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Gilan Gork - New Speaker Gilan Gork - Incredible International Mentalist
Gilan Gork is a top South African mentalist, as featured on dozens of television shows, radio interviews and print media. Gilan engages audiences by demonstrating the power of the mind and the power of influence through his show called The Mentalist Experience. This is typically positioned as "intelligent" or "motivational" entertainment, either as a single show or as part of Gilan's unique way of playing master of ceremonies.
Captain Nick Sloane - New Speaker Captain Nick Sloane - “Rising to the Impossible” Leadership • Managing Diverse Teams • Strategy • Vision • Risk • Adventure
Captain Nick Sloane caught the attention of world media for successfully leading the parbuckling (rotating) of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, wrecked in 2012. He headed up a 500-plus-member team that spent 20 months in Italy plotting how to turn the ship upright. Working with a vessel three football fields long and twice the size of the Titanic, Nick made waves early on merely for having the gall to attempt the project. A major risk was that the ship would buckle and break, pouring out into the sea thousands of items, from cooking pans to poker tables. But years of experience had prepared Nick for this opportunity. On 27 July 2014, the Costa Concordia was delivered to its owners in Genoa, ending the biggest salvage operation in history. For his efforts, Nick Sloane was awarded the Bentley’s Infrastructure Hero of the Year Award for this “unprecedented feat” and has been nominated for the Italian Prime Minister’s Cavaliere del Lavoro medal of honour.
Brand Pretorius - New Speaker Brand Pretorius – South African Business Guru
Under Brand Pretorius' leadership, Toyota SA grew from a small automotive player focused on light commercial vehicles with just 7% of the vehicle market to SA’s biggest in just 10 years. In 1999 he was offered the position of CEO at McCarthy Motor Holdings, but debts were out of control, the share price had disintegrated and the group was declared insolvent. Brand accepted the position and McCarthy returned to profit within 18 months. McCarthy became a part of Bidvest in 2004 in a deal worth R1bn and remains one of the key focus areas of the diversified giant. Brand recently published a book on leadership called: "In the driving seat - lessons in leadership." It is currently the bestselling South African business book and has been reprinted four times.
Mel Jones - New Speaker Mel Jones - Top Female Comedian and Master of Ceremonies
Mel Jones is a top comedian, award nominated producer and an energetic MC and entertainer. You may have heard her on the radio as co-presenter of a very popular morning show, seen her on SABC3's Comedy Showcase, as their first hostess, no less, the Phat Joe show, the King Size Comedy Tour, the Blacks Only Comedy Show, Mind The Gap, The Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Kings & Queens of Comedy, the critically acclaimed comedy & sketch show, Bitches, the Vodacom Funny Festival where she was their very first female host, and Comedy Central!
Chris Bertish - New Speaker Chris Bertish – Monster Wave Rider and Championship-Winning Surfer
Chris Bertish has won the Maverick's Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest and heaviest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport, and has a string of other notable world firsts under his belt. He has just recently returned from competing in the Stand Up Paddle World Championships in Peru for a second time, where he again made a top 10 finish. Next year he aims to be the first person to paddle an SUP across the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way Chris has mastered the gift of talking an amazingly inspirational story, and so has become a global Motivational Keynote speaker who travels the world inspiring audiences to believe, that they too, can achieve great things, with the right self-belief, attitude and focus. It’s just a matter of choice.
Cat Simoni - New Speaker Cat Simoni: From West End to Broadway and Beyond!
Top singer and performer Cat Simoni’s musical performance tells the hugely entertaining story of her crazy showbiz rollercoaster ride and bizarre encounters with high society’s rich and famous at London’s 5-star venues: The Ritz, Dorchester and Berkeley Square Casino! Spicy, irreverent and hilarious, Cat’s amazing personal odyssey is the platform from which she delivers thrilling showstoppers from some of the biggest musical ever to have graced London’s West End and New York’s “Great White Way”.
Dawie Roodt - New Speaker Dawie Roodt - Top Economic and Political Analyst
Dawie Roodt is the chief economist and a director at Efficient Group, a financial services company. His career in economic and political analysis spans over 20 years and includes nine years as an economist at the South African Reserve Bank as well as being the economic editor of a financial publication. Dawie is known for his extensive knowledge of the South African economy, his analytical nature and exceptional communication skills. He is highly efficient in conveying complicated economic information into everyday language. Regular television appearances, broadcasts on radio stations and comments in the printed and electronic media have all contributed to making him one of South Africa’s most quoted economists.
Chester Missing - New Speaker Chester Missing - South Africa Top Satirical Political Analyst Puppet
Exciting things are currently happening for Top Satirical Political Analyst Puppet Chester Missing: He has a book on the elections hitting the shelves ("Chester Missing’s Guide to the Elections ‘14", in collaboration with Zapiro), as well as his regular election spot on Kaya FM, and election coverage on Late Nite News and also as a satirical political analyst for eNCA itself, and bimonthly piece for City Press! In line with his new book, Chester offers a 30 minute talk explaining politics in South Africa. He spells out in his inimitable puppet fashion the must-knows, the who’s who and the what-what. Conrad Koch says Missing is 38 and has been that age since he found him. Koch, 36, who has a master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Cape Town, says he has been a ventriloquist since childhood and has always been fond of cartoons. Missing has made a lot of friends, including Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and DA national spokesman Mmusi Maimane.


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