is the host of the Afternoon Drive show and former host of the Midday Report. He is also a senior political journalist for Daily Maverick. Stephen Grootes is also a regular contributor to Daily Maverick, is very active on Twitter and has published a book, S.A. Politics Unspun which offers a roadmap to guide the reader through South Africa’s complex political landscape. Stephen has an insider’s understanding of South Africa’s political environment and has built personal relationships with all the major role players. The thorn in the side of many politicians, Stephen nonetheless manages to get answers to the big questions. His insights into our current political environment are fascinating as is his ability to offer a glimpse into where he believes South Africa is heading. Stephen Grootes has also appeared on TV, including Justice Factor. Stephen Grootes took over the Midday Report in September 2012 and the Afternoon Drive show in January 2018. Generally speaking, in the metaphorically challenged battle between the buffalo and the tsunami, the tsunami can run out of options pretty quickly. Over time, the buffalo will emerge, perhaps sodden, but victorious. And so it is inevitably happening that political power is ebbing away from South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, and the tides are moving dramatically towards Deputy President and new ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa. However, Ramaphosa’s speech on Saturday was about much more than power in the ANC; it was a dramatic claim to national political power, to place him as the national leader to look to, and to put the ANC properly and firmly back in charge of the country.
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