These are some of the words used to describe Evita Bezuidenhout’s State of the Nation address to corporates, conferences, think-tanks, indabas, award ceremonies and report-backs. The most famous white woman in South Africa is focusing on the need to move from the fearful negative that has infected our society to optimistic hope and excitement for a successful future for all.
Dear Pieter-Dirk Uys On behalf of the KZN Branch of the Institute of People Management, I would like to thank you most sincerely for addressing our 18th IPM Women’s Convention last Friday. We were most honoured to have been graced with the presence of our Ambassador without Portfolio and are grateful to you for the excellent and motivating address you gave to our delegates on the subject of “The Balancing Act”. I am sure they all went away having gained some excellent tips on how to do this, particularly with your many years of experience you have had in both the former and present Governments of South Africa! On a more serious note, your obvious talent in entertaining audiences is well known and continues to give pleasure to all those who are fortunate enough to enjoy your performances. Although of a humorous nature, your presentations always have an underlying message which provides food for thought. You share that government should eliminate VAT from books, to make it affordable for children to learn, and for the tax on lottery to be doubled. Thank you for your entertaining us through this medium - South Africa is very fortunate to have you! The Convention was a phenomenal success and this could only have been achieved by the significant contribution made by you of commencing the proceedings on a high note. Thank you again for giving us time in your very busy schedule and for coming down to Durban to be with us. This is highly appreciated. Kind regards MAMELLO LIPHOTO CHAIRPERSON: KZN BRANCH INSTITUTE OF PEOPLE MANAGEMENT