Miller Matola (BrandSA); Vivek Ramsaroop (SAWIP Alumnus); Yvonne Chaka-Chaka (Princess of Africa); Sabeeha Mansoor (SAWIP Alumnus); HE Donald Gips (USA Ambassador to SA)

Johannesburg 22 August 2012

The SAWIP Leaders for Leadership Dinner once again was a high energy occasion fueled by the passion and commitment – of both the emerging SAWIP leaders and the senior generation of established leaders – to share experiences and insights as they pursue a vision of a South Africa well-served by effective leadership in all spheres of life.


George Bizos S.C.; Prof Adam Habib; Tshepo Sethokga; Brian Currin; Sarah Ball; Setlogane Manchidi; Mpho Lethoko; Terence McNamee; Miller Matola; Udo Hellberg & Tess Peacock ( SAWIP Alumni)


The caliber of leaders who accepted our invitation was exceptional and representative of academia, the law, the performing and visual arts, the media, business, activism, philanthropy, emergency relief and education.


This esteemed group was comprised of: George Bizos SC, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Chose Choeu, Nicholas Dawes, Mark Heywood, Dr Printha Pillay, Prof Mary Metcalfe, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, Prof Njabulo Ndebele, Andile Ngcaba, Barend Petersen, Dr Ann Skelton, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Dr Jonny Steinberg and Stephan Welz.


SAWIP Alumni managed the event, from being Programme Directors, introducing the special leaders at their tables, engaging with all our guests, to thanking the supporters of the occasion.


Programme Directors: Thulani Madinginye & Samantha Ball (SAWIP Alumni)


Both the South Africa and United States of America governments, strong advocates of SAWIP, were represented through Ambassador John Davies, Chief Director for North America, and Ambassador Donald Gips, US Ambassador to SA. Mr Andrew Henderson, Trade Commissioner, supported the event as a representative of the United Kingdom, another strategic partner of SAWIP.


After the Ambassadors’ encouraging remarks, Prof Ndebele, pre-eminent scholar, author and former Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town, spoke to the guests about citizenship, leadership and service.


Professor Njabulo S Ndebele


Dr Jonny Steinberg


Dr Jonny Steinberg, award-winning author, scholar and social commentator, who was our main speaker, reflected in his talk, ‘My Generation and Yours’, on the connections between the generations in South Africa and the ‘common project’ that binds them – the imperative to protect our institutions for future generations in the midst of political instability and realignment which shows signs of being bloody. He declined to suggest ways of offering the public service necessary to protect our institutions leaving this to individual choice but suggested that history could hold worthy models. To illustrate he related the moving story of Charlotte Maxeke, SA’s first black woman graduate, who dedicated her life at great personal sacrifice to serving black women. He suggested that in understanding how to lead and serve, graduates from university today, could very well find their direction by learning from the lived experience of the deceased and discovering ways to honour them.


To read the complete talk click here.


A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the first SAWIP Leadership and Service Award to George Bizos SC, Nelson Mandela’s lawyer. Our gift to him – a certificate with the words:


In recognition of your inspiring contribution towards the creation of a

constitutional democracy and justice in South Africa.


and, a dedication of two items sung by the very talented tenor, Siyabonga Maqungo.


Brian Currin (SAWIP: Volunteer Executive Director) presenting the inaugural SAWIP: Leadership & Service Award to George Bizos S.C.


Many generations of leaders celebrated together, pondered the ‘common project’ together and left inspired and strengthened in their resolve to lead and serve South Africa.


Prof Njabulo Ndebele at table with Wandile Mamba (SAWIP Alumnus)