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Renowned and prominent speakers will address delegates attending the 4th Annual Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba in September. Now in its third year, the 2018 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.

Ms Tanya Cohen

Tanya Cohen is the new CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), for a three year term. Cohen’s responsibilities include helping Busa support and facilitate transformation, which was inherently about inclusive growth. In 2010, Cohen was appointed chairperson of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration's (CCMA) governing body. Cohen had been serving as interim chairperson of the governing body since 2008, prior to Cohen's appointment as interim chairperson, she was serving as a CCMA governing body-organised business representative for five years.
Her work experience included a 12-year career at Woolworths in employee relations, government engagement and human resources during which time she worked as part-time CCMA commissioner. Cohen was also a member of a variety of Business Unity South Africa negotiating teams at Nedlac.
She holds a Master’s Degree in labour law and is a practicing attorney specialising in labour market policy engagement. Cohen also serves as a director of the Retail Association.

Mr Moeletsi Mbeki

Moeletsi Mbeki is a political economist and the deputy chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, an independent think tank based at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is a political analyst for Nedcor Bank. Moeletsi Mbeki is a member of the executive council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) which is based in London.
With a strong background in journalism, Moeletsi Mbeki has a resume that includes a Harvard University Nieman Fellowship and time at the BBC. He often acts as a political commentator in South Africa, and is the author of a paper titled Perpetuating Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, published on 30 June 2005 by International Policy Network. He was a media consultant for the ANC in the '90s, and is currently the chairman of Endemol South Africa, a TV production house, and KMM Investments. He has also been director of Comazar, which rehabilitates and grants concessions to railway networks in Africa.

Mr Wayne Duvenage

Wayne Duvenage is the Chairman at OUTA and the Managing Director of eXcentris. At eXcentris, he works with business executives to implement customer centric processes that enable a highly effective culture of service excellence throughout all levels of any corporate organisation. Their work improves customer retention, organisational competitiveness and business performance.
After a number of amazing years at Avis as a Chief Executive, he took time out of the corporate world in August 2012 to work with a great team of committed people in the challenge against the South Africa Government's irrational plan to subject Gauteng's freeways to an expensive and inefficient e-Tolling System. This journey has given rise to the development of a broader civil intervention entity, under the brand of OUTA - Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (formerly Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance).
Today, OUTA's team of highly skilled individuals, along with its processes, platforms and systems, are focussed on challenging a variety of irrational tax Policies, Legislation and the Conduct of tax spending and use.

Ms Philippa Rodseth

Philippa Rodseth is the Executive Director of the Manufacturing Circle. Rodseth’s career began as an Architect working on commercial projects in South Africa and Hong Kong. After obtaining an MBA from WITS Business School, Rodseth joined First National Bank's Commercial Division in 2003 and spent seven years working first in a private equity team funding black youth empowered business, and then as a leveraged finance deal maker.
In 2012 Rodseth established Spoke Consulting, which identifies and accesses funding for projects in Africa. She then joined the Manufacturing Circle in 2015 to elevate the voice of manufacturing in South Africa, promoting the sector's development as South Africa's greatest opportunity for job-rich growth.

Mr Duncan Bonnett

Duncan Bonnett is a partner and director of Africa House. Duncan has 14 years of experience in conducting research, both in the academic and commercial environments. Duncan’s research spans a wide spectrum of fields, including political economy, strategic studies, integration theory and practice, international trade agreements and research into business opportunities across Africa and the Middle East.

Following a period of tutoring at the University of the Witwatersrand, with research focusing on Southern African integration, the integration of water and electricity supplies in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the political economy of sub-Saharan Africa, Duncan joined the South African Foreign Trade Organisation (SAFTO) in July 1997 as the researcher responsible for Africa.

In March 1998, Duncan joined Whitehouse & Associates. Due to the changing nature of the international trade and business environment, Duncan is frequently asked to perform continent-wide analyses and rankings of African countries for specific industries for a variety of South African and international clients

Mr Nico Vermeulen

As the Chief Executive of NAAMSA since 1982, Nico Vermeulen is well placed, in terms of extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of the South African automotive and associated industries, to contribute to the work and responsibilities of the Board of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications.
In particular, Vermeulen’s strengths include effective strategic management skills, extensive experience in oversight, corporate governance and prudential disciplines and the ability to develop good inter–personal working relationships with people and institutions.
In addition to his NAAMSA responsibilities, Vermeulen serves on the following public entities and/or business organisations –The Board of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, The Council of Business Unity South Africa, The Executive Board of SACCI the Finance and Audit Committees of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDCLAC) and The Motor Industry Development Council.

Mr Roy Mnisi

The Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) has appointed Roy Mnisi as the organisation's Executive Director. Roy completed his studies at the University of South Africa where he obtained his Masters in Commercial Law (2015 – 2017). Prior to that, Roy completed his LLB at the University of Limpopo as well as a Certificate in Compliance Management, Legal from the University of Johannesburg.
Mnisi has served as the CEO of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers since 2008. He is a qualified attorney and is a non-practicing member of the Law Society of South Africa. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and has served on a number of boards and committees. Mnisi cites some of his key skills as strategic thinking, planning and implementation, analysing and organizing.

Mr Mazwi Tunyiswa

Mazwi Tunyiswa, graduated from the University of Fort Hare with a BSc in Physics and Applied Mathematics in 1993 and BSc Hons in physics in 1995, and then did a Masters in Engineering at Tohoku University in Japan where he graduated in M.Eng. (Electrical Communications) March 1998.He then joined the University of Fort Hare as a physics lecturer for 4 years after which he decided to change a career. He completed an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) at Graduate School of Business University OF Cape Town on a full time basis in 2002.
Tunyiswa then joined the Industrial Development Corporation as a Business Analyst in 2003, then Senior Account Manager at Workout and Restructuring SBU in 2006 and Regional Manager Eastern Cape in 2009. In December 2011 he was appointed to head the Metals, Transport and Machinery SBU.
The IDC restructured some of its business units in 2014 and Tunyiswa was appointed to head a new unit called Basic Metals and Mining starting from 1 April 2015. The “Basic Metals and Mining ” SBU has an exposure of more than R20billion as at 30 March 2015 plays a significant role in financing mineral beneficiation, basic metal manufacturing and mining in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Professor JP Landman

Professor JP Landman is a self-employed analyst on political-economic trends. He focuses on trends in politics, economics, demography and social capital. He is visiting professor at the Business School of the University of the Free State; and he consults to BoE Private Clients, one of SA’s largest private wealth managers.
He has a BA LLB from Stellenbosch University (1978), studied Economics at Harvard (1998 and again in 2005), and obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003). In 2009, Professor JP Landman completed a course at Oxford University on the economies of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India & China).