The voices of Indlulamithi

Indlulamithi SA Scenarios 2030 is driven by leaders, experts and individuals from various sectors of society.

The Indlulamithi leadership group consists of leaders from multiple industries. The group serves as a sounding board for the project, providing strategic direction and insight.

Nompumelelo-Runji PIC

Nompumelelo Runji

Nompumelelo Runji is founder and CEO of Critical ThinkAR, a public policy firm specialising inpolicy research, political analysis and stakeholder engagement for business, governmental
and non-governmental institutions. She is a seasoned political analyst and thought leader. Her analysis is underpinned by a critical thinking approach premised on framing questions that provide critical insights. Nompumelelo holds an MPhil in Multidisciplinary Human Rights, a BA (Honours) in Political Science and a BSocSci in Industrial Sociology and Labour Studies from the University of Pretoria.

Somadoda Fikeni

Dr Fikeni is a political analyst and advisor to the principal and director for special projects at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He is a member of the BRICS think-tank and chairs the Independent Development Trust. He holds a BA (Hons) from the Walter Sisulu University, a master’s in international politics from Queens University in Canada, and a PhD in comparative politics from the Michigan State University in the United States.

Cas Coovadia

Mr Coovadia has spent decades working in the financial services. He is the managing director of the Banking Association of South Africa. He is a member of the board of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Banking Association and the treasurer of African Union for Housing Finance. He holds a BCom from University College Durban.

Barend Petersen

Mr Petersen was appointed to the De Beers plc board in 2008. He is a chartered accountant with broad international experience in mining, energy, finance, stakeholder relations, business turnarounds, corporate recovery and corporate governance. He is a director of several companies including Anglo American SA and Curro Holdings Limited.

Tilson Manyoni

Tilson Mphathi Manyoni is the Managing Director of VisionWave (Pty)Ltd and Executive Director of Milestones (Pty)Ltd. Chairperson of Council for Tshwane University of Technology (TUT); Head of Policy for the Black Business Council (BBC); He is also a member of the BRICS Council Digital Economy working group; Board of Trustee of Indlulamithi South Africa Scenario 2030. 

Koosum Kalyan

Ms Kalyan acts as a non-executive director of Aker Solutions, Anglo American South Africa, MTN Group and Petmin Mining. She was on the boards of Standard Bank, Reserve Bank Mint and Bank Note Companies. She is a global scenario expert, having convened the Mont Fleur scenarios and other global scenarios. She was with Shell Southern Africa and Shell International in various portfolios related to corporate and scenario planning.

Xhanti Payi

Mr Payi is a researcher, commentator and economist. He is currently director of Nascence Advisory and Research, which he founded to produce policy and industry research as well as provide advisory services. He holds a postgraduate diploma in finance and economic policy from the University of London and a BCom from the University of Cape Town.

Zuki Mzozoyana

Zuki Mzozoyana is the Chief Genius Ignitor at 21st Century Humans Co. Always a “little off centre” in the design of her own career and her general worldview and outlook. Zuki has straddled both worlds as an entrepreneur and corporate professional, she found her “sweet spot” and niche based on a combination of her passions, experience, skills and view of where the future of work should be going. Zuki has been on many stages across South Africa and South America talking about her work. In her masterclass and keynote UnscriptedMe, she challenges us to rethink how we show up in the world, how we create value, what makes us feel alive, and where our true sense of belonging lies.

Malusi Mpumlwana

Bishop Mpumulwana is a retired bishop of the Ethopian Episcopal Church who currently serves as general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. His role at the council is to drive its mandate to address different issues such as reconciliation, poverty, inequality and economic transformation. His mission is to create an all-inclusive church that empowers youth, women and the poor and addresses socio-economic problems within the diocese. He received his academic training in theology at the Federal Theological Seminary as well as the universities of Cape Town and Notre Dame.

Michelle Constant

Michelle Constant

Post stepping down as CEO of CEO from Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) in 2019, Constant facilitates and consults diverse NPC Foundations, Trusts, and corporates on cultural strategy, social impact, corporate social development, fundraising, partnership, transformation and diversity – using cultural and creative intelligence and shared value tools. She also hosts the weekend breakfast shows on national radio station SAFM 104-107. She is renowned as a facilitator and speaker at diverse conferences, and events both nationally and internationally. She is currently studying for her MPhil in Strategy at GIBS, UP.

Gilas Isaacs

Gilad Isaacs

Dr. Gilad Isaacs is a Co-Director at the IEJ. He is also an economist at Wits University, where he coordinates the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative, and lectures. Gilad has a Ph.D. and Masters in Economics from SOAS University of London, and a Masters in Political Economy from New York University. He has worked as a consultant for the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) and Global Labour University. He has a background in civil society activism working for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and founding the Social Justice Coalition (SJC). His research expertise are in financialisation, macroeconomics, and labour markets.

Led by Professor Somadoda Fikeni, the Steering Committee handles day-to-day management of the project, coordinates resource mobilisation, and approves the project agenda and documentation.

Dr Tara Polzer Ngwato

Dr Tara Polzer Ngwato has twenty years of experience as a social development researcher, monitoring & evaluation professional, data storyteller and systems change facilitator. Her thematic focus areas include social cohesion, conflict transformation, migration and mining communities.

Seara Mkhabela

Seara is a seasoned business executive with over 21 years’ experience, having served as such at various corporations, including Merck Sharpe and Dohme, a multinational pharmaceutical company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Altron Group, a South African based information technology and services company listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE), Anglo American Platinum, a multinational mining company which has its roots in South Africa, listed on the JSE and Anglo America SA,  where she has been for the past 8 years, presently occupying the position of Executive Group Head: Corporate Affairs. she served as an independent director of the Outotec SA board from 2013-2021. Currently, she is a trustee on the Outotec SA trust and chairs the Social Ethics Committee.

Prior to her entry into the business world, Seara practiced Intellectual Property Law at Spoor and Fisher, a leading specialist firm in SA. She was also active in the protection of Indigenous knowledge systems and served as an independent director on the World Culture Forum.

In the various capacities stated above, Seara has contributed to the Southern African policy discourse in mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical pricing, renewables energy, access to clean water, community farming and trust building.

She is enthusiastic about mentoring and uplifting younger managers and entrepreneurs and she is patron of Women in Mining.

Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya

Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya has for over twenty years worked as a researcher,  project manager and director in donor-funded, public and academic environments. At the beginning of 2023, she was appointed as the Managing Director of Maropeng A’ Afrika, the official Interpretation Centre of the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site in Gauteng. Xolelwa is  also the Executive Committee member of the Indlulamithi South African Scenarios initiative, and a Board member of South African History Online (SAHO).

She studied towards a Bachelor of Science (BSc.), where she majored in Archaeology. After completing her undergraduate studies, she went on to complete an Honours degree in Physical Anthropology, at the University of Pretoria. It was in 2010 when she was awarded a fellowship with UCT’s Archives and Public Culture Research Initiative, which enabled the attainment of her MPhil in Heritage and Public Culture. Xolelwa is currently enrolled for a PhD at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her research interests are in the areas of Knowledge Production, World Heritage Management, and the role of African Studies in problematising the political economy of the African past

Nosipho Singiswa

Nosipho Singiswa started working at Indlulamithi SA Scenarios 2030 as a communication specialist before moving into her current role as Project Manager. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of public relations and project management roles, where she created strategies for communicating messages clearly and effectively. She holds a qualification from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Public Relations Management, Advertising and Applied Communication. Additionally, she earned a certificate in Project Management from Red & Yellow Creative School of Business.

Pali Lehohla

Mr Lehohla is the former statistician-general at Statistics South Africa and has served as the chair of the United Nations Statistics Commission. Mr Lehohla is a development researcher for Agicor. He managed censuses for Bophuthatswana in 1985 and 1991, and was responsible for directing the South African Census in 1996. He holds qualifications from University of Ghana and University of Lesotho.

Joel Netshitenzhe

Mr Netshitenzhe is the executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). He is a member of the boards of the CSIR, Nedbank Group and Life Healthcare Group. He is a member of the ANC National Executive Committee, and also served as a member of the National Planning Commission. He guided the two presidency scenarios in 2002/03 and 2007/08. He holds a Master of Science in financial economics and a postgraduate diploma in economic principles from the University of London.

Yacoob Abba Omar

Dr Omar is head of strategy and communications at the Banking Association of South Africa. Previously, he served as director of operations at MISTRA and as chief facilitator of two presidency scenarios. He has written and lectured on the risks and scenarios model at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU). He has also utilised the scenarios approach for several other clients. He holds a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand.

Na’eem Jeenah

Na’eem Jeenah is Senior Researcher: Humanity at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). He is the former Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre. Na’eem is Deputy Chair of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute, Advisory Board member of the World Congress for Middle East Studies, and Advisory Board member of the Centre for China-Africa Studies. He has written and edited several articles and books on the Middle East, feminisms, and South African politics, among other topics. He holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Indlulamithi’s core participants include a range of independent experts and key players from the private, public and non-profit sectors, civil society, political parties, labour and various professions.

They bring diversity and inclusivity to the project in terms of gender, race, age, language, education, culture and religion — providing meaningful input in workshops, discussions and analyses.

  • Dr Haroon Bhorat
  • Mr Dave Bruce
  • Mr Kennedy Bungane
  • Prof Thabisile Buthelezi
  • Mr Flip Buys
  • Ms Colette Clark
  • Ms Michelle Constant
  • Mr Gavin Davis
  • Ms Portia Derby
  • Dr Theuns Eloff
  • Mr Adrian Enthoven
  • Mr Neal Froneman
  • Mr Xolile George
  • Ms Maggie Govender
  • Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa
  • Mr Mark Lamberti
  • Ms Thabi Leoka
  • Mr Johannes Möller
  • Dr Vincent Maphai
  • Mr Joseph Maqekeni
  • Prof Tshilidzi Marwala
  • Mr Joseph Mathunjwa
  • Mr Tshediso Matona
  • Ms Thandi Matthews
  • Dr Asafika Mbangata
  • Mr Norman Mbazima
  • Mr Mpumelelo Mkhabela
  • Mx Siya Ngcobo
  • Mr Bheki Ntshalintshali
  • Dr Mamphela Ramphele
  • Mr Yusuf Randera-Rees
  • Ms Nompumelelo Runji
  • Mr Zamani Saul
  • Mr Chris van der Merwe
  • Mr Zwelinzima Vavi