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Roelf Meyer @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Roelf Meyer @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Friday, June 14, 2019
After FW de Klerk came to power Roelf Meyer served as Minister of Constitutional Development and was in this capacity intimately involved in the negotiations on the settlement of the South African conflict as chief negotiator for the National Party Government together with Cyril Ramaphosa, chief negotiator for the ANC in 1994. He retired from active politics at the beginning of 2000 and since then involved himself in business and civil society in South Africa as well as an advisor in conflict situations globally. As an international adviser to Myanmar's President Aung San Suu Kyi, he has been involved in resolving the Rohingya crisis. Roelf Meyer will address the Press Club about South Africa being poised to transform for the better under President Cyril Ramaphosa. He will take questions.
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RW Johnson @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove RW Johnson @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Thursday, May 30, 2019
RW Johnson is a highly respected, but controversial author and commentator on South Africa. In a 2015 article for The Spectator, journalist-author Rian Malan tells how the ANC sent an emissary to tell several British editors that the man was a reactionary whose scribblings should be suppressed. This animus dates back to 1977, when Johnson published 'How Long Will South Africa Survive?', a book remembered today for its central heresy: he described the ANC's armed struggle as a feeble affair and predicted that the apartheid regime was more likely to be toppled by economic and moral pressure from its western trading partners. The ANC's guerrilla campaign "fizzled", while sanctions and disinvestment campaigns sparked political change. Johnson will address the Cape Town Press Club on his newest book 'Fighting for the Dream' which is likely to prove equally "disturbing" to the ANC. He will take questions.
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Jan-Jan Joubert @ Cattle Barron Pinelands Jan-Jan Joubert @ Cattle Barron Pinelands
Monday, May 13, 2019
Jan-Jan Joubert is a veteran political editor. He has reported from the parliamentary press gallery in Cape Town since 2001. Jan-Jan - who recently published Who Will Rule in 2019 will address the Cape Town Press Club on the lessons learnt from trends in the 2019 elections and what the future holds for South Africa. He speaks just days after the national election. In Who Will Rule he argues that it may be the first election in 25 years in which no party wins an outright majority...
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Mosiuoa Lekota @ 6 Spin Street Mosiuoa Lekota @ 6 Spin Street
Friday, May 03, 2019
Mosiuoa "Terror" Lekota, leader of the Congress of the People (COPE), who once chaired the ANC, has been an outspoken opposition leader for the past decade. Lekota has been in the spotlight again since Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book Gangster State documented Lekota's long battles, when he was Free State Premier, with Ace Magashule, now ANC Secretary general. Lekota has also been outspoken on the land question. As the 2019 General Election looms, the Cape Town Press Club continues with hosting the leaders of the various parties contesting for power.
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Anthony Butler - Professor of Political Studies at UCT @ Kelvin Grove Anthony Butler - Professor of Political Studies at UCT @ Kelvin Grove
Thursday, May 02, 2019
Anthony Butler, Professor of Political Studies at UCT, wrote the authoritative biography of Cyril Ramaphosa, first published in 2007. He has now revised and updated that work for a new edition. It explores exactly how Ramaphosa managed to return to the centre of national politics and become President. Butler, who writes a regular column for Business Day, will also reflect on what Ramaphosa is likely to do as president of the country after the upcoming national and provincial elections.
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Former Zimbabwean Member of Parliament (MDC) Eddie Cross @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Former Zimbabwean Member of Parliament (MDC) Eddie Cross @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Former Zimbabwean Member of Parliament (MDC) Eddie Cross will address the Cape Town Press Club on Zimbabwe's "military assisted” transition from Robert Mugabe to Emmerson Mnangagwa in November 2017 and its aftermath. Cross joined the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999 and was a member of the National Executive until 2018. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South in 2008 and he served two terms. In 2018 he elected to retire. He has returned to his interests in the private sector. He currently is involved in a wide range of activities in Zimbabwe.
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Adam Habib - Wits University Vice-Chancellor @ Kelvin Grove Adam Habib - Wits University Vice-Chancellor @ Kelvin Grove
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Adam Habib, as the Vice-Chancellor of Wits University was in the thick of the Fees Must Fall protests from 2015 to 2018. He has been frank and controversial in his views, and his approach has at times in contrast to that taken by the University of Cape Town. From the perspective of a high-ranking member of university management, but also as a highly regarded political scientist, and with a background as an activist during the struggle against apartheid, Habib will reflect on the events that have forever changed South Africa’s university campuses. Habib will address the Cape Town Press Club on Fees Must Fall and the current state of our universities.
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Pieter-Louis Myburgh on state capture and Ace Magashule @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Pieter-Louis Myburgh on state capture and Ace Magashule @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Friday, April 12, 2019
Journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh has published an explosive book on ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. Piecing together leaked emails and documents, heaps of records, and exclusive source interviews, Myburgh probes deep into murky dealings when Magashule was Premier of the Free State (for nearly a decade), uncovers government contracts amounting to billions of rands, and Magashule’s relationship with tender moguls, the notorious Gupta family, and his dealings with a businessman who was gunned down in Sandton in 2017.
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I.E.C. Chairperson Glen Mashinini @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove I.E.C. Chairperson Glen Mashinini @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Thursday, April 04, 2019
As the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, Glen Mashinini is the man ultimately responsible for South Africa holding a successful general election on 8 May. He will address the Cape Town Press Club on the challenge holding our 6th national democratic election poses in 2019. There is much to be concerned about – Eskom blackouts, youth voter apathy, communities vowing to boycott the elections, and the usual political party shenanigans.
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Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Minister for Trade and Industry on South Africa’s economic recovery and future. Signs are everywhere that the South African economy is in serious trouble. Appointed in 2014, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies is busy serving his second term. In his first term he oversaw the development and implementation of the annual three-year rolling Industrial Policy Action Plans. In his current term, he certainly has his job cut out for him. "We have had fraud, corruption and state capture which has meant in some cases - contracts have not been given according to the localisation prescripts. All of them have supported imports over local production," Davies told Parliament.
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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi @ Cattle Baron Pinelands - Mowbray Golf Park Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi @ Cattle Baron Pinelands - Mowbray Golf Park
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
“South Africa: From Pariah to Promises to Prosperity – Can We Complete the Journey?”. For over 60 years Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has been involved in South African politics. His party, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), administered governance in KwaZulu, and led the provincial government of KwaZulu- Natal from 1994 to 2004. Serving in the national parliament since 1994, the IFP has been a significant opposition force. Buthelezi, who has led the IFP since 1975, will present an alternative “state of the nation” vision.
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Narius Moloto, PAC President @ Spin Street Narius Moloto, PAC President @ Spin Street
Monday, March 18, 2019
Narius Moloto will address the Cape Town Press Club on the PAC-Unity, Relevance and contrast to other parties. Moloto, the PAC President will outline the current situation of the PAC and how it's programme differs from that of the other major parties.
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John Scott on Column Writing @ The Pavilion,  Kelvin Grove John Scott on Column Writing @ The Pavilion, Kelvin Grove
Thursday, March 14, 2019
“50 Years of Column Writing – so What’s Changed?” John Scott, a former editor of the Cape Times was joint founder of the Cape Town Press Club in 1976. He has been a journalist since 1957, when he wrote regional news bulletins for the SABC. He worked at Cape Argus and the Windhoek Advertiser before joining the Cape Times in 1966 as medical correspondent. He reported on the first heart transplant two years later. In 1969 he was appointed to the parliamentary press gallery. His column, Notes in the House, ran for 30 years. In retirement, Scott writes a weekly PS column for Die Burger and has just brought out a collection of the best such columns in book form titled AND WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE TODAY, SIR?, his sixth book, but the first in 35 years. Scott will address the Cape Town Press Club on how things have changed over the past 50 years, and how they haven’t, as reflected by his columns.
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Hermann Giliomee on the future or the possible disappearance of the Afrikaner @ Grill Room  Kelvin Grove Hermann Giliomee on the future or the possible disappearance of the Afrikaner @ Grill Room Kelvin Grove
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Hermann Giliomee on the future or the possible disappearance of the Afrikaner. Renowned historian Hermann Giliomee will take a hard analytical look at the dramatic ascent of the Afrikaner; how they successfully mobilised ethnic entrepreneurship without state assistance, controlled an entire country, and then yielded power without military defeat. The award-winning author and historian will address the Cape Town Press Club on the spectacular rise and probable demise of the numerical minority that has dominated 20th century South Africa.
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Brett Herron @ Cattle Baron Pinelands Brett Herron @ Cattle Baron Pinelands
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Former Executive Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, later Transport, as well as Spatial Planning and Housing, Brett Herron, will address the Cape Town Press Club on the land question and its political ramifications in the light of the upcoming elections. Herron is now the Secretary General of the newly formed Good party, which will contest the national election with Patricia de Lille as its leader. Herron believes strongly that the land question lies at the heart of power and inequality. The Good party sees expropriation as a last resort, but failure to address land redistribution effectively will have severe consequences for the country.
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Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota @ The Pavilion  Kelvin Grove Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota @ The Pavilion Kelvin Grove
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
An Alternative Vision for South Africa. Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota has taken on President Cyril Ramaphosa, accusing him of taking the easy route, so to speak, when other struggle-ites went to Robben Island. Lekota once chaired the ANC. He now opposes the ruling party vigorously from the opposition benches. He will provide an alternative vision.
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Magda Wierzycka @ Grill Room - Kelvin Grove Magda Wierzycka @ Grill Room - Kelvin Grove
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Magda Wierzycka will address the Cape Town Press Club on "Plunder of the Assets of The PIC. How and by Whom". Magda Wierzycka is the CEO of the Sygnia group. She had been outspoken alleging rampant corruption in the Public Investment Corporation, which has R2 trillion in assets and is responsible for investing the pensions of South African government employees. Wierzycka will name names and speak about how the PIC has been looted in recent years.
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Former Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool @ Cattle Baron Pinelands Former Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool @ Cattle Baron Pinelands
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Former Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will address the Cape Town Press Club on the upcoming Western Cape provincial elections. With a new president behind it and emboldened by severe ructions and a split in the Democratic Alliance, the ANC believes it has a plausible chance of taking back the province and it is no longer a foregone conclusion that the DA can keep the Western Cape. Winning the election for the ANC is the principle task of its provincial election head, Ebrahim Rasool, who was Western Cape Premier from 2004 to 2008. He will address the Cape Town Press Club on why the ANC will deliver a better provincial government than the incumbent party.
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General Bantu Holomisa - An alternative state of the nation address @ The Grill Room General Bantu Holomisa - An alternative state of the nation address @ The Grill Room
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
An alternative state of the nation address. General Bantu Holomisa has led a robust opposition, the United Democratic Movement, in parliament since 1997. He will present an alternative state of the nation. Part of his focus will be on the Public Investment Corporation, which is in charge of state pension funds. He has charged that it has been involved in some dodgy investments.
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Former president FW de Klerk on the state of the nation @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Former president FW de Klerk on the state of the nation @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
It has been 25 years since South Africa's transition to non-racial constitutional democracy, and the country now has its fifth president. FW de Klerk, who initiated and helped to manage the transition process as the last president of the old dispensation, will assess South Africa's progress since then and the current state of the nation, ahead of the opening of Parliament in February and the upcoming general election later this year. He will consider the degree to which South Africa has succeeded in promoting the values on which our new society has been based and the prospects for the future.
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Mmusi Maimane MP @ The Grill Room Kelvin Grove Mmusi Maimane MP @ The Grill Room Kelvin Grove
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Mmusi Maimane MP, will address the Cape Town Press Club. Maimane will look ahead to the challenges of 2019, not only that South Africa faces national and provincial elections, but also what prospects there are for real economic and political change for our nation.
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Alan Winde @ Pavilion, Kelvin Grove Alan Winde @ Pavilion, Kelvin Grove
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Alan Winde is the Democratic Alliance’s Western Cape Premier Candidate. He will lead the DA's campaign in the Western Cape. Winde will address the Cape Town Press Club on the DA's vision for the province and the party’s prospects in the upcoming 2019 national general election. He will focus on his government's performance over the past ten years. Winde is currently Community Safety MEC. Previously, he held the finance and economic opportunities portfolios. He served in the provincial cabinet led by Premier Helen Zille since the party came to power in 2009.
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Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to South Africa @ Pavilion, Kelvin Grove Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to South Africa @ Pavilion, Kelvin Grove
Monday, November 26, 2018
Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to South Africa, will address the Cape Town Press Club on what Brexit means for the UK-South Africa relationship. The UK has strong political and economic ties with South Africa. It has long been the No. 1 investor in South Africa, and is the fourth biggest importer of South African goods. Currently, the UK-South Africa goods trade is governed by the SADC’s Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. What implications then does Brexit have for this country’s economic and historic relationship with the UK? And what does Brexit mean for the future of Britain?
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Professor John Higgins - The End of Toleration @ The Pavilion, Kelvin Grove Professor John Higgins - The End of Toleration @ The Pavilion, Kelvin Grove
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Professor Higgins will address the Cape Town Press Club on: The End of Toleration? : Academic and press freedoms in a time of climate change. A climate of fear is said to be gripping some universities, with students and lecturers afraid to speak their minds and university authorities shying away from inviting controversial speakers. Bringing together freedom of the press and academic freedom – both of them fundamental to democracy – Professor John Higgins argues that we are seeing increasing evidence of catastrophic climate change in politics and the academy.
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Professor Ruth Hall @ Pavilion, Kelvin Grove Professor Ruth Hall @ Pavilion, Kelvin Grove
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
In September, Professor Ruth Hall was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to his 10-member advisory panel on land. Professor Hall will address the Cape Town Press Club on the latest developments and shed light on the issues that inform South Africa’s land question.
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Mayor Patricia de Lille @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Mayor Patricia de Lille @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, October 29, 2018
With just two days before she departs, outgoing Mayor Patricia de Lille will speak on the progress made in Cape Town during her term of office, the achievements of her administration and the challenges the city still faces. De Lille has compared her relationship to her political party, the Democratic Alliance, with an abusive relationship. She has also announced her intention to sue for defamation those who she says smeared her name. She will take questions.
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Jennifer Thomas - Election coverage in the age of fake news Jennifer Thomas - Election coverage in the age of fake news
Friday, October 26, 2018
Award-winning, veteran broadcast journalist Jennifer Thomas, by invitation of the United States Embassy in South Africa, will address the Cape Town Press Club on media coverage of elections in the age of "fake news”. Jennifer Thomas is an assistant professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Howard University. In a career that has spanned over 25 years in network and local news, Thomas most recently was an executive producer for CNN Headline News and a news producer for CNN.
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Ann Bernstein on Unemployment and the Presidential Jobs Summit Ann Bernstein on Unemployment and the Presidential Jobs Summit
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Unemployment in South Africa stands at over 37%. Among young people (aged 15-34) over 39% are not in employment, education or training. Last month, StatsSA announced that formal employment had declined in the second quarter of 2018 with 69,000 less jobs. Ann Bernstein, executive director, Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), an independent think tank and one of South Africa’s leading development policy centres, will address the Cape Town Press Club on unemployment and share her personal insights on the Presidential Jobs Summit, which was held in October.
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Kimon de Greef - Investigating the illicit abalone trade in the Cape Kimon de Greef - Investigating the illicit abalone trade in the Cape
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
About six million abalone are estimated to be illicitly exported from our shores every year. The seafood delicacy, locally known as perlemoen, fetches more than R8,000 a plate in China and poachers are paid R500 a kilogram in Hout Bay and other fishing settlements to prise the shellfish from our reefs. This shady world of drug dealers and Chinese criminal syndicates contaminates the police, the SA Revenue Service, the department for fisheries and the parks board. It may even have reached to the presidency with the Hawks investigating allegations of a R1 million bribe being paid to Jacob Zuma by abalone traders. Investigative journalist Kimon de Greef has doggedly followed the workings of this black market for years. He will speak to the Cape Town Press Club on the illicit abalone trade.
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Athol Trollip - Ousted Mayor @ The Ballroom - Kelvin Grove Athol Trollip - Ousted Mayor @ The Ballroom - Kelvin Grove
Monday, October 01, 2018
Athol Trollip: Ousted mayor says the city has been “stolen". Athol Trollip was elected mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (Port Elizabeth) in August 2016 with the help of other opposition parties. Last month, he was unseated. The DA challenged his ousting but lost in court on 20 September 2018. Trollip will address the Cape Town Press Club on “how to save a stolen city”. This is a dinner event.
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Judge Dennis Davis - on South Africa's tax situation and the state of SARS Judge Dennis Davis - on South Africa's tax situation and the state of SARS
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Judge Dennis Davis, chairperson of the Davis Tax Committee (previously known as the Tax Review Committee, which advises government, particularly Treasury, on tax policy) will update the Cape Town Press Club on the outcomes of the committee’s deliberations. The Davis Tax Committee concluded its report in March 2018. Justice Davis last updated the press club on its progress in 2015.
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Judith February @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Judith February @ Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Political commentator, governance specialist, accredited mediator and senior research associate at the Institute for Security Studies, Judith February will speak to the Cape Town Press Club, reflecting on the country’s democratic journey and how polarised perspectives on the present are informed by the past, on what lies beneath the surface and exacerbates the social tensions and fractures in our society along the lines of race and class.
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Cameron Dugmore on Cape Town’s public transport crisis @ 6 Spin Street Cameron Dugmore on Cape Town’s public transport crisis @ 6 Spin Street
Friday, August 17, 2018
Cameron Dugmore, African National Congress Member of the Provincial Legislature and the ANC MPL for transport lays much of the blame for the recent taxi strike, which hit the Mother City last week, at the door of the provincial governing party, the DA. The ANC has taken credit for ending the strike, after the party intervened on Monday night (6 August). Dugmore will speak to the Cape Town Press Club on the city’s public transport crisis.
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Barry Streek Memorial Lecture 2018 by Lindiwe Mazibuko @ Kelvin Grove [ DINNER ] Barry Streek Memorial Lecture 2018 by Lindiwe Mazibuko @ Kelvin Grove [ DINNER ]
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko will deliver the Barry Streek Memorial Lecture 2018. She will share her assessment of the political environment in South Africa and globally, and refer in particular to the recent IPSOS poll which placed the ANC at 60% and the DA at 13%.
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Paul Mashatile, ANC Treasurer General @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Paul Mashatile, ANC Treasurer General @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile will address the Cape Town Press Club on Tuesday 24 July 2018. His address comes amid public debate around the proposed process of expropriation without compensation, while at the same time his party (and others) will start preparing for the Elections of 2019. Mashatile will address these and other issues and will take questions.
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Author James-Brent Styan @ Spin Street Restaurant Author James-Brent Styan @ Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, July 23, 2018
STEINHOFF: Inside South Africa's biggest corporate crash, traces the history of how a company that what was once the darling of investors and shareholders became a symbol of private sector misgovernance and value destruction. Styan's book details the accounting scandal and features interviews with former Steinhoff chairman Christo Wiese and former Shoprite Checkers CEO Whitey Basson.
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Mandy Wiener @ The Ballroom, Kelvin Grove Mandy Wiener @ The Ballroom, Kelvin Grove
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Mandy Wiener is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. Both Killing Kebble and My Second Initiation were shortlisted for the Alan Paton Sunday Times Literary Award. As a follow up to the bestselling Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed (2010), the new book from Mandy Wiener, Minister of Crime: An Underworld Explored, examines crime, gangsters and powerful political figures that have been able to capture the law enforcement, authorities, and agencies.
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OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage on undoing state capture @ The Pavilion OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage on undoing state capture @ The Pavilion
Friday, June 08, 2018
OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage on undoing state capture. Former CEO of Avis, Wayne Duvenage, would not have dreamt a decade ago that today he would be the head of a robust civil society movement. What started off as a part-time campaign against SANRAL's e-tolls proposal has now become a tenacious civil rights organisation fighting corruption and tax abuse. OUTA (Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse) has taken on, among others, Jacob Zuma, the Guptas, the Bank of Baroda, SAA, SABC, Eskom and the nuclear deal, and recently Cape Town’s drought levy. OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage will address the Cape Town Press Club on recent court successes and how civil society is holding the government to account. He will also explain how state capture happens in our state-owned enterprises.
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Major-General Jeremy Vearey @ Palmyra Room, Kelvin Grove [ DINNER ] Major-General Jeremy Vearey @ Palmyra Room, Kelvin Grove [ DINNER ]
Friday, May 25, 2018
In his book, Jacques Pauw describes police Major-General Jeremy Vearey as "the Western Cape's most avid anti-gang crusader”. Pauw chronicled how Vearey, as head of Operation Impi, came close to busting corruption in the police and to plugging the gun-running that is responsible for so much mayhem and death on the Cape Flats... But then he crossed Jacob Zuma’s path and his operations were closed down, related Pauw. Vearey has written his own account of his life in Jeremy vannie Elsies which will be available at the Press Club dinner.
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Lord Robin Renwick, former British Ambassador to South Africa @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Lord Robin Renwick, former British Ambassador to South Africa @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Lord Robin Renwick, former British Ambassador to South Africa (1987-1991) and British Ambassador to the United States of America (1991-1995) will address the Cape Town Press Club on state capture. His book – How to Steal a country: State Capture and Hopes for the Future in SA (with illustrations by Zapiro) – explores “the ingenuity, audacity and impunity” with which the state has been looted on a grand scale. The book looks at the role played by such firms as Bell Pottinger, KPMG, McKinsey and others of late.
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Jeremy Maggs @ The Pavilion Jeremy Maggs @ The Pavilion
Friday, April 20, 2018
Jeremy Maggs as the co-presenter of current affairs programme News Night on eNCA has become a household name. Maggs has been a journalist for over 30 years and has worked across all media platforms – newspapers, radio, television, magazines, and digital media. For years he was the anchor of Maggs on Media on SAFM radio, thinking and talking about media and the advertising environment in South Africa. He has now written a book – WIN! Compelling conversations with 20 successful South Africans. Maggs will talk about how he decided upon who to include in the book, and what they have to offer on how to inspire and motivate South Africans to reach their full potential.
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George Claassen, Press Ombudsman for News24 and Media24 Community Newspapers @ George Claassen, Press Ombudsman for News24 and Media24 Community Newspapers @
Thursday, March 22, 2018
George Claassen will speak on fake news. Claassen is the Press Ombudsman for News24 and Media24 Community Newspapers. From his unique vantage point and a wealth of experience, he will speak to the Cape Town Press Club on how and why social media will become a vital tool in spreading and countering fake news, as well as protecting the health of society and democracy.
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Bonginkosi Madikizela, DA Western Cape Leader and Western Cape Human Settlements Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Bonginkosi Madikizela, DA Western Cape Leader and Western Cape Human Settlements Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
How can the DA right Itself? Bonginkosi Madikizela: DA Western Cape Leader and Western Cape Human Settlements Minister will address the Cape Town Press Club on the state of the DA. Infighting in the City of Cape Town in the midst of a water crisis; a vote of no confidence in Mayor Athol Trollip; Helen Zille’s tweets; the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President. The Democratic Alliance is having a difficult time. How can the official opposition right itself? This is the big question which Madikizela will address at the Cape Town Press Club. He will take questions.
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Veteran television news journalist Jeremy Thompson @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Veteran television news journalist Jeremy Thompson @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Veteran television news journalist Jeremy Thompson, known for being an anchor at Sky News, returns to South Africa to talk about his book - Breaking News.
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Cassim (Cas) Coovadia - Post-Budget Breakfast @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Cassim (Cas) Coovadia - Post-Budget Breakfast @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, February 26, 2018
The Managing Director of the Banking Association of South Africa, Cas Coovadia, will be briefing the Cape Town Press Club about some of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry this year.
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Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane to Address Cape Town Press Club on the Western Cape Water Crisis Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane to Address Cape Town Press Club on the Western Cape Water Crisis
Sunday, January 28, 2018
The Western Cape is facing a drought that is rapidly becoming a catastrophe. With less than three months of water left, the City of Cape Town could become the first city in the world to have actually run out of water. While the municipality is responsible for the supply of water to residents and companies, it is the national government that is responsible for the bulk water supply and management of what is now a scarce resource. Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane will address the Cape Town Press Club about this issue for the very first time.
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Mayor Patricia de Lille @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH afterwards ] Mayor Patricia de Lille @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH afterwards ]
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Mayor Patricia de Lille will be speaking about the water crisis in Cape Town and she will provide an outline of how the crisis is being dealt with.
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Jacques Pauw @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] Jacques Pauw @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
[ BOOKED ]
The President’s Keepers exposes how millions of rands in state funds flowed into the bank accounts of bogus spies... This is just one of many astounding revelations about President Jacob Zuma, his government and South Africa’s rotten law-enforcement agencies. Veteran investigative journalist Jacques Pauw exposed the criminality of the apartheid security apparatus previously in his Vrye Weekblad days.
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Ronnie Kasrils @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] Ronnie Kasrils @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Ronnie Kasrils spent a lot of time with President Jacob Zuma - before they both became full-time politicians. He has produced his insights in A Simple Man. They tell the story of Jacob Zuma from their shared time in the underground to the time when Kasrils served as Minister of Intelligence.
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Dr Zweli Mkhize @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Dr Zweli Mkhize @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Dr Zweli Mkhize is currently treasurer general of the African National Congress. He is a candidate for national president of the ruling party. He will talk about his vision for the ANC and for South Africa and, of course, take questions.
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Anthony Turton @ Radisson Blu - Cape Town Press Club in association with The Cape Messenger Anthony Turton @ Radisson Blu - Cape Town Press Club in association with The Cape Messenger
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Anthony Turton, an outspoken water activist, says government doesn’t seem to care about the pending Western Cape water crisis. He is particularly concerned about the misuse of aquifers – the Table Mountain one in particular. The politicians are clutching at straws by the allure of the Cinderella resource which is an aquifer. The Ghyben-Herzberg principle tells us that when you abstract fresh water from a coastal aquifer then salt water intrusion is inevitable. Turton is attending a Water Leapathon Advisory Board meeting earlier on Thursday, but on Thursday evening - in association with the Cape Town Press Club – he will provide some answers to the water problem.
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Sygnia’s Magda Wierzycka @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Sygnia’s Magda Wierzycka @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Friday, October 27, 2017
Magda Wierzycka is known in the asset management industry as a key disruptor. That is a high honour if you are a money person. Wierzycka, chief executive of Sygnia which is headquartered in Cape Town, has been outspoken about companies which have been captured, including audit firms and consultancy companies. Speaking just after the medium term budget policy statement, Wierzycka will provide press club members with a message of hope - and how we can all fight - and escape from - State Capture.
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Frans Rautenbach @ Kelvin Grove Frans Rautenbach @ Kelvin Grove
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Frans Rautenbach was contradicted by his son. His son said that trickle down capitalism simply doesn’t work. It made him think. “My son’s statement hit me like a fist in the gut.” The result was his book South Africa Can Work.
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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ DINNER ] Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ DINNER ]
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will address a dinner. He has been asked to speak about Judicial Over-reach in South Africa. Mr Justice Mogoeng will take questions.
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Economist Iraj Abedian @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] Economist Iraj Abedian @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Friday, October 20, 2017
Iraj Abedian is a critical voice of the current fiscal direction of government. The eminent economist and former UCT economics department academic will speak ahead of the medium term budget policy statement – commonly known as the mini-budget.
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Barry Streek Memorial Lecture - Cape Town Press Club @ Kelvin Grove [ DINNER followed by AGM ] Barry Streek Memorial Lecture - Cape Town Press Club @ Kelvin Grove [ DINNER followed by AGM ]
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
An old friend of Barry Streek, Max du Preez, delivers the annual memorial lecture. He will paint a picture of the state of the nation, journalism - and suggest what our late Barry would have thought of the current political drought. The lecture will be followed by the AGM.
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Richard Steyn on Churchill and Smuts @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] Richard Steyn on Churchill and Smuts @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, October 12, 2017
The remarkable, and often touching, friendship between Winston Churchill and Jan Smuts is a rich study in contrasts. Brought together first as enemies in the Anglo-Boer War, and later as allies in the First World War, the men forged a friendship which spanned the first half of the twentieth century and endured until Smuts’s death in 1950.
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Farewell Breakfast for Gloria Barrett @ Leinster Hall/The Stack [ BREAKFAST ] Farewell Breakfast for Gloria Barrett @ Leinster Hall/The Stack [ BREAKFAST ]
Friday, September 08, 2017
Gloria Barrett has been the loyal and dedicated secretary of the Cape Town Press Club for about 15 years, until she retired two years ago. She is now joining her family in Australia. The Secretary General is inviting you to a farewell breakfast with her at Leinster Hall/The Stack in Weltevreden Stret on Friday 8 September. There will be no guest speaker, just a little farewell chat with Gloria.
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Cas Coovadia @ Spin Street Restaurant [ BREAKFAST ] Cas Coovadia @ Spin Street Restaurant [ BREAKFAST ]
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Cas Coovadia, the MD of the SA Banking Association, will consider the “challenges facing the banking sector”. He will consider the process of transformation, challenges emanating from the passing of recent legislation including the Financial Sector Regulation Act and the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act. He will take questions.
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Dr. Makhosi Khoza @ Kelvin Grove Club Dr. Makhosi Khoza @ Kelvin Grove Club
Friday, September 01, 2017
ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza has a strong struggle pedigree. Now she is considering her future in the liberation movement, the African National Congress. Dr Khoza, who has made it publicly known that she voted against President Jacob Zuma in the vote of no confidence, has already been axed as chairperson of the public service and administration committee of the national assembly. She will consider the road forward and take questions.
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Herman Giliomee @ Kelvin Grove Club [ LUNCH ] Herman Giliomee @ Kelvin Grove Club [ LUNCH ]
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Dubbed variously a “snake in our midst”, the “boer in the woodpile”, Hermann Giliomee – most famous perhaps for his The Last Afrikaner Leaders – has now weaved together the story of his own life. He grew up in the heart of the Afrikaner nationalist movement, but cut his own path in examining the rise and entrenchment of exclusive Afrikaner power. The Stelllenbosch historian Giliomee will ponder the present crisis in South Africa but also talk about his autobiography.
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DA leader Mmusi Maimane @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] DA leader Mmusi Maimane @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, August 17, 2017
On August 8 the national assembly debated a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. He won narrowly. At the march before the vote led by opposition parties including the Democratic Alliance, the DA leader Mmusi Maimane responded to EFF leader Julius Malema's remark that President Zuma should go back to Nkandla to look after his cows. Maimane said, no, this was not suitable. He should, like other criminals "go to jail". Maimane has since the vote - which summoned 177 votes against Zuma including somewhere between 30 and 40 ANC MPs - called for a national election.
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Constitutional activist Lawson Naidoo @ Dakar Room, 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Constitutional activist Lawson Naidoo @ Dakar Room, 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Monday, August 07, 2017
Lawson Naidoo is no stranger to activist politics. For years he was right hand man to Speaker of the National Assembly Frene Ginwala. He is a leading light in the Council of the Advancement of the Constitution (Casac), which aims to keep our politicians accountable to the constitution. Lawson will focus on the Motion of No Confidence, which is expected to be held on 8 August subject to the secrecy matter being cleared up. He will discuss the possible outcomes of the motion and reflect on parliamentary accountability.
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General Bantu Holomisa @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH } General Bantu Holomisa @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH }
Friday, August 04, 2017
On August 8 the national assembly will debate a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. The United Democratic Movement led by General Bantu Holomisa, MP – who was, years ago, kicked out of the ANC for being honest – has been one of the key political parties in the fight for the vote to be secret. The general will give us an idea of what would happen if the vote is successful – that is President Zuma has to give up power.
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Professor Jakkie Cilliers @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] Professor Jakkie Cilliers @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, August 03, 2017
What does our future hold? Will the ANC split within the next five years? Could the DA rule the country in 2024? Will the EFF form an alliance with the ANC? What should we do to make our economy grow at levels that will impact on poverty and inequality? Will we become a more tolerant or a more violent society? In Fate of the Nation scenario expert Jakkie Cilliers answers all these and many other questions. He has developed three detailed scenarios for our immediate future and beyond – Bafana Bafana, Nation Divided and Mandela Magic.
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Professor Jonathan Jansen @ Kelvin Grove Club [ LUNCH ] Professor Jonathan Jansen @ Kelvin Grove Club [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, July 20, 2017
What are the real roots of the student protests of 2015 and 2016? Was it about fees, really? Why did protests turn violent? Where was government when buildings were burnt to the ground? These are some of the questions which Jonathan Jansen – until recently Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State - considers. As By Fire, the End of the South African University, includes frank interviews with 11 VCs most affected. He considers what is driving – and exasperating – South Africa’s youth. His interview with UCT’s Max Price has put the cat among the pigeons...
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Author and ex-ANC MP Vytjie Mentor @ Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Author and ex-ANC MP Vytjie Mentor @ Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Vytjie Mentor, former national assembly public enterprises portfolio committee chairperson, was offered the post of Public Enterprises Minister at the Guptas’ mansion. She declined and subsequently found herself persona non grata in the ruling party – and later lost her seat in parliament. Her story of her life and her involvement in ANC politics, Holy Cows – which really should be called Holy Cow – tells the story of sexual harassment in the ANC. It includes an encounter, or two, with current President Jacob Zuma – before he was fired as deputy president by Thabo Mbeki.
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SACP Deputy Secretary Jeremy Cronin @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] SACP Deputy Secretary Jeremy Cronin @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
State capture – How did we get here and what is to be done? Jeremy Cronin is a national deputy minister, but also deputy secretary general of the South African Communist Party, which remains in an alliance with the governing African National Congress. He will take questions.
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Kalim Rajab on Oppenheimer @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] Kalim Rajab on Oppenheimer @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Principled reformer or duplicitous exploiter? The contested legacy of Harry Oppenheimer reflects the tensions involved in dealing with South Africa’s complex past. The head of a sprawling global business empire, Oppenheimer played an influential role in twentieth-century South Africa – a role celebrated by some and condemned by others. This book investigates his political thinking over half a century, and considers the nature of his opposition to apartheid as well as his contribution to the democratic age ushered in by Tambo and Mandela. A Man of Africa presents Oppenheimer’s views on liberalism, apartheid, socialism, sanctions, trade unions, education, geopolitics and the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes.
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IRR’s Frans Cronje @ 6 Spin Street [ LATE LUNCH ] IRR’s Frans Cronje @ 6 Spin Street [ LATE LUNCH ]
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Picture South Africa in 10 years. Are the angry poor rising up, seizing land and businesses? Will the ANC survive two more elections? Will the middle classes still braai in the suburbia or will we go the way of Zimbabwe? South Africa is at a tipping point, Frans Cronje believes. This bright and energetic CEO of the Institute of Race Relations, identifies the key trends in the economy, politics and society which hold the clues to our immediate future. The ‘curse of rising expectations’ lies at the root of much of the instability in the country. He identifies the road choices ahead- the Narrow, the Wide, the Rocky and the Toll.
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Auditor General @ Dakar at 6 Spin Street [ RESCHEDULED TO Tuesday 13 June - LATE LUNCH ] Auditor General @ Dakar at 6 Spin Street [ RESCHEDULED TO Tuesday 13 June - LATE LUNCH ]
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
PLEASE NOTE OWING TO SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS THE PRESS CLUB IS RESCHEDULING THE AG FUNCTION TO LUCKY TUESDAY 13 JUNE. The Auditor General Kimi Makwetu is the man who keeps a close look on government accounts. He can point out when things are going well from a fiscal management perspective – or, indeed, when they are not. There has been quite a lot of political controversy over fiscal management by the state of late – and this, no doubt, has consequences for the Auditor General’s office. The AG can’t enter the political terrain but he can be asked questions about the state of government, at least from an auditing perspective.
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John Kane-Berman @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ] John Kane-Berman @ Kelvin Grove [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, June 01, 2017
John Kane-Berman is uniquely qualified to look back over the enormous political and social changes that have taken place in his lifetime in this fractious country. In his career as student leader, Rhodes Scholar, newspaperman, independent columnist, speech maker, commentator, and Chief Executive, for thirty years, of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Kane-Berman has been at the coal face of political change in South Africa. The breadth and depth of ideas and events covered here are striking: the disintegration of apartheid, the chaos of the "people's war" and its contribution to the broader societal breakdown we see today, the liberal slide-away, the authoritarian ANC with its racial ideology and revolutionary goals, to mention only a few.
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The Quaker Peace Centre challenges BAe arms deal @ Pavillion [ LUNCH ] The Quaker Peace Centre challenges BAe arms deal @ Pavillion [ LUNCH ]
Monday, May 22, 2017
The Cape Town Press Club hosts a working lunch for the Quaker Peace Centre which is instituting a claim against the South African Government aimed at cancelling the arms deal with BAe, thereby, recovering some R35 billion for the beleaguered SA fiscus. Carol Bower and Rommel Roberts who are respectively chair and on the executive of the QPC will speak to the activism of the Quakers and the need for public interest litigation that makes speaking truth to power an effective way of targeting injustices that negatively impact the poor. The Quakers played a big role in ending slavery and child labour in the USA. In SA the Quakers were at the forefront of ending the pass laws.
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Open Secret’s Hennie van Vuuren @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Open Secret’s Hennie van Vuuren @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Hennie van Vuuren, an activist, writer and Director of Open Secrets – a foundation that investigates corruption - returns to the Cape Town Press Club with Apartheid, Guns and Money. It is the tale of profit. South Africa remains a deeply unequal society battling the legacy of apartheid and the persistence of corrupt networks that seek to capture its democratically-elected leaders. Van Vuuren argues that in the absence of accountability, corrupt networks of the past stay in business. Rather than face justice they invite members of the new elite to the table.
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Rafique Gangat @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Rafique Gangat @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Rafique Gangat tells a compelling story of life in South Africa’s diplomatic service in Bending the Rules: From De Klerk to Mandela: stories of a pioneering diplomat. Gangat worked for Foreign affairs under the National Party and then for the ANC government, straddling the transition. It documents Gangat’s battles against bigotry and prejudice, but also includes a healthy dose of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. His former colleague, former deputy director general of foreign affairs, Derek Auret, describes the book as “a glimpse into the twilight world of apartheid in South Africa and the positive impact of an enlightened human spirit.”
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Gerrie Nel @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Gerrie Nel @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Friday, May 12, 2017
Bulldog prosecutor advocate Gerrie Nel who shackled the likes of disgraced top cop Jackie Selebi and former Paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, will be doing a Cape road show end next week. Only members of the Cape Town Press Club will, however, have the opportunity to question Nel directly about his legal action plans from within the lobby group AfriForum, he recently joined as head of its private prosecutions unit.
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RW Johnson @  Kelvin Grove Pavilion [ LUNCH ] RW Johnson @ Kelvin Grove Pavilion [ LUNCH ]
Friday, April 28, 2017
RW Johnson is the author of How Long Will South Africa Survive? He has been spectacularly accurate about many political and economic predictions. He got the junk status downgrade spot-on – well ahead of the dreaded event. The best-selling author believes there will be no early recourse to the IMF. He will speak to the club on the topic: After the Downgrade: What lies ahead?
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Nazeer Sonday of Philippi @ German Club Roodehek Terrace Nazeer Sonday of Philippi @ German Club Roodehek Terrace
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Nazeer Ahmed Sonday is the force behind the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) - ‘a food and farming campaign’. He represents a group which seeks to protect the Cape Flats aquifer while, at once protecting the agricultural integrity of the green township from ‘development’. Sonday argues that the current South African narrative for 'economic development' has led to increasing poverty, unemployment, inequality, food insecurity and climate change. His organisation believes that is has a model for sustainable cities in general – not just for the Philippi area.
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Human Rights Commission Chair Bongani Majola @ 6 Spin St Restaurant [ BRUNCH ] Human Rights Commission Chair Bongani Majola @ 6 Spin St Restaurant [ BRUNCH ]
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The South African Human Rights Commission’s chairperson Professor Bongani Majola took over as chair in 2017. The meeting will further highlight some of the Human Rights issues that took place during this financial year. In addition the month of March is Human Rights month. Some local issues including Premier Helen Zille’s tweets have been referred to the commission. No doubt Professor Majola will take questions on this matter among others.
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Dr Theuns Eloff @ Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ] Dr Theuns Eloff @ Spin Street Restaurant [ LUNCH ]
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Dr Theuns Eloff, executive director of of the FW de Klerk Foundation, takes a look at the issues everyone is talking about – unemployment and poverty, the impact of affirmative action, problems in our education system crime, unrest at our universities in Turning Point, South Africa at a Crossroads. Based on the latest research and his extensive experience in the political and business world, Eloff, a former Rector of the University of the North West, gives a new perspective on where South Africa finds itself. His fresh, positive voice brings hope and gives the reader new ways to understand a rapidly changing world.
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ANC WC secretary general Faiez Jacobs @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [BRUNCH] ANC WC secretary general Faiez Jacobs @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant [BRUNCH]
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The Cape Town Press Club hosts African National Congress Western Cape secretary general Faiez Jacobs. He will consider the state of the official opposition in the Western Cape including lessons from the local government elections, leadership challenges and the national governing party's new vision towards 2019.
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Vice Chancellor Max Price @ Kelvin Grove [BRUNCH] Vice Chancellor Max Price @ Kelvin Grove [BRUNCH]
Monday, February 27, 2017
The Cape Town Press Club hosts Dr Max Price, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town. He will consider: “The dilemmas of leadership in contemporary higher education” and he will take questions.
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Western Cape Government MEC Anton Bredell @ 6 Spin Street [LUNCH] Western Cape Government MEC Anton Bredell @ 6 Spin Street [LUNCH]
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Western Cape is experiencing its worst drought since 1983 and dam levels are currently on average at 30 percent full. Each year the situation is getting worse. Some two million people are expected to move to the Western Cape in the next 15 years… but we are running short of water and there are more fires. Anton Bredell is the MEC for Local Government. He will consider whether desalination is an option and ponder what options there are for increasing water supply. There have been some 17 000 fires in the province this year, the worst in a decade. How are these fires starting? What is being done to tackle this challenge?
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Ambassador Evita Bezuidenhout @ Ball Room (Lunch) Ambassador Evita Bezuidenhout @ Ball Room (Lunch)
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Ambassador-Extraordinary Evita Bezuidenhout will present her third Luthuli Housekeeping Report to the Cape Town Press Club . This will precede President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address – of the evening of 9 February. Join her to celebrate her freedom of speech. While she may not utter any opinions as a member of the ANC, Evita will also speak in her personal capacity as a citizen and a grandmother.
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Businessman and civil rights activist Sipho Pityana @ Pavillion at Kelvin Grove (BRUNCH) Businessman and civil rights activist Sipho Pityana @ Pavillion at Kelvin Grove (BRUNCH)
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Save SA convenor Sipho Pityana jetted into the spotlight after he called for President Jacob Zuma to resign at the funeral of former Eastern Cape premier Makhenkesi Stofile at the end of last year. Pityana, who is also chair of both Anglogold Ashanti and Izingwe Capital, will deliver an Alternative State of the Nation address and take questions about State capture, how to change South Africa’s political – and economic – destiny for the good. He speaks ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s opening of parliament address.
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Human rights activist Thuli Madonsela @ Grill Room Human rights activist Thuli Madonsela @ Grill Room
Monday, January 16, 2017
Former Public Protector Advocate Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela will address the Cape Town Press Club and reflect on her bumpy seven years in office. During this time she was at loggerheads with many powerful interests including the presidency, most notably over Nkandla-gate and later the Gupta family’s influence. She faced formidable political pressure to toe the line. She was vilified and singled out for resisting. But she never buckled. Madonsela will be the first in our series of leaders pondering “An Alternative State of the Nation” ahead of President Zuma’s address on February 9. Madonsela will take questions.
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Cape Town Press Club End-Of-Year Lunch with Comedian Barry Hilton Cape Town Press Club End-Of-Year Lunch with Comedian Barry Hilton
Friday, December 09, 2016
Legendary South African stand-up comedian, actor and TV personality Barry Hilton will be the speaker at the Cape Town Press Club's end-of-year lunch on Friday 9 December. It will be our last event of the year. Barry – aka ‘The Cousin’ – initially worked as an electrician for about 10 years but decided to try his hand at comedy and turned professional in 1983. Considering how the past year has been described by many as a rather awful year on all fronts, Barry will give us a reason to smile and laugh as we wave goodbye to 2016.
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Journalist and commentator Terry Bell @ 6 Spin Street Journalist and commentator Terry Bell @ 6 Spin Street
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Terry Bell is a labour writer with a difference. He has a forensic knowledge of the South African trade union movement. He believes that South African journalism is seriously under threat. He will talk about what constitutes good journalism “and why we need it especially now”. Bell is one of four journalists and commentators who are taking Independent Media to court in a R2 million defamation suit. “I will also address why, as an ardent campaigner for free speech, I am the first plaintiff.”
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Israeli Ambassador Lenk @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Israeli Ambassador Lenk @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Arthur Lenk began his assignment as Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, Lesotho, Mauritius and Swaziland in early August 2013. Previously he served as the Director of the Department of International Law at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was responsible for providing legal advice to the Ministry's International Organizations and Policy Planning Divisions, on multilateral and regional issues ranging from human rights and UN affairs to bilateral and security matters. He also coordinated the Ministry's activities on international criminal law matters and has played an active role in representing Israel before international organizations such as the UN Human Rights Council. He also worked as a staff member on the UN Secretary General's Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident. He will talk about Israeli South Africa relations but he will also be asked about the aftermath of the American presidential elections!
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Paul Hoffmann @ Kelvin Grove Club Paul Hoffmann @ Kelvin Grove Club
Friday, November 11, 2016
Confronting the Corrupt, by Paul Hoffmann, tells the stories of the anti-graft work of Accountability Nw, ranging from the arms deals – this is the tale of the infamous Seriti Commission - the inadequacy of the Hawks, the bread manufacturers’ cartel to our last three commissioners of police. It also focuses on the Nkandla saga. Accountability Now’s experiences in these matters have driven the feisty little non-government organisation to champion the establishment of an integrity commission as the anti-corruption machinery of state which is at present so lacking in South Africa.
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Marianne Thamm @ Kelvin Grove Club Marianne Thamm @ Kelvin Grove Club
Friday, October 28, 2016
Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and me is Marianne Thamm’s book about her rather unconventional life. Thamm, Daily Maverick journalist, author and commentator, tells about how her German father fought for Hitler and made munitions for Verwoerd. Mr Thamm married her largely illiterate Portuguese mother who worked as a cleaner in England. Today Marianne is the proud mother of two (black) teenagers. Hers is the story of the last century, of the defeat of bigotry and a new era ushered in by Mandela. Sad at times, deeply moving and, like Marianne, hugely entertaining.
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Dennis Cruywagen @  6 Spin Street Restaurant Dennis Cruywagen @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
In The Spiritual Mandela, New Age writer Dennis Cruywagen explores the spiritual aspect of Nelson Mandela’s life. Mandela revealed nothing about his personal religious beliefs in his writings or in his public pronouncements. But those who were close to him know that he held Christian views, and, at his request, the final part of his funeral followed the Methodist service. Based on interviews with some of Mandela’s close colleagues, such as Ahmed Kathrada, as well as priests and other religious figures with whom he interacted, this book unearths an unknown dimension of recent history’s most famous man.
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Author and Premier Helen Zille @ Pavilion Kelvin Grove Club Author and Premier Helen Zille @ Pavilion Kelvin Grove Club
Monday, October 10, 2016
Hillbrow-born Helen Zille’s long-awaited autobiography, Not Without a Fight is one of the most fascinating political stories of our time. The Cape Town Press Club will be the first organisation in the city to launch the book. This is a story about political intrigue and treachery, floor-crossing and unlikely coalitions, phone tapping and intimidation, false criminal charges and judicial commissions. It documents Zille’s courageous fight against corruption and state capture and her efforts to realign politics and entrench accountability. And it describes a mother’s battle to raise children in the pressured world of South African politics. This book is as frank, honest and unflinching as Helen Zille herself, and will appeal to anyone interested in the story of South African politics over the past fifty years.
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British High Commissioner Dame Judith Macgregor @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant British High Commissioner Dame Judith Macgregor @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, October 07, 2016
Dame Judith Macgregor, the British High Commissioner to South Africa, will talk about the challenges posed by BREXIT, the British exit from the European Union. In particular she will ponder trade relations and the impact this will have on South Africa/UK trade. She will take questions
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Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele @ The Lookout Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele @ The Lookout
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
The Competition Commission is hosting a media breakfast for all media in Cape Town in collaboration with the Cape Town Press Club. The media breakfast is an opportunity to engage with the executive of the Commission including Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele and have a conversation on the economy and competition policy. The 10th Annual Competition Conference, significant cases such as the AMSA fine and Media24 Predatory Pricing case and key developments on our market inquiries will be some of the news topics which will be discussed.
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Richard Calland @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Richard Calland @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Richard Calland ponders the question How The Next three Years Will Shape South Africa’s Next Three Decades in his book Make or Break. They will determine whether the country succeeds or fails in the long term. He will consider who will succeed President Zuma and whether the coalition governments in the key cities will hold or fall apart? He will also ponder whether Pravin Gordhan will survive.
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SA First Forum's Vytjie Mentor @ German Club SA First Forum's Vytjie Mentor @ German Club
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Vytjie Mentor is a former ANC MP and ex-chairperson of the national assembly public enterprises portfolio committee. She is now a leading member of the SA First Forum which says it is "deeply concerned" at the direction that the ANC leadership had taken the country. The current state of affairs had been allowed to spiral out of control including anti-constitutionalism, disrespect of the judiciary, misuse of state security apparatus, elements of a police state, abuse of state power for business, political and individual interests.
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Prof Milton Shain @ German Club Prof Milton Shain @ German Club
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Emeritus Professor Milton Shain recently retired as the Isidore and Theresa Cohen Chair of Jewish Civilisation at the University of Cape Town. He specialises in the history of South African Jewry and the history of anti-Semitism. Shain remains a prolific and penetrating writer in his 'retirement'. He recently received the Recht Malan prize for non-fiction for A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930 to 1948, published by Jonathan Ball and described by the judges as history at its most compulsively readable." In a time when violent xenophobia regularly rears its ugly head across the country, the continent and the globe, this marvellous book is a timely reminder of what can happen when politicians in pursuit of power demonize a vulnerable group," the judges said.
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Ambassador Rasool And Shakyn Ninowy @ 6 Spin Street Ambassador Rasool And Shakyn Ninowy @ 6 Spin Street
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Former South African Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool, former Premier of the Western Cape, is opening a Cape Town chapter of the Atlanta based Centre for Non-Violence and Peace Studies. It aims to train young leaders to be ambassadors for non-violence, peace, harmony and co-existence with all the people of South Africa and beyond. It will be launched later on Tuesday at the Century City Convention Centre – on the night of the press club breakfast. His colleague Shakyn Ninowy will also speak on the challenges facing the rise of extremism, radicalization and the Islamic perspectives regarding terrorism, including the rise of Boko Haram.
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The annual Barry Streek Memorial Lecture by RW Johnson @ The Pavillion The annual Barry Streek Memorial Lecture by RW Johnson @ The Pavillion
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
RW Johnson will speak on REGIME CHANGE. He is the author of HOW LONG WILL SOUTH AFRICA SURVIVE? Johnson has been asked to deliver the annual Barry Streek Memorial lecture. Please note that the lecture will begin immediately at 7pm. Dinner will be served at 8pm after the lecture is delivered.
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Alderman Clive Keegan @ The Pavillion Alderman Clive Keegan @ The Pavillion
Thursday, July 28, 2016
The director of the South Africa Local Government Research Centre, Alderman Clive Keegan, is the guest speaker at the Cape Town Press Club AGM dinner. He will do an overview of what we can expect from the 3 August municipal elections - with a particular focus on the battleground metros. Keegan will address the gathering over dinner which will be followed by the club's annual general meeting. Members can choose to stay on for the AGM, which should not last more than an hour after the dinner has ended.
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Jan-Jan Joubert @ 6 Spin Street Jan-Jan Joubert @ 6 Spin Street
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Jan-Jan Joubert is veteran parliamentary journalist and now political editor at the Sunday Times.. He has a fascination with electoral systems – and of course, the associated politics. His topic is: What to expect from the (3 August) 2016 local government elections: A prediction of strange bedfellows and important consequences for the future of South African politics.
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Xolani Sotashe @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Xolani Sotashe @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
ANC mayoral candidate in the City of Cape Town, Councillor Xolani Sotashe, has been a faithful servant of Cape Town for over 15 years. He has a rich background in political activism that began at the tender age of 14. He was actively involved in community upliftment throughout his schooling career, was a former deputy leader of the ANC Youth League and has served in a multitude of Portfolio Committees geared towards improving the lives of citizens. He currently serves as Chairperson for the Dullah Omar region and is the Chief Whip of the ANC on the city council. Xolani Sotashe strives to build a society that that lives in hope of a better future. Sotashe strives to bridge the glaring divisions between the rich and poor. He will speak about his vision for Cape Town.
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Tony Ehrenreich, ANC City of Cape Town councilor @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Tony Ehrenreich, ANC City of Cape Town councilor @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, June 30, 2016
ANC City of Cape Town councilor Tony Ehrenreich has been leader of the opposition in the Cape Town city council for five years. He is part of the club’s speakers’ programme ahead of the 3 August municipal poll and will be followed by the ANC’s mayoral candidate Xolani Sotashe who addresses a breakfast on 6 July. Ehrenreich, who is also Cosatu Western Cape secretary, will discuss the state of the city and the upcoming election.
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Michael Spicer @ Old Mutual House Michael Spicer @ Old Mutual House
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Michael Spicer is a former president of Business Leadership South Africa and a former Anglo American executive director. He has ‘retired’ to Cape Town from the Big Smog and is now a director of a few interests – including Wesgro. Spicer will consider the business and government relationship “to hell and back” to use his words. He will ponder whether the closer working relationship post 9/12 – that fateful Nene-gate day of December 2015 – represents a positive reset. He will also take questions about junk status and other economic (and at a push political) matters.
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Martin Plaut @ 6 Spin Street Martin Plaut @ 6 Spin Street
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Most people believe that black South Africans obtained the vote for the first time in 1994. In fact, for almost a century suitably qualified black people had enjoyed the vote in the Cape and Natal, and in certain constituencies had decided the outcome of parliamentary elections. Little wonder, then, that when the first South Africa came about in 1910, black people were keen to see the principle of non-racialism entrenched in the constitution that was drawn up for the new Union. Martin Plaut's Promise and Despair is the story of that struggle. Its centrepiece is a lively account of the delegation that travelled to London in mid-1909 to lobby for a non-racial constitution. Led by a famous white lawyer and former prime minister of the Cape, Will Schreiner, brother of the novelist Olive Schreiner, it included some of the great African and coloured leaders of the day, who were perhaps equal in stature to the great black leaders who helped found the second South Africa in 1994.
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Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille @ The Pavillion Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille @ The Pavillion
Monday, May 30, 2016
Cape Town MAYOR Patricia de Lille has been invited to discuss the upcoming local government election campaign from her perspective as the DA’s mayoral candidate for Cape Town as well as the provincial DA leader in the Western Cape.
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General Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader and MP @ Wild Fig Restaurant General Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader and MP @ Wild Fig Restaurant
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Public Investment Corporation manages a portfolio of about R1.8 trillion. It includes the pension fund for policemen, teachers, and nurses (and other public servants). General Bantu Holomisa, the United Democratic Movement leader and MP, has put in an application to the Public Protector for an investigation into the misuse of the assets under its management – he alleges that the ANC is paying its staff with public money, or at least, pensioners’ money. He said that money was transferred from the PIC in December to Deutsche Bank. R40 million was allegedly meant to fund ANC staff salaries and the costs of the ruling party’s 104th anniversary celebrations. A further R2 million was allegedly funneled through the Harith Company for the ruling party’s benefit.
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Malusi Gigaba, Home Affairs Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Malusi Gigaba, Home Affairs Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba returns to the Cape Town Press Club on this coming Wednesday 18 May. The Minister will address the Cabinet Concessions on Immigration Regulations; the launch of the eChannel in relation to the collaboration with banks; the process of establishing the Border Management Agency; as well as SA's counter corruption efforts in a bid to eradicate fraud and corruption in the Department. He will take questions.
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Glynnis Breytenbach and James Selfe consider the Spy Tapes saga Glynnis Breytenbach and James Selfe consider the Spy Tapes saga
Friday, May 13, 2016
Upon seeking a legal opinion and further reading of the North Gauteng High Court ruling, it has become clear to the Democratic Alliance that the charges that were erroneously dropped by the NPA in 2009 are automatically reinstated and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Shaun Abrahams, is duty-bound to proceed with the prosecution against President Jacob Zuma. This comes after the DA was successful in its review application to have the decision to drop the charges (relating to the arms deal) set aside on the grounds that the decision was borne from undue political considerations and was therefore irrational in the first place. MP Glynnis Breytenbach, the DA justice spokesman, and the party's federal executive chairperson James Selfe MP will make sense of the spy tapes saga. They will tell us where the justice system goes from here - especially in relation to President Jacob Zuma's legal predicament.
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Economist Chris Hart @ The Pavillion Economist Chris Hart @ The Pavillion
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Former Standard Bank global market strategist Chris Hart - who got in a spot of trouble with his bank over a tweet - has bounced back. He no longer works for the bank, but is setting up an asset management company which will focus on impact investing. That is the sort of investment that leads to good outcomes. He also is working on getting corporates to back a day of the year to promote good community citizenship. Hart will be talking about the health of the economy, what to do to withstand a possible IMF bailout. He will ponder nationalization by stealth and the "capture" of corporate entities in the private sector by the state. Hart will take questions including those about what to do with your savings, if you are lucky to have any.
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Don Pinnock @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Don Pinnock @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Why is Cape Town one of the most violent cities on earth? What is it that makes gangs so attractive to young people? Why are drugs so easy to find and so widespread? Why are the police seemingly losing control of the crime situation? Why is it getting worse? These are some of the many penetrating questions in a new book, Gang Town, by top-selling investigative journalist and criminologist Don Pinnock. This is not merely an academic book about the city’s problems. It gives the context to these questions and offers some startling answers.
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Ann Bernstein @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Ann Bernstein @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Far too many South Africans live in poverty, largely because far too few have jobs. This has serious implications for our society: South Africa's considerable democratic achievements are being put at risk by the political, social and economic consequences of low growth, unemployment, poverty and inequality. For the past two years the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has worked on a major project to identify national priorities for faster economic and employment growth. These catalytic priorities form the essential building blocks for a fundamentally new approach. They comprise a basis for encouraging a wide conversation across the country, by offering a diagnosis of what is going wrong and focused recommendations for getting the country back on track.
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Celebration of the life of John Caviggia Celebration of the life of John Caviggia
Friday, April 01, 2016
Please join us for a celebration of the life of John Caviggia. Dress for celebration (no black please).
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Former President FW de Klerk @ Kelvin Grove Club Former President FW de Klerk @ Kelvin Grove Club
Thursday, March 17, 2016
On 18 March, former president FW de Klerk will turn 80. The day before this milestone, he will reflect on the current state of the nation and address the Cape Town Press Club. He will take questions.
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Allister Sparks, former Rand Daily Mail editor @ Kelvin Grove Club Allister Sparks, former Rand Daily Mail editor @ Kelvin Grove Club
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Former Rand Daily Mail editor Allister Sparks joined his first newspaper at age 17 and was pitched headlong into the vortex of South Africa's stormy politics. The Sword and the Pen is the story of how as a journalist he observed, chronicled and participated in his country's unfolding drama for more than 66 years, covering events from the premiership of DF Malan to the presidency of Jacob Zuma, witnessing at close range the rise and fall of apartheid and the rise and crisis of the new South Africa. In trenchant prose, Sparks has written a remarkable account of both a life lived to its full as well as the surrounding narrative of South Africa from the birth of apartheid, the rise of political opposition, the dawn of democracy, right through to the crisis we are experiencing today.
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Johannes Moller, president of AgriSA @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Johannes Moller, president of AgriSA @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, February 22, 2016
South Africa is gripped by a horrible drought. Johannes Moller, the president of the commercial farmers’ group, AgriSA will talk to journalists – and press club members – over lunch about whether the current drought is really more severe than the one in 1904. He will consider the various actions now being taken by AgriSA and other parties and also what future plans have been put in place. Moller will take questions after a slide presentation. The AgriSA Drought Report will be released. It stipulates what actions should be taken by government.
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Tannie Evita @ Kelvin Grove Club Tannie Evita @ Kelvin Grove Club
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
President Jacob Zuma will present his 2016 State of the Nation address at the opening of Parliament on 11th February - or not. Some opposition parties might exercise their freedom of verbal explosion. The world will watch until the parliamentary television links are cut for technical reasons. The parliamentary precinct, a national key point, might even be swamped by thousands of uninvited fans of President Zuma who will expect sausage rolls, imported US chicken pieces and T-shirts. Evita will lift the cover of the firepool in the President's rural heaven and identify the drones of empowerment that will circle the sky above the National Assembly like vultures wearing red berets. The 2015 Luthuli Housekeeping Report is a behind-the-scenes look at the state of the nation during the 21st year of our democracy and a glance beyond the barricades of hashtags into the next leap forward.
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DA leader Mmusi Maimane @ 6 Spin Street DA leader Mmusi Maimane @ 6 Spin Street
Thursday, February 04, 2016
As part of the 2016 Alternative State of the Nation series hosted by the club, our breakfast guest is the DA leader. Fresh from the big economy march in Johannesburg, DA leader Mmusi Maimane will pretend to be President Jacob Zuma for the morning. He will tell us how the official opposition will approach the 2016 State of the Nation address. He will suggest what the President should say to the people of South Africa to restore confidence in the economy through coherent policies that will ensure inclusive growth.
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Dr Corné Mulder, Freedom Front Plus parliamentary chief whip @ 6 Spin Street Dr Corné Mulder, Freedom Front Plus parliamentary chief whip @ 6 Spin Street
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Dr Corné Mulder is the Freedom Front Plus parliamentary chief whip. He is also FF+ provincial leader in the Western Cape. He entered parliament as the Conservative Party MP for Randfontein in 1984. At 26 he obtained his doctorate (LLD) in constitutional law. Dr Mulder is a member of the portfolio committees for international relations and home affairs. He was involved in the process to draft the South African Constitution as member of the Constitutional Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. Dr Mulder, a member of the democratic parliament form 1994, will pretend he is President of South Africa for the day. He will present an Alternative State of the Nation address on Wednesday 3 February ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s address on 11 February.
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Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi @ The Pavilion Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The club is presenting a few speakers in the coming weeks who will provide an Alternative State of the Nation ahead of President Jacob Zuma's opening of parliament speech in February. The first of our speakers is veteran politician, former Home Affairs Minister and president of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi, MP. Dr Buthelezi, who has been in parliament since 1994, will focus on what South Africa really needs to hear.
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White Puppet Chester Missing @ The Pavilion White Puppet Chester Missing @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Just over a year ago, puppet master and comedian Conrad Koch won the right to use his puppet to mimic - and send up - singer and politician Steve Hofmeyr. Hofmeyr - who is expected to be a guest of the Cape Town Press Club next year - took him to court to try to gag his puppet. He lost. Koch's puppet, Chester Missing, was black then, but Koch has now decided to replace him with a white puppet - something new to, and indeed in keeping with, the South African politically-correct lexicon. Koch - and Chester - will poke fun at our world, our president, our opposition leaders, our business leaders and you too, the members of the Cape Town Press Club. Chester, the white puppet, will take questions.
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God, Spies And Lies, Finding South Africa's Future Through Its Past @ Pavilion God, Spies And Lies, Finding South Africa's Future Through Its Past @ Pavilion
Friday, December 04, 2015
John Matisonn's GOD, SPIES AND LIES, Finding South Africa's future through its past, hit the shelves on the weekend to a very strong reception in the press, radio and TV, and debate had yielded 45,000 comments on Facebook in the 24 hours. While most of the attention was on Sunday Times former editor Tertius Myburgh's role under apartheid, the book is a much more wide-ranging look at how South Africa got where it is and how the current slump can be turned around.
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Baleka Mbete and Thandi Modise @ Dakar Room Baleka Mbete and Thandi Modise @ Dakar Room
Thursday, December 03, 2015
National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise address the Cape Town Press Club with the Parliamentary Press Gallery association is the co-host. Mbete and Modise are responsible for the conduct and orderly business of the National Parliament and have been at the centre of a number of unprecedented events that have rocked the legislature this year. This included the upset at President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address in February. That was first disrupted by a signal jamming device left by the State Security Agency and then by the eviction of Economic Freedom Fighters' MPs by a combined team of SAPS and Parliamentary security members. The two parliamentary leaders will take questions.
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Tim Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro @ Old Mutual Guest House Tim Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro @ Old Mutual Guest House
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Tim Harris assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Wesgro in March 2015. He will ponder the topic: “When South Africans vote with their feet: an update on the Western Cape economy.” Prior to joining Wesgro, he was the Director of Trade and Investment in the Office of the Executive Mayor at the City of Cape Town. Tim previously served as Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Finance for the Democratic Alliance (DA). He was the MP for Cape Town's "Good Hope" constituency and the Parliamentary Counsellor to Lindiwe Mazibuko.
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Robin Brown . The Secret Society @ Dakar Room, 6 Spin Street Restaurant Robin Brown . The Secret Society @ Dakar Room, 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
In The Secret Society, Robin Brown unpacks some astonishing and largely unknown history. He brings Cecil John Rhodes, his companions and his successors to life by drawing from diaries and letters, and sheds new light on Rhodes’s homosexuality. Ranging from the diamond mines of Kimberley to the halls of power in Westminster, and peopled with characters such as General Gordon, Leander Starr Jameson, W.T. Stead, Olive Schreiner, the Princess Radziwill, Joseph Chamberlain and David Lloyd George, this book is a page-turner that will make you see the world, both past and present, in a different light. It is fitting in the year of #RhodesMustFall to be contemplating a book on Rhodes.
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Justice Malala @ The Palmyra Room Justice Malala @ The Palmyra Room
Friday, November 13, 2015
Justice Malala presents a weekly TV talk show, The Justice Factor, and writes a weekly column in Financial Mail. Malala, an astute political analyst, believes that We have begun our descent, which is the title of his book. On 12 February 2015. The South African secret services block the cellphones of journalists covering Parliament. Opposition party members are violently thrown out of the House. President Jacob Zuma - accused of corruption on a grand scale - laughs uproariously. Where is the country of Nelson Mandela headed? In this deeply personal reflection, Malala's diagnosis is devastating: South Africa is on the brink.
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Professor Ben Turok @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Professor Ben Turok @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, November 09, 2015
Professor Ben Turok now runs his own think-tank, the African Alternatives after retiring as an ANC MP in 2014. His book Changing the Colour of Capital is a collection of essays addressing many of the basic questions about policy-making and transformation in South Africa today. If you have an interest in law and politics, South Africa’s political economy and the processes of policy-making in a parliamentary context, this - say his publishers - is an essential read.
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James-Brent Styan @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant James-Brent Styan @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
As a journalist James-Brent Styan wrote about Eskom since 2008. He followed the story from Lephalale to the inside of Parliament and everywhere in between. He interviewed the decision-makers, the politicians, the officials, the employees and other people involved with Eskom, the state-owned electricity monopoly. Blackout: The Eskom Crisis is an account of what has happened to one of the greatest power utilities in the world. It deals with load-shedding, blackouts and unpacks the issues raging around candle-light dinners in households across South Africa. Styan, a former press club committee member, will ponder what went wrong and what can be done?
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Amira Hass @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Amira Hass @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, October 16, 2015
Open Shuhada Street, a Palestinian solidarity organisation has brought Israeli journalist Amira Hass to Cape Town. Born in Jerusalem to two survivors of the holocaust, Hass is famous for being the first Israeli journalist to live among the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, from where she also reported. Hass will talk about what is happening right now in Israel and the Occupied Territories, the build-up to the present conflict and her understanding of why it is happening. She will talk about Gaza, Israel and Palestine and take questions.
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Colonel Richard Kemp, retired British officer @ The Wild Fig Colonel Richard Kemp, retired British officer @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Retired British officer Colonel Richard Kemp is in Cape Town for a short spell. He is a counter terrorism and defence specialist and spent most of his life fighting insurgency as well as commanding British troops on the front lines of some of the world’s toughest conflict hot spots. He was an observer in the Gaza conflict. He delivered a speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on his conclusions of Operation Protective Edge, an Israeli military operation launched by Israel on 8 July last year. There was seven weeks of Israeli bombardment. Kemp, who has been described as a Christian Zionist, has taken part in the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, and the Iraq War among others.
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Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International executive director @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International executive director @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International's executive director, will talk about Climate Change - How close to the cliff are we? He will also ponder what the Paris negotiations will deliver. Naidoo, who is stepping down at the end of the year from this post, says that he wants to return to South Africa to "lend support" to the growing struggle for a just energy future. It may just be in the nick of time.
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Bell, Michler, Malherbe And Roodt @ The Pavilion Bell, Michler, Malherbe And Roodt @ The Pavilion
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Lobbyists who are both "for" and "against" the legalisation of the trade in rhino horn are joining forces to present their joint plan to save the rhino species. Most people are now acutely aware that the rhino population of the world is being decimated by ruthless poachers. Its horn is more valuable than gold and platinum combined in markets in Asia. South Africa is home to most of the surviving rhino of the species. An army of about 6000 poachers kill or maim increasing numbers of rhino each year. Accountability Now, led by Paul Hoffman, a leading press club member has brought together four leaders who stand on both sides of the debate on whether the legalisation in the rhino horn trade is the way to go to save the species.
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John Dobson, head coach, Western Province rugby @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant John Dobson, head coach, Western Province rugby @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, September 17, 2015
John Dobson is head coach of Western Province rugby. He has combined sporting prowess with being well-read, a rare combination. He was educated on holiday from Bishops (his dad taught there so he got a free Anglican education). He read further - BA, LLB, MBA and MA (in creative writing). Dobson has launched sports magazines including SA Rugby and an internet sports business, 365. He published Rugby365 and Football365. He sold them to Primedia and Sky before taking up coaching. He has published a novel - Year of the Gherkin. There will be a sequel in November. Dobson works at the WPR offices in Bellville. He has at least two rugby mates Nick Mallett and Rassie Erasmus. He will make predictions about the World Rugby Cup if pressed during question time.
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Zwelinzima Vavi @ The Palmyra Room Zwelinzima Vavi @ The Palmyra Room
Friday, September 11, 2015
Zwelinzima Vavi is one of the leaders of the Anti-Corruption March which will be held in Cape Town and Pretoria on Wednesday 23 September. Vavi, was until recently Secretary General of Cosatu. He is no more, but he doesn't want to talk about those issues so much. He wants to focus on the movement against corruption - the march on the Union Buildings and on Parliament here in Cape Town. But he may be pressed to answer questions about the state of the nation, the United Front, the unions now outside of Cosatu and other pressing questions.
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Olivia Forsyth, South Africa's most notorious apartheid spy @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Olivia Forsyth, South Africa's most notorious apartheid spy @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Agent 407, South Africa's most notorious apartheid spy, Olivia Forsyth, has told the story of her astonishing life. In the world of espionage, truth is the first victim and nothing is as it seems. In the dying years of apartheid, her extraordinary double life hit the headlines. Agent Forsyth, known to many as a gladiator for Nusas and the End Conscription Campaign at Rhodes University campus, escaped from ANC/MK imprisonment in Angola. She was feted as a hero of the apartheid government. Forsyth claimed to have infiltrated the ANC and passed on vital information. She joined the security policy with visions of a John le Carre like lifestyle, but her handler Craig Williamson dispatched her to Rhodes, seen by then authorities as a hotbed of communism and radicalism.
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Professor Matthew Lester, Assoc. Prof. Rhodes Business School @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Professor Matthew Lester, Assoc. Prof. Rhodes Business School @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, July 31, 2015
Hot on the heels of the address by the chairman of the Davis Tax Committee, Judge Dennis Davis, who addressed the press club AGM dinner, Professor Matthew Lester, an associate professor at the Rhodes Business School, Grahamstown, addresses various aspects of work he was involved in on the panel. Lester was one of the panelists who signed off the estate duty discussion document which was released in draft form earlier this month. Lester, who is in Cape Town to address a Rhodes University alumni association function will consider the recommendations of the Commission on estate duty, which is, in effect, a wealth tax. He notes that capital gains tax is viewed by many as a "wealth tax", but this, he points out, is an income tax.
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Judge Dennis Davis @ The Pavilion Judge Dennis Davis @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
POSTPONED UNTIL WED 22 JUL. The Press Club's AGM speaker is Judge Dennis Davis. He will focus over dinner on the tax environment in his capacity as chair of the Davis Tax Committee which advises government on tax policy. Judge Davis is a Judge of the High Court, Western Cape and is President of the Competition Appeal Court. He has been a member of the Commission of Enquiry into Tax Structure of South Africa (the Katz Commission). He was a technical advisor to the constitutional assembly during negotiations for South Africa's interim and final constitutions. Davis, a Herzlia School, UCT and Cambridge alumnus teaches tax law at UCT where he is also honorary professor of law.
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Chris Yelland @ The Wild Fig Chris Yelland @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Magazine publisher and journalist Chris Yelland has been at the forefront of the battle with the increasingly dysfunctional SA Post Office, which for years has been hit by strike action, management crisis and lack of delivery problems. After years of difficulties with deliveries of their magazines a group of publishers including Yelland lodged a formal complaint to the regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa against the SA Post Office. Icasa, the regulator, is tasked to ensure that the post office carries out the conditions of its licence. Icasa has it in its power to place financial sanctions on the post office, a state-owned corporation. It also can consider alternative applications to supplement the activities of the post office – which would mean competition with a state-directed activity.
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Brigalia Bam @ The Wild Fig Brigalia Bam @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Brigalia Bam’s name is synonymous with elections in South Africa. She headed the Independent Electoral Commission – which runs South Africa’s elections – for 12 years. From 1999 to 2011. Democracy, More than just Elections is not just a chronicle of her career but also an account of this country’s success in managing elections in challenging situations in some of the most troubled parts of Africa. It has ranged from observing elections in Rwanda, printing ballot papers for Nigeria’s elections and assisting with polls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho and Namibia. Although the IEC has had its share of controversies of late, her reputation is unsullied. Bam is a former general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. She is also a former Africa Regional Secretary and Co-ordinator of the Women’s Workers’ Programme for the International Food and Allied Workers’ Association based in Geneva.
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Gareth van Onselen @ The Wild Fig Gareth van Onselen @ The Wild Fig
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Gareth van Onselen is a political columnist for the "Sunday Times" and "Business Day" and a former senior party worker for the Democratic Alliance where he worked for 12 years in political analysis and communication. Following his collection of Zuma quotations - "Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandla" - he has now assembled a collection of polemical essays entitled "Holy Cows", in which he tackles controversial subjects. The book "mocks political correctness, dissects the booming business of death, superstition and witchcraft, and bemoans the growing influence of religion in politics". As a staunch liberal, Van Onselen will speak to the Cape Town Press Club about how cultural practice and religious belief contradict the South African Constitution.
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Working-lunch dialogue session by The Cape Town Press Club in partnership with the United Nations Foundation Working-lunch dialogue session by The Cape Town Press Club in partnership with the United Nations Foundation
Friday, June 05, 2015
The CAPE TOWN PRESS CLUB in Partnership with THE UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION will be co-hosting a working-lunch dialogue session on 5 June at th One & Only Resort in Cape Town. Please download attached information.
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Peter Attard Montalto, senior emerging markets economist and specialist on South Africa @ The Pavilion Peter Attard Montalto, senior emerging markets economist and specialist on South Africa @ The Pavilion
Friday, June 05, 2015
South Africa from outside the bubble, his thoughts. Nomura - the Japanese investment bank - senior emerging markets economist and specialist on South Africa, Peter Attard Montalto, describes himself as a foreign analyst who plays the role of advising investors. His thoughts will include how economic policy debates in South Africa are conducted within the governing ANC as well as between government and business. He will also consider the fact that business "doesn't speak up enough" and how this might play out in future policy, especially with the minimum wage issue as an example. The risks to Eskom and longer-term energy policy "are higher than we thought... with greater risk (for) growth and inflation".
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Mmusi Maimane, DA Leader @ The Ball Room Mmusi Maimane, DA Leader @ The Ball Room
Thursday, June 04, 2015
South Africa's official opposition's first black national leader, Mmusi Maimane, delivers the Barry Streek Memorial Lecture. The Barry Streek Memorial Lecture honours the memory of the late parliamentary journalist and former vice-chairman of the Cape Town Press Club and proceeds fund an annual bursary at Rhodes University. In the midst of his Freedom, Fairness & Opportunity Tour, Maimane will focus on the state of the media in South Africa, and consider the state of press freedom in South Africa. Maimane, who is also Leader of the Opposition in parliament, notes that press freedom is a cornerstone of our democracy. "Without press freedom there cannot be a credible barometer of government's performance. It is the most vulnerable that suffer as a result."
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Dr Anthea Jeffery @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Dr Anthea Jeffery @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The wrongs of apartheid are being used to cloak a toxic policy mix - including black economic empowerment - that will incrementally rob all South Africans of property rights, individual self-reliance, and the economic freedom that experience around the world confirms as vital to the prosperity of all, writes Dr Anthea Jeffery in BEE Helping or Hurting. "Recent amendments to the Employment Equity Act and the BEE generic codes will rob businesses of many of the essential perquisites of management, including the capacity to appoint and train staff, choose directors and select suppliers without reference to race or state policy".
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Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Hon. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula - MP, to Lead Post-Budget Vote Working-Breakfast Dialogue Session with Media aboard SA Navy Frigate SAS SPIOENKOP Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Hon. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula - MP, to Lead Post-Budget Vote Working-Breakfast Dialogue Session with Media aboard SA Navy Frigate SAS SPIOENKOP
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Hon. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula - MP, to Lead Post-Budget Vote Working-Breakfast Dialogue Session with Media aboard SA Navy Frigate SAS SPIOENKOP. The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Hon. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula - MP, hereby invites members of the media to join her aboard the SAS SPIOENKOP for a post-budget vote working-breakfast dialogue session.
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Bill Johnson, political analyst @ The Wild Fig Bill Johnson, political analyst @ The Wild Fig
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Political analyst Bill Johnson has republished How Long Will South Africa Survive? In 1977, when it was first published South Africa was deeply embroiled in apartheid - and counter-apartheid - politics. The best seller provided a controversial and highly original analysis of the survival prospects of the South African regime. Now after 21 years of ANC rule, Johnson believes that the situation has become so critical that the question must be posed again. He moves from an analysis of President Jacob Zuma’s rule to the increasingly dire state of the South African economy, concluding that the country is heading towards a likely international monetary fund bailout which will in turn lead to a regime change of some kind.
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Professor John Hanks, founder president of the World Wide Fund for Nature @ The Pavilion Professor John Hanks, founder president of the World Wide Fund for Nature @ The Pavilion
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Professor John Hanks, founder president of the World Wide Fund for Nature, pulls the curtain on Operation Lock, a secret rhino anti-poaching initiative staffed by former SAS operatives and funded by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, in his book: Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching. Operation Lock was controversially set up in Johannesburg during the apartheid era but carried out its work in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. The aim was to train rangers to pose a rhino horn traders to entrap buyers and expose the kingpins behind the trade. Hanks, a former head of the department of biological sciences at the University of Natal, will also deal with the current rhino poaching scourge. He is deeply critical of the policies to curb poaching.
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Ted Blom, partner at Mining & Energy Advisors @ The Palmyra Room Ted Blom, partner at Mining & Energy Advisors @ The Palmyra Room
Friday, April 24, 2015
Ted Blom is a Partner at Mining & Energy Advisors (a global lecturing and advisory service), but he is steeped in knowledge about the difficulties of Eskom, where he used to work firstly as head of the internal management consulting group (1988-1990) and later as Advisor on a Coal Procurement Roadmap to 2030 (2006-2008). Blom has testified at three Nersa hearings on Corruption and lack of efficiency at Eskom which saw its demise from a Top 5 Utility under McCrae and Maree to one of the worst performers in the world in under 20 years. He believes the Eskom cannot be privatised even in part. The only solution, according to Blom, is for South African households to convert to solar power and ultimately sell their power back into the grid. One of the roots of Eskom’s problems is it is overpaying suppliers due to black economic empowerment requirements – where supplier companies of such commodities as coal for the coal-fired power stations have become hugely expensive because these companies sell the coal at distorted prices to the power utility. This effectively doubles the landed coal price at Eskom. It is also driving away other investors such as BHP, Anglo's and Exxaro.
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Jani Allan, former Sunday Times columnist @ The Wild Fig Jani Allan, former Sunday Times columnist @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Former Sunday Times columnist Jani Allan, who now lives in New Jersey in the United States returns to South Africa on a book tour nearly 30 years after her interview with Eugene Terre'Blanche, the AWB leader, which rocketed her on to the international media stage - perhaps for all the wrong reasons - and effectively ended her media career. Marianne Thamm, Daily Maverick columnist reports that her memoir, just-published Jani Confidential, exposes not only the casual and brutal indifference of "white" South African life during apartheid, but also how the triple forces of racism, sexism and self-delusion served to publicly unmake a talented and intelligent writer caught up in the toxic currents of the time. Jani returns to tell her story.
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Dr Adriaan Liebenberg, Dr Adriaan Liebenberg, "The Brain Surgeon's Diet" @ The Pavilion
Friday, March 20, 2015
In the current climate of fad diets and the public tendency to grab at unlikely fixes for an obesity pandemic, Dr Adriaan Liebenberg, an internationally recognized neurosurgeon provides an easy and safe alternative in his book The Brain Surgeon’s Diet. In the book, Dr Liebenberg describes his own weight-loss and explains the science behind it while promoting the idea of using your brain to lose weight. After being fat and unhappy about it for most of his life, Dr Liebenberg decided to utilise his professional knowledge of the brain to alter his own lifestyle. He worked out which foods could modify his brain chemistry to speed up his metabolism and change his attitude towards food – and it worked. He lost 70 kilograms and became a much healthier person. Straightforward and easy to read, the book is a step-by-step and realistic guide for taking control of your weight without having to rely on fad diets or appetite-suppressing drugs. Dr Liebenberg will address the Cape Town Press Club on his book and the diet and other medical issues he is currently dealing with. He will take questions.
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Prominent Israeli Politician Natan Sharansky @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Prominent Israeli Politician Natan Sharansky @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Prominent Israeli politician and ex-Soviet political prisoner Natan Sharansky. He was born in 1948 in the then Soviet territory of Ukraine. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was arrested in 1977 and convicted of treason for spying for the United States. He spent time in the Lefortovo prison, often is solitary confinement before being transferred to the prison camp in the Siberian gulag. His wife Avital – nee Stiglitz – who emigrated to Israel after their wedding campaigned ceaselessly for his release. He was finally released in an east-west prisoner exchange in 1986. He was given an Israeli passport by the Israeli ambassador to the then Federal Republic of Germany. He formed a political party in 1995 focusing on Soviet Jews in Israel. The party won seven Knesset seats in 1996 and he became Minister of Industry and Trade. He resigned from government in 2005 in opposition to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan and the following year resigned from the Knesset to take up the position as chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Centre in Jerusulem. Now also the chairman of the Jewish Agency. As the guest of the South African Zionist Federation Cape Council, Sharansky will talk about the current politics of Israel and Palestine – and the road forward.
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Rhoda Kadalie @ Table Bay Hotel Rhoda Kadalie @ Table Bay Hotel
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Rhoda Kadalie, the human rights activist and executive director of the Impumelelo Social Innovation Centre - a non-profit organisation that identifies, rewards and champions creative South Africa solutions to the country’s problems, is the guest of both The Big Issue and the Cape Town Press Club. Kadalie will be discussing her big issue - ethical leadership. With a dearth of that currently in our politics, she will have a lot to talk about. The breakfast series is aimed at supporting the Big Issue, which itself supports people to get on their feet through selling the magazine and providing them a foundation to move on to their own businesses and careers.
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Dr Johan Retief, National Press Ombudsman @ The Wild Fig Dr Johan Retief, National Press Ombudsman @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Dr Johan Retief, national press ombudsman will provide some insights on complaints to his office. Complaints jumped sharply - by more than 150% - from 212 complaints in 2010 to 529 in 2013. Complaints in 2014 are expected to be at record levels. Retief will relate how his office operates and is willing to share with journalists and news managers some valuable lessons on internal checks and balances for fair reporting.
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Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba @ 6 Spin Street Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba @ 6 Spin Street
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba wishes to speak about smart cards and current issues regarding visas and the proposed review which will take place this year of immigration policy. In January the minister said that the controversial immigration regulations - gazetted last May - were not cast in stone but would be implemented in full. The requirement that South African minors travelling across South Africa's borders must carry unabridged birth certificates, however, has been delayed to June 1. South Africa's new immigration regulations introduced a new visa regime, drawing a distinction between short-stay visas and long-stay permanent residence permits. They stipulate that visa applications need to be made by applicants in person, and that those wanting to change the status of their visa can no longer do so in South Africa, but at missions abroad. The minister has agreed that "stakeholders" objecting to the regulations would be listened to.
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Jannie Rossouw, Head of the School of Economic and Business Sciences, WITS @ The Wild Fig Jannie Rossouw, Head of the School of Economic and Business Sciences, WITS @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Professor Jannie Rossouw argues government has no scope to grant annual civil service remuneration increases of more than the rate of inflation plus 1 percentage point. An increase of 15% can simply not be afforded as it will push South Africa over the fiscal cliff. A moratorium must be placed on growth in civil service employment numbers, promotions, larger increases for senior officials and new senior appointments from outside. Social grant expenditure must be seriously contained, says Rossouw, head of the school of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand on the eve of the 2015 Budget, Rossouw will also explain why room for raising extra income through increased taxation is very limited.
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Ferial Haffajee, Editor in Chief of City Press Newspaper @ The Pavilion Ferial Haffajee, Editor in Chief of City Press Newspaper @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ferial Haffajee is the Editor in Chief of City Press Newspaper. She is former Editor of the Mail & Guardian from 2004 to 2009 and the first woman Editor of this major South African newspaper. Haffajee speaks in the wake of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation speech at the opening of parliament. She also wrote a poignant piece in City Press on the freedom of speech tightrope after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter.
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Pan African Holdings chief executive and economist Iraj Abedian @ The Pavilion Pan African Holdings chief executive and economist Iraj Abedian @ The Pavilion
Monday, February 16, 2015
Pan African Holdings chief executive and economist Iraj Abedian, a return guest of the club, will paint a picture of prospects for South African manufacturing against the backdrop of the most recent Manufacturing Circle Survey on Manufacturing Business Conditions (2014 Q4), as well as global and national macro-economic trends. He speaks ahead of the Budget on 25 February by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. It will be an ideal opportunity to obtain answers to questions as to what the impact of lower commodity and fuel prices in particular will have on manufacturing, what manufacturing employment figures are likely to do, and how global drivers have an impact on the future location of production in South Africa.
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Evita Bezuidenhout's Luthuli Housekeeping Report @ The Ball Room Evita Bezuidenhout's Luthuli Housekeeping Report @ The Ball Room
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
EXCLUSIVE to the Cape Town Press Club, on Tuesday 10 February 2015, Evita Bezuidenhout will present her Luthuli Housekeeping Report, a behind-the-scenes look at the state of the nation. Bezuidenhout, who has been a member of the ANC for the last 13 months, will celebrate her freedom of expression, but only in a personal capacity. She will share details of her relationship with the President and his matrimonial cluster, as well as her oversight of improvements at Nkandla together with information on her current onslaught against corruption and junk food nationally embraced through the hashtag #CommitYourselfie.
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DA shadow Minister on Justice, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, MP @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant DA shadow Minister on Justice, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, MP @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Democratic Alliance’s shadow Minister on Justice, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, MP, will ponder the issue of restoring the nation’s prosecutorial integrity. She will talk to her own personal experience at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and also her part in the probe into the activities of the former head of Crime Intelligence Richard Mdluli. She will explain why - as a prosecutor who rose to the top of her profession - she made the decision to leave the NPA and embark on a journey to fix the institution from a new platform: Parliament.
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End-Of-Year Lunch - Alan Committie @ The Pavilion End-Of-Year Lunch - Alan Committie @ The Pavilion
Thursday, December 04, 2014
As another busy year draws to a close, the members of the Cape Town Press Club will welcome Alan Committie as speaker at the Club’s annual end-of-year lunch. Alan is one of South Africa’s leading stand-up comics, character comedian, award winning actor, comedy writer, theatre director, Master of Ceremonies, facilitator, high school teacher, and other talents which cannot and must not be named for fear of losing the element of intrigue!! Alan will look back at an eventful year of political intrigue and court dramas - and promises not to utter the phrase 'dolus eventuallis' one single time.
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Africa expert Martin Meredith @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Africa expert Martin Meredith @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Former Observer correspondent, Africa expert Martin Meredith, returns to the club to talk about his new book, The Fortunes of Africa. A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor. The Economist's recent review refer to Paul Kruger, President of the Boer republic of the Transvaal, as saying in 1885: "Do not talk to me of gold... (it) brings more dissension, misfortune and unexpected plagues in its trails than benefits. Every ounce... taken from the bowels of our soil will yet have to be weighed up with rivers of tears." He had a point. Meredith paints the story of the exploitation of the vast mineral wealth of the continent, but the historically unequal division of its spoils. The World Bank reports that 40 percent of Africa's wealth is held outside Africa.
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Parliamentary leader of the DA, Mmusi Maimane MP @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Parliamentary leader of the DA, Mmusi Maimane MP @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance and Leader of the Opposition, Mmusi Maimane MP, will address the club on what he views as a number of "failures of accountability" in South Africa.
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Barry Bateman and Mandy Wiener @ The Wild Fig Barry Bateman and Mandy Wiener @ The Wild Fig
Thursday, November 06, 2014
The news of successful model Reeva Steenkamp's fatal shooting by her boyfriend and global sporting star Oscar Pistorius stunned the world. Over the ensuing weeks, as Pistorius appeared in court and applied for bail, every detail that emerged was analysed, debated, justified and digested. South Africa and the world in general were haunted by the events as they were repeated and discussed at length. Public perception vacillated from version to version and from hour to hour. Behind the Door, published by Pan MacMillan, is a compelling narrative that unpacks the true facts of the story, as revealed in the courtroom and beyond during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius and as told to the authors, Barry Bateman and Mandy Wiener, in several exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes briefings. Mandy and Barry will take questions.
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Naspers Chairman, Ton Vosloo @ The Pavilion Naspers Chairman, Ton Vosloo @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Theunissen “Ton” Vosloo, is to retire soon as non-executive chairman of the board of Naspers, having previously served as managing director of Naspers Ltd. He has just retired as a director of Media24. Vosloo, who spoke to the club some time back, will ponder the changes in the ownership of the South African media and the transformation of the landscape. He will take questions.
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Dr Max Price, UCT vice-chancellor @ The Pavilion Dr Max Price, UCT vice-chancellor @ The Pavilion
Friday, October 31, 2014
University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Dr Max Price will focus on "transformation" of the academic sector. This is an issue which has been the matter of much debate on the campus and in the media of late. Dr Price, who has been vice-chancellor since 2008, will consider how to grow the pool of black academics. He will also talk about the controversies around the student admission criteria.
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Zelda le Grange @ The Ballroom, Kelvin Grove Club Zelda le Grange @ The Ballroom, Kelvin Grove Club
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Zelda le Grange was for many years the trusted personal assistant to Nelson Mandela. Le Grange grew up under apartheid - a young "boeremeisie" who supported segregation and the nature of the society at the time. She believed Nelson Mandela represented everything that would turn her world upset down. Over time she grew to realise that he was a great statesman. Good morning, Mr Mandela tells her story. It is searingly honest, often funny and a very engaging account. Le Grange now lifts the curtain on her 16 years close to one of the most influential men of modern times. She will take questions.
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Bridgette Radebe and Dick Forslund @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Bridgette Radebe and Dick Forslund @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, October 16, 2014
There is a lot of debate in South Africa following Marikana about multinational corporations using transfer pricing to shift profits to tax havens resulting in illicit capital flight. The Alternative Information and Development Centre has just completed a research study on Lonmin - which owns the mine where the Marikana massacre occurred in August 2012 - for the Farlam commission of inquiry. It indicates that Lonmin shifted substantial amounts of capital out of South Africa to a subsidiary, Western Metal Sales Ltd, based in Bermuda. Mining magnate Bridgette Radebe, president of the African Mining Development Association, and Dick Forslund, Centre economist, have been at the forefront of the campaign to raise this matter with the relevant ministers including trade and industry and mineral resources. They will speak on "Capital flight, transfer pricing and its impact on economic transformation, the case of Lonmin and other mining companies."
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Terry Bell @ The Pavilion Terry Bell @ The Pavilion
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Terry Bell has taken his “Inside Labour” column from Business Report (Independent Newspapers) to Fin24 after his column was officially suspended in January. Even Cosatu, the ANC aligned trade union federation, was outraged by Independent dropping him. Cosatu said that while it agreed with Independent’s argument that “a small but very privileged and racially definable minority still controls the tools of public discourse, including the bulk of private commercial media ....”, Patrick Craven asked: “But how on earth will this process be assisted by the suspension of Terry Bell, one of the most committed advocates of the transformation of the media and, indeed, society as a whole. He had campaigned passionately in support of the workers and the poor. “He ought to be seen as one of the main driving forces behind the drive for transformation.
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Professor Tim Noakes @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Professor Tim Noakes @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, September 25, 2014
He is not a politician, but he has produced a revolution. Professor Tim Noakes, with chef and swimmer Jonno Proudfoot, have produced the Real Meal Revolution. Noakes, professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town, has caused more than his share of controversy in the diet arena. But he argues that obesity and diabetes are a consequence of too many carbs in a diet. The body produces insulin from carbs, so should you have less of them, you produce less insulin. Makes sense doesn't it? Noakes will take questions.
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Jonny Steinberg, South African writer and scholar @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Jonny Steinberg, South African writer and scholar @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Jonny Steinberg is a South African writer and scholar. His latest book A Man of Good Hope is the story of a person shorn of the things we have come to believe make us human – personal possessions, parents, siblings. And yet Asad Abdullahi’s is an intensely human life, one suffused with dreams and desires and a need to leave something of permanence on this earth. Abdullahi was driven from Mogadishu, the Somali capital when he was eight, his mother murdered by a militiaman, his father somewhere in hiding and lived in a bewildering number of places before landing in the city of gold, Johannesburg.
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Mzilikazi wa Afrika, award-winning Sunday Times journalist @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Mzilikazi wa Afrika, award-winning Sunday Times journalist @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, September 19, 2014
Award-winning Sunday Times journalist, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, has come out with a raw and powerful book titled Nothing Left to Steal - which details his exposure of the R1.7 billion lease scandal between police commissioner Bheki Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu. In this talk Wa Afrika will speak about his book, investigative journalism in South Africa as well as take questions.
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Ray Hartley, former editor of the Sunday Times @ The Wild Fig Ray Hartley, former editor of the Sunday Times @ The Wild Fig
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Ray Hartley, former editor of the Sunday Times has crafted the tale of the post-democracy era entitled RAGGED GLORY, the Rainbow Nation in Black and White. Ragged Glory includes the Mandela and Mbeki eras, with the growing paranoia of the latter probably leading to his removal. It also focuses on the cancer of political corruption and the rise of a new and predatory political elite. It, of course, dwells on the coming to power of the "controversial" Jacob Zuma and the successes and failures of the 20 years of ANC rule.
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Julius Malema @ The Grill Room Julius Malema @ The Grill Room
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Julius Malema has taken parliament by storm since his party received over six percent of the national vote in May. He has been joined in parliament by a sizeable team of 24 other MPs and representatives in most provincial legislatures. His party, which fought the national election for the first time, became official opposition in two provinces. Malema is not fearful of breaking the rules. His team in parliament bayed for the blood - figuratively at least - of the president when they screamed: "Pay back the money." It is a message that is resonant to many - including supporters of other political parties.
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Defence Attorney William Booth @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Defence Attorney William Booth @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, September 08, 2014
Top defence attorney William Booth will address the club on his predictions for the Oscar Pistorius trial, which reaches its next landmark moment when Judge Thokozile Mazipa hands down her judgement on Thursday 11 September. Booth is well-known in Cape Town's legal circles and has acted as a regional magistrate, and chairperson of the Law Society of South Africa's Criminal Law & Procedures and Legal Aid committees, and also serves on the Cape Law Society's Judicial Services Committee.
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Annual Barry Streek Memorial Lecture by Patricia de Lille @ The Pavilion Annual Barry Streek Memorial Lecture by Patricia de Lille @ The Pavilion
Thursday, September 04, 2014
The annual Barry Streek Memorial Lecture will be conducted this year by Her Worship the Executive Mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille. While the lecture broadly focuses on the state of the media in South Africa, including its role in keeping national and local government accountable, the mayor, however, can also focus on a particular pertinent matter affecting her city government. This could include the recent land invasions of private land in the city.
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Tim Harris, Head of Investment, City of Cape Town @ The Palmyra Room Tim Harris, Head of Investment, City of Cape Town @ The Palmyra Room
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tim Harris was recently appointed Head of Investment at the City of Cape Town. Harris is the former Shadow Minister of Finance in the National Assembly, but left Parliament earlier this year to establish this new post in the Office of the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille. Harris will address members of the Cape Town Press Club on his plans to make the case for Cape Town as the best city for business in Africa.
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Alison Tilley, chief operating officer of the Open Democracy Advice Centre @ The Palmyra Room Alison Tilley, chief operating officer of the Open Democracy Advice Centre @ The Palmyra Room
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Alison Tilley has been part of the initiative to get the South African Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) to play open cards about their plans to build a string of toll roads on the N1 and N2 inside Cape Town and further up the roads in the Western Cape. The matter has been shrouded in secrecy. On Tuesday August 5 the Western Cape High Court reserved judgment on the application by SANRAL to prevent the City of Cape Town from filing its papers on the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway project in an open court. SANRAL brought the application to keep the papers out of the public domain. They argued “commercial confidentiality”. It was argued that a competitive tender process “may be at risk of being usurped by others if disclosed prematurely”. Tilley, speaking on behalf of the Right2Know, noted that the court record was sealed and nobody was allowed into the hearing except those who had signed confidentiality agreements to keep whole documents secret.
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Dr David Klatzow, forensic scientist @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Dr David Klatzow, forensic scientist @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Forensic scientist, Dr David Klatzow, has produced a new book Justice Denied. It is about the changing paradigm in forensic science. Effectively he has turned the tables on the traditional view of his craft. If you are accused of a crime you did not commit, do you believe that justice will prevail in a court of law? Klatzow says you should think again. Klatzow will also comment on the Oscar Pistorius trial.
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Benjamin Pogrund, former South African journalist @ The Pavilion Benjamin Pogrund, former South African journalist @ The Pavilion
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Former South African journalist who now lives in Israel, Benjamin Pogrund, has launched his new book “Drawing Fire”. He ponders the question: “Is Israel Apartheid?”. He will also consider the current state of the Middle East.
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Prof. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, University of the Free State @ The Pavilion Prof. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, University of the Free State @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is research professor in trauma, memory and forgiveness at the University of the Free State. She served on the truth and reconciliation commission, an experience which led her to write A Human Being Died That Night. It tells the story of the apartheid killer Eugene de Kock. It has been converted into a play which had an international run and is now being performed in SA. Dare we hope: facing our past to find a new future is her latest book which argues that SA's problems were not insurmountable. Gobodo-Madikizela believes the problems of the last 10 years including bigotry, vacuous leadership - especially under President Zuma's government - race-based anger and resentment and violence can be overcome by facing the wrongs of the past.
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Leader of the official opposition in the National Assembly, Mmusi Maimane @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Leader of the official opposition in the National Assembly, Mmusi Maimane @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The leader of the official opposition in the national assembly, Mmusi Maimane, speaks to the club for the first time. Fresh from heading the DA campaign in Gauteng - where he was premier candidate - Maimane quickly filled the shoes of Lindiwe Mazibuko when he was elected as a national MP in the May election. In Gauteng, the DA grew by 30 percent. Maimane, who is one of three deputy federal chairpersons of the DA, is rapidly developing the reputation of the Barack Obama of South African politics. He rocketed into parliament after having served as leader of the Johannesburg metro council DA caucus. Maimane will focus on what his party deems problematic legislation.
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Gareth van Onselen, Business Day columnist and Sunday Times reporter @ The Pavilion Gareth van Onselen, Business Day columnist and Sunday Times reporter @ The Pavilion
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Business Day columnist and Sunday Times reporter Gareth van Onselen is the author of Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandla, the Real Jacob Zuma in his own words. Van Onselen has put together a comprehensive collection of Zuma’s most controversial – and often contradictory – public statements. With some 350 quotes collected along ten themes that define Zuma’s personal beliefs, Clever Blacks, Jesus and Nkandla documents some of Zuma’s most notorious moments. It aims to serve as both an easy guide to Zuma’s personal philosophy and a reference point for some of the debates that have defined his political career.
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Frans Cronje, CEO, South African Institute of Race Relations @ The Wild Fig Frans Cronje, CEO, South African Institute of Race Relations @ The Wild Fig
Friday, June 13, 2014
Frans Cronje is the CEO - with a bit of a difference from the besuited tie-wearing brand - of the South African Institute of Race Relations. Cronje has looked into South Africa's crystal ball. His new book, Our Next Ten Years: A Time Traveller's Guide to South Africa. He asks the questions: Are the angry poor rising up, seizing land and businesses? Is Malema in parliament? Or has the DA defeated the ANC at the polls? Will the middle classes still braai in suburbia or will we go the way of Zimbabwe?
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Dr Ola Bello @ The Pavilion Dr Ola Bello @ The Pavilion
Monday, June 09, 2014
The recent kidnapping of a group of Nigerian schoolgirls has focused the world’s attention on the African continent, with questions being asked about the levels of security on the continent and the dangers that groups such as Boko Haram could hold for the development of Africa. Dr Ola Bello is the Programme Head: Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme at the SA Institute for International Affairs. He will address the Cape Town Press Club and share his thoughts on the topic.
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Marikana Support Group @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Marikana Support Group @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, May 29, 2014
B R E A K F A S T. The Marikana Support Group, which is underpinned by the United Democratic Movement and the EFF and a variety of non-government organisations and church groups, has arranged three striking miners to meet influential people and groups in Cape Town. They will talk about the current mining crisis on the platinum belt and take questions.
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Prof. Anthony Butler and Prof. Joergen Elklit, UCT @ The Pavilion Prof. Anthony Butler and Prof. Joergen Elklit, UCT @ The Pavilion
Friday, May 16, 2014
Professor Anthony Butler of the UCT politics department and Prof Joergen Elklit, UCT’s Van Zyl Slabbert Visiting Chair, have arranged a post-national election analysis. In the session, six academics will consider “six things every citizen (and journalist) needs to know about the recent elections”, as Butler put it.
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ANC MP, Professor Ben Turok @ The Wild Fig ANC MP, Professor Ben Turok @ The Wild Fig
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Veteran ANC MP and chairman of parliament's ethics committee Professor Ben Turok retires as a member of parliament on May 6 - the day before the national election. He was an accused in the 1956 Treason Trial, for which he served 3 years in prison, and was in exile for 25 years, returning to South Africa in 1990. Ben Turok has three degrees, in engineering, philosophy and political science, and he is the author of 19 books on Africa’s development economics and politics. From the Freedom Charter to Polokwane he traces the economic debates in the ANC and includes Morogoro, the RDP and the present. The overview shows that the shift to macro-economic stabilisation under international pressure and examines how it changed the ANC policy trajectory. Turok argues this robbed the country of development momentum and stalled the "productive sectors" of the economy.
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Tony Leon @ The Pavilion Tony Leon @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Former official opposition leader Tony Leon has produced another book, Opposite Mandela. John Carlin, author of Invictus and Knowing Mandela describes it as such: "In the confiding, winningly self-deprecatory style that defines Leon's authorial voice... he offers us a unique personal insight into Nelson Mandela..." Leon served as leader of the Democratic Party during Mandela's presidency. Although they clashed in public frequently, Leon enjoyed an unusually warm relationship with Mandela - and had direct access to the president's office. It was very different under the Thabo Mbeki presidency that followed.
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Nazier Paulsen, EFF @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Nazier Paulsen, EFF @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, May 02, 2014
Nazier Paulsen is the Economic Freedom Fighters' premier candidate for the Western Cape. The party's website reports that Paulsen was introduced to politics in the early 1980s through participation in the United Democratic Front and when the ANC was unbanned he became a member in the 1990s. He also is a former Cope member in the Western Cape. He is the convenor of the EFF in the province. Paulsen will launch his party's 10 point plan and take questions about all aspects of his party's policies.
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Executive Salaries: Who Should Have a Say on Pay @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Executive Salaries: Who Should Have a Say on Pay @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Authors Kaylan Massie, Debbie Collier and Ann Crotty have analysed the 2012 CEO pay packages of 50 major South African-listed companies. The average CEO’s cash and benefits package in 2012 was almost R13.1 million, rising to almost R49 million once gains made on the vesting and exercise of share incentives are included. Their book, “Executive Salaries in South Africa: Who should have a say on pay?” asks many questions about the salaries paid to CEOs.
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ANC MP Salam Abram @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant ANC MP Salam Abram @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
African National Congress MP Salam Abram, a member of the agriculture parliamentary portfolio committee, shot to the attention of the media in October last year when he allegedly called Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister “a liar”. He was subsequently charged with bringing the ruling party into disrepute and ordered to appear before an internal party disciplinary hearing. This was never held. Abram, a parliamentarian since the 1980s, will make an important announcement at the press club about his political allegiance. He will also detail the drama associated with the tenure of the agriculture minister, something which he says has been deeply damaging to the image of the ANC and the agriculture ministry. He will also focus on the ANC's avoidance of having a debate on Nkandla.
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Justice Edwin Cameron @ The Wild Fig, Mowbray Justice Edwin Cameron @ The Wild Fig, Mowbray
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Justice Edwin Cameron has been on the bench of the Constitutional Court since 1 January 2009. President Mandela appointed him a judge in 1994. He was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal for eight years, and a Judge of the High Court for six. He was an outspoken critic of Thabo Mbeki's HIV/AIDS policies. In 2005, he wrote a prize-winning memoir, 'Witness to AIDS', about his own experience of living with HIV. He has now published a revealing memoir, 'Justice: a personal account' In it he weaves his personal experience and history with the development of post-apartheid jurisprudence. Cameron explains and defends the role of the law in South Africa's continuing transition. He argues passionately that the Constitution offers South Africans the best chance of attaining a just society.
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R2K’s Mark Weinberg @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant R2K’s Mark Weinberg @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Right to Know's Mark Weinberg is replacing Murray Hunter in addressing the the Cape Town Press Club on events at Independent Newspapers. Weinberg, who led the campaign outside Newspaper House in December in defence of fired Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois will provide his insights into recent events at Independent Newspapers, and the broader challenges relating to media freedom and concentration of media ownership in SA today. The R2K Campaign has been active for years in the fight for the free flow of information in South Africa, and has been one of the leading voices arguing against the ‘Secrecy Bill’ and the establishment of a Media Appeals Tribunal.
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COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota addresses the club just a few weeks ahead of the national and provincial elections on May 7. The club ran a series of political leaders from the main parties at the end of last year, but as yet we have not hosted Mr Lekota or a representative of South Africa's third largest party in parliament. He will talk about his party's ambitions, his view of the political and economic terrain over the next five years and present his alternative.
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Dr Alex Boraine, former deputy chairman of the truth commission @ The Wild Fig Dr Alex Boraine, former deputy chairman of the truth commission @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Former deputy chairman of the truth commission, Dr Alex Boraine, ponders the question why South Africa looks set on a journey to being “a failing state”. He says that he didn’t want to write the book What’s gone wrong? As a witness of the worst years of apartheid, he met many of the leaders of the ruling ANC in exile and within this country and was impressed by their intelligence and moral stature. He makes no bones about the fact that he was overjoyed when the ANC won the first democratic elections in 1994 and took up the reins of government under President Nelson Mandela. But two decades later, he has found that he is forced to face up to the reality that intolerance and corruption had become the hallmarks of the governing party. The worsening state of education, health, safety and security and employment strengthened the claim that South Africa was failing.
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Arthur Kamp, investment economist, Sanlam Investment Management @ The Pavilion Arthur Kamp, investment economist, Sanlam Investment Management @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Arthur Kamp is the investment economist at the Sanlam Investment Management division. He holds a B Econ Honours degree (cum laude) from Stellenbosch and an MSc in financial economics from the University of London. He previously served as an economist at the HSBC and Simpson McKie and was a financial consultant to the state owned power company, Eskom. Kamp speaks ahead of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget speech on 26 February. He will be considering the State of the Nation's finances and fiscus.
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Victoria Brittain, British journalist, author and playwright @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Victoria Brittain, British journalist, author and playwright @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, February 20, 2014
British journalist, author and playwright Victoria Brittain, is in Cape Town for a few days and will address the Cape Town Press Club. She was Foreign Affairs correspondent for the London Guardian for 20 years. Known for her anti-war activism, she has lived and worked as a journalist in Washington, Nairobi, Saigon, Algiers, and London. Brittain exposed dreadful and illegal conditions at Guantanamo Bay and Belmarsh prison (UK), and she has been an advisor to major UN reports on the impact of conflict on children and women. Her book, Shadow Lives: Forgotten Women of The War on Terror has been praised by John Pilger and Noam Chomsky among others. According to Brittain, “The war on terror has numbed us all to injustice on such a scale.” Brittain will address the club on the war on terror through the eyes of women and its effects on the families and individuals targeted by the US and its allies.
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Irvin Jim, Secretary General of NUMSA @ The Pavilion Irvin Jim, Secretary General of NUMSA @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Irvin Jim is secretary general of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. This is now the biggest union formation in Cosatu. It controversially withdrew its political and financial support for the ANC in the upcoming national election, but currently remains part of Cosatu. Jim will be speaking ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address. He will present his arguments in an Alternative State of the Nation from a union perspective. The union is strongly socialist and believes that the commanding heights of the economy, including mining and banking should be nationalised.
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Peter Major, BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities @ The Wild Fig Peter Major, BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities @ The Wild Fig
Friday, February 07, 2014
Peter Major spearheads the mining and resources division of BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities. Peter began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst. He then spent 10 years as mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank, managing nearly $300 million (about R3.2 billion) in pension funds and unit trusts. In 2001 as CIO, he set up HBD Asset Management with Mark Shuttleworth, with assets of $530m (about R5.5 billion). In 2005 he started his own mining company and in 2006 joined Cadiz. He will speak to the club about the State of Mining at the end of the Mining Indaba.
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Joseph Mathunjwa, President of AMCU @ The Pavilion Joseph Mathunjwa, President of AMCU @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), came to prominence with the tragedy at Marikana in 2013 where 34 miners were shot dead by the police. Mathunjwa was at the forefront of trying to keep the peace and negotiating settlements between the mine owners and miners. His union is currently involved in another strike on the platinum belt where AMCU is demanding a minimum wage of R12 500 per month for miners. Mathunjwa will address the Cape Town Press Club during the week of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. He will be talking about AMCU's future and be addressing issues in the mining industry. Mathunjwa will take questions.
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Colin Coleman @ The Wild Fig, Mowbray Colin Coleman @ The Wild Fig, Mowbray
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Last November Goldman Sachs released the report "Two decades of freedom: what South Africa is doing with it, and what now needs to be done" which examined SA's progress in the last 20 years. It identified ten areas in which the country has made advances, ten large challenges that remain to be tackled, and the ten key issues which must now be addressed. The report drew plenty of reaction from those who felt it downplayed either the country's many problems or its progress. Coleman will discuss the report.
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Shaheen Moolla @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Shaheen Moolla @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Shaheen Moolla, managing director of Feike Natural Resource Management Advisers says the 2013 fishing rights allocation has caused an uproar in commercial and artisanal fisher circles. In fishery sectors such as the line fishery, of the 450 rights, only 115 were re-allocated to traditional line fishers who relied on line fishing for their incomes and who had invested in the fishery and jobs for decades. The 2013 rights process is tainted with illegality and unlawfulness, says Moolla. Moolla will be discussing the illegalities of this process, the options for fishermen who lost their rights and the lessons for future allocation processes.
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Donwald Pressly @ The Pavilion Donwald Pressly @ The Pavilion
Friday, January 24, 2014
The first unauthorised biography of Lindiwe Mazibuko, parliamentary leader of the official opposition Democratic Alliance, has just been penned by Cape Town Press Club stalwart and co-chairman, Donwald Pressly. Mazibuko is the first black person to lead the parliamentary opposition in South Africa. Pressly will address the club about the significance of the Mazibuko's story for democratic South Africa and look ahead at what effect it may have on the DA's performance in this year's general elections.
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Styli Charmlambous @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Styli Charmlambous @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Styli Charmlambous will address the Cape Town Press Club on media matters and politics in South Africa. He will be joined by Branko Brkic. Styli Charamlambous is Publisher at the Daily Maverick and a regular Opinionista and contributor to the site, while Branko Brkic is the founder of Daily Maverick. Styli will speak to the club about the evolving media world, how Daily Maverick is embracing this new environment and also offer a number of interesting insights into South Africa – something that the Daily Maverick has become synonymous for.
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AgriSA president Johannes Möller @ The Brodie Room AgriSA president Johannes Möller @ The Brodie Room
Friday, November 29, 2013
The agricultural sector in South Africa has been a political football for years. Widespread labour unrest in this sector has become a norm, with accusations of unfair labour practices on the one side and politically motivated actions on the other. AgriSA president Johannes Möller will ponder the matters of food security, the scale of commercial farmer emigration and international trends in technology which are changing the traditional rural landscape.
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Zweli Mkhize, ANC Treasurer General @ The Pavilion Zweli Mkhize, ANC Treasurer General @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize will speak to the club about the National Development Plan: Business and Government in a partnership approach. Mkhize, previously premier of KwaZulu Natal, was elected treasurer general at the December ANC national conference at Mangaung last year. The function has been arranged with the assistance of the Progressive Business Forum, a business networking entity of the governing ANC.
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Yunnus Carrim, Communications Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Yunnus Carrim, Communications Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, November 25, 2013
Communications Minister Yunnus Carrim will explain why he agreed to sip from one of government’s most poisoned chalices, that of his current position. Mr Carrim will touch on a number of touchy subjects including the SA Broadcasting Corporation’s financial and operational issues, the migration of the broadcasting system from analogue to digital, the rollout of broadband and the information, communications and technology policy that is undergoing a revamp.
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Deep Fried Man, Year-end Comedy Event @ The Pavilion Deep Fried Man, Year-end Comedy Event @ The Pavilion
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Deep Fried Man is a musical comedian. He blends folk, rap, parody and as many as six guitar chords into his own quirky and controversial brand of satire. In his first three years as a comedian, Deep Fried Man won a Comics Choice Award, has made a host of television and film appearances, and is currently in his third season as a permanent cast member on Late Nite News With Loyiso Gola. He is also known for the viral YouTube clip 'An Idiot's Guide to Singing the SA National Anthem', starting the #askhelenzille Twitter trend, and writing humour columns for publications such as The Daily Maverick and Memeburn. His debut one man show, Deeply Fried, received a Standard Bank Ovation award at the 2011 National Arts Festival.
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Premier Helen Zille @ The Pavilion Premier Helen Zille @ The Pavilion
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Premier Helen Zille has recently been the target of the poo wars which have been waged intermittently by those apparently disenchanted with her rule and delivery of the Western Cape provincial government which she leads. Zille will take tea with the club and discuss whether this campaign will, indeed, undermine her government and what this sort of politics bodes for the future. She will also take questions on her party's national and provincial election campaigns in the lead up to the polls expected mid-year next year.
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Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Leader of AgangSA @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Leader of AgangSA @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Dr Mamphela Ramphele, the leader AgangSA, the new opposition party contesting the 2014 general elections, will unveil the party's foreign policy at a joint Parliamentary Press Gallery and Press Club breakfast. Dr Ramphele, a former managing director of the World Bank, will address the foreign policy needs of the country as well as provide feedback on the party's progress to date.
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Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli @ Clipper Restaurant Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli @ Clipper Restaurant
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Former national director of public prosecutions Vusi Pikoli pursued criminal charges against the current president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and the former national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi (later convicted). Pikoli was however removed from office, and he became the subject of a public inquiry into his suspension. In his just-published book, My Second Initiation [Pan Macmillan], Pikoli at last speaks out about his tenure. Pikoli will address the press club and take questions. His co-author, journalist Mandy Wiener, who covered his tenure in office, his suspension in 2007 and the testimony of the Ginwala Inquiry, will also be on hand to answer questions.
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Activist Zackie Achmat, Social Justice Coalition (SJC) @ The Pavilion Activist Zackie Achmat, Social Justice Coalition (SJC) @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Activist Zackie Achmat is most widely known as founder and chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and for his work on the behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa. In recent years, he has been at the head of the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) which he founded with others in 2008. The SJC took the lead on the parlous state of policing in Khayelitsha. As a result, in 2012 Premier Helen Zille established a commission of inquiry and the first hearing was supposed to be held last November. But the Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa went to court to stop the inquiry. Both the Cape High Court and now the Constitutional Court have ruled against the minister. Achmat will address the Cape Town Press Club on the debacle, its importance on a national level, and police and safety conditions on the ground in Cape Town's township.
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Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist, Efficient Group @ The Wild Fig Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist, Efficient Group @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Dawie Roodt is the Efficient Group's chief economist. He will be making predictions about Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's medium term expenditure framework - dubbed inaccurately "the mini budget" - of October 23. Roodt says our tax system is a mess. It distorts resource allocation in the economy, its expensive and it is unfair. And having more than a hundred taxes and high tax rates, total tax collections will fall short of the budget this year. He will show how to improve on our tax regime and how to make it more business friendly. He will also show who pays how much and who receives the bulk of state expenditure. In addition, he will show why Whites will pay less personal income tax in the future, why Indians will pay much more, why Blacks will pay slightly more and why Coloureds would want to pay more.
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Lucky Montana,  Group Chief Executive of PRASA @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Lucky Montana, Group Chief Executive of PRASA @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Lucky Montana is Group Chief Executive of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), in charge of all passenger rail in South Africa, excluding the Gautrain. He has recently embarked on one of the biggest capital expansion projects in South African history, a R123 billion rail recapitalization. PRASA is being accused of not playing by the rules when it comes to the awarding of certain contracts for this program. The Democratic Alliance has claimed PRASA has not awarded tenders in line with treasury regulations. Montana denies any impropriety and would like to set the record straight. Ian Ollis, DA MP, who has made some of the claims against PRASA, will also attend the session to stimulate a debate on the issue.
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Courtney Sampson, I.E.C’s Provincial Electoral Officer @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Courtney Sampson, I.E.C’s Provincial Electoral Officer @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The Independent Electoral Commission’s provincial electoral officer Courtney Sampson will address the Cape Town Press Club on the IEC’s efforts to get the country ready for Elections scheduled for early in 2014. Sampson will also speak on the IEC’s campaign to register voters ahead of the polls, especially the youth voters who will in 2014 be the first ‘born free’ generation to vote in a democratic South Africa.
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Mr Marius Fransman, ANC Western Cape Leader @ The Pavilion Mr Marius Fransman, ANC Western Cape Leader @ The Pavilion
Thursday, October 10, 2013
ANC Western Cape Leader, Mr Marius Fransman, who is also a Deputy Minister for International Relations will speak to the Cape Town Press Club on his party's plans to win back the province from the DA. The Western Cape is the only province that is not controlled by the ANC.It is seen as a key battleground in the upcoming 2014 General Elections. However the Western Cape ANC has been plagued by factionalism. Mr Fransman, who may become the party's candidate for Premier, will tell us if the Western Cape ANC can offer the province's voters a real alternative to the DA and how they plan to win back the province which they lost control of in 2009.
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Dr Mario Gaspare Oriani-Ambrosini, Inkatha Freedom Party MP @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Dr Mario Gaspare Oriani-Ambrosini, Inkatha Freedom Party MP @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, September 27, 2013
Dr Mario Gaspare Oriani-Ambrosini is an Inkatha Freedom Party MP who is probably best known for executing the first filibuster in South African parliamentary history – which apparently delayed the passing of the controversial Secrecy Bill, the Protection of State Information Bill. The legislation has been referred back to parliament by President Jacob Zuma who said it would “not pass constitutional muster”. Dr Ambrosini will tell us if this is the end of the road for the Secrecy Bill.
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Prof. Richard Calland, UCT @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Prof. Richard Calland, UCT @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Richard Calland is associate professor in public law at the University of Cape Town, where he teaches constitutional law and heads the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit. Calland, one of South Africa’s most incisive political analysts, will address the Cape Town Press Club on such questions as what goes on in Jacob Zuma’s cabinet meetings? What tensions exist between the ANC and its alliance partners? How does the future look for opposition parties? What influence does business have on politics in South Africa?
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Dr Christo Wiese, chairperson and controlling shareholder of Pepkor and Shoprite @ Clipper Restaurant Dr Christo Wiese, chairperson and controlling shareholder of Pepkor and Shoprite @ Clipper Restaurant
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Dr Christo Wiese is one of Africa’s four wealthiest business personalities. He is the chairperson and controlling shareholder of Pepkor and Shoprite, the continent’s largest clothing and food retailers with a combined total portfolio of approximately 6 000 stores in 19 countries and employing more than 140 000 people. He will address the club on why he thinks now is "a time of challenges and opportunities".
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JP Landman, Political Analyst @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant JP Landman, Political Analyst @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, August 23, 2013
Well-known political analyst JP Landman will address the Cape Town Press Club on "The Long View – 20 years on with 20 more to go". South Africa he believes seems to be a country stuck economically and politically, giving the impression of stagnancy. Landman however does not think this is at all the case. Under the surface things are bubbling, moving and shifting. He will discuss some of these trends, relate them to themes discussed in his recently published book The Long View: Getting beyond the drama of South Africa’s headlines (Jacana), and offer a diagnoses of where we could be headed.
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Chris Roper, Editor-in-chief, Mail & Guardian @ The Wild Fig Chris Roper, Editor-in-chief, Mail & Guardian @ The Wild Fig
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Chris Roper is editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian. He was appointed to the post following the resignation of Nic Dawes and the appointment of Angela Quintal as editor from October. He will talk about the Mail & Guardian's Digital First strategy, and how digital and social media – often seen as a threat to print - can in fact work with print media to build a leading news organisation.
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Reverend Frank Chikane @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Reverend Frank Chikane @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, August 15, 2013
When Reverend Frank Chikane, former director-general in the presidency from 1999 to June 2009, last addressed the Cape Town Press Club, the occasion was his book Eight Days in September, about the removal of Thabo Mbeki as president. Chikane deflected many questions put to him that day, saying that these would be addressed in a later work. That work has now been published: The Things that Could Not be Said From A(ids) to Z(imbabwe) and gives Chikane’s views on the Zimbabwe facilitation process; intelligence services; international diplomacy; the Vusi Pikoli and Jacki Selebi matters; corruption; Thabo Mbeki and HIV and AIDS; and his efforts to correct what he claims are errors in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s initial report.
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Tony Leon to deliver the Barry Streek Memorial Lecture @ The Ball Room at Kelvin Grove Club Tony Leon to deliver the Barry Streek Memorial Lecture @ The Ball Room at Kelvin Grove Club
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Tony Leon will deliver the Barry Streek Memorial Lecture this year. He will ponder: "The Mandela Presidency: Beginnings or Ending of Free Space for South Africa?" - Reflections on South Africa's emergence into a free society and lessons for our country today. Leon knew the late Barry Streek - for much of that period a correspondent for the morning newspapers of Independent - well from parliament.
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Brent Meersman, Five Lives at Noon @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Brent Meersman, Five Lives at Noon @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
From the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 to the day of the first democratic election in 1994, as South Africa marks 20 years since the transition to democracy, Brent Meersman’s latest book, Five Lives at Noon, looks back at those paradoxical years. Meersman will speak about “The interregnum: how history has changed 20 years later”. He will delve into the complexity of the civil war in KZN, a story which he maintains has hardly been told, although there have been several attempts to rewrite it. Five Lives at Noon, is a stand-alone sequel to Brent Meersman’s Reports Before Daybreak (Umuzi Random House, 2011). Framing the narrative are actual newspaper headlines, eyewitness accounts, and biographical sketches (among them Chris Hani, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and Sir Ernest Oppenheimer).
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Nic Borain, political analyst at BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities @ The Wild Fig Nic Borain, political analyst at BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities @ The Wild Fig
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Nic Borain is a political analyst at BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities. In this role he does scenario planning for businesses, so it is his job to keep in touch with political, social and economic developments in South Africa. He will speak about the impact of the current mining troubles and the prickly labour environment in South Africa - and how we as ordinary South African mortals should be planning our futures.
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Martin Welz, Noseweek Editor @ The Pavilion Martin Welz, Noseweek Editor @ The Pavilion
Thursday, July 18, 2013
This month marks 20 years since investigative magazine Noseweek was launched. Its long defunct garage-produced predecessor, called Nose, first operated undercover in the early 1980s as a newsletter sent to the 800 or so paid up members of The Paper Club - a device to avoid having to register as a newspaper, with all the nasty legal and political leverage that gave the apartheid government. Editor Martin Welz, a seasoned journalist, will talk to us about where Noseweek came from, how it has survived for so long against many odds - and on what the magazine's role will be in the future.
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Landiwe Mahlangu, Municipal Demarcation Board Chair @ The Brodie Room Landiwe Mahlangu, Municipal Demarcation Board Chair @ The Brodie Room
Friday, July 12, 2013
The chair of the Municipal Demarcation Board Landiwe Mahlangu will talk to the club about the demarcation of local government ward and municipal boundaries. The work of the demarcation board is critical ahead of municipal elections expected in 2016. It is important because ward boundaries are the only form of constituencies in South Africa - and the only direct link between voter, ratepayer and the elected councillor for the ward. This direct system does not operate at provincial and national government level.
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Dr Mamphela Ramphele @ The Grill Room Dr Mamphela Ramphele @ The Grill Room
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Dr Mamphela Ramphele announced that on Saturday June 22 she will launch her organisation Agang as a political party to contest in next year's general elections. In a call to action and for support she said, "South Africa is at a crossroads, and if we don’t change course now rampant corruption will rob our country of its full potential and rob every man, woman and child of their future... It is time to restore the promise of our founding principles and values". Dr Ramphele will talk about her re-entry into political life, and take questions.
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Nik Rabinowitz, stand-up comedian @ The Wild Fig, Mowbray Nik Rabinowitz, stand-up comedian @ The Wild Fig, Mowbray
Monday, June 03, 2013
Nik Rabinowitz is one of South Africa’s finest stand-up comedians, the brain and voices behind ZA News. He presents "The Week that Wasn't" with Redi Thlabi for Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk, as well as playing a host of characters in the online satirical production ZA News. He stars in the upcoming buddy movie Copposites, has been described as world's leading isiXhosa-speaking Jewish comedian and is unlikely to be granted landing-rights at any National Key Points by Number One.
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The Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula @ The Castle of Good Hope The Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula @ The Castle of Good Hope
Friday, May 24, 2013
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, addresses the press club at a breakfast media briefing the morning after her department's budget vote in parliament on Thursday. It will actually be her maiden speech as minister in this portfolio. The Minister will take questions on a variety of topics, including the controversial deployment of South Africa troops to the Central African Republic and the use by a private family of the Waterkloof air base.
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The DA’s Eastern Cape Leader Athol Trollip MP @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant The DA’s Eastern Cape Leader Athol Trollip MP @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Democratic Alliance’s Eastern Cape Leader Athol Trollip MP will address the Cape Town Press Club on his retirement from the National Assembly. Trollip will address the Press Club on his impressions of the cut and thrust of politics in the National Assembly, and on his decision to return to the Eastern Cape to serve the party in that province.
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Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA Parliamentary Caucus Leader @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Lindiwe Mazibuko, DA Parliamentary Caucus Leader @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Lindiwe Mazibuko is Leader of the Opposition in her capacity as the Democratic Alliance's parliamentary caucus leader. She will be talking to the club about the recent passage of the secrecy bill - officially known as the Protection of State Information Bill. She will be considering just how nasty and devious this legislation is within the context of governing party arguments that it merely makes secret information applying to the military, police and intelligence.
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Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Public Enterprises @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Public Enterprises @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, will be discussing the current state of the main parastatals under his command. These state owned enterprises include Eskom, Transnet and the SAA, all of which have had a few teething problems of late!
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Michael Bagraim on Prof Cyril Karabus @ The Wild Fig, Observatory Michael Bagraim on Prof Cyril Karabus @ The Wild Fig, Observatory
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Cape Town paediatric oncologist Cyril Karabus is still in the United Arab Emirates having been prevented from leaving over criminal charges. The 78-year-old was taken into custody in Abu Dhabi while in transit last August 18. He faced manslaughter charges imposed in absentia after a three year old Yemeni girl Sarah Adel died in 2002, while he had worked in the Emirates. Having been through all the legal hurdles, this week he failed to get his passport back - and could not return to South Africa. His lawyer, Michael Bagraim - a former president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce - will speak about the Professor Karabus case.
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Annie Lennox, OBE @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Annie Lennox, OBE @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Annie Lennox, OBE, is a British singer-songwriter - she was part of the New Wave, The Tourists and the Eurythmics - political activist and a fighter against HIV Aids through her work in raising money for charities in Africa and has focused on gender based violence in South Africa. Lennox, in response to what she calls "the epidemic of violence" in South Africa" against women and girls, has launched a petition imploring the South African media, key government officials and religious leaders to make a commitment of personal and professional responsibility in order to ensure that the issue of gender based violence is never marginalsied again. Annie, who is married to a South African medical doctor who focuses on fighting HIV, will ponder the question: "How can we see the end of gender-based violence?"
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Dirk Hermann, Deputy Secretary General, Solidarity @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Dirk Hermann, Deputy Secretary General, Solidarity @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, April 29, 2013
Dirk Hermann is in Cape Town to support members of the Correctional Services department who are challenging in the Labour Court the affirmative action policies of prison staff. They are not white, but coloured. One, a deputy regional commissioner, reported that when it came to appointing staff some of his colleagues shortlisted only black candidates. There are 10 applicants in the labour court case. Hermann will talk about the conundrum of affirmative action.
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Stephen Stephen "Sugar" Segerman @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Stephen “Sugar’ Segerman was one of the team that turned a quest into an Oscar by finding long lost singer Sixto Rodriguez – who was a never has been in his own country the USA. Stephen, who has been a long time fan of Rodriguez, owns a record shop in Cape Town and was one of the instrumental people in re-discovering Rodriguez who was working as a labourer in Detroit. Stephen will be speaking to the Cape Town Press Club fresh from a trip to the US where he interviewed Rodriguez and will tell us how this story is continuing to develop.
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John Oliphant, Government Employees Pension Fund Principal Officer @ The Pavilion John Oliphant, Government Employees Pension Fund Principal Officer @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) principal officer John Oliphant will consider the question: "Can pension funds pursue development investments without contradicting their fiduciary duties?" One assumes that it is his view that it, indeed, is possible. The GEPF is the largest Pension Fund in Africa, with assets of more than R1.2 trillion. It has 1.2 million members and over 360 000 pensioners on its books.
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Tony Tyler, DG and & CEO, IATA @ The Wild Fig Tony Tyler, DG and & CEO, IATA @ The Wild Fig
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tony Tyler, the director-general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is in Cape Town ahead of the IATA annual general meeting and World Air Transport Summit. IATA is involved in defining safety and business standards for the airline industry. It lobbies on behalf of its members on policy issues including passenger rights, emissions trading, aviation charges, taxes and security. Tyler will be discussing topical issues and challenges facing airlines and the air transport industry in the region.
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Professor Owen Dean, Stellenbosch University Law Faculty @ Quarterdeck Restaurant Professor Owen Dean, Stellenbosch University Law Faculty @ Quarterdeck Restaurant
Thursday, April 11, 2013
In 2004, Owen Dean, now Professor at the Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University where he is the incumbent of the Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property Law, brought a case against the mighty Disney corporation for the use of the song the Lion Sleeps Tonight. The case highlighted the exploitation in particular of black South African artists. Dean will address the club on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight Case – A Discussion of the Economic Impact of Copyright”.
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Jens Bischoff, Lufthansa @ Quarterdeck Restaurant Jens Bischoff, Lufthansa @ Quarterdeck Restaurant
Monday, March 25, 2013
Jens Bischoff, a member of the executive board responsible for sales and revenue management of Lufthansa passenger airlines is in Cape Town. He speaks to the Cape Town Press Club just after the release of the results for the financial year 2012 of Lufthansa which reported a Euro revenue stream of 30 billion and carried more than 100 million passengers. He also speaks at a time when there are rumours that Lufthansa would like to form a partnership with SAA, our national carrier.
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Deon Cloete, GM of the Cape Town International Airport @ Quarterdeck Restaurant Deon Cloete, GM of the Cape Town International Airport @ Quarterdeck Restaurant
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Airports Company of South Africa’s Deon Cloete is general manager of the Cape Town International Airport – a post he has held since 2008. The airports company is itself a success story having been transformed from a public utility subsidised by government to the tune of R 60 million a year to what it is today, a commercial entity with a turnover exceeding R4 billion per annum. Cloete will speak on The evolution of Airports - A look at how the industry has evolved, CTIA’s evolution and our next phase in the evolution (airport master/future planning) and the concept of an aerotropolis.
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Professor Anthony Butler, Member of Cape Town Press Club @ The Pavilion Professor Anthony Butler, Member of Cape Town Press Club @ The Pavilion
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Professor Anthony Butler, a member of the Cape Town Press Club, has revised his book on Cyril Ramaphosa - the man who may one day soon become president of South Africa. The book offers a frank appraisal of the achievements and limitations of one of South Africa’s most enigmatic political figures. Butler, will no doubt, be questioned about what sort of president Ramaphosa will make one day.
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Business Day Columnist Tim Cohen @ Five Flies Restaurant Business Day Columnist Tim Cohen @ Five Flies Restaurant
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Business Day columnist Tim Cohen, who spent some years as political correspondent based at parliament for his publication, has written "A Piece of the Pie: The Battle Over Nationalisation". Cohen asks two seemingly simple but deceptively complex questions. Why did the notion of nationalisation arise in South African politics in about the second decade of the 21st century? And, second, does the notion have any part to play in the future of South African politics. Mangaung is now behind us. Some say the debate about nationalisation is over. Cohen will be with us to mull over these matters - including why some politicians insist on peddling bad ideas.
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Hlumelo Biko, son of Steve Biko and Mamphele Ramphele @ The Wild Fig Hlumelo Biko, son of Steve Biko and Mamphele Ramphele @ The Wild Fig
Friday, February 22, 2013
Hlumelo Biko, son of Steve Biko and Mamphele Ramphele, has delivered a hard-hitting, thoughtful analysis of South Africa’s past, present and future. Entitled "The Great African Society - A Plan for a Nation Gone Astray" has been published by Jonathan Ball. It is a sobering assessment of where we stand today and where we need to go.
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Annabel Bishop, Chief Economist of Investec SA @ Investec Annabel Bishop, Chief Economist of Investec SA @ Investec
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Annabel Bishop is the Chief economist of Investec in South Africa. She will be speaking ahead of this year's national Budget on February 27. She will provide us with a pre-budget and economic outlook and review following President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation's speech on Valentine's Day - but before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan lifts the nation's spirits. Bishop will be speaking via a televised connection from the Investec headquarters in Johannesburg where the discussion will be chaired by the Johannesburg Press Club. We will be on the linkup in Cape Town where our questions will be chaired by our chairman.
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Webber Wentzel's Peter Leon @ The Pavilion Webber Wentzel's Peter Leon @ The Pavilion
Friday, February 08, 2013
Peter Leon is a partner and head of Webber Wentzel’s Africa mining and energy projects practice. His areas of expertise include mining, energy, black economic empowerment and international investment law as well as financial services regulation. Leon, who will be in Cape Town from Johannesburg for the Mining Indaba, speaks to the club on "Challenges to the South African mining industry in the wake of Marikana and Mangaung".
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Robin Carlisle, Minister for Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape @ The Wild Fig Robin Carlisle, Minister for Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Minister for Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape, Mr Robin Carlisle is preparing new provincial transport legislation which includes proposals to reduce the speed limit on the province’s roads, designate a safe passing distance between motorists and cyclists and stop the abuse of blue light brigades in the province. Mr Carlisle will address the club on the recent festive season’s unacceptably high death toll - the province’s strategies to address it, his plans for improved road safety and his vision for the Western Cape’s transport system.
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Prof. Anton Eberhard, UCT Graduate School of Business @ The Pavilion Prof. Anton Eberhard, UCT Graduate School of Business @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Anton Eberhard is also a member of the National Planning Commission which drew up the national development plan, which after Mangaung has taken the centre stage of national policy making. He is credited for much of the input on South Africa's energy future. He has been outspoken about the need to accelerate South Africa's search for alternative power sources, including gas as a cleaner option than coal in the production of electricity. He speaks to the press club while Nersa, the energy regulator, is holding public hearings on Eskom's bid to raise electricity prices by 16 percent a year.
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Chester Missing @ The Grill Room Chester Missing @ The Grill Room
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Chester Missing is South Africa’s hottest new political analyst. He’s also a puppet, but it’s better not to mention it. Famous for performances on live shows such as Blacks Only, The Metro FM Comedy Experience, and the Vodacom Funny Festival, he appears frequently as a political expert on news programmes, and is a regular on ETV and eNCA’s hit satirical comedy offering, Late Night News with Loyiso Gola. He has interviewed the likes of Zwelinzima Vavi, Blade Nzimande, Baleka Mbete, Ronald Lamola, Gwede Mantashe. Helen Zille, Bantu Holomisa, Malusi Gigaba, Patricia de Lille, Buti Manamela and Jackson Mthembu. He is often hired by executives to cut through the clutter of organizational politics, and has spoken on diversity issues for the likes of SAA, FNB, Investec, and Standard Bank.
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Jonathan Shapiro @ The Grill Room Jonathan Shapiro @ The Grill Room
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, is South Africa’s most controversial and popular cartoonist. His provocative cartoons have sparked the ire of President Jacob Zuma. Zapiro will present some of his most topical cartoons and discuss the ideas surrounding them. His newest book is entitled But Will It Stand UP In Court and features Brett Murray’s The Spear on the cover.
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Bheki Sibiya, Chamber of Mines CEO  @ 6 Spin Street Bheki Sibiya, Chamber of Mines CEO @ 6 Spin Street
Friday, November 23, 2012
It’s been a tumultuous year for mining: the massacre at Marikana and violence at other mines grabbed the headlines as bitter inter-union rivalries led to torture, assault and murder. The protracted illegal strikes in the sector have harmed the country’s outlook for economic growth, triggered downgrades by ratings agencies and shaken investor confidence. He will address the club on the issues affecting the mines. Mark Cutifani, President of the Chamber and CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, will also attend the event as a guest.
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Adriaan Basson, deputy editor of City Press @ The Wild Fig Adriaan Basson, deputy editor of City Press @ The Wild Fig
Thursday, November 22, 2012
From the Schabir Shaik corruption case, to the Spear, to Aurora and Orkney, to Nkandlagate, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma - or some of his family - have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Adriaan Basson, deputy editor of City Press, has written the unauthorised Zuma Exposed revealing everything the president does not want you to know as the ANC's Mangaung conference draws closer and the Zuma camp in the ruling party clings to power.
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Elias Masilela, CEO of the Public Investment Corporation @ Cape Town Club Elias Masilela, CEO of the Public Investment Corporation @ Cape Town Club
Friday, November 16, 2012
Please note change of venue. Elias Masilela is chief executive officer of the Public Investment Corporation, which manages about R1 trillion rand which includes the Government Employees’ Pension Fund. There is much debate about how the corporation should invest – should it be in social upliftment projects, such as community housing? It is required to boost investment in black economic empowerment companies and follow the transformation agenda of government. It is also invested in some of the biggest mining houses listed on the JSE. That itself is a bit of a risky investment in the current post-Marikana context.
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Brooks Spector @ The Pavilion Brooks Spector @ The Pavilion
Monday, November 12, 2012
Brooks Spector recently retired from the American Foreign Service after a 31 year career. He will be in Cape Town just after the presidential election to analyse the results, to consider what to make of an extended Obama presidency - or what will happen under President Mitt Romney.
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Professor Hermann Giliomee, The Last Afrikaner Leaders @ 6 Spin Street Professor Hermann Giliomee, The Last Afrikaner Leaders @ 6 Spin Street
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Professor Hermann Giliomee, author of The Afrikaners, has taken a fresh look at five of the most influential Afrikaner leaders – and why and how their best laid plans were tragically and horrifically wrong. From Hendrik Verwoerd – who ironically undermined apartheid irrevocably with his schools plan – via the pompous John Vorster, the finger-wagging PW Botha to FW de Klerk with a detour for Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, each leader’s policies, reasoning and foibles are explored to great effect. Giliomee, extraordinary professor of history at the University of Stellenbosch who has been a Fellow at Yale, will take questions on The Last Afrikaner Leaders.
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John Matisonn - The American presidential election @ 6 Spin Street John Matisonn - The American presidential election @ 6 Spin Street
Monday, November 05, 2012
Distinguished journalist, John Matisonn, was the Washington correspondent for South African newspapers including the Sunday Times, the Rand Daily Mail and the Cape Times in the 1980s. Although he is now based in Franschhoek, he continues to write and broadcast in the United States and maintains a key interest in American politics and presidential campaigns. Matisonn will analyse the American presidential election on November 6 and make some predictions.
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Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Tourism @ The Pavilion Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Tourism @ The Pavilion
Thursday, November 01, 2012
PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME - South Africa's Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk addresses the club on "The state of tourism in South Africa". He will be joined by deputy directors general in his department as well as the chief executive of SA Tourism. In the context of the global economic difficulties which has an impact on tourism flows, van Schalkwyk will reflect on how South Africa can attract new markets.
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William Booth, Cape Town criminal lawyer @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant William Booth, Cape Town criminal lawyer @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
William Booth is arguably one of Cape Town's best known criminal lawyers, with a string of high profile cases under his belt. Booth is also the Chairperson of the Cape Law Society's Criminal Law Committee. He will address the Cape Town Press Club this week, sharing some if his insights into the South African Judicial system and reflecting on his high profile career.
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Roger Price, Windlab CEO @ The Wild Fig Roger Price, Windlab CEO @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Wind energy could help address South Africa’s burgeoning energy needs and help drive economic growth. The government has announced an increase in the allocation of renewable energy in terms of the REIPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme) and it’s likely that a number of large windfarms will be built in a number of SA provinces next year, including the Western Cape. Windlab CEO Roger Price will be in South Africa for the Windaba conference and will discuss wind energy’s potential and pitfalls.
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Tony Leon, Former DA Leader @ The Pavilion Tony Leon, Former DA Leader @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Former DA leader Tony Leon returns to South Africa in October after serving a three year posting as South Africa's Ambassador to Argentina. During lunch with the Press Club, he will share his Thoughts from Abroad and "reflections of a returning 'accidental Ambassador'".
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General Arno Lamoer, Western Cape Police Commissioner @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant General Arno Lamoer, Western Cape Police Commissioner @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
It is almost two years since General Arno Lamoer was appointed Western Cape Police Commissioner. In his previous post, he was the Divisional Commissioner for Visible Policing which is responsible for all uniform policing in South Africa including peace-keeping operations under the banner of the UN/ AU as well as all major events (including 2010 FIFA World Cup) and specialized uniform support. As WC Police Commissioner he has had to face the so-called "ungovernability programme" and calls for the deployment of troops. Nyanga remains the murder capital of the country. He will address the Cape Town Press Club reflecting on his tenure and on the police's approach to fighting crime in the province.
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Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Premier of the Western Cape  @ The Grill Room Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Premier of the Western Cape @ The Grill Room
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Helen Zille became the leader of the Democratic Alliance in 2007, and Premier of the Western Cape in 2009. She has been credited and criticized for the way she is changing opposition politics and the nature of the official opposition. Among her many enemies and critics however are also those that have been begrudgingly won over during her incumbency. Premier Helen Zille will speak about: "A new political order for South Africa".
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Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Alan Winde became Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in May 2009, shortly after the Democratic Alliance won the Western Cape Province. In his two years in office, Minister Winde has initiated exciting new projects to increase the attractiveness of the Western Cape as an investment destination, and stimulate job-creating growth. In the coming years, the Minister would like to see the Western Cape become a centre of business excellence, where an efficient and corruption-free administration works together with an educated and healthy civil society to ensure better lives for all. Minister Winde will address the club on the Province's tourism strategy, how tourism can create economic opportunities, and unfortunately the recent decision by certain airlines to cancel their direct flights to Cape Town.
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David Bullard @ The Pavilion David Bullard @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
David Bullard is best known for having been fired by the Sunday Times in 2008 for one of controversial "Out to Lunch" columns - Uncolonised Africa wouldn't know what it was missing - which was "Out to Lunch". He was born in London in 1952, but is a naturalised South African. He has written a string of books including Out to Lunch, then Out to Lunch Again, and more recently Screw it, Let's Do Lunch! Bullard will poke fun at our current bunch of VIPs and will do lunch with us.
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Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Public Enterprises @ Cape Town Club Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Public Enterprises @ Cape Town Club
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Malusi Gigaba, our minister of public enterprises, who is in political charge of the eight big ones including Transnet and Eskom, tends to lean in the direction of greater - rather than lesser - state involvement in key sectors of the economy. At present there are a few problems at the Medupi coal-fired power station which is being built to alleviate our pressing power requirements. He will talk about this matter, but also focus on the broader workplace issues. The recent Marikana tragedy has also had a ripple effect on the workplaces across the land, in mining but also in other sectors which involve state owned companies.
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Ross Tucker, UCT @ The Wild Fig, Observatory Ross Tucker, UCT @ The Wild Fig, Observatory
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Ross Tucker has a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Cape Town in 2006 and a Post-Graduate degree in Sports Management from the University of Cape Town's Faculty of Commerce. Ross will speak about Team South Africa’s performance at the recent Olympics and current Paralympics and sports development in South Africa.
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Barry Streek Memorial Lecture By Former President FW De Klerk @ The Grill Room Barry Streek Memorial Lecture By Former President FW De Klerk @ The Grill Room
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Former President FW de Klerk will deliver the annual lecture which honours the late Barry Streek, who was a parliamentary reporter throughout the De Klerk presidency. De Klerk will focus on the upcoming Mangaung elective conference of the African National Congress, particularly on the likely economic policy direction. He will also, no doubt, touch on media freedom matters which were close to Streek's heart.
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UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price and Pro Vice Chancellor Francis Wilson @ The Pavilion UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price and Pro Vice Chancellor Francis Wilson @ The Pavilion
Monday, August 27, 2012
The two most burning issues facing South Africa right now are inequality and poverty. This is the view of UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price, who, along with Francis Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor for poverty and inequality, will address the Cape Town Press Club ahead of a major conference to be held at UCT in September. The conference, entitled Strategies to overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie 111, is supported by the National Planning Commission and is aimed at stimulating deeper thinking about ways of dealing with poverty and inequality in SA. Price and Wilson will speak about what it entails to "turn the big ship" of poverty and inequality around – and what South African universities can contribute to this process.
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Solomon Johannes (Sampie) Terreblanche, Professor Emeritus of Stellenbosch University @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Solomon Johannes (Sampie) Terreblanche, Professor Emeritus of Stellenbosch University @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Professor Emeritus of Stellenbosch University Solomon Johannes (Sampie) Terreblanche is a longstanding academic. He is probably best known for his History of Inequality in South Africa, 1652 to 2002. Terreblanche was a bit of a betoger (anti-apartheid protestor) and had a number of clandestine meetings with the then banned ANC in the 1980s. He was also a founder member of the DP, now DA, although his views on economics are far to the left of it. Now he has produced Lost in Transformation: SA’s search for a new future since 1986. He promises to be cheeky about how we view our success as a nation in transition.
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Barry Gilder, Director Operations at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection @ The Pavilion Barry Gilder, Director Operations at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection @ The Pavilion
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Gilder served as deputy head of the South African Secret Service, as deputy head of the National Intelligence Agency, as director-general of the Department of Home Affairs, and as South Africa’s co-ordinator of intelligence until his retirement in 2007. Born in South Africa in 1950, he went into exile in 1976 and served in the ANC’s intelligence structures until his return to South Africa in 1991. Gilder will speak to the club about Songs & Secrets, his recently published memoir.
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Terry Crawford-Browne, Anti-arms Deal Activist @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Terry Crawford-Browne, Anti-arms Deal Activist @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Anti-arms deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne has produced a new book, Eye on the Diamonds. It links the colonial and apartheid histories of South Africa with the histories of Israel and Palestine. It tells the story of how De Beers – South Africa’s home grown diamond company established in Kimberley – which has dominated the diamond cartel from the end of the 19th century is losing control to far more ruthless Israeli players.
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Professor Sean Davison, Head of the Forensic DNA Laboratory @ The Grill Room Professor Sean Davison, Head of the Forensic DNA Laboratory @ The Grill Room
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Professor Sean Davison is Head of the Forensic DNA Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology at the University of the Western Cape. In 2009, Davison wrote Before We Say Goodbye, which describes the last three months he spent with his terminally ill mother. The manuscript revealed that, at the request of his mother, a medical doctor, he gave her crushed morphine tablets in a glass of water. He was arrested and went on trial for attempted murder.
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Jane Raphaely, Publishing Legend @ The Pavilion Jane Raphaely, Publishing Legend @ The Pavilion
Friday, July 06, 2012
Publishing legend Jane Raphaely will address the Cape Town Press Club on Friday July 6, 2012 about her life in the magazine and media industry. Her autobiography JANE RAPHAELY unedited has appeared in shops in June. In it, the Chairman of the Board at Associated Magazines and editor-in-chief of O’The Oprah Magazine offers an unique insight into the evolution of magazines and media in South Africa since the 1960s.
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Martin Plaut and Paul Holden - Highly regarded authors of Martin Plaut and Paul Holden - Highly regarded authors of "Who Rules South Africa" @ The Wild Fig Restaurant
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Highly regarded authors Martin Plaut and Paul Holden will address the Cape Town Press Club on their new book, "Who Rules South Africa?". This timely work analyses the political elites that battle daily for power in South Africa.
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Patricia de Lille, Cape Town’s Executive Mayor Alderman @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands Patricia de Lille, Cape Town’s Executive Mayor Alderman @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Cape Town’s Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille will address the Cape Town Press Club to mark the one year anniversary of her election as Mayor.
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Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C CEO @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C CEO @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, June 08, 2012
Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig is often described as the face of SA's mobile telephony growth. In a series of very bold moves he has slashed call and data rates which appears to be triggering a price war that could be for the benefit of consumers - a move that years of Parliamentary debate and government regulation has failed to do.
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Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus @ Cape Town Club Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus @ Cape Town Club
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus finds himself in a very peculiar position. Not only is he the leader of a political party that aims to protect Afrikaner interests, he is also the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the cabinet of President Jacob Zuma since May 2009. Dr. Mulder will again ruffle feathers talking about the media, perceptions, different sets of values and land reform. He will also address the issue of whether it is "time to amend the constitution?"
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Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in Africa @ The Ballroom, Kelvin Grove Club Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in Africa @ The Ballroom, Kelvin Grove Club
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in Africa, recently shocked the nation by announcing she has joined the African National Congress. She will address the Cape Town Press Club to explain her decision. She will speak on matters urgent, essential and inevitable...
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Cape Town Press Club Annual General Meeting Cape Town Press Club Annual General Meeting
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Cape Town Press Club
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Chris Nissen, former Western Cape ANC leader @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Chris Nissen, former Western Cape ANC leader @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Former Western Cape African National Congress leader Chris Nissen addresses the press club on why he believes that hydraulic fracturing is the way to go in the Karoo. He leads a lobby organisation which represents poor community members on the region where big companies are eager to explore the possibilities of fracturing the shale rock deep underground for gas. He will take questions and will welcome political opponents to attend the rigorous debate.
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Adv. Paul Hoffman SC, Director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa @ The Pavilion Adv. Paul Hoffman SC, Director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Advocate Paul Hoffman SC is a director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa. He was a member of the Cape Bar for 26 years during which time he did several stints as an acting judge. He is best known for representing Hugh "Bob" Glenister in his constitutional challenge of the laws that saw the Scorpions replaced by the Hawks and for securing the arms deals commission of inquiry for veteran campaigner Terry Crawford-Browne. He will address the Cape Town Press Club on "Hawks or Eagles: what does South Africa deserve?"
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Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister @ Cape Town Club Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister @ Cape Town Club
Friday, May 04, 2012
Tina Joemat-Pettersson hails from the Northern Cape where she was an MEC for education and arts before she became national Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister in 2009. She has been much in the news lately over fisheries policies as well as the research and marine patrol function which has now been placed under the charge of the navy after being outsourced to a private company. She will give an update on the process so far on the small scale fisheries policies, the fishing quotas and will take questions generally on the agriculture sector.
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Raenette Taljaard - Up in Arms @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Raenette Taljaard - Up in Arms @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Raenette Taljaard was the youngest MP ever to come to parliament in 1999 when the Democratic Party became official opposition. She was appointed to the standing committee on public accounts where she scrutinised the "arms deal" documents. She later became the shadow finance minister. Up in Arms is an insider's story of political drama and intrigue during the Mbeki era when the arms deal controversy erupted and pitted parliament against the executive.
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Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa @ The Pavilion Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa @ The Pavilion
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The International Marketing Council was established to promote a positive, unified image of South Africa that builds pride, promotes tourism and investment and helps drive new enterprises and job creation. Brand South Africa benefited greatly from The FIFA World Cup and the still-relevant presence of Nelson Mandela, but it’s also been damaged by crime, horrific images of xenophobic violence and any number of diplomatic gaffes. Miller Matola has spoken about the need for SA to address weaknesses SA’s weakness as identified by the World Economic Forum: notably labour market efficiency, health and primary education, the health of the workforce, rigid hiring and firing practices, a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies and the significant tensions in labour-employer relations.
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Nicky Newton-King, first woman to head the JSE @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Nicky Newton-King, first woman to head the JSE @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, April 13, 2012
The first woman to head the 123-year old Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Nicky Newton-King, recently replaced Russell Loubser in the hotseat at the JSE. Last year the JSE decided to bring its trading engine back to Johannesburg from London where it was based for eight years. A new trading engine will be 400 times faster than the current system. Newton-King will talk about her job, the right balance of regulation, and about how much listed companies should disclose.
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Professor David Lewis, an extraordinary professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science @ Cape Town Club Professor David Lewis, an extraordinary professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science @ Cape Town Club
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Professor David Lewis, an extraordinary professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, is a graduate of the universities of Cape Town and Wits. He was a member of the task team advising the Trade and Industry Minister on the development of competition policy and participated in the drafting of the Competition Act. Lewis, who also served as special adviser to the Labour Minister and co-chaired the presidential commission on labour market policy during the mid-1990s, now heads. Corruption Watch, an initiative by Cosatu to stamp out corruption. He will take questions including on the marine patrol and research scandal of the fisheries department.
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Riaad Moosa, one of SA’s top comedians @ The Grill Room Riaad Moosa, one of SA’s top comedians @ The Grill Room
Monday, March 26, 2012
Riaad Moosa is one of SA’s top comedians: his wryly uproarious stand-up routines dissect the absurdities of living in South Africa. Now his role in Ronnie Apteker’s movie "Material" is winning over audiences beyond Youtube and comedy clubs. Moosa will talk about his journey from doctor to comic to actor.
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Reverend Dr Frank Chikane - Eight Days in September @ The Wild Fig Reverend Dr Frank Chikane - Eight Days in September @ The Wild Fig
Friday, March 16, 2012
The Reverend Dr Frank Chikane is a former director general of the presidency. He has written a riveting, behind-the-scenes account of the removal of Thabo Mbeki as president of South Africa. He examines the build up of events, describes the details of eight days in September 2008 and explores Mbeki's legacy.
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Pregs Govender, Deputy Chairperson of the HRC @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Pregs Govender, Deputy Chairperson of the HRC @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Pregs Govender is someone with more experience of power than most; she has spent her lifetime opposing its worst manifestations. It’s her experience of power that has enabled her to ask compelling questions about the nature of power and in whose interests it is exercised. She is deputy chairperson of the human rights commission. She will take questions about human rights, and talk about the Commission’s Human Rights Month Campaign.
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Marianne Thamm, veteran freelance journalist, author and editor @ The Pavilion Marianne Thamm, veteran freelance journalist, author and editor @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Marianne Thamm is a veteran freelance journalist, author and editor. Her columns have amused, stimulated and sometimes enraged readers for the past 25 years. She wrote the best-seller "I Have Life - Alison's Story" which has sold over 85 000 copies. She is an occasional stand-up comedian with her brainchild the all-female collective Cracks Only. She is currently procrastinating the writing of a memoir of sorts on Helen Zille. She will speak to the Cape Town Press Club on race in Cape Town "in her professional personal capacity".
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Ryland Fisher, former editor of the Cape Times @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Ryland Fisher, former editor of the Cape Times @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, March 09, 2012
Ryland Fisher is a former editor of the Cape Times and has more than 30 years of experience in the media industry. He has served several newspapers in senior positions, among them the Sunday Times where he was assistant editor. He recently was appointed acting editor of the new newspaper - now about a year old - the New Age.
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Conference Call with Christof Ruehl Conference Call with Christof Ruehl
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Please join BP for a round table discussion on global energy needs and the outlook for Southern Africa hosted by Christof Ruehl who is BP’s Chief Economist and a world renowned expert on energy.
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Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists Benjamin Pogrund and Bassem Eid @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists Benjamin Pogrund and Bassem Eid @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists Benjamin Pogrund and Bassem Eid will update the press club on the current political climate in Israel and Palestine.
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Theo Botha - Shareholder Activist @ The Wild Fig Theo Botha - Shareholder Activist @ The Wild Fig
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Theo Botha is a South African shareholder activist. He has taken on a number of South African companies over the corporate governance practices, executive compensation - a topic which he will focus on at the press club - as well as environmental practices and black economic empowerment.
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Iraj Abedian, CEO of Pan African Advisory Services @ Cape Town Club Iraj Abedian, CEO of Pan African Advisory Services @ Cape Town Club
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Iraj Abedian speaks to the club - in collaboration with the Cape Town Club - the day before the national budget to be delivered by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. He will look at the highlights and challenges likely to face taxpayers in the budget. Abedian, who is chief executive officer of Pan African Advisory Services was a key architect of Gear and also an economic advisor for the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initaitive for South Africa (Asgisa).
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Jonathan Deal - Chairman of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Jonathan Deal - Chairman of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Jonathan Deal is chairman of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG). He has led the campaign against hydraulic fracturing in the karoo and recently won a court action requiring the Mineral Resources Minister to release the names of the task team assessing the pros and cons of "fracking" - as the method of extracting shale gas way below ground has become colloquially known. Deal will focus on his fight against fracking.
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Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development since 2009, has driven the new growth path of President Jacob Zuma's government. A former trade union leader, Patel has focused on promoting the state's role in producing five million jobs in the next decade.
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Ann Harrap - Australian High Commissioner to South Africa @ The Pavilion Ann Harrap - Australian High Commissioner to South Africa @ The Pavilion
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Ann Harrap, is the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa. She is an experienced officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and served most recently as deputy High Commissioner in Port Moresby. The focus of Ann's speech will be on Australia's relationship with South Africa. On a bilateral level this will include the substantial increase in two-way high-level political engagement, people-to-people links, educational links etc.
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Lindiwe Mazibuko - Parliamentary Leader of the DA @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Lindiwe Mazibuko - Parliamentary Leader of the DA @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, February 06, 2012
Lindiwe Mazibuko became the first black - and first female - parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance last November and as a consequence Leader of the Official Opposition in parliament. Mazibuko has just announced her shadow cabinet, leaving only six MPs in their posts out of 35.
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Andrew Feinstein on his new book The Shadow World @ The Pavilion Andrew Feinstein on his new book The Shadow World @ The Pavilion
Friday, December 02, 2011
Andrew Feinstein, a former ANC MP and leading member of the key watchdog committee Standing Committee on Public Accounts, has published The Shadow World, Inside the Global Arms Trade. It reveals the corruption and cover-ups behind weapons deals ranging from the largest in history - between the British and Saudi governments - to BAE's controversial transactions in South Africa, Tanzania and eastern Europe and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial complex.
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Comedian John Vlismas - End of Year Speaker @ The Pavilion Comedian John Vlismas - End of Year Speaker @ The Pavilion
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Award-winning comedian John Vlismas joins us as the end of year speaker to view the year 2011 - and the year ahead 2012 - through a witty prism.
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Judge Dennis Davis - Supreme Court Judge @ The Pavilion, Kelvin Grove Club Judge Dennis Davis - Supreme Court Judge @ The Pavilion, Kelvin Grove Club
Friday, November 25, 2011
Judge Dennis Davis will address the Cape Town Press Club on "The Judiciary under the spotlight : The turn from politics in the streets to politics in the court. What does this mean for the judicial institution?"
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The Arms Deal: The Devil in the Detail - Hennie van Vuuren and Paul Holden @ The Quarterdeck Restaurant The Arms Deal: The Devil in the Detail - Hennie van Vuuren and Paul Holden @ The Quarterdeck Restaurant
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything is destined to explode on to the political landscape. The authors - Hennie van Vuuren of the Institute for Security Studies and Paul Holden - explore how the deal - now the subject of a new commission of inquiry - is mixed up with criminal networks and outrageous personal enrichment. They also tell the story about the "shadow state" and the rise of the crooks.
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Councillor Brett Herron, MAYCO Member for CPT Transport @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Councillor Brett Herron, MAYCO Member for CPT Transport @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, November 04, 2011
MAYCO TRANSPORT MEMBER BRETT HERRON TALKS ABOUT TOLL ROADS. Councillor Brett Herron is the mayoral committee member for transport, roads and major projects in the City of Cape Town. He will speak to the Press Club about a recent court challenge against SANRAL’s plans for toll roads in the city, as well as a number of other public transport and related issues.
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Zayd Minty: World Design Capital @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Spin Street (Idasa building) Zayd Minty: World Design Capital @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Spin Street (Idasa building)
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Cape Town has been declared the World Design Capital for 2014, a project that celebrates the accomplishments of cities that have used design as a tool to reinvent themselves and improve social, cultural and economic life. Zayd Minty, Creative Cape Town co-ordinator, was intimately involved with Cape Town’s winning bid, from facilitating meeting with stakeholder agencies to writing key elements of the official bid document. He will talk on "World Design Capital 2014: A lens to collectively reimaging and reinvent Cape Town" and give an insider’s view of the gruelling bid process as well as a perspective on what the award means for the Mother City.
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Fiona Forde - An Inconvenient Youth @ The Grill Room Fiona Forde - An Inconvenient Youth @ The Grill Room
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
An Inconvenient Youth is an insightful, meticulously researched account of how a brave child has grown to become a grave inconvenience, not only to the ANC, but also, due to his style of politics, to South Africa’s fledgling democracy. The author, journalist Fiona Forde, will take questions about Julius Malema, the ANC Youth League and the future of SA's democracy.
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Athol Trollip - Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Athol Trollip - Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, October 14, 2011
Athol Trollip has been the leader of the Democratic Alliance in Parliament since the general election of 2009, where he defeated party strategist Ryan Coetzee for the position. He will be speaking in the midst of an election campaign that pits him against the party’s national spokesperson, Lindiwe Mazibuko, in which the DA and ID’s parliamentary caucus jointly vote - on October 27 - for its new parliamentary leader.
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Sonam, the representative of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, for Africa @ The Wild Fig, Observatory Sonam, the representative of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, for Africa @ The Wild Fig, Observatory
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Sonam is the representative of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, for Africa. He is based in Pretoria. He acts as a representative of his people and upholds the interests of Tibetan affairs. He speaks - on the relationship of Tibet with the occupying power China - in the wake of the refusal of the SA government to grant His Holiness a visa to attend Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday party celebrations.
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Daniel Silke - Tracking the Future @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Daniel Silke - Tracking the Future @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Daniel Silke is an independent political analyst who likes to look at his crystal ball and predict the future. He will be talking about his new book, Tracking the Future. He will ponder trends to change the world in the decade and beyond and take a look at dramatic shifts in population and their impact on the planet, the rise of Africa and the role of the emerging markets and the changing ways in which power and influence are being wielded.
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Barry Streek Memorial Lecture - Delivered By Colin Eglin @ The Pavilion at Kelvin Grove Club Barry Streek Memorial Lecture - Delivered By Colin Eglin @ The Pavilion at Kelvin Grove Club
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Former leader of the opposition Colin Eglin will deliver the annual lecture which honours his friend, the late Barry Streek. Streek served for many years as a parliamentary journalist for the Daily Dispatch, the then Morning Group - including the Cape Times and the Mercury - and the Mail & Guardian. Eglin, who is also a veteran press club member, will consider the matters which Barry held dear: press freedom and the state of the nation.
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Dr Olive Shisana - Chief Executive Officer of the HSRC @ A Tavola Restaurant Dr Olive Shisana - Chief Executive Officer of the HSRC @ A Tavola Restaurant
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Government’s proposed National Health Insurance has made news headlines in recent months, with questions being asked about how it will be implemented and, particularly, how it will be financed. Dr Olive Shisana, Chief Executive Officer of the Human Science Research Council (HSRC), who chaired the ANC technical task team on national health insurance, will try to answer some of these questions.
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Malusi Gigaba, Public Enterprises Minister @  6 Spin Street Restaurant Malusi Gigaba, Public Enterprises Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Malusi Gigaba, the Public Enterprises Minister, is responsible for Transnet and Eskom and a number of smaller state-owned enterprises. Should there be nationalization of mines and banks, his responsibilities will increase, but he has come out publicly against the drive by the ANC Youth League – which he once led – for state ownership of mines.
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Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela @ A Tavola Restaurant Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela @ A Tavola Restaurant
Monday, September 12, 2011
Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela's office has been making news headlines in recent weeks, with several complaints about government tenders being referred to her for investigation. These include an expensive building rented for the SA Police Service by the department of public works. It has landed the public works minister, the police minister, the police chief and the president in a spot of trouble.
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Shell SA's Jan Willem Eggink @ Quarterdeck Restaurant Shell SA's Jan Willem Eggink @ Quarterdeck Restaurant
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Shell SA's general manager for upstream operations, Jan Willem Eggink, will be the speaker at the next Cape Town Press Club event. He will be speaking against the backdrop of his company's plans to use hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Karoo basin, and also talks of nationalisation of various industries in South Africa.
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Yuli Yoel Edelstein @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Yuli Yoel Edelstein @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, August 29, 2011
Israel’s Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, Yuli Yoel Edelstein, will address the Cape Town Press Club on recent developments in the Middle East and the Palestinian initiative of a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. He will take questions.
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Minister Rob Davies @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Minister Rob Davies @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has been prominent in government interventions in the marketplace recently to ensure that the R16.5 billion Walmart investment - in the South African retail company Massmart - is in the best interest, at least as he sees it, of South Africa.
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Susan Shabangu - Mining Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Susan Shabangu - Mining Minister @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, August 18, 2011
South Africa's mining industry has been making headline news with talk of nationalisation, fracking in the Karoo, mining on the Transkei coast and prospecting in the winelands. Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu will ponder changes to the mining regulatory environment - such as how tenders are managed - but she will also be ready to take questions on current controversies.
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Gareth Ackerman @ The Wild Fig Gareth Ackerman @ The Wild Fig
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Gareth Ackerman took over as chairman of retail chain Pick ‘n Pay Stores Ltd in March last year after the retirement of his father, Raymond Ackerman. He was previously the chairman of Pick ‘n Pay Holdings Ltd where he remains on the board. Ackerman has been outspoken about the proposed crackdown on the free flow of information as proposed in the Protection of Information Bill and also is concerned about the negative consequences for business and society of the pending restrictions on media freedom.
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Michael Bagraim @ Cape Town Club, 7 Weltevreden St, Gardens Michael Bagraim @ Cape Town Club, 7 Weltevreden St, Gardens
Thursday, August 11, 2011
In the wake of the recent spate of strike action and changes to company, labour and consumer protection laws, Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industries President Michael Bagraim - who is also a labour and industrial relations lawyer - will ponder these matters and their impact on the provincial and national economy.
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Martin Meredith - Born in Africa @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Martin Meredith - Born in Africa @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Acclaimed author Martin Meredith has produced Born in Africa, the story of the quest by scientists to uncover the origins of humankind. It tells the tale of 20 extinct human species and how the modern human being can trace his origins to our continent.
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Lindiwe Mazibuko - Is South African politics really only about black politics? @ A Tavola Restaurant Lindiwe Mazibuko - Is South African politics really only about black politics? @ A Tavola Restaurant
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Lindiwe Mazibuko sprang into national prominence during the recent municipal elections. Together with Helen Zille and Patricia de Lille she was seen on DA posters around the country. Some say she will become leader of the opposition some day. She has become, nevertheless, one of the most prominent black opposition politicians. She will talk to the club on "Is South African politics really only about black politics?"
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Moeletsi Mbeki - Advocates for Change @ A Tavola Restaurant Moeletsi Mbeki - Advocates for Change @ A Tavola Restaurant
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
In his insightful bestseller, Architects of Poverty, Moeletsi Mbeki - brother of former President Thabo Mbeki, examined why Africans comprise the majority of the world’s bottom billion, illustrating how Africa’s political elite were to blame. Not content with articulating only the problems, in Advocates for Change - which is edited by Mbeki - he brings together experts from across the continent who believe there are solutions to the Africa's challenges.
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Dr Adekeye Adebajo - The Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War @ The Wild Fig Dr Adekeye Adebajo - The Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War @ The Wild Fig
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Dr Adekeye Adebajo, the executive director at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, has produced The Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War. The former Rhodes Scholar to Oxford, begins with a chapter on the Conference of Berlin - held in 1885 - where the European leaders more or less carved up Africa for the next century or so.
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Professor Brian O'Connell @ Quarterdeck Restaurant Professor Brian O'Connell @ Quarterdeck Restaurant
Friday, July 15, 2011
Brian O'Connell is vice chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, which turned 50 last year. It has been transformed from a mediocre - apartheid inspired - college to a institution of substance. Two-thirds of President Nelson Mandela's cabinet, for example, were UWC graduates. Brian O'Connell will talk about national education policy, its challenges, shortfalls and strengths.
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Murray Hunter @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Murray Hunter @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Murray Hunter, 24, is the national co-ordinator of the Right2Know Campaign, a nation-wide coalition of people and organisations opposed to the Protection of Information Bill (also known as the Secrecy Bill) currently before Parliament.R2K believes that the Bill will threaten hard-won constitutional rights, including access to information and freedom of expression. R2K demands that the Bill be drastically rewritten to bring it in line with constitutional values or thrown out.
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Anton Harber - Diepsloot @ Quarterdeck Restaurant Anton Harber - Diepsloot @ Quarterdeck Restaurant
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Anton Harber is the Caxton Professor of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand. Founder and editor of the Mail & Guardian, he has produced a number of books, including the A - Z of South African Politics in 1994. He has now produced Diepsloot, a story about the post-apartheid township north of Johannesburg which is now home to 200 000 people.
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Neil Manthorp and Dale Williams @ A Tavola Restaurant Neil Manthorp and Dale Williams @ A Tavola Restaurant
Friday, June 10, 2011
Veteran cricket commentator and sportswriter Neil Manthorp and coaching guru Dale Williams will examine South African cricket’s most burning issues: Why are the Proteas seemingly unable to win a Cricket World Cup? Why did it take a South African coach to get India to the Cricket World Cup, and can Gary Kirsten do the same for the Proteas? And what of South Africa’s cricket culture? Why is Hansie Cronje venerated and Graeme Smith despised, when the latter has led the team to more victories since taking over as skipper after the former had left the side in disgrace and disarray? What of Smith’s back-to-back double-centuries at Edgbaston Lord’s in 2003, and the swooning “Captain Courageous” plaudits after he batted against Australia with a broken hand?
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Marius Barnard - <em>Defining Moments</em> @ A Tavola Restaurant Marius Barnard - Defining Moments @ A Tavola Restaurant
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Marius Barnard has produced "Defining Moments", his autobiography which was co-written by Simon Norval, a electronic systems engineer and novelist. Barnard is best known as member of the pioneering medical team that performed the world's first human heart transparent - with his brother Chris - in 1967.
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Patricia de Lille @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove, Newlands Patricia de Lille @ The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove, Newlands
Monday, May 16, 2011
Patricia de Lille is the DA's candidate for mayor of Cape Town. She currently serves as a member of the executive council in the Western Cape under Premier Helen Zille. She was parachuted into prominence as a Pan Africanist Congress MP who did much of the work in exposing South Africa's arms deal corruption. She will present her vision for Cape Town.
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Lewis Pugh - <em>Fracking in the Karoo? No way!</em> Lewis Pugh - Fracking in the Karoo? No way!
Friday, May 13, 2011
Environmental campaigner Lewis Pugh will address the Cape Town Press Club on the use of hydraulic fracturing technology in prospecting for shale gas in the Karoo. Fracking, he says, may yield gas but the country can live without gas - it cannot live without water!
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Tony Ehrenreich Breakfast @ Leinster Hall at the Cape Town Club Tony Ehrenreich Breakfast @ Leinster Hall at the Cape Town Club
Friday, May 13, 2011
Tony Ehrenreich is the African National Congress candidate for Mayor of Cape Town. He is the Western Cape provincial secretary of Cosatu and has served as the national deputy general secretary of the trade union movement. Ehrenreich, who is aiming to overturn a DA-led coalition majority in the city and return the ANC to the ruling city benches, will present his vision for the city.
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Professor Jonathan Jansen - <em>The hidden crises in South African education – what it means for the future</em> Professor Jonathan Jansen - The hidden crises in South African education – what it means for the future
Friday, May 06, 2011
The Rector of the University of the Free State, Professor Jonathan Jansen, will be addressing the Cape Town Press Club on 6 May 2011 on "The hidden crises in South African education – what it means for the future."
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Afternoon tea with Jimmy Manyi @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Afternoon tea with Jimmy Manyi @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Jimmy Manyi is the head of the government communication service, the GCIS. He was previously director general of the labour department. He remains president of the Black Management Forum. He will speak to the Press Club - in collaboration with the parliamentary press gallery association - on "transformation". He will speak for 10 minutes over tea and will take questions.
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Mandy Wiener - <em>Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed</em> @ A Tavola Restaurant Mandy Wiener - Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed @ A Tavola Restaurant
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Mandy Wiener is an award-winning investigative journalist for Primedia, and can be heard regularly on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk. She has won several awards, including radio awards in the coveted CNN African Journalist of the Year and Vodacom Journalist of the Year competitions. Her book: "Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed" is being launched this month. Reflecting on her experience of covering the Kebble murder case over the past five years, Mandy’s book exposes not only what happened on that quiet suburban street the night that Kebble was killed, but delves deeper into the intricate links between Johannesburg’s shady cops, bouncers, smugglers and drug-lords. Mandy has had unrivalled access to the major players of the Kebble case and through exclusive interviews with them in Killing Kebble, she blows the lid on Johannesburg’s underworld.
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Prince Mashele @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Prince Mashele @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Monday, April 04, 2011
Prince Mashele is Executive Director of the Centre for Politics and Research (CPR), a think-tank based in Pretoria. He juggles his full-time responsibilities at CPR with his part-time academic interests, serving as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria, and he also teaches a senior staff course at the National Defence College. In May this year, Prince is joining Nedbank Capital as a contracted analyst. His new book, The Death of our Society, will be out soon. He will be talking about the disjuncture between politics and society.
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Dirk Hermann @ The Commodore Hotel Dirk Hermann @ The Commodore Hotel
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Dirk Hermann is the deputy secretary general of Solidarity. He is the man who caused all the trouble - by releasing the interview with new government spokesman Jimmy Manyi who said there were an "overconcentration" of coloureds in the Western Cape. That sparked the reaction from former finance minister Trevor Manuel, who said Manyi was a racist in the mould of apartheid Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd.
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John Matisonn - The Arab Revolution Of 2011 @ The Commodore Hotel John Matisonn - The Arab Revolution Of 2011 @ The Commodore Hotel
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Distinguished journalist John Matisonn recently returned from a stint with the United Nations in Afghanistan where he was an adviser on media strategy as that country attempted to democratise. He will be speaking to the club on "The Arab revolution of 2011" - how it happened and what it means.
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Brent Meersman @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant & Lobby Books Brent Meersman @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant & Lobby Books
Monday, March 14, 2011
The release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 was a watershed moment. For millions of South Africans, black and white, at the end of the country’s darkest decade, it brought some prospect of hope and a future. What is our memory of that period? Do we have an accurate understanding of the 10 years prior to that moment? The government was on the one hand already dismantling apartheid and abandoning its racial theories, while on the other hand it was increasingly autocratic and intolerant. It was the decade of the garrison state. Brent Meersman’s latest book, Reports Before Daybreak (published by Umuzi) chronicles the generation of South Africans who came of age during that period. It straddles both fiction and non-fiction. Framing the narrative are actual newspaper headlines, imagined eyewitness accounts, and short biographical sketches (among them Ahmed Timol, Teboho Tsietsi Mashinini, Yusuf Dadoo, Ruth First, Bessie Head, George Pemba, Dr Chris Barnard, Robert Sobukwe and OR Tambo).
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Mike van Graan. The State of the Arts @ A Tavola Restaurant Mike van Graan. The State of the Arts @ A Tavola Restaurant
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
"What the State of the Nation address says about the state of the arts". Post-apartheid arts and culture policy was premised on a human rights approach: "Everyone shall have the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community and to enjoy the arts" (Article 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Over the last 14 years though, policy and practice have shifted towards a more market-driven approach as confirmed in President Zuma's recent state of the nation address. What does this mean for freedom of expression, for human rights and for the arts that - like the media - supposedly holds up a mirror to society?
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Nieman Media Seminar on Bringing Excellence to the New World of Journalism Nieman Media Seminar on Bringing Excellence to the New World of Journalism
Saturday, February 12, 2011
What is news? How do we convey it accurately in an age when information is almost instantaneous? How do we guard our freedoms and enhance our credibility? What compact do we hold with the public? These are some of the questions that will come under the spotlight this month when media leaders gather in Cape Town on February 12, 2011, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Nieman Fellowship in the country. All Cape Town Press Club members are welcome to attend this seminar.
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Brett Bailey, Infecting The City @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Brett Bailey, Infecting The City @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Curator, Brett Bailey, will unpack and explain the thinking behind the Infecting The City: the Spier Public Arts Festival which runs in Cape Town from 21 - 26 Feb 2011. Brett Bailey is the founder and director of THIRD WORLD BUNFIGHT. His productions are internationally acclaimed and recent works have been staged at the Vienna Festival, the Theaterformen Festival in Braunschweig, and the Holland Festival, Amsterdam.
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Cape Town Press Club - Year End Function with Corné and Twakkie Cape Town Press Club - Year End Function with Corné and Twakkie
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Corné and Twakkie, formerly hosts of The Most Amazing Show, recently displayed a more serious bent when they protested outside parliament in favour of the Protection of Information Bill and a media appeals tribunal. Twakkie’s stance on the issue is unequivocal: "They (the media) just, without thought or consequences to normal citizens, start spreading information and truth like it's candy.”
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Minister Henry Bellingham @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Minister Henry Bellingham @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, December 03, 2010
Henry Bellingham is the UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He took the reins earlier this year. He will speak on the UN Security Council, the significance of South Africa's seat on the Council and the important political and economic relationship between South Africa and the UK.
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Morne du Plessis - 2010, what a year! @ A Tavola Restaurant Morne du Plessis - 2010, what a year! @ A Tavola Restaurant
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
It has been a tough year for the man at the helm of Cape Town Stadium, who last month decided to throw in the management towel on behalf of the SAIL Stadefrance consortium he heads. Celebrated as one of SA rugby’s most successful captains under whose leadership the team won nearly 90% of all their games, Morne will address the club on "2010 – what a year!" and shed some light on the lessons learnt.
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Melanie Burke & The Wild Fig Melanie Burke & The Wild Fig
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Social entrepreneur, Melanie Burke, runs her own consulting company focusing on transformation and technology solutions for social development and business support. She also coaches and builds capacity through her role as senior programme director at Common Purpose SA, an international leadership development organization. Melanie will share her thoughts on leadership and what it takes to lead beyond your authority.
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Peter Godwin - Fear, the last days of Robert Mugabe @ The Forum Peter Godwin - Fear, the last days of Robert Mugabe @ The Forum
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Mukiwa author Peter Godwin returned to Zimbabwe to dance on the political grave of Robert Mugabe after the 2008 elections. But it was not to be. The result of it is Fear, the last days of Robert Mugabe, a compelling - if disconcerting read.
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Terence Nombembe, Auditor-General of South Africa @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Terence Nombembe, Auditor-General of South Africa @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Friday, November 05, 2010
The Auditor-General of South Africa will address the Club - together with the Parliamentary Press Gallery Association - while he is in Cape Town to host a conference of the auditors-general of the world this November.
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Allister Sparks - Surviving the Media Crisis (Barry Streek Memorial Lecture) Allister Sparks - Surviving the Media Crisis (Barry Streek Memorial Lecture)
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Alistair Sparks delivers the Barry Streek Memorial Lecture this year - the fourth lecture since Barry's death - in the context of an onslaught on the free media in South Africa.
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Dr Michael Cardo - Liberalism Past and Present @ 6 Spin Street Dr Michael Cardo - Liberalism Past and Present @ 6 Spin Street
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Dr Michael Cardo has written the first biography of Peter Brown – Opening Men’s Eyes: Peter Brown and the Liberal Struggle for South Africa (Jonathan Ball, 2010). Using his book as a platform, Cardo will speak on how liberalism has been understood historically in South Africa, and how it is understood currently. He will explore some of the misconceptions about the South African liberal tradition, and assess the state of liberalism today.
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Dr David Klatzow & A Tavola Restaurant Dr David Klatzow & A Tavola Restaurant
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
David Klatzow, a forensic scientist, has written Steeped in Blood: The life and times of a forensic scientist as told to Sylvia Walker, author of Dealing in Death, a story about the tik addiction. More recently Klatzow investigated the Paarl Press fire, Brett Kebble’s assassination and the murder of Stellenbosch student Inge Lotz.
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Janet Heard @ The Tavola Restaurant, Claremont Janet Heard @ The Tavola Restaurant, Claremont
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Janet Heard has just been appointed associate editor, head of news, at the Cape Times after spending a year as a Nieman Fellow in the US. She will address the press club on a number of issues: the fight for quality journalism in the new media era, her return to South Africa in the afterglow of the World Cup and the ANC's moves to clamp down on press freedom.
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Ronnie Kasrils - Deepen our democracy - Do not gag it @ The Wild Fig Ronnie Kasrils - Deepen our democracy - Do not gag it @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Former Intelligence Minister and MK commander Ronnie Kasrils has just published a book "The Unlikely Secret Agent" about his late wife and fellow actvist Eleanor who escaped from police custody in 1963. He will speak of her courage and skill as an undercover agent of the ANC and link those times of apartheid tyranny with some of the challenges, and dangers, South Africa faces today, with particular reference to the freedom of the press and the constritutional liberties he and his wife fought for. Title: "Deepen our Democracy - Do not gag it!".
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Blade Nzimande - Focus on Economic Debates @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant Blade Nzimande - Focus on Economic Debates @ 6 Spin Street Restaurant
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Blade Nzimande is general secretary of the South African Communist Party. He will focus on economic debates ahead of the national general council and will speak in his capacity as general secretary, not higher education minister.
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Pieter-Dirk Uys - F.A.K. Songs & other Struggle Anthems @ The Fugard Pieter-Dirk Uys - F.A.K. Songs & other Struggle Anthems @ The Fugard
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Cape Town is in for a treat as Pieter-Dirk Uys bring his "F.A.K. Songs & other Struggle Anthems" to the Fugard Theatre. Uys will star as Bambi Kellermann in a cabaret laced with song and sketch.
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David James Smith's Young Mandela - Book Launch - Cocktail Party David James Smith's Young Mandela - Book Launch - Cocktail Party
Friday, September 10, 2010
He has been mythologised as a flawless hero of the liberation struggle. But how exactly did Nelson Mandela’s early personal and political life shape the triumphs to come? In “Young Mandela” David James Smith has written a book which has been lauded for going behind the myth to find the man who people have forgotten or never knew. Smith believes he has found much that is new, much that is surprising and much that is shocking.
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Judge Nathan Erasmus @ The Forum, V & A Hotel Judge Nathan Erasmus @ The Forum, V & A Hotel
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Judge Nathan Erasmus will address the Cape Town Press Club on the 100th anniversary of NICRO and will speak about the South African judicial system.
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Chris Whitfield @ V & A Forum Chris Whitfield @ V & A Forum
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Chris Whitfield is the editor-in-chief of Independent Newspapers Cape. Whitfield will be a guest of the club to speak about recent developments in the South African media, including the so-called “Brown Envelope” revelations and the State's assault on the media.
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Elias Masilela @ The Wild Fig Elias Masilela @ The Wild Fig
Monday, July 26, 2010
Elias Masilela heads up the South African Savings Institute. His speach will dovetail with the beginning of South African Savings Month as we seek answers from him about the tough economical conditions, high unemployment and more retrenchments.
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Regan Thaw @ The Wild Fig Regan Thaw @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Senior Eyewitness news reporter Regan Thaw will address the Cape Town Press Club on freedom of the media.
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Cocktails with the Premier, Helen Zille - Cape Town After 2010 Cocktails with the Premier, Helen Zille - Cape Town After 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
The Cape Town Press Club has the pleasure of inviting both local and international media present in Cape Town for the 2010 FIFA World CupT and members to join us for wine and cocktails with Helen Zille.
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Ferial Haffajee @ The Grill Room Ferial Haffajee @ The Grill Room
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Ferial Haffajee is editor-in-chief of City Press, having previously held the same position at the Mail & Guardian. She will be talking on media in South Africa.
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Professor Botman, Rector of Stellenbosch University @ The Wild Fig, Observatory Professor Botman, Rector of Stellenbosch University @ The Wild Fig, Observatory
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Professor Botman will be speaking to the Cape Town Press Club on "The Role of Afrikaans within education and society at large". He will be discussing the current debates on language policy at the university, the challenges it faces and how it plans to overcome these in the years to come.
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Anthony Altbeker @ V & A Forum Anthony Altbeker @ V & A Forum
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Award-winning author, Anthony Altbeker, has penned an account of one of the most sensational and controversial murder trials in South African legal history. In "Fruit of a Poisoned Tree - A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice" - Altbeker investigates the murder of student, Inge Lotz.
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Jenny Cargill @ The Wild Fig Jenny Cargill @ The Wild Fig
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
The politically sensitive arena of black economic empowerment - thought to be an antidote to apartheid but failed in transforming the economy of South Africa - has been brought under the spotlight by anti-apartheid activist and industry thought leader Jenny Cargill.
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Mokena Makeka, architect responsible for Cape Town Station revamp @ Ginja (old Relish site) Mokena Makeka, architect responsible for Cape Town Station revamp @ Ginja (old Relish site)
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Mokena Makeka, 33, is the brains behind the redesign of Cape Town Station for the new public transport system. He founded his own business mere months after completing his studies and believes "great architecture and design is a human right"
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Jacob Dlamini, Author of Native Nostalgia @ Camil's Restaurant Jacob Dlamini, Author of Native Nostalgia @ Camil's Restaurant
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Jacob Dlamini has made a name for himself as a writer by challenging the comforting fictions that South Africans often tell themselves about their history. In Native Nostalgia he examines what it means for black South Africans to remember their lives under apartheid with fondness.
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Philip Gourevitch @ Camil's Restaurant Philip Gourevitch @ Camil's Restaurant
Thursday, May 13, 2010
"Magnificent, terrifying..." and "a sparkling jewel"... two of the descriptions of international author, Philip Gourevitch's award-winning book, "We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families," a compelling account of the Rwandan genocide...
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Themba Godi @ The Wild Fig Themba Godi @ The Wild Fig
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Themba Godi is president of the African People's Convention and its sole MP. He is the chairperson of parliament's key public accounts committee, known as Scopa.
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Andrew Jennings @ Ginja Restaurant Andrew Jennings @ Ginja Restaurant
Monday, April 26, 2010
Andrew Jennings is an award-winning investigative reporter, writer and documentary filmmaker. He’s apparently unlikely to be invited to Sepp Blatter’s country home for a soiree or shooting weekend anytime soon and says he’s been banned from every FIFA building, press briefing and event on the planet...
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Judge Albie Sachs @ The Forum @ V & A Hotel Judge Albie Sachs @ The Forum @ V & A Hotel
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Renowned former Constitutional Court judge, Albie Sachs, has been involved in human rights activism since he was a young man. His principles and courage led to him losing an arm and the sight in one eye after security blew up his car in Maputo in 1988. Despite hardship, he forged ahead, defending people charged under racist laws.
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Michela Wrong @ The Wild Fig Restaurant Michela Wrong @ The Wild Fig Restaurant
Friday, April 09, 2010
Michela Wrong is a renowned author who has garnered critical acclaim for all three of her books. Her latest, “It’s Our Turn to Eat” tracks the story of Kenyan corruption whistleblower, John Githongo...
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Dr Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner @ Ginjer Restaurant Dr Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner @ Ginjer Restaurant
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Nicola Brewer is the British High Commissioner to South Africa and began her tenure in June last year. She is also accredited to Lesotho and Swaziland. With South Africa’s close historic and trade links with the UK, it’s considered a key position.
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Jeremy Cronin, Deputy Minister of Transport The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Club Jeremy Cronin, Deputy Minister of Transport The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove Club
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Mr Jeremy Cronin is Deputy Minister of Transport. He will address the Press Club on South Africa’s transport readiness for the World Cup and the legacy benefit for South Africa.
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Kylie Hatton, City of Cape Town (BRT) Kylie Hatton, City of Cape Town (BRT)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
As Media Manager for the City of Cape Town, Kylie Hatton, is at the forefront of major issues in the city and has been playing a dynamic role in the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kylie also serves as the City’s corporate spokesperson for the Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) project.
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Dion Chang, Trends forecaster @ The Wild Fig Dion Chang, Trends forecaster @ The Wild Fig
Thursday, March 04, 2010
What are the latest trends in South Africa and where are we heading? These and other issues will be raised by innovator and sought-after trends analyst, Dion Chang.
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Bobby Godsell @ The Royal Cape Yacht Club Bobby Godsell @ The Royal Cape Yacht Club
Friday, February 26, 2010
Bobby Godsell, former chief executive of Anglogold Ashanti and former non-executive chairperson of Eskom, will speak about the work he has been doing at Business Leadership South Africa.
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Caroline Atkinson, IMF Breakfast @ Cape Town Club Caroline Atkinson, IMF Breakfast @ Cape Town Club
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Caroline Atkinson is the Director of External Relations at the International Monetary Fund based in Washington DC.
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Nazir Allie, SANRAL @ The Royal Cape Yacht Club Nazir Allie, SANRAL @ The Royal Cape Yacht Club
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
What's the future of South Africa's national road network and what kind of projects are in the pipeline to upgrade and develop the country's roads? How will roads be funded in future and what are the challenges ahead?
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Andrew Boraine @ The Taj Andrew Boraine @ The Taj
Monday, February 08, 2010
Andrew Boraine, Chief Executive of the Cape Town Partnership, has been involved in city development issues in one way or another for the past 30 years, from opposing the forced removal of Crossroads residents under Apartheid in Cape Town in 1978 and...
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Neil Manthorp @ The Wild Fig Neil Manthorp @ The Wild Fig
Thursday, January 28, 2010
With the Proteas due to start their tour of India in a few days and the news that their coach, Mickey Arthur has resigned, cricket in SA can hardly be described as boring.
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