The Brenthurst Foundation is a Johannesburg-based think-tank established by the Oppenheimer family in 2005 to support the Brenthurst Initiative in seeking ways to fund African development, and to organize conferences on African competitiveness. Its director is Greg Mills.
The foundation was created to build on the Oppenheimers' Brenthurst initiative. Greg Mills started the foundation with a generous budget that he used to get opinions from local and international sources. The foundation has a wider African focus and aims to find ways to draw the investment needed for "continental regeneration and prosperity". The organization is intended to make a worthwhile contribution to economic growth in Africa. Greg Mills said that through the foundation, they want to create an environment conducive to positive economic change to strengthen the economic importance of Africa. The foundation is interested in setting up government policy platforms for economic development The organization has been described as a frontier of knowledge for strengthening Africa’s economic performance. The foundation sent a number of its staff abroad to help solve the problem of there not being enough lecturers at the National University of Rwanda.
Sydney Mufamadi and other prominent Africans proposed a set of development goals for competitiveness to make African countries become better for business. These were among other business principles presented to a conference in Washington on China and the United States in Africa. The conference was held by the Brenthurst Foundation. In mid-2005, the foundation sent a letter to Liu Guijin (China’s ambassador to South Africa at the time), inviting him and his nation to participate in a process that would include experts from Africa and the United States. The conference was held by the Brenthurst Foundation, the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation, and the Council on Foreign Relations. The conference is called the Tswalu Dialogue which has experts from across the world discuss what is best for Africa. One of the conferences was held in Africa, another was held in China, and another was held in the United States. The Tswalu Dialogue is focused on how Africa could gain from the attention of both China and the United States. Consensus at one of the conferences is that strong and visionary leadership plays a part in violence among social groups.
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