GAUTENG - Symposium -Leading in catastrophic times

ExpiredGAUTENG – Symposium -Leading in catastrophic times

Event Phone: +2783 254 7992 / +2711 867 0587

  • Breakfast
    November 3, 2015
    7:30 am - 12:00 pm

The events that occurred at Lonmin preceding and following 16 August 2012 highlighted a cataclysmic moment in the history of mining. The significance of these events reverberated and will continue to reverberate across the South African industrial relations landscape.

A deeper understanding of what was at play is critical for all thought leaders intent on steering their organisations through the challenging waters of leading a business in South Africa post-Marikana. Can you afford not to understand the challenges of leading a business at times of cataclysmic change?

Can you afford not to view the Marikana-story from multiple perspectives? Can you afford not to explore the lessons learnt and gear your organisational leadership for the challenges that may be staring you in the face?

You are invited to an event hosted by Schuitema Associates that seeks to present an alternative perspective on what is popularly referenced as the Marikana Massacre or the Marikana Tragedy.

The popular narrative highlights strained industrial relations, contestation by unions, failed public order policing methods, the socio-economic impact of migrant labour and the corporate quest for profit at the expense of people; the loss of human life and the ongoing cry for redress following the publication of the Farlam report.

What is this alternative, largely unrecorded, narrative that co-existed with the popular narrative? What was is it like to lead a business organisation at a time when things appeared to fall apart? What are the unique outcomes related to this period? What are the leadership lessons learnt in the eye of the storm?

Join us in a thought-provoking symposium and hear first hand from two thought leaders in conversation


Mark Munroe (Executive Vice-President Mining)

Mark is a seasoned mining executive having previously worked for Anglo-American, DRDGOLD and more recently having headed up Lonmin’s mining operations as Executive Vice President from 2009 to 2014. He has a proven track record of been able to build and sustain exceptional leadership teams in very challenging environments. He is passionate about leadership and the role it can play in society. He believes a legacy can only be left in people, people are the real value of any business or society and leadership is the differentiating factor. He believes the focus on any leader must therefore be the development of individuals and teams. Putting Care and Growth of people top of a leader’s priority.

Etsko Schuitema (Lead partner Schuitema Associates)

Etsko completed an honours degree in Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand before joining the Chamber of Mines of South Africa Research Organisation as a graduate researcher. His work at the Chamber was initially focused on the issue of conflict in gold mines in the final eclipse of the apartheid regime. His groundbreaking work, dealing with conflict resolution, led to the development of a framework for understanding trust in this controversial industry. In 1989 he founded Schuitema of which he is the Lead partner. Since then the Care and Growth Model has been tested in disparate contexts, in 27 countries and on 5 continents.



Venue Phone: +27 11 710 6400

Napier Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2006, South Africa

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Auckland Park is the original home of CCJ. Established in 1906 the property is a registered heritage site and includes spectacular venues for weddings and other celebrations. The widespread grounds are host to outstanding sporting facilities including a cricket pitch, tennis and squash courts and bowling greens.

The tall imposing oak trees, “those green-robed senators of mighty woods”, stand as monuments to an establishment rooted in the heritage of Johannesburg, flourishing in the third millennium as a stalwart of elegance and good grace.The property is 14 hectares.


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