Economic Outlook 2017

Bitter-sweet '16 turns '17 

What is the future of South Africa in 2017? How do we prepare for the new year as the gripping political drama unfolds?  What are the top 5 things you should know to build an agile, resilient and innovative business during turbulent times? 

This conference aims to identify the challenges of our economy and the implications for business. A follow-up day for an update and mid-year review will take place ​on 5 July 2017.

Why should you attend?

This highly anticipated annual event is an ideal opportunity for you to gain exclusive insights from business leaders, economists, analysts, government, strategists, entrepreneurs, experts and investors on the major developing trends and influences in the economy as well as impact on businesses in South Africa. 

Who should attend:

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs;
  • Investment, fund managers, analysts, economists;
  • Strategists and consultants;

  • Marketing, sales, finance professionals;

  • Business owners/entrepreneurs; and
  • Government, NGOs, academia.


  • Prof Adrian Saville, Chief Strategist, Citadel Asset Management & Cannon Asset Managers & Professor in Economics & Competitive Strategy, GIBS;

  • Prof Nick Binedell, Founding Dean & Professor in Strategy & Leadership, GIBS;

  • Abdullah Verachia, Chief Executive Officer, The Strategists & GIBS Faculty;

  • Kim Silberman, Head of Macroeconomic Strategies, Standard Bank;

  • Ralph Mathekga, Political Analyst & Founding Partner, Clear Content;

  • Ranjeni Munusamy, Political Journalist & Associate Editor, Daily Maverick;

  • Dr Miriam Altman, Former Chief of Strategy, Telkom & Commissioner, National Planning Commission

  • Dr Terence McNamee, Deputy Director, The Brenthurst Foundation;

  • Asher Bohbot, Chief Executive Officer, EOH;

  • Dr Nthabiseng Legoete, Founder, Quali Health;

  • Andile Khumalo, Managing Director, Power 98.7, Founder, Mystartup & Chief Executive Officer, MSG Afrika Group;

  • Gordon Malcolm, Head of Compliance, Investec Private Bank;

  • Stephen Koseff, Chief Executive Officer, Investec Group;

  • Jabulane Mabuza, Chairman, Telkom SA, President, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) & Chairman, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)

  • Grathel Motau, Development Economist, Business Commentator & Executive Director, Mmoni Advisory Services;

  • Mark Heywood, Executive Director, Section27;

  • Gwen Ngwenya, Chief Operating Officer, South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR);

  • Sneha Shah, Managing Director Africa, Thomson Reuters; and

  • Steven Zwane, Founder & Chairperson, Youth Leadership & Entreprenuership Development (YLED).


Prof Adrian Saville, Chief Strategist, Citadel Asset Management & Cannon Asset Managers & GIBS Faculty

Adrian Saville's qualifications include a BA(Honours) (cum laude) and M.Com (cum laude) from the University of Natal.   He completed his PhD (Economics) in 1997, for which he was awarded the Economics Society of South Africa's Founders Medal.  He is a UNESCO laureate and a matriculant of Linacre College (Oxford).  He has completed programmes in value investing and competitive strategy at New York's Columbia University and Harvard Business School in Boston.

In 1994, while completing his doctorate in economics, Adrian formed an investment vehicle which became the forerunner to the investment business, Cannon Asset Managers.  In 2013, Peregrine Holdings acquired a majority stake in Cannon Asset Managers. Today, Adrian serves as Chief Strategist for Citadel Asset Management and Cannon Asset Managers.

Conference information:


GIBS Auditorium, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg


7.30 am - Registration and arrival refreshments

8.20 am - Conference starts

4.20 pm - Conference ends

Fee, group discount, payment & cancellation policy:

  • R8700 fee is inclusive of both dates - 14 February and 5 July 2017
  • Fee includes conference materials, lunch and refreshments for both dates
  • Enquire for group discount of 5 delegates and above
  • Full payment must be received 2 weeks prior to start of conference to secure seat
  • To adhere to the cancellation penalty that applies 2 weeks prior to start of conference.

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