Indlu-la-mi-thi is the Nguni name for giraffe. It can be directly translated as “above the trees”. Indlulamithi South Africa Scenarios 2030 encourages big-picture and far-horizons thinking on the collective future of the people of our country

Indlulamithi South Africa Scenarios 2030 is a multi-stakeholder, research-driven initiative that seeks to re-invigorate our search, as a nation, for ways to create a society where all people experience a sense of belonging and solidarity. Where all have opportunities to build a better life. Where all feel they can influence those in positions of power..

Indlulamithi will provide tools – in the form of scenarios – to assist us to imagine alternative futures more than a decade from today. These scenarios – or storylines – aim to focus leaders from different sectors and people from all walks of life on a key question:

What would a socially cohesive South Africa look like?

And to what degree is it attainable by 2030?

The project is a response to the reality that, despite great progress over the past two decades, South Africa still faces major challenges. As a nation we are struggling to deal with a confluence of inadequate economic growth, widespread unemployment, sharp inequalities, low levels of fixed investment and frail social capital. Cumulatively, these have a major impact on the living standards, safety, education and health of our people.

In 2017, a group of representatives from government, labour, academia, business and other stakeholders came together to establish Indlulamithi as a quest for change, centred on a long-term strategic view of South Africa.

Indlulamithi seeks to facilitate an open conversation on visions of a South African society that is socially integrated and where communities and institutions aspire to eradicate the social and economic inequalities that cause exclusion and injustice.

Indlulamithi is devoted to helping South Africans realise a common purpose and shared vision that focuses on appreciation of our diversity and on solidarity as a means to development and progress. The project is led by Dr Somadoda Fikeni and is supported by a group of diverse stakeholders from government, labour, civil society and business.


The leadership group consists of leaders from various sectors in society. It serves as a sounding board for the project, providing strategic direction and insight.

 Frans Baleni

Mr Baleni is the deputy chairman at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and previously served as the general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). He holds a BA in development studies from University of Johannesburg.

Cas Coovadia

Mr Coovadia has spent decades working in the financial services. He is the managing director of the Banking Association of South Africa. He is a member of the board of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Banking Association and the treasurer of African Union for Housing Finance. He holds a BCom from University College Durban.

Jan Durand

Mr Durand has extensive and diverse experience in the financial services sector. He is currently the chief executive and executive director at Remgro Limited. He holds a BAcc (Hons), MPhil from the University of Oxford and CA (SA).

Tasneem Essop

Ms Essop is an expert on climate, energy, poverty and social justice issues. She is serving her second term as a commissioner in the National Planning Commission (NPC). She has worked for the World Wildlife Fund International Global Deal Network Initiative and led the South African delegation to the United Nations summit on climate change. She is the former provincial minister of environment, planning and economic development in the Western Cape and was responsible for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP).

Nicola Galombik

Ms Galombik is the executive director of Yellowwoods Capital, the holding company of several business in the financial services and leisure sector. She is passionate about Africa and youth development, and is the founder and chairperson of the Harambee Youth Empowerment Accelerator. She holds a BA (Hons) and MA in cinema and media studies from the New York University.

Dennis George

Mr George has championed the labour movement since 1991 when he was an organiser for the Transnet Allied Trade Union. He serves as general secretary of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa). He is involved in National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) which influences fiscal, monetary, trade, economic development and labour market policy.

Reuel Khoza

Dr Khoza is a business executive, entrepreneur, author and educator. He is an advocate of a management and leadership culture based on inclusivity, Afrocentricity and ubuntu. He served as chairman of Eskom Holdings (1997-2005) and the Nepad Business Foundation (NBF) from 2001 to 2011. Dr Khoza is currently the chairman of Dzana Investments and Aka Capital. His academic qualifications include an MA in marketing from the University of Lancaster (UK), and Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa from Rhodes University. He is the author of half a dozen books on business leadership and corporate governance, including Let Africa Lead and The African in My Dream.

Jabu Mabuza

Mr Mabuza is a corporate leader with diverse business experience in various sectors. He has held high-profile positions, including chief executive of Tsogo Sun, managing director of Southern Sun Gaming and chairman of the board of South African Tourism. He is currently the chairman of Telkom and president of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA).

Vuyokazi Mahlati

Dr Mahlati is a public policy and development planning specialist. She was involved in the development of the National Development Plan (NDP) and serves on the National Planning Commission (NPC). Previously, she was the president of the International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA). She holds an MSc in social policy and planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in public and development management from Stellenbosch University.

Phil Mjwara

Dr Mjwara is responsible for policy development in the science and technology sector in South Africa. He was the group executive for research and development and strategic human capital at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and previously headed the National Laser Centre. He has published and presented papers relating to physics, technology and fore-sighting. Dr Mjwara was, until recently, a co-chair of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva.

Bonang Mohale

Mr Mohale is an astute business leader who has held a number of positions. He is currently the chief executive of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). Prior to his appointment to BLSA he served as chairman and vice-president of Shell SA.

Yvonne Mokgoro

Justice Mokgoro served as a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from its inception in 1994 until 2009. She currently serves as justice of the Appeal Court of Lesotho and of the Supreme Court of Namibia. She has written, taught and practised law for over 35 years. Her focus is on constitutional and customary law, human rights and social justice. She holds B. Iuris, LLB and LLM degrees from the North-West University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Malusi Mpumlwana

Bishop Mpumulwana is a retired bishop of the Ethopian Episcopal Church who currently serves as general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. His role at the council is to drive its mandate to address different issues such as reconciliation, poverty, inequality and economic transformation. His mission is to create an all-inclusive church that empowers youth, women and the poor and addresses socio-economic problems within the diocese. He received his academic training in theology at the Federal Theological Seminary as well as the universities of Cape Town and Notre Dame.

Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi

Ambassador Nkosi is the Deputy Director General of Global Governance and Continental Agenda at the Department for International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco). He is an expert in international relations and diplomacy, and recently completed four years as ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg as well as head of mission to the European Union. He holds a Masters in international relations and diplomacy from the University of Pretoria.

Ayanda Ntsaluba

Dr Ntsaluba is a group executive director of Discovery Holdings Ltd. He served as deputy director general for policy and planning in the Department of Health from 1995 -1998, and subsequently as director-general of health and later, foreign affairs from 2003 to 2011. He is a board member of South African Tourism and a trustee of the South African AIDS Trust. He holds a medical degree from the University of Natal, a specialisation in obstetrics and gynaecology and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Febe Potgieter-Gqubule

Dr Potgieter-Gqubule is a member of Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection’s Board of Governors and also serves as deputy chief of staff to the African Union Commission.

Prior to this she was ambassador to Poland and the project development officer at the National Youth Development Forum. She holds a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Witwatersrand and is passionate about issues such as youth empowerment, employment and leadership development.

Xhanti Payi

Mr Payi is a researcher, commentator and economist. He is currently director of Nascence Advisory and Research, which he founded to produce policy and industry research as well as provide advisory services. He holds a postgraduate diploma in finance and economic policy from the University of London and a BCom from the University of Cape Town.

The Steering Committee handles day-to-day management of the project, coordinates resource mobilisation and approves the project agenda and documentation.

Somadoda Fikeni

Dr Fikeni is a political analyst and advisor to the principal and director for special projects at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He is a member of the BRICS think-tank and chairs the Independent Development Trust. He holds a BA (Hons) from the Walter Sisulu University, a master’s in international politics from Queens University in Canada, and a PhD in comparative politics from the Michigan State University in the United States.

Barry Gilder

Mr Gilder is the director operations of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). He served with the ANC in exile and worked in various intelligence-related roles, including as deputy director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). He is the author of Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance.

Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya

Ms Kashe-Katiya has in the past worked as a researcher and project manager in academic, public and civil society sectors. She is currently responsible for the project management of MISTRA research projects and also oversees the organisation’s consultancy services function. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a BSc. (Hons) from the University of Pretoria, and Master of Philosophy in Heritage and Public Culture; from the UCT. Ms Kashe-Katiya is also an Honorary Research Associate at UCT’s Archives and Public Culture Research Initiative.

Koosum Kalyan

Ms Kalyan acts as a non-executive director of Aker Solutions, Anglo American South Africa, MTN Group and Petmin Mining. She was on the boards of Standard Bank, Reserve Bank Mint and Bank Note Companies. She is a global scenario expert, having convened the Mont Fleur scenarios and other global scenarios. She was with Shell Southern Africa and Shell International in various portfolios related to corporate and scenario planning.

Pali Lehohla

Mr Lehohla is the former statistician-general at Statistics South Africa and has served as the chair of the United Nations Statistics Commission. Mr Lehohla is a development researcher for Agicor. He managed censuses for Bophuthatswana in 1985 and 1991, and was responsible for directing the South African Census in 1996. He holds qualifications from University of Ghana and University of Lesotho.

Joel Netshitenzhe

Mr Netshitenzhe is the executive director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). He is a member of the boards of the CSIR, Nedbank Group and Life Healthcare Group. He is a member of the ANC National Executive Committee, and also served as a member of the National Planning Commission. He guided the two presidency scenarios in 2002/03 and 2007/08. He holds a Master of Science in financial economics and a postgraduate diploma in economic principles from the University of London.

Vuma Ngcobo

Mr Ngcobo is the project assistant to the executive head of Anglo American South Africa. He holds a BCom in marketing and BCom (Hons) in logistics, materials and supply chain management from the University of Johannesburg. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in industrial engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has previously worked at Kumba Iron Ore and Jocum Casa Rocha in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Yacoob Abba Omar

Dr Omar is head of strategy and communications at the Banking Association of South Africa. Previously, he served as director of operations at MISTRA and as chief facilitator of two presidency scenarios. He has written and lectured on the risks and scenarios model at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU). He has also utilised the scenarios approach for several other clients. He holds a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand.

Barend Petersen

Mr Petersen was appointed to the De Beers plc board in 2008. He is a chartered accountant with broad international experience in mining, energy, finance, stakeholder relations, business turnarounds, corporate recovery and corporate governance. He is a director of several companies including Anglo American SA and Curro Holdings Limited.

Andile Sangqu

Mr Sangqu was appointed executive director of Anglo American South Africa in 2015, working with the South Africa-based businesses to help deliver the group’s regional strategy. He is the vice-president of the Chamber of Mines and has previously served on the Chamber of Mines’ National Development Plan committee. He has worked at Impala Platinum, Glencore Xtrata and Kagiso Trust Investments.

Uwais Razack

Mr Razack works in the CEO’s office of Anglo American South Africa, supporting various strategic projects across Anglo’s South African business units. He previously worked for De Beers Canada as a technical analyst on multiple projects, including the development of the restructuring strategy for De Beers in Canada, asset evaluations and systems implementation.

Siphokazi Sigenu

Ms Sigenu manages MISTRA’s communications. She holds degrees in business management, corporate communication and marketing management from the University of South Africa (Unisa), University of Johannesburg and Institute for Marketing Management (IMM) respectively. She previously worked as a social media and web specialist at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and as a communications intern in the office of the Public Protector.

Beth Vale

Dr Vale researcher in the Humanity Faculty at MISTRA as well as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. She was once a postdoctoral fellow under the National Research Foundation (NRF) chair at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her doctoral research, completed at the University of Oxford, was an ethnographic study exploring the medication-taking practices of HIV-positive adolescents in the Eastern Cape.

Vincent Maphai

Dr Maphai has had a distinguished and successful career in academia, private sector and public service. He has served on the boards of SAB, African Rainbow Minerals, BHP Billiton and, most recently, Discovery Holdings. He was appointed in senior positions by all three post-apartheid presidents. He has lectured at academic institutions, both locally and internationally. He holds a BA, BA (Hons) and MPhil from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and an MA and PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The core participants in the project embrace a range of independent experts and key players from the private, public and non-profit sectors, civil society, political parties, labour and various professions

They bring to the project diversity in terms of gender, race, age, language, education, culture and religion. The objective is to draw meaningful input from a representative and inclusive sample of individuals. They participate in workshops, discussions and analysis of research findings, variables and scenarios.

  • Dr Haroon Bhorat
  • Mr Dave Bruce
  • Mr Kennedy Bungane
  • Prof Thabisile Buthelezi
  • Mr Flip Buys
  • Ms Colette Clark
  • Ms Michelle Constant
  • Mr Gavin Davis
  • Ms Portia Derby
  • Dr Theuns Eloff
  • Mr Adrian Enthoven
  • Mr Neal Froneman
  • Mr Xolile George
  • Ms Maggie Govender
  • Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa
  • Mr Mark Lamberti
  • Ms Thabi Leoka
  • Mr Johannes Möller
  • Dr Vincent Maphai
  • Mr Joseph Maqekeni
  • Prof Tshilidzi Marwala
  • Mr Joseph Mathunjwa
  • Mr Tshediso Matona
  • Ms Thandi Matthews
  • Dr Asafika Mbangata
  • Mr Norman Mbazima
  • Mr Mpumelelo Mkhabela
  • Mx Siya Ngcobo
  • Mr Bheki Ntshalintshali
  • Dr Mamphela Ramphele
  • Mr Yusuf Randera-Rees
  • Ms Nompumelelo Runji
  • Mr Zamani Saul
  • Mr Chris van der Merwe
  • Mr Zwelinzima Vavi