Pearls of Wisdom

KT CEO Mankodi Moitse: Using 30 years of wisdom to overcome poverty

            In review, we have found that there are a number of critical reasons for our need to continue to work in this sector. These include:   Our recognition of the role education places in achieving economic development. We continue to believe that education is…...

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Pearls of Wisdom from Advocate Thuli Madonsela

Strand: Innovative Leadership What makes an innovative leader and why is innovation important to a leader? An innovative leader is a leader who employs situational leadership practices to influence others to generate and deploy innovative solutions to challenges and take an organization or society forward. An innovative leader is not only…...

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NEF Lights the Black Economic Empowerment Path

The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) is positioned as a critical agent of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). NEF CEO, Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa, shares her thoughts about economic transformation. What is the role of the NEF and how does it differ from other development finance institutions (DFIs)? The NEF is an agency…...

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Reverend Frank Chikane: The miracle that is Kagiso Trust

I was fortunate to be one of the founding members of Kagiso Trust back in 1985. At the time, we were fighting for sanctions against apartheid South Africa and lobbying for this in many European countries. Our message then was ‘give us the money and we will spend it on…...

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Mr. Mohlolo Selala: Kagiso Enterprises Rural Private Equity Fund

Mr. Mohlolo Selala is the ESD Business Support and Fund Manager of the KT programme Kagiso Enterprises Rural Private Equity Fund (KERPEF). Why did Kagiso Trust (KT) through the KERPEF Programme decide to fund rural and small businesses, and how does the KERPEF differ from government development finance institutions that fund…...

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Pearls of Wisdom: CEO of the IDC, Mr. Geoffrey Qhena

1. What does your role entail at the Industrial Development Corporation? I am the chief executive officer of the IDC. My role includes – among other responsibilities – providing guidance and directing IDC’s business focus, particularly in terms of our mandate. 2. What role do Development Financial Institutions play in…...

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Pearls of Wisdom from Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa

Pearls of Wisdom from Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa – Deputy President and Advisory Board Member, Kagiso Shanduka Trust Why is it vital for government to collaborate with private sector to enable the country to reach Vision 2030 as outlined in the National Development Plan? By adopting a new democratic Constitution nearly 20 years…...

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Pearls of Wisdom from Mr. Johan Burger

Pearls of Wisdom from Mr. Johan Burger, Chief Executive Officer FirstRand Strand: Development and Sustainability What does your role entail in FirstRand? It’s often said that the best leaders assemble a great team around them and then spend their time making sure that this team has the tools and resources to…...

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Exam Results Show Lessons in Education Partnership Learnt

Pearls of Wisdom from Free State MEC of Education: Mr Tate Makgoe Strand: Collaboration and Sustainability The Free State Province was ranked third in the 2015 matric results, what does it owe this achievement to and would you like to see the Free State take the number one spot in 2016?…...

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Is government ready for partnerships in education?

Pearls of Wisdom from Kagiso Trust trustee Dean Zwo Nevhutalu How important are partnerships and what are the benefits of being in a partnership? Partnerships amplify the scope of work and each partner brings something unique to the partnership. There is an African saying that state if you want to walk…...

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Pearls of Wisdom from Advocate Mohamed Shafie Ameermia

Pearls of Wisdom from Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission Advocate Mohamed Shafie Ameermia Strand: Development What does the role of the South African Human Rights Commission entail? The South African Human Rights Commission is a Chapter 9 institution established in terms of the Constitution and is mandated to…...

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Pearls of Wisdom from Mr. Dali Tambo

Pearls of Wisdom from Mr. Dali Tambo, CEO of the Carnival Company Strand: Development What did your role in the development of the National Heritage Monument entail? My primary role was to conceptualise ‘heritage’ and translate its importance for our country. The project was about more than heritage as a…...

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