JOHANNESBURG, The Thabo Mbeki Foundation founded by former South African president Mbeki will host this year's African Leadership Forum to be held here on Thursday and Friday when at least 100 young people will interact with eight former African heads of states on various issues facing the continent.

Africa is where there's endless political and security instability and poverty remains a blight on the continent but heads of state hope to turn that around. This year, for the first time since its inception, the Leaders Forum will be held in South Africa.

Thabo Mbeki Foundation chief executive officer Max Boqwana says: "It's prudent that we start a programme where we develop new capacity for conflict management practitioners to research around this issue of conflict, with young people from the continent setting out a sort of an advisory to the current leadership as to what will they do to promote and sustain peace on the continent."

This event aims to provide former heads of states with a platform to deliberate and share views concerning the development of Africa. The last conference was led by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa in Tanzania.

The African Leadership Forum is a project of the Uongozi Institute, or Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development, which is an independent government agency established by the Government of Tanzania and supported by the government of Finland to support African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nation and for Africa.