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RALPH MATHEKGA

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.

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KARIMA BROWN

Karima is a highly regarded journalist with a lengthy list of credentials including Political Editor at Business Day; Group Executive Editor at the Independent Group; She launched Forbes Women Africa magazine and has hosted Political Exchange and Beyond Markets on CNBC Africa. In addition to her media work, Karima is a sought after facilitator and commentator for corporates and other organizations trying to make sense of the big issues facing the country.

She is the host of the ‘Karima Brown Show’ on 702 Talk Radio, which is on Mondays to Thursdays between 8 pm and 10 pm. This is a hard-hitting politics show which brings big names and newsmakers into the discussion. Karima holds politicians to account and helps audiences to make sense of the issues of the day.

She is also the host of ‘The Fix’ on eNCA, a hard-hitting current affairs show which sees her and her panel of guests crunch major news events, examine the big issues and debate the way forward.

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TONY LEON

In 1974 at the age of 18, he became an organizer for the Progressive Party, one of the two opposition parties represented in parliament at the time. After this, he qualified as an attorney at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he was President of the Law Students’ Council and Vice-President of the Students’ Representative Council, and became a lecturer in the Law Department in 1986. He has accredited Harry Schwarz and Helen Suzman as his biggest inspirations.[3] In the same year, he was elected to the Johannesburg City Council for Yeoville. When the results for the election were released, it was announced that the NP candidate Sam Bloomberg had won. However Harry Schwarz, his political mentor, uncovered that this was untrue, and Leon was declared the winner. He became the leader of the opposition in the city council.[4]

In 1989 he was elected to Parliament for the Houghton constituency, representing the Progressive Party’s successor, the Democratic Party.

From 1990 to 1994 he chaired the DP’s Bill of Rights Commission, and as such was an advisor to the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and a delegate to the multi-party negotiations that led to the end of apartheid and the establishment of a non-racial democracy in 1994.

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JUSTICE MALALA

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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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