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Politician and Nobel Peace Prize
José Manuel Ramos-Horta GCL AC is the United Nations’ special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). He was the President of East Timor from 2007 to 2012, the second since independence from Indonesia, and is a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize. He began his career in journalism in 1969 in Timor-Leste and was a co-founder of FRETILIN, the Revolutionary Front for the Independence of Timor-Leste.
Politician and Nobel Peace Prize
Veteran journalist Karima Brown is a seasoned journalist, editor and most recently Chief Content Officer at…
Veteran journalist Karima Brown is a seasoned journalist, editor and most recently Chief Content Officer at Independent Media. She strives to use her profession and the media as an instrument for change. For Karima, it’s about telling stories of the people and giving them a voice. “It’s about bringing about change and informing people.” Karima, through her contacts is able to interview the big names and unpack and explore the latest issues making headlines. Listeners love to be informed about South African politics, and 702 has heeded that call. As the December ANC elective conference and 2019 elections draw closer, 702 offers a hard-hitting show with heavyweight political analyst and commentator, Karima Brown. The show will bring the big names and news makers into the discussion, as Karima helps audiences to make sense of the issues of the day. Karima Brown has been hosting a weekly politics wrap on the station on Sunday nights since the beginning of the year and is also eNCA’s resident analyst. She is a highly regarded journalist with a lengthy list of credentials including Political Editor at Business Day; Group Executive Editor at the Independent Group; she launched Forbes Women Africa magazine, and has hosted Political Exchange and Beyond Markets on CNBC Africa.
Politics, the Economy & Strategic Forecasting
Daniel Silke is recognized as one of South Africa’s leading political economy analysts, futurists and most passionate keynote speakers. His success lies in blending both economic and political trends in highly accessible yet insightful presentations. As Director of the Political Futures Consultancy based in Cape Town, Silke serves a host of major global blue-chip companies with outstanding keynotes and workshops aimed at the convention, conference and events industries. He has over 15 years’ experience in delivering flagship presentations on Global, African and South African political and economic trends. Silke holds a Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town in South African and International Politics and was attached to the university's Institute for the Study of Public Policy where he tutored within the broader Department of Political Studies. Silke then served in public office as a Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament and City Councillor in the City of Cape Town holding positions of whip for his party as well as portfolio committee chair for economic development. Since launching his consultancy, Silke has become a familiar name on the corporate speaking circuit and in the media - both within his native South Africa and overseas. Silke speaks globally having addressed major conferences in Singapore, London, Dubai, Amsterdam and Istanbul. He lectures regularly to university audiences in the United States with contracts recently at the Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh PA and Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida. He is also a global political trend/risk consultant for GLG based in New York City and is on Duke Corporate Education panel of speakers. Silke has spoken at the prestigious World Affairs Council in Washington DC on African issues. He has appeared on Newsmax TV, Sky Australia, the BBC, Australian Broadcasting Company, France 24 and TRT Turkey. He also appears on and contributes to CNBC Africa, ENCA, SABC, Bloomberg, Reuters, AFP, Deutsche Welle, Cape Talk 567, 702 and Business Day TV. He also advises major foreign missions in South Africa. Silke is the author of the book Tracking the Future: Top trends that will shape South Africa and the World and writes columns for Fin24/News24 and The Sunday Times.
Politics, the Economy & Strategic Forecasting
Prof Jonathan Jansen
Leadership | Education
Stellenbosch, Cape Town
Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a curriculum theorist, and his research is concerned with the politics of knowledge. His 2019/2020 books (co-authored, co-edited) include South African Schooling: The enigma of inequality, Fault lines: a primer on race, science and society, Who gets in and why: the politics of admission in South Africa’s elite schools, Learning under lockdown: voices of South Africa’s children, and Learning Lessons. His current research includes a national study on the impact of the pandemic on the academic work of women scholars. He holds a PhD (Stanford) and five honorary degrees in education. “Where on and off the stage no one racial or ethnic or religious group dominated the event. “For a moment, just a moment, it felt good to hope again…” Outspoken ex-Vice Chancellor of the University of the Orange Free State, Professor Jonathan Jansen is a well-known figure on the South African education, current affairs and political landscapes. He obtained his BSc from UWC in the mid-1970s. An internationally renowned expert in education, in 2009 he was the first black Rector and Vice-Chancellor appointed in UFS’s history. Prof Jonathan Jansen is known for his strong views on transformation, peaceful reconciliation and unity, which he pursued in earnest at UFS. Despite setbacks like the notorious Reitz Four video incident, under Jansen’s leadership, this former bastion of conservative Afrikaner learning became a model of integration in South Africa. Prof Jansen achieved his undergraduate education at the University of the Western Cape (BSc), his teaching credentials at UNISA (HED, BEd) and his postgraduate education in the USA (MS, Cornell; PhD, Stanford). Prof Jansen was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University (2007-2008). In recognition of his contribution to education Prof Jansen has received honorary doctorates in education from the United Kingdom and the USA, including one from the University of Edinburgh.Prof Jansen has published several books, is a columnist in leading newspapers in the country.
Leadership | Education
Professor Piet Naude
Professor Piet Naude regularly speaks at business and civil society conferences and has done consulting work…
Professor Piet Naude regularly speaks at business and civil society conferences and has done consulting work for national and international listed companies on issues of ethics and governance. He holds an MA in Philosophy (cum laude) and a Doctoral degree in Theology from the University of Stellenbosch. He is a Professor of Ethics and former Vice-Rector: Academic at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. On 1 September 2014, Professor Naude was appointed as Director of the Stellenbosch University Business School (USB). Professor Naude is a rated scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa and has published over 90 articles in accredited journals and presented more than 100 papers at national and international conferences. His monograph on the Belhar confession was awarded the Andrew Murray- Desmond Tutu prize for theological-academic literature in 2011. He is the past president of the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa) and also the African representative on the executive committee of ISBEE, the International Society for Business, Ethics and Economics. Professor Piet Naude has been writing a weekly column for The Eastern Province Herald for the last nine years. In 2011 he won the national Vodacom Journalist of the Year competition for his work as a columnist. Times Media published a collection of these columns entitled, Reading between the (head) lines, in October 2014.
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.
Mandla Isaacs is a public speaker, and facilitator. He is Managing Director of Zehuti Advisory, a…
Mandla Isaacs is a public speaker, and facilitator. He is Managing Director of Zehuti Advisory, a communications and strategy firm. His main areas of expertise and interest are: political economy, business strategy/trends, South African and African development, international relations, public policy/administration and politics. His career has spanned management consulting, including with McKinsey – where he advised companies and governments across Africa on strategy and change management – as well as public service, where he was head of research and speechwriting for the Minister of Home Affairs and Finance. In four years in government, Mandla wrote speeches for Parliament, investors, foreign diplomats and communities, among other stakeholders. He also wrote two budget speeches – the October 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement Speech, and the February 2018 Budget Speech – which are two of the most closely followed communications on the national calendar. He regularly provides analysis on South Africa-focused political economy, international relations and development issues in online columns, on radio and TV. He is a former champion debater and coach in British Parliamentary-style university debating. Mandla Isaacs was educated in the United States (BA Political Science, Howard University) and South Africa (MA International Relations).
Zapiro was born in Cape Town in the 1950’s, Johnathan Shapiro couldn’t quite make up his mind as to what he wanted to do – career wise. He would never have imagined a career in cartooning. A political satirist from whom no politician is safe – not even the President, Zapiro has had no shortage of conflict in his career. As a teenager, Jonathan Shapiro, as he was known, was conscripted into the South African Defence Force. Whilst in the army, he refused to bear arms and in 1983, he became active in the newly formed United Democratic Front. His arrest under the Illegal Gatherings Act caused some consternation in the SADF. Frequently monitored by military intelligence, whilst also participating in the End Conscription Campaign, he designed its logo. His work as a cartoonist began in earnest with a wide range of political and progressive organisations. When the newspaper South started in 1987, Zapiro became its editorial cartoonist. He was detained by security police in 1988, shortly before leaving on a Fulbright Scholarship to study media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. This turned out to be an eye opening experience where he studied under comics’ masters, Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. Zapiro returned to South Africa in 1991 and with Story Circle, he produced educational comics including ‘Roxy’ (AIDS education), ‘Tomorrow People’ (democracy education) and ‘A Trolley Full of Rights’ (a child abuse prevention comic, later used by UNICEF elsewhere in Africa.) He has been the editorial cartoonist for the Mail & Guardian since 1994, the Sunday Times since 1998 and The Times since May 2009. Before that, Zapiro was previously a cartoonist for the Sowetan (1994 – 2005), the Cape Argus (1996-1997), Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury, Pretoria News (2005-2008). In addition, Zapiro has held solo cartoon exhibitions in New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dhaka, Sweden and many in South Africa. Also, he has exhibited his work in numerous group shows, both locally and internationally. Follow Speakers Inc on Twitter He attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2003 – 2006) as one of a group of invited cartoonists. He has been an invited participant and speaker in cartoon events in Cameroon, Botswana, Namibia, Australia, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA. Locally, he has been a presenter as well as run workshops for a wide variety of organisations and educational institutions. He has published eighteen cartoon collections: The Madiba Years (1996) The Hole Truth (1997) End Of Part One (1998) Call Mr Delivery (1999) The Devil Made Me Do It! (2000) The ANC Went in 4X4 (2001) Bushwhacked (2002) Dr Do-Little and the African Potato (2003) Long Walk to Free Time (2004) Is There a Spin Doctor In the House? (2005) Da Zuma code (2006) Take Two Veg and Call Me In the Morning (2007) Pirates of Polokwane (2008) Don’t Mess With the President’s Head (2009) Do You Know Who I Am?! (2010) The Last Sushi (2011) But Will It Stand Up in Court (2012) My Big Fat Gupta Wedding (2013) Also published large-format hardcover: The Mandela Files (2008) Also published a sports cartoon collection: VuvuzelaNation (2013) Also published a 20-year special cartoon collection: Democrazy (2014)
Dr Roelof Botha
Dr Roelof Botha has been an economic advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past 17 years and is an experienced presenter & sought after consultant. In 2005, he received the Sake-24/ABSA award for Economist of the Year, based on the accuracy of forecasts of key economic indicators. He is a regular commentator on topical macroeconomic issues (in the national and regional media) and has authored more than 100 articles, books and research. Dr Roelof Botha’s broad experience includes management accountant of a listed industrial company, financial editor of a daily newspaper, economic policy advisor in the Department of Finance, senior economics lecturer at the University of Pretoria & University of Johannesburg, chief economist of the South African Federated Chamber of Industries, and visiting lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) & Tshwane University of Technology. As a previous winner of the Finmedia Economist of the Year Award and with more than 40 years of experience, Dr Roelof Botha is exceptionally well-qualified to advise executives and managers on prospects for the South African economy, including the following: • No recession exists yet (year-on-year basis) • Welcome return of the primary sectors • Global economy gaining some momentum • Rand exchange rate remains undervalued • Interest rates may still come down • South Africa’s competitiveness advantages • Reasons for a swift recovery to investment grade for all of South Africa’s bonds His past experience as an economic policy advisor at National Treasury and regular discussions with political analysts (including his father, who served in the late Nelson Mandela’s first Cabinet) also allow him to provide sensible reflections on the policy environment, in general, and the likely implications of the imminent leadership change in Government, in particular. For a provocative keynote that provides a balanced and authoritative perspective on South Africa’s economic and political outlook, mingled with some optimism, Dr Roelof Botha is your speaker of choice. His father (also Roelof) was the 2nd longest-serving Minister of Foreign Affairs in the world & also served in the late Nelson Mandela’s first democratic cabinet. His eldest son (another Roelof) is a partner at Sequoia Venture Capital in Silicon Valley, where he co-founded PayPal & engineered the YouTube/Google acquisition. Roelof obtained Honours and Master’s degrees in economics (cum laude) at the University of Pretoria, whilst the Doctorate was completed at the University of Johannesburg. He has followed a diversified career in management accounting; financial journalism; lecturing; consulting; and economic research. <strong>Topics </strong> The state of the nation An informed keynote address by Dr Roelof Botha In the midst of unprecedented exchange rate volatility during 2016, the South African currency slowly but surely started to shed its undervalued status. In the process, the rand has been one of the best-performing currencies in the world over the past 12 months, strengthening by 21% against the US dollar. This outcome was accurately predicted by Dr Roelof Botha (part-time economic advisor to PwC) in January last year. His current research indicates a number of reasons to believe that the rand will experience a relatively stable 2017, SA bonds will retain their investment grade status and that economic growth may surprise on the upside. <strong>The global economy</strong> <ul> <li>Global economy gaining some momentum</li> <li>China facing structurally lower growth</li> <li>The dawning of a new World order- multiple superpowers</li> <li>International credit ratings agencies losing face</li> </ul> <strong>Socio-political overview – South Africa</strong> <ul> <li>Labour unrest – a serious threat, but potential solutions exist</li> <li>The nature of social unrest – a macro or micro-level problem?</li> <li>Unpacking the NDP- which objectives will receive priority?</li> <li>A time-line for the end of the tripartite alliance</li> </ul> <strong>Prospects for the regional & South African economy</strong> <ul> <li>GDP growth forecasts for SADC</li> <li>Relatively low interest rate environment set to continue</li> <li>Relatively stable exchange rate expected over the medium term</li> <li>Trends in household consumption expenditure</li> <li>Capital formation trends</li> <li>Gradual return of the “wealth effect”</li> <li>Constraints to and drivers of economic growth in 2015</li> </ul> <strong>Industry-specific</strong> <ul> <li>The diminishing role of the mining sector</li> <li>Threats facing agriculture & food security</li> <li>Commodity cycle downturn enters 5th year – time for an upswing?</li> <li>Energy – structural shifts in supply & the demand response</li> <li>The portfolio investment industry – lucrative & growing</li> </ul>
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