1. “What happened and What’s Next? ” – A riveting review of the May 2019 general election in South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet and what this means for South Africa and the cascading challenges facing the country.
2. “Russian Roulette? – What amending the Constitution to allow Expropriation without Compensation Means” – In May 1996, when the South African Constitution was agreed in Parliament, Tony Leon was involved in its drafting and played a key role as Chairman of the Constitutional Assembly Theme Committee of Fundamental Rights in resolving Section 25 –the Property Clause.
Today, 22 years later, the key architect of that historic document, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that the property clause will be amended to explicitly green light expropriation without compensation.
Tony Leon provides in a topical presentation of the history of this clause and how its amendment will affect everything and everyone –from homes to land to investors, banks, corporates and every citizen. What the likely outcome of the first amendment to our Bill of Rights means for South Africa and its very future is explained in this up-to-the-minute presentation by one of the people present at the creation of our constitutional order.
3. “Ramaphoria and Ramareality” – Using both his unique access (personal encounters with the current and past five Presidents – FW De Klerk, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe, Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa) and well-honed political and analytical skills, Tony Leon looks at the possible ways forward for South Africa after the financial market meltdown, currency crash, the credit downgrade and the economic and political challenges which confront us in a world of uncertainty. He also unveils some of the silver linings in our stormy skies.
4. “Behind Embassy Walls” –The Changing face and facts of global diplomacy and “where in the world is South Africa?”
5. “Opposite Mandela” – Tony Leon has published a “riveting and readable” (Rapport 22 June 2014) account of Nelson Mandela’s consequential presidency through his first -hand access to South Africa’s icon. In this address he illustrates how our first democratic president changed the face of our and the world’s politics and how we can draw lessons for today from that era.
6. “Africa-Beyond the Headlines and Behind the Numbers – From Prowling Lions to Black Swans and Hidden Dragons.” Africa’s impressive recent gains in growth and market share have invited investor interest at home and abroad. But in 2019 with crashing commodity prices and rising sovereign debts, some of the shine has gone off the African ball. There are both real success stories and some whopping failures. Analyzing the trends and using real time examples, Ambassador Tony Leon examines whether the once ‘forgotten continent’ is indeed open for business and some of the cautionary tales to remember.
7. “Lessons from the Latins” – Mexico could soon replace China as the centre for global manufacturing; Brazil, once the continent’s super-star is embroiled with challenges yet has seen the most spectacular growth of its middle class in recent world economic history and Colombia and Panama have shrugged off their troubled histories to position themselves as the Singapore’s of Latin America. Using his experience as the recent South African Ambassador to three countries in the region, Ambassador Tony Leon offers unique insights into this fast growing global market and the opportunities on offer in it.
8. “Power of disruption – Politics and Business” – How the disruptors – from the transistor radio in the 1950’s to the iPhones of the 2000’s have totally disrupted in some cases destroyed industries and business models. In politics the same pattern has emerged in 2016 – from Julius Malema in South Africa to Donald Trump in the United States. A fascinating talk linking disruption and populism in business and politics creates a realistic and challenging picture of the current scene in South Africa and the world.
N.B. Additional titles can be customised to client’s requirements or the speaking topics listed above can be combined.
Upcoming Tony Leon Events
28 January 2020 – The Cape Town Press Club – Cape Town, South Africa