• 7 October 2011: Mark Cutifani, CEO of AngloGold Ashanti

Mark Cutifani was appointed to the Board of AngloGold Ashanti on 17 September 2007 and as Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2007. 

Mark has considerable experience in mining, having been associated with the industry since 1976.  Prior to joining AngloGold Ashanti, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at CVRD Inco, a Toronto based company, where he was responsible for Vale’s global nickel business.   Prior to Vale’s takeover of Inco he was Inco’s Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to his Vale and Inco roles he held senior executive positions with the Normandy Group, Sons of Gwalia, Western Mining Corporation, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and CRA (Rio Tinto). Mark is a mining engineer by training with several published papers and presentations. In his 34 years in operations, business development and corporate roles he has had responsibilities across 6 continents, more than 25 countries producing more than 20 commodities.

Mark is also very active in the industry associations and educational institutions. He is currently a Vice President of the South African Chamber of Mines, an Executive member of Business Leadership South Africa (and the designated spokesman for health reform in SA) and he is involved in or on advisory committees with University of Pretoria(SA), University of Cape Town(SA,), FDC(Brazil) and Kellogg (US).


  • 11 October 2011: Sandile Nogxina, retired Director General of the Department of Mineral Resources

Special adviser to Mines Minister Susan Shabangu
Sandile Nogxina serves as a special adviser to Mines Minister Susan Shabangu. Nogxina was the Director-General for Department of Minerals and Energy Affairs from 1998 to 2011.
Sandile Nogxina's Professional details
Current Position(s)
Special Advisor | Minister of Mines | South African Government
South Africa | 2011 - present
Energy, Utilities & Mining
Chairman | Tracy Ltd
South Africa
Finance & Business Services
Chairman | Black Anglo American
South Africa
Energy, Utilities & Mining | Metals, Minerals & Mining
Chairman | De Beers South Africa
South Africa
Energy, Utilities & Mining | Metals, Minerals & Mining
Advocate | Supreme Court of SA


  • 21 October 2011: Elias Masilela, CEO of the Public Investment Corporation

Chief Executive Officer

Elias Masilela (a 2007 Top 40 list, Alan Paton nominee) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) which he received in 1986. He also holds a Master of Sciences in Economic Policy and Analysis with a specialisation in Money, Banking and International Economics from the Addis Ababa University (A.A.U.), received in 1995.

He also underwent training with the Harvard University, on Macroeconomic Policy and Management as well as Global Financial System: Structure, Crisis and Reform, in 1998 and 2001, respectively.

Elias Masilela has an impressive professional history, characterised by a deepness of understanding of the policy environment, grounded in sectoral and international matters. He has lectured and written widely. He comments widely in the media on savings and retirement related matters. His latest writing has literally re-written the history of the Kingdom of Swaziland and provided an entirely new and interesting perspective to South Africa’s liberation.

He is author of a book that has enjoyed the biggest acceptance and launch both in South Africa and Swaziland, outside of the economic and economic policy circles. The Deputy President of the ANC, King Mswati III and Prime Minister of Swaziland attended the launch. The book was launched in June of 2007 with the title “Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo”. It covers the activities of the ANC in Swaziland, from a house that stands out as one of the key bases of the organisation, outside of South Africa.

The book, despite it being the first production of this nature by Elias, was nominated for the much coveted Alan Paton Award for 2007. In November of 2009, the book was amongst a few select titles identified to represent South Africa at the London Book Fair Market Focus in April 2010.

Given his long history with the Kingdom of Swaziland, he has founded and convenes a network of professionals across the globe with a deep interest in that country, but mostly concentrated in South Africa and the continent. The network is called Friends of Swaziland and enjoys more than 10 years of existence, after having been founded in 1998.

On the 8th of December, 2010, Elias Masilela was appointed by the President of South Africa (Jacob G Zuma) to the position of CEO, of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), effective the 1st of February 2011. This is the largest asset manager on the continent of Africa, managing over R1 trillion of assets.

  • 25 October 2011: Paul Kapelus, Director at Synergy Consulting and Founder of African Institute for Corporate Citizenship

Paul is social entrepreneur. Almost ten years ago he founded the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship and has recently handed over the CEO position. Paul has most experience in the extractive sector, helping companies manage their relationships with society. As a Director with Synergy Global, he continues to build on his 15 years’ experience in addressing the impacts of business on society and developing measures to promote a positive interaction between core business and social challenges. He has worked in Africa with mining, investment and banking, engineering and retail companies. He has also recently founded the Social Enterprise Company securing investment opportunities and partnerships with companies that promote social innovation in their core business. Paul has published extensively on the subject of business and development and has presented at international conferences for the past 10 years. He was elected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He has a MA in Social Anthropology from Sussex University (UK) and a BA (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Facilitation, research, social impact assessments, monitoring and evaluation, organisational development, human rights evaluations, feasibility studies, scenario planning, alternative dispute resolution.


  • 1 November 2011: Bobby Godsell, Chairman, Business Leadership South Africa

Robert (Bobby) Michael Godsell was born in Boksburg, South Africa on 14 September 1952, Bobby grew up in Durban where he attended Grosvenor Boys’ High School.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Natal and a Master of Arts in Liberal Ethics from the University of Cape Town.  He also spent a year pursuing postgraduate studies in Sociology and Philosophy at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Present roles:
*  Member of the National Planning Commission.
*   Chairman, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), CEO organisation representing the 70 largest South African public and private companies.
*   Co-Chairman, (with Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary, Congress of South Africa Trade Unions), Millennium Labour Council (MLC), a body that provides for social dialogue between South African business and labour leaders.
*   Chairman (non executive) Optimum Coal Holdings
(BEE Coal company).
*  Chairman, Board of Directors, St Augustine College, private Catholic university.
*   Co author, with James Motlatsi, previous President of the National Union of mineworkers of “Do it! Every South African’s guide to making a difference”, published by Jacana in November 2008.  Previous publications include co-editing with the American academic Peter Berger, “A future South Africa: vision, strategies and realities” published by Human and Rousseau in South Africa, and Westview Press in the US, and “Shaping a future South Africa: a citizens guide to constitution making” published by Human and Rousseau.
*   Otherwise retired.

Past Roles:
*   Chairman, ESKOM Holdings, July 2008 to November 2009
*   From July 1995 to September 2007, CEO, AngloGold Ashanti Limited.
*   Former President of the SA Chamber of Mines, Chairman, World Gold Council.


  • 9 November 2011: Julius Malema, President of the ANC Youth League

Julius Sello Malema
President of the ANC Youth League
Born in Limpopo Province
Julius Malema is a South African politician and the president of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL). In 2011 he was re-elected for a second term as President of the League. He entered into politics when he joined the Masupatsela (”Trailblazers”) pioneer movement of the African National Congress at age nine in 1990. He received military training at the age of 14, which led to him joining the ANC Youth League in 1994. He is known for his outspoken nature on socio-political issues.

Julius Malema's Professional details

Current Position(s)

President | Youth League | African National Congress
South Africa | 2008 - present
National President | Congress of South African Students
South Africa | 2001 - present
Regional Chairman | Seshego Branch | African National Congress Youth League
South Africa | 1995 - present
General Secretary | Youth League - Limpopo Branch | African National Congress
South Africa | 1995 - present