African Renaissance Conference  24- 26 May 2018




    Dr Johan van Zyl joined Toyota South Africa in 1993, as Director: Vehicles Sales and Dealer Network, after earning a Doctorate in Business Economics from the University of Potchefstroom, where
    he subsequently worked as Professor at the Post-Graduate Business Management School until joining Toyota. Dr Van Zyl was appointed Group Marketing Director in March 1995, and was promoted
    to Managing Director: Vehicle Marketing in 1996. He took up the post of Managing Director: Toyota (SA) Marketing, a year later. In January 2002, he was promoted to the position of President and Chief
    Operating Officer and became President and CEO of Toyota SA Motors in August 2002. In June 2009 Dr Van Zyl was appointed to the position of Managing Officer (TMC) responsible for Africa. In April 2011 Dr
    Van Zyl was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Officer: Middle East, Africa and Latin American operations group. In April 2013, Dr Van Zyl was appointed as the CEO of the Africa Region.
    He has travelled extensively to Japan, Europe and the United States in connection with business negotiations and extending his knowledge and skills in the automotive industry. Dr Van Zyl
    was elected as President of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) from 2005 – 2008. Dr Van Zyl is currently the President of NAAMSA. Sports in general, particularly rugby and motor sport, are among his major recreational interests.


     Dr Van Zyl also plays squash and is a keen runner, having excelled in athletics during his school and university careers. His interest in motoring matters extends to restoring classic cars. He was born in Springs, in 1958, but now lives in Pretoria with his wife, Santie, and two daughters, Nadia and Karla. Dr Van Zyl has a passion for education and serves on the Council for the North West University, the Advisory Boards of the University of Stellenbosch Business School and the Economics Faculty of Pretoria University.

    ▶▶ Guest Speakers at Past African
    Renaissance Banquets

    • 2000 

    Mr Jacob Zuma (Deputy President of South Africa)
    Mr Peter Cox (Chairman, Sasol)

    • 2001

    Mr Thabo Mbeki (President of South Africa)

    • 2002

    Mr Sydney Mufamadi (Minister of
    Provincial and Local Government)

    • 2003

    Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (Foreign
    Affairs Minister)

    • 2004

    Mr George Shinholster (US Guest)
    Mr Thomas Naidoo (Provincial Director, Standard Bank Group KZN)

    • 2005

    Mr Mfundo Nkhulu (Managing Director, Nedbank Corporate)
    Mr Glen Jackson (Director, Standard Bank)

    • 2006

    Mr Sbu Ndebele (Premier of KwaZulu-Natal)

    • 2007

    Mr Jeff Radebe (National Minister of Transport)

    • 2008

    Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba ( Director General, Department of Foreign Affairs)

    • 2009

    Mr Sbu Ndebele (Chair African Renaissance)

    • 2010

    Banquet not held due to 2010 World Cup events

    • 2011

    Mr Nhlanhla Nene (Deputy Minister of Finance)

    • 2012

    Dr Christo Wiese (Chairman, Pepkor Group)

    • 2013

    Mr Stephen Saad (Group CEO, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd)