African Renaissance Festival 15-16 August 2019


Prof Sihawukele Ngubane
Chair of the African Renaissance 


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

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the annual African Renaissance Festival, a milestone of which we are extremely proud as this initiative has grown in stature, attracting the attention of the media and participation of delegates from around the globe. 

Traditionally the annual festival is held in May to coincide with Africa Day, however, this year the festival programme has been spread over two periods, a decision taken by the organisers and provincial leadership as a result of the recent National and Provincial elections held in May. The first part of the festival was the Africa Day Concert which was staged on 25 May 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.

Day two of the conference has a special focus on education and opportunities for youth. Speakers will promote the opportunities that are available through obtaining bursaries and scholarships to study at international institutions.

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.

Special mention must be made that as the African Renaissance Festival 2019 is in women’s month, we acknowledge all women present, thank them for their efforts and salute their successes. 


Asante Sana