African Renaissance Festival 15-16 August 2019





Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC, Durban 

15th - 16th August 2019

Prof Ngubane Message 2019

On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to convey our pleasure and pride in hosting the 21st African Renaissance Festival in 2019.

Our theme for this year, Enhancing Collective Prosperity Through Entrepreneurship continues to build on previous editions of the conference with a focus on upliftment for the people of our country and our Province of KwaZulu-Natal. South Africa has a huge need for entrepreneurs who are able to succeed in their endeavours, and who have the ability to positively impact and transform their own lives as well as the communities that they live in.

As such the various speakers will address aspects of this theme drawing on policy, research, and their own experiences, to provide insights and share their knowledge of entrepreneurship as well as the opportunities available to our youth in particular.

The topic of the plenary session on day one is: ‘Exploring continental and global opportunities’. Speakers include Mr Sihle Zikalala – Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, and Mr Sipho Mseleku – Chair: Global Business Roundtable.

Session Two’s topic is: ‘Economic prosperity and social cohesion’. Speakers in this session are Ms Nompumelelo Langa, Divisional Finance Director, Unilever; Mr Phillip Sithole, Deputy City Manager Economic Development & Planning, eThekwini; Mr Musa Makhunga, CEO HR Matters; and Mr Pepe Marais, Founding Partner, Joe Public United.

In Session Three the theme: ‘Creating an environment that nurtures entrepreneurship’ will be unpacked by the presenters. These include Mr Matthew Willman – photographer, author and public speaker; Mr G G Alcock – Kasinomics; Mr Ebrahim Patel – CEO Magellan Management.

Day two of the conference has a special focus on education and opportunities for youth.

The first session’s topic is: ‘Inspiring Innovation’. Speakers are Mr Kwazi Mshengu – MEC for Education, KZN; Mr Nkululeko S. Mthembu – Chair: Youth in Business; Professor Thabo Msibi – Dean & Head, UKZN School of Education and Mr Dave Wiggett – Headmaster, Thomas More College

Speakers in the second session will promote the opportunities that are available through obtaining bursaries and scholarships to study at international institutions. Many scholars and students are not aware of the wide variety of bursary funding options that are available to them and often the available bursaries are not utilised each year.

Speakers will be Mr Anish Rajan – Consul General, Republic of India; Ms Josephine Towani – Youth Development Directorate, Office of KZN Premier; HE Mr Andrzej Kanthak, Polish Ambassador to South Africa; Ms Sherry Sykes, Consul General, United States of America Embassy in Durban; and Mr Fei Mingxing – Consul General, Peoples Republic of China.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors and event partners who have supported us in making this 2019 event such a great success. These are the KwaZulu-Natal Office of the Premier, eThekwini Municipality, East Coast Radio, Aspen Pharmacare, MTN, and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Furthermore, I would again like to thank the African Renaissance team members who have worked long hours in making sure that this 2019 Festival is again a vehicle for change and provides impetus to development and personal growth.

We look forward to an informative and motivating programme in 2019 and I am sure that all present will benefit from the networking, insights and opportunities shared. 

Ibuya 2018