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Africa Day – Cause for Enthusiasm

Andile Khumalo hosts a panel discussion with thinkers and doers who roll up their sleeves and remind us just how many reasons there are to be positive about African business.

From the man at the helm of a financial services behemoth, to the new half-a-billion-rand Africa-focused research campus, to the 100% black female-owned pan-African investment holding company making strides in everything from mining to healthcare.

  • With their recent purchase of Morocco-based Saham, South Africa's Sanlam extends its already large direct presence on the continent to 33 countries.
  • The University of Pretoria's new Future Africa campus will be the place where Africa's leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines will come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.
  • Shingai, of Shona origin, means "to be courageous". The Shingai Group's vision is to build a leading, diversified investment holding company across various sectors resulting in genuine transformation and job creation.


Andile Khumalo is a fellow of the GIBS Centre for African Management and Markets (CAMM). He is a Chartered Accountant with a rich career ranging from corporate finance to live media; from membership of the FSB's Directorate of Market Abuse to recently founding I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR, a national summit designed to help entrepreneurs become better leaders. Khumalo is the CEO of The Brodkast Group and contributes regularly to the Sunday Times newspaper.

Junior Ngulube has 28 years' experience in insurance and reinsurance in Africa. Appointed CEO of Sanlam Emerging Markets in 2016, he oversees operations across the continent as well as in Malaysia and India. Under Ngulube's stewardship Sanlam completed the acquisition of Morocco-based insurer Saham for over $1billion, forming the largest insurer on the continent.  

Professor Tawana Kupe took the reins as vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Pretoria in November 2018, joining from the Wits Faculty of Humanities where he was executive dean. Having studied English at the University of Zimbabwe, Prof. Kupe earned his DPhil in Media Studies from the University of Oslo in Norway. His arrival at UP coincides with the unveiling of the Future Africa research institute, a purpose-built campus to promote transdisciplinary research that places science, technology and innovation at the centre of Africa's development

Philisiwe Sibiya is the founding chair and CEO of Shingai Group. She brings nearly 20 years of management experience in a variety of African contexts, including time as CFO for MTN South Africa and later CEO for MTN Cameroon – the first female appointed to a CEO position in the telecoms group. Sibiya is non-executive board member of the JSE-listed company AECI Limited and lists among her accolades inclusion in The Africa Report's 'Top 50 Star Dealmakers 2017' and the Global Telecoms Business 'Top 50 Women to Watch for in 2017'.

Additional Info

Registration and Breakfast: 08:00 - 08:30

Starts: 08:30

Ends: 09:45

​Please note that forums are filmed for City Press and BDTV. Want to attend but can't afford to? Email for one of the limited free seats available.

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