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The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme

Cape Town Senior Executives Seminar

Next Seminar: 12–15 April 2015

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Growth and Sustainability: Re-Thinking How

The next South African seminar of the Business & Sustainability Programme will be held at Spier Hotel & Conference Centre outside Stellenbosch. It will explore how our current economies and societies have come to be the way they are, the systemic risks we and our institutions now face and the role of business in leading viable responses that will take us to a sustainable future.

Over three days and nights, a diverse group of senior executives from local and global firms as well as from government and civil society will discuss with Core Faculty and a range of expert contributors the implications of resource depletion and climate change, the problem of continued growth, the potential for a new economic paradigm, some of the more inspiring responses of business and the requirements of leadership in these times.

Delegate Reflections on Previous Seminars

"This is such a good programme that I wish I had participated earlier."
CEO, Namdeb
"It is an exceptional course."
GM, Transnet
"The seminar content was beyond all expectations. The quality of the discussions and presenters was excellent."
Deputy Director-General, SA Government

Outline Programme

Download the programme for a previous seminar.

Delegate List

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Will DayWill Day, Fellow of CISL

Will is a former Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (SDC). His current roles include: Fellow of CISL, Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a non-profit company bringing together private sector and NGO member organisations to pursue the Millennium Development goal for water and sanitation in the poorest parts of the world, and Sustainability Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers UK. He also recently joined British Land's CR Panel. Until October 2012 he was Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

Photograph of Mary-Jane MorifiMary-Jane Morifi, Ex-Executive Head Corporate Affairs, Anglo Platinum

Mary-Jane was appointed to her previous position and to the Anglo Platinum Management Services Board in November 2007, joining the company from BP International in London, where she was Director of Audit, BP Marketing. In her role at Anglo Platinum she was responsible for government relations, sustainable development, corporate communications and community engagement and development. She gained a BSoc Sci (Hons) from the University of Cape Town.

Vanessa Otto-MentzVanessa Otto-Mentz, Head of Group Strategy, Santam

Vanessa started her career with PWC in South Africa and left the firm in 2003 as an Associate Director in the Global Risk Management Solutions business. Since then she has spent the bulk of her time working with the executive team of the Santam Group, the largest short-term insurer in Africa, on the strategic change process of the Group. She actively participates in the global sustainable insurance movement and sits on the Board of the UNEP FI PSI (principles for sustainable insurance) and the management committee of ClimateWise. When she is not busy with her master’s dissertation she can be found in the Santam group strategy office, facilitating senior management development programme interventions on sustainable organisations for educational institutions or coaching individuals and teams in transition.

Magnus RademeyerMagnus Rademeyer, Managing Director, AfriGIS

Magnus is a civil engineer by training and graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1996. He is also a registered GISc Technologist. He has a wide range of experience in the field of GIS design, application, product and system development, and data management. He has an active participation in a wide spectrum of vertical market applications where GIS forms a key component. These range from mobile location based services, intelligent transport systems, trade area analysis and economic models, through to GIS database design. Magnus has been involved in many software development projects on various technologies in the past 12 years. He has extensive experience in the field of mobile telephony and location based services as well as in the field of Mobile software developments. He has been a speaker at several local and international conferences in topics ranging from Trade Area Analytics to Mobility in GIS. Magnus is a member of SAICE (South African Institute of Civil Engineers) and ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa).

Dr Bob Scholes. Photo credit: CSIRDr Bob Scholes, Fellow of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Bob studies the effects of human activities on ecosystems, and in particular on woodlands and savannas in Africa. He has published widely in the field of global change, including popular and scientific books. He is or has been a member of several steering committees of international research programmes such as the Global Climate Observing System, and serves as a convening lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is currently chair of the global Biodiversity Observation Network and co-chair of DIVERSITAS. He is a Fellow of the CSIR, the South African Academy and the Royal Society of South Africa, an A-rated scientist and an honorary professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Spier Hotel & Conference Centre

Spier Conference Centre 

The four star Spier Hotel was one of the first luxury hotels in South Africa to be awarded the Fair Trade in Tourism SA accreditation in 2004. This means that wherever possible, Spier looks for ways to support local industry and communities, and aims to minimise the impact of its activities on the environment. Achieving this while still offering guests a luxury experience is a distinction in which Spier takes great pride.

Accommodation and Facilities

  • Participants will be accommodated at Spier Hotel & Conference Centre and all seminar activities will take place at the bomas on the south bank of the Eerste River. These are an expression of Spier’s philosophy and are made from wood generated from Spier’s invasive alien clearing programme as well as adobe bricks . A system of screens made from local reeds provides shelter.

  • The hotel bedrooms all come with en suite facilities, private phones, air conditioning and a TV. The hotel has a wide range of facilities including a spa, travel desk, business centre, shuttle service, laundry and 24 hour room service. Broadband internet access is offered at affordable rates via wireless hotspots in the hotel’s public spaces and conference venues. The facilities support disabled guests.

  • Your accommodation has been booked as part of the seminar booking, from the afternoon of Sunday, to check-out on Wednesday. All meals are included in the cost of the seminar and are taken at Spier Hotel.

Contact Details

Spier Hotel & Conference Centre
R310 Lynedoch Road
Stellenbosch, 7599
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 809 1100
Fax: +27 (0)21 881 3042

Remaining in Contact with Your Office

We want you to be able to give your full attention to the seminar so that you get the maximum benefit from it. However, we realise that your office may need to get hold of you and vice versa. Some e-mails and calls are genuinely urgent. To that end we have arranged the following:

  • There is a business centre in the hotel where you can go on-line and deal with mail;

  • The hotel is a wireless hot-spot for laptop connection to the internet, although the bomas where we work are not;

  • We give you free time around meals and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, and there is a longer break before dinner. You may want to use these times specifically to be in touch with the office.

Dress Code

The dress code for the seminar is casual and comfortable. Stellenbosch can be warm and participants are encouraged to bring light clothes and swimming gear (if desired), as well as sun block. A jacket or sweater for evenings is also recommended. Please bring along sturdy shoes (high heels not recommended), since the bomas where the seminar sessions will be held are outside the conference building and we get there by means of a pleasant walk along a rough pathway.


Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the seminar and since the programme runs right through till dinner on the first three days we encourage you to remain on site for the duration.


Should any medical problems occur there is a medi-clinic nearby with a doctor available on 24-hour call. There is also basic medical treatment available at the hotel.


You are responsible for your own travel to and from Spier Hotel & Conference Centre. Please note that flights to Cape Town are usually quite full, so we urge you to book early.

Directions to Spier Hotel & Conference Centre

Map to Spier Hotel & Conference Centre

From Cape Town International Airport

  • Take the N2 toward Somerset West (opposite direction of Cape Town);
  • Take exit 33 which is the Baden Powell Drive/ R310Stellenbosch turn off;
  • Turn left in the direction of Stellenbosch;
  • Spier is 9 km down the road on the right.

From Cape Town City Centre

  • Take the N2 towards Cape Town International Airport;
  • Continue past the Airport turnoff, this is approximately 10 km after the cooling towers;
  • Take exit 33 which is the Baden Powell Drive/ R310 Stellenbosch turn off;
  • Turn left in the direction of Stellenbosch;
  • Spier is 9 km down the road on the right;
  • Take the N2 towards Cape Town International Airport.

From Milnerton/ Belville/ Brackenfell Areas

  • Take N1 and exit 47;
  • Turn right at the stop sign and continue to Stellenbosch on the R44;
  • As you drive into Stellenbosch keep straight and you will get into Adam Tas road which has the railway line on its right;
  • Go past Simonsberg Cheeses and Bergkelder;
  • Turn right at the sign for Cape Town and Kuils River – R310;
  • At sign for Muizenberg – R310 turn left;
  • If you go past Neethlingshof turn back – Spier is about 5 km down the road on the left.

Further Questions

If you have any queries or need any further information please do not hesitate to contact Magda de Kok on +27 (0)21 469 4765 or on her cell: +27 (0)83 491 8369.

 HRH The Prince of Wales and BSP delegates

"I have over-achieved my objectives. This is an outstanding leadership programme."
Supply Chain Director, food & beverage company

Who Should Apply?

Seminars are primarily intended for business leaders and corporate senior executives who operate at a strategic level within their organisation.

How to Apply for BSP

Acceptance on to The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme is by application and selection only.

All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee, which seeks to achieve the optimum balance of participants on each seminar in terms of geographical spread, industry sector and area of expertise.

Apply for The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme.

Please note that once in progress you cannot save the application form for later completion; you will need to complete it in one sitting, so try and ensure that you have all required information with you.

Nominate a Colleague

If you have a colleague or friend who you feel would be interested in attending The Prince of Wales's Business & Sustainability Programme, please email us at or telephone +44 (0) 1223 768850.

Fees for the regional seminars

The fee covers all seminar costs including documentation, learning materials, accommodation and meals, plus three-year membership of the global and local alumni networks. The fee does not cover travel expenses.

Payments are in principle non-refundable, although substitutions may be possible.

Brussels Seminar

The fee is £3,950 (approx. €4,300) for delegates.

Cambridge (UK) Seminar

The fee is £3,950 (approx. €4,300) for delegates.

Discounts for the Cambridge (UK) seminar

  • Group delegation discount: for three delegates from the same organisation attending the same Cambridge (UK) seminar, the third delegate pays half price. Saving: £1,975.

  • Three-year discount: we invite organisations to commit to sending one (or more) delegate for three years running to Cambridge (UK) seminars. The fee for the three years is £10,530 (years one and two at £3,950 per place; year three at £2,630 per place). Saving: £1,320.

  • BSP partner discount: five seminar places per year over a three-year period, this includes one half-scholarship place to an NGO of your choice each year. Delegates are to attend the same Cambridge (UK) seminar. Each year, the organisation will pay for three delegate places at the full rate, one delegate place at £1,975 (50% discount) and one half-scholarship place at £1,975 (50% discount). The half-scholarship place will be in your company’s name and is to be awarded to a non-for-profit organisation nominated or approved by your company. Saving: £10,770.

All nominations for seminar places will be subject to the Programme’s selection process to ensure the appropriate level of seniority at the BSP seminars.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more.

Cape Town Seminar

The fee for local delegates from Southern Africa is R39 500 + VAT and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates.

Melbourne Seminar

We invite organisations to commit to sending one or more senior representatives for three years, thereby ensuring that the understanding built by the course is seeded throughout the organisation. Organisations making this commitment will become ‘Founding Corporate Members’ of the Programme in Australia.

The fee is A$7950 plus GST for delegates for one year. The fee for three years is A$20,000 (years one and two A$7,500; year three A$5,000). There are further incentives available for multiple registrations.

São Paulo Seminar

The fee for local delegates from Brazil is R$11,850 and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates. We are currently offering overseas delegates who book early a 5% discount (early bird discount).


A limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from civil society and government organisations who would otherwise be unable to participate. Companies nominating three or more participants per seminar are entitled to a group discount. To apply for a bursary or for more information regarding group discounts please email us at

Seminar Style

The Seminar has been designed to be highly intensive and participatory, with a minimum of formal lectures and the maximum opportunity for dialogue, debate and analysis.

Plenary Presentations

Plenary presentations are generally limited to between 20 and 30 minutes, leaving ample time for questions and general discussion.


Delegates choose from a variety of workshop topics on offer, led by a Core Faculty member and/or a delegate or guest contributor. The workshops are designed to provide delegates with concrete ideas to take back into the workplace.

Syndicate Sessions

Delegates gather regularly in small syndicate groups, each facilitated by a Core Faculty member who will work with the group throughout the Seminar. These sessions allow delegates to tackle key issues in greater depth and analyse themes in relation to their own experience. They also prepare delegates for later sessions in the Programme, ensuring that they are in a position to make maximum use of the presentations and discussion that follow.

Each delegate will be asked to introduce themselves in the first syndicate session. You will be asked to describe your role and responsibilities within your organisation, and any key achievements/challenges within the organisation with regard to sustainable development. Discussion will then lead on to each delegate's key expectations of the Seminar.

Advance Preparation

In advance of each Seminar, delegates are asked to read a small selection of briefing materials. Links to these materials will be provided on your Seminar web page and you will also be sent an email with full details.

Seminar Materials

Seminar papers and presentations, speeches and workshops will be made available on the Programme’s password-protected Alumni Network website after the seminar. Paper copies will not be provided unless specifically requested at the Seminar.

Dress Requirements

In order to encourage a relaxed and informal atmosphere, participants are welcome to wear casual dress rather than formal business attire.


A photographer will be present during the conference. If you wish to have the use of your photo restricted in any way, please notify us.

Terms and Conditions

Acceptance on to a Programme

Acceptance on to a programme is by application and selection only. All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee, which seeks to achieve the optimum balance of participants on each programme in terms of geographical spread, industry sector, and area of expertise.

Delegate Participation

The CISL seminar/workshop process involves group work which can be disrupted by the absence of a delegate from any part of the event. Participants are therefore required to be in residence on-site throughout the programme and be able to attend all sessions.

Membership of the Cambridge Sustainability Network is also conditional upon full attendance.

Applying for a Visa to Attend a Seminar

Please note that all programme participants are responsible for arranging their own visa, should one be required. CISL can provide an official invitation letter for the programme in order to facilitate the obtaining of a visa specifically for the dates on which the programme takes place. If you will require this, please contact us no less than four weeks prior to the programme date.


Programme places are to be guaranteed with a purchase order number or credit card details. Invoices are payable within 30 days of invoice date.


On certain programmes, a limited number of bursaries are available to support the participation of delegates from developing or emerging economies, or from the public sector or NGOs who would otherwise be unable to participate.


In the event that a delegate wishes to cancel after he/she has been accepted on to the seminar, he/she shall be liable to the University for the fee unless the place can be refilled. Substitutions are not automatic; each proposed substitution must be reviewed by the Selection Panel. If you wish to cancel and we are unable to fill your place, fees will not be refunded. However, a 25% discount on a place at a subsequent seminar will be offered, subject to availability of places.

Accompanying Spouses/Wider Participation

Unfortunately it is not possible to cater for accompanying spouses or other guests. The seminars are very intensive, and numbers of participants restricted, thus only delegates and speakers may attend the sessions.


In the event of non-payment, we reserve the right to refuse admittance to programme events.

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Contact Us

For more details, please contact:

Magda De Kok,
Operations Manager,
Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership,
PO Box 313,
Cape Town 8000, South Africa

T: +27 (0)21 469 4765
F: +27 (0)86 545 5639