The 15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture: what people were expecting

Asked what guests expected of the 15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, addressed by United Nations deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed, this is what they said.

Cebisa Luzipho, PR manager

Cebisa Luzipho

“I would like to get more solutions and answers regarding gender equality issues faced by young women in Cape Town and around the world.”

Lillian Masebenza, founder of Mhani Gingi Trust

Lillian Masebenza

“Mandela was one of my heroes, and it’s an honour to be here. He was here for all of us in an inclusive way.”

Krish Naidoo, director at Look & Learn Publishing

Krish Naidoo

“This event is a good way to network, meeting like-minded people and fundraising. It’s important for any businessperson to learn more about their industry.”

Lindelwa Jabavu, COO of Road Accident Fund

Lindelwa Jabavu

“I attended last year’s lecture and I’m very interested in hearing Amina’s speech. We need to have an inclusive approach to gender equality, and not exclude young boys from this narrative.”

Lebo Ramafoko, CEO of Soul City Institute and Health

Lebo Ramafoko

“We have partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and our club members are here to see the lecture today. They will be involved in the dialogue [on 26 November], where we will be discussing what it means to be a young woman in Khayelitsha.”

Zaitoon Rabaney, executive director of Botanical Society of South Africa

Zaltoon Rabaney

“I’m very pleased that the lecture is in Cape Town this year. What resonated with me the most is the focus on women, because we need to start educating our communities about gender equality.”

Sello Moloko, businessperson and trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

Sello Moloko

"We are in an interesting time for our country and we tend to see our issues through a local perspective. It would be insightful to get a global view on some of the issues we face in our country, especially from the United Nations.”

Mthetho Christopher Tshemese, clinical psychologist

Mthetho Christopher Tshemese

“When we think of Madiba, we think of our first democratic leader and the legacy he left behind. Yet there is a lot of work to be done. I’m looking forward to hearing and being involved in more dialogues on gender-based violence.”

Professor Shirley Zinn, CEO of Shirley Zinn Consulting

Professor Shirley Zinn

“It’s a critical time in our economy and I’m interested in hearing about solutions regarding how we can empower young women. I’m ready to learn more about us moving forward with gender equality in corporates, our communities and beyond.”