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Theme: Investing in Rural Community Development Projects

  1. Education and Skills Development
  2. Rural Healthcare Development
  3. Rural Roads and Infrastructure Development
  4. Dynamics and Diversity: The Potential of rural areas.

The attractiveness of rural areas includes home-connectedness and independent living culture as well as access to work, education and utilities, and affordable housing. At the same time, communities in these structurally weaker regions are finding it increasingly difficult to develop. For the past years MillaSA has hosted the annual rural development conference to promote the sustainability of rural livelihoods. Against the background of demographic change, our rural areas need an affordable infrastructure and a comprehensive network of facilities and services of general interest. To hear more from experts on this subject, Register Now.

Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn about Future-oriented rural development. Demographic change, digitisation and multidimensional factors of globalisation that make the rural communities.
  2. Discuss about proposed Community education – community-based learning. Explore how education works and what aspects it promotes. How Community Education supports communities. Concrete problem situations through joint action in to master a continuous learning process.
  3. Learn more about Rural viability and vitality.
  4. Discuss how to improve public awareness of the rural areas and resources to deliver on a wide range of economic, social, and environmental challenges and opportunities benefitting all Africans.
  5. Gain understanding of rural climate protection as a municipal task and consolidating activities, accompanying and advising municipalities.
  6. Listen to a wide range of developmental projects that are suitable for your region.

Venue: Cape Town, South Africa • Dates: 22 – 23 May 2019

Lizelle Coombs
Angels Resource Centres
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    Lizelle is passionate about empowering people and supporting micro and rural businesses in South Africa. She is a social anthropologist, professional facilitator, business mentor and accredited assessor. Lizelle designed a sustainable micro-incubator model for rural entrepreneurs which is currently successfully running in two provinces, creating life-changing impact in the communities. Formally she holds a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology and psychology and has many years of experience in entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

Stieneke Jensma | Chief Director
Regional Industrial Development
Department of Trade and Industry
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    Stieneke Jensma is the Chief Director for Regional Industrial Development at the Department of Trade and Industry. She has specialized in regional development and development finance locally and internationally. Her experience spans over 15 years during which time she has worked in the private and public sectors. She has championed Cluster Development in South Africa having introduced CDP. Stieneke holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (BCom) from UNISA. She is a certified associate with the Institute of Bankers (CAIB SA) and has a project management qualification. Stieneke is currently leading the Industrial Parks Revitalization Programme which is aimed at transforming the Rural and Township Industrial Economy.

Dr Thulasizwe Mkhabela
Group Executive: Impact & Partnerships
Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
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    Dr. Thulasizwe Mkhabela is the Group Executive: Economic Impact & Partnerships and Senior Lecturer Extraordinaire at Stellenbosch University. He started his journey with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) on the 18th June 2018. Before joining the ARC, Dr. Mkhabela was Acting CEO at the AgriBusiness Development Agency (ADA) in KwaZulu-Natal and also occupying as Chief Operations Officer. Prior positions were Managing Director at Outcome Mapping, Senior Researcher at the National Agricultural Marketing Council, Lecturer at Stellenbosch University and Senior Researcher, Soil Science at the Department of Agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal. Dr. Mkhabela holds a PhD Agric. Agricultural Economics degree from Stellenbosch University.

Chéri Green
Senior Town and Regional Planner
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    Cheri Green has over 30 years of experience in research in fields of accessibility, transportation planning, land use development, facility location planning (in urban and rural context) and defining social facility provision norms. She is Senior Researcher at the CSIR in the Spatial Planning Systems Group, Built Environment and a Registered Town & Regional Planner.

Zinhle Mncube
Project Manager: Community Industries
Knowledge Pele
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    Zinhle Mncube is the Project Manager of Community Industrialisation at Knowledge Pele. He has experience in power and infrastructure advisory in investment banking and worked as a credit manager where he helped to oversee the bank’s credit exposure to renewable energy projects. Zinhle co-founded a consulting firm focusing on assisting SMMEs in structuring their businesses to make them bankable to financiers. As an Enterprise Development Consultant, he was responsible for planning, implementation and programming of Knowledge Pele’s enterprise development programmes. As the current project manager for Knowledge Pele, he is responsible for project structuring (asset identification and acquisition), fund raising and establishment of KP’s community industrial infrastructure fund.

Rev. Dr. Blessing Karumbidza
Stakeholder Relations Manager
Sappi Forests KZN
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    ● PhD Economic History & Development Sociology – University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2009
    ● MA Economic History & Development Studies – University of Natal-Durban, 2001
    ● Diploma in Policing and Police Studies, Zimbabwe Republic Police Training College, Morris Depot, 1998
    ● Certificate in Marketing and Selling – London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 1997
    ● BA Hons. Economic History & Social Anthropology – University of Zimbabwe, 1995

John-Mark Kilian
Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions
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    John-Mark Kilian is a veteran social scientist, industry speaker, leading expert in the field of socio-economic development. He is the founder and CEO of Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions, which since 2006 has specialised in consulting, design and implementation of sustainable social solutions and livelihood development initiatives. Umsizi works with communities, government and industry stakeholders to pioneer development programmes which have successfully and meaningfully empowered those affected by poverty and inequality on a broad-based scale. John-Mark obtained his B.A. and Honours degrees in Social Development studies and Environmental Management from the University of Johannesburg. Since 2002, he has worked with top mining industry clients in communities across the breadth of South Africa, producing effective social and labour plans, Social Impact Assessments, Social Closure Plans and other sustainable development programmes. His experience extends beyond our borders to other African nations such as Mali, Sierra Leone and Zambia, among others. In addition to his roles as CEO and keynote speaker, he is a devoted husband and father to his family based in Johannesburg.

Russell Davies
Rural Education Access Programme (REAP)
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    Russell is originally from Melbourne, Australia but has lived in Cape Town since January 2006 following 6 years in London, UK. He holds undergraduate degrees in Law, Commerce and Theology, a Masters in Social Policy and a post-graduate diploma in Development Management. Following four years practising as a solicitor, Russell has spent most of his professional life in senior roles with international NGO’s in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa. For 8 years prior to joining REAP in September 2010, he was Director of HOPEHIV, a UK based children’s charity with project partners all over East & Southern Africa. Russell is motivated by helping others to fulfil their potential and loves cultivating the broad network of partners that makes REAP tick – staff, board members, donors, HEIs and recruiters. Outside of work he is an accomplished musician, heavily involved in his local church and an avid sports fan.

Unesu E Chikwava
Founding Director
Talk Trust
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    Unesu Edington Chikwava is a social development activist, Social worker, community development agent and Monitoring and Evaluation expert. He is the founder and director of TALK Trust, an organization that has been influential in promoting rural development projects in Chipinge Zimbabwe for a sustainable youth empowerment and development since 2014. TALK Trust works with rural communities, local government and industry stakeholders in steering programs and projects directed to enhance rural public health and responsiveness to poverty in Zimbabwe. Talk Trust depends on current technologies and educational systems in its service delivery.Unesu Chikwava obtained his B.A. (Honours) Degree in Social Work from the University of Namibia. He further attend Great Zimbabwe University where he obtained his Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies. Since 2014, He has worked in Humanitarian Organizations in leading rural development programs and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Ashley Seymour
Casidra SOC Ltd
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    Ashley Seymour holds B Comm (Accounting) and Hons B Compt degrees and is a registered South African Chartered Accountant. Seymour spent much of his career in development financing and impact investing, and is a seasoned Executive and Non-Executive Board member in both the public and private sectors. He previously held various Executive positions within the public sector and in the highly regulated banking sector environments. These include the IDC and the Corporate and Investment Banking Divisions of one of the four large South African banks. He has over 25 years of experience in multiple industries, primarily in financial services. He also volunteers his time in governance structures and community based organisations.