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
    Adrian Saville’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (cum laude), M.Com (cum laude) and PhD (Economics), which he completed at the University of Natal in 1997 and 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 Cannon Asset Managers which he founded in 1998.  In 2017 Bidvest Financial Services acquired Cannon Asset Managers. Today Adrian serves as Chief Executive at Cannon Asset Managers.

    Adrian has experience in managing all the major asset classes and has successfully combined teaching and business, having lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Pretoria, London School of Business, Kelley School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management and the Estonian Business School.  He has held a Professorship of Economics, Finance & Strategy at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) since 2003, where he teaches in the fields of macroeconomics, investment finance and strategy.  Adrian has received the Excellence in Teaching Award at GIBS one ten occasions since 2007.  In 2012 he was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor of the Year Award and in 2014 he received the Central and East European Management Development Association award in teaching excellence.  Adrian’s successful career has encompassed consulting widely to government and the corporate world, including serving as an economic consultant to Visa South Africa. He has presented to global audiences in many destinations, including Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Estonia, France, India, Japan, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, United Kington, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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