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
12 November 2016.

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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
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Prof Adam Habib biography

Professor Adam Habib is an academic, an activist, an administrator, a renowned political media commentator and a columnist.

A professor of Political Science, Habib has more than 30 years of academic, research, institutional and administration experience. His expertise spans five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas, their translation into actionable initiatives and the building of institutions.

Professor Habib is the vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, a position that he assumed with effect from 1 June 2013.

Prior to this, he served as the deputy vice-chancellor for Research, Innovation, Library and Faculty Coordination at the University of Johannesburg(UJ). He also served as the executive director at the Human Sciences Research Council and as a research director on Governance and Democracy. He has held several academic and research posts at the University of Natal, including serving as a professor in the School of Development Studies and as research director of the Centre for Civil Society.

He was instrumental in transforming the University of Johannesburg following the nationwide mergers of tertiary institutions in 2005, and played a key role in increasing research output at UJ.

Professor Habib holds qualifications in Political Science from three universities, including the University of Natal and Wits. He earned his masters and doctoral qualifications from the graduate school, City University of New York.

Transformation, democracy and development are fundamental themes of professor Habib’s research. He is well-published and renowned as a key leader in higher education and political studies in South Africa and around the world.

Indeed, his latest book, South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, launched in August 2013, has already made huge waves both locally and internationally. The book focuses on our country’s transition into democracy and its prospects for inclusive development.

Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba biography

The Most Revd Dr Thabo Cecil Makgoba is the Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

He was born and spent his early years in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, and then—after his family was forcibly removed—spent the rest of his childhood in Pimville, Soweto. After his schooling at Orlando High, he studied for a BSc at the University of the Witwatersrand, and then trained as a priest at St Paul's College in Grahamstown, where he earned a Diploma in Theology.

After ordination, he served in various positions in Johannesburg Anglican Diocese, including at St Mary's Cathedral and the Church of Christ the King in Sophiatown, and as Anglican chaplain at Wits. During this time, he also graduated at Wits with a BA (Honours) in Applied Psychology, and an MEd in Educational Psychology and lectured at Wits, in the Division of Specialised Education, and at the Wits College of Education, where he was Dean of Knockando Residence.

He was elected bishop suffragan of Grahamstown in 2002, he served as Bishop of Queenstown, then he was elected as bishop of Grahamstown in 2004 and then as archbishop in 2008. He pioneered the concept of indaba in the worldwide Anglican Communion as a means of getting to grips with difference, and was decorated by the archbishop of Canterbury with the Cross of St Augustine for his role in the Communion. He currently chairs the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. He has and continues to serve as a board member in a number of non-governmental organisations and both Ecumenical and Interfaith Bodies.

Since moving to Cape Town, he has earned a PhD from the University of Cape Town for a thesis on Spirituality in the South African Mining Workplace. He has also received Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) degrees from the General Theological Seminary in New York, from Huron University College in Canada and from University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee). He has in recent years taught MBA students at the University of Cape Town on ethical leadership and stewardship, and is also an Executive in Residence at the Wits Business School. He served as a commissioner for the Press Freedom Commission under Justice Pius Langa, and has been a panellist and discussion leader at various World Economic Forum meetings in Davos.

He is currently the chancellor of the University of the Western Cape. He has published two books, a short autobiographical account, Connectedness (2005) and Workplace Spirituality in a Mine Context (2012). He is married to Lungi Manona and they have two children, Nyakallo and Paballo. He loves walking, nature and reading.

Chris Hart biography

Chris Hart is the Standard Bank Wealth and Investment Global Investment Strategist. He is a well-known economic and financial market commentator. He is also a sought after speaker and has presented at numerous conferences in South Africa and internationally. He is the co-author of the book Half Way There, which provides some unique perspectives and analysis of the BRICS countries. He came to Standard Bank Wealth and Investment from Investment Solutions, where he was the chief strategist. He was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Juba Mashaba biography

Juba Mashaba is the group executive director and board member at Aveng Group. He serves on the boards of group companies Aveng (Africa) (Pty) Ltd and Aveng Trident Steel Holdings. Mashaba’s HR career started in 1995 with Eskom as a group HR manager. In 1997, he was appointed HR director of Simba; 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 as well as the safety, health and environmental committee of ArcelorMittal (South Africa).

Pepe Marais biography

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 biography

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.

Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu biography

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.

Dr Bheki Shongwe biography

Bheki is the founding member of Citizens in Partnership with Government (CPG), and is spearheading a project that is aimed at transforming Fons Luminis Secondary School into a state-of-the-art education institution in Soweto. He has also been involved in a consultancy business, and has taught in a number of higher education institutions, both in South Africa and in the US. Shongwe was a member of the City of Johannesburg Soweto Development Committee, and is a former SABC employee.

He is currently serving as a board member in the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Ian James Donald

Ian assumed his current position as Chairman and Managing Director of Nestlé ZAR in October 2014.

He has been with Nestlé for 40 years. He started career in Sales and Marketing and has worked in the Africa, Oceania and Asia (AOA) Region in countries including Philippines and Malaysia. His most recent positions include Market Head, Pakistan for three years and Market Head for Equatorial African Region where he was responsible for in 21 countries comprising, Kenya, Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Nestlé ZAR, which includes South Africa and the four neighbouring countries, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé Switzerland based in Vevey, Switzerland. The company is the world's largest food and Beverage Company whose ambition is to be the world's leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company. South Africa's operations span almost 100having formally registered the company in 1916.

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