Speeches

Speeches given by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe

The list of speeches are as follow:

Nelson Mandela 2018 Nobel Inspired Peace Lecture by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe, Solomon Mahlangu House, University of Witswatersrand, JHB

5 October 2018

Programme Director; H.E Ms. Cecilia Julin, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden; Dr Molapo Qhobela, CEO of NRF; Mr. Olof Somell, Curator of Nobel Museum, Sweden; Dr Gansay Pillay, Deputy CEO of NRF; Students; Ladies and Gentlemen; Thank you for inviting me to deliver this lecture, marking the auspicious occasion and centenary of the Nobel Peace laureate, Nelson Mandela. Invoking…

Opinion Editorial by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe

15 September 2018

The inaugurations of new historical epochs do not reveal themselves with sharp clarity in their immediate moment. Rather, they require unrelenting fidelity to the ‘newness’ they purport to occasion. In his first State of the Nation (SONA) address, President Cyril Ramaphosa remarked that this moment South African history signifies a ‘new dawn’: bringing forth a renewed period of hopefulness, in…

Birthday Message by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe for Zandisile Phillip Pase

13 September 2018

Dear Zandisile, Congratulations on the significant achievement of reaching 60 years of age. Your life has been one marked by the extraordinary commitment to service, from your days in exile to your commitment to teaching and learning. The matter of education and political education, by extension, is a basic right and cause close to your heart and mine. Given their…

Opening Remarks by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the IFAA Public Meeting

30 August 2018

Programme Director; Professor Ben Turok; Professor Thuli Madonsela, Comrade Pallo Jordan, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the kind invitation to deliver opening remarks on the occasion of this public meeting. Before I delve into the heart of my contribution, I wish to first honour the location that we find ourselves in today: the Ashley Kriel Hall in Community House,…

Birthday wishes for His Royal Highness Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi

27 August 2018

His Royal Highness Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Please accept my best wishes and many happy returns on the occasion of your 90th birthday. Today you join the rarefied and prestigious ranks of the ‘nonagenarians’, who have the privilege of entering their tenth decade. As you know, Psalm 90:10 declares that: ‘The days of our years are threescore years and ten’. To have…

Remarks by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Conferring of Honourary Citizenship, Italy

12 August 2018

The Mayor of Fallo, Alfredo Salerno & his wife, Carla; The South African Ambassador to Italy; The South African Ambassador to Turkey; Municipality Staff; Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the invitation to be with you and mark this remarkable occasion. Grazie mille. I am deeply humbled by the conferral of Honourary Citizenship on me by the Municipality of Fallo…

Keynote Address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the 2nd National Convention of South Africa, Johannesburg

2 August 2018

Programme Director; Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana; Comrades and Friends; Ladies and Gentlemen; Thank you for inviting me to close the second meeting of the Convention of South Africa. I am deeply honoured by the request and encouraged by the existence of this influential civic and religious forum. I am immensely heartened to see the many religious and civil society representatives gathered…

Remarks by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the celebration of Tshilidzi Ratshitanga’s PhD, Johannesburg

27 July 2018

Programme Director, The Ratshitanga Family, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen; Thank you for inviting me to say a few words on this auspicious and triumphant occasion. The attainment of a PhD marks the highest possible achievement within the domain of education. It stands as evidence of profound resilience; tenacity and intelligence, given the long road taken that must be travelled…

Remarks by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Project Literacy Breakfast, Johannesburg

5 July 2018

Programme Director; Meg Pahad, Chairperson of Project Literacy; Brenda Kali, CEO of Conscious Companies; Nicolas Wolpe, CEO of the Liliesleaf Trust; Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to say a few words at this morning’s ‘Breakfast of Insights’ in support of Project Literacy and its ‘Run Home to Read’ programme. As we collectively rally to sustain and aid…

Zuma’s valuable lesson, or what state capture has taught us about South Africa and the world – Ivor Chipkin

18 June 2018

Zuma’s valuable lesson, or what state capture has taught us about South Africa and the world - Ivor Chipkin, Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI). In early 2017 in the midst of what we argued was a ‘silent coup’ in South Africa, several colleagues and I published the Betrayal of the Promise report. The book is coming out next month, I…

Towards a disruptive and well-considered socio-economic transition – locating state capture within a broader theory of change – Mcebisi Jonas

15 June 2018

Introduction Honourable President Ramaphosa, former President Motlanthe, distinguished guests, comrades… Let me begin on a lighter note with a disclaimer that having had that encounter with the Gupta's doesn't make me an expert on state capture! What I have been asked to talk about here today is how state capture has impacted on our socio-economic transition. I will focus on…

Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation Inclusive Growth Forum, Drakensberg Convention Centre

15 June 2018

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe, Programme Director, Prof Nick Binedell, European Union Ambassador, Dr Marcus Cornaro, General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, Isithwalandwe Baba Andrew Mlangeni, Mr Roger Macquet and Mrs Frederika Macquet, Trustees of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation, Colleagues from government, business, labour, civil society and academia, Ladies and Gentlemen, We are gathered here…

Opening Address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Inclusive Growth Forum, Drakensberg

15 June 2018

Programme Director; President Cyril Ramaphosa Other Distinguished Guests present; Comrades and Friends; Members of the Media; Ladies and Gentlemen; On behalf of the Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation, I would like to begin by sincerely thanking each one of you for carving out time and committing your energies to participate in this inaugural Inclusive Growth Forum. The genesis of this forum can…

The Kgalema Motlanthe Foundation Initiative: “The Drakensberg Inclusive Growth Forum” The Drakensberg Convention Centre Champagne Sports Resort – 15-17 June 2018

14 June 2018

Friday, 15th June 2018 14h00    Registration 15h30    Silent Movie: The Drakensberg 16h00    Welcome and Opening by Programme Director:  Prof Nick Binedell, Gordon Institute of Business Science and KMF Initiative Steering Committee member 16h10    Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica – The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir 16h20    Remarks and acknowledgements by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe Unveiling of the plaque, by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe, to…

Recorded address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe for the WOC Opening Ceremony

8 June 2018

Programme Director; ICO President, Dr Hugh Taylor; WOC2018 President, Dr Rafael Barraquer; SEO President, Dr José Luis Encinas; WOC2018 Scientific Program Committee Chair, Professor Clement Tham; Members of the Medical Community; Members of the Media; Government officials and Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Ladies and Gentlemen; I would like to begin by sincerely apologising for not being able to be…

Congratulatory Remarks by the Chancellor of the University of Venda President Kgalema Motlanthe delivered at the Graduation Ceremony, University of Venda

15 May 2018

Chairperson of Council, Mr Serobi Maja; Deputy Chairperson of Council Thovhele MPK Tshivhase; Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Jan Crafford; President of Convocation Mr Levy Ndou; Acting Director Student Affairs, Mr Godfrey Tshikhudo; SRC President Mr Gcina Mhlabane; Members of Council and Senate; University Management; Academic and Administrative Staff; Traditional Leaders; Religious Leaders; Invited guests; UNIVEN alumni; Staff, students, graduandi;…

Keynote Address by Kgalema Motlanthe on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, Pretoria

14 May 2018

Programme Director; Jane Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park; Honourable Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly and Ntate Moloi; Comrade Nkosinathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture; His Excellency Mr. Rodolfo Benítez Verson, Cuban Ambassador to South Africa; His Excellency Mr. Veiccoh K. Nghiwete, Ambassador of Namibia; Comrade Ace Magashule, Secretary General of the African National Congress; Comrade Sdumo Dlamini, President…

Opening Remarks by Former President Motlanthe at the Norwegian Exhibition at Lilliesleaf, Johannesburg

12 April 2018

Programme Director; Norwegian Ambassador, Trine Skymoen; Bishop Stålsett Members of the diplomatic corps; Comrades; Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for the invitation to say a few words at tonight’s exhibition opening. The curation of a dedicated exhibit, marking Norway’s contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle and the ending of white minority rule, has been more than a year in the making.…

Eulogy by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Funeral of George Nene, Johannesburg

9 April 2018

Programme Director; The Nene Family; President Thabo Mbeki; Premier David Makhura; Ambassador Welile Nhlapo; Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill; General (Retired) Sphiwe Nyanda; Comrades and Friends; Ladies and Gentlemen, I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and privilege to pay homage to Ambassador George Sipho Nene, as well as express my condolences to his family. The cadences of our lives give way…

Speech by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the first annual Olof Palme Youth Lecture, Pretoria

14 February 2018

Programme Director, Naomi Madima of Freedom Park; Ms Jane Mufamadi, CEO of Freedom Park; Mr Julius Ledwaba, Education Officer; Dr Mukanda Mulemfo, Founder of the Olof Palme Youth Education Initiative; H.E. Ms Karin Hernmarck-Ahliny, Acting Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Sweden to the Republic of South Africa Representatives of governments; Learners; Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to deliver the…

Remarks by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at Honoka Combined School, Giyani

8 December 2017

Programme Director; MEC of Education in Limpopo Province, Hon. Maaria Ishmael Kgetjepe; Former Minister of Public Service and Administration, Mrs Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi; Hosi Ndengeza, Traditional Authority of Ndengeza villages; Representatives of the Malungani Family; Representatives of the Provincial Department of Education; Teachers and Learners; Ladies and Gentlemen; Thank you for allowing me to address you on this important occasion. The…

Address by Former President Motlanthe at the Helen Suzman Annual Lecture, Johannesburg

7 November 2017

Programme Director; Francis Antonie, Director of the Helen Suzman Foundation; Trustees of the Helen Suzman Foundation; Senior Managers of SAPO; The Suzman Family and Friends; Lady Frances and Sir Jeffrey Jowell; Dr Patricia Suzman; Mrs Irene Menell; Daniel Jowell, Queen’s Council; Hubert Cooreman; Ambassador of Belgium; Jessye Lepenn, Acting Ambassador of the United States of America; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and…

Public Lecture by Former President of the Republic of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe at the Singapore Management University

31 October 2017

Programme Director; The President of Singapore Management University; Mr Arnoud de Meyer The Academic and Administrative Community; The Diplomatic Community; The Student Community; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen:   Thank you for the opportunity to address you today. An exchange of ideas on an international platform of this nature helps enhance our knowledge of the world we live in today,…

Keynote Address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Harith/Business Day Infrastructure Dialogue, Cape Town

27 October 2017

Master of Ceremonies, Ranjeni Munusamy; Jabu Moleketi, Chairman of Harith General Partners; Mr Sfiso Buthelezi, Deputy Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Public Investment Corporation; Tshepo Mahloele, Chief Executive Officer of Harith General Partners; Dr Daniel Matjila, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Investment Corporation; Mr Tshokolo Nchocho, Chief Executive Officer of Land Bank Tim Cohen, Editor of Business…

Lecture by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe on Leadership, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Western Cape

27 October 2017

Programme Director; Professor Piet Naude; Students of the Business School and university; Ladies and Gentlemen; Thank you for inviting me to address you on this auspicious occasion: the first annual lecture on leadership at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB). Today, I have the dual honour of supporting this initiative with my patronage and delivering its inaugural address. It…

Keynote Address by His Excellency Mr Kgalema Motlanthe, former President of the Republic of South Africa at the launch of the Olof Palme Youth Education Initiative, Midrand High School

20 October 2017

Programme Director, Dr Essop Pahad; Mrs Camantha Reddy, Acting Principal of Midrand High School; Dr Mukanda Mabonso Mulemfo, Founder of the Olof Palme Youth Education Initiative; Her Excellency Ms Cecilia Julin, Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Sweden to the Republic of South Africa; Ambassador Billy Modise; Students of Midrand High School; Ladies and gentlemen; Thank you for the kind…

Address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the African High Level Parliamentary Colloquium on Achieving Health Target and Leaving no one Behind

5 October 2017

Your Excellences; Your Excellencies, Members of Parliament; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen: I am very pleased to join you here today on this most important engagement. Leaving no one behind is very dear to our hearts, therefore the deliberations you are going to have today speak to the core of the Champions for an AIDS Free Generation Programme.     Ladies…

Keynote address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the launch of South African Business Abroad, London

12 September 2017

Programme Director; Xolani Xala, Founder and Chief Chairman of South African Business Abroad; Rudi De Sousa, Director of South African Business Abroad; Sir Tony Baldry, British Conservative Party; Government Officials and Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of Civil Society; Business leaders and CEOs; Members of the Media; Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to address you in…

Public Lecture by Former Deputy President of the African -National Congress Kgalema Motlanthe to the Robert Matji Political School on “Reflections on the South African Political Economy” at the Missionvale Campus of the Nelson Mandela University, Eastern Cape

26 August 2017

Programme Director; Mr Phumzile Tshuni, ANC Acting Regional Chair; Prof. Rose Boswell, NMU Exec Dean of Arts; Comrades and Friends: Thank you for this opportunity to engage in this necessary reflection on the political economy of our country. There is no substitute for political education if the ANC is to produce a cadre that is intellectually and politically well-suited for…

Tribute by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Memorial Service of the late Comrade Ronnie Mamoepa, Tshwane, Pretoria

27 July 2017

Programme Director; Ms Audrey Mamoepa and the Mamoepa Family; The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa; Former Chairperson of the African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma; Representatives of the Gauteng Provincial Government; Representatives of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality; Ministers and Deputy Ministers; Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners; The Tripartite Alliance and all Political Formations Present;…

Keynote Address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe’s at the launch of Oxfam South Africa, Johannesburg

25 May 2017

Programme Director; Sipho Mthati, Executive Director of Oxfam South Africa; Mazibuko Jara, Chairperson of the Oxfam South Africa Board; Oxfam International Board Chair, Juan Alberto Fuentes; Oxfam International Representatives; Oxfam SA Board and Staff; Oxfam Partners and Guests; Representatives of Civil Society Organisations; Comrades and Political Allies; Ladies and Gentlemen:   I thank you for the invitation for this address…

Address by Former President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Third Annual Dr Chota Motala Lecture, Durban

18 November 2016

Programme Director; Mrs Rabia Motala; Mr Irshad and Ms. Shereen Motala; Professor Yusef Karodia, Founder and CEO of MANCOSA; Mr Riaz Meer; Mrs Ella Gandhi; Professor Jerry Coovadia; Directors and Management of MANCOSA; Comrades and Friends; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you for the honour and privilege of inviting me to deliver the third lecture in remembrance of the…