Top Empowerment VIP Speaker


Dr Mathews Phosa

Attorney and Politician

Cover icon of this year’s Impumelelo: Top Empowerment Companies,  attorney and one of South Africa’s leading business and political figures, Dr. Phosa will give an address on “The lessons we can learn from Oliver Tambo”; fitting in the year that marks 100 years since the birth of this revered activist, thought leader and namesake for the Oliver Top Empowerment Awards. During the early 1980s,

Dr Phosa was forced into exile, where he became the Regional Commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) the then military wing of the ANC. In his return to the country, he was appointed as the first Premier of the Mpumalanga Province in 1994.

Dr Phosa also served as ANC’s Treasurer General from 2007 – 2012. In addition to his political career, Dr Phosa has multiple business ventures where he sits on a number of listed/unlisted company boards. With numerous other accolades behind him, in 2013, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to transformation and empowerment at the 12th Oliver Top Empowerment Awards.


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