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State of the Nation

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Registration: 17h45 - 18h00
Forum Start Time: 18h00​​​​​​​​
Length: 2 hours
Cocktails will be served after the event​​​​​​



Recently South Africans have been overwhelmed by news of corruption, political interference and threats of credit rating downgrades and further economic instability. Although we are a deeply resilient nation who has a lot in common and  are able to achieve a great deal working together, sentiment and moral are at an all-time low. As a young democracy how do we accelerate growth and opportunities to transform lives and build an ideal future? What is the common purpose we should all rally for in order to speed up transformation, grow the economy and create a more inclusive society? Now is the time for brutal self-reflection, mobilisation, collective thinking and greater responsibility. What is the call to action in our young democracy?


Panel includes:

  • Professor Raymond Suttner, political analyst and scholar
  • Hilary Joffe, editor-at-Large, Business Day;
  • Prince Mashele, political analyst;  
  • Ralph Mathekga, political analyst;
  • Rashad Cassim, head of economic research and stats, South African Reserve Bank;
  • Xhanti Payi, lead researcher and economist, Nascence Advisory and Research.

Other panel members to be confirmed

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