Africa Forum Johannesburg 2017










 The Africa Forum Report - London 2017, is now available and gives us the opportunity to take honest look at what is happening on the ground from these industry-leaders who are at the heart of business on the continent.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Bonang Mohale, former Chairman and Vice-President of Shell South Africa and CEO of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), and Judge Mlambo, Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa alongside other leading industry and influential figures. You can view the current agenda here.

This is a free event. If you would like to attend, please contact the organisers.


Bonang Mohale

Bonang Mohale is currently the CEO of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). Mr Mohale ended a distinguished term as Vice President Upstream and Chairman of Shell South Africa (Pty) Limited at the end of June.

Mr Mohale, who originally studied to be a medical doctor, has had a distinguished career at the helm and in leadership roles of several major South African and multinational companies; including Otis Elevators, South African Airways, Sanlam, Limited, and Drake & Scull Integrated Facilities Management. He currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re Africa (12 years); Hollard Insurance (11 years); Rand Merchant Bank & Oakhurst Insurance (Chairman). Mr Mohale has an impressive track record of building successful companies, delivering results and making significant advances in transformation in the companies he has been involved in. He has been a vocal courageous and active proponent of transformation since the 1980s, and played a leadership role in the Black Management Forum (BMF) for over 33 years.

Awarded Bonang was conferred with an Honorary Professorship in Marketing Management by the University of Pretoria, where he serves on their Advisory Council. 2012 IPM CEO of the Year. Received the PRESIDENTIAL AWARD for his “Servanthood in South African Industry & the Economic Empowerment of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals” 2001.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo 

Dunstan Mlambo (born c. 1960) is Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa. Since 2002 he has also served as the chairperson of Legal Aid South Africa which provides legal aid to those who cannot afford it, and is a trustee of the Legal Resources Centre public interest law clinic.

Early life and education

Mlambo was born in Bushbuckridge and grew up in Barberton in Mpumalanga. His father was an apolitical civil servant and his uncle Johnson Mlambo was a political prisoner on Robben Island. After matriculating from Thembeka High School in the Kanyamazane township of Nelspruit in 1979, he studied law at the University of the North where he completed his B.Proc. degree in 1983. In 1987 he was admitted to the fellowship programme of the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, targeted at black law graduates, and in 1990 he was admitted as an attorney.

Judicial career

Mlambo was appointed as an acting judge in the Labour Court and a judge in the Labour Appeal Court in 1997. He subsequently served as a judge in the South Gauteng High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal. Prior to his appointment as High Court Judge President, he was Judge President of the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court. During his term of office as Judge President of the Labour Court, he was critical of the practice of labour brokering which deprives employees of labour law protection.

Mlambo was appointed Judge President of the Gauteng Division of the High Court by President Jacob Zuma effective from 1 November 2012, succeeding Bernard Ngoepe. He stated in his CV that he had "devoted his practice of law towards the upliftment and protection of people on the ground as a public interest lawyer and trade union lawyer". During a speech made shortly after he took office, he said he would ensure that "access to justice becomes what it should be".

Notable judgements

Multichoice (Proprietary) Limited and Others v National Prosecuting Authority and Another

An application made by eNCA, MultiChoice and Eyewitness News (Primedia) to the High Court in Pretoria to broadcast the proceedings of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial to be held in the court from 3 to 20 March 2014 was opposed by the defence team. On 25 February 2014, Mlambo ruled that the entire trial proceedings may be broadcast live via audio and that parts of the trial may be broadcast live via television, subject to various restrictions to minimise any impact on the trial proceedings. The parts that he permitted to be broadcast audiovisually are the opening and closing arguments, the testimony of consenting state witnesses, the judgement, and the sentencing if applicable. His ruling took into account the right to freedom of expression and the defendant's right to a fair trial. His reasons for allowing live broadcasting of the trial included dispelling perceptions that the rich and famous receive preferential treatment from the justice system, enabling public access to an unedited firsthand account of the trial, and educating the public about criminal proceedings in general. The ruling was welcomed by members of the South African media, who described it as a groundbreaking decision supporting freedom of expression, freedom of the media, open justice and democracy. In a cartoon by Zapiro published in The Times on 27 February 2014, Pistorius is depicted walking a tightrope between the justice system representing the right to a fair trial and the media representing the public's right to know.

In his judgement Mlambo granted ultimate discretion regarding what may be broadcast to the presiding judge in the trial, namely Thokozile Masipa. The trial was interrupted on the second day after it transpired that eNCA was showing a still photograph of a non-consenting state witness onscreen while broadcasting her audio testimony. Masipa subsequently instructed the court that no photographs of any non-consenting witnesses may be used in the media, regardless of the source of the photographs. On 10 March 2014, Masipa ruled that the forensic pathologist's post mortem evidence may not be broadcast live, including verbatim tweeting and blogging, but reversed her ban on live tweeting and blogging the following day.

A state witness was harassed telephonically after his cellphone number was read out in court during cross-examination by the defence team on the second day of the trial.

In his Business Day column published on 13 March 2014, Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits University Anton Harber states that the trial represents a turning point for local newspapers unable to compete with "the speed and conversational nature of electronic media". He also notes that the fact that the presiding judge has "her finger on the off button for live broadcast" is restraining the behaviour of the media.

Simon Ardonceau

Simon joined the JLL Sub-Saharan Africa Strategic Consulting team in 2016 to develop the substantial potential for customised real estate consulting advice across the continent.

He currently has strategic input in a wide range of assignments, and has been involved on several high profile and complex developments across Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC).

A broad client base of private and institutional investors, developers, financiers, owners and occupiers benefit from the knowledge Simon brings to real estate projects. Prior to relocating to Johannesburg from the JLL Dubai office, Simon was involved in numerous assignments, including feasibility studies, market research and market entry strategy. His work has taken him to Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana,Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Djibouti, Algeria, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia

and Egypt.

Simon first joined JLL in 2010 in the Paris Agency department. Here he developed his specialist skills in commercial real estate with involvement in more than 40 large transactions in France, representing a total of 340,000m² of office space leased and 50,000m² of office space acquired.

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