Since the first King report in 1994, shareholder activism has been recognised as an integral part of the overall corporate governance ecosystem and increasingly so with the current focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

The strong recurring theme in the progression of corporate governance is the need for institutional investors to play a significant and proactive role within the context of the overall corporate governance framework, including driving ESG. This four-hour course will give insights into shareholder activism and responsible investment, how it has evolved and the expectations and legal rights that flow from it, as well as best practice corporate governance expectations to support the corporate governance eco system for the institutional investors and investee companies alike.

The course will further give high level insights into the concept of ESG which is dominating the corporate governance agenda both locally and around the world and the stakeholder expectations in this regard.

This four-hour course will give insights to shareholder activism and responsible investing, particularly ESG and sustainability, the legal rights that flow from these, plus best practice corporate governance expectations for investor and investee companies alike.

When and where?

We are pleased to present this course twice in 2024:

  • 2 May 2024, 9:00 to 13:00 SAST
  • 6 November 2024, 9:00 to 13:00 SAST

This course will be held remotely, most likely on Zoom - exact details will be sent to registered participants a few days before the course.

Who will benefit from this course?

Investors, business owners, CEOs, corporate lawyers, investment professionals, ESG / stakeholder managers, company secretaries, directors, board committee members and others charged with governance duties in an organisation.


Richard Foster is a corporate governance advisor and professional independent director/chairman. He is a chartered governance professional and a chartered director and his qualifications and professional designations include CD(SA), FCG (CGP), HFinstD, HDip Company Law (Wits), HDip Tax Law (RAU); PG Dip Corporate Governance (RAU) with distinction. Richard has held senior leadership positions in two of the largest Global Groups based in South Africa during his corporate career. Prior to joining Old Mutual in 2001, where he held the position of Group Secretary until July 2013, the bulk of his career was spent with Anglo American, inter alia, occupying the position of Group Secretary of Mondi Limited. He has over the years had responsibility for Corporate Governance, Corporate Secretariat, Corporate Risk & Insurance and Legal Services operating at a national as well as international level. Richard has been extensively involved in various corporate governance initiatives in the broader business environment and has participated as a speaker, presenter and panellist in a number of business seminars and forums over the past years, both locally and overseas. Further has presented and /or lectured at certain leading universities and business schools and has been published in certain leading international academic law and/or business journals. Richard served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa and is a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance and was a member of the task team responsible for the drafting of King IV. Richard is also a founding and current member of the CRISA Committee, which undertook the drafting of the Code for Responsible Investing in Southern Africa as well as CRISA 2 in 2022 applicable to Institutional Investors.

How much?

R1,650 per person

CPD accreditation

This course has been registered with the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IoDSA) and entitles you to 3 CPD points on completion.



IODSA CertDir 2023


A certificate of attendance from UCT will be issued to those who attend the full course.

How to sign up

Complete and submit the registration form. You will then be given the payment information. Please note that registrations will not be accepted until payment has been made.

One or two days before the course, we will send you the Zoom link. You will need to register and use a password to enter the virtual classroom.

Registrations close three days before the course starts.

Download the brochure.

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