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Halala! Ferial Haffajee as she receives an honorary Doctorate from the University of Free State

On Thursday, 8 December, Ferial Haffajee received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Free State for her outstanding work in Journalism throughout her 25 years in the field. This was a significant and sentimental moment for Haffajee, as she was not able to attend her graduation ceremony for her Journalism degree from The University of the Witwatersrand in 1989. “Black students had boyc...

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Congratulations to the 2016 TEACH South Africa Graduates

The TEACH South Africa (TEACH) 2015 Cohort graduation ceremony was held on Saturday, 10 November 2016 at the Deloitte auditorium in Johannesburg. The ceremony was hosted by former graduates and ambassadors Berkia Banda and Camagwini Dolweni. Banda and Dolweni shared their own experiences of being TEACH graduates and the opportunities that this forwarded to them. They also encouraged graduates in ...

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Letter from ALI-SA Chair, Adrian Enthoven: #Celebrating2016

Adrian Enthoven As we approach the holiday season, it is fitting to take a moment to thank everyone who has been part of the Africa Leadership Initiative. My deepest gratitude goes out to all the Fellows for their continual participation and support. I also extend my thanks to the Aspen Global Leadership Network, as well as our directors, our African and global partners, and our board members, for...

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The third and final ALI Leadership Initiative Dialogue for 2016 with Zwelinzima Vavi

The third and final ALI Leadership Initiative Dialogue for 2016 was held on Wednesday, 16 November at the lavish Villa Arcadia in Parktown. Former General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and Vice-Chairperson of the Millennium Labour Council, Zwelinzima Vavi shared his views on the role of leaders and their contribution to a new South Africa, as well as key lesson...

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Nominations are open for the second class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship

The Aspen Institute’s Finance Leaders Fellowship seeks to develop the next generation of responsible, community-spirited leaders in the global finance industry. This new, two-year program is modeled on the Henry Crown Fellowship which was established in 1996. Using the Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, and building upon the Institute’s commitment to values-based, action-...

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Congratulations to Thina Siwendu on her appointment as Judge of the High Court: Gauteng Local Division

We take this moment to congratulate Thina Siwendu. After a grueling selection process by the JSC commission panel in Cape Town, Thina Siwendu; Class III – Seriti and ALI SA board member, has recently been appointed as Judge of the High Court: Gauteng local division. This announcement comes as a great honour for Thina who has over two decades of experience in law. She holds a B.Soc.Sci from the U...

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2016 Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture presented by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

Linda Vilakazi, Class VIII: Mahube and CEO of the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation cordially invites you to the 2016 Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Constitutional Court Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng. The lecture is to be held on 27th October 2016 at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg. Topic: Oliver Tambo’s values –  Meaning, relevance and implication for Sout...

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TEACH South Africa’s Richard Masemola speaks to #NightTalk’s Lovelyn Nwadeyi

TEACH South Africa has been developing educators and tools to improve maths, science and English education in South Africa. The organization recruits university graduates in these subjects, and places them in rural and disadvantaged schools for two years, where they train to become educators. Since the year 2009, TEACH South Africa has placed graduates in 186 schools across the country. TEACH Sou...

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Interviews with Andrew Zaloumis and iSimangaliso Wetland Park Team

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the top eight biodiversity hotspots in the world. Yet, amidst such natural plenty, it is also one of South Africa’s poorest regions, with over 80 percent of the surrounding people living in dire poverty, and only 15 percent formally employed. Meet Andrew Zaloumis, a lifelong conservationist and anti-apartheid activist, who f...

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Interviews with the Bulungula Incubator Team

Bulungula Incubator: The best way to transform a rural community is through the community itself. Tackling rural poverty effectively, is a challenge as Education and Healthcare remain the keys to meaningful transformation. Through the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), our Fellows have been able to create and provide impactful projects that are making a difference in South Africa. Our Fellows a...

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WATCH: Justice Malala interviews Pravin Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan chats to political analyst and Class II: Kilimanjaro Fellow Justice Malala at the annual Cape Town Open Book Festival. ...

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WATCH: Kwanele Enuf is Enuf TV Ad

Kwanele Enuf is a zero tolerance campaign by ALI Fellow Andy Kawa, that aims to break the chains of silence surrounding rape and sexual violence. Rape, sexual violence and gender based violence affects us all, no matter our gender, race or religion. With this video we aim to bring together the voices of all South Africans, standing together to say “Enuf is Enuf” Read more about Andy Kawa ⟶ ...

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Enzo Scarcella leaves Telkom for MTN

Enzo Scarcella. Photo © Africa Leadership Initiative.   Telecommunications industry veteran Enzo Scarcella is leaving his role as chief marketing officer at Telkom after spending three years at the company. MTN Group, Africa’s biggest wireless operator by sales, appointed ALI Fellow (Class VIII Mahube) and Board Member Enzo Scarcella as chief operating officer of its South Africa unit, r...

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Africa Leadership Initiative: Opening of the nominations process for the 11th class

It is with great pleasure – that  we announce the opening of the nominations process for the 11th class of the Africa Leadership Initiative, to be launched in May, 2017. Please download the nomination form, and use it to nominate your preferred candidates. As you already know, the quality of the ALI fellowship is dependent on the calibre of Fellows we bring on board, it is therefore important ...

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TEACH South Africa: Interviews with the Founding Members

TEACH South Africa: How a challenge of quality education gave birth to a solution that would impact young South African scholars in disadvantaged areas. Read more about TEACH South Africa ⟶    ...

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Gugu Sepamla was appointed alongside 11 other board members to the board of SAA

South Africa’s cabinet has reappointed Dudu Myeni as the chairwoman of the loss-making national airline, it said on Friday. The cabinet said Myeni, an ally of President Jacob Zuma, was appointed alongside 11 other board members to the board of South African Airways (SAA). The new team will meet the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan who would provide direction from a shareholder perspective,...

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WATCH: Trevor Ncube on CNN’s #Amanpour #ThisFlag Interview on Zimbabwe

About ALI Fellow Trevor Ncube: Trevor Ncube is Chairman of Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) based in Zimbabwe, a company he co-founded 19 years ago. AMH owns four newspaper titles in Zimbabwe namely NewsDay (daily), Southern Eye (regional daily), The Zimbabwe Independent (business weekly) and The Standard (Sunday). Ncube is also controlling shareholder and Executive Deputy Chairman of the Mail & Gu...

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A look back at an interesting dialogue with Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Our Former Deputy President Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka shared her views on challenges facing women and children in Africa. On Monday, the 22nd August 2016 we had our second ALI Leadership Initiative Dialogue in the heart of Sandton at Barloworld. For this series, we hosted none other than the former South African Deputy President and current United Nations Under-Secretary-General, who is...

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Parliament’s ad hoc committee headed by ALI Fellow Makhosi Khoza decides on the next Public Protector

ALI Class VI Tshelela Fellow Makhosi Khoza and parliament’s ad hoc committee on the Public Protector met on Wednesday to choose its preferred candidate for the public protector position, before submitting its recommendation to the National Assembly. See Makhosi Khoza’s biography ...

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Pravin Gordhan vs ALI Fellow Justice Malala in heavyweight debate on economy

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is taking on Justice Malala, the political commentator and Financial Mail columnist, on Wednesday August 24 in the Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s second Rumble in the Urban Jungle event this year. Ray Hartley live-blogged the action here: http://bit.ly/2bC2ROF ...

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Adrian Enthoven guest lecturer at the 5th annual FVZS Honorary Lecture

Adrian Enthoven delivered a speech at the annual Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Lecture at the University of Stellenbosch on 4 August 2016. In his words “The speech is an attempt to make a case for a much more vocal and active political “centre” in our society and what the focus of this centre might look like…” You can read the full speech here or alternatively you can watch it ...

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A look back at the 1st ALI Leadership Dialogue with former president Kgalema Motlanthe

On the 27th July 2016, ALI launched the ALI Leadership Initiative Dialogue by hosting former President of the Republic South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe. This first event of the series was moderated by Ralph Freese from Class 1, and boasted 25 fellows in attendance at the Villa Acadia in Parktown. The theme for the evening was‘The Challenge of Leadership’ and what we need to do to face it ...

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2016 John P. McNulty Prize Laureates

Anne Welsh McNulty and the Aspen Institute have announced the 2016 John P. McNulty Prize Laureates. We are proud and honoured to have one of ALISA’s fellow of Class VI, Andrew Zaloumis. Andrew Zaloumis is the CEO of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park; deemed and selected as a worthy candidate for the Prize. Twelve ALI SA fellows where present in the gallery when Andrew’s name was announced; Adr...

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What if there were no whites in SA? By Ferial Haffajee

Ferial Haffajee examines South Africa’s history and present in light of the provocative question, ‘What if there were no whites in South Africa?’, as she traverses the rocky terrain of race in our country and grapples with what it means to be here The #RhodesMustFall movement used the colonial-era statue of Cecil John Rhodes to focus on the incomplete journey of transformation at the...

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Deck the shelves with tales of folly: Justice Malala on fastening our seatbelts

Between some great local non-fiction escapist offerings due on the shelves this holiday season, South Africans hoping to catch up on political non-fiction are in for a dose of bleak and brutal reality for ’tis the season of deep discontent. A new addition to the growing pile of dystopian recent writings is columnist and political analyst, Justice Malala’s book, an angry, uncompromising...

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Andrew Zaloumis has been awarded the WWF SA Living Planet 2015 Award.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park CEO & ALI Fellow Andrew Zaloumis named WWF SA Living Planet 2015 Award Winner In a powerful recognition of his role in conservation and sustainable development, Andrew Zaloumis has been awarded the WWF SA Living Planet 2015 Award.   Andrew Zaloumis received the WWF SA Living Planet 2015 Award from WWF SA. Chairperson, Valli Moosa (left) and Chief Executive Offic...

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Harambee announced as a John P. McNulty Prize Finalist

Harambee Youth Project was announced as one of the finalists when Anne Welsh McNulty and the Aspen Institute announced the eighth annual John P. McNulty Prize laureates, a group of extraordinary leaders who bring the spirit of innovation that characterized their success in the private sector to address some of the most intractable problems facing our world today. The 2015 Laureates are making a si...

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The Thriving World, the Wilting World, and You: Anand Giridharadas

A powerful and thought provoking keynote by Crown Fellow Anand Giridharadas at the 2015 Aspen Action Forum Click here to read article ...

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ALI Fellow, Leslie Maasdorp appointed as Vice President of the New Development Bank

Mr. Leslie Maasdorp who is one of ALI Fellows was appointed as Vice President of the (BRICS) New Development Bank. The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) New Development Bank (NDB) will be led by KV Kamath, who was appointed as its president, in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. Prior to the appointment, Kamath served as chairperson of the second-largest Indian information technology...

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Isaac Shongwe delivers the 4th Annual Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert Honorary Lecture.

Isaac Shongwe was the guest speaker at the FVZS Annual Lecture on the 22nd of April 2015, hosted by Stellenbosch University’s Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership Development. The goal is to stimulate critical and challenging conversations about our country and continent. This is in line with the example set throughout his life by the late Dr Frederik Van Zyl Slabb...

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Cry the crucified country: Alan Storey

Looking at SA today, one is forced to think about the events in Jerusalem many thousands of weeks ago, writes Rev Alan Storey What a week! What a tragically sad and terrifyingly disturbing week! A crucifying week! A crucifying week, where justice, truth, integrity and trust stand pierced – if they stand at all. Virtues that some people gave up their lives to protect are given up to protect some...

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ALI Fellow Kuben Naidoo gets promoted to Deputy Governor of SARB

We are so proud to witness a real manifestation of our slogan, as one of our own makes a steady ascent from success to significance. Kuben Naidoo, who was the National Planning Committee’s Acting Head of Secretariat whilst part of the Class 8 ALI Fellowship (Mahube); has been promoted from the role of advisor to the Reserve Bank Governor, to Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank. Kuben assumes his...

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Micro documentary: Bulungula Incubator (McNulty Prize Winner 2014)

The $100,000 Prize goes to Réjane Woodroffe and Bulungula Incubator. Learn more at mcnultyprize.org/#laureates ...

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Honoring the McNulty Prize Winner Bulungula Incubator at the 2014 Annual Awards Dinner

Bob Steel recognizes the 2014 McNulty Prize Winner, Réjane Woodroffe. Woodroffe’s leadership project is called Bulungula Incubator. The John P. McNulty Prize seeks to inspire individuals from around the world to make a real difference in their communities by recognizing the very best in high-impact leadership. http://mcnultyprize.org/#home Source: The Aspen Institute ...

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Ali Fellow Ferial Haffajee Gets The 2015 International Press Freedom Award

The 2015 International Press Freedom Award was presented to Africa Leadership Initiative SA Fellow and journalist Ferial Haffajee by the Committee to Protect Journalists.Ferial Haffajee is the editor-in-chief of the local privately owned weekly City Press in South Africa. She was also the editor-in-chief of the weekly investigative paper the Mail & Guardian. Under her leadership, bo...

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