Renowned and prominent speakers will address delegates attending the 3rd Annual Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba in September. Now in its third year, the 2017 Indaba is an opportunity for business executives, captains of industry, policy makers, Government Ministers, academics, diplomats and labour leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturing, in general, and the steel and engineering sector, in particular.

Dr Joni Musabayana

Dr. Joni Musabayana has a Doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA School of Business leadership, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a BSc Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Zimbabwe.

He also has a Diploma in Training Management, Diploma in Computer Programming plus numerous Certificates in Management, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship training.

He has worked for the Zimbabwe Ministry of Higher Education 1989 – 1990, Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe 1990 - 1992 and then for International Labour Organization 1992 to date.

His professional focus has been in the field of entrepreneurship and management and has run his own business.

He has worked for the ILO based in Harare (1992 – 2002) as project staff and as Chief Technical Adviser, Geneva (2002 – 2004) as Global Coordinator of Start and Improve Your Business programme, Addis Ababa (2004 – 2009) as Enterprise

Specialist, Pretoria (2009 – 2016) as Deputy Director of the ILO Pretoria Decent Work Team and Country Office. Currently, he is the Director of the ILO Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa based in Pretoria covering 18 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa technically and five countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa) politically and administratively.

His global work assignments have taken him to South East Asia, China, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe and Central America.

He is a music lover, avid reader and a keen sportsman who played basketball for the Zimbabwe national team for 15 years. He enjoys running and going to the gym. He is married to Wynne and they have two boys and two girls.

Ms Lindiwe Zulu

Ms Lindiwe Zulu is the Minister of Small Business Development in South Africa.
She is a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).

Minister Zulu is a champion of the small business sector as the development of the small business sector is critical for the sustainable economic development and transformation of South Africa.

Ms Zulu was educated in Swaziland whereupon she joined the ANC after the 1976 student uprising. In exile, Ms Zulu lived in Morogoro in Tanzania where she was offered a scholarship to study journalism in Russia. She obtained a Master’s degree in journalism.

After her studies in Moscow, she joined the liberation army Umkhonto we Sizwe Once her military training was complete, Ms Zulu joined the PAN African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) in Angola where she was appointed as the co-ordinator of the communications committee. She has held several communication positions. In 1989, she was appointed the Head of Communication in the ANC’s department of Religious Affairs. Ms Zulu also served at the Head of Communication in the ANC’s Uganda office.

In 1991 she returned to South Africa and became the Head of Communication in the ANC Women’s League. Ms Zulu was elected to the ANC’s team of spokespersons for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. After the elections, she was elected a member of the Gauteng Legislature and was appointed Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature in 1995. Four years later, Ms Zulu was appointed the Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2001, she was appointed Chief Director for Western and Central Africa In 2003, she left government to join the private sector where she served as the Executive Head of Government and International Relations at Vodacom group, a mobile phone services company based in South Africa. In 2004 she became the South African Ambassador to Brazil. She was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee first in 2007 and again in 2009, Ms Zulu was elected to Parliament as a Member of Parliament representing the African National Congress. After 2009, Ms Zulu was appointed Special Advisor to the President of South Africa on International Relations.

In 2014, Ms Zulu was appointed as the Minister of Small Business Development. Minister Zulu is particularly interested in issues relating to the strengthening of institutions of governance, multiparty democracy, community development and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship and the economic empowerment of women and youth.

She believes that the entrepreneurship will provide both poverty reduction and economic growth benefits.

Mildred Nelisiwe Oliphant

Mildred Nelisiwe Oliphant has spent all her adult life serving the people of South Africa in various roles. She cut her teeth as a unionist with the South African Commercial and Catering Workers union from 1983 to 1993 where she served in various portfolios.
She has also served in the Congress of South African Trade Unions as a Local Secretary as well as chairing the Federation’s Women Forum. She is still active in regional ANC Women’s League.
With the dawn of democracy, she joined the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature in April 1994 as an MPL and was given a task to convene the Health Study Group. In June 1999, she joined the National Assembly as Member of Parliament serving as member of the portfolio committee on housing.
Her dedication and hard work saw her being given the portfolio of House Chairperson of Committees in the National Council of Provinces – which work included scheduling committee activities, assisting committee chairpersons formulate strategic plans, compile budgets and also serving in the select committee on Public Services and Land & Environmental Affairs.
In 2009 she moved to position of House Chairperson for International Relations & Public Education. In this posting, her duties included establishing and monitoring the work of the Parliamentary Group on International Relations, advising the Speaker and Deputy Speaker on all activities and issues pertaining to International Relations and Public Education as well as serving in a number of in-house Committee including the Joint Rules Committee and National Assembly Rules committee.
She was appointed Minister of Labour in November 2010, a position she currently holds. She was elected into the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2012 and serves in various Presidential Advisory Committees and Councils.

Matthias Boddenberg

1958 born in Wuppertal, Germany
1964 - 1976 School, Matric
1976 - 1983 Legal Studies in Cologne, Germany
1983 - 1987 Practical Training as Lawyer and Judge in Düsseldorf, Germany
1987 Consultant for Tax Law and Tax Policy at Bund der Steuerzahler NRW, Düsseldorf
1988 - 1990 Head of Department Tax Law and Tax Policy at Bund der Steuerzahler NRW, Duesseldorf
1990 - 1995 Deputy Chief Executive of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Johannesburg
1995 – 2001 Chief Executive of the Official Irano-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Teheran, Iran
2001 - Chief Executive of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Johannesburg Various publications on German corporate tax law, international property acquisitions
Married with 3 children.
Hobbies: Sailing, Chess

Ms Mayleen Kyster

Mayleen has 13 years steel industry experience was employed in various capacities in the steel industry before venturing into business. She is the founder of Africa Steel Holdings, a boutique investment holding company with interests in businesses which supply steel to the construction and mining sectors.

Mayleen sits on the boards of Africa Steel Holdings, RSC Avelo, RSH Mining, Seifsa as well as the Northern Cape Metals Industrial Cluster.

Mayleen holds and MBA from North West University as well as a BComm(Accounting) and Certificate in Project Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Mr Paul Runge

Paul Runge is Director: Projects and Development Finance at the specialised Africa business consulting firm Africa House. The company supplies approximately 170 companies and organisations with early alerts of projects across a broad range of sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa and undertakes bespoke business research assignments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa House was launched in early 2016 as a merger between his company of some 20 years, Africa Project Access and the Africa research house, Whitehouse & Associates. As a former diplomat, he served in Gabon and supervised projects in the Cape Verde Islands. He spent six years with the South African Foreign Trade Organisation and led many of the first South African business delegations into other African countries. He regularly undertakes assignments into Africa and has visited some 42 African countries. He writes for several publications and has published Potholes & Profits: Business (& other) Conversations and Experiences from Africa. He speaks English, Afrikaans, French and German, is conversant in Portuguese and has studied Zulu.

Apart from Africa, his other main interest is helping to combat drug abuse within his capacity as a Rotarian and member of the Central Rand Board of the South Africa National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SANCA). He was nominated by Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow in acknowledgement of his anti drug abuse work.

His leisure interests are music, travel, gym, playing squash and he is a keen soccer follower.



Highlights of the conference will include addresses by Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Small Businesses Lindiwe Zulu and Cosatu General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali. ANC National Executive Committee member and former Chairperson of the African Union (AU)Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will deliver the closing remarks.

Other speakers will include Zimbabwean academic and political commentator Dr Ibbo Mandaza, businesswoman Dr Mamphela Ramphele, CEO of the of Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) Joel Netshitenzhe, CEO of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) Dr Raymond Patel, Massmart Chairman Kuseni Dlamini, Chief Commissioner of the International Trade and Administration Commission Siyabulela Tsengiwe and the CEO of the Manufacturing Circle Phillipa Rodseth.

Prof Steven Friedman

Steven Friedman is Research Professor in the Humanities Faculty of the University of Johannesburg.

He is a political scientist who has specialized in the study of democracy. He researched and wrote widely on the South African transition to democracy both before and after the elections of 1994 and has, over the past decade, largely written on the relationship between democracy on the one hand, social inequality and economic growth on the other. In particular, he has stressed the role of citizen voice in strengthening democracy and promoting equality.

He is the author of Building Tomorrow Today, a study of the South African trade union movement and the implications of its growth for democracy, and the editor of The Long Journey and The Small Miracle (with Doreen Atkinson), which presented the outcome of two research projects on the South African transition. His current work focuses on the theory and practice of democracy and his study of South African radical thought Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid was published in 2015. He writes a weekly column in Business Day on current political and economic developments

Trudi Makhaya

Trudi Makhaya is CEO of Makhaya Advisory, a research, advisory and stakeholder engagement firm. The firm acts as a consultant and advisor on competition regulation, economic policy, business strategy and stakeholder relations. Clients include blue chips companies, government entities, entrepreneurs and investors.
As an active public commentator, writes a column for Business Day. Trudi has also published academic articles on competition economics and policy.
Trudi holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, including an MCom in Economics and a BCom (Law).
Trudi was an economist and later a member of the executive committee at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2010 to 2014. Prior to joining the Competition Commission, Trudi held various management consulting and corporate roles at Deloitte, Genesis Analytics and AngloGold Ashanti.
In her spare time, Trudi writes fiction and poetry. Her recent work is included in New Contrast and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IV.

Dr Raymond Patel

Raymond holds a Phd in Education Management, focusing on Performance Management. He has over 30 years of experience in Education and Training. He was a teacher, lecturer, education planner, teacher development, director of Education, MD of a company he founded. Previously the CEO of Chemical SETA (CHIETA) and since 2006 the CEO of merSETA.

He is:
Board member of:
Cell C Foundation;
The University of Western Cape;
Human Resources Development Committee of RSA (HRDC)

Kuseni Dlamini

Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee

Appointed 10 April 2014

Kuseni Dlamini is the Chairman of JSE-listed Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the southern hemisphere with operations in 47 countries. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets. Prior to this he was the Head of Anglo American South Africa and a member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American plc. in London and was Director of Anglo Platinum Ltd. He is also the former Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) Ltd and a former Chairman of Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd. As part of his career in mining he held a number of senior positions at Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Kuseni is a graduate of the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In March 2008, he was named a ‘Young Global Leader (YGL)’ by the World Economic Forum and, during the same month, Miningx selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in South African mining. In June 2008, the Mail & Guardian named him as one of the top 200 young people worth taking to lunch and in the same year and month, The Economist referred to him as “A Rare Commodity’. In 2010, the World Economic Forum appointed him a member of the Global Agenda Council on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation. In 2011, he was appointed co-Chairman of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit which brings together Heads of States, leading politicians and business leaders to debate the state of Africa in a changing world on an annual basis. Kuseni is active in professional bodies and charities which include the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Common Purpose and the Advisory Board of GIBS Business School. He is also a former member of the Council of the University of Pretoria and former Chairman of the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Renai Moothilal

Renai Moothilal is the Executive Director of the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM). NAACAM was established in 1980 to represent the interests of SA’s automotive component manufacturers and is widely recognised as a credible voice as well as being a thought leader and shape shifter in the automotive value chain. A development economist by profession, Moothilal took over the leadership role at NAACAM after spending a decade at the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa, mostly as a senior official in the Automotives unit. During this time he was instrumental in managing various policy and programme related issues including the transition from MIDP to APDP, institutionalising the Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI), as well as laying the groundwork for the development of an Automotive Masterplan from 2020 to 2035. Outside of core policy issues he has been part of several incentive adjudication committees as well having served as an advisor to automotive companies on issues related to investment and production in SA. Moothilal’s earlier years at the dti were in its Investment Promotion unit whilst he has also previously worked at the National Treasury as well as FNB Corporate and Liberty Group. He is the holder of a B.Comm (Hons) and M. Dev Studies, cum laude.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele has had a celebrated career as an activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman, global public servant and political thinker.
Following the Soweto uprising in 1976, she was detained without trial, released after five months and soon afterwards served with an apartheid banning order.
She studied Medicine at the then University of Natal, has a B Comm degree, a Diploma in Tropical Hygiene, a Diploma in Public Health and a PhD in Social Anthropology. She went on to become Vice-Chancellor of UCT, then one of four Managing Directors of the World Bank, based in Washington, DC.
Dr Ramphele is the author of several books and publications on socio-economic issues in South Africa. She has received numerous national and international awards acknowledging her scholarship and leading role in spearheading projects for disadvantaged people in South Africa and elsewhere.