School Leadership Forums in Cape Town and Johannesburg wrap up a successful 2018

As 2018 drew to a close, speakers at two School Leadership Forum (SLF) events highlighted the crucial role that leadership plays in the delivery of education and the success of the country

The final SLF event held this year in Cape Town was hosted in the Waterfront on 8 November. The guest speaker was prominent activist, political thinker, academic, medical doctor, businesswoman and Dr Mamphela Ramphele. Dr Ramphele probed the notion of reimagining and rebuilding South Africa in a rousing talk during which she posed sometimes difficult, but wholly necessary, questions about the ailing South African education system and the role of school leadership in rectifying it. She also called attention to the positive strides made by the past and current contingent of courageous school leaders, instilling a sense of hope and possibility. 



Dr Ramphele has previously endorsed the PfP programme:

 “Nothing matters in the life of a nation as much as education. If you look at history, the societies that have succeeded are those that value education, that invest in education. By investing I’m not talking money only. I’m talking time, energy, enthusiasm and high expectations of our children.”

A week later, respected business leader, motor industry veteran, and Symphonia board member, Brand Pretorius, amplified the importance of effective leadership by drawing on his vast experience in the many leadership roles he has held in his career.  Alongside Mr Pretorius, joy activist and laughter coach, Sue Jameson provided some much-needed stress relief with controlled laughter therapy which taps into the ‘inner-child’. Allan Gray was again the generous host of this SLF event, held at their offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg.




Mr Pretorius has also previously endorsed the PfP programme:

“I identify fully with the aims and objectives of the PfP project. In my view it addresses one of the critical success factors in education in a practical and meaningful way. I am confident that this worthy project will, over time, improve the quality and effectiveness of education in South Africa.”

The SLF empowers principals, teachers and senior education stakeholders to deal with challenges in schools by providing them with information, tools and practical solutions to problems faced in the education sector. It also creates an excellent networking opportunity when large groups of principals and other key education stakeholders meet and engage with each other.


Now in its sixth year, the forum consists of a series of 6-weekly talks and panel discussions on various education and leadership-related issues. After the sessions school leaders are often able to immediately implement practical solutions to challenges they face in their schools and communities.

One of South Africa’s biggest fundraising programmes, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, has been the main financial sponsor and long-standing partner of the SLF initiative since its inception. The unique concept has also evolved through a partnership with Symphonia for South Africa and the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

This year, the cities of Durban and Tshwane hosted SLF events for the very first time.






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