Economic Outlook: Updates and Midyear Review

  • What and how are the economic and political factors affecting business with the upcoming local government ​elections and with the current frightening unemployment rate, student protests, labour unrests, corruption scandals and electricity tariff hikes?
  • ​​Will the effects of the drought hit the country harder?
  • What is the upside to the weak rand and what positive impact will it have on some industries?
  • How shaky is the current economic outlook and what is the forecast like?
  • Is SA's credit rating of junk status still possible in December?
  • So where is the silver lining and are there any prospects for businesses?
  • What are the implications on executives and businesses as well as what bold steps must be taken?

It is time for an update and mid-year review on Economic Outlook for South Africa. ​Attend this not-to-be-missed event where you will gain exclusive insights from business leaders, economists, strategists, analysts and experts.

Mr Lungisa Fuzile, Director-General of National Treasury will be delivering the Keynote Address at conference. See below for more information on who will be part of the esteemed panel of speakers at conference.

​Limited seats available. Book early to secure your seat. If you have queries regarding applying/online registration or unsure if your online registration is successful, please send an email to applying/booking your seat, you are bound by the cancellation policy stated below. Kindly adhere to the terms and conditions.​

Who will be speaking?
  • Lungisa Fuzile, Director-General, National Treasury
  • Prof Adrian Saville, Chief Strategist, Citadel Asset Management, Cannon Asset Managers & GIBS Faculty
  • Xhanti Payi, Lead Researcher & Economist, Nascence Advisory and Research
  • Prince Mashele, Executive Director, Centre for Politics and Research
  • Stephen Hanival, Chief Economist, Department of Trade and Industry
  • Leon Viljoen, Managing Director, ABB South Africa
  • Khanyisile Kweyama, Chief Executive Officer, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)
  • Brett Tromp, Chief Financial Officer, Discovery Health & Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Healthcare Services
  • Jorge Maia, Head: Research & Information, Industrial Development Corporation
  • Alan Mukoki, Chief Executive Officer

    South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)

  • ​​George Nicholls, Senior Managing Director, Southern Africa Control Risks

  • Francois Conradie, Head of Research, NKC African Economics
  • Grathel Motau, Development Economist, Business Commentator & Executive Director, Mmoni Advisory Services
  • Ryan Harrison, Co-Founder, SPARK Schools
More speakers may still join. 

Economic Overview – conditions, performance and developments

Current economic strain and political climate – implications and looking ahead

Resilience through challenging times – new strategies and future of business sustainability

Key South African risks for 2016/17 and implications for business

Private sector in SA – importance and role

Power of entrepreneur – key to solve SA's problem

Where to from here

Registration & details

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  • Payment must be made prior to the conference.

Dates of Conference

Tuesday, 5 July 2016


Registration & refreshments: 7.15 am

Conference start time: 8.25 am

Conference end time: 3.45 pm


Address: GIBS campus, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg

More information
  • Professor Adrian Saville

    In 1994, while completing his doctorate in economics, Adrian formed an investment vehicle which became the forerunner to Cannon Asset Managers. With a professorship in economics, Adrian could combine the two complementary activities of academia and investment management. As he says: "these disciplines feed and fuel each other richly and powerfully". Today Adrian serves as the Chief Executive of Cannon Asset Managers, having founded the firm in 1998.

    Adrian has experience in managing all of the major asset classes, and he has successfully combined teaching and investments over the years, having lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Pretoria. He has also taught classes at the Bentley School of Business, Estonian Business School, Kelley School of Business, London Business School and Rotterdam School of Management. Currently, he holds a Professorship in Economics, Finance and Strategy at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Adrian has received the coveted Excellence in Teaching Award at GIBS each year since 2007. In 2012 Adrian was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit's Business Professor of the Year Award.

    Adrian's successful career has encompassed consulting widely to government and the corporate world. An area of focus in his work is the competitiveness of companies, industries and countries which leads to an enquiry into what enables businesses and investors to succeed in an increasingly dynamic - and oftentimes harsh - global environment.

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