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Cape Town seminar


7–10 July 2020

Duration and format

Three-day residential seminar


Spier Hotel & Conference Centre, Stellenbosch


The fee for local delegates from South Africa and the rest of Africa is R39 500 + VAT and it is £3,950 for overseas delegates. Bursaries are available, please to find out more. T&C.

Selection criteria

  • Appropriate seniority of position
  • Typically more than 15 years' experience
  • A high level of proficiency in the English language – this is important so as to derive maximum value, participation and enjoyment from the programme
  • Ability to pay the fees, or to identify a sponsoring institution

How to apply

Submit your application or get in touch to  who meets the above criteria and we will share materials with you to forward on.


Programme overview

For 25 years, The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) has helped over 3,200 senior executives translate complex sustainability trends into strategic business decisions, supporting individual leadership, business strategy and systemic change.

The next South Africa seminar of the Business & Sustainability Programme will be held at the 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. 

Take a look at our previous programme.


Influencing over 3,200 leaders from 1,500 organisations in 100 countries

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.

Read more about who should attend.


How do we deal with participants from the same industry?

The seminars provide a safe space for delegates to share and co-explore challenges and ideas relating to their personal and professional context. All discussions are treated as confidential and are conducted under the Chatham House Rule. For some of the more sensitive conversations, attendees from competing organisations are allocated to different syndicate groups, however, there is nothing to prevent these individuals engaging in active debate and sharing of ideas- in our experience, delegates appreciate the opportunity to interact with their peers on a shared sustainability agenda.

Read a list of previous delegates. 


Access cutting-edge research and engage with a global network

The programme gives senior executives the knowledge, confidence and commitment to lead change at an organisational and individual level. With access to the latest research and thinking from the University of Cambridge and leading experts from our network, you will leave the seminar inspired to take leadership and create an enabling environment for sustainable business – identifying new opportunities for investment, innovation and collaboration.

Direct association with the programme and exposure to influential decision-makers within our 6,500-strong alumni network will support your reputation as leaders in business sustainability. Connect with peers and access the latest thinking through our newsletter and social media networks.  

Read testimonials from our delegates


World-class faculty and contributors from business, policy and academia

Each programme is facilitated by an expert faculty of business and policy leaders, academics and influential thinkers, including: 

Will DayWill Day

Will is Sustainability Advisor to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and 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.

Bob ScholesBob Scholes

Bob is a systems ecologist and a Distinguished Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has led several major national and global science assessments, including parts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Malcolm GrayMalcolm Gray 

Malcolm is a passionate sustainability professional with a particular focus on investment, impact and sustainability. In September 2015, he stepped away from full-time corporate life, having spent the past 16 years working for Investec Asset Management in a number of senior roles, most recently as Global Head of ESG and Portfolio Manager of a number of South African and African Funds.

Mashudu RamanoMashudu Ramano 

Mashudu is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Mitochondria Energy Company. Mashudu is an entrepreneur in transition to sustainable entrepreneurship, an aspirant futurist and an adherent, advocate, agent, promoter and student of sustainability, symbiotic existence and transdisciplinary studies and director of companies with extensive experience in listed and unlisted companies in South Africa.

Richard CallandRichard Calland

Richard Calland has thirty years of experience in law, politics and sustainability. As a member of the London Bar he practiced law for seven years before coming to South Africa in 1994, where he is now based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as an Associate Professor in Public Law and as a part of the academic leadership of its SDG initiative.


Anton CartwrightAnton Cartwright

Anton is director of Econologic where he has completed contracts for the World Bank, The European Union, DfID, WWF, local and international companies, NGOs and local governments. He is the founder of the Promoting Access to Carbon Equity (PACE) centre, which enables small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to benefit from carbon market investments. He is an associate of the Stockholm Environment Institute. 

Vanessa Otto MentzVanessa Otto Mentz 

Vanessa offers over 20 years’ international business experience and skill; developed at senior levels in the following sectors: financial services (particularly insurance), retail, energy and manufacturing blue-chip firms in South Africa, the UK and Europe. Vanessa participates asctively 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. 

Hélène SmitHélène Smit 

Hélène is a specialist in depth facilitation, psychological conflict resolution and psychological literacy in individuals and groups in organisational settings.  Specifically, she is skilled in helping small and large groups deal with seemingly intractable and chronic conflicts. In 2013, Hélène established The Depth Leadership Trust, a non-profit organisation that aims to develop and promote understanding of depth psychology amongst leaders, organisations and civil society. 

lebo nkeLebo Nke 

Lebo Nke leads partnerships and advocacy efforts at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator where she engages with Harambee’s partners across the private, public and social sectors. Lebo brings 18 years of experience in organisational change management, having worked at Accenture and De Beers Group before serving as the Managing Director of Converse Consulting and Management Services, which was acquired by Ernst & Young. 

Justin SmithJustin Smith 

Justin Smith is head of the Business Development Unit at WWF South Africa, overseeing business partnerships, marketing and fundraising activities for the organization. Justin was previously employed at Woolworths Holdings leading the Good Business Journey (Sustainability Programme) - responsible for the strategy, structure and integration across the business to deliver it’s over 200 targets in transformation, social development, environmental issues and climate change across its African and Australasian businesses. 

Jonathon HanksJonathon Hanks 

Jonathon is Managing Director of Incite, a leading consultancy that offers advisory services with an advocacy edge, focusing primarily on emerging markets. He has been working on sustainability issues since the early 1990s, when he was involved in some of the pioneering corporate initiatives in South Africa, assisting with the country’s business input to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.

Jon DuncanJon Duncan 

Jon Duncan leads the Responsible Investment programme at Old Mutual Group. The RI programme is focused on driving the systematic integration of material environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across the Group’s c£360 billion of fund under management.

Prof Jonathan JansenProfessor Jonathan Jansen

Professor Jonathan Jansen is a Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University. Following seven years as Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State, he spent a year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is President of South Africa’s Institute of Race Relations and of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Learn more about our exceptional Fellows and Senior Associates.


How to apply

Approximately 35 delegates are selected to attend each seminar. All nominations are subjected to a robust vetting procedure to achieve the right balance on each seminar between industry sectors and between business, government and NGOs.

Submit your application or get in touch to  who meets the above criteria and we will share materials with you to forward on.

Please note that you will need to complete the online application form in one sitting, so please ensure that you have all required information with you.


Fees, bursaries, terms & conditions

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

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. To apply for a bursary or for more information regarding group discounts please .

Download the terms and conditions



, Deputy Director, South African Office

PO Box 313

Cape Town 8000, South Africa
T: +27 (0)82 829 6852


"The seminar content was beyond all expectations. The quality of the discussions and presenters was excellent."

Deputy Director-General, SA Government

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