Oliver Tambo’s vision of South Africa as an equal society can only be realised if widespread socio-economic transformation takes place. This is likely to require not only economic growth, but inclusive growth and the wholesale restructure of the economy, especially in productive and labour absorptive sectors.

This is theme of the business breakfast that the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation will be hosting on the 3rd December 2019 in partnership with the Absa, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and SAfm, the official media partner of the event. We worked with the Tambo Foundation team during October to host the Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture and will be assisting them social media support for the business breakfast.

To achieve Tambo’s vision, it requires balancing the country’s need for investment with the need to support the most vulnerable members of our society. It will require balancing the short-term needs of the business sector for meaningful returns with the long-term national interest of a more equitable economic order. It will require an approach to public policy that takes account of the global context in which South Africa must operate, while accounting for the complexities of local conditions. This has implications for the institutional landscape of South Africa, and in particular the management of South Africa’s fiscal and monetary policy, as well as the general economic management of the country. Most of all, it will require bold and visionary leadership to steer the country towards increasing prosperity.

The breakfast will take the form of a panel discussion with a question and answer session. The panel will be facilitated by seasoned journalist Siki Mgabadeli and is comprised of:

Justice Albie Sachs. Retired Justice of the Constitutional Court, Author and Activist

Governor Kganyago. Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa

Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. Chancellor, Nelson Mandela University

Mr Tlholohelo Mohlathe. Chief Executive Officer, SOMFACO Trust

Here’s a bit more information about the panellists.

Justice Albie Sachs

Albie Sachs is a Trustee of the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation and is well known for being a Justice at the Constitutional court of South Africa. He obtained his BA and LLB from the University of Cape Town and completed his PhD at the University of Sussex in 1971. He began practice as an advocate at the Cape Bar at the age of 21. In 1966, he went into exile and spent 11 years studying and teaching law in England. In 1977, he moved to Mozambique and became a Law professor and legal researcher at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. His legal expertise meant that he, along with O.R. Tambo, drafted the code of conduct and statutes for the ANC. He served as a member of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee from 1996-2003. He has authored several books including The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (1966)The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter (1990) and Oliver Tambo’s Dream (2017).

Governor Lesetja Kganyago

Governor Kganyago holds a MSc in Economics from SOAS London University and a BCom degree in Economics and Accounting from UNISA, and has received various training in Finance, Economics and Management. He was appointed the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in November 2014. Prior to his prior as Governor, he served as Deputy Governor. He has represented South Africa in international organisations such as the World Bank, the IMF, the G20 and the African Development Bank.  In this role he served as the Chair of the Development Committee Deputies and also co-chaired a G20 Working Group on the reform of the IMF. He currently serves as the chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, SADC Committee of Central Bank Governors, and previously chaired the Association of African Central Banks.

Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi

Geraldine was appointed as Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank (AfDB) from 2013 through 2016. She served as Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group (DGP) from 2009 to 2019, and as a member of the South African Parliament for three consecutive parliaments (1994 to 2008). She was Minister of Public Service and Administration for two consecutive terms (1999-2008); and Minister of Welfare and Population Development (1996-1999), having previously occupied the portfolio of Deputy Minister of Welfare and Population Development. During her tenure as Minister for Public Service, she occupied the Chair of the Pan African Ministers of Public Service for three consecutive terms; in addition, she served on the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration. Geraldine serves on various boards across academia: she is the Chancellor to the Nelson Mandela University; Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA); Chair of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), an expert body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). She served on the Africa Advisory Committee on Women’s World Banking until 2018; 
She is also a Non-Executive Board Member of the Standard Bank Group (SBG) and Standard Bank South Africa (SSA).

Mr Tlholohelo Mohlathe

Tlholo is a former SOMAFCO student and Head of the SOMAFCO Trust, a 13-year old youth development organisation.  The Trust has been responsible for preserving and promoting the heritage and values of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College and has empowered youth across the country through various programs including its annual pilgrimage to SOMAFCO in Tanzania. Prior to SOMAFCO Trust, Tlholo was involved in various entrepreneurial ventures. He made it to the final selection round for the Endeavor High Impact Entrepreneur Search in 2004. Tlholo led SOMAFCO Trust’s investment arms into investing in Nova Pioneer, a growing chain of African private Schools in Africa, which has created employment for well over 500 teachers in South Africa and Kenya. He is a former member of the ANC’s Sectoral Committee, an ANC Electoral Commissioner in 2012 and served on the board of the state National Disaster Relief Fund. Tlholo is also an investor in start-up ventures. He also works closely with the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation on a number of projects.

Date: 03 December 2019
Time: 07:00am – 09:00am
Venue: GIBS, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Johannesburg
Cost: R625 per person

Reserve your seat here: http://bit.ly/2DbSjks

The event will begin promptly at 07:00am.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tambo Foundation business breakfast 2019