With three decades as a music producer, composer, solo artist and session guitarist under his belt, Maurtiz is something of a musical legend. He’s worked on over 4 000 recordings as a session guitarist, composer or producer, and has performed with global legends like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Ice Cube and Roberta Flack. Locally, he has supported, mentored and inspired practically every major musical star. With enough awards and accolades to fill a rock stadium, he nevertheless remains gentle, soft-spoken and ridiculously modest. In his own words: ‘what really resonates at the end of the day will remain… a great song, a moving piece of music, a painting or piece of literature… whatever the artistic expression, let it be bold and truthful.’
One of the most instantly recognisable voices in South Africa, Malcolm refined his accent from an early age to combat what his Welsh mum called ‘the deleterious effects of the local patois.’ Landing his own show in the 60s, he got to play the music of the Youth Revolution. At the same time, he lent his voice to Squad Cars, that legendary Springbok Radio serial. Malcolm has since voiced anything from commercials to documentaries, finding time to achieve an Honours in History. His voice has been described as ‘a blend of fine sand and smooth English marmalade’. His latest passions include landscape painting, olive farming and good South African wine.
Angus is an award-winning sculptor and artist who tackles demanding materials on a scale that most artists would avoid. His works are monumental and hard to ignore, and he works with a remarkable range of materials in his Pretoria-based studio. Two decades ago, he founded Dionysus Sculpture Works (DSW), where he honed his skills as a master craftsman. DSW is a sought-after foundry for other celebrated artists, and serves as a mentoring hub for younger artists. Angus is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, and his first international solo exhibition in 2017 at Everard Read, London, was a sell-out. His inventiveness positions him as a post-modern artist, and his work can be found in collections in Africa, Europe, North America and Australia.
Dr Taddy Blecher
Actuary, management consultant and educational entrepreneur, Taddy heads the Community and Individual Development Association (CIDA) and the Maharishi Institute, a self-sustaining organisation that has helped to create free access to six institutions of higher learning. He is also co-founder of the Imvula Empowerment Fund, which facilitates access to holistic university education for unemployed youth from 17 countries across Africa. Taddy is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Leader for Tomorrow Award. He has spent years teaching Transcendental Meditation to township youth to help direct their lives in a positive way, and co-founded the Branson School of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson.
André heads the André Retief Coaching Institute. After a personal epiphany, André found his calling as a certified Life Coach, and has never looked back. He is currently National President of COMENSA, the SAQA-certified professional coaching and mentoring body. His background as a business owner perfectly positions him as an executive coach. André is a member of a networking group, BNI (Business Network International), where he previously served as president. COMENSA partnered with Ikamva Youth three years ago to provide mentoring opportunities for young people. André has been a motivational speaker at Wits Business School, the South African Department of Health, and SACAP. André’s life mantra is “practice what you preach or change your speech”.
Former Carte Blanche TV presenter and local legend, Ruda Landman is currently the Non-Executive Director of Media24. In 2007, Carte Blanche paid tribute to Ruda’s almost 20 years as the show’s co-anchor. In 2010, she was back as the presenter of kykNET’s ‘n Lewe Met, which featured people living with mental conditions. As a seasoned journalist at Sarie magazine and Die Burger, she won numerous awards. She is currently invested in the future through a non-profit for students who cannot afford fees for post-matric studies. Her favourite quote is from ballerina Margot Fonteyn: “One thing I have learnt over the years: the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is imperative, the second disastrous.”
Vuyiswa is CEO of the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP), a non-profit that facilitates transformation in the property sector. Vuyiswa headed up sales and marketing for African-born brand KISUA which, during her tenure, catapulted to international success. She featured in Destiny Magazine’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ (2011), was one of the 2017 Young Independents Top 100, one of the Bobby Brown ‘Pretty Powerful Campaign’ faces, and a nominee of the “Superbalist 100”. Both maverick and pioneer, Vuyiswa is a passionate change agent and advocate for equal opportunity, entrepreneurship and African development. She hopes to spend the rest of her days making a difference in the lives of young women and Africans across the globe.
Jacky is Executive Head of Forensic Services at Cell C, and regularly deals with members of the board, industry leaders and senior law enforcement officials. She has provided legal advice on a wide range of topics and has delivered television interviews, articles, presentations and workshops, both locally and internationally, on topics such as cybercrime, investigations, information security and governance, information assurance and cyber forensic readiness. She was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1997 and holds the following degrees: Bluris, LLB, MBA. She is part of the Cell C Girl Child Institute of Mentorship programme and has received a Champion in Business award for her contribution to the development of women. Jacky also chairs the GSMA Africa Fraud Forum. She unwinds from work by composing music and poetry.
Magnus Heystek is Director and Investment Strategist at Brenthurst Wealth Management. He has extensive experience in wealth management for private clients, and is the author of several books on investment and retirement planning. He started his career as an investment journalist with Beeld in 1976, becoming the Business and Investment Editor of The Star in 1986. During his career as a journalist, he attended countless international investment conferences across the world. His flair for writing is only offset by his ability to generate wealth for his clients, and Brenthurst now has its own range of collective investment funds, and will soon be expanding globally. He likens himself to a ‘turned-up Bunsen burner that just refuses to die.’
Brian Joffe is CEO of Long4Life. He began his prodigious career as a child, packing birdseed in the family milling business. His first break came in 1978 when, using funds from his folks, he acquired a stake in a pet food business. Two years later, he bought out his partner and branched into canned dog food. This served as his future business model – identify an industry and set up supplementary services around it. After a stint in the US, Brian returned to South Africa to found the Bid Corporation (later Bidvest Group). Today, the company brings in more than $16bn and employs more than 145 000 people worldwide. Brian has earned a string of awards, honorary doctorates and top achiever listings, and is described as a ‘serial entrepreneur’.