Be inspired by captains of industry at the Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit 2019

WHAT type of leaders do we need, to turn around South Africa’s economy? This is one of the questions to be unpacked by top local and national speakers at the Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit 2019.

The annual event takes place on Wednesday, May 29 at The Sun Boardwalk Convention Centre and promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring event, aimed at encouraging leaders to take up their rightful place in growing the local economy.

One of this year’s speakers at the Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit, Yusuf Abramjee, promises to captivate the audience with his speech: “Civil Society Appeals to Me”.

Abramjee has built up a solid reputation as an anti-crime activist, award-winning journalist and social cohesion advocate over the years and has for the past three years been running his own consultancy business: Yusuf Abramjee and Associates (Pty) Ltd. His passion for South Africa and making a difference in all sphere of life remains close to his heart.

“We cannot be sitting on the side-lines. It’s time we all became active citizens. Civil society has a pivotal role to play and its importance in effecting change should not be under-estimated. We must now all stand up and make a difference,” said Abramjee.

Another top speaker at the Leadership Summit is Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Schaefer, who has also served as the President of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber for the past two years.

Schaefer has held various positions across the globe in the automotive industry, before moving to South Africa in 2015 to take up his current position. He is also responsible for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region of Volkswagen and serves as President of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM).

“Leadership is key, especially in difficult times and situations. When a ship is in trouble one looks to a strong captain to coordinate the efforts into safety. With good leadership and focus this country can be the shining star on the continent,” said Schaefer.

Prof Derrick Swartz will also discuss the complexities and responsibilities local leaders face in South Africa today, as another one of the esteemed speakers of the upcoming Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit 2019.

Swartz is currently working as Advisor: Strategic Projects in Ocean Sciences at Nelson Mandela University. He previously served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare from 1999 to 2007, and Nelson Mandela University, in South Africa from 2008 to 2017. His current interests are Ocean Science and Technology innovations in enabling communities, particularly in Africa and the developing world, to cope with pressures of climate change, ocean health, population growth and inclusive economic development.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit 2019 is presented in partnership with the MIKS Foundation and the Nelson Mandela University Business School. Alumni from Nelson Mandela University qualify for a special discount for the event.

To register and for further information, visit or contact Charmaine Smith at or call 041 365 7591.