16 & 17 May 2017
The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg

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About the conference

This event – with renowned local and international thought leaders ‒ explored solutions to South Africa’s socioeconomic challenges. It has been renamed The Trialogue Business in Society Conference in celebration of its ten-year milestone and in recognition of the broad and integral corporate role in development.  Join fellow stakeholders in development, from companies, non-profit organisations, government, academia and media, to share insights, case studies and lessons for effective socio-economic development.

The programme included 60 expert contributors. Keynote speaker, Mrs Graça Machel, spoke on the role of women in the socioeconomic transformation of Africa.

Topics included:

  • National and global trends in corporate philanthropy
  • Social licence to operate
  • Communicating CSI
  • Funding social justice
  • Managing and meeting community expectations
  • ICT for development and ICT in education
  • Data for development
  • Leveraging digital platforms for relationship building and fundraising
  • Enterprise development
  • Social enterprising
  • Fundraising tips from corporate donors

Conference speakers

Aaron Nkosi

Director for Curriculum and Teacher Development Research, Department of Basic Education

Dr Nkosi is the Director for Curriculum and Teacher Development Research at the Department of Basic Education.

Adebayo Fayoyin

Regional Advocacy, Media and Communications Adviser, United Nations Population Fund, East and Southern Africa region

Adebayo is Regional Advocacy, Media and Communications Adviser at the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA East and Southern Africa region.

Allon Raiz

Founder and CEO, Raizcorp

Allon is the founder and CEO of Raizcorp, the only profitable business incubator in Africa, supporting more than 500 businesses.

Andy Hadfield

CEO, forgood

Andy is the CEO of forgood – a social impact startup that connects people to causes.

Angie Maloka

Senior Manager, MTN SA Foundation

Angie has worked in development, in the public, non-profit and corporate sectors, for more than 20 years.

Antoinia Norman

CEO, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship

Antoinia has leadership and management expertise, and has held executive roles in corporate South Africa and abroad.

Arie Bouwer

CEO, Education with Enterprise Trust

Arie is the CEO of EWET (Education with Enterprise Trust). The organisation addresses the youth unemployment crisis through in-school entrepreneurship education.

Baldwin Ngubane

Chairman, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd

Dr Ngubane, the former Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, and ambassador to Japan, has vast experience in the local and international health sector.

Beth Richardson

Executive Director, Executive Director, B Lab South Africa

Beth is the executive director of B Lab South Africa. B Lab SA’s mission is to serve a movement of people using business as a force for good in South Africa.

Bongiwe Mlangeni

CEO, Social Justice Initiative

Bongiwe is the chief executive officer of the Social Justice Initiative (SJI), a NPO that raises the profile and facilitates funding for social justice organisations.

Cathy Duff

Director, Trialogue

Cathy’s experience includes nine years of research and advisory work in the philanthropic and sustainability sectors and five years in strategy consulting with Braxton Associates/Deloitte Consulting.

Celine Morolong

South Africa Partnerships Consultant, GlobalGiving

Celine is GlobalGiving’s South Africa Partnerships Consultant. She supports existing partners and helps to expand the organisation’s global footprint.

Chris Bornman

Eskom Development Foundation NPC, Project Manager, Marketing and Communication

Chris holds a BA (Hons.) degree and an MDP from Unisa. Prior to joining Eskom in 1984, Chris taught for three years. He started the CSI department in Eskom in 1989; where he has been ever since.

Chris Ross

Managing Executive: Products and Services, Vodacom

Chris has been with Vodacom for 22 years and sits on the board of a number of the company’s subsidiaries.

Colin Habberton

Managing Director, Relativ Group

Colin is the Founder and Managing Director of the Relativ Group, a resource mobilisation firm focused on the creation and allocation of financial, relational and intellectual capital for businesses.

Daniel Hatfield

Managing Director, Edge Growth

Dan started his career at Accenture, where he focused on developing tools to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

Dugan Fraser

Programme Director, RAITH Foundation

Dugan studied sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand and worked in government, as a technical adviser in strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation.

Duncan Luke

Founder, The Social Collective

Duncan founded The Social Collective. The company was acknowledged at The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos.

Ezekiel Madigoe

Owner, Mamapo Chemicals

Ezekiel is an industrialist and graduate of the Eskom Contractor Academy. As an undergraduate student, he started multiple businesses, a spaza shop, an IT and a poultry business.

Ferial Haffajee

Editor-at-large, The Huffington Post South Africa

Ferial is the editor-at-large of The Huffington Post South Africa. She was previously editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and later of City Press.

Gabrielle Habberton

Impact Assessment Advisory Manager, Greater Impact

Gabrielle, Impact Assessment Advisory Manager at Greater Impact, is passionate about supporting positive change towards a more equitable and sustainable world.

Gavin Weale

Founder and Managing Director, Livity Africa

Gavin is a social entrepreneur and the founder and Managing Director of Livity Africa.

Governor Daliwonga Duma

Head of Sustainability, Northam Platinum

Dali is the Head of Sustainability at Northam Platinum. Prior to this, Dali held various positions at Impala Platinum Holdings Limited.

Graça Machel

Founder, Graça Machel Trust

Mrs Machel is an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights. She was a freedom fighter and the first Education Minister of Mozambique.

Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu

Deputy Minister, Department of Social Development

Hon. Ms Bogopane-Zulu has served as a Member of Parliament for four terms, as Deputy Minister for Public Works, Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities and Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development .

Imvula’s Maharishi Choir

Maharishi Institute, Supported by Imvula Education Empowerment Fund

Imvula’s Maharishi Institute Choir is made up of brilliant young students from marginalised backgrounds who are studying towards a four-year degree in Business Administration at the Maharishi Institute

Jeanne du Plessis

Brand Communications Manager, Procter & Gamble

Jeanne is an experienced communications professional who has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA in the corporate, non-profit, small business, and academic sectors.

Jessica Rees-Jones

Executive Director, Inyathelo

Jessica has over 10 years of experience in non-profit management, fundraising and development, which includes working as a specialist consultant to the Graça Machel Trust and Cennergi and is the executive director of Inyathelo.

Jo Nel

CEO, Edupark

Jo is Associate Professor at the University of Limpopo, and is seconded as CEO of Edupark, a non-profit venture established for the service of the local communities.

Kedibone Molopyane

Senior Communications Manager, Nedbank

Kedi worked in the media industry for 16 years, at Bop-Broadcasting Corporation, ETV and the SABC.

Keri-Leigh MacDonald

Executive Director, Nation Builder Trust

Keri-Leigh is the Executive Director of the Nation Builder Trust, which forms part of the Mergon group.

Kerryn Krige

Senior Programme Manager, The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)

Kerryn heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at GIBS. Her portfolio includes oversight of the country’s first national study of social enterprises.

Marcha Bekker

Head of Business Development, Praekelt.org

Marcha Bekker has spent her entire career working in the development sector. She started out at grassroots non-profit organisations, working with orphans and vulnerable children.

Mark Heywood

Executive Director, SECTION27

Mark is the Executive Director of SECTION27, which incorporated the AIDS Law Project (ALP) in 2010.

Mark Tulay

Director, Strategic Investor Initiative, CECP

Mark is Director of Strategic Investor Initiative at CECP, addressing short-term market constraints that inhibit corporate strategies and investments to build resilient businesses and sustained long-term value.

Mbongiseni Buthelezi

Research Manager, Public Affairs Research Institute

Mbongiseni holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where he also obtained an MPhil in English and Comparative Literature.

Millicent Maroga

Head of Foundation, Old Mutual Foundation

Millicent is the Head of the Old Mutual Foundation, where she and her team are responsible for ensuring that Old Mutual meaningfully contributes to the development of South Africa.

Mthobeli Tengimfene

Executive Head, Vodacom Foundation

As executive head at the Vodacom Foundation, Mthobeli Tengimfene is responsible for the Mobile Education Programme.

Nathi Kunene

Corporate Social Investment Senior Manager, Telkom

Nathi is Corporate Social Investment Senior Manager at Telkom, responsible for operations of the Telkom Foundation.

Nelly Mofokeng

Managing director, Junior Achievement South Africa

Nelly is the managing director of Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA), a NPO that provides essential entrepreneurial and financial literacy programmes to young people of all ages.

Nick Rockey

Managing Director, Trialogue

Nick is the Managing Director of Trialogue. He has over 20 years of consulting and research experience across many market and industry sectors.

Nozipho January-Bardill

Chairperson, Social, Ethics and Sustainability Committee and Advisory Committee, UN Global Compact Network SA

Ambassador January-Bardill has extensive experience in the public and private sectors.

Rabia Awasi

Mobile Education Programme Manager, Vodacom Foundation

Rabin is the Programme Manager for Mobile Education at Vodacom Foundation. She has worked in CSI for more than nine years and is passionate about education and youth development.

S’onqoba Maseko

COO, Sifiso Learning Group

S’onqoba heads up Special Projects and Operations for the Sifiso Learning Group. She worked as an Actuarial Analyst on the FNB Graduate Programme.

Shani Kay

Executive Producer and Managing Director, Regency Foundation Networx

Shani is an experienced development and communications specialist working with global clients to produce and amplify content that is relevant, compelling and inspiring.

Sibongiseni Malakoane

Executive Manager of the Zenzele Development Programme, WDB Trust

Sibongiseni joined WDB Trust in 2014. The organisation promotes socio-economic development, advancement and empowerment of South African women.

Siya Ralawe

SME Growth Support Associate, Edge Growth

Siya is a SME Growth Support Associate at Edge Growth. He provides support to small and medium-sized enterprises in Edge’s Enterprise and Supplier Development programmes.

Steph Prinsloo

Programme Manager, Eskom Development Foundation

Steph has been with Eskom for 30 years and has worked mainly in the project management environment.

Steven Zwane

Founder and Managing Director, Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development

Steven founded Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (YLED) in 2004.

Taddy Blecher

CEO, Maharishi Institute/Community and Individual Development Association (CIDA)

Taddy Blecher is the CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association (CIDA), which founded the Maharishi Institute (MI).

Thabang Chiloane

Executive Head, Nedbank Group Public Affairs

Thabang is Executive Head for Nedbank’s Group Public Affairs. He manages stakeholder relationships, specifically in the public sector space.

Thabang Skwambane

Managing Director, FCB Joburg

Thabang is the Managing Director of FCB Joburg, the flagship agency within the FCB Africa group. He is a well-known social entrepreneur and businessman.

Thabisa Mkhwanazi

Corporate Affairs Director, KFC Africa

Thabisa began her career at Unilever in 2005, where she managed big brands such as Shield, Axe, Dove and Organics.

Thato Kgatlhanye

Founder, Rethaka Repurpose Schoolbags

Thato started her career in New York, working with American marketing guru and author, Seth Godin.

Thembisile Sithole

Owner, G&T Autobody

Thembi is co-owner of G&T Autobody. The company’s name derives from the names of the co-owners – Gavin and Thembi.

Vusi Khoza

Non-executive Director, Trialogue

Vusi is an independent business consultant with specialist interest in stakeholder relations and issues management.

Vuyani Jarana

Chief Officer: Enterprise Business Unit, Vodacom

Vuyani is Chief Officer of Vodacom Business. He is responsible for driving business growth in markets where Vodacom has a presence.

Trialogue Donors’ Den 2017

This interactive session has been adapted from the internationally acclaimed Dragons’ Den television series. Following a national call for applications, the three non-profit organisations profiled below were selected to pitch a project to a panel of corporate donors and received detailed feedback, empowering them with expert advice about how to hone their pitching and fundraising skills.

Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa (APEA) works with communities to create systemic support for the healthy development of children. APEA is based in the Eastern Cape and has also initiated projects in KwaZulu-Natal and Gaborone, Botswana. The organisation works with parents, caregivers, teachers, community members and the whole ecology of the child, to create nurturing and enabling environments in which they can grow. Activities include parenting study circles (known as ‘iziko’), including fatherhood and vulnerable parents’ programmes. APEA runs a preschool in Mthatha and supports other preschools in the area.

APEA pitched its Iziko Centre at Nelson Mandela Park in Mthatha West. The aim of this centre is to foster positive child-parent relationships and provide play-based interventions to enhance the healthy development of children in this disadvantaged community.


Community Action Partnership (CAP), based in Swellendam in the Western Cape, has a vision for the rural community in which it works to shift from surviving to thriving – in their heads and with their hands. The organisation was started in September 2011, with job-readiness programmes for out-of-school youth. APEA has since grown to include CAPability workshops for disabled people; CAP daycare for disabled people; CAP Ithemba school-based interventions which operate at seven farm schools, providing academic support and preventing school dropouts, and CAPequip, which readies youth for the workplace.

CAP pitched the upgrade of its CAPability programme workshop facilities – at which it provides manufacturing services for Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts, Rain, and other small companies – to increase production and adhere to safety standards.


Hlumelelisa was established in 2003, in response to the increasing levels of crime in South Africa. The organisation works to rehabilitate criminal offenders through SETA-accredited horticultural training, by using an inmate’s sentence period to develop scarce skills, increase their employability and inspire them to adopt a more productive lifestyle. The need to heal underpins the organisation’s principles and is reflected in its name – a Nguni word for ‘a new spirit’. Produce is donated to community centres, supporting the principles of community development and restorative justice.

Hlumelelisa’s pitch focused on one of its eight training sites, where the organisation is currently working with incarcerated men, women and juveniles.