Friday, 15th June 2018

14h00    Registration

15h30    Silent Movie: The Drakensberg

16h00    Welcome and Opening by Programme Director:  Prof Nick Binedell, Gordon Institute of Business Science and KMF Initiative Steering Committee member

16h10    Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica – The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir

16h20    Remarks and acknowledgements by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe

Unveiling of the plaque, by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe, to commemorate the inaugural meeting of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation Initiative, at the Drakensberg Convention Centre.

In attendance: Mr Roger Macquet, Mr Alain Macquet, Mr Steven Macquet, Mr James Macquet, Mr Philip West, and Mrs Gugu Motlanthe.

16h40    Response by Mr Roger Macquet

16h45    Introduction of President Cyril Ramaphosa by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe

16h50    Keynote Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa

Setting the Scene and Context:

17h30    Presentation by Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana  –  The South Africa We Pray For  

17h45    Presentation by Dr Ivor Chipkin –  Betrayal of Promise  

18h00    Presentation by Mr Bonang Mohale – Role of Business and South African Institutions

18h15    Presentation by Mr Mcebisi Jonas – Impact of State Capture: We are at our most vulnerable 

PLENARY DISCUSSION:  Facilitated Discussion:  Prof Nick Binedell

19H00    DINNER

Saturday, 16th June 2018

07h00 – 08h45      Breakfast   

09h00    PanelRebuilding South Africa:   Building our Future Together

09h00        Dr Pali Lehohla:  Key Note, Former Statistician General   XX

09h30       Mr Onkogopotse JJ Tabane:   Short Provocation – Role of Media in Social Cohesion       

10h00        Ms Shaeera Kalla:  Short Provocation – Making Space for Youth Participation     

10h30        Prof Marwala, Mr Sipho Maseko, Mr Kevin Wakeford:  Short Provocation – 4th Industrial Revolution

11h00        Respondents:  Dr Iraj Abedian and Ms Sithembile Mbete

11h30    Tea

12h00    Facilitated Working Groups:

  • Land | Dr Aninka Claasens, Mr Vincent Smith   (Rapporteur)
  • Jobs | Mr Neil Coleman, Ms Phumzile  Langeni and Mr Enoch Godongwana  (Rapporteur)
  • Youth | Ms Charmain Zondi   and  Mr Khaya Sithole   (Rapporteur)
  • 4th Industrial Revolution  |  Professor Bhekisipho Twala  (Rapporteur)  and Mr Ralf   Dominick 
  • Strengthening the State |  Prof  Richard Levin, Mr Trevor Fowler and Mr Xolela Mangcu  (Rapporteur)
  • The role of the media as the 4th estate in propelling the economy of ideas and building social cohesion |  Mr Onkogopotse JJ Tabane   (Rapporteur)

13h15    Lunch

14h15    Plenary:  Report back and engagement from Working Groups

15h15:   Discussion on key issues facilitated by Prof Ben Turok and Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana

16h20:    Prof Stan Sangweni –  National Development Plan Conundrum:  An obstacle in speedy response to the President’s “Thuma Mina Call.”


  • 10 min each    
  • Prof Jeremy Ridl – Rural development at Local Level
  • Prof Paulus Zulu –  Developing a New Morality Normative
  • EU Ambassador, Dr Marcus Cornaro – International Comparative Perspective
  • Poetry – Mr Moses Seletisha

19h00:  Dinner  and  Entertainment

Sunday, 17th June 2018

07h00 –  08h45     Breakfast

09h00:   Summary of Conference discussions and challenges –  Prof William Gumede  and Roelf Meyer

  • Key themes and Issues from the conference
  • Summary of the way forward
  • Definitive Next Steps             

10h30:   Concluding remarks:  Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura

11h00:  Vote of thanks: Prof Firoz Cachalia and Former President Kgalema Motlanthe

11h30:  Speaker – on World Heritage in the Drakensberg

12h00:    Lunch and departure