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United States Vice President Designate, Kamala Harris is a Pioneer and Trailblazer Says South Africa’s Ms Lerato Pretorious

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Ms Lerato Pretorius

Brian Kazungu, 17/01/2021

Ms. Lerato Pretorius, an active member of the C2C Corporate Governance Literacy Circle (CCGLC) has congratulated the United States Vice President designate Kamala Harris for becoming the first women of color to occupy such a position in the USA and described her as a pioneer and trailblazer following her rise to the pinnacle of American politics.

Ms. Lerato joins the likes of Dr. Ladislas Agbesi, PABF President, Mr. JJ Singh, C2C Public Engagement and Outreach Initiative Director and Chairman of the Royal India Restaurants, and Mr. Mutumwa Mawere, Chairman of the Africa Heritage Society in celebrating Harris’ historic achievement.

A special lunch ceremony has been organized for the 21st of January in honour of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and it is set to be held at the Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Like Kamala Harris, Lerato Pretorious is a pioneer and trailblazer herself as she is a proud owner of the Lavo Wines which through another member of the Connections2Communities is being distributed using a family or community approach to commerce.

The Lavo wines brand is now available on the Mall of Things, an open e-commerce platform that is also available to members who believe that using a shared ecosystem delivers faster and more profitable outcomes.

Apart from her interests in wine, Lerato is the CEO of Polyzomba Rail Contractors, a company that specializes in Rail construction and maintenance in South Africa.

She is a qualified Project Manager who holds a variety of diplomas in business and banking as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

She spent her early professional years in banking – working for Barclays Bank; Standard Bank South Africa and later Investec Private Bank.

She is also the founder of the Lehlaka Group, an ICT company whose vision is the creation of a Black Female led enterprise that can inspire other women to scale the heights of the available opportunities by unlocking the largely untapped hidden talent in women. .

“When I saw the initiation to this lunch to salute Biden and Harris, my immediate reaction was not only to say I am coming but to see the initiative as my own.

At a personal level, the story of Harris is like my own story re-told. Being a pioneer and trailblazer, one does not need to touch the people who can now see the immense possibilities that are now open because one of us is a step ahead.

This may be an American story but it is also my story. We have come far to arrive where we are today even in SA.” Lerato said

She further added that Kamala Harris brings three of her role models such as Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandi in one circle saying that the arc of the moral universe always turns towards an ideal that celebrates our diversity and not our differences.

I believe that when we choose to use the experiences of others, we don’t become weaker but stronger in our quest to deliver excellent outcomes to the problems that we may choose to solve.

As a member of the C2C Corporate Governance Literacy Circle, Lerato believes that the fact that Kamala Harris is the first woman, first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent to become the vice president of the United States makes her a role model across the globe.

“I can say that I am inspired beyond any description to play my part in provoking, inspiring and igniting positive and incremental change. It gives me personal pride and a unique sense of satisfaction that we are inching towards an ideal order that the creator intended for humanity.” Added Lerato

Mr. Singh, said: “Lerato is part of my extended family and through working with her, I have been extremely enriched through what started as a business collaboration with the Executive Producer of the Family Secrets TV show that is carried by SABC, Bongani Sibeko.

Lavo Wines being a quality product distributed by a fellow C2C member, has been given legs to reach many more people than LP could achieve on her own

I am delighted that she has embraced this lunch idea and through her tentacles, I hope to increase my bank of contacts since by meeting and sharing, opportunities can best be unlocked.

They say that the harder you work, the luckier you always become but the more networked you are, the more opportunities to choose from become.

I am reminded of what Mr. Mawere has taught me that ask not what C2C can do for you but what you can do for yourself in the name of C2C.

This initiative is one example of what is possible. Last week I had no idea that we will be hosting this auspicious lunch but guess what it is now a reality and history will be forced to include us.” Mr Singh concluded.

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Picture Moments: Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light Hall of Fame and The Re-launch of Mutumwa Mawere’s Book, When Minds Meet

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Mr Mutumwa Mawere, Mr Jagjit Singh and Dr Ladislas Agbesi

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Brian Kazungu, 04/05/2021

Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light celebrations were organized to honour and celebrating the induction of various exceptional men and women into the Hall of Fame of people whose exploits are transforming the image and perception of Africa.

President of the Pan Africa Business Forum, Dr Ladslas Agbesi was the Guest of Honor.

He congratulated inductees and also paid tribute to Africa Heritage Society Chairman and Business Man, Mutumwa Mawere on the re-launch of is book – When Minds Meet

Dr Ladslas Agbesi also paid tribute to the King of Morocco for the great strides that he is making on the country’s economic front.

The event was held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 3rd of May 2021

04/05/2021

Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light celebrations were organized to honour and celebrating the induction of various exceptional men and women into the Hall of Fame of people whose exploits are transforming the image and perception of Africa.

President of the Pan Africa Business Forum, Dr Ladslas Agbesi was the Guest of Honor.

He congratulated inductees and also paid tribute to Africa Heritage Society Chairman and Business Man, Mutumwa Mawere on the re-launch of is book – When Minds Meet

Dr Ladslas Agbesi also paid tribute to the King of Morocco for the great strides that he is making on the country’s economic front.

The event was held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 3rd of May 2021. Music and belly dancing kept attendees in the good mood.

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Pan Africa Business Forum President, Dr Ladislas Agbesi to Grace the Banking on Africa’s Future Induction Ceremony and Mutumwa Mawere’s Book Launch at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton

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Dr Ladislas Agbesi, Pan Africa Business Forum President

Brian Kazungu, 03/05/2021

Pan Africa Business Forum President (PABF) and Lash Consult Investments Chairman, Dr Ladislas Agbesi will be the Guest of Honour at the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) 10 000 Points of Light induction ceremony to be held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, today.

The event, a collaborative initiative between Banking on Africa’s Future, Connections2Communities (C2C) and Africa Heritage Society will be held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg at 6pm in this evening.

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In his pre-event statement, Dr Agbesi said “I am very humbled to join in the journey of greatness of people in the African Continent. When we are together and God is with us, no one will be against us”.

His organisation, the Pan Africa Business Forum is a multi-lateral, private sector driven organisation founded by a group of statesmen and new generation of entrepreneurs from several African countries who share a vision of Africa’s renaissance.

It operations are premised on the acceleration of socio-economic development of the African continent through a combination of carefully considered programmes and projects developed by Africans locally in collaboration with development partners outside the continent.

Banking on Africa’s Future – 10 000 Points of Light project resonates with the Pan Africa Business Forum’s Mission Statement which is “to empower current and future African generations through policy reforms and skills development with funding support from the business community by way of growth initiatives and social responsibility”.

The 10 000 Points of Light induction ceremony which coincides with the re-launch of Mutumwa Mawere’s book ‘When Minds Meet’ is dedicated to celebrate and honor individuals who are recognized as shining examples since their efforts are helping to raise the African continent’s flag high.

Among the people to be inducted as light bearers because their work strategically positions Africa to reclaim its long lost glory are entertainment industry business mogul, Mr Frank Mohapi, Executive Chairman of Sky Rink Studios situated in the Johannesburg CBD.

Cake Hier, Founding CEO, Ms. Neethu Lutchman, Siyazama Commodities and African Union Logistics Founding Director, Mr. Ravi Nadesan and Induction Foundry Technologies, Managing Director, Mr. Shaniel will also be inducted for the great work they are doing in their respective industries.

At the same event, businessman and author Mutumwa Mawere will be re-launching his book, , When Minds Meet, a literary masterpiece which touches on critical issues that must be considered for the African continent to deliver the promise of a better life to its citizens.

His book is a collection of articles that he wrote for various news publications on issues that are meant to form part of the conversations among Africans towards a better continent is a mind opening piece of literature on the realities that are prevailing in the continent.

Event host, The Royal India Restaurant is a high-end hospitality establishment located in what is known as the richest square mile in Africa – Sandton, Johannesburg.

It is a popular venue for special events because of its executive ambience and special Northern Indian cuisines plus it is also a favorite spot for movie productions, with SABC1 telenova, Family Secret being among some entertainment shows that are done in this elegant environment.

Oriental Fire Group Belly Dancers will provide the entertainment.

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JJ Singh Appreciation Day Videos and Pictures

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JJ (second from left) with friends

Brian Kazungu 19/04/2021

Recently, Africa Heritage Society declared the 4th of April as the JJ Singh Appreciation Day in honor of Mr Jagjit Singh, the ‘Punjab Boy’, a South African businessman, humanitarian and socialite who has been described as a royal man with a heart of gold.

The day which coincides with his birthday was an emotional encounter filled with pomp, funfair, civility, diversity and excellence.

Clad in elegant fashions, people from different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds including family, friends and business associates gathered at The Royal India Restaurant to celebrate Singh’s life of purpose which is characterized by tenacity, determination and courage.

Good music and some belly dancing spiced the mood in the serene Sandton area of Johannesburg which is regarded as the richest square mile in Africa.

Singh was showered with messages of honour and appreciation by notable and prominent figures in South Africa.

The event was organised by the fun loving and creative team called Birthday Club South Africa (BCLUBSA) in partnership with BMW Fast Track Racing, C2C and MTown Sherriff.

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