Nedlac & Mistra Webinars

Nedlac and Mistra will host two webinars, on July 19, 2022 and August 02, 2022, looking at lessons and legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic for social contracting and social partnerships.

Since March 2020, organised business, labour, community, and government have worked together, lobbied, negotiated, and exercised oversight over the management of the Covid-19 pandemic to address the devastating impact on lives and livelihoods. There is now a recognition that while there may be further pandemic phases, the Covid-19 is endemic and the response to Covid-19 needs to be integrated into a new normal, with general public health measures and occupational health and safety in place.

There are significant lessons for stakeholders. To consider the lessons and legacy of the last two years, Nedlac is partnering with Mistra to host two webinars as follows, to which you or representatives from your organisation are invited.

Very different relationships between social partners and actors in society were required to outsmart the Covid19.  The two webinars focus on the South African experiences, successes, and failures in this regard.

The recommendations arising from the webinars will be compiled in a report for approval by the Nedlac structures and submitted to relevant government and social partner structures for further consideration.

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, it could be argued that the social contract between the people and government was high, with strong adherence to lockdown restrictions.  However, by the end of the pandemic, this was reversed with, for example, far fewer numbers of people agreeing to be vaccinated.  This webinar will focus on what happened to the social contract looking at adherence to non-pharmaceutical measures, respect for lockdown regulations, and attitudes to vaccination.
Webinar details: Tuesday, 19 July, 8h30 to 10h30

The crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdown, economic distress, and the 2021 July unrest saw significant levels of consensus and working together between the social partners. This webinar will focus on the different kinds of collaboration and partnership that developed, what lessons can be learnt and how can partnerships be sustained where relevant going forward.
Webinar details: Tuesday, 2 August 2022, 8:30 to 10:30



Profile of speakers, August 02, 2022

Setepane Mohale
, NatJoints Workstreams Coordinator/ DMRE
  1. Ms Mohale is an economist working for the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE). She has experience in research, economic policy development, and project finance and infrastructure investment. She is currently working as Chief Director for Economic Analysis and Statistics since 2020 to date in the Mining, Minerals and Energy Policy Branch. She was Chief Director for Mineral Promotion and International Coordination, from 2011 to 2020, at DMR   and was responsible for the directorates dealing with Mineral Economics, Beneficiation (downstream value-addition), Small Scale Mining, Investment Promotion, and International Coordination in Mineral Industry.
  2. She is responsible for the development of South Africa’s Mineral Beneficiation Strategy and implementation plan as well as the development networks within government, with private sector and unions to ensure its implementations.
  3. She worked at the Economic Development Department of as Director for Macroeconomic Policy from October 2009-September 2011; and as an economist for Development Bank of South Africa from April 2008-September 2009.
  4. She has also been appointed to support the implementation of the Presidential package in Response to Global and Domestic Challenges as signed by social, the President of the Republic South Africa, H.E. Mr J Zuma in October 2012.
  5. She was a member of the Ministerial Committee for the Review of the White Paper on Social Welfare in South Africa.
  6. She has Masters: MSc International Development in Globalization and Development at Manchester University 2007 and BA in International Relations and Economics at Lancaster University (2006)

Cas Coovadia, Business Unity South Africa

  1. Cas started as CEO of BUSA on 1 April 2020 after retiring as anaging Director of The Banking Association SA (BASA) after spending 15 years there. He was instrumental in positioning BASA as one of the leading business organisations in SA and positioning it as a credible voice for the banking industry.
  2. Cas obtained his B. Com from the University College – Durban in 1971. He completed the Housing Finance Course with the Wharton Real Estate Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Effective Directors Programme with the Kagiso School of Leadership. He has contributed to numerous articles and publications on housing finance, civil society, local government, and the role of civic organisations in governance.
  3. Cas became involved in anti-apartheid politics in the early 1980’s. He was very active in the civic movement, starting in Laudium, Pretoria in 1980. He was the leading force in the establishment of the White Blocks Residents Association in Laudium during 1980. This was the first organized civic body in the country and mobilized low-income people around their day-to-day issues. Cas subsequently was instrumental in the formation of the Civic Association of Johannesburg, which was the trailblazer in negotiations around the restructuring of local government in the early 1990’s. The Civic Association of Johannesburg, which included the Soweto Civic Association, Alexandra Civic Organisation, Lenasia Civic Association and others, was the central party from the Mass Democratic Movement in negotiations around the restructuring of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council. Cas was General Secretary of the Civic Association of Johannesburg and led the negotiations. He was also instrumental in the formation of the South African National Civic Organisation and was its Vice-President. Cas played a critical role in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and was leading its Johannesburg Area Committee. He also played a critical role in the defiance campaign during the mid-1980’s.
  4. Cas is still active in numerous business organisations and in civic life. He is the Chairperson of the National Business Initiative, on the Council of Wits University, on the board of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, amongst others

Mathew Parks
, Cosatu Parliamentary Co-ordinator
  1. COSATU Parliamentary Coordinator
    • Have been here for the past 12 years
    • Coordinate COSATU’s engagements with Parliament and government and the ANC on bills, policies, regulations, taxes etc at Parliament.  As well as at Nedlac and in bilateral engagements with business and industry bodies and companies.
      • Involved in wide range of other policy engagements with government ranging from labour to finance, budget, taxes, agriculture and land reform, transport, police, home affairs, justice, basic and higher education, health, trade and industry etc.
  2. Have been involved in parliamentary sector for past two decades in both parliament and the western cape provincial legislature.
  3. Have worked for other NGOs as well.
  4. Have been involved in the ANC and its various formations and structures, including having previously served as the ANC’s Deputy Regional Secretary for Cape Town and on its Regional Executive Committee.
  5. Have a Bachelors of Social Science from the University of Cape Town and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Governance from the University of the Western Cape.

Wendy Tlou,
Solidarity Fund
  1. Wendy is a seasoned reputation management and corporate affairs executive with over 15 years executive management experience. Her tenure within this field has seen her head up the communications office of South African Tourism as the GM: Global Communications from June 2007 to July 2010 where she led the team that conceptualized managed and delivered SA Tourism’s communications strategy and leveraged communications of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to benefit South Africa’s tourism ambitions.
  2. She joined South African Tourism (SAT) in 2003 as Marketing and Communications Manager in Frankfurt, Germany and was later promoted to Marketing Communications Manager in London, UK.
  3. Her tenure as the Managing Director at The Communications Firm (TCF) in August 2011 was focused on strategic client and stakeholder relations, integrated brand strategy development and new business development. As part of TCF, Tlou led the team at the South African Reserve Bank that launched the Nelson Mandela banknotes in 2012 in South Africa and SADC.
  4. In October 2013, she was headhunted to be the Chief Marketing Officer for Brand SA, and in October 2016, she joined Lonmin Plc, then the world’s third largest platinum mining company with a dual listing in the UK and South Africa, as its Group Head of Communication and Brand. She vacated this position in August 2019 following the executive management restructuring post Sibanye-Stillwater’s acquisition of Lonmin in June 2019.
  5. Since June 2020, Wendy is the Executive Head of Behaviour Change and Corporate Communcations, Humanitarian and Flood Response Support at the Solidarity Fund, in charge of the Fund’s  R970m budget in these areas.

Andrew Boraine
, Western Cape Economic Development Partnership

Andrew Boraine has been involved in South Africa’s political, local government, urban, economic and sustainability change processes for the past four decades, as student leader, anti-apartheid activist, advisor, negotiator, government planner, city manager, chief executive, facilitator, partnership and partnering specialist, systems change practitioner, institutional designer, communicator and writer.

He is the CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP), a collaborative intermediary organisation based in Cape Town. The EDP facilitates issue-based and area-based partnering solutions, as well as knowledge-sharing and learning, aimed at strengthening grassroots, local, metropolitan and regional systems and processes to achieve better development outcomes

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