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Leadership is Key, says Old Mutual

9 Feb  2004

Speaking on the eve of the Old Mutual South African Leadership Awards, which will be handed out at the Sandton Convention Centre tomorrow night (Saturday 28 August) , Mthembu said it was time for the country to recognise the key role of leaders in economic transformation.

The annual awards are the flagship project of the Institute of Leadership and are dedicated to human excellence across a broad range of sectors. Sponsored by Old Mutual, they are a celebration of the country’s most innovative and influential leaders who have contributed significantly to the development of democracy and community development.

Mthembu said: “Leadership is about empowerment. It is about making South Africa the best that it can be - of ensuring that the political miracle that we achieved a decade ago is followed by an economic miracle.”

He said leaders were people with a strong value system who had earned the respect of people in an organisation. He said leaders were capable of “inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things”.

The process of identifying the leaders included a public call for nominations, expert assessments and a selection panel. The award-winners for the ceremony, held on a national basis for the first time this year, are:

Life Time Achievement: Dr Nelson Mandela Business: Mr Patrice Motsepe has led the charge to transform South African boardrooms. He created a R20-billion gold mining giant through the merger of his ARMGold company with Harmony Gold and has been a key figure in many Black Economic Empowerment deals. Media: Mr Tim Modise, an outspoken icon of television, radio and print in South Africa. Education: Professor Malegapuru Makgoba , the interim vice-chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal for his independent mind and his dedication to transforming tertiary education.
Public Service: Mrs Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka recognised for her work in the entry of women into the minerals and energy field which has been the domain of men until recently and Dr Kader Asmal known for his work in the ministries of water and forestry as well as education.
IT and Innovation: Mr Mark Shuttleworth, who sold his company, Thawte Consulting, at the top of the market, enabling him to become the first Afronaut and launch his international company, TBG, as well as inspiring a new generation of science boffins with his Hip2B2 initiative.
Humanitarian work: Dr Mercy Makhalemele who is known for her leadership in HIV Education, Tsa-Botsogo Community Organisation as well as serving on the LoveLife Advisory Board. Sport: Mr Danny Jordaan and Dr Irvin Khoza for bringing the World Cup 2010 to South Africa. Women: Ms Patricia De Lille, outspoken parliamentarian who is also known for her outspokenness on sensitive issues such as corruption, HIV/AIDS, women and child abuse, children in prison, xenophobia and poverty.
Youth: CEO of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund, Mr Malose Kekana, who has been responsible for developing young entrepreneurs across the country.
Traditional leadership: CONTRALESA for their work in ensuring that traditional leaders have a voice in debates at a national level.

Patrons of the South African Leadership Awards include Mr Lot Ndlovu (Vice Chairman - Nedcor Limited), Mrs Wawa Damane (Chief Director - Enterprise Development in the Department of Trade and Industry), Professor Herbert Vilakazi (Deputy Chairperson of the IEC), Ms Lindie Niklaas (Legal Advisor at PBMR (Pty) Ltd) and Dr Ihron Rensburg (Director: Corporate and Regulatory Affairs - SABC).


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