Economic Outlook 2018

​Connecting for Growth, Inclusion and Prosperity

The evidence that comes from the recent performance of the South African economy is deeply concerning. Since 2012, economic growth has steadily ratcheted lower and has sat below population growth for three years running. To add to this parlous state, at the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, economic growth went negative taking the South African economy into recession.

Is 2018 likely to be more of the same or will economic growth pick up moderately? Does consumer confidence and future investment hinge largely on the outcome of the ANC elective conference in December?

For answers to these questions and more exclusive insights from business leaders, economists, analysts and investors book now for this highly anticipated conference.  

Speakers confirmed to date:

  • Prof Adrian Saville, Founder and CE, Cannon Asset Managers and Professor of Economics & Competitive Strategy, GIBS
  • Konrad Reuss, Managing Director, Regional Head – Africa S&P Global Ratings

  • Dr Johan van Zyl, CEO, African Rainbow Capital and Ubuntu-Botho
  • Vuyani Jarana, CEO, SAA

  • Montfort Mlachila, Senior Resident Representative in South Africa, IMF

  • Dr Iraj Abedian, founder and Chief Executive, Pan-African Capital Holdings
  • Siyabonga Gama, the Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd

  • Adam Craker, CEO, IQbusiness

  • Bantu Holomiso, Co-Founder and President of the UDM

  • Mohammed Bhabha, Group Executive, Infrastructure Delivery Division, DBSA

  • Ian Matthews, Executive Director of Bravura

  • Michelle Adelman, Managing Director of Accite Holdings, has been named by CEO Magazine 2017's "Most Influential Woman in Business" for Botswana & SADC North

  • Gina Schoeman, South Africa economist, Citibank Global Economics team   
  • Stephen Grootes, Host of the Afternoon Drive Show, Talk Radio 702                             
  • Trudi Makhaya, CEO of Makhaya Advisory             
  • Prof Nick Binedell, Founding Director, GIBS       
  • Ralph Mathekga, Managing Director Clearcontent Research & Consulting (and author)
  • Adriaan Basson, co-author 'Enemy of the People: how Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back", Editor, News24
  • George Kershoff, Deputy Director, Bureau for Economic Research (BER)
  • Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti, Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria, author of The Wellbeing Economy
  • Victor Williams, Head: CIB Africa Regions, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank Group                        
  • Razia Kahn, Managing Director, Chief Economist, Africa Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, SABC deputy chair
  • Sandile Shabalala, CEO, TymeDigital
  • Jon Tullett, Research Manager, IDC
  • Liesl Bebb-McKay, Head RMB's The Foundery


  • A View from the Ratings Agency
  • Economic landscape 2018  
  • Political landscape 2018                                                                            
  • Business landscape 2018
  • Business and Consumer Confidence – recent developments and consequences
  • Wellbeing without Growth, is GDP the Right Way to Measure Prosperity & Progress                 
  • Tax and Drawing in Revenue for the Fiscus 
  • Africa Outlook 2018
  • Word View on South Africa
  • SOE Outlook 2018
  • Fintech Outlook 2018

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.

Click here to access Programme Agenda.

Booking Discounts:

Group discounts are available for 3 or more at 10%, and 5 or more at 20%.

Further speakers be announced shortly.

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  • 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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