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Gugulethu Cele

Gugulethu Cele, a true communicator at heart and a B.Comm Accounting graduate from the University of Johannesburg, entered broadcast in 2010 as a newsreader at Eyewitness News on Talk Radio 702. She swiftly moved up the ranks joining Moneyweb in 2011 as a financial journalist specialising in IT and as a business news reader. Her broadcasting talent was soon recognised and she became a radio presenter on Lotus FM and SAfm and later made the cross over to TV joining CNBC Africa.

Gugu anchors various programmes on the channel speaking to CEO’s, economists and specialists in various fields, together with analysing daily market moving news. Some of her career highlights include attending the 2014 Annual World Economic Forum held in Davos, chairing the inaugural RICS Africa Summit 2015 and participating in the broadcast of former state President Nelson Mandela’s funeral. In 2012, Gugu received acknowledgement for her work regarding BEE investment options, in the form of a nomination for the Peregrine award for Alternative investment reporting, in the Citadel Words on Money Journalism Awards.

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Dr Jennifer Houghton

Dr Jennifer Houghton joined the GSB&L in 2012 as a lecturer in local economic development in the Regional and Local Economic Development Capacity Building Initiative. Jennifer has a PhD in urban geography, focusing on public private partnerships as a mechanism for the production of neoliberalism at the city scale. Her current research interests are the diffusion and localization of neoliberalism in cities of the South, public private partnerships as an economic development mechanism, discourses of economic development, the role of place in economic development and special economic zones.

Currently, Jennifer is supervising masters, PhD and DBA students in the areas of social entrepreneurship, social capital and LED, and the incubation of SME’s.Some of her research interests are in Local economic development, Special economic zones and place-based economic development, Public private partnerships as a development mechanism, Place and the agency of the local level (particularly in a globalising world), South African cities and urban transformation in a post-apartheid era.

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Dr Johan van den Heever

Johan van den Heever lectured in the Economics Department at the University of Pretoria from 1980 to 1987. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Pretoria with a thesis on macroeconomic stabilisation policy.In October 1987 he joined the Economic Research and Statistics Department of the South African Reserve Bank, where he has served in various capacities, starting in the Money and Banking Division. He is currently Head: Economic Reviews and Statistics and editor of the Bank’s Quarterly Bulletin. From 1999 to 2001 he served on the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee. At present he is a Monetary Policy Committee presenter and a member of the Bank’s Financial Stability Committee.

For the past ten years he has been the representative of the South African Reserve Bank on the Macroeconomic Subcommittee of the Committee of Central Bank Governors in SADC. He has also since 2002 been closely involved in the meetings of the Central Bank Governors of the Common Monetary Area or CMA (Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland).

He is the author or co-author of a number of articles and studies on macro-economic matters, central bank statistics and monetary policy.

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Trudie Nichols joined

Trudie Nichols joined Bowman Gilfillan on 1 August 2014 as a Partner in the Shipping and Logistics practice area. She is also a Partner in the Ports, Terminals & Logistics Corridors sector as well as the Litigation sector.

Trudie was a co-founder and Director of the niche South African maritime, logistics and international trade law firm, Velden Pike Nichols Inc. Prior to this she was the founder and sole proprietor of Nichols Attorneys and before that an Associate Partner at Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys.

Since 2004 Trudie has sat as an Assessor with various High Court Judges in the KwaZulu-Natal Judicial Division presiding over a number of High Court Criminal Trials. Trudie has over 17 years of legal and consulting experience which includes:
  • Viability study and PPP transaction advisory services (legal and risk assessment); new Durban dig-out port (2012 – 2014);
  • Legal advice and opinions including legal analysis of legislation and constitutional obligations of various entities;
  • Extensive commercial drafting, advice and litigation in the Petrochemical industry;
  • Advising SAPREF in respect of litigious and non litigious matters related to the SAPREF Refinery, a national key point in Durban;
  • Legal advice and opinion including legal analysis of documents and legislation;
  • All aspects of insurance litigation on behalf of insurers;
  • Professional indemnity insurance litigation;
  • Commercial drafting, advice and litigation in respect of engineering and construction matters;
  • constitutional law litigation including class actions and legal opinion;
  • Legal advice, opinion, representation, litigation and drafting both for and against government departments, local government and municipalities;

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Bhekisisa Manyatsi

Bhekisisa Manyatsi is currently the Inland Clearance Depot (ICD) Manager for Swaziland Railway for the past nine years. He has vast knowledge in port operations and is currently overseeing the Dry-Port expansion project. Heis also currently the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the Swaziland Rail Link project, a rail project currently taking place between South Africa and Swaziland to improve regional integration. Bhekisisa holds a Master of Business Administration from The Management College of Southern Africa and a BComm Marketingdegree from the University of Swaziland.

Bhekisisa has vast experience in dealing with the SADC Railways as he has been a member of the committee running the annual Southern African Railways Association Conference involving all of the SADC Railways and their potential suppliers. He is a marketer by profession but has moved within Swaziland Railway to Operations and currently in charge of the Dry-Port of Swaziland.

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Philippe Michaud

Philippe Michaud after his secondary education in Seychelles went to UK where he graduated in economics at the London School of Economics.On his return to Seychelles he worked as economist at the Ministry of Planning and External Relations until he was transferred in 1984 to the newly created Seychelles Fishing Authority where in 1986 he become Acting Managing Director.

In 2002 he became Technical Adviser (Fisheries) to the Minister in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and in 2006, Technical Adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. February 2015 he was appointed Special Adviser (The Blue Economy) in the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy.Mr. Michaud is also Chairman of SFA.

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Aércio Rafael Chambule

Was born in Maputo – Mozambique, in 1982. Currently working for Mozambique Civil Aviation Authority as a Licensing and Air Transport Officer. Worked for the Government of Mozambique in Inhambane Province, leading the Provincial Team of planning and statistics in the Transport and Communications Area for 7 years. During this period, developed planning skills geared towards the integrated development of both maritime transport, road and air, oriented to the tourist development of Inhambane Bay as one of the tourist and attractive destinations of the country.

As Licensing Officer, focus on licensing of airlines and air operators in Mozambique as commercial operators, private and for charter flights. Spearheads even ground for fair competition for airlines to operate in domestic, regional and international routes in accordance with national policies for designation of airlines, on domestic, regional and international routes.

As Air Transport Officer, advise the Government on Air Transport and Civil Aviation Policies, prepare proposals for air services negotiations with the Regional and Internationals Bodies, advise the Government on matters of International Air Law Instruments, i.e. ratification of Conventions and/or Protocols thereof.

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Captain David Savy

Captain David Savy has a strong background in both Commercial (Airline) and Military Aviation (Maritime and Coastal Surveillance). On attaining his Commercial pilot’s licence in 1980 he commenced his career with the Seychelles Defence flying both fixed wing aircraft as well as military helicopters. Over a tenure of just over thirty years he assumed management positions as Commanding Officer of the Airwing & Airport Defence Army Base, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Defense Forces and Member of the National Defence council. In parallel Capt Savy flew for the national airline, Air Seychelles Ltd on both domestic and international routes as Commander, trainer and flight examiner. He was seconded to Air Seychelles and occupied positions of Chief Pilot, General Manager flight operations International, Director of Operations Air Seychelles and in 1997 was appointedExecutive Chairman and CEO of Air Seychelles, a position he held for 14 years. This in effect making him the longest serving Chief Executive of the national airline as well as one of the longest serving airline CEO’s globally.

Currently he is a global consultant as well as advisor to the Government of Seychelles primarily in aviation policy and strategy planning.

David Savy currently serves on numerous boards including chairman of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Chairman of Skychef/Servair (Sey), Chairman of Institute of Early Childhood Development (Sey) Director H Savy Insurance company (Sey), Director Seychelles Tourism Board, Director of Veling aircraft Leasing (Mau), Director of Veling Hospitality (Mau), Director of Emirates Real Estate Investment Trust Investment Board (Dubai) and Councilor of IATA Training Fund (Geneva).

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Solomon Dube

Solomon completed his high school in 1973 in Swaziland and then proceeded to do various courses in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Canada and the United Kingdom. He has been in the aviation industry in Swaziland since 1984. He served as a Communications Engineer at the country’s then only international airport until 1999.

After completing a Master’s Degree in Airport Planning and Management at Loughborough University in the UK, he then joined a Government of Swaziland team tasked with overseeing the delivery of the new International Airport at Sikhuphe in 2001. After the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Universal Safety Audit in 2007, he was tasked with producing the State Corrective Action Plan. He was then appointed to lead the establishment of the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA) as Director General. This was on 7 December 2009.

The SWACAA is tasked with regulating the aviation industry in Swaziland and also operate the country’s airports. The current major challenge has been the lack of passenger traffic for the new airport, currently less than 60,000 passengers per annum for a facility that can handle 200 pax per hour.

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