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23/05/2018

The Annual African Renaissance Gala Banquet - A Prestigious Event

The annual African Renaissance Gala Banquet has become well known as one of South Africa's most prestigious events attended by a wide variety of VIP guests from business and government. The celebratory occasion sees guests dressing up in style, either in African inspired outfits or formal evening wear.

ENTERTAINMENT
Over the years, entertainment at the event has been provided by the finest musical talent, some artists emerging, while others well established and award winning. To name a few, performers have included Treble Trio, Simphiwe Dana, Tresor, Hugh Masekela, Lira, Mhlonishwa Dlamini, and Mbuso Khoza.

Performing at the 2018 Banquet will be resident band- Vuka and vocals from Pinky Mtshali, Thandeka and the effervescent Njabulo with special guest appearances by Thembeka Mnguni and Crystalene Nair.

KEY NOTE SPEAKERS
However, the event has also become known for the calibre of its key note speakers. The guest speaker at this year's banquet will be Mrs Bridgette Radebe. Beginning as a contract miner in the 1980s, managing
shafts, Bridgette Radebe became South Africa's first black female mining entrepreneur. She went on to found Mmakau Mining, a successful business with interests in gold, platinum, coal, ferrochrome, and uranium assets. Among many other responsibilities, she is president of the country's largest mining chamber, the South African Mining Development Association.

PAST SPEAKERS AT THE EVENT INCLUDE:
1999
Mr Nelson Mandela (President of South Africa)
2000
Mr Jacob Zuma (Deputy President of South Africa) (recorded speech)
Mr Peter Cox (Chairman, Sasol)
2001
Mr Thabo Mbeki (President of South Africa)
2002
Mr Sydney Mufamadi (Minister of Provincial and Local Government)
2003
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (Foreign Affairs Minister)
2004
Mr George Shinholster (US Guest)
Mr Thomas Naidoo (Provincial Director, Standard Bank Group KZN)
2005
Mr Mfundo Nkhulu (Managing Director, Nedbank Corporate)
Mr Glen Jackson (Director, Standard Bank)
2006
Mr Sbu Ndebele (Premier of KwaZulu-Natal)
2007
Mr Jeff Radebe (National Minister of Transport)
2008
Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba (Director General, Department of Foreign Affairs)
2009
Mr Sbu Ndebele (Chair African Renaissance)
2010
Banquet not held due to 2010 World Cup events
2011
Mr Nhlanhla Nene (Deputy Minister of Finance)
2012
Dr Christo Wiese (Chairman, Pepkor Group)
2013
Mr Stephen Saad (Group CEO, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd)
2014
Dr Johan van Zyl (President and CEO of Toyota South Africa)
2015
Mr Sizwe Nxasana (CEO and Executive Director of FirstRand Limited)
2016
Mr Jeffrey Radebe (Minister in the Presidency)
2017
Mr Simphiwe Tshabalala (Joint Chief Executive of the Standard Bank Group).

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