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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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ALI Africa Impact Forum (March 2018)

Dear ALI Fellows, The leadership of the South African, East African, West African and Mozambican chapters of ALI have committed to hosting a joint Africa wide Fellowship event to be called The ALI Africa Impact Forum. The event will be modelled on the Aspen Action Forum and allow the African Fellows to engage on issues of relevance for the continent. A steering committee has been appointed with...

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Integrity of Leadership: ALI Leadership Dialogue with Mcebisi Jonas

Against the backdrop of State Capture and South Africa’s credit rating downgrade, the Africa Leadership Initiative held its 3rd ALI Leadership Dialogue of 2017 on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 (under Chatham House Rules) to discuss the issues that continue to dominate public debates on the future of democratic governance. Speaking at this dialogue was the former Deputy Minister of Finance, Mcebisi Jon...

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Chinezi’s venture Pioneer Academies is now Nova Pioneer

Chinezi Chijioke (Class X: XSeed) Co-Founder and the CEO of Nova Pioneer Education Group, a network of accessible 21st century private schools across Africa, announces that all their schools are now operating under one holistic brand. Pioneer Academies (South Africa) and Nova Academies (Kenya) are now officially Nova Pioneer: Schools for Innovators & Leaders. The Nova Pioneer vision is to tra...

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Congratulations to Fred Swaniker on receiving two accolades in one month!

The Africa Leadership Initiative takes this opportunity to congratulate Fred Swaniker (Class III, Seriti), the founder and CEO of Africa Leadership Academy, which is a pan-African secondary school. A few weeks back, Fred Swaniker was bestowed with an honorary doctorate from the Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. A similar honor from the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa was also awarded ...

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Joshin Raghubar: Shifting sands of techno-capitalism show need for a new social contract

Increasing decoupling of economic growth and labour absorption is creating insecurity and widening inequality We are in a period of human and planetary transition. The techno-capitalist-driven decoupling of economic growth and labour absorption is accelerating, creating insecurity, widening inequality and despair. The planet’s ecological system, which supports all life, is racing faster towards...

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Letter from the Chairman: Farewell Sedi.

Dear Fellows, I am writing to inform you that, after three years as Programme Manager for ALI South Africa, Sedibeng Ngubane has decided to leave ALI in order to apply all of her focus and energy on a new business venture. Sedi will be leaving at the end of May, but will still take responsibility for completing the final seminar of Class X (XSeed).  Sedi will also be joining us for the African ...

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Africa Leadership Initiative Impact Forum (March 2018).

Dear ALI Fellows, We have been engaging with the leadership from the other African Leadership Initiative Chapters on the need for a Pan-African Fellows event. We are excited to announce that we will be working collectively with ALI West Africa, ALI East Africa, and ALI Mozambique. Our collective mission is to hold the Inaugural ALI Pan-African Impact Forum at Spier. The event will now take place...

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JM Busha 54 Races: Make a pledge to Africa.

JM Busha 54 Races is a non-profit initiative founded by Joseph Makamba Busha (Class IX: Tariro), who is also the founder of JM Busha Investment Group. The organisation’s vision is to realize a peaceful, prosperous and united people of Africa and the world. The organisation’s mission is three fold: To promote peace and unity through education, arts, culture, music and sports To engage and enr...

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Ferial Haffajee: Malusi Gigaba: Transformation Is Not Equal To Corruption.

ANALYSIS: Is Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba South Africa’s answer to the 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron, the French politician who has swept like a whirlwind through his country? With a shiny pate and answers only slightly more carefully cut than his suit, the audience cracked up at the question posed to the 45-year old South African finance minister by World Economic Forum (WEF) executive Adr...

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Leadership Dinners (Meet. Share. Network.)

Dear ALI Fellows, In the context of the series of the ALI dialogues, actions being undertaken by various ALI Fellows, the current South African Context, and my previous communication about the boards’ commitment to institutionally strengthen ALI, we will be holding a series of dinners during May and June. We are aware that many of you have been frustrated by the stop-and-start process aroun...

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Interview with Roger Dickinson (A-Better-Africa.com).

A Better Africa is an online education platform initiated by social entrepreneur and ALI Fellow, Roger Dickinson (Class II: Kilimanjaro). The digital platform enables users and organisations to collaborate, share ideas, and make an impact in the education sector. The smart digital platform houses a five-fold community. The first community consists of educational institutions including ECD Centers...

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ALI Fellow Zanele Mthembu to serve on the Council of the NFVF.

Announcement by the Minister of Arts and Culture on the appointment of The Council of The National Film And Video Foundation. The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa hereby announces the names of the persons appointed as the Council of the NFVF including Zanele Mthembu (Class IX: Tariro Fellow), effective from 01 May 2017 to 30 April 2020. Section 6 (1) of the NFVF Act, Act No.73 of 1...

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ALI Leadership Dialogue with Dr Makhosi Khoza

The second ALI Leadership Dialogue was held on 26 April and hosted at the Barloworld Logistics head office in Sandton, Gauteng. ANC Senior Member of Parliament and Class VI: Tshelela fellow Dr Makhosi Khoza led a powerful dialogue focusing on the nature and consequences of the politics of patronage at work in South Africa today. View Photo Gallery ⟶ The dialogue was the largest that ALI has ev...

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CEO of iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority receives 2017 KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis.

The CEO of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, the environmentalist Andrew Zaloumis (Class VI: Tshelela Fellow), has been awarded the prestigious 2017 KfW-Bernhard-Grzimek-Preis for his outstanding commitment and visionary management of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage site in South Africa. The award is presented every two years to honour individuals and organizations for their ...

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An urgent letter from the Chairman, Adrian Enthoven.

Dear Fellows, These are dark days indeed. We face a social, political and economic crisis that has been unimaginable since the birth of our democracy. We are witnessing the disintegration of our governing party and the highly organized, systematic and well-resourced capture of our nation by a mafia-style criminal group. If we cannot arrest and reverse this, we will become a failed state. Moreover...

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ALI Fellow Dr. Makhosi Khoza writes about “leadership injudiciousness” in the party.

Leadership Injudiciousness: deleterious to ANC relevance and lifespan This is what is on my mind this Sunday, 9 April 2017… The technological advancement has delivered a virtual society to me. Today when my political home ignores my voice I have friends in Facebook, twitter etc. who share my frustrations, perspectives and vision for South Africa & my beloved African continent. When soci...

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Beyond The River – Movie

This month we highlight Beyond The River, a movie brought to the big screen by Quizzical Pictures and Heartlines — an NGO established by one of our Fellows, Garth Japhet (Class X, XSeed). Heartlines uses a values-based lens through film and print stories, to tackle society’s biggest issues. The upcoming movie is inspired by a true story of Piers Cruickshanks and Siseko Ntondini, who...

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Ferial Haffajee: What On Earth Did JZ Just Do?

But there are some silver linings: Here are the ministers who may actually do a good job. President Jacob Zuma has moved one of his strongest loyalists Mmamoloko ‘Nkhensani’ Kubayi into the energy portfolio signaling a push on the nuclear deal. Kubayi fought hard for Zuma in parliament during the crisis on the spending at his Nkandla home. Former Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Petters...

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Remember a Leader, Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada!

In memory of Ahmed Kathrada (1929 – 2017) There is no doubt that the new South Africa was built on the blood and sacrifices of great leaders both sung and unsung heroes. These are leaders who dedicated their lives to fighting for the emancipation of all South Africans who were marginalised and oppressed by the Apartheid government. One of the many national heroes of our time that helped lay th...

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How ‘Get Me To Graduation’ (GMTG) is bridging the tertiary education funding gap.

Research conducted by the University of Johannesburg indicates that up to 40% of their students struggle to fund their transportation, food and accommodation requirements. Furthermore, universities across the country have seen a steady decline in the amount of NSFAS funding available per student, with the result that students have to find alternative sources of funding for their subsistence needs...

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Walter Isaacson to Step Down as President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

To Serve until Successor Named Later in the Year Washington, DC — Aspen Institute Chairman of the Board James S. Crown today sent a memo to board members and staff saying that Walter Isaacson had informed him of his plan to step down as CEO and President at the end of the year. Isaacson will be joining the history department of Tulane University as University Professor effective January 2018, ...

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Letter from the Chairman: Farewell Kofi Amegashie!

It is with much disappointment that I have to announce the resignation of Kofi Amegashie as ALI SA’s Executive Director due to his relocation to the UK with his family. ALI SA has seen the introduction of a robust and active social media, a rejuvenated website, as well as an introduction of our monthly dialogues. All of this, is attributed to Kofi’s vision and contribution which has spa...

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The Mentorship Circle Launch: Building Future Leaders

On the eve of International Women’s Day on 7 March, the Mentorship Circle was launched at The Campus in Bryanston. The Mentorship Circle is a collaborative mentorship program developed by Charmaine Houvet (Cisco), Sharmla Chetty (Duke CE, ALI Fellow), Lesego Sennelo (AWCA, ALI Fellow), Sindi Mabaso-Koyana (AWCA, ALI Fellow) and Grathel Motau (AWCA, ALI Fellow). The programme aims to equip, ins...

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Join us for the 11th annual COPESSA Golf Day

Every child deserves the right to a happy, healthy and safe childhood; help COPESSA prevent child abuse before it happens. About COPESSA COPESSA is an award winning nonprofit organisation, founded by Dr Nobs Mwanda (Class 4, Khalipa). COPESSA focuses its efforts on preventing child abuse before it happens; this is referred to as primary prevention. In cases where prevention is not successful w...

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Interviews with the FUEL Team

Fifteen years ago, Charles Luyckx (from Class IV: Kalipha) and Gary Campbell (from Class III: Seriti), identified a missing link in the South African education system. That link was nutrition. FUEL is an acronym that stands for Feed. Educate. Uplift. Love. FUEL is a fully funded non-profit initiative that collaborates with the South African government to feed our school children and transform the...

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You’re invited to The Mentorship Circle launch!

ALI Fellows Lesego Sennelo, Sharmla Chetty, Sindi Mabaso Koyana and Grathel Motau together with Cisco Executive Charmaine Houvet, cordially invite you to the launch of The Mentorship Circle. The Mentorship Circle is a collaborative mentorship programme between AWCA, Cisco, and Duke CE. The programme will be launched on the 7th of March 2017. The programme aims to expand the scope and circle o...

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Tshikululu is looking for a dynamic Social Investment Specialist

Tshikululu Social Investments is looking for a dynamic individual to play a strategic leadership role with one of our newest clients, who is focused on bringing about large-scale, system-wide change. The systemic social investment specialist’s primary responsibilities will be two-fold: firstly to represent the client as a strategic partner on a number of ‘big bet’ social investments; and s...

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Join us at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum 2017!

The Resnick Aspen Action Forum is one the Aspen Institute’s greatest platforms for effecting real and measurable change in the world. It is an annual four day event held in Aspen, Colorado that encourages entrepreneurial leaders from around the world to put their ideas for impact into action. The ALI SA office encourages all ALI fellows to attend at least one of these seminars at some point...

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Let’s Recap on the first ALI SA Dialogue for 2017 with Sizwe Nxasana

Chairperson of NSFAS and former CEO of FirstRand Bank, Sizwe Nxasana discussed how we can transform higher education and create a conducive environment, both socially and financially, for learners to thrive. The dialogue kicked off with Nxasana describing South Africa’s current higher education landscape. He mentioned that we currently have 850 000 students enrolled in higher education institu...

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Joshin Raghubar: Real radical economic transformation is a basic grant for all.

SA does need radical economic transformation. Growth is snail-paced and inequality is increasing. The fog of political patronage is debilitating investment and future generations are ill-equipped to thrive in a changing economic landscape. Old ideas are tearing us apart rather than binding us together. SA and the world need a utopian unifying vision, radical ideas transformed into good policy and...

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