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Ralph is a leading political analyst and holds a Masters in Political Science from Wits University. He has also taught politics at the University of Western Cape. He is currently studying towards his PhD in Political Science with the New School for Social Research. Ralph worked as a Political Researcher with the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), has been a part of the team that drafted South Africa‘s Self Assessment Report as part of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), has worked at Economic Development Growth and Equity (EDGE). He has also worked as the senior policy analyst at National Treasury in the Budget Office. While at Treasury, Ralph was instrumental in drafting and developing Budget formats to ensure efficiency, value for money and proper reporting systems.

He has developed some of the conceptual work on participatory democracy in South Africa and continues to work on the subject. Ralph continues to share his insights and comments on radio, television and South African newspapers.




Justice Malala is an award-winning journalist, television host, political commentator, and newspaper columnist.

Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine, a monthly column for Destiny Man magazine and columns for The Guardian newspaper in London. He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews

 Channel Africa. He also presents a weekly political talk show, The Justice Factor on eNCA, on Mondays at 9.30pm.

Malala’s work has been published internationally in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age, The Observer, and the Toronto Globe and Mail. He has also contributed to BBC Online, CNN Online, and Deutsche Welle.

He has given talks and rendered political advisory to international and local institutions such as JP Morgan, Liberty, Standard Chartered, Old Mutual, Investec, Edcon, Nedbank and many others.

Malala is a judge on the country’s most prestigious investigative journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism. He was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Award for Courageous Journalism in 1997. He was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of the eight most fascinating Africans of 2012 along with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Malawian president Joyce Banda.

Between 2007 and September 2011 Malala was general manager of the Avusa Media (now Times Media Group) stable of 44 magazines and, following that, general manager of the Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers.

Malala was founding editor of ThisDay, the quality, upmarket South African daily newspaper which was launched on October 7, 2003, and folded a year later. Malala was an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series.

Malala was the London Correspondent of the Sunday Times (South Africa) from 1999 to 2001. He was the newspaper’s New York correspondent from 2001 to December 2002. His collection of satirical Financial Mail columns, Let Them Eat Cake, is available at all good bookshops.

Bruce Whitfield

Bruce whitfield is an award winning financial journalist. You may have heard him on the 702  Talk Radio, The Money Show, which airs every weeknight, where Bruce discusses trends and insights on all things money-related. Bruce is a sought-after public speaker, MC and conference facilitator. He also writes for the Sunday Times, in the Business Times sector.

He’ll be at the State of the Nation Breakfast in October and this gives you the opportunity to get his expert advice and insights into the current and future status of the financial market. With this exclusive information you’ll be able to plan & budget your finances more effectively and ensure you’re prepared for where ever the South African finance market is heading. You can predict any changes to the economy and get a market analysis you can trust.

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