Executive Mayor of Cape Town
Patricia de Lille has fought injustice for the past 39 years through her involvement in politics. She is known for her role as a trade unionist in the struggle for equality and as the initial whistle-blower on the infamous Arms Deal in 1999.
After leading the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) delegation to the constitutional negotiations in Kempton Park, she became a Member of Parliament in 1994 where President Nelson Mandela appointed her as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport. In 2003, she went on to become the first female Member of Parliament to form her own political party in a democratic South Africa and won seats at national, provincial and local level.
She was elected the Mayor of Cape Town in the 2011 Local Government Elections. She was named the world’s best mayor for the May 2013 by City Mayors, a publication that monitors the work of mayors “who have served their communities well and who have made contributions to the well-being of cities nationally and internationally.”
Once described by Nelson Mandela as “a strong, principled woman” and his “favourite opposition politician,” she is married with two children, and enjoys playing golf, listening to music and reading in her spare time.
John is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketer, media consultant, speaker, trainer, author and columnist. He has consulted to and worked with 46 different and diverse industries. Past recipient of the Western Cape Institute of Marketing Managements Communicator of the Year award. He is the author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. John’s life philosophy is – “You can get everything you want in life, as long as you help enough other people get what they want.”
Jacques obtained the degrees BA(law) in 1982 and LLB in 1984 from Stellenbosch University. He completed articles at Routledge MacCallums attorneys in Cape Town. He worked for a year as legal director for property development company (1989) whereafter he returned to the attorneys’ profession at Pincus Matz Marquard Hugo Hamman in 1990. The firm later merged with media specialist firm Lionel G Murray & Co and eventually he started Lionel Murray Schwormstedt & Louw with the late Gordon Schwormstedt, where he is now the senior partner.
Jacques serves on a number of boards of companies, trusts and committees and he is an active committee member at the Cape Law Society. Outside the legal field he has been involved in an IT development company, PBT Information Technologies, hedge fund administration, medical schemes and insurance administration. He plays squash in the Western Province League as well as the Western Province masters’ league, where he has also represented WP Masters at tournaments and serves on the committee.
Chester Williams is the superstar winger of the Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
He is a much-loved, iconic and popular figure across the world of rugby. Chester represented the Springboks in 27 games, scoring 14 tries.
He was the first black player to represent the Springboks in the new South Africa.
Chester has achieved success coaching the Springbok 7’s and other teams in South Africa, Uganda, Tunisia, Romania and Croatia.
He represents many companies and organizations as Brand Ambassador.
Chester is involved in various marketing projects and is a sought after speaker at conferences, launches and for team building.
He has started the Chester Williams Foundation to support projects for sports development & leadership for the youth, community & social upliftment and medical assistance for low income families.