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The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) is set to hold its Annual Conference at The Wanderers Club, Illovo, Johannesburg on August 1 and 2, 2018.

Themed “Potential and Reality: Bridging the Gap”, this year’s Conference aims to create a platform for speakers and delegates to discuss tailored solutions to issues around health, population explosion, education, regional integration in Africa, climate change among others, and the role philanthropists can play in actualizing the Africa we all dream about. The Conference will also present opportunities to explore collaborations and partnerships for increased impact.

Over the 2-day period, a diverse group of visionary leaders from philanthropists, social investors, heads of foundations and corporate organizations to NBA stars and legends will gather to learn and share best practices that have been garnered over decades of industry experience in Africa and across the world.

Among those confirmed to participate include; H.E Thabo Mbeki, Founder Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Former President, the Republic of South Africa, Dr Judy Dlamini, Executive Chairperson, Mbekani Group, Yvone Chaka Chaka, Founder, Princess of Africa Foundation, Donne Nicole, CEO, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, renowned activist and Founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Phuti Mahanyele, Executive Chairperson, Sigma Capital, Nyokabi Kenyatta, Director, Kenyatta Trust, Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust, Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA star and Founder, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation.

“South Africa has gained significant momentum in the philanthropic space over the years. Hosting the Conference in Johannesburg provides the opportunity for philanthropists and stakeholders to engage and discuss best practices that are scalable and adaptable to amplify development work in Africa.
Beyond this, it is also the centennial of one of the most influential Africans that has ever lived, that is Nelson Mandela, someone we all continue to draw inspiration from.” Tsitsi Masiyiwa, Board Chair, APF

Although there has been exponential growth in the continent’s largest economies, more than half of the continent’s economies have either slowed down or come to a halt. The 2018 APF Conference seeks to inform, inspire and ignite the passion to bridge the widening and persistent gap between Africa’s potential and its reality.

Established in 2014, The African Philanthropy Forum is a community of philanthropists and social investors who seek to influence and actualize inclusive and sustainable development in Africa by Africans. Since inception, APF has devoted its efforts to promoting homegrown philanthropy and establishing a stronger presence on the Continent with footprints in nine countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda through its Regional Meetings and Annual Conferences.

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