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The Nation Brand Forum (NBF), first
launched in 2016, is Brand SA’s flagship
programme to drive active participation
of the country’s key stakeholders to
achieve a coherent and compelling
Nation Brand image, reputation and
competitiveness for South Africa.

28 September 2021
09h00 -16h00
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In the 27th year of its democracy,  South Africa has also been impacted by the global Covid-19 pandemic on  the economy and society. This has created an urgent need to reignite a united domestic spirit and international goodwill that will work towards revitalising the economy and realize the goals of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, which was first presented by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October 2020, to create jobs, re-industrialise the economy, accelerate economic reforms, and to fight crime and corruption.

To this end, the Minister in the Presidency, Honourable Mondli Gungubele, and the Chairperson of Brand South Africa’s Board, Ms. Thandi Tobias, invite you to join us on 28 September 2021 at the 5th Annual Nation Brand  Forum, to reflect on the challenges and chart a way forward to develop  a plan of action to rebuild and reposition South Africa.

The 2021 Nation Brand Forum will focus on bringing together diverse stakeholders from government, organised business, and civil society, to constructively reflect on the current issues, discuss interventions that will contribute towards “rebuilding the South African Economy” and build confidence in the country and its recovery plans.

The 2021 Nation Brand Forum is structured along three pillars:

  • On the state of the nation, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and socio-economic challenges including allegations of corruption, high unemployment, load shedding, racial tensions, attacks on foreign nationals and the recent  civil unrest.
  • South Africa through collaboration between the private and public sectors, civil society and citizens, by leveraging on our historical character that enables us to rise above adversity and realize the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.
  • South Africa and the world we can deliver on our promises.


28 September 2021
09h00 -16h00
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07h30 – 08h30Arrival & RegistrationALL
08h45 – 08h50WelcomeMC: Ms. Nzinga Qunta
08h50 – 08h55Opening – Praise SingerDr. Bishop Jessica Mbangeni
08h55 – 09h05Setting the SceneMs. Thandi Tobias-Pokolo, Chairperson of Brand South Africa
09h05 – 09h15Opening – Keynote AddressDeputy Minister Pinky Kekane, Deputy Minister in the Presidency
09h15 – 10h00Panel:
  1. Mr. Ashwell Jenneker, Deputy Director-General of the Statisticial Operation and Provincial Coordination
  2. Prof. Mcebisi Ndletyana, University of Johannesburg
  3. Ms. Sithembile Ntombela, Acting CEO of Brand South Africa
  4. Ms. Joanne Bate, COO of the IDC
Mr. Milton Nkosi,
ex BBC News Bureau Chief
10h00 – 11h00Business and Investment Panel:
  1. Prof. Bonang Mohale, President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)
  2. Mr. Kganki Matabane, CEO of Black Business Council
  3. Mrs. Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO of Naspers SA
  4. Ms. Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, Executive Chairman at Kalagadi Manganese
Mr. Milton Nkosi,
ex BBC News Bureau Chief
11h00 – 11h30International PerspectiveMr. Simon Anholt, policy advisor and author
Facilitator: Mr. Thebe Ikalafeng, CEO of Brand Africa
11h30 – 12h30Arts, Culture, Sport, Media and Tourism Panel:
  1. Dr. Sipho Sithole, Member of the National Arts Council
  2. Mr. Blacky Komani Deputy CEO of Tourvest
  3. Mr. Madoda Mxakwe, CEO of SABC
  4. Ms. Muditambi Ravele, Founder and CEO of the South Africa Women and Sport Foundation
  5. Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Deputy Minister of Health
  6. Mr. Vusithemba Ndima, Deputy Director-General of Heritage Promotion and Preservation
Ms. Gugu Mfuphi, Kaya FM
12h30 – 13h00LUNCH BREAK
13h00 – 13h30An International PerspectiveFacilitator: Mr. Thebe Ikalafeng, CEO of Brand Africa
Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Special Envoy for the AU
13h30 – 14h30Health Panel
  1. Dr. Ryan Noach, CEO of Discovery Health
  2. Dr. Stravros Nicolaou, Senior Executive at Aspen Pharmacare Group
  3. Ms. Malebone Precious Matsoso, Former Director-General of Health
  4. Ms. Gloria Serobe, Chairman of the Solidarity Fund
Ms. Gugu Mfuphi,
Kaya FM
14h30 – 15h00An International PerspectiveHon. Wamkele Mene, Secretary General at the AfCFTA
Facilitator: Mr. Thebe Ikalafeng, CEO of Brand Africa
15h00 – 15h45Ministerial Panel
  1. Mr. Clayson Monyela, Deputy Director-General of DIRCO
  2. Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Deputy Minister of Health
  3. Mr. Vusithemba Ndima, Deputy Director-General of Heritage Promotion and Preservation
Ms. Leanne Manas,
15h45 – 15h50Wrap up & Closing RemarksMr Lulu Johnson, Brand SA Trustee

Hon. Minister Mondli Gungubele, the Minister in the Presidency

Mr Mondli Gungubele was appointed Minister in The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa from 5 August 2021.

He has extensive experience in the public sector and is a product of the trade union movement. He became actively involved in worker struggles in 1973. Mr Gungubele was a teacher at the Falo Senior Secondary School in Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape from 1980 to 1981. In 1982, he became a member of the National Union of Mineworkers. It was during this time that he sharpened his political and negotiation skills.

In 1989, he was elected Chairperson of the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

[read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] In 1992, he took up the position of Chairperson of the Vosloorus branch of the African National Congress (ANC), and later became the founding Chairperson of the ANC East Rand Region. In the same year, he was elected to the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC in Gauteng.

He became a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) from 1994 to 1997. He served as the Gauteng Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Social Development and Community Services from 1994 to 1997. As Gauteng MEC for Health from 1997 to 1999, Mr Gungubele played a pivotal role in the transformation of the health sector in the province.

Following his appointment as the Gauteng MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in 1999, he worked tirelessly to unite all sporting codes and contributed immensely to the development of grassroots sports in Gauteng. He held this position until 2004, the same year FIFA awarded the 2010 World Cup Soccer showpiece to South Africa.

After the 2004 national and provincial elections, he served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Economic Affairs in the GPL until 2007, where he was responsible for political oversight and ensuring the Gauteng Department of Economic Affairs fulfils its mandate.

In 2009, Mr Gungubele was deployed to Parliament as an ANC Member of Parliament. He was the Whip of the Justice and Constitutional Development Portfolio Committee. He served as the Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni for a full five-year term until 2016, where he improved the municipality’s governance and administrative record to achieve clean audits and other awards on good governance.

In 2016, he was redeployed to Parliament to serve on the portfolio committees on Communications and Public Enterprises respectively.

Mr Gungubele holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law degree and a National Diploma in Nursing, as well as several certificates for various short courses. He has since December 2017 been serving on the National Executive Committee of the ANC.

He served as the Deputy Minister of Finance from February 2018 to May 2019. He was also the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development and Convener of the Social Transformation Cluster Committee since the commencement of the sixth term of Parliament in June 2019.[/read_more]

Sipho Sithole, PhD

Cultural Strategy Consultant

Dr. Sipho Sithole is a cultural strategy consultant and a Research Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study (University of Johannesburg) and holds a PhD in Anthropology from Wits University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, as well as a Political Science and International Relations degree from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Sithole currently serves on the boards of the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC), the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO), and the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), and has previously served on the boards of Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Momentum (a subsidiary of Firstrand Ltd), and Nu Metro Africa.

A founder of Native Rhythms, as well as Afrocentric Agency, Dr. Sithole   is a regular speaker at arts and society conferences around the world and is currently working on two books: on music & society, cultural spaces and the creative economy.  His research interests are marginality and belonging, culture and celebration, migration and integration, post coloniality and re-imagining, as well as culture-led cities and the creative economy.

Simon Anholt

Policy Advisor, Author and Researcher

Simon Anholt is a policy advisor, author and researcher who has provided global leadership and innovation in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. His core expertise includes the design and implementation of approaches that track, analyse and influence perceptions and behaviours at the global
scale, and developing new approaches for tackling 21st-century global challenges.

Anholt has advised the Heads of State and Heads of Government of 60 countries, helping them engage more ethically, imaginatively and strategically with the international community (including for example Bhutan’s groundbreaking [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Gross National Happiness initiative and the widely imitated StartUp Chile
program). His original work on measuring and managing the images of countries has developed into a global industry. This work has been supported since 2005 by the Anholt-Ipsos Nation Brands Index, a
research framework which has accumulated over a billion datapoints.
In 2014, he published the Good Country Index (GCI), a ranking that analyses how much each country on
earth contributes to humanity and the planet. Via a custom-built online interface, users can manipulate
28,000 simultaneous variables. The GCI is one of only three external data sources referenced in the
United Nations’ 75th Anniversary Report in 2021, and features in the Annual Report of the U.S. Advisory
Commission on Public Diplomacy. Further work is being conducted, in partnership with UNDP, to
combine data from the GCI and the Human Development Index.
In 2016, Anholt built the Global Vote, a digital platform that enables anyone anywhere to vote on the
elections of other countries: a celebration and a demonstration of global interconnectedness and
interdependence. Voters from 186 countries have so far participated in 31 elections.
In 2017, he launched a pilot project to create the first digital nation, with a target of 700 million
identified citizens. Using an AI-driven deliberation platform and blockchain-based voting, the project
proved the viability of an entirely self-governing nation.
In 2018, Anholt created the Good Leader Index, a monthly review of the leaders who are currently doing
the best (and worst) job of balancing their domestic and international responsibilities.
In 2019 he announced the Good Generation, a plan for the whole world to agree on a new set of values,
virtues and skills that every country on earth will teach its children, so the next generation is empowered
to run towards the global challenges instead of running away from them. The Good Generation compact
will be crowdsourced via an AI-moderated, natural language online conversation between children,
parents and teachers in 200 countries and territories.
He co-presents, with Prof. Nick Cull at the University of Southern California, the podcast People, Places
and Power. Anholt is the author of six books on ethical geopolitics, Founding Editor Emeritus of the
leading academic journal in the field he created, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, and is a ten-times
TEDx speaker. His first TED talk is the all-time most viewed TED talk in the ‘Government’ category with
over 12 million views, and is ranked by viewers as the fourth “most inspiring” of all TED talks. His new
book, The Good Country Equation, was described by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the former UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights, as “a masterpiece”.
Anholt has a Master’s degree in computational linguistics, anthropology and medieval French and Italian
literature from Oxford University. He read International Studies at the UK’s Royal College of Defence
Studies and holds an honorary Professorship in Political Science at the University of East Anglia. He served
as Vice-Chair of the UK Foreign Office’s Public Diplomacy Board for 9 years, and as a Parliamentarian of
the European Cultural Parliament. He is a member of the External Stakeholders Board of the Aurora
Alliance of European Universities. In 2009 Professor Anholt was awarded the Nobels Colloquia Prize for
Economics by a committee of 10 Nobel economists, and in 2010 the Award for Excellence in Sustainable
Development at the 7th Multicultural Forum in Paris.[/read_more]

Milton Nkosi

Chairman of MMN International Consulting

Mr. Nkosi is chairman of MMN International Consulting, specialising in reputation, advisory and media.

He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Africa Asia Dialogues, a small think tank.

He was for four years the South Asia Bureaux Editor based in Delhi, India. He was in-charge of the BBC’s news bureaux in the region in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and of course India itself. Before then he was head of Africa as Bureaux Chief in Johannesburg, a role he held for 7 years.
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He joined the BBC in the late 80s just before the release of Nelson Mandela. He covered all the township wars and the subsequent political negotiations that followed.

Mr. Nkosi did his journalism training at BBC Academy’s College of Journalism in London – His management and leadership programme at Ashridge College in Hertfordshire. He studied teaching in civil engineering.

He has covered major stories in Angola, the then Zaire which is present day DRC, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and many more others.

He has interviewed Walter Sisulu, Harry Belafonte, former US President Bill Clinton, Former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, F.W. De Klerk, Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Jacob Zuma, President Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Winnie Mandela and many other leaders.

He moved to work in the UK and returned to South Africa before moving to New Delhi.

He was instrumental in the publishing of the book Soweto Inside Out. He also wrote a chapter in the world acclaimed book Something to Write Home About. These two books have been sold all over the world.

He is a Trustee on the board of Warwick University’s Africa Project and has lectured at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism.

Last year he was on a road trip with former BBC colleagues around the country giving talks about story telling, investigative journalism,  solutions journalism and deep listening at four universities NWU in Mafikeng, UCT in Cape Town,  Takkies in Pretoria and UJ in Johannesburg.

In December last year he delivered a lecture at the Namibia University of science and Technology.

In 2017 Mr Nkosi travelled to Dubai to interview Duduzane Zuma on allegations of State Capture. His video went viral on social media and has over 1,2 million views on Youtube alone.

Mr. Nkosi is married to Paediatric-Neurologist Dr. Dorcas Wilson and they are blessed with two children. 20 year-old Kgosietsile and 18 year-old Khanyisile.

Mr. Nkosi is an award winning journalist who always reminds us to see him – Just as an ordinary township boy from Orlando West, Soweto, who supports Orlando Pirates![/read_more]

Dr Ryan Noach

Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Health

Dr Ryan Noach is the Chief Executive Officer Discovery Health, appointed to this role in January 2020 after serving as Deputy CEO in the business for more than 5 years. Ryan joined Discovery Health in 2008 in the provider relations area, and became Chief Operating Officer of Discovery Health in 2009. During 2018 and 2019, Ryan was seconded to Discovery Bank, in the capacity of Deputy CEO of the Bank, to support the Banking team through the product finalization, build completion, business readiness and launch period. Ryan was previously the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Director of the Netcare Hospital Group, having held various leadership roles across Netcare. [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]His exposure to leadership in both the funding and provider sides of private healthcare, as well as more broadly in Banking and payments, unlocks useful insights.
Ryan qualified as a medical practitioner at Wits University in 1997 and pursued a post graduate career in emergency medicine and disaster management. He completed the Diploma in Primary Emergency Care and attended the Executive Development Program at GIBS Business School, University of Pretoria.
Ryan thoroughly enjoyed his exposure to Banking, maximizing the opportunity to learn a new field, and gain new skills, whilst leveraging his leadership and operational experience to contribute to the Bank.
Ryan has been consistently involved in various social and entrepreneurial causes throughout his adult life. Ryan is a proud father of 4 beautiful children, and in keeping with the Discovery Vitality culture, is an exercise and healthy nutrition fanatic.[/read_more]

Nzinga Qunta

MC/Facilitator/Business News Anchor

Nzinga Qunta is a business news anchor with experience in radio and television, currently anchoring SABC 3 and SABC News’ daily business news show, On Point. Qunta is able to MC and facilitate discussions, conferences, events and seminars with a focus on business, entrepreneurship, tech and innovation.

Her recent work includes facilitating discussions at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Dialogues in 2021, a discussion in Switzerland with CEOs and President Cyril Ramaphosa on the South African economy and investment in Africa, World Economic Forum discussions [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]in Africa with the President of Namibia and the Seychelles, as well as acting as the the facilitator at the South African Investment Summit business dinner with Alibaba founder Jack Ma.[/read_more]

Bonang Mohale

President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)

Bonang Francis Mohale is the President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Professor of Practice in the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) College of Business and Economics, Chairman of both The Bidvest Group Limited and SBV Services.

He is a highly respected South African businessman, who is known as much for his patriotism and his active role in seeking to advance the country’s interests. He is the Author of the best-selling book, [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]
‘Lift As You Rise’, launched in November 2018, a compilation of some of his spoken and written words in which Mohale reveals the issues he is passionate about – among them leadership, transformation, people development, constructive collaboration and integrity.

Bonang Mohale was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) till June 2019 – a forum which brings together the leadership of South Africa’s most successful and influential big business and multinational investors to exchange ideas, facilitate effective dialogue with government and other stakeholders and advocate for pro-business, economically sustainable policies and programmes. Prior to joining BLSA, Mr Mohale ended a distinguished term as Vice President Upstream and Chairman of Shell South Africa (Pty) Limited at the end of June 2017.

Mr Mohale, who originally studied to be a medical doctor, has had a distinguished career at the helm and in leadership roles of several major South African and multinational companies; including Otis Elevators, South African Airways, Sanlam Limited and Drake & Scull Integrated Facilities Management. He currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re Africa Limited, Rand Merchant Bank Limited (RMB) and SBV.

Mr Mohale has an impressive track record of building successful companies, delivering results and making significant advances in transformation in the companies he has been privileged to lead. He has been a vocal, courageous and active proponent of transformation since the 1980s, and played a leadership role in the Black Management Forum (BMF) for over 33 years, where he was the president.

Recognition Awards:-

– Awarded Free Market Foundation “Luminary Award for 2019” – In recognition of the outstanding courage and integrity he has displayed, through difficult times, in his contributions to the business community and for defending the rights of all South Africans.

– Winner of the Forbes Woman Africa Male Gender Advocate Award for 2019

– BMF Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2019

– Awarded “The Momentum Friendship Blazer” as recognition for being the ‘first RSA Nation

Building Champion’ in 2015.

– Winner of both the ‘Country’ (RSA) & ‘SADC Regional’ “TITANS – BUILDING THE NATION”

2014 CEO Magazine Awards.

– Bonang was conferred with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management by the University of Pretoria, where he serves on their Advisory Council since 1992.

– 2012 IPM CEO of the Year.

– SA Facilities Management Association 2007 ‘PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR’

– 1997 Black Management Forum’s (BMF) MANAGER OF THE YEAR.

– Received the PRESIDENTIAL AWARD for his “Servanthood in South African Industry & the

Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals” – 2001.[/read_more]

Gloria Serobe

Executive Director of WIPHOLD

Gloria Tomatoe Serobe was born in Guguletu, Cape Town on 20 September 1959. Her grandfather is originally from Centani in the Eastern Cape and left to find work in Cape Town in the early 1900s. Although he set up home in Cape Town, he never wanted his children to forget that they hailed from the Eastern Cape where all his siblings remained. To this end, Gloria was schooled at St John’s College in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, an all-boys school in those days. She quickly learnt how to hold her own in a male-oriented environment. [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]She had to develop a staunch, hardy resilience, and do everything she could to be top of the class. She learnt how to survive in a place where people didn’t think you belonged. It was about holding onto the intellectual best of yourself which laid an important foundation for her business dealings later in life.
Gloria obtained a B.Com degree from the University of Transkei and holds an MBA degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.
She is a Founding Member and Executive Director of WIPHOLD (the first women’s group established post-1994 to list on the JSE) and Chief Executive Officer of Wipcapital. In 1995 the founders embarked on countrywide workshops, sharing their vision with women for the creation of an Investment Company dedicated to the economic empowerment of women, and sharing ideas with the women on how they could participate in the mainstream economy, including by becoming part of WIPHOLD. This way of operating would become a central thread through WIPHOLD’s journey. Time and again WIPHOLD would travel the country drawing grassroots women into its business opportunities – formation of WIPHOLD NGO Trust in 2003, Sasol Mining deal and MWI, and into the future through the Agri & Education initiatives.
Her professional experience includes positions at Exxon Corporation in the USA, Munich Reinsurance Company of SA, the Premier Group and Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. She was the Executive Director – Finance, Transnet Limited and was a member of the Transnet Board and its major subsidiaries.
Gloria is chairman of the Solidarity Response Fund, incorporated in March 2020 in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for national unity at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
She serves on several Boards including Hans Merensky Holdings, Adcorp Holdings and Denel. She is an honorary member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and is a member of the SAICA Advisory Council.
Her previous non-executive Directorships include Chairman of the Board of the Independent Ports Regulator, Chairman of the Life Office’s Association (LOA), Chairman of the Metropolitan Group, Old Mutual, Nedbank, Sasol Mining, Sasfin, Export Credit Insurance Corporation, Airports Company South Africa, Express Kenya Limited, M-Cell, MTN, the Financial Markets Advisory Board and the JSE.
Gloria remains a much-loved pioneer in the field of economic empowerment for women and a well-respected businesswoman.[/read_more]

Leanne Manas

Broadcast Anchor, MC, Motivational Speaker, Businesswoman and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Multiple award-winning Broadcast Anchor, MC, Motivational Speaker, Businesswoman and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Leanne Manas, is a renowned leader on the South African media circuit.

From Oprah Winfrey to Nelson Mandela, Leanne has interviewed an impressive range of public figures, heads of state, thought-leaders and local and international celebrities. [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]She has also been at the forefront of bringing South Africans some of the biggest News stories over the last 2 decades.

She is instantly recognisable as the face of Morning Television as anchor of Morning Live, a hard-hitting news broadcast that she has been hosting since 2004. She has been the face of the Vast majority of Breaking news events in an ever changing South Africa, most Notably the death of Nelson Mandela, the dramatic resignation of Jacob Zuma as RSA President and the death of the Mother of the nation Winnie Madikizela Mandela. She has also anchored 4 General Elections, 3 Provincial Elections and 4 Presidential Inaugurations.

Her career has crossed international borders with Leanne broadcasting in UK, France, UAE, Mauritius, Ghana, Kenya, Gabon, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United States of America.

Broadcasting everyday throughout a Global Pandemic has been the latest event that has been a part of. The total shift of how media is consumed has been a fascinating part of her journey. Leanne has been quoted as saying, “Being able to witness and tell the story of our ever changing lives is my greatest honour.”[/read_more]

Precious Matsoso

Director of the Health Regulatory Science Platform

Malebona Precious Matsoso, has over 25 years’ experience at executive management level. She held the post of Director-General of the South African National Department of Health for nine and a half years. She was the Word Health Organisation Director of Public Health Innovation and Intellectual Property. Prior to that, she served as WHO Director, Department of Technical Cooperation for Essential Drugs and Traditional Medicines.

She was the Registrar of the Medicines Control Council for six years. She has served on various advisory bodies both nationally [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]and internationally. Chair of the WHO Executive Board. A member of the UN High-Level Panel on Access to Health Technologies, Chairperson of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme and now an honorary member. She was the member of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems. She was the Co-Chair of WHO Digital Health Advisory Group. She is was appointed as the member of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Ms Malebona Precious Matsoso is currently the Director of the Health Regulatory Science Platform, a division of the Wits Health Consortium and she is an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of the Witwatersrand.[/read_more]

Thandi Tobias

Chairperson of the Board, Brand South Africa

Ms Tobias is currently the Board Chairperson at Brand South Africa. Previously, she served as the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, responsible for international trade.

Matriculated at Phiritona Secondary school and obtained an advanced diploma in Economic Policy from the University of the Western Cape. She also attained a Certificate in Economics and Public Finance from UNISA as well as a certificate in Leadership Communication from Rhodes University.

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  • Chairperson of the standing Committee on Defence between 2005 and 2007;
  • Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works between 2007 and 2009;
  • Whip of Standing Committee on Finance between 2017 and 2019;
  • Member of Standing Committee on Public Accounts between 2004 and 2005;
  • Member of Adhoc Committee on Auditor-General in 2004;
  • Member of Parliament between 2004 and 2019;
  • Deputy Director Youth Development DTEEA between 2001 and 2004;
  • Community Based Organiser;
  • Former Member ANC NEC;
  • Former Member ANC Youth League NEC;

Legacy Projects

  • Anti-Piracy Campaign – Buy local campaign


  • Brand South Africa
  • Lure Investment
  • Pursue Economic Growth
  • Be a game changer


Risenga Maluleke

Statistician-General – Statistics South Africa

Risenga Maluleke was appointed South Africa’s 2nd Statistician-General in November, 2017. Prior to November, 2017, Mr Maluleke was the Deputy Director-General for Statistical Collections and Outreach.  He has been with Statistics South Africa for the past 20 years.  He was responsible for the provincial offices’ data collection for censuses and sample surveys; international statistical development and communications.  Mr Maluleke has also been instrumental in International Statistical Development. Mr Maluleke has represented South Africa on countless occasions and has extensive experience in international and diplomatic matters.  [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]He has been instrumental in managing Stats SA’s participation in international meetings such as the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC). He holds a BSc in mathematical statistics from the University of Limpopo and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Science from the University of Stellenbosch.  He has also completed Senior Executive Programmes from the University of the Witwatersrand and Harvard Business Schools.[/read_more]

Mcebisi Ndletyana, PhD

Mcebisi Ndletyana holds a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Witwatersrand. He’s currently Associate Professor at the Univ of Johannesburg.

Prof Ndletyana is the author of numerous publications. His latest book is titled,
Anatomy of the ANC in Power: Insights from Port Elizabeth, 1990 – 2019 (HSRC Press, 2020). Prof Ndletyana’s next book, co-authored with Prof Luvuyo Wotshela and Dr Pamela Johnson, documents the 100-year history of Fort Hare University. The book is due for release in early 2022.

A former columnist for the Sunday Independent, Prof Ndletyana writes regularly for various local and international newspapers and scholarly magazines. He is also a prominent political analyst.
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Prof Ndletyana is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Public Administration; a board member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC); and a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative.[/read_more]

Blacky Komani

Deputy Group CEO of Tourvest Holdings

Blacky Komani is the Deputy Group CEO of Tourvest Holdings. His career with Tourvest dates back from 2006, when he joined as a Non-Executive Director of the Board, and became its financial services division, American Express Foreign Exchange’s Sales & Marketing Director. Blacky has assumed many roles within the group and is a long-standing member of the group’s Board and Executive Committees.

He also serves as Chairman of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa; as director of Aviation Co-ordination Services (Pty) Ltd; Safair Operations (Pty) Ltd and as member of the BRICS Aviation Working Group.
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He holds a BAdmin (Hons) degree from the University of Fort Hare, and a Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) from George Washington University. He has gained over 30 years’ experience in the tourism industry including a career with South African Tourism as a General Manager for the Americas from 1996. In 2002, American-based travel agency, Karell’s African Dream Vacations appointed him as its Sales and Marketing Director, and also serviced South African Airways Holidays in the USA, becoming Managing Director of Karell in 2004. After being part of a consortium that gained a stake in 1time holdings, Blacky took over as Group Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to 2013.

Muditambi Ravele

Muditambi (commonly called Ntambi) Ravele, is a ground-breaking women in the field of Women and Sport in South Africa (WASSA) where she initiated the formation of Women and Sports South Africa in 1996 and in 2008 she Founded and Chairperson of the South African Women and Sport Foundation (SAWASF), Founder Members of Africa Women Sport Network (WSAN). She presently serve on the following Boards: Laureus Sport for Good South Africa, Brand South Africa and Cricket South Africa.
She is the former Chairperson of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Netball South Africa. She is also the former Chairperson of the Boxing South Africa Board (BSA), the first and only women to be appointed into such a position in a historically male dominated sport.

[read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]In addition to serving on the Boxing South Africa Board, Ntambi also served in boards both national and international including the Sport Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), Women Sports International (WSI) and International Netball Federation(INF), Tennis South Africa and Gauteng Tourism Agency . From humble beginnings as a Physical Education teacher, Muditambi has worked professionally as a Sport Marketing Lecturer,
Assistant Director in the Department of Sport and Recreation (now Sport and Recreation South Africa), and the General Manager of Marketing and Corporate Communications of the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Muditambi is a Businesswoman and owner of The Journey Marketing.  Muditambi (Ntambi) Ravele, is a ground-breaking women in the field of
Women and Sport in South Africa and globally. She served in different Boards national and International. Her working experience is on the following areas; teaching, in government department, university, corporate and NGO’s. Muditambi is a business women and owner of The Journey Marketing and Masingo Business Management.[/read_more]

Gugu Mfuphi

Gugulethu is an award winner and a well-versed orator, with plenty of experience in front of cameras, behind the microphone and addressing many diverse audiences.  This skill, together with her sound grasp of the Financial Markets, Economic Data, and Current Affairs Issues and the impact this has on the Business Community, makes her the perfect candidate to; speak to Industry Analysts or Political Leaders and C-suite Executives from all across the African continent.

This forms the basis of her tasks and responsibilities as Presenter of Kaya FM’s prime time, award winning business show, Kaya Bizz and her experience as a Senior Anchor on CNBC Africa.  [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] has also served as an experienced Conference Chair, Panel Discussion Moderator and Programme Director, at various industry gatherings that impact the business and investment landscape.

She had facilitated the second annual South African Investment Conference in 2019, hosted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.  Having previously worked for other institutions like Talk Radio 702, SAfm, Lotus FM and The City Press Newspaper, through their affiliation with Moneyweb, Gugulethu has gained a wealth of experience in financial journalism through radio, TV, print and online media.                                     [/read_more]

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa

South Africa CEO, Naspers

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa joined Naspers as South Africa CEO, in July 2019. Before joining Naspers, she was the co-founder and Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital, an investment holding company formed in 2015. She held the position of CEO at Shanduka Group, an investment holding company from 2004 to 2015.

Prior, she was the Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Early in her career, Phuthi worked in New York at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]infrastructure assets.

She later transferred to the South African office, where she served as a Vice President.

She is involved in several youth activities, including supporting students and mentoring young professionals. She is part of the “Dignity Day” programme led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and which focuses on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people.

In May 2016 Phuthi became a member of the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni. She has been awarded several accolades such as CNBC Africa’s All Africa Business Leaders “Woman of the Year Award” in 2019 and the Forbes Woman Africa “Businesswoman of the Year” Award in 2014. In 2013, she was awarded a “Distinguished Achievement” Award by The Douglass Society, and the Africa Investors recognised her as a “Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year” in 2012. In 2011, Rutgers University conferred on her the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award”. In 2009, she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business” by Financial Services. The Wall Street Journal counted her among the “Top 50 women in the world to watch”. Phuthi was also selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum. She was awarded “Top in Project Finance, 2003” by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP). In 2020, Phuthi ranked number 42 in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International list. She is recognised for making an impact by virtue of her investing experience and making impactful tech investments locally.

Phuthi holds a BA Economics from Rutgers University, USA, and an MBA from De
Montfort University in Leicester, UK. She also completed the Kennedy School of
Government Executive Education programme “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the
21st Century” at Harvard University in 2008. She sits on the board of the Cyril
Ramaphosa Foundation and was Chair of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) Audit and
Risk Committee in 2016. In 2017, she was appointed to the KST Board of Trustees. (KST
is a joint organisation between the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and Kagiso Trust that
focuses its resources on “whole school development”.) Phuthi is an Independent Director
of Vodacom and Gold Fields. She serves on the advisory board of the business school of
Stellenbosch University.


Dr. Bishop Jessica Mbangeni

A former Domestic Worker from the age of 17 in the rural village of Nqamakwe Eastern Cape while she was in high school until she dropped out at Tertiary institution where she was studying part-time and working for the lectures of the Eastern Cape Technikon now Walter Sisulu University. On her arrival in Jo’burg to pursue her carrier in music she found that the streets of Jo’burg were not paved with gold and she went back to her job as a Domestic Worker in Fordsburg, Mayfair and Homestead Park. The 38 year old Jessica Mbangeni has a deep love and passion for community building through music and that not only resonates through her work, but through every aspect of her life, learning that it’s the rhythm that guides one through life’s everyday challenges, [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]joys, highs and lows.

Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, Jessica is one of South Africa’s most sought after female Imbongi (praise singer) and has made her mark in a male dominated cultural terrain. Invoking the role of this ancient tradition, largely influenced by her grandmother’s isiXhosa storytelling in the village of Nqamakwe, Jessica offers insightful commentary on contemporary affairs. She has performed alongside musical icons such as Dolly Rathebe, Thandi Klassen, Abegail Kubheka and Dorothy Masuka.
Jessica Mbangeni made her mark as a praise-singer when she joined Multi-Grammy Award Winning Soweto Gospel Choir in 2002 and toured Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and the 37 Cities in United States of America.

She has performed at prestigious events such as the 46664 concert in Cape Town and the South African President Thabo Mbeki’s second inauguration.
Ms Mbangeni is a resident artist of ABSIP and PPC South Africa and has won awards and been nominated for several awards. Some of her accolades include the Imbokodo Award for Indigenous language preservation, 2 South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards for Best Female Album and Best isiXhosa Album, SATMA Award Best Song of the Year 2016. She has also won Eastern Cape Excellent Achiever’s Award 2014 and 2016
In 2014 she was nominated for 7 categories in the SATMA Awards and nominated for Best Creative Album by the Wawela Awards in 2015.
As part of Jessica’s journey, she has been mentored and channelled by Chris Gardner, the CEO of Gardner Rich Investment Holdings and Co, and upon whose life, the movie, The Pursuit of Happiness, portrayed by Will Smith, was based. A mentor to other artists herself, Jessica is currently being mentored by Yvonne Kgame, the former Content Director of SABC, TryphosaRamano the CEO of PPC and the former Chairperson of ABSIP. Jessica has also graced the Thabo Mbeki Annual Lectures and graced with Praise Poetry at the former president’s Thabo Mbeki’s mother’s funeral. She was the opening act at the Afcon Cup in 2016. In 2015, Jessica graced the coronation of the Xhosa King Zwelonke Mpendulo Sigcawu, Thabo Mbeki’s 70th Birthday in 216, Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s 3 events of 80th Birthday celebrations in 2016, Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Annual Lecture 2016, South African Women’s Chartered Accountants 2016, 105 ANC Birthday in Orlando Stadium in 2017 ushering State President Jacob Zuma, 105 ANC Birthday Celebration in Mthatha Sports Grounds ushering Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa in 2017.
Despite her many talents, this mother of two is working tirelessly to lead her team of employees in the manufacturing of exclusive clothing designs in her KwaNtu Afrocentric Designs Store C91, Oriental Plaza Fordsburg, Joburg which you will see high quality African designs which weave the story of its people being acceptable as part of everyday wear in corporate corridors, collaboration with global brands such Maxhosa by Laduma,
Dressed greats such as Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa, Yvonne Kgame, Sal Masekela; musicians like Vusi Nova, Dumza Maswana, Max Hoba, Siphokazi, Ringo Madlingozi; Criselda Dudumashe, choirs, public figures and parliamentarians as well as walk ins . If the support she’s been receiving from all quarters is anything to go by, she’s definitely on the right track.

Dr Stavros

Stavros Nicolaou (B.Pharm (Wits), MPS (SA), FPS (SA) PhD (Medicine) Wits)

Nicolaou is a member of Aspen Pharmacare’s Group Executive team and its senior executive responsible for Strategic Trade Development. Nicolaou has over 30 years’ experience in the South African and International pharmaceutical industry working across a number of geographies and therapeutic areas. He was instrumental in introducing the first generic ARV’s on the African Continent developed by Aspen, which has gone on to save several hundreds of thousands of lives in South Africa and on the African Continent.
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He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Monty Rubenstein Award for proficiency in pharmaceutics at an undergraduate level from the Wits University Pharmacy School, the SA Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Health Marketer of the Year Award, inducted as a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA) , the Order of the Lion of St Mark by the Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch, Theodoros II for his work in HIV and was awarded Honorary Life member of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) . He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Medicine from Wits University.


Nicolaou has previously and presently continues to serve on a number of business, industry and public entities, some of which include:

Chairman of Business for South Africa (B4SA) Health Working Group, Board of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Inaugural President of SA Association of Pharmacists in Industry(SAAPI), Chairman of the Overall Pharmaceutical Sector Umbrella – PTG (Pharmaceutical Task Group), Chairman of the South African Pharmaceutical Producers Association (PHARMISA), appointed by the President of the Republic of South Africa to the Board of Brand South Africa for a 3rd term, previous Chairman of Cricket South Africa (CSA) and previous Chairman of South Africa Express Airways.


He has also served on the Board of Proudly South Africa, the Trade and Industry Minister’s Export Panel, the Board of Directors of Transnet Ltd, the Board of Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), the BRICS Business Council and the Trade Minister’s SEZ Advisory Board.


Nicolaou was appointed to the National COVID Vaccine Coordinating Committee (NCVCC) and the South African COVID Vaccine Joint Oversight Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF), a joint collaboration between the private and public sector.

In academia, he presently serves on the Wits University Foundation Board of Governors, the North West University Business School Advisory Board and is an honorary lecturer to Wits University, accredited to the Faculty of Health Sciences. He was also appointed to the World Bank/IFC Technical Advisory Board on the strengthening of African Health Systems.[/read_more]

Madoda Mxakwe

Group CEO at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

Mr. Madoda Mxakwe is the Group CEO at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). He brings to the SABC a wealth of broad combination of great skills and expertise derived from Senior Executive positions in business, communications and public affairs in both the private and public sector at a national and global level.

Mxakwe has the required business acumen, experience and decisive leadership skills in business turnarounds and transformation.[read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]  He has obtained an MA (Global Political Economy) from Sussex University in the UK, Executive Leadership Developments certificates from London Business School, PGD in Business Administration from Gordon Institute of Business School (GIBS) amongst many other qualifications.

He has worked for Nestle serving in different senior capacities, the last one being the country head responsible for Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.[/read_more]

Kganki Matabane

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Black Business Council

Kganki is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Black Business Council, an umbrella body of black business in South Africa.

He is a highly experienced and seasoned business executive with over 25 years operational and strategy execution experience, including doing business in more than 10 countries in the African continent, covering the telecommunications, policy, power utilities, rail logistics, motor retail, Bus Rapid Transport and mining sectors.[read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

Kganki, who started his career as an interim teacher/educator, is a highly accomplished public and private sector business professional who managed Profit and Loss, have served as both Executive and Non-Executive Director.

He served with diligence and continues to serve as a member of board committees such as EXCO, Audit, Finance and Risk, Social and Ethics, Transformation as well as Human Resources and Remuneration committees.

He is a highly influential networker and sought-after speaker who is a thought leader on socio-economic issues of national and international significance and importance.

His academic standing includes a Masters in Business Leadership, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Baccalaureus Technologiae (B-Tech) degree in Cost and Management Accounting.[/read_more]

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi

Mashile-Nkosi has a Small Business Management Diploma from Wits Business School and she serves as the chair and director of a wide range of companies. She is the chairperson of Kalahari Resources and executive chairperson of Kalagadi Manganese. She is a trustee and the chairperson of the Women’s Development Bank Trust and leads the board at the Women’s Development Bank.

Daphne remains committed to the people of South Africa and uses every available resource to enrich the lives of the average South African. [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]She is responsible for the creation of over 30 000 jobs in the Northern Cape, and will go down in history as the mother of the largest mining venture of its kind in the last 30 years. She is also a trustee & chairperson of the Women’s Development Bank Trust, chairperson of WDB Investments Holdings. WDB nominated her to study development economics in Nagoya, Japan in 1993.

Daphne is founder & director of Temoso Telecommunication, represents shareholder interests as director of various companies including Temoso Holdings, Kalahari Resources & Metmar Trading. She is also a chairperson of Bakhazi-Banalim & trustee of the FirstRand Empowerment Trust. Directly involved in the successful structuring of the Cell C third network operator in South Africa. Strong development background & activism in gender issues, brings focus to business issues that improve the quality of life of poor communities & the nurturing of women entrepreneurs & leaders.

She has been on the cover of Forbes Africa.[/read_more]

His Excellency Wamkele Mene

Secretary General, The African Continental Free Trade Area

Wamkele Mene was elected by the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States & Government of the African Union, to the position of Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.

Prior to being elected Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, he served as Chief Director: [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Africa Economic Relations, at the Department of Trade & Industry of South Africa. In this role, he was South Africa’s chief trade negotiator in the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTA negotiations. During his tenure as chief negotiator, South Africa ratified both the AfCFTA and Tripartite FTAs agreements, providing new export markets in fast growing and dynamic markets in East and West Africa.

Prior to assuming this position, Wamkele was Director: International Trade Law & Investment Law at the Department of Trade & Industry, a role in which he was principal legal counsel on international trade law and international investment law.

From 2010 until 2015, Wamkele represented South Africa at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. During his posting to the WTO, Wamkele was elected by over 130 governments to the position of Chairman of the Committee on International Trade in Financial Services, a committee comprising trade negotiators, financial regulators and financial policy makers from over 160 countries.

Prior to joining the government, Wamkele worked for the law firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in London and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in Hong Kong.

Wamkele has written and lectured internationally on international trade law, international investment law and international business law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Law) degree from Rhodes University in South Africa, a Master of Arts in International Studies & Diplomacy (with specialization in International Economics) from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London and a LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Banking Law & Financial Regulation from the Law Department of the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).


Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is a Zimbabwean businessman and philanthropist. He is best known as the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group, an international technology group, and one of the early pioneers of the mobile telecoms industry in Africa. In 2020, Masiyiwa was appointed to serve as a Special Envoy to the African Union for COVID response, where he now coordinates Africa private sector efforts to procure medical supplies to help fight the spread of COVID-19. He had earlier led a similar initiative to fight Ebola in West Africa in 2014-2015.

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Masiyiwa serves on several international boards including Unilever Plc, National Geographic Society, Asia Society, and the Global Advisory boards of Bank of America, the Council on Foreign Relations (in the US), the Prince of Wales Trust for Africa, and Stanford University. He also serves on the US Holocaust Museum Committee on Conscience, the AU Reform Task Force and the UN Global Commission for Adaptation, focusing on climate change challenges. A former board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he is Chairman Emeritus of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and co-founder of the Generation Africa Agripreneur Prize. In 2018 Masiyiwa was named Zimbabwe’s first billionaire and in 2020 he became the first African to be appointed a Netflix Board member.

As a philanthropist, Masiyiwa and his wife, Tsitsi, established the Capernaum Trust which is a support program designed to educate Africa’s orphans and vulnerable children. He is also involved with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge initiative. Masiyiwa supports a wide range of health issues and campaigns against cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS, and malnutrition. He is co-chair of Grow Africa and has helped organize $15 billion for African agriculture. Masiyiwa’s Ambassador Andrew Young Scholarship, named after a former United States ambassador to the United Nations, provides funds to send African Students to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2015 he was awarded the Freedom Award by the International Rescue Committee for his contributions towards supporting refugees and championing the cause of dignity, individual freedom, and liberty.

Masiyiwa and his wife, Tsitsi have six children. He holds an honorary degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and has been named an influential figure by many publications including Time magazine and Forbes.[/read_more]

Ashwell Jenneker

Mr Ashwell Jenneker has been deputy director-general in Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) since 2008. His area of responsibilities includes to optimise the use of technology in the production and use of official statistics, to promote and provide better access to official statistics, and to support the production and use of official statistics.

Mr Jenneker’s specific responsibilities include driving the Information and Communications [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Technology strategy for Stats SA, defining and supporting the spatial strategy for internal and external stakeholders, and supporting information dissemination through a publishing service that is responsible for design, editing, printing and distribution of all Stats SA releases

He has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and a higher diploma in education from the University of Western Cape.


Clayson Monyela

Mr. Clayson Monyela is the Deputy Director-General: Public Diplomacy in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Monyela is a seasoned result-driven professional with over 20 years’ experience in communication, public relations, marketing, event management, advertising, brand management, business development, and stakeholder management in both public and private sectors.

[read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]He is a strategic thinker able to lead at a senior level in addition to strong operational and delivery skills as well as a seasoned Diplomat with a solid international network of contacts in various sectors and fields.

His career highlights include being rated by the Sunday Times as the Best South African Government Spokesperson of the year (2016), being appointed by the President of the Republic to serve as a Trustee on the Board of Government’s International Marketing Agency, Brand South Africa and winning over 10 Service Excellence Awards including for the Best Innovation in the use of technology to deliver services.


Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo

Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo is the Deputy Minister of Health.

Dr Dhlomo was the MEC for Health in KZN from 2009 – 2019.

He holds the following qualifications:

MBCHB from the University of Natal; BA Degree from UNISA that he acquired [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]whilst being incarcerated in Robben Island; Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Medunsa; Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Wits University; Diploma in Project Management from Damelin College; Diploma in HIV Management from College of Medicines SA; Diploma in Palliative Care from UCT; Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of KwaZulu Natal, and, most recently Diploma in Forensic Pathology from College of Medicine of South Africa.

He is a former member of Umkhonto Wesizwe and was incarcerated on Robben Island in the 1980’s.

He has also served in the South Africa National Defence and worked as an academic at the University of KwaZulu-Natal lecturing in Public Health.


Joanne Bate

Ms. Joanne Bate is the Chief Operating Officer at the IDC, where she aims to play a central role, contributing to the creation of balanced, sustainable economic impact, at a time when there was never a more critical need to expand the South African economy.

Joanne found herself back at the organisation which in 1996 allowed her to springboard from a backward looking role in audit, to a future orientated environment looking to kickstart [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]great movements of change, development and innovation across the continent. At Absa, she had the opportunity to do what she does best i.e. question and improve the status quo. – re-imagining client-centric strategies, evolving core Client Value Propositions and embedding client experience.

She is now ready to bring new insights, transformative strategies and deep commitment to what is a singular honour – being appointed Chief Operations Officer at the IDC.[/read_more]


Vusithemba Ndima

Mr. Gerald Vusithemba Ndima was appointed Deputy Director-General of Heritage Promotion and Preservation in January 2013.

Mr. Ndima grew-up in Nquthu, Northern part of KwaZulu-Natal where he completed his high school education at Ekucabangeni High School in 1983. He pursued his higher education at Ndumiso College of Education in Pietermaritzburg where he obtained his Secondary Teachers Diploma in 1987. He taught at a number of high schools. [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]While he was still teaching, Mr. Ndima furthered his education with the University of South Africa (UNISA), on a part-time basis, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1992 with distinction. Mr. Ndima left high school teaching in 1993 at the level of Deputy Principal to lecture at UNISA and also to further his post- graduate studies. In 1994 he obtained his Honours Degree in History with UNISA and in 1997 he obtained his Masters Degree with the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) where he was also a part- time tutor. While he was studying for his Masters at Wits, Mr. Ndima juggled his studies with tutoring.
In 1997 he joined the Department of Arts and Culture as Deputy Director: Cultural Tourism Development. In his present portfolio, he manages three Directorates with vast responsibilities and functions including, but not limited to, the management of cultural institutions (museums) which also include the building of new museums and monuments (legacy projects), living heritage and he is also responsible for policy and legislation in the whole heritage sector. Mr. Ndima has acted as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for a period of approximately six months while the post was vacant. Mr. Ndima is presently the Deputy Director General for Heritage Promotion and Preservation in the Department of Arts and Culture and was acting as Director-General, Department of Arts and Culture from December 2015 until August 2017.
Mr. Ndima has also served as a member of the Department’s Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC). Mr. Ndima has extensive experience in briefing government fora such as the Portfolio Committee on Heritage, Arts and Culture (National Parliament), Arts and Culture Ministers’ Forum (MINMEC) and other inter-departmental fora. His work and academic studies has enabled him to travel widely including United Kingdom, Africa, Asia and Western Europe. Talking about academic work, Mr. Ndima has completed his course work and is presently finalising his thesis in Heritage and Historical Studies with the University of Cape Town. Besides his tight work and academic schedule, Mr. Ndima is a family man, married and blessed with two sons and a daughter.[/read_more]

Pinky Kekana

Ms Pinky Kekana was appointed as Deputy Minister in the Presidency on 5 August 2021. She was Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies from 27 February 2018 to 5 August 2021.

Ms Kekana was elected to the Limpopo Provincial Legislature in 1999 and was re-elected in 2009. She has served as the Executive Mayor of the Waterberg District Municipality, MEC for Roads and Transport, and MEC for Economic Development, [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Environment and Tourism in Limpopo.
On 21 May 2014, she was elected to be a member of the National Assembly. In 2015, she was elected to the African National Congress Women’s League National Executive Committee and was subsequently deployed to be the Secretary-General of the Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO). In her capacity as Secretary-General of the PAWO, Ms Kekana is committed to ensuring that all African women, particularly girl children, are empowered.
Ms Kekana currently serves as the Deputy Minister of Communications and as someone from a rural town, she understands and recognises the vital importance of bridging the digital divide between people living, working and travelling in regional and remote parts of the country, and those in metropolitan cities.
South Africa’s society is rapidly moving towards using cutting-edge technology and more people are getting access to the Internet every year. Ms Kekana believes that rural South Africans should have access to 21st-century communications to run their businesses, complete their studies, and connect with family and friends.

Mlungisi Johnson

Mr Mlungisi Johnson is a Trustee at Brand South Africa. He holds a Certificate in Public Development and Management from Wits Business School.
He cut his teeth of activism in the Students/Youth Movement through Young Christian Workers, COSAS and ANC YL. Upon his stint at the ANC YL HQ, he worked for FBC Fidelity Investment Bank. He joined Parliament in 2004 until 2019, where he Chaired a process of legislating the formation of NYDA and its inaugural Board. He also Chaired Committees of Agriculture and Forestry plus Water and Sanitation until May 2019. He currently serves on the Nelson Mandela Children Fund, among other non-profit and profit making organisations.

Sithembile Ntombela

Sithembile Ntombela is the General Manager of marketing at Brand South Africa, responsible for the development and implementation of strategic marketing strategies that promote South Africa’s Nation Brand to local and international audiences. She is currently serving as the Acting CEO of Brand South Africa

Ntombela is an experienced Chartered Marketer (SA) who is passionate about purposeful brand marketing. She has over 20yrs experience in marketing, an excellent history in implementing successful brand strategies and leading marketing teams. [read_more id=”1″ more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]Her strengths include strategic brand management & marketing, integrated marketing and communication, advertising, stakeholder relationship management, digital marketing, global marketing and reputation management.

Her experience with diverse companies has sharpened her ability to provide sound strategic direction and guidance in complex business projects/environments.

She is a highly professional, team player with great leadership skills, who thrives for growth and excellence and cares about the human agenda.



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Press Kit

- Press Release

The 5th  Nation Brand Forum to catalyse South Africa’s economic recovery and global competitiveness

 Johannesburg, 16 September 2021: The Minister in the Presidency and Brand SA are to host the fifth instalment of the Annual Nation Brand Forum, which will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to chart the way forward to realise the goals of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP), with the objective to revive and revitalise  the South African economy post the COVID-19 pandemic.

The forum, to be hosted under the theme ‘Believe in South Africa: Reflect, Rebuild, and Reassure’ will be held on the Tuesday, 28th of September 2021 and will be streamed  across all Brand South Africa’s digital platforms.  Considering that The Nation Brand Forum is taking place while the country is still in the midst of the pandemic, the event will therefore be held under a hybrid format, where the majority of delegates will attend virtually while a few delegates and panelists will attend in person at the Sandton Convention Centre.

This year’s Nation Brand Forum will highlight the importance of collaborative efforts in order to boost tourism, investment, and trade for South Africa.

‘Believe in South Africa: Reflect, Rebuild, and Reassure’, makes an emphasis on a way forward to develop a plan of action to rebuild and reposition South Africa. Honourable Minister Gungubele will deliver a keynote address at the Nation Brand Forum which is expected to be attended by a number of high-profile speakers from  captains of industries, decision makers and thought leaders across business, government and civil society.

“We have convened this year’s Nation Brand Forum to reflect on the challenges facing our country and to reassure investors and tourists that South Africa remains an attractive destination. Brand South Africa supports efforts that are being made by stakeholders across all sectors to build a resilient and inclusive economy,” said Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s Acting CEO.



Ntombi Ntazi |

Risuna Mayimele:

Mobile number: 064 890 6819/ 078 481 2765

 Event details

Date: Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Time: 09h00 – 17h00


Follow the conversation @Brand_SA  #NBF2021 #BelieveInSA

 About the Nation Brand Forum

 The Nation Brand Forum (NBF), first launched in 2016, is one of Brand SA’s flagship programmes to co-ordinate the active participation of the relevant stakeholder groups in achieving a coherent and compelling Nation Brand image, reputation and identity that best positions the country domestically & globally.

The Forum is an opportunity to engage, reflect, share experiences and knowledge in order to find ideal best practices to market and communicate the country’s image and reputation across the world. It is with this view that key stakeholders meet to build on and leverage SA’s Nation Brand strengths with the purpose of driving both social and economic growth.

The Nation Brand Forum has since taken place every year thereafter except in 2020 due the Covid 19.

 About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

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