Our 20-year journey


  • SADC BC and SADC Secretariat hosted the 6th Annual SIW in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Hosted the first Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum of the year themed Digital Transition and the second one themed Green Transition which was opened by Nedbank Chairman, Mpho Makwana and addressed by Honourable Ms Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, South Africa
  • SADC BC and Afreximbank launched the SADC – Africa Trade and Investment Marketplace
  • SADC BC launched the Regional Tourism Business Platform
  • SWPN completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Polokwane Water Partnership
  • SWPN, South African Breweries (SAB) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality launched the Nelson Mandela Bay Water Partnership


  • Hosted the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum together with Nedbank, which was opened by Hon. Patricia de Lille, South Africa Minister Department of Public Works & Infrastructure
  • SADC BC and SADC Secretariat hosted the 5th Annual held in Lilongwe, Malawi, which was officially opened by His Excellency Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique and attended by His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of Malawi


  • Provided advisory services to the SADC Regional Soya Value Chain
  • Launched programme with GIZ to reduce impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the region
  • Established the Rail Working Group


  • SWPN and partners launched the Polokwane Non- Revenue Water Partnership
  • Hosted four Nedbank-NBF Networking Forums themed: ‘Transport and Logistics’ workshop’, ‘Water sustainability solutions for Africa’, – ‘Creating sustainability for NBF initiatives’, and Powering Regional Growth ‘Supporting the Development of Transmission Line Projects in the SADC region’


  • Established at the Secretariat of the SADC Business Council
  • Established the SADC Regional Gas Task Force
  • Advised the UK China Infrastructure Alliance
  • SADC BC and SADC Secretariat hosted the 3rd Annual SIW themed ‘Promoting Infrastructure and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’ in Windhoek, Namibia
  • SWPN was awarded the 2018 P4G State-of-the-Art Partnership of the Year Award in the clean water category at the Partnership for Growth (P4G) Summit in Copenhagen


  • Hosted the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum together with Nedbank, which was opened by Hon. Pravin Gordan, South Africa Minister of Public Enterprises and former Finance Minister
  • Established the Pharmaceutical Working Group
  • Provided advisory services for the Local Economic Development (LED) Project
  • Incubated the CP3P PPP Training programme


  • Hosted the ALD Dinner where Dr. Nkosana Moyo – Founder, Mandela Institute of Development Studies gave the keynote address
  • Signed MoU with the SADC Secretariat
  • Signed MoU with the SADC Development Finance Resource Centre
  • Established as the host of the Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB)
  • Project managed the Business Action Against Xenophobia (BAAX)
  • Implemented the Africa Investment And Integration Desk (AVID)
  • Project managed the SADC PIDA Acceleration Programe
  • SADC BC and SADC Secretariat hosted the inaugural themed ‘Resource Mobilization for Investment in Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for Inclusive SADC Industrialisation for the Prosperity of the Region’ in Matsapha, Eswatini


  • Hosted the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum together with Nedbank, which was opened by Councillor Parks Tau, Johannesburg Mayor
  • Launched the Africa Investment and Integration Desk (AVID)
  • Opened an office in Ethiopia
  • SWPN and partners started the annual Water Stewardship event
  • Signed MoU with AUDA NEPAD Agency


  • The SWPN and Department of Water and Sanitation developed the ‘No Drop’ programme
  • Hosted the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum together with Nedbank, which was opened by H.E. Amb. Patrick Gaspard, US Ambassador to South Africa
  • Signed MoU with the African Union
  • RtB hosts SAADPP regional conference
  • Signed MoU with SADC PPP Network
  • SWPN signed the first donor contract with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)


  • SWPN and partners started the Water Administration System (WAS) programme
  • Launched the African Corporate Governance Network (ACGN)
  • Hosted the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum together with Nedbank, which was opened by H.E. Martha Pobee, Ghanain Deputy High Commissioner Chargé d’ Affaires
  • Opened offices in Malawi and Zambia
  • Launched the SAADPP in Mozambique followed by Zambia and Malawi respectively


  • Hosted the African Leaders in Dialogue (ALD) Dinner where the South Africa Deputy Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene gave the keynote address
  • Launched the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum together with Nedbank
  • Signed MoU with the NEPAD Agency
  • SWPN launched first publication at WEF profiling the partnership between the South African Department of Water and Sanitation, Water Resources Group, WEF and the South African private sector
  • Launched the Southern Africa Agriculture Development Partnership Platform (SAADPP)
  • Secretariat of the One Million African Leaders Connect (1MALC)


  • Opened an office in Mozambique
  • Produced inaugural Integrated Report
  • Established as Secretariat of the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN)


  • Launched the ‘Removing the barriers in agriculture programme (Rtb) with Trans-Farm Africa through funding from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and USAID
  • Completed research on harmonising trade policy for the African Development Bank in association with SAIIA
  • Launched the Business of Africa Executive programme with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) involving senior and executive participants from 10 African countries


  • Hosted the inaugural NEPAD Ambassadors and Executives gala dinner


  • Established Projects Management Unit focused on infrastructure


  • Launched and implemented the African Leadership Programme with Wits Business School involving senior and executive participants from across Africa


  • Implemented the NEPAD e-schools Demonstration Programme in 21 African countries


  • Organised members into working groups and launched 16 sectoral focused interventions


  • Published first stakeholder report.
  • Incorporated as a non-profit company with the financial support of founding members: Anglo American, Eskom, MTN, Old Mutual and Transnet


  • Launched the ‘NBF 4 Covenants and Declarations’ at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit 2003


  • The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) was founded when Former RSA President Thabo Mbeki tasked the Founding Chairman, Dr Reuel Khoza to support the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme