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USB Leader’s Angle: Keep [y]our rights alive

Private Sector 2.0: Human Rights and the Future of Business

  Leader’s Angle     26 March 2019       Sandton

Do we have the optimal private sector for best protecting and promoting fundamental human rights in South Africa? Join us during Human Rights Month at the USB Leader’s Angle in Sandton, Johannesburg on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 where former Public Protector Prof Thuli Madonsela will explore how business can make changes within itself to accelerate the promise of human rights in our Constitution.

A panel discussion will follow after her talk, where she will be joined by critical thinker Christopher Rutledge and former CEO of AngloGold Ashanti Bobby Godsell. Prof Brian Ganson, head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, will be the facilitator.




Join the conversation online. Follow us at @USBStellenbosch and use the hashtag #USBLeadersAngle #HumanRights

More about the speaker

Thulisile Nomkhosi “Thuli” Madonsela was born in Soweto and obtained the degrees BA (Law) and LLB from the universities of Swaziland and the Witwatersrand, respectively. After teaching at secondary schools for a number of years, she served in various positions in the trade union movement in the mid to late 1980s. In the 1990s she moved to higher education and worked at the University of the Witwatersrand in applied legal studies. She served as technical expert in the drafting of the Constitution before working in the Department of Justice, inter alia as Chief Director Transformation and Equity. She served as a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission from 2007 to 2009. In 2009 she was appointed as South Africa’s third Public Protector, her term ending on 14 October 2016.

Adv Madonsela holds honorary doctorates in law from the universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Fort Hare and Rhodes University. She has also been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards such as the Law Society of South Africa’s inaugural Truth and Justice Award; the German Africa Foundation’s annual prize; Transparency International’s prestigious Integrity Award in 2014; and, also in 2014, she was listed as one of TIME Magazine‘s top 100 most influential people in the world.

Follow her on Twitter: @ThuliMadonsela3

More about the panellists

Christopher Rutledge is a critical thinker with a keen interest in Politics, Economics and Philosophy. He is currently employed as the Natural Resources Manager for ActionAid South Africa and develops and advises on, policy analysis, research, advocacy and campaigns work with specific focus on Natural Resources and Development in Africa while supporting and coordinating ActionAid International’s Africa Extractives Working Group on the African continent.

Follow him on Twitter: @partofnopart

Robert Michael “Bobby” Godsell is a retired South African businessman and the former CEO of South African gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti, a position he held from 1998 to 2007. He was the Non-Executive Chairman of Eskom from 2008 to 2009 and was appointed to the National Planning Commission of South Africa by former South African President Jacob Zuma in April 2010.

Follow him on Twitter: @BobbyGodsell


More about the facilitator

Brian Ganson is Head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. He also holds appointments as Senior Fellow with the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises of The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Research Associate with the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, The Graduate Institute Geneva; and Extraordinary Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He first qualified as a family mediator at age 20, and later worked in formal mediation as a practitioner, trainer, and clinical supervisor with the Harvard Mediation Program. He has worked with companies, governments and development actors to develop multi-stakeholder processes and systems for dispute resolution at the local, national and international levels. Relevant publications include the book, Business and Conflict in Fragile States: The Case for Pragmatic Solutions (2016); Business in Fragile Environments: Capabilities for Conflict Prevention (2014); and Management in Complex Environments: Questions for Leaders (2013).

Tags  Leader’s Angle, Human Rights, Constitution, Businesses


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