In 1977 Tokyo Mosima Gabriel Sexwale along with Nelson Mandela was sent to Robben Island to serve a life sentence. When Mr. Mandela became president he named him premier of the country's largest Gauteng province. The province that contributes 45% of SA's gross domestic product.
Sexwale quit politics to start Mvelaphanda in 1999. Mvelaphanda Resources (Mvela) is a broadly-based company with significant stakes in South African and Russian precious metal and mineral assets including Gold Fields, Northam Platinum and Trans Hex. Mvelaphanda Resources revenue in 2003 was US$224 million.
Sexwale is also chairman of Mvelaphanda Holdings (Pty) Limited and Mvelaphanda Group Limited, Northam Platinum Limited, Trans Hex Group Limited; director of ABSA Group Limited and Gold Fields Limited. Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Business Trust; Honorary Consul General of Finland. Previously premier of Gauteng Province (1994 to 1998). Joined the corporate sector in 1998 and established Mvelaphanda Holdings (Pty) Limited, a diversified investment company, in 1999.
Sexwale is married to Judy Moon; they have two children, Gabrielle and Chris. In 2005, he hosted the South African version of the reality game show The Apprentice.
Sexwale has received many honors and awards, including the Legion d'honneur from France, an honorary doctorate in technology from the University of Nottingham, an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from De Montfort University UK, the Order of the Freedom of Havana (Cuba), the Cross of Valour (Ruby Class) from South Africa, and the Reach and Teach Leadership Award, from the United States. He is also chancellor of the Vaal University of Technology.
Sexwale is also an honorary colonel in the South African Air Force and chair of the Council for the Support of National Defence, whose aim is to encourage part-time military service as well as building support in society for those who wish to serve in the military as volunteers. In 2004, he was voted 43rd in the list of "Top 100 Great South Africans".
Sexwale holds positions in many international organizations, such as President of the South African/Russian Business, Technological and Cultural Association and Vice President of the South African/Japanese Business Forum. He is also an Honorary Consul General of Finland in South Africa.
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