African Renaissance Conference  24- 26 May 2018



African Renaissance Conference


African Renaissance Conference 2014

African Renaissance Festival

 26 May 2014. Last night, the festive Africa Day Concert at the Durban ICC concluded a highly successful weeklong celebration of Africa.    The Festival said Dr Sbu Ndebele, Chair of the African Renaissance, “is an exciting, and worthwhile, opportunity to celebrate Africa’s progress and the renewal of our continent.” Now in its 16 th year the African Renaissance Festival celebrates Africa’s progress through a number of high profile events.  

Delegates at the well attended African Renaissance Youth Conference were inspired and motivated by a range of outstanding speakers including Vuyisa Qabaka, Eleanor Potter, Dawn Dunn and Cedric Mkhize.   A common theme running through the day was the request to the youth to find their passion, be true to themselves and live life purposefully. Prof Ngubane, Vice Chairperson and Organising Committee Chair for the African Renaissance, emphasized that this was an opportunity for the youth to network, to learn from others successes and to build their own futures. 

The African Renaissance Conference, held over two days, brought together experts and senior representatives of governments and the private sector. The theme of this year’s high profile event was “Africa in Motion” which focused on developments, strategies and challenges in the maritime, aviation, tourism, media and communication sectors as well as doing business in Africa.   Insights into these sectors in South Africa and further afield were provided by speakers such as Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, CEO:  SA Maritime Safety Authority; Phil Molefe, CEO: Africa Media Institute; Saxen van Coller, CEO: Dube TradePort; Fouad Caunhye, Regional Manager: Southern Africa, Emirates; and Vivian Reddy, Edison Power.  

A constant message by the speakers was that progress means that excellent opportunities exist for entrepreneurs, investors and business people, which should not be ignored. As stated by Chris Magagula, MD Bulk Africa Terminal, action is required. He said “Opportunity exists, the environment exists. If you don’t drive the process, no one will. However, Dr Sbu Ndebele, emphasized that, “this motion of progress in Africa can only be accelerated, and sustained, under conditions of peace, democracy and development.”  

Key note speaker at the banquet dinner, Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota South Africa stated that Africa is a continent of opportunity and diversity. It is important that we as Team South Africa all work together in the same direction for the improvement of society. South Africa is a “can do” nation and we need to develop respect for people, property and life.