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Chief Emmanuel Lediga is the founder and chairman of Legae Securities (Pty) Ltd, the first black owner-managed stockbroker firm in the South African stock market. Previously, he was the assistant to the chief economist of SMK, now Nedcor Securities. There, he was the first black dealer in the South African stock exchange. He began his career as a financial reporter with the Star newspaper. He has been intimately involved with black economic empowerment groups such as New Africa Investments, African Harvest, Brimstone, and Telkom. He has also been a part of the BEE Commission Report and the Finance Sector Charter, and was deputy president of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals. He matriculated with distinction in 1987 as a top student and went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Wits University, majoring in Finance and Marketing. He also completed his stockbrokers' exams there. In 2000 he accompanied President Thabo Mbeki on his state visit to the United States where they met, among others, former President Bill Clinton. Chief has over the years written about business and personal finance and hosted a radio show on these issues at Metro FM. He has been featured in international media such as The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC TV, CNN, Austrian TV and others. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.