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CEO Engagement with Mmusi Maimane
July 9, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
In May 2015, the Democratic Alliance elected their first black leader, Mmusi Maimane. As the official opposition in South Africa, the DA has the role of challenging government policy specifically on what the DA sees as requirements to grow a robust and inclusive economy. In addressing Accelerate Cape Town, Mmusi will focus on the economic agenda for South Africa, and how to ensure better business engagement with government.
About Mmusi Maimane
Mmusi Maimane is the new Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance and leads the DA in Parliament. As the Leader of the Official Opposition, Maimane has managed to unite Opposition Parties on matters relating to the protection of the Constitution and Parliament and is remembered for his A Broken Man, Presiding Over A Broken Societychallenge of Jacob Zuma in the 2015 State of the Nation debate.
Raised in Soweto, Maimane was elected as the DA’s Johannesburg mayoral candidate in the 2011 Local Government Elections and served as Leader of the Official Opposition in Johannesburg City Council. He was also the Deputy Federal Chairperson of the DA until May 2015. In the 2014 National Elections, Maimane ran as the DA’s candidate for Premier in Gauteng and after a highly-contested election, Maimane established himself as a major political figure in South Africa. Maimaine is multilingual, has multiple university degrees and a unique ability to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Maimane is passionate about youth unemployment and the skills-shortage that resulted from the unequal education policies of Apartheid. He strongly believes that the route to reaching South Africa’s potential is through prioritising access to quality education, and growing the economy by prioritising the growth of small businesses to create jobs for young entrepreneurs and decrease the dependence on social grants.