Skills Summit

09:00, 15 Feb, 2018


CSIR International Convention Centre

About Skills Summit


The Skills Development Summit 2018 will unveil a pragmatic vision of skills development that integrates the need to develop skills, create jobs and grow the economy. This vision will be set within a framework of inclusivityand social transformation, and will be displayed against the backdropof international competition, which represents the bar to which SouthAfricans need to aspire to raise themselves. It’s a game-changing vision,and Skills Development Summit will provide the workshop in which anexciting economic future will be forged for industries and the nation as a whole.


As South Africa enters the Knowledge Economy generation, the importance of sustainable and relevant skills training and development is the key factor in the growth of our economy over the coming decade and beyond.Human resources are the great new asset of the global economy, and the digitalisation of Africa offers thecontinent the opportunity to advance at a rapid rate in terms of global productivity.

Skills development has little value without a targeted and well thought-out plan, and the National Government, the HRDC, as well as the numerous SETAs and TVET Colleges throughout South Africa have played a key role overthe past few years in developing plans and strategies for ensuring a focused and sustainable developmental planthat is aimed at ensuring the right skills are being developed at the right time and for the right individuals. Fromteachers to artisans, engineers, scientists, mathematicians and entrepreneurs, the blueprint has been drawn up,debated, refined and now rubber-stamped. All that remains is for the various sectors and industries to build onthis blueprint, adapting where required as needs and opportunities evolve.


The 2016 Skills Development Summit will provide delegates with a roadmap for the latest trends in skills development. It is an essential networking platform and information gathering opportunity for business owners,high-level managers and key executives from the corporate as well as the private sector. Attendance will ensurethat an organisation’s own skills development initiatives are in line with the national blueprint.

The Summit will also offer delegates the opportunity to spot opportunities for additional skills development opportunities, which might otherwise not have been considered within the organisation or beyond.

Without new skills, our economy can’t grow.

With a good plan and sustainable skills development in place, South Africa can stand up and take its place as aserious player in the global economy, as well as fulfilling our destiny as the true Gateway to Africa.


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Featured Speakers



Current Affairs Anchor/Producer, SABC News

Peter Ndoro is presently a Current Affairs Anchor/Producer for SABC News. He has been a Broadcaster both in television and radio for more than two decades, and is also a familiar voice across Africa. He has worked for a number of media outlets, including M-Net, Summit TV, CNBC Africa, SABC Africa, Talk Radio 702, SAfm and Highveld Stereo. He also had a three year stint as News Anchor/ Producer at the BBC World Service in London.

Peter trained as an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand and graduated from the University of South Africa, with a degree in Accounting. Prior to entering the broadcast arena, he worked in accounting, advertising, marketing and business management. He has also managed his own television and video production company.


Monde Sitole

Monde Sitole

Founder, The Next School Initiative, Monde Sitole Foundation, Adventurer, Alpinist & Poet

Monde Sitole is 25 year old adventurer, Futurist and educational strategist,  Founder of the Next School initiative , was part of the first youngsters to attend school on board a tall ship namely SV Concordia vessel as part of the class afloat international school based in Nova Scotia Canada where they covered many sea miles attending classes/semesters  literally   afloat where they sailed from cape town, Namibia, ST  Helena, ascension island, Fernando island, Brazil,Trinidad,Tobago,Bermuda island and London.

After that he was chosen to represent Africa in the international Pangaea Mike Horn young explorers camp in Switzerland Chateau o doex. Where he met Seasoned and accomplished explorer  Mike Horn who with is team Geberit, Officine Panerai,Mayo Clinic,DaimlerGroup and University of Munich Further engrossed him about alternative energy solutions, our ecology, conservation philanthropy and responsible exploring .

They Sailed Lake Geneva and attended Sail training by Cust (Ecolle Regatte Lausanne) at Port of Ouchy .

Upon that he completed Competent Crew Certificate with Goodhope sailing Academy and now working towards Yachtmaster .

Then came Dare2Dream expedition the trip he conceptualised that is to scale the highest peaks on each continent and ski both south and north pole he succeded with highest peak in Africa mount kiliminjaro ,mont elbrus in Russia highest in Europe and just came back from north America,Alaska to scale Mont Denali .

He then completed hes adavance mountain walker course at Ventureforth Mountaneering School.

He then Founded Desert Rose Adventure Club a club organisation mission is to yield high altitude sportsman, future Olympians and compassionate beings.

He has appeared on National Television on episode about leadership on Hectic nine show (most watched South African Teen show),has also appeared on season 2 of Against all odds by Penguin Films on Sabc2 .

Also have appeared on national print and international glossies like British Monocle and German Der Spiegel also appeared on Cover of City Press Lifestyle magazine .

Featured on pieces of a dream book by Gillian Warren Brown also Suksestorries By Stellenbosch University Lizma Van zyl .


One of 9 bravest men we know by Mens health magazine  feb 2012

SA heart of gold bravest men we know by Klipdrift/Intrepid Explorer Magazine  2013

Won Honorary award for Adventure at City of Cape towns Khayelitsha Awards.

Featured on Grade 10 to 12 exam papers since 2012.

Featured on English textbook for grade 5 Heinemann publishers.

Speaking Career

Was chosen as speaker to address CEOs from across southern Africa when Cipla was facing Problems .

Leon Taljaard

Leon Taljaard

Executive Director, Talmar Sustainable Developments (Pty) Ltd

Leon is a development entrepreneur, with a passion for human-oriented commercial development that creates economic platforms where people and nature can flourish. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Talmar (Pty) Ltd, which he formed as an expression of his vision to facilitate global socio-economic and environmental regeneration through economic development. Through Talmar, Leon has served various international clients and investors characterised by highly complex business development and stakeholder engagement processes and requirements. He has taken the lead in bottom-based business development projects aimed at the restoration of over 240 thousand hectares of primary water catchments, and developed multiple large scale agri-concepts in South Africa. Leon also led the development of a national green economy strategy for a prominent international client.

Prior to Talmar, Leon gained experience in business as an early member of Monster Media SA, an endeavour strategically pursued as a learning curve in business and entrepreneurship. Leon’s entrepreneurial abilities were refined during this time when he built a strong client base in a foreign industry, ensuring a prosperous future for the company.

His primary industry experience was accrued in the years that he worked for the Department of Economic Development within the South African government. During his time in the public sector, Leon assumed responsibility for large-scale rural economic development within the rural triangle of the Cape Winelands district. In that capacity, he developed several projects aimed at upscaling the socio-economic potential of communities through landscape-based business development. These projects focused on the core needs and opportunities of each target area, i.e. infrastructure, agriculture and tourism.

Leon has an academic background in Management Studies, Finance and Sustainable Development at the University of Stellenbosch and the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Judy Robison

Judy Robison

HR, WNS Global Services SA (Pty) Ltd

As the Executive Director of Ucademy, Judy Robison specialises in the strategic design and implementation of learning and development business solutions. Ucademy is an accredited training and development provider with a national footprint, specialising in a vast array of work readiness, talent and leadership development solutions across sectors.

Judy has extensive experience in the establishment of niche, specialised corporate education, training and talent development initiatives to meet business and sector skills demands. She has worked across several sectors including Business Process Outsourcing, Finance & Banking, Quality, Education, Energy, Film & Media, Local & Provincial Government and Wholesale & Retail.

As a pioneer of innovative approaches to learning and development, Judy is passionate about transforming and enriching lives by co-creating sustainable futures for clients and learners alike.

Koketso Marishane

Koketso Marishane

Cosmopolitan Social Scientist (analyst), Marishane Authority

Internationally recognised trailblazer Koketso Marishane is a cosmopolitan social scientist (analyst) from Marishane Authority in South Africa. His journey in life as is typical of the story of a Visionary Pan-African sojourner, has been made possible by many a loving heart, and by a confluence of events and circumstances that only God can fully comprehend. His soft-diplomatic contributions to the socio-economic development of SA and the world (UN) gained him an arms length of national and international accolades. Marishane is also actively involved in local and international organisations and sees his greatest challenge as accepting that the outcomes of his contributions to the world may only be felt in the long term. Marishane, affectionally known as 'Koks', has worked in multilateral organisations and the private sector and is presently looking for new opportunities to broaden his expertise and to contribute extensively to the development of the Social Sciences sector globally.


Nico Landman

Nico Landman

Head of Didactic

Nico Landman is an Electrical Engineer, holds a B.Comm in Business and Marketing Management, and is an internationally accredited business mentor and coach through MBCI.

Nico currently heads up Festo Didactic for the African Sub Saharan region. Festo Didactic is the biggest technology training company globally, offering training programs and complete training equipment solutions.

He has 35 years industry experience, and has held senior positions in the areas of Sales Management, Human Resources, Strategic Resources, and E-Commerce.

His current passion and focus is on “Qualification 4.0”, a theoretical and practical approach to capacitate engineers, technicians, and artisans for the challenges and opportunities presented with the advent of Industry 4.0, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT).


Patson Malisa

Patson Malisa

Deputy Presiding Officer, Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), African Union

Patson Malisa is a Diplomat Executive and Facilitator currently serving as Deputy Presiding Officer of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). Patson is the youngest Deputy Presiding Officer to be elected to the ECOSOCC Bureau. He is also President of the Organisation of African Youth. Prior to his election, Patson served as Head of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, as well as Acting Secretary for the Infrastructure and Energy Cluster of ECOSOCC.

 He has experience as Chairman for South Africa at the Organisation of African Youth, Country Coordinator for the Network of African Youth for Development, as well as the Chairman for South Africa at the International Youth Council. He has also served on the Civil Society steering group of the Global Finance Facility.

He has served in the steering committee for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Stakeholder negotiations which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in April 2015.  He was also the Chair of Rapporteurs at the 2015 Parliament and Youth Summit on SDGs hosted by the Parliament of South Africa. He also served as the Youth Advocate to the 2nd High Level Meeting on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

Joel Stransky

Joel Stransky

Co-founder, The Pivotal Group
Colin Browne

Colin Browne

Chief Happy Sandpit Builder, The Happy Sandpit

Colin J Browne is an established expert on Organisational Culture, Employee Engagement and People Leadership … how it works, how to define it, how to build it and how to change it. Specifically, he’s an expert on how it’s being done in South Africa, by great organisations that are creating international standards for engagement that drives loyalty and performance.

Much of this was revealed to South African business leaders for the first time in the groundbreaking 2013 book How to build a Happy Sandpit, for which more than 60 South African CEOs, company founders and heads of people strategy were extensively interviewed in the search for world-class thinking. It has sold more than 6,000 copies in South Africa, and continues to be popular.

Colin heads up Happy Sandpit, a think tank with the following notable products:

• The weekly CULTURESHOT email newsletter

• The signature Three Day Field Trips (where we lead executives out to visit four South African organisations over three days who are culture and engagement leaders)

• Talks

• Seminars

• Workshops

• Consulting work, including both short- and long-term projects.

Sudley Stone

Sudley Stone

Business Development Manager, Rand Water Academy

Mr Sudley Stone completed his Town Planning qualification in 2005 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is also a registered Town Planner with the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN).  He is currently working as a Business Development Manager for the Rand Water Academy also extensively supporting the War on Leaks programme implemented by Rand Water on behalf of the Department of Water and Sanitation, where he is involved in stakeholder management and engagements for the War on Leaks programme.  Sudley Stones experience lies within a range of projects from working within Expanded Public Works Programme, Town Planning within Local Municipalities and dealing with Integrated Development Planning at provincial level amongst others. 

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Phone number:
+27 21 681 7000
28 Main Rd
Cape Town
Republic of South Africa, 7700