Calendar & events

Strategic Risk Leadership Conversations on Higher Education (SRLC-HE)

Kgorong Building, 4th Floor, Function Hall
Event date:
03 December 2019
09:00:00 - 19:00:00
Important dates:

3 December 2019, 09:00 – 17:30
17:30 – 19:00 Networking Cocktail

“Disruption at the Base of the Pyramid – (therein) Unfolds a Paradox”

The third chapter of our Strategic Risk Leadership Conversations on HE is set to kick-off on 3 December 2019.

Concept Note on the SRLC-HE (2019)


Keynote speakers

Mr Willie Hofmeyr - Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions

Mr Willie Hofmeyr obtained his BA in Economics at the University of Cape Town in 1976, followed by a Masters degree in Economic History from the same university in 1984. In 1989 he also obtained LLB from the University of Cape Town. He was admitted as an attorney in 1991.

In May 1999 Mr Hofmeyr was appointed by the President as a Special Director of Public Prosecutions to head the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the NPA. The AFU was established in the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. It has the power to seize assets that are the proceeds of crime or that have been used to commit crime. Its main focus is organised crime, drug-related crime, serious violent crime and serious economic crime and corruption.

In 2001 he was also appointed as Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions (DNDPP) and remained as head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit until August 2015. He was responsible for the Legal Affairs Division until March 2019. He is now responsible for the Asset Forfeiture Unit. Mr Hofmeyr also served as head of the Special Investigating Unit from August 2001 to November 2011.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Hofmeyr held the following positions:

  • Member of Parliament for the African National Congress (1994-99). During this time he held the following positions:
    • Chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly committee that drafted the chapter on the Judiciary in the new Constitution (1994-96);
    • ChairpersonofConstitutionalReviewCommittee,CapeTown(1997-99);
    • ParliamentaryCounsellortotheDeputyPresident(1998-99);
  • Assistant Secretary and Executive Member, African National Congress, Western Cape (1991-94);
  • Candidate Attorney at Mallinicks Attorneys, Cape Town (1989 – 1991);
  • Executive Member of the Western Cape United Democratic Front, (1987-91) and
  • Actuarial Student, Metropolitan Life (1979-84)

During his time as a Member of Parliament, Mr Hofmeyr’s main involvement was in the Justice Portfolio Committee which focused on the legislation dealing with new Constitutional structures, the establishment of the Truth Commission and the reform of the justice system to deal with crime more effectively in accordance with international human rights standards.

He was also a member of the Constitutional Committee of the Constitutional Assembly from 1994 to 1996 which negotiated settlements to the deadlocked issues regarding South Africa’s final constitution.

Mr Hofmeyr also served as co-chair of the Constitutional Assembly Committee, which dealt with the judiciary and the legal system, including the powers of the Constitutional and other courts, the appointment of judges through a Judicial Service Commission, and other mechanisms to ensure the independence of the judiciary. It also dealt with the creation of an independent national prosecuting authority.

Prior to 1990, Mr Hofmeyr was active in the liberation movement and was active in the early union movment, the United Democratic Front and the African National Congress. He was banned or restricted for over 6 years, and was detained without trial on several occassions.

Prof Mervyn King

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes.

He has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Universities of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and Leeds in the UK, an honorary Doctorate from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and a honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chair of the Good Law Foundation.

He is Chair Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in London and of the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance. He chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight and was President of the Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years and a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris for seven years.

He is chair of the African Integrated Reporting Council and chair of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa.

He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally from the ICGN, the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance, the Indian IOD and the Regenesys Business School. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; of the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; of the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Chartered Director of South Africa.

He is the Patron of The Good Governance Academy which holds colloquia on critical governance issues and distributes a memorandum to over two million members of local and international institutions.

He has been a chair, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges. He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the International Federation of Accountants.

He is the author of five books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Auditor. Quo Vadis.”

He sits as an arbitrator and mediator internationally.