Ministers, industry experts and stakeholders will be discussing the vital role of the print industry and debating the future of the industry in light of the ever changing landscape due to technological advancements taking place around the world. These topics will be addressed at the upcoming 6th annual Printing SA Africa Conference, which will be held from 11-12 September during the Africa Print Expo, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre.

Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry; Thembelani Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Employment and Labour and Nomalungelo Gina, Deputy Minister of the Department of Trade and Industry, will attend the conference – discussing the current state of the industry as well as the future of the industry into the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Wednesday 11 September speakers and topics:

Stakeholders Address

Edward de Klerk, General Secretary of the South African Typographical Union (SATU). De Klerk has over 40 years’ experience in the trade union movement. A founding member of Federation of Trade Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), he began his involvement in union movement at Transnet, which culminated in him being appointed General Secretary of the United National Transport Union.

Industry Growth Strategy Research Report Presentation

Dana Braithwaite, Research Director, BMi Research

Braithwaite is currently a senior consultant to the Research division, offering BMi half her time. Her current duties at BMi include training, project oversight and project design. Her industry experience includes organic chemistry, knowledge management, the local food industry, research industry and food service industry.

Panel Discussion 1: Digitisation and the sustainability of print media and education within the 4th Industrial Revolution

Masale Godfrey Selematsela, FEDUSA

He holds a diploma in General Nursing Science, Midwifery, Nursing Administration and Community Health Nursing, including a certificate in employment relations and an advanced certificate in labour law. He also sits as a member of the NEDALC Development chamber, and the millennium labour council as a co-chair. He is also a deputy chairperson for the board at Ditsela.

Deon Joubert, Area Manager, Two Sides

Joubert has spent almost all of his working life in print and paper. After leaving university, he joined the Argus Group as an assistant to the general manager of the Argus Newspaper in Cape Town. After a brief stint at Afrox, he joined Merpak Envelopes where he has been ever since. Apart from making envelopes, Joubert has been involved with global paper advocacy group Two Sides as country lead.

Ken Leid, National Training and Development Director, Printing SA

Leid was appointed to his current position as Director: National Training & Development in December 2015. Since his appointment, he has implemented a national training and development strategy which has seen the complete redesign and development of the Technical Theoretical Module learning material for apprentice training and the creation of pathway frameworks of new Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) occupational qualifications and training programmes aimed at recruiting, selecting, training and placing young talent in the industry.

Mamiki P. Matlawa, Managing Director, Qunu Staffing 

Matlawa is a University of Johannesburg graduate, from where she obtained a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Chemical Engineering. She holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria (GIBS). Her MBA thesis topic was ‘Outsourcing Contracts, as Instruments of Risk Management in the South African Electricity Supply Industry.’ She joined Qunu Staffing as the Managing Director in July 2018. Qunu Staffing offers a full range of Human Capital Solutions- i.e. Staffing, Training, Financial Services, Disability Solutions and Healthcare.

Institute of Futures Research Report

Dr Morne Mostert, Institute of Futures Research

Dr Mostert is the Director of the Institute for Futures Research at Stellenbosch University. He advises globally on Futures-based executive decision-making and cognitive development for senior leaders and has worked in Geneva, Paris, London, Dubai, Madrid and several African countries. Subsequent to his PhD in the Management of Technology and Innovation, his areas of specialisation include Futures Thinking, Strategic Thinking, Systems Thinking and Creative Innovation.

Panel Discussion 2: The future of the print and packaging value chain within the 4th Industrial Revolution

Jane Molony, Executive Director – Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa

Over her career, Jane’s experience and knowledge has grown to include print and publishing, packaging and recycling as well as renewable energy, climate change and carbon tax matters. She has been involved in the pulp and paper industry since 1996, initially as publisher and editor of a trade journal and later through her appointment as executive director of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper industry in Southern Africa (TAPPSA).

Patricia Nkosi, Siander Holdings (SE) Founder and Director

Nkosi is an interior designer with 19 years of succeeding in many environments throughout her career, whether as an interior designer at Zen/Conference Strategist at Luxos in Cape Town or as the Senior Sales Executive for the global marketing company INWK in Johannesburg from 2015 -2018. She’s the architect behind the inaugural 2020 GFVC 4.0 Summit and the first integrated Global African Fashion Value Chain Federation of Africa, being held from 23–26 June 2020.

Andrew Reid, Bidvest Paperplus Corporate Services, Regional Manager

Reid’s educational background includes those of social sciences and psychology.

Sisanda Mbokotho, Deputy General Secretary, SATU

Sisanda joined South African Typographical Union (SATU), an affiliate of FEDUSA, as the Deputy General Secretary in January 2019 and brought with her a wealth of experience in the labour relations space. She holds multiple labour related qualifications and studied both her BA Honours in Globalisation and Labour Policies and Masters in Industrial Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand and has several other qualifications from institutions around the world. She was the very first exchange student between Wits and Kassel University in Germany.

Vrajlal Harry, MD Celglade Investments t/a Harry’s Printers

In addition to being MD of Harry’s Printers and other trading and property companies, Harry serves on a number of boards including Phoenix Settlement Trust (founded by Mahatma Gandhi), E L Hindoo Society, SAKM Educational Trust, St Bernard’s Hospice Trust and the University of Fort Hare Council.

Dr Abdool Majid Mahomed, Printing SA, CEO

Dr Mahomed joined Printing SA as the new CEO during April 2019. He has worked in multiple industries for over thirty years. Most recently he was the Head of the Professional Body for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS SA), serving as the voice for the profession, ensuring compliance with SAQA, boosting membership and exam registration numbers across the SADC region, and developing curricula for supply chain qualifications.

Nomalungelo Gina, Deputy Minister of Economic Development.

Closing: Maggie Maluleke, President, SATU

Maluleke has 39 years’ of printing industry experience. She began working in 1980 as a general assistant at RADCO in Johannesburg. She currently works as binder operator at RADCO and she represents the union on the FEDUSA NEC.

Thursday 12 September speakers and topics:

Gen Z – The Future Workforce, Sean Holt, Executive Director, FESPA 

Holt has 15 years’ experience of working at Board level including 3.5 years as CEO. His business background encompasses experience in Strategic Planning, P&L, Business Development, Marketing and Communications, Relationship Management, Project Management, Change Management and Team Management.

Panel Discussion 1: The importance of modern technology and innovation within the 4th Industrial Revolution for the printing, packaging and signage industry

Dr Colin Steyn, CEO and Founder of the Centre for Integral Innovation and Development

Steyn studied and applies integral leadership and holistic development and his work takes Emotional Intelligence into account to teac people the importance of self-and other-determined behaviour and reaction-determined behaviour. Research has found that effective cognitive behaviour and decision–making is related to the capability to manage emotional reactivity and integrate leadership behaviour roles into our personal development to lead with confidence and commitment.

Jerome Morkel, CEO, Tandym Print

Today Tandym Print thrives on innovation and efficiency, using the latest technology to deliver for its clients, yet is still founded firmly on sound values and customer service. Tandym Print is a family business that was established in 1994 and is today the most technologically advanced privately owned print company in South Africa. Morkel’s educational background includes the London Business School.

Steve Thobela, Novus Print Executive: South, Novus Holdings

Thobela qualified as an artisan in the printing industry and also holds a Christian Ministry Diploma, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and a Masters’ in Business Administration (MBA) degree. He also served as Director Print Production at the University of South Africa, Unisa and is former CEO of Printing SA.

Muzi Sibiya, South African Reserve Bank, Production Manager

Sibiya is also a Board Member of South African Institute of Printing (SAIP) Johannesburg Area, South Africa, with previous experience as a senior printer at the Durban University of Technology. Sean Holt and Dr Mostert will also be on the panel.

Panel Discussion 2: Collaboration between print, packaging, publishing and authors

Thembelani Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Employment and Labour

Collen Dlamini, Business Manager and Corporate Affairs Executive, Juta and Company 

Dlamini has previously worked for Mobile Telephone Networks and Amalgamated Beverage Industries, with an educational background that includes the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Of importance is the fact that Dlamini also brings with him leadership experience at industry level as he has served on numerous leadership roles on boards and executive committees of industry associations such as: The Coalition for Effective Copyright- comprised of 13 trade associations (Chairperson), National Association of Broadcasters (Exco member), Publishers Association of South Africa (Legal Affairs Committee Member), South African National ICT Forum and South African Communications Forum (Exco).

Elitha van der Sandt, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC)

Van der Sandt is currently preparing for her Doctoral Studies in Book Development in South Africa. She has a deep-seated passion for transformation in South Africa. Amongst her duties as the CEO, van der Sandt spearheads national growth strategies for the book publishing sector. She has been involved in lobbying the government to invest in the creation of a diverse book sector serving all South Africans. She was the lead author of the Draft National Book Policy in 2005 as well as the Draft National Book Development Plan in 2009.

Leal Wright, Head of Marketing, Polyflex and Printing SA President

Graduating from UKZN with a B.Comm degree, Leal worked in an advertising agency in New York and a manufacturing company in the UK. From 1979 he worked as Management Accountant then divisional Managing Director in caravan manufacturing at Murray & Roberts for eight years before joining Alex White & Co as MD. After Alex White was acquired by Astrapak, he was appointed as Managing Director of DLC, their flexo label division. In 2013 he was approached to join Times Media as General Manager of Uniprint Labels. He joined Polyflex in 2019. He is currently serving as the board President of Printing SA.

Shabeer Jhetam, Packaging SA, Executive Director

Shabeer Jhetam is the Executive Director of Packaging SA as well as the CEO of The Glass Recycling Company. Jhetam holds a B.Com (Hons) degree from the University of Natal and has completed a postgraduate degree in logistics through the University of Pretoria. Since his appointment as Executive Director of Packaging SA, a significant focus is on developing the Industry Waste Management Plan for the paper and packaging sector.

Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry

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