Event: ‘Where in the World is South Africa?’



TIME: 17:00 – 18:00, Wednesday 27th April 2016

VENUE: Committee Room G, House of Lords, Parliament Square, SW1A 0PW

SPEAKER: Tony Leon, Founding Leader of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa and Chairman of Resolve Communications (Pty) Ltd
To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org


2016 is proving the most challenging year in decades for South Africa: its economy is on the brink of recession and facing credit downgrade to junk status, President Jacob Zuma is ensnared in multiple scandals, and yet its Constitutional Court recently delivered a landmark judgment against the President and its global-facing private sector continues to shine. Surging populism, in both government and sectors of the opposition accentuate the uncertain investor outlook.  The country is both simultaneously depressing and inspiring. South Africa still matters in Africa and the world, but for how long can it straddle the contradictions embedded in the current balance of forces?

By kind invitation of Lord Risby, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Tony Leon, the longest serving Leader of the Official Opposition in the South African Parliament since the advent of democracy in 1994 and thereafter SA Ambassador to Argentina, who will be discussing South Africa’s current position in both Africa and the world.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker biography:

Tony Leon is a South African politician who served as Leader of the Democratic Alliance between 1999-2007. He led the Democratic Alliance from its inception in 2000, until his retirement from leadership in 2007 and is the longest serving leader of the official opposition in parliament since the advent of democracy in 1994. Tony served as the South African Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay from 2009-2012. He is author of four books, most recently “Opposite Mandela” which was published in 2014. Currently Tony serves as the Chairman of Resolve Communications (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town and is a Senior Advisor, K2 Business Intelligence, London.


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