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#WomensMonth podcast sessions with women of ALI

In honour of extraordinary women change agents in our society, we will be sharing podcast sessions with some of our women Fellows where we will delve into conversations to know them better and find out what they have been up to. Do not miss out! #WomenOnTop #WomensMonth #LetIntegrityLead. Dr Mothomang Diaho To kick off our #WomenOnTop podcast series for Women’s Month, we had the honour of hav...

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ALI celebrates social justice change agents across the globe

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” Bell Hooks – Author, feminist, and social activist. Many women across the globe, like Bell Hooks have stood, and still stand up for social justice issues that need urgent conversation and action. All ALI...

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ALI Fellow is a powerhouse of support for widows

Founder of Power House Development Services (PDS) and African Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellow Advocate Boniswa Mzimba, is creating a new reality for widows all over South Africa. Widowed 16 years ago and following years of ad hoc work in support of vulnerable women, she formalised this passion by establishing PDS in 2015, an organisation which provides widow wellness, widow empowerment and med...

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COPESSA launches Protea Glen Youth Imbizo’s

An initiative by Class IV:Khalipa Fellow, Dr Nobs Mwanda, CEO of COPESSA (Community-based Prevention & Empowerment Strategies – SA) ‘And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.’ Anais Nin When the youth of 1976 took on the education system of the time, I don’t know if they knew the depth of what their sacrifice would mean...

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The possibilities of investing in highly talented unemployed young people

Opinion piece by Andrew Levy (YALI Mbewu Fellow) Youth unemployment has become the latest South African buzzwords. Everyone is speaking about it. Everyone is also trying to create their own incubator, solution or PR campaign and lining up their unspent skills development money and CSI funding to train unemployed youth. On paper this sounds like a fantastic idea and, while there is a lot of value...

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Powerhouse: Malungelo Zilimbola, via Destiny Connect

With R2 million in personal savings as his start-up capital, Class XI: Tekano Fellow Malungelo Zilimbola established an asset management firm which today manages assets of R48 billion. With Zilimbola being the first-born son of two farmers, the significance of livestock as the original system of African wealth creation has been ingrained in his spirit – so it was only natural that he chose to n...

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Land expropriation without compensation: the debate has moved on, says Justice Albie Sachs

In the debate about land expropriation without compensation, the voice of Justice Albie Sachs is critical. As both a member of the Constitutional Committee and a former judge of the Constitutional Court, he has a deep understanding of the rationale for and implications of the principles and demands of Constitution. Equally, he has a deep understanding of the amendments that would need to be made,...

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YOUTH Corner: Leading in a space of crisis

At the start of 2018, my reflection for the year was to: “Only speak when I have conviction.” It has guided my posture for the most part of this half year. It stemmed from a realisation that there comes a time when the right thing to do, or the thing that only you can do, is evident. While your actions might appear somewhat illogical to others, who might question your decisions or judgement, ...

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YOUTH Corner: Leadership reflections from how we relate to the companies that let us down

There’s nothing quite like a crisis to reveal a group’s underbelly. Over the last 12 months, the veneer of Corporate South Africa has been stripped away by the brave actions of a few public-interest actors to reveal deeply unsavoury elements. KPMG, McKinsey, SAP, Steinhoff, Hogan Lovells, Bell Pottinger, Grant Thornton; any of these once-lofty brands can now reasonably be used as shorthand fo...

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Congratulations ALI Media Fellow, Sikonathi Mantshantsha!

Class II ALI Media Fellow, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, deputy editor of Financial Mail, was recognised as the Sanlam Journalist of the Year 2017. Sikonathi also emerged as the winner of the Economy Category 2017, making him a twofold winner on the night! The awards took place last week Thursday, 21 June 2018 at Inanda, Johannesburg. The Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism, honours...

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Réjane Woodroffe joins ALI SA Board

We’re delighted to announce that Réjane Woodroffe has joined the Board of ALI SA. She is a Fellow of the 7thclass and an active member of the Fellowship; read her ALI profile here. Réjane is Director and founding member of an extraordinary venture, Bulungula Incubator, and spends much of her time in that community in a remote part of the Eastern Cape. We are particularly grateful, with the g...

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South Africa’s land crisis is rooted in our colonial history and the policies of separate development

What responsibility do today’s leaders have? by Anthea Houston (Class II: Kilimanjaro) In the past six months, much has been written and said in the Press, in social media, and in various public forums, about ownership and control over South African land. Much of this debate has been inflammatory and divisive, and frequently it has been blatantly racist. If we listen beyond these emotive voices...

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Justice Albie Sachs to lead into the 2018 Good Society Dialogue programme

We’re pleased to announce a programme of opportunity for ALI Fellows to engage with the complex challenges facing South Africa today. What drives a more equitable and inclusive society? We are at a crossroads as a society. Our historic strategies to build an inclusive society and shared prosperity have not yielded the desired results. What is our way forward and what is our new vision that we c...

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Taking ownership of our continent – Opinion piece by Carlos Lopes

Conventional wisdom tells us that the Chinese are buying up Africa faster than any other investors. It tells us that African banking lags in terms of innovation and reliability and that no African country is at the forefront of global innovation. But conventional wisdom is often wrong and it is important to recognise that we don’t have the Africa we think we have. What do I mean? Perhaps we can...

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Odette van der Haar appointed CEO J. Walter Thompson Johannesburg

Odette van der Haar, a Fellow of Class IX Tariro, is making a career leap: from heading up the industry body of the South African advertising and communications sector, she will be taking up the position of CEO, J Walter Thompson Johannesburg, on July 1, 2018. Effectively, this means she’s moving from being a referee, to being a player. In her 11 years as head of the Association for Communicati...

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Schools are winning – Venture by Class XI Tekano Fellow Nicola Harris

Nicola, a Class XI Tekano Fellow of ALISA, set up the Click Foundation to aid the use of technology in education and pursue outcomes-based interventions using data to drive decisions and impact. The Foundation’s founding premise is that the correct use of technology can shift the education paradigm in an efficient, cost-effective and scalable manner. The Foundation’s primary project is the im...

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The land question and “radical economic transformation”- some thoughts and a proposal by Ralph Freese

Talk by Class I Fellow Ralph Freese. The land question is not simply about who stole whose land and when. It is not simply about dispossession and colonialism. It should be about addressing poverty and inequality now. It should be about utilizing national assets to provide jobs and changing the economic base to minimise poverty and create that “better” life for all. We are at risk of the la...

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A farewell note to Peter Reilling

The Africa Leadership Initiative bids farewell to Aspen Institute’s former Executive Vice President for Leadership and Executive Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program, Peter Reiling, who has left the Aspen Institute from the 1st May 2018. For more than a decade, Peter Reiling has been instrumental in overseeing the Aspen Institute’s growing portfolio of leadership initiatives and sem...

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Introducing Class XI

20 April 2018
Introducing Class XI

The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) is pleased to announce and introduce Class XI: Tekano (Sesotho name for ‘Equality’). The class is brimming with formidable African leaders who have demonstrated their capacity to lead with integrity and uphold values that can shape and benefit their communities. These impeccable Fellows, ranging from Lawyers to engineers, from historians to cons...

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ALI welcomes Sulungeka Dazana

The Africa Leadership Initiative kindly welcomes its new programme manager, Sulungeka Dazana (BCom, MAP, MBA). Sulungeka brings to the table a wealth of experience in Marketing and Communication, Content Management, Strategy, Corporate Communications and Public Relations. She has served in numerous broadcasting houses where she has helped deliver compelling content to viewers. In her landmark car...

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Congratulations to Dr Terence Sibiya

Following a due process of interviews and assessments internally and externally, Nedbank Group is pleased to announce that Dr Terence G Sibiya has been appointed as Managing Executive: Rest of Africa & Subsidiaries. He will be responsible for leading and managing the Rest of Africa and subsidiary businesses and to ensure that they grow and achieve the key strategic objectives of building scal...

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ALI congratulates Basani Maluleke

The Africa Leadership Initiative lauds and celebrates our very own Fellow, Basani Maluleke (Class IX: Tariro) for a historic rise as the first black woman to head a commercial bank in South Africa. On the 1st April 2018, Basani Maluleke, an attorney by profession, took the mantle as the new chief executive officer of the African Bank. With years of experience in corporate finance, and an unwaveri...

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We are not confused – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is our people’s shero

We will not allow you to dishonour the name of our mother with innuendos and adjectives. A giant has fallen. When the news came that my mother, Mama Winnie, had passed away, I was filled with great sadness as I’m sure many of you were too. But as I was listening to leaders of our movement and in particular exiled comrades lamenting her passing, my heart filled with anger and outrage. Adjectives...

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Introducing the ALI AIF 2018 Keynote Speakers

The ALI Africa Impact Forum aims to provide our Fellows with a platform to deeply connect and engage on matters of significance to the whole continent. In so doing, deepening the pool of influential, effective and ethical leaders across Africa who assume personal and collective accountability for the “Good Society”. To add to this esteemed event, on our panel of guest speakers we have, Dr Nko...

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ALI Media Fellow KC Rottok Chesaina recognises SA’s best professionals and firms

Johannesburg, 2 February 2018 Professionals from various organisations gathered at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ball Room on the evening of 1 February 2018 to honour the best amongst them. The South African Professional Services Awards sponsored by Sanlam were being hosted for the third time after a rigorous process of determining winners through strict criteria. Sally Hutton of Webber Wentzel wa...

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YALI Fellow Raymond Ledwaba continues to add value to young South Africans with Diski Nine9

This is a story of a young boy whose love of the game gave him a purpose to aspire to when life as he knew it changed forever. His passion for soccer was a silver lining during the darkest days of illness. Then his life changed again when he was given the opportunity to referee his beloved sport through Diski Nine9. Not only is Fezile Hlope the youngest referee in South Africa, he is also a role ...

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Riedwaan Jabaar’s GP Care Cell programme launched by the SA Government and USAID

On 29 November 2017, the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) proudly announced the launch of its GP Care Cell in Atteridgeville, Tshwane, by the Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa. The launch will take place at Dr Shange’s practice, one of the five GPs involved in the initial stages of the one year pilot. FPD is funded on a six-year award by PEPFAR through USAID to work in partners...

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Basani Set to Make South African Banking History as Black Female CEO

ALI SA Fellow Basani Maluleke of Class IX: Tariro, is in the running for African Bank CEO. Not only that; she may very well be the first black female bank CEO on South African shores. As Brian Riley’s tenure as the current African Bank CEO comes to an end, South Africa may be ushering in the first black-and-female bank CEO. The “good bank”, as African Bank is affectionately known, has put h...

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TEACH Continues to Affect Positive Change

ALI Fellows, Dr Mothomang Diaho and Dr Futhi Mtoba’s TEACH Initiative Continues to Affect Positive Change Armed with a passion for quality education in its entirety, TEACH South Africa’s objective to nurture a generation that embraces science and mathematics, as opposed to retiring to the status quo that, “Mathematics is not my strong suit,” (Lerato Mathenjwa), is well underway. When the ...

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A Recap on the Nuclear Workshop

In light of the recent cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, the debate around energy has taken centre-stage in the South African socio-economic politics. From Eskom’s ambitions of building a 59 billion-rand nuclear plant by 2025, to the Department of Energy’s eagerness to get Russia to construct a trillion-rand nuclear facility. The discussion around energy is an important debate that s...

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Letter: ALI SA Leadership Dialogue and Workshop

As a non-party political organisation, ALI aims to be a safe space for a diverse spectrum of beliefs within an ethical and values-based framework. We recognise the value in having all fellows’ voices heard. We accept that in the invite for the Nuclear Build workshop, the alternative perspective on nuclear energy was not canvassed. We accept that it is important to include all viewpoints on thes...

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Congratulations to Class XSeed!

The Africa Leadership Initiative graduated the 10th Class of values-based leaders. On the 24th of September 2017, the Africa Leadership Initiative graduated another cohort of exceeders, Class 10. The 10th class, impeccably self-named Class XSeed, concluded their fourth and final seminar (The Challenge of Leadership Seminar) at the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The graduation cere...

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Ory Okolloh and the need to tell a better African Story

“My vision for Africa is that my daughter, and any other African child being born today, can be whoever they want to be — here in Africa, without having to leave. And they can have the possibility of transcending the circumstances under which they were born.” — Ory Okolloh Introduction Accept it or not, Africa is slowly rising from the dire challenges that have seemingly held the con...

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ALI Fellow Lesego Sennelo talks about accounting as a profession and its role in corruption

Having continued in the footsteps of those who gave her the opportunity to grow and empower herself, president of the African Women Chartered Accountants Forum Lesego Sennelo discusses what she had to do to make it in the industry, the opportunities it offers and how-to for those who would like to pursue a career in accountancy, as well as how far we are in South Africa with producing mentored ...

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JM Busha launches the JM BUSHA 54 Student Chapter at 22 South African Universities

Introduction During August, Africa Month 2017, Joseph Makamba Busha (Class IX: Tariro), the founder of JM Busha Investment Group, oversaw yet another successful JM BUSHA 54 RACES event. The initiative facilitates and hosts a series of programs across the continent with a mission of encouraging peace and unity. Below is a transcript of a speech he delivered in Cape Town to launch the JM BUSHA 54 S...

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TED Talk: Ory Okolloh (Class IX: Tariro Fellow) – How I became an Activist

Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family — and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya’s parliament. This talk was presented at an official TED conference. Read the full Transcript here. ...

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WATCH: Raymond Ledwaba’s Speech about the MBA World Summit 2018

YALI Fellow Raymond Ledwaba, 2015 alumni of the MBA World Summit, agreed to partner with MBA World Summit organisers to bring the MBA World Summit to South Africa in 2018. “We are happy and proud of the opportunity to host the MBA World Summit in partnership with the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business to be able to put emphasis on the immense challenges the African continent in...

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AWCA Recognises Women of Substance

In the spirit of Women’s Month, the Africa Leadership Initiative hails Woman of Substance; an annual accolade ceremony initiated by the African Women Chartered Accountant Forum (AWCA). AWCA works to advance the interests of qualified and aspiring African female CA’s across South Africa. The forum is led by Lesego Sennelo (Class X: XSeed) who is the President of AWCA, a qualified Chartered...

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How Bruce Robertson is Transforming Livelihoods in Uganda

Introduction In the early 50’s, cotton was Uganda’s second highest cash crop contributing close to 25% of its total agricultural exports. Sadly, by the 1970’s (during the reign of Idi Amin) the figure had descended to 3% and the government was growing pessimistic in reviving the industry. As time passed, most farmers abandoned cotton and turned to other crops, mainly due to the labo...

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ALI SA is Hiring a Permanent Project Manager

Vacancy Summary Organisation: Africa Leadership Initiative (South Africa) Role: Project Manager Job level: Mid to senior level Type: Permanent Reports to: Executive Director Location: Preferably Cape Town (Johannesburg is an option) Start date: 1 November 2017 About the African Leadership Initiative It is well known that Africa continues to face social and economic challenges. It is also eviden...

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Congratulations to our own Bruce Robertson: 2017 McNulty Prize Laureate!

On July 29th, the Aspen Institute and the McNulty Foundation announced that ALI SA Board Member, Bruce Robertson has been named as one of the 2017 Laureates for the tenth annual John P. McNulty Prize. Robertson is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  His project TRAIL (Transforming Agriculture ...

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Meet the 2017 McNulty Prize Laureates!

On July 29th, The Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty announced the 10th annual John P. McNulty Prize Laureates. Watch the announcement   The Laureates are five extraordinary leaders from across the world who felt the moral imperative to act, and who have used their entrepreneurialism and professional expertise to address seemingly intractable challenges in their communities. From trai...

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10 Years of the McNulty Prize: Elevating high-impact leadership around the world

Since 2008, the McNulty Prize has recognized life-changing ventures from Aspen Global Leadership Network fellows. “A Decade of Impact — 10 Years of the McNulty Prize” – A short film looking back at the Prize, our Laureates, and their amazing work. 2017 marks the tenth awarding of the John P. McNulty Prize, the Laureates of which will be announced at the Resnick Aspen Action Fo...

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Class XI Nomination Deadline Extended to the 9th of August 2017

In all efforts to create another cohort of formidable Fellows, who possess impressive notions that uphold ‘good society’ values; ALI SA is pleased to announce the extension of the Class XI nominations for a further two weeks, from the 25th of July to the 9th of August. Do you know exceptional executives and professionals? We are seeking outstanding leaders, leaders who possess outstan...

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Letter from the Chairman: Introduction of Interim Programme Team

Dear Fellows, Thank you to those of you who attended the ALI dinners and gave your input with regard to the positioning and future of ALI. It is clear that whilst our purpose is to develop the next generation of values-based African leaders, Fellows are expecting ALI to facilitate greater coordinated action by Fellows on issues that are important in upholding a commitment to the Good Society and ...

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The History and Purpose of YALI

YALI: Leading societies through the energy of youth and the power of integrity Following the success of the Africa Leadership Initiative, Isaac and Khumo Shongwe founded a younger generation of ALI, which is today known as YALI: The Young Africa Leadership Initiative. The motive behind the conception was to reach out to Africa’s future leaders in their younger days and prepare them to lead thei...

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What emerged at the recent ALI dinners

What emerged at the recent ALI dinners in Johannesburg and Cape Town are that there are three key dimensions that fellows want to take forward to increase engagements with ALI. Although the ALI Fellows appreciate that ALI needs to be non-aligned, and is a platform to develop, nurture, and inspire leaders to act in their individual capacity, it was felt by fellows that we are in a moment in our h...

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PPO Serve is on the course to transform South African healthcare

Uninsured, expectant mothers can now gain affordable maternity care. Riedwaan Jabaar (Class X: XSeed) is the Co-founder and COO of PPO Serve (Professional Provider Organisation Services). He is also the former Executive Committee Member and Head of Health Intelligence at Discovery Health. PPO Serve is an integrated healthcare management company, with a vision of transforming the commercial health...

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Ferial Haffajee: President Dlamini-Zuma? President Mbete? President Sisulu?

ANALYSIS Three women who are ANC royalty are now officially in the race for the party’s presidency in December. We analyse the contest and assess the campaigns of all three. Baleka Mbete At the weekend, the party’s chairperson and Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete threw her hat into the ring for the second time. It was reported in January that she was running to become part...

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Reopening nomination process for the 11th Class

Dear ALI Fellows, As previously communicated we were required to delay the recruitment of the 11th class. We have now decided to go ahead with the recruitment of the 11th class to be launched in March 2018. Many of you previously nominated candidates and we will look at all previous nominees. We are also reopening the nomination process for the 11th Class of the Africa Leadership Initiative. Th...

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