Dignitaries

Mr Nandha Govender and Paseka at the 2013 Eskom Water Conservation Innovation Exhibition. Where WHC was one of the selected companies in South Africa to exhibit innovative water saving technologies at the MegaWatt Park [Eskom Head Office]

Mr Nandha Govender and Paseka at the 2013 Eskom Water Conservation Innovation Exhibition. Where WHC was one of the selected companies in South Africa to exhibit innovative water saving technologies at the MegaWatt Park [Eskom Head Office]

Nandha Govender is the General Manager for Water and Environmental Operations within the Primary Energy Division of Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. His current roles and accountability include: [1] water security to Eskom’s power stations [2] development and implementation of integrated water management strategies [3] long-term water planning for Eskom’s existing and new power stations [4] ensuring efficient and effective water use and best water management practices at all power stations [5] environmental management across primary energy operations and projects [6] the management of water supply to power stations through water supply agreements [7] influencing National water policy, strategies and plans and [8] collaboration and strategic partnering on water and waste management.

Mr Willie van Straaten and Paseka after Mr Straaten's workshop of The Star Innovation Model at the South African Bureau of Standards

Mr Willie van Straaten and Paseka after Mr Straaten’s workshop of The Star Innovation Model at the South African Bureau of Standards

Willie pioneered Direct Response TV with retail distribution in South Africa, growing his company to become the largest of its kind in this industry. After selling Verimark, now a publicly traded company, Willie started Inventec, a company that specializes in bringing innovative products to market. He has invented, developed and commercialised several hundred products for both the local and international markets by applying the Star Innovation Model – a proprietary model developed over a period of 30 years and capable of achieving rapid and widespread international market penetration. Willie has a wide portfolio of intellectual property spanning more than 60 patents and his inventions are sold in the majority of countries around the world. Products invented are frequently seen on television and in retail stores. Many of these have received local SABS Design, Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and international awards. Some have reached the top selling positions in the US and elsewhere. Mr Van Straaten is Paseka’s commercialization implementation mentor, who taught him how to take an idea to a product, since the inception of Paseka’s initial invention.

Mr Chris Hart (one of South Africa's eminent economist and TV personality - business news) and Paseka

Mr Chris Hart (one of South Africa’s eminent economist and TV personality – business news) and Paseka

Mr. Chris Hart Chief strategist for Investment Solutions, Mr. Hart joined Investment Solutions as head of market and economic research in August 2007 and has since been appointed as chief strategist within the investment team. He was previously a senior financial market economist with ABSA Capital. Chris’s main research focus is analysing financial markets domestically and abroad with the aim of advising the investment team on enhancing portfolio returns and identifying portfolio risk. As chief strategist, Chris is also responsible for client liaison and engagement with the broader Alexander Forbes group. He has presented papers at numerous conferences in SA and abroad and is also a company spokesman on economic issues and financial markets. Chris advises Paseka time and again about the economic situation and how to position a growing company.

Mr Ambassador Donald Gips and Paseka at his office in the USA Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa

Mr Ambassador Donald Gips and Paseka at his office in the USA Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa

Born on the 1st of February 1960. Mr. Gips was the Divisional Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development for Level 3 Communications and Director of Mindspeed Technologies, Incorporated. He was also on the advisory board for President Barrack Obama’s presidential transition team. In the late 1990s Gips served as the United States Vice President Al Gore’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor. Previously, he was the chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s international bureau. Gips was nominated to be US ambassador to South Africa on the 4th of June 2009, and was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate on 31 July 2009. He is now living in Pretoria, South Africa, with his three sons Sam, Peter and Ben, and his wife Liz. Gips is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Management

Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa and Paseka at the University of Pretoria after Paseka’s graduation ceremony, while she was still the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, now in parliament as the Deputy Minister of Health, South Africa

Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa and Paseka at the University of Pretoria after Paseka’s graduation ceremony, while she was still the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, now in parliament as the Deputy Minister of Health, South Africa

Dr Gwen Ramokgopa attained (MBCHB) in 1989 and attained her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in 2007. Other studies undertaken at postgraduate level include Public Health (Wits), health economic and Financing (UCT) and Strategic Management and Marketing (Graduate School of Management and Technology). In her various roles and responsibilities Dr Ramokgopa has demonstrated her passion and commitment on issues of policy, leadership and strategic planning; corporate governance, ethics, accountability and participatory democracy; economic development, youth empowerment and gender equality; as well as excellence, quality assurance, innovation and research.

 

Paseka receiving the Innovative Social Entrepreneurship Award from the SAB Foundation. Handed over by the Dr Vincent Maphai (SAB Executive Director) and Mr Cyril Ramaphosa (SAB Foundation's Chairman)

Paseka receiving the Innovative Social Entrepreneurship Award from the SAB Foundation. Handed over by the Dr Vincent Maphai (SAB Executive Director) and Mr Cyril Ramaphosa (SAB Foundation’s Chairman)

Dr Vincent Maphai (left)
Executive director of corporate affairs and transformation SAB Ltd. Vincent Maphai has, since March 2009, been the Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Transformation at SAB Limited, SABMiller’s South African subsidiary. Previously he was Chairman of BHP Billiton Southern Africa. He is currently also Chairman of the National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP) and has recently been appointed as one of the Commissioners on the National Planning Commission. Dr Vincent Maphai looks at the challenge of tackling alcohol abuse in South Africa and the measures that SAB Ltd are taking.

Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa (right)
Born 12 November 1952, Mr. Ramaphosa is a South African politician, businessman, activist, and trade union leader. Mr.Ramaphosa was elected as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference in Mangaung in December 2012. Ramaphosa built up the biggest and most powerful trade union in South Africa, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Among other positions, he is executive chairman of Shanduka Group, a company he founded. Shanduka Group has investments in the Resources Sector, Energy Sector, Real Estate, Banking, Insurance, and Telecoms (SEACOM). Mr.Ramaphosa is also chairman of The Bidvest Group Limited, and MTN. His other non-executive directorships include Mac steel Holdings, Alexander Forbes, Standard Bank and SABMiller. In March 2007 he was appointed Non-Executive joint Chairman of Mondi, a leading international paper and packaging group, when the company demerged from Anglo American plc.