Africa In The News

Africa cushioned from western crisis, Business Day, 21 September 2011. Read More...

South African designer goes from shanty town to London, Reuters, 20 September 2011. Read More...

South African artist draws home crowd, New Zealand Herald, 19 September 2011. Read More...

DIANNA GAMES: Is Angola’s president also feeling the African winds of change, Business Day, 19 September 2011. Read More...

China's stake in Zambia's election, BBC News, 19 September 2011. Read More...

African Countries To Tackle Climate Change, RadioVop Zimbabwe, 19 September 2011. Read More...

SA crowned champions of Africa, Sapa, 18 September 2011. Read More...

Takaful market Set to grow in S. Africa and beyond, Arab News, 18 September 2011. Read More...

S.Africa taxi industry launch budget airline, AFP, 17 September 2011. Read More...

Africa needs development, De Klerk says, News24, 17 September 2011. Read More...

 

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JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Johannesburg, South Africa
6 - 16 October
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SOUTHERN AFRICA CONFERENCE ON VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR DEVELOPMENT
Johannesburg, South Africa
17 - 19 October
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PUBLIC PROCUREMENT REGULATION IN AFRICA
Stellenbosch, South Africa
24 - 25 October
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AFRICAN ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2011
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
26 - 28 October
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2011 AfRES ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Windhoek, Namibia
26 - 28 October
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GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL OF SA CONVENTION & EXHIBITION
Cape Town, South Africa
26 - 28 October
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OECD-FSB CONFERENCE ON FINANCIAL LITERACY
Cape Town, South Africa
27 - 28 October
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TIME TO THINK – MASTER CLASS
Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa
27 - 28 October
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2011 EFMD AFRICA CONFERENCE
Bellville, South Africa
1 - 3 November
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THE PROGRESS CONFERENCE WITH TOM PETERS
Johannesburg, South Africa
8 November
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INTERNATIONAL BANKING CONFERENCE 2011
Durban, South Africa
10 - 14 November
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EMSSA 2011: the Third biennial Emergency Medicine in the Developing World Conference
Cape Town, South Africa
15 - 17 November
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Brand Africa FOCUS
28 September 2011



Named & Acclaimed

The buzz around the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg is palpable as delegates, media and speakers prepare for tomorrow’s much-anticipated Brand Africa FORUM 2011. Last year’s inaugural event asked some deep and relevant question about the future direction of the continent and this year’s event ups the game a notch further.

A glittering array of highly respected thought leaders, politicians, business people, academics, marketers and media pioneers will be on hand to get under the skin of issues ranging from governance and sustainability to the role of business in branding Africa, to policies and country visions, youth involvement and – critically – the importance of South Africa’s entry into the BRICS bloc for the continent as a whole.

Here’s just a taste of some of the speakers who will be in action tomorrow:

Dr Vijay Mahajan

DR VIJAY MAHAJAN
Author: “Africa Rising: How 900 Million African Consumers Can Offer More Than You Think”

Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He is a former dean of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and is one of the world’s most widely cited researchers in business and economics.

Prof Richard Mkandawire

PROF RICHARD MKANDAWIRE
Head of Resource Mobilisation, Partnerships and Communications: NEPAD Agency

Mkandawire is a socio-economist and a rural development expert and the previous head and principal architect of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). He has previously taught in the Universities of Malawi, Zambia, and in South Africa.

Geoffrey Qhena

GEOFFREY QHENA
CEO: Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

Qhena is a Chartered Accountant and also holds an Advanced Tax Certificate from UNISA. He was a Senior Manager in the Restructuring Department of Transnet before being appointed at the IDC as the Chief Financial Officer in 2003. He is chairman of Foskor, one of the world’s largest producers of phosphate and phosphoric acid and also serves on the board of Acerinox.

Malik Fal

MALIK FAL
MD: Endeavour

A previous Business Operations Director of Microsoft SA, Fal joined Endeavor South Africa in 2009. Before Microsoft, Malik was with the OTF Group consultancy as Vice President, Africa region (previously part of the Monitor Group). He also spent six years at PepsiCo. He is experienced in business strategy for firms in developing countries, and the practical roles of government and private sector institutions.

Miller Matola

MILLER MATOLA
CEO: Brand South Africa

A stalwart of the South African – and continental – drive to improve Africa’s image on the world stage, Matola was nominated for the SAA Most Outstanding Individual in the Tourism Industry Award in 2002. He is a former Portfolio Manager: South African Tourism in the Americas and previously held the position of CEO of Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Jackie Chimhanzi

DR JACKIE CHIMHANZI
Africa Lead: Deloitte Consulting

Chimhanzi has a PhD from the Cardiff Business School in Wales. She is a member of Graca Machel’s New Voices New Faces Network and sits on the board of the African Leadership Institute. Her role at Deloitte Consulting puts her at the forefront of helping potential investors to understand the opportunities and associated risks of doing business in Africa.

Prof Nick Binedell

PROF NICK BINEDELL
Founding Director and Sasol Chair of Strategic Management: Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)

After an initial career in the industry in the Mining and Manufacturing sectors in sales and general management in the Barlow Rand Group, Binedell has focused his career for the past 20 years in the area of business education. His academic qualifications include a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University. Under his guidance, GIBS – established in 2000 –was recently ranked as one of the top 40 global executive education providers by the London Financial Times.

Thebe Ikalafeng

THEBE IKALAFENG
Chairman: Brand Africa

Thebe Ikalafeng is arguably one of Africa's foremost brand authorities. He has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Thinkers in Marketing in an Ipsos survey among business decision makers in Southern Africa. He is founder of the award winning Brand Leadership Group, Brand Leadership Academy, Brand Africa™ and Public Sector Excellence™ initiatives. He has been recognised with the award Asia Brand Congress “Global Brand Leadership” award and the Marquette University/American Marketing Association “Award for Marketing Excellence”. He advices, teaches and speaks globally in commercial, political, nation and personal branding and related matters.

Read www.brandafrica.net for updates and insights from these reputed speakers and continue the discussion to build a strong Brand Africa.


“I want to see an African renaissance that provides opportunities of all kinds for people because I am confident you can compete with anybody anywhere.”
- US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Features

Nigeria Cleans Up

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to clean up a government agency tasked with developing the oil-rich Niger Delta region after reports commissioned by the presidency found evidence of fraud, reports Reuters.
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African Literary History

In a seminal moment for African literary history, two icons of literature on the continent – Nigerians Chinua Achebe (pictured) and Gabriel Okara – met for the first time this week during a discussion on “Voice and Memory in the Poetic Imagination” at Rhode Island’s Brown University in the US.
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