Who We Are

We, the people from every political, racial, gender, ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural and class backgrounds, united under and loyal to our Constitution, must now reclaim what has given us collective dignity, self-respect and the admiration of the world.

Convenors

Reverend Frank Chikane

Rev. Chikane is the former Commissioner of the first Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which was responsible for the first democratic elections in 1994; a former Director-General in the Office of the Deputy President and later the Presidency and Secretary of Cabinet. He is the Chairperson of the Kagiso Capital (KC) board and the board of City Power Johannesburg. He is currently a Senior Vice-President of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), a Member of the Board of Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and is part of the Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) Advisory Committee. Rev. Chikane is also a former Board Member of Thebe Investments and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Reverend Frank Chikane is one of the founding members of Kagiso Trust and is currently the Chairperson of Kagiso Trust.


Mavuso Msimang

Mavuso Msimang has a BSc and an MBA from the US International University in California. He was a senior member of the African National Congress and served on the Military High Command of Umkonto we Sizwe. In 1977 he joined the United Nations, working in Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia. He subsequently worked for the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and CARE International as Country Director in Ethiopia and Kenya before being appointed Head of Emergency Planning for WUSC working out of Ottawa, Canada. He returned to South African in 1993 and served in a number of positions including Executive Director of SA Tourism, CEO of South African National Parks (SANParks) and CEO of the State Information Technology Agency. Mavuso was one of the original Founders of African Parks.


Sipho Pityana

Sipho Pityana is a successful South African businessman, advisor and consultant. He is best known as an outspoken critic of the former president, Jacob Zuma. On several occasions he did not agree with Zuma’s style of leadership. Sipho has worked in various capacities in the country. He inspires uncountable people across the country and beyond to work hard and pursue their interests and dreams.  He went to the University of Essex where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Sociology. He also went to the University of London for his Master of Science degree in Politics and Sociology. He also has an honourary DTech VUT. 

Adrian Gore

Adrian Gore is a leading South African businessman and entrepreneur who founded the global diversified financial services group, Discovery, which provides health insurance for more than 200,000 companies and close to 2 million people. In 1992, Adrian Gore raised seed funding from Laurie Dippenaar, a cofounder of Rand Merchant Bank, and founded the South African medical insurer after years of working with Liberty Life. Discovery is known for its Vitality unit, which rewards members with cheap flights and other perks; bigger discounts go to those who acquire points by going regularly to the gym, eating vegetables and taking regular medical tests. Discovery, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, also has operations in the United Kingdom and the United States. Gore is the company's largest individual shareholder with an estimated 8% stake. A fitness buff, he often jogs the 6 miles

Professor Saths Cooper

Saths Cooper is a psychologist who has played a variety of public roles from the age of 16, being imprisoned in Robben Island, mostly in the same cell-block as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and other apartheid prisons for 9 years.

The recipient of numerous awards (e.g., the inaugural IUPsyS Achievement Against the Odds Award in 2012, the International Association of Applied Psychology Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to the Advancement of Applied Psychology in 2014 and the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology in 2014), he is a Fellow of the Psychological Society of South Africa and the National Academy of Psychology - India, and Honorary Fellow of the British & Irish Psychological Societies.

President of the International Union of Psychological Science and the Pan-African Psychology Union, and Vice President of the International Social Science Council, Cooper is Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria and Honorary Professor at the University of Limpopo. 


Cheryl Carolus

Cheryl Carolus is the executive chair of Peotona Group Holdings, a women-owned company with assets in resources and infrastructure feeder industries. She is a former anti-apartheid activist in South Africa. She became South Africa’s High Commissioner in London in 1998, and served as the CEO of South African Tourism.
In 2004, she was appointed chairperson of South Africa’s conservation body, SANParks, and in 2009 was appointed chairperson of the board of South African Airways.
She is a member of the executive committee of the International Crisis Group, and in 2013, she was appointed as a trustee of the British Museum.
She also holds non-executive positions on several boards, including De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited, Fenner Conveyor Belting, Macsteel Service Centres SA, IQ Business, Investec Ltd and Investec plc, and the British Museum. She chairs a number of charity foundation boards.


Neeshan Balton

Neeshan Balton is the executive director of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He has been a community and political activist for the past 35 years with involvement ranging from teacher unionism, civic organising, youth activism and formal and underground ANC activism. He was an activist in the Transvaal Indian Congress and United Democratic Front.
Neeshan chairs the boards of SANCA/Nishtara Lenasia and Eastwave Community Radio in Lenasia. He also serves on the Board of the Gauteng growth and development agency. He holds a MSC in Public Finance and Administration (University of London) and a BA and BED (Wits). 

Brigalia Bam

Dr. Brigalia Bam is known for her efforts on behalf of women and social activism in South Africa. She is one of the founding members of the Women’s Development Foundation in South Africa and became the foundation’s president in 1998. She also served as Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission in South Africa.

She earned a postgraduate degree from the University of Chicago and served as General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. She has also served as the Africa Regional Secretary and Coordinator of the Women’s Workers' Programme for the International Food and Allied Workers Association. She served as Executive Programme Secretary for the Women’s Department of the World Council of Churches and has been a member of the Panel of the Wise since 2007. She has received numerous awards, including the Order of Simon of Cyrene award, the National Order of the Baobab and the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation.

Reverend Moss Nthla

Rev Moss Ntlha is the general secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa, He is a justice activist involved in various church based initiatives for justice, reconciliation and transformation in South Africa. He also chairs the South African Christian Leadership initiative ( SACLI) whose main agenda is to engage stakeholders in Business, Government and civil society and churches broadly in the pursuit of social justice and the common good.

Busisiwe Mavuso

Busisiwe Mavuso is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Leadership South Africa. Before joining BLSA, Mavuso was the Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF), an organisation she joined in May 2009 and served in positions of Chief Financial Officer and Operations Director. She is a non-executive director on the boards of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, Resultant Finance (a PiC investee company) and BMF investment (Pty) Ltd. Mavuso started her career in Finance in 1995 in the banking industry and has worked for various companies in industries ranging from training, consulting, telecoms and the healthcare industry (Netcare) over the past 23 years. She is a Chartered Accountant with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants in the United Kingdom (ACCA-UK) and holds a Master’s degree in Business Leadership from Unisa SBL; a Postgraduate Qualification in business Management from GIBS and a B Compt from Unisa She is known as an advocate for inclusive socio-economic growth, transformation and people’s development.