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My social advocacy focuses on fostering social & corporate ethics, developing youth literacy and literature development in South Africa.

This work is performed through the organisations listed below. More information can be found on their websites. My work or ideas are featured regularly in the media and public events. My recent testimony before the State Capture Commission has garnered significant public interest - I have included articles and interviews below.

Disclaimer: The TV, radio and print media included below do not necessarily reflect my views unless I am the author or speaker. 

Social and corporate ethics

My advocacy work for a more ethical society and ethical corporate practices is performed through the Institute of Social and Corporate Ethics (ISCE) which I founded in 2021. ISCE is a research-based institute, registered as non-profit organisation. We commit to advocacy campaigns and publish thought-pieces. I serve as CEO. 

www.iscethics.org 

Youth literacy
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Read​ to Rise aims to address the low youth literacy rate in South Africa by getting children excited about reading and making age-appropriate books available to children in under-resourced communities. Our full-time team works directly in primary school classrooms daily. We are currently embedded in Mitchells Plain (Cape Town) and Soweto (Johannesburg), and regularly work in other schools around the country. I co-founded the organisation in 2013 and serve as Chairman.

www.readtorise.org

Literature development
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The Cape Flats Book Festival (CFBF) is the first and only literary festival on the Cape Flats, an area known for grave social ills such as substance-abuse and violence. The festival is an act of hope to showcase the work of local authors and to introduce local readers to some of the best literature from across South Africa and the world. I founded the festival in 2019 and serve as Director.

I also serve as a Board Member of New Contrast, the oldest literary journal in South Africa.

UCT and State Capture

Thought Leader series (Mail & Guardian)

Media: TV

My closing remarks at State Capture Commission 24 March 2021

Interview after State Capture Commission testimony, 2021

Interview after State Capture Commission testimony, 2021

Discussing upcoming inaugural Cape Flats Book Festival, 2019

Review of Cape Flats Book Festival, 2019

Panel discussing whistleblowers, 2021

Review of Cape Flats Book Festival, 2019

Panel discussion on the poor treatment of whistleblowers in South Africa, 6 June 2021

Media: Radio

Media: Print

Podcasts

Blowing the whistle on BainAthol Williams
00:00 / 53:54

OUTA, 31 May 2021

Whistleblowers and evidenceAthol Williams
00:00 / 38:07

PPLAAF, 30 March 2021

Past Roles

  • Founder & Chairman, Taurus School Solutions, Cape Town

  • Chairman, Family Life Centre, Johannesburg

  • Board member, Khulisa Social Solutions, Johannesburg

Gallery

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Presentation at The Ethics Institute, 2019

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Testifying at State Capture Commission, 2021

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Contributor to documentary, 2020

Discussing social justice with Dr Mamphela Ramphele

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Silent, solo protest, Washington DC, 2013

Keynote speaker at CFO conference, 2019

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Presenter of State of our Nation on Classicfm, 2008 & 2019

Reading an Oaky book to children

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Article in Financial Mail, 2021

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At the launch of 'The South Africa I Want to Live In' I contributed a chapter, 2021

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I was Executive Producer of 2 human rights films

Conference panellist on active citizenship with former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and Crispin Sonn

Conference panellist, 2019