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Pieter Geldenhuys and Frik Landman

Beyond 2030: The fascinating trends hidden in the tapestry of our future

Some believe that you need to be ready to react to the trends that will change our future, others believe their actions will help create a better a future. Whatever your inclination, you cannot afford to miss this exhilarating roller coaster ride into the future.



Dr Morne Moster and Frik Landman:
How to investigate the future – a thinking perspective for senior leaders.



Annamarie van der merwe and Carolynn Chalmers : Introduction to ISO 37000 - Governance of Organizations.

The International Organization for Standardization has published the first-ever international benchmark for good governance with unanimous approval. The International Standard, ISO 37000, provides guidance for the governance of organizations and a common language for all sizes and types of organizations across jurisdictions.



Frik Landman, Mohamed Adam, Kenneth Underhill and Harry Pretorius - 
Vaccine Policies: an international comparative view from a governance perspective. 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, governments globally have unified their efforts towards developing, testing, and approving a vaccine to stabilise the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

A number of governments have taken the approach to implement mandatory vaccinations. In South Africa, the Department of Education and Labour published the Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Workplaces on 11 June 2021, setting out a number of risk-based steps to be adopted by employers should they consider adopting a mandatory vaccine policy for employees.



Catherine Maxwell, Annamarie Van der Merwe and Ronelle Kleyn - 
Governance through a crisis: Applying the Australian findings and recommendations in a South African context.

"When you repeat a mistake it is not a mistake anymore it is a decision" Paolo Coelho

Disruption to business seems to be a fact of life, especially in South Africa.  Learning from the research conducted by the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and assessing how South African Directors and Company Secretaries can learn from this was the topic of discussion.


Darren Graham, Anisha Patel and Rashida Obaray -
Leading sustainable organisations through crisis and into the future.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is causing untold global human suffering while leaving an indelible impact on business sectors. The unprecedented strain on businesses, has forced many to close, downsize or rethink current and future sustainability. Many are in the process of reengineering their business models and strategies; but are leaders doing enough?

After 18 months, what insights have global business leaders gained? How do leaders protect their employees and their bottom lines through the crisis but also move from surviving to thriving when economies will still be reeling?


Quinton (PAt) pattinson - 


Pat Pattinson has spent the last 16 years assisting corporate clients with the implementation of Turnaround Strategies and Business Rescues.

Pat assisted more than 200 clients with informal turnarounds in various industries and locations throughout South Africa, and since his first appointment as a business rescue practitioner in 2011, Pat has been appointed to more than 60 formal business rescues, and he has achieved an outstanding success rate of more than 95% on all the business rescue plans published to date.


Professor Jean du Plessis -


Jean is currently a Professor of Law in Deakin Law School as well as an Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape. He studied in South Africa and obtained his Doctorate in Law (LLD) in 1991. From 2004 to 2008 Jean was involved in the South African Corporate Law Reform Program as part of a small international reference group that assisted the dtic with the new South African Companies Act of 2008. Here is what Prof Jean had to say about worker participation in the boardrooms.

Jacques De Bie - 
stakeholder activism... where are we heading?

Jacques currently heads up the Outsource Division at Singular Systems, including Investor Relations, Register Analytics, Share Trust Administration/Transfer Secretarial. He is a shareholder and member of Singular’s executive leadership team. Here is what Jacques had to say about stakeholder activism. 

Dr Victor Prozesky -
Strategic CEO Succession and the role of the board

Victor is a Partner and Founder of The Board Practice, a company that focuses on Board, Chairman and Director effectiveness in all areas of board operations internationally, with a presence in South Africa, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece and Singapore. Here is what Dr Victor had to say regarding strategic CEO succession and the role of the board.


Professor Owen Skae -
King IV TM- guilty or not? Consider your verdict!

Associate Professor Owen Skae, Director of Rhodes Business School and author of a recent article that attempted to set the record straight as far as the law and governance is concerned.



Lebogang Stroom-Nzama, Siwe Lindelo Snail ka Mtuze and, Ntsumbedzeni Nemasisi - 


With the POPI Act being in affect as of 1 July 2021 it is extremely important that boards recognise the impact that this act can have on a organisation. Join us in listening to what the regulators expect from boards.



Professor William Gumede - 
The unique challenges faced by boards of SOE's

It is common knowledge that many of the challenges experienced in boardrooms today are not unique to the private sector or the public sector. Both sectors often suffer as a result of conflicts of interests, agendas that are not aligned, interfering shareholders, dominant nominee directors and so forth and so forth. Here is what Prof Gumede had to say about the challenges that SOE's are facing.



Pieter van Vuuren - 

Ego vs EQ in the Boardroom


When identifying potential candidates for board and leadership positions, elements such as experience, qualifications and the need for diversity often drive the selection process.  Are we perhaps missing something? Is there a "human factor" that needs serious attention and if so, what is this factor, what should we look for and what should we avoid and how do we assess this? We explored this more in - depth with Peter van Vuuren a Political Scientist and Clinical Psychologists, and a Director at Solstice Global Human Capital Solutions,  a veteran in the area of leadership, emotional intelligence and change management, to name a few.  The "new norm" may also need a fresh approach to who will be in the boardroom of the future - let's be prepared!



Professor Basie von Solms - 

The role of the board in IT governance and cyber security 

Prof SH (Basie) von Solms is a Research Professor in the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is presently the Director of the Centre for Cyber Security at the University of Johannesburg as well as an Associate Director of the Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre of the University of Oxford in the UK. In 2018 he was appointed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a member of the WEF’s Global Futures Council for Cyber Security.

Here is what professor von Solms had to say regarding the role of the board in IT governance and cyber security:



Dr Sabine Dembkowski - 

What matters to boards now: A European perspective 


Dr Sabine Dembkowski is Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards. Better Boards makes the boards of the most ambitious organisations more effective. Sabine has developed an evidence-based approach to board evaluations that has proven to generate measurable results and earned the praise of FTSE-Chairmen. Here is what Dr Sabine believes matters to boards:



Geoff Rothschild and Teresita van Gaalen -

Building blocks of a well functioning board (also in time of crisis) 


Join us on Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 12h30 as we unpack some of the crucial factors and considerations in corporate South Africa with two seasoned board members who, between them, have more than 60 years’ experience in the boardrooms of various organisations in this country.



Janine Hills Webinar - 

Your reputation is your biggest asset 

Join us in listening to the wisdom of a seasoned, well-known and well-respected expert in the field of reputational management, Janine Hills.  15 years after founding Vuma Reputation Management in 2005, Janine, one of South Africa's foremost reputation management experts, said her last goodbye to Vuma to establish a new venture, Janine Hills Authentic Leadership. Her passion for integrity and trust in business relationships is the foundation upon which she launched Vuma Reputation Management in 2005.

Janine believes in being consistent, sincere, responsible, reliable, committed, clear and steady — and maintaining effective communication with all stakeholders at all levels, in good times and bad.  Her knowledge, skills and intricate understanding of reputation management across various sectors has brought her more than a dozen awards, nominations and honours over the past decade. 



Arnold SMit Webinar - 

NURTURING personal resilience in tough times


Arnold Smit is an associate professor of Business in Society at Stellenbosch Business School and Director of WisePraxis (Pty) Ltd. He facilitates dialogue and learning in the areas of values-driven leadership, corporate responsibility and director developments.  

Here is what Professor Arnold had to say about nurturing personal resilience in tough times: 



Mervyn King Webinar -



As the past chair of the King Committee on Corporate Governance, Prof Mervyn King of the Wits Business School needs no introduction.  He is an internationally acclaimed and recognised corporate governance guru who has held chairmanships of numerous corporate governance organisations, both in South Africa and across the globe.  With many years of relevant experience, there is no better person to talk to us today on how to fulfill our roles as ethical and effective leaders during this time of unprecedented crisis.  

With the global COVID-19 crisis locking down most of the world, it is time for leaders to stand up and join forces for a better tomorrow.




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