Whilst every effort is undertaken by CGF’s Conference Partners to provide CGF’s constituents the best qualified presenters and quality conference content as displayed on our website; delegates interested in attending such events should carefully consider the following aspects prior to securing their bookings:
the suitability of presenters and their agenda outline;
the credentials and experience of presenters;
the relevance of the conference and the applicability thereof to the delegate’s own business;
the policy of the Conference Partners where the Conference Agenda has:
the policy of the Conference Partners regarding returned delegate fees as a result of a Conference which is deemed to have been of a sub-standard nature or quality, either in whole and / or in part.
Under the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008, delegates (‘consumers’) are empowered to act against the supplier (‘Conference Partner’) such where they believe and can legitimately show that the service (conference) rendered was of a sub-standard nature and / or quality. Through the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008, the onus rests upon the supplier (‘Conference Partner’) to prove otherwise.
BLACK LISTED (Without Prejudice)
1. Pan African Business Network (‘PABN’) - It has come to the attention of CGF that PABN (www.pabn.biz) represented by Mr Mike Muvimwa wrongfully and/or unlawfully utilised the CGF name and trademark in 2013 in their publications and/or advertisements. This is viewed in a serious light by CGF. Please note that PABN are blacklisted by CGF also as a consequence of them having failed to meet their financial obligations to CGF in respect of the Corporate Governance Workshop (Demystifying the Governance Challenges for Sustainable Business in Africa) held 27th – 28th November 2013 at the Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe this notwithstanding CGF having fully met all of its obligations to PABN.
It was further brought to CGF’s attention that PABN still owe Cascarino & Associates a sum of $6,000 since 2012. We further understand that whilst Cascarino & Associates took out a claim against PABN in a Zimbabwean court and won their case, regrettably they were unable to get their payment as Mr. Muvimwa had skipped the country and he now operates mainly from South Africa.
On 01 August 2015, when another vendor had been contacted by Mr. Muvimwa to engage business, the vendor was informed by Mr. Muvimwa that he would make arrangements with CGF and Cascarino & Associates -- presumably to settle his debts -- by end August 2015. A case of fraud is now being pursued against Mr. Muvimwa with the South African Police. We will keep you posted on these developments and Mr. Muvimwa’s modus operandi.
2. Shovu Consulting (‘Shovu’) - recently approached CGF to provide them a two day corporate governance workshop outline for their client, under the heading Governance Beyond Boards®. CGF complied with this request and provided Shovu the outline for the Governance Beyond Boards®. Shovu only dealt telephonically with CGF and never met with CGF. At no stage was CGF informed of who the client was, neither where or when the training would occur. Then, unexpectedly and without any prior notice to CGF, Shovu phoned CGF (CGF is based in Johannesburg) on 24 June 2014 saying the client had arrived in Cape Town from Botswana and demanded that CGF conduct the training the following day (25-27 June 2014). The client on the other hand had been informed by Shovu that the training had been cancelled after their arrival in Cape Town. Expectedly, the client was irate, considering they had wasted money for five of their directors’ trips, accommodation and travel expenses to Cape Town. No money was exchanged between Shovu and CGF. Please note that Shovu Consulting are blacklisted by CGF as a consequence of them having mislead their client, as well has failing to meet their obligations to their client. Moreover, Shovu have grossly misrepresented CGF. The Shovu parties involved are ‘Simon M’ and Terry Chadwick. www.shovuconsulting.co.za
3. BPW Events Management (Pty) Ltd [a South African company] - Represented by its CEO in South Africa, Ms Toni Gomes, who associates BPW Events Management (Pty) Ltd with the then South African Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, including the mother body of the International Federation of Business and Professional Woman ('BPW International'), has made intermittent use of CGF’s governance training services over the last few years.
More recently (June 2019) -- without any form of approval from CGF -- BPW Events Management (Pty) Ltd plagiarised CGF’s IP, posting the entire Governance Beyond Boards® intervention agenda on their website, purporting the programme as their own. This matter was reported to CGF, whereupon Ms Gomes was requested to immediately remove CGF’s IP from the BPW Events Management (Pty) Ltd website. CGF's instruction to remove its content from the BPW Event Management website was removed, and it was then replaced with other governance services provider's training services.
CGF was furthermore informed on 05 July 2019 -- by BPW International's Patricia Maya Herrera (BPW Member Services) that -- "the club presided by Ms. Toni Gomes was abrogated in October 2017, therefore Ms. Toni Gomes is not representing BPW International in South Africa. She has no right to claim any affiliation and has no relation whatsoever with BPW International."
Accordingly, through Ms Gomes’ unethical business conduct, CGF immediately distances itself from Ms Gomes and BPW Events Management (Pty) Ltd. www.bpw-jhbsa.co.za
Thank you for your attention in this regard.