Prof Elmarie Venter and Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove attended the 2nd PWC Family Business Conference in Johannesburg on 17 July 2019 at Southern Sun ORT Airport.  

Above: Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove and Prof Elmarie Venter

The conference was organised by Des Fourie (a Director of PWC), Jenni Kitching (Associate director of PWC) and Andrea Benkenstein (Senior Management of PWC). The theme of the conference was Embrace diversity. Create a legacy.  Elmarie was a panellist for the discussion on Mothers, fathers and family dynamics together with Danelle du Toit (Managing Director of De Keur Group), Catharine Prim (PWC) and Des van Rooyen (PWC). Tony was a panellist on Doing business as a family business in Africa with Dr Keval Elikem and Peter Englisch of PWC. 

Dr Elikem Tamaklo was also one of the keynote speakers and is the Managing Director of Nyaho Medicle Centre. Nyaho Medical Centre was established in March 1970 by the late Dr. Kwami Nyaho Tamaklo whose vision was to give the best in nursing and medical care in Ghana and outside of its borders. Nyaho Medical Centre has always been committed to having an intense focus on the patient care while bringing the best of international standards to Ghana. In April 2015 Dr. Elikem C. Tamaklo assumed the position of Managing Director and now serves the hospital in striving to achieve the vision of providing the best medical and nursing care in Ghana. Peter Englisch of PWC reflected on diversity and family businesses from a global perspective. Other topics included Passing the baton and Cyber security

During the gala dinner Peter van Kets, professional adventurer and inspirational speaker, delivered the inspiring keynote address.  His message was Impossible is nothing and that one needs to have Passion, Commitment and Surround yourself with +1 People to succeed in life.  From what we heard from the other speakers and panellists, the message was clear that families should professionalise their business and their family, and this process should be started as early as possible.