Celebrate South Africa Day

We are proud to launch South Africa Day, an annual community day when we will all come together to celebrate our great nation and share its beauty, culture, diversity and achievements with the world. The inaugural South Africa Day will take place on 11 November 2017.

Tell us how you think we should celebrate South Africa Day (e.g., community projects, activities and programmes, music, street parties, sport, food, theatre etc.).

SA Day patron and president

The Most Reverend Dr Thabo Makgoba

His Grace is the archbishop of Cape Town and metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.


Umuntu ungumuntu ngabantu

Ingane engakhali ifela embelekweni

O sa utlwing wa batswadi o utlwa wa manong

Indlela ibuzwa kwabaphambili

Unyawo alunampumlo

Dis goed om die strydbyl te begrawe

No man is an island

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South Africa Day will bring together citizens from every part of our rainbow nation, and with that a convergence of different viewpoints, cultures and faiths. We welcome partners and sponsors for the whole day or individual events.

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Existing partners and sponsors:

Founding members

Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford is a chartered accountant with an MBA from Warwick University. His business experience includes the role of managing director of SAB Diversified Beverages, which included SAB's Supply Chain Services and Logistics interests. He was previously the managing director of Super Group's Logistics and Transport division until June 2002, after which he joined Imperial Holdings Limited (Imperial). Over six years till April 2008, he fulfilled the role of CEO of the Consumer Logistics Division at Imperial. He rejoined Super Group in May 2008 as managing director of the Supply Chain division. He was appointed CEO on 29 July 2009. He is a director of the Road Freight Association.

Mr Jabu Mabuza

Jabu Mabuza is also the chairman of Telkom South Africa Limited, Sphere Holdings and the African division of Anheuser-Busch InBev's (AB InBev). He was previously the managing director of Southern Sun Gaming, group chief executive of Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd, deputy chairman of Tsogo Sun Holdings and chairman of South African Tourism. Other boards in which he is a member include Ampleray Investments (Pty) Ltd, BUSA NPC, Eglin Investments No. 44 (Pty) Ltd, Supaswift (Pty) Ltd T/A Federal Express (FEDEX), The Sunshine PGA Tour (Section 21) and Wild Peech Trading (Pty) Ltd.

Pepe Marais

Pepe Marais is the founding partner and Chief Creative Officer of communications group Joe Public United. He lives for creativity that deeply connects with people.

His passion is to co-create an environment and culture that breads exponential growth—the growth of Joe Public’s clients, people and ultimately South Africa.

Moved by the obvious gap in our system and a driving need to give back as well as actively grow South Africa, Marais established Joe Public’s CSR programme, One School at a Time, in 2004. It’s an organisation with the single-minded vision of creating an educational system that is a shining example to the world.

Marais has been the recipient of numerous local and international industry awards, sat on a number of creative boards and judging panels from the executive committee of the Creative Circle to Cannes, and has been selected as Agency Leader(s) of the Year 2013.

All these accolades, he feels, are merely the building blocks toward a vision of creating an environment that inspires greatness.

Joe Public United is currently ranked as the largest independent and fastest-growing South African advertising group—including a brand design agency (Shift Joe Public), a cross-platform agency (Ignite Joe Public), a PR agency (Engage Joe Public) and a digital agency (Connect Joe Public) in Johannesburg—with an expanding network into Africa, boasting a Joe Public in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as affiliations in Ghana, Kenya ,Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Joe Public brand is also represented in Amsterdam through its revolutionary Joe Public Take-Away Advertising model.

In 2014, The Annual Adfocus Awards ranked the agency as the agency of the year as well as agencies’ agency of the year, for the second consecutive year, as voted for by industry peers.

Paul Norman

Paul Norman is the group chief human resources and corporate affairs officer at MTN Group. He has been an executive at MTN since 1997.

He is a member of the MTN Group Exco and has played a key role in MTN’s evolution from a single country business to a global business with a footprint in 22 countries.

Paul has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Rhodes University, and also graduated from IMD in Switzerland with an MBA. He is a qualified psychologist, and before moving into the industry, he ran his own private practice.

As an HR professional, Paul has positioned MTN as an employer of choice across all its markets. In 2003, Paul was also awarded HR Practitioner of the Year by the Institute for People Management (IPM).

In 2012 he was recognised by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), with the Life Time Achievement Award. According to SABPP, the award was in acknowledgment of his great contribution to the advancement of the Human Resources profession, not only in South Africa, but across MTN’s 22 countries of operation.

He serves as a director on several of MTN’s subsidiary boards. He has also established various entrepreneurial ventures in the food, motor and alternative energy sectors.

Paul is passionate about socio-economic development in South Africa and Africa, and he believes that the Continent requires more impactful leaders who embrace the reality that profits cannot be made at the expense of communities.

Jan Van Der Putten

Jan Van Der Putten has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Hilton Worldwide, having started with the company in 1984 at Hilton Rotterdam in Holland. He has served in a number of management roles at Hilton hotels around the world including Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands and Ethiopia. In 2006, his extensive operational experience led to a cluster manager role covering nine hotels in Benelux, Northern Europe, before he was appointed to his current position in March 2012. As vice president, operations for Africa and the Indian Ocean, he leads operations across Africa and the Indian Ocean, overseeing operational activity at the company’s 14 hotels within his region. A key focus is to support Hilton Worldwide’s ambitious business expansion plans for the continent. Based in Johannesburg, he is also responsible for business operations at Hilton Sandton. He is a graduate of The Hague Hospitality Management School and speaks Dutch, German and English fluently.

Mavuso Msimang

Mavuso Msimang is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation. He is the former CEO of SA National Parks and former chairman of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA). He has served as a non-executive director of Robben Island and was a board member of Massmart, Exxaro and SA Tourism.

Juba Mashaba

BA, LLB (Swaziland), Human Resources Executive Programme (University of Michigan Business School)

Juba was appointed to the Aveng Board in October 2007.

He serves on the boards of group companies Aveng (Africa) (Pty) Ltd and Aveng Trident Steel Holdings. Juba’s HR career started in 1995 with Eskom as a group HR manager. In 1997, he was appointed HR director of Simba, and that role was expanded in 2004 to include the PepsiCo businesses in sub Saharan Africa. In 2004, he was appointed to the board of ArcelorMittal (South Africa) as executive director, HR. He further served on the human resources and nomination committee, transformation committee, and safety, health and environmental committee of ArcelorMittal (South Africa).

Dr Bheki Shongwe

Bheki is the chairman and founder of Citizens in Partnership with Government (CPG). He is a former SABC employee and business consultant, and was a member of the City of Johannesburg Soweto Development Committee and is spearheading a project that is aimed at transforming Fons Luminis Secondary School into a state-of-the-art education institution in Soweto.

Bheki has taught at various universities, both in South Africa and in the US. He is also the board member within the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Paul Collins

Paul Collins is the country manager for Acer Africa, where he is responsible for leading and growing the organisation in Southern Africa, a territory spanning 15 countries. A seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ experience, he has spent the majority of his career in the information technology industry where he held sales roles in multinational organisations. He is a driven, passionate and energetic leader whose management style seeks to empower individuals by providing them with opportunities to excel. In his current role at Acer, he enthuses a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship amongst his team of professionals. He is married, with two sons, and lists motorcycling, long-distance running and music among his interests.

Kevin Lovell

Kevin Lovell is the CEO of the South African Poultry Association, representing the interests of large and small scale poultry producers.

Kevin has been with SAPA for ten years. Prior to joining SAPA he served in various executive positions for the Royal Bafokeng Nation. He has also been the managing director of the Southern African subsidiary of a multinational dairy equipment company and has also worked as a sales and technical manager for various other agricultural companies. He has over 30 years of agribusiness experience throughout the eastern seaboard of Africa, from Ethiopia to South Africa.

Kevin has a BSc in agriculture from the University of Natal and a B.Inst. Agrar. (Hons) from the University of Pretoria. He has also done post graduate research work and he has also acquired a range of business qualifications and skills over the years.

South Africa Day patrons

Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada

Ahmed Kathrada is a former political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist. His involvement in the anti-apartheid activities of the African National Congress (ANC) led him to his long-term imprisonment following the Rivonia Trial, in which he was held at Robben Island and Pollsmoor Prison. Following his release in 1990, he was elected to serve as a member of parliament, representing the ANC.

Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa

Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa is a Catholic priest who was persecuted by the South African apartheid state. He later became a member of the first post-apartheid parliament and then mayor of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. He was twice received by Pope John Paul II and participated in education struggles, culminating in the formation of the National Education Co-ordinating Committee.

Dr Enos Banda

Enos Banda is a South African-born entrepreneur with experience in US and South African corporate law, global investment banking and senior corporate executive management. He has advised governments as well as domestic and international private entities on transactions in excess of US$12 billion over a period of 20 years, related to energy, telecommunications, water and logistics infrastructure. He has served as chief executive with sub-Saharan African leadership responsibilities in operating companies and in the African operations of major global investment banks Credit Suisse and HSBC. He has extensive board and committee chairman experience in companies listed on the Johannesburg, New York and London stock exchanges, as well as board chairman experience in national regulatory or government agencies in energy and finance. He is a member of the New York State Bar and an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He is the managing director of Clean Transmission Development Company Ltd (CTDC), an electricity infrastructure and smart grid technology company. He is a core faculty member and senior associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and he is a regular presenter and contributor at think tanks, academic institutions and policy organisations on global sustainable economic development, global capital markets, sub-Saharan African economic development, large-scale infrastructure finance and development and corporate governance. He is the former chairman of the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa and of the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit of the South African Government He holds degrees in financial accounting and law, as well as a post-graduate specialisation in international law.

Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu

Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu is the chancellor of the University of Pretoria, trustee of the IFRS Foundation and chairman of Rothschild (SA). He has been a trustee of The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), since its establishment, and chairman of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the financial management and reporting to partners.

He is also director of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, Datatec Ltd, Rothschild SA and Ethics Institute of South Africa. He is Chairman of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee of AngloGold Ashanti and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Datatec Ltd.

He served as president of the International Organisation of Employers in Geneva from May 2008 to June 2011.

In his capacity as president of the International Organisation of Employers, he participated annually in United Nations high-level discussions on global issues, including climate change, sustainability and the global compact.

He served as a member of the Global Financial Crisis Advisory Panel established jointly by the International Accounting Standards Board and the Financial Accounting Standards Board in January 2009 to advise on the accounting standards setting implications of the global financial crisis.

He participates regularly as a speaker in international conferences on African development issues and corporate governance.

He served as economic advisor of the President of the Republic of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, and as chief executive of the secretariat of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) from October 2000 to July 2005. He played a major role in the elaboration of the NEPAD policy framework and in promoting the programme both in Africa and internationally.

From 1989 to 2000, Nkuhlu served as a director of a number of major companies, including Standard Bank, South African Breweries, Old Mutual, Tongaat Hulett and BMW. He also played a leading role in development as chief executive of the Independent Development Trust for three years and as chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa from 1993 to 2000. He served as chairman of MEEG Bank in the Eastern Cape, from 1998 to 2009, and as chairman of Metropolitan Ltd, from June 2007 to March 2009.

Nkuhlu was appointed the first chairman of the Council on Higher Education. He served in this position for four years, from 1998 to 2002. The Council on Higher Education played a major role in the restructuring of universities and technikons.

From 1976 to 1990, Nkuhlu combined his role in the auditing profession with lecturing at the University of Fort Hare initially and later at the University of Transkei. He served as principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Transkei, from 1987 to 1991.

He was elected president of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and served two terms, from 1998 to 2000. He is passionately involved with the development of black accountants, and is the patron of the Nkuhlu School of Accounting of the University of Fort Hare. Currently he is a member of the advisory board of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

He studied at the University of Fort Hare, University of Cape Town (UCT) and New York University and completed a BCom, CTA and MBA. He served articles with Hoek Wiehahn and Cross, and qualified as a chartered accountant (CA) in 1976. He became a partner in charge of the Umtata office. Subsequently, Hoek and Wiehahn merged with Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Two years after the merger, he resigned from the partnership to join the Independent Development Trust in 1990.

He served as economic advisor to the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce, from 1989 to 1993, and as president of the Black Management Forum, from 1992 to1995.

In recognition of his contribution to education, business and development, Nkuhlu received a number of awards, including Honorary Doctorates from the University of the Free State, University of Stellenbosch, UCT, University of Pretoria, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Witwatersrand and University of Fort Hare. He also received merit awards from the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce, Association for Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa and the Black Management Forum. He was also awarded the President of Convocation Medal by the UCT Town in June 2004. The medal is awarded to graduates of UCT for outstanding community service.

In May 20115, he received the Ordre National de la Légion D’Honneur, Republique Française for his work with NEPAD.

He was inaugurated as the chancellor of the University of Pretoria in March 2007, and elected for an additional five-year term in July 2012.

He received the Grand Counsellor of the Baobab National Award from the President of the Republic of South Africa for his excellent contributions to the African Renaissance through his role in NEPAD, in April 2008.

He keeps up to date with new developments in governance and accounting standards through regular attendance of the Institute of Directors as well as continuing professional development seminars and international conferences on Accounting Standards. He is also a subscriber to the International Accounting Standards Board publications and receives all updates to accounting standards.

Wiseman was born on 5 February 1944 in Cala, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He is married to Nondima (nèe Mahlulo) and they have four children.

Judge Yvonne Mokgoro

Yvonne Mokgoro is a former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She was appointed to the bench in 1994 by Nelson Mandela and has been selected by the President of South Africa as an official advocate for social cohesion in South Africa (2013–2018). Her qualifications include a BJuris (1982) and LLB (1984) from the University of North West and LLM (1987) from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also an honorary (emeritus) professor of law at the University of the North, University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria and University of South Africa.

Advocate George Bizos

George Bizos is a human rights lawyer in South Africa. He represented Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela in both the Treason and Rivonia trials. In additions to the Mandela trials, he appeared in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission representing families of killed heroes of our liberation struggle. He represented the families of Steve Bantu Biko, Chris Hani and the Cradock Four.

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