Palesa KadiPalesa Kadi


South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Corporate governance

Occupational Position: Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa – ICASA

Professional History


Palesa Kadi is a media activist, researcher and a regulator in the broadcasting and telecommunications space. She was inspired to study politics and history when her township junior grade school was burnt down by youths protesting for equal education in South Africa. After attending a multiracial school under intense race conditions, she pursued studies in politics. She currently is a Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa – ICASA, where she is responsible for a range of strategic, regulatory and governance functions that include elections broadcasting; community media broadcasting; sports broadcasting; cybersecurity regulations; alternative dispute resolution for consumers and telecommunications operators; strategy; compliance, and governance.

Her areas of expertise are in corporate governance, media development, communications, content regulation, capacity development, consumer awareness and advocacy. Kadi's experience and involvement in community-based structures range from national youth organizations, university senate committees, and local government to public sector entities at large. As a PhD candidate in Planning and Architecture at Wits University, she has written peoples' histories in context; perspectives on space and urban planning histories;  and about South Africa's readiness for the 4th industrial revolution. She helped draft a national rural tourism strategy; the development of provincial economic and tourism initiatives in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup; and was involved in a number of high-level public-policy projects in media, content regulation, culture and sport development.

Palesa has served on a number of boards, including the Calabash Trust, a community tourism initiative in Nelson Mandela Bay; the Eastern Province Cricket Board; the Alliance Francei Management Board; Commonwealth Youth Advisory board; Media Development and Diversity Agency board; and on the National Heritage Council. She has served on the National Council of Libraries and Information Services; the National Heritage Council Funding Committee; South African National Geographical Names Council; and as a council member of the Tshwane North TVET College. She is an advisory member of the Women in Technology in Africa (WiT) group, an initiative of the UN South to South Corporation office. Palesa continues to champion development of regulations in broadcasting and telecommunications sector.

Qualifications


BA (History) University of the Western Cape (UWC)
BA Honours (Political Studies) (UWC)
MA Public & Visual History (UWC)
Postgraduate Diploma in Development & Public Sector Monitoring & Evaluation, Wits School of Governance

Programs


2006 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
30 March 2020

Two Fellows, Aderonke Onadeko of the Class of 2006 and 2007 Fellow Mezuo Nwuneli have partnered together to launch Nourishing Africa, a hub for entrepreneurs to accelerate their work, connect with funders, markets, talent, and celebrate their successes.

It connects agtech and digital innovators to ensure that Africa nourishes itself and becomes a net exporter of food by 2050.  On the site, they explain the simple math: by 2050, 2.4 billion people will live in Africa. If they spend $1 a day on food, this represents a $876 billion annual market. If they spend $10, its an $8.76 trillion annual market. A key goal is to empower Africans to sustainably grow and supply this massive market, reaping the benefits of local jobs.

Norman Smit
25 March 2020

2014 Fellow Zeinab Camara has run for office for her first time in the Guinean elections and won her seat in the National Assembly.  She stood for election in Boffa as a candidate for the governing party, Rassemblement du Peuple Guinéen or RPG, and won her seat with 62.4% of the vote. She ran against Abdoul Aziz Keita, the UDG candidate. 

The elections took place on March 22nd - along with a constitutional referendum - after being postponed four times from the original date in January 2019. As of March 26th, the country was waiting for judicial validation of the results. 

Norman Smit
23 March 2020

2017 Tutu Fellow Yap Boum II has written a post titled Coronavirus: Amid the global pandemic, lessons for Africa which was published by the Brookings Institution on 20 March 2020.  Yap, who is a microbiologist and epidemiologist and the regional representative for Epicenter Africa, the research arm of Doctors Without Borders, started the article by saying that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented in modern times, bringing enormous human, social, and economic disruption. It's been a busy time for Yap, with the Coronavirus pandemic following the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was on the frontline in a Phase III trial ebola vaccine to reduce the numbers of people infected by the disease.

In the article, Yap says that for Africa, where most countries have relatively weak health systems, the relatively slow arrival of COVID-19 bought Africa time to prepare.

Charles Sidambe
20 March 2020

2007 Fellow and Medical Scientist, Tariro Makadzange has been appointed as board member at Population Services International (PSI).

Tariro is a highly-qualified medical scientist, doctor and infectious diseases physician scientist who has degrees from Zimbabwe, Harvard and Oxford Universities and is a senior manager at the global biotechnology research multinational, Gilead Sciences.  She told AFLI that she had PSI had confirmed her appointment in January.


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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.

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