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South Africa’s Economic Outlook: Charting the Road to Recovery

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What is South Africa’s economic outlook for 2021 and beyond?

This is an online conference.

​A perfect storm - South Africa's economy was arguably in dire straits pre-COVID, and now we've reached a critical inflection point which is make or break time. What we do now, the decisions we take, and more importantly how we implement them, will be the difference between recovery and failure. For executives, senior managers and teams grappling with immediate and long term strategy, do not miss this hard-hitting conference where we take bold and decisive steps to find solutions and identify opportunities.

These will be no ordinary Zoom sessions, as we're including you, the audience in:

- live interactive sessions led by top economists and industry experts;

- polls, discussion forums, open line conversations and live debates. 

In addition, we will be providing participants with interesting curated content, articles and videos.

Session Topics:

Session One:  Assessing the Damage, Impacts and Direction in a Post-COVID World

  • Weighing and Measuring South Africa's Economic Performance
  • Country and Global Competitiveness
  • Foreign Sector Stability, Ratings Agencies and the Rand
  • Employment, Inclusive Growth and New Business Models

Session Two: What's Working?

  • Global Growth Models, Domestic Drivers and Opportunities
  • New Investments & New Models: Public and Private Infrastructure
  • The President's Investment Drive
  • Policy vs Action: From Talk to Action
  • Tax Impact
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Opportunities for the Private Sector

Session Three: Sector and Industry Analysis  

  • Paths to Prosperity: Where to Post-COVID?
  • Capital Markets: Equities, Bonds and Real Estate
  • Reviving Industrial Sectors
  • Green Shoots and Growth

Session Four: Future Risks: What Should be on Your Radar?

  • Digital: Risks and Rewards
  • Bridging the Skills Gap
  • Cybersecurity
  • Political Risk
  • Managing Risk- Possibility Versus Probability
  • Informed Optimism

Dates: 07, 14, 21 and 28 July

Time: 16:00 to 18:00

Wednesday afternoons for four weeks consisting of two-hour online sessions. 

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Professor Adrian Saville, Professor of Economics, Strategy and Finance, GIBS and Investment Specialist, Genera Capital, will be facilitating all of the sessions, and will be joined by leading economists and industry experts.

Speakers confirmed to date:

  • André de Ruyter,  Group Chief Executive, Eskom
  • Rudi Dicks, Head: Project Management Office, Presidency
  • Busi Mavuso, CEO, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)
  • Lerato Mataboge, Deputy Director-General, The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic)

  • Stavros Nicolaou, Head of the Health Working Group for B4SA
  • Roland van Wijnen, Group CEO, PPC
  • Valdene Reddy, Director Capital Markets, JSE
  • Dhiren Vanmali, Executive Director: Government Affairs, Africa, International Market Group
  • Prof Michael Sachs, Adjunct Professor,  Southern Centre for Inequality Studies,  Wits
  • Zeph Nhleko   Chief Economist   DBSA

  • Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist, Alexander Forbes
  • Prof Justin Barnes, Executive Director TWIMS  (TWIMS stands for Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies) 

  • Anthony Leeming, CEO, Sun International  

  • Sisa Ntshona, Former CEO SA, Tourism

  • Simon Freemantle, Senior Political Economist, Standard Bank Research
  • Gina Schoeman, South Africa Economist, Head of Research at Citi

  • Paul Makube, Senior Agricultural Economist, FNB

  • Marc Wegerif, Development Studies, UP   

  • Valter Adao, Former Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Deloitte

  • Prof Nick Binedell, Prof of Strategy, GIBS

  • Dr Roze Phillips, Director of Value Creation, GIBS 
  • Sandro Bucchianeri, Group Chief Security Officer,  Absa      

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