Speakers

Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin is the senior director at Cheadle Thompson & Haysom. He is a former Professor at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand with a National Research Foundation B – research rating.

Bradley Conradie

Bradley has 20 years’ experience as a labour lawyer.  After completing his LLM degree in Labour Law at the University of Cape Town he joined Cheadle Thompson & Haysom as a candidate attorney.

Dennis Martin Davis

Educated at Herzlia School and Universities of Cape Town and Cambridge. Presently judge of High Court, Cape Town (since 1998) and Judge President, Competition Appeal Court (since 2000). Previously Prof of Law at University of Cape Town (where he still teaches) and Witwatersrand where he was the Director of Applied Legal Studies (CALS) - 1990-1997. While at CALS was involved as legal advisor to the multi party conference that drafted the South African constitution. At University of Cape Town teaches tax, constitutional law, competition law and legal theory.

Gideon du Plessis

Gideon joined the trade union Solidarity on 1 November 2008 and on 1 August 2012 he became Solidarity’s General Secretary (GS). In his position as GS, Gideon represents the union as its principal or chief negotiator at multiple South African industry forums, worker organisations, national and government initiated forums.

Malebakeng Forere

Malebakeng Agnes Forere is a senior lecturer at the School of Law of the University of the Witwatersrand. She lectures International Trade Law and Intellectual Property Law at Masters level; Labour Law and Law of Property at undergraduate level.

Dr Lester Goldman

Dr Lester Goldman is an experienced corporate executive, who has been involved in the Professional Association sector as a C-level executive for two Professional Associations. He is the current CEO of the Water Institute of Southern Africa.

Avinash Govindjee

Professor Avinash Govindjee is Executive Dean at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa. Avinash is Consulting Attorney to the firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He has served the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on a part-time basis as a Senior Commissioner for almost a decade

Nerine Kahn

Nerine is an admitted attorney. She was in private legal practice for six years. The last two of which focused on Labour law only. She then went on to become a Commissioner in the CCMA at its start up, and rose through the ranks to become a Senior Commissioner responsible for the Gauteng office. (5 years) She left the CCMA to become Chief Director of Labour Relations in the Department of Labour, responsible for Labour Relations Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act and Employment Equity Act implementation and adviser to the then Minister.

Lindiwe Maqutu

Lindiwe Maqutu is a Lecturer of the School of Law in the College of Law & Management Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg), a Masters degree in Medical Law (LLM) degree and a Masters Degree in Constitutional Law from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Cameron Sello Morajane

Mr Cameron Sello Morajane is the Director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), since 1 April 2016. Morajane has extensive private practice and trade union movement experience. He was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 2003. Before joining the CCMA he was in private practice and later joined the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), as the National Legal Co-ordinator. 

Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi

Prof Letlhokwa George Mpedi completed his B Juris degree (1996) and LLB degree (1998) at Vista University. In 2001 the LLM degree in Labour Law was conferred upon him by the then Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg). He was twice the recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) award (in 2000 and 2001, for purposes of doing research in Germany for his LLM dissertation and LLD thesis respectively). A National Research Foundation doctoral research award was also granted to him in 2002.

Dr. Joni Musabayana

Dr. Joni Musabayana has a Doctorate in Business Leadership from UNISA School of Business leadership, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a BSc Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Zimbabwe. He also has a Diploma in Training Management, Diploma in Computer Programming plus numerous Certificates in Management, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship training.

Aadil Patel

Aadil Patel is the National Head of the employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). A thought leader in his field, he is recognised for his in-depth expertise in employment law and has acted extensively for various employers in both the public and private sector.

Ebrahim Patelia

Ebrahim Patelia is a practicing attorney in Johannesburg South Africa. He has 18 years of experience as a mediator and arbitrator particularly in complex labour disputes. In addition he has experience in family, commercial, community and socio-political mediation.

Karmini Pillay

Karmini Pillay is an academic at the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand since 2004. She was previously both an academic and Street Law Coordinator at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (PMB) where she read for her Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Law degrees respectively.

Sipho Mila Pityana

Sipho Mila Pityana is the founder and Chairman of Izingwe Holdings. He is also chairman of the Board of Directors of the following companies: the JSE listed AngloGold Ashanti and Onelogix, he is also a non-executive director of a number of manufacturing companies including Aberdare Cables where he is the Vice Chairman.

Mr Thanduxolo Qotoyi

LLB (University of South Africa) Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law (University of Johannesburg) LLM (Labour Law, MA (Human Resources & Labour Relations)- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Ms Sufinnah Singlee

Sufinnah Singlee is a lecturer in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Cape Town. She received both her LLB and LLM (in Labour Law) from the University of Cape Town and her LLM (in Human Rights and Social Justice) from the University of New South Wales in Australia

David Taylor

David Taylor is an attorney, a former associate professor of ICT law and a legal consultant. He is also a board member of the Water Institute of Southern Africa and for the last 5 years a member of the Forensic Science Forum of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. David provides services to multinationals, local business and government in various legal, consulting and compliance roles. He has wide experience in governance and compliance. David has strategised, designed and implemented governance programs and realignment for organisations.

Judge Basheer Waglay

Judge Waglay matriculated in Cape Town and obtained his law degree from the University of Cape Town.  He practised as an attorney for 15 years before being appointed to the Labour Court in 1999.

Ms Nicci Whitear-Nel

Nicola Whitear is a senior lecturer in the School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, specializing in labour studies. She has a BA, LLB, and LLM and is an admitted attorney. She is a consultant at Austen Smith attorneys and a CCMA commissioner