The Directors Event - South Africa - Times Media Events


8 April 2016

Sandton Convention Centre

07:30 – 15:30

R2 950 ex VAT


About the event

Those who attended The Directors Event in 2015 witnessed the beginning of something truly inspirational. In association with the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, MMI Holdings and the Institute of Directors, a successful meeting of minds transpired between South Africa’s most influential leaders whose common goal was to discuss and form collaborations that are geared towards building the nation.

Several high-powered entities approached matters of governance and accountability, reputation management, leadership and talent nurturing, infrastructural development, the economy, and entrepreneurship; with the frankness and resolution required to not only identify solutions, but kick-start the process of acting upon them.

This April 2016, South Africa’s biggest board meeting commences once again, to confront a series of hard-hitting round table discussions at close quarters with in-depth moderation by leading media personalities.

This unique, one-day conference attended by over 300 leaders, will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre on 8 April 2016, with the aim of harnessing the collective intellectual energy of leaders from both the public and private sector who will sit around the boardroom table and strike a new path to national financial wellness and cohesion.





Innovation that pays – Driving the economy

As Einstein once said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” The ability to create new technologies – from product and service design, to renewed organisational processes and production technologies – is the most critical requirement for successful business operations that can ultimately drive the economy of a developing country. Innovation that pays recognises innovation to be the key driving force behind entrepreneurial development. On this panel, leading economic and business experts will come together and discuss ways to consolidate, coordinate, and synergise innovative activities aimed at the entrepreneurial success of our economy.

Quality, affordable healthcare – Aiding wellness

How do we provide quality healthcare for all at a sustainable cost? How do we transform our health plans and service providers to better address the nation’s escalating healthcare challenges and opportunities? Government can fund, regulate and shape the market of our healthcare sector, but it cannot be expected to satisfy increasing demand on its own. Business can do its part to ensure that it remains equipped to maintain aging and growing populations; including management of chronic disease, infrastructure, treatment, and technology advancements. Our discussion will include stakeholders in the public and private sectors who are seeking to improve access to proper care for all.

Education and skills development – Brightening our future

Primary and higher education form part of the pillars of achievement required for South Africa to remain a strong contender on the global stage. We are currently ranking closer to the bottom of the ladder in comparison to similarly efficient countries, coming in nearly dead last in the Maths and Science departments.* This is a state of affairs that cannot be allowed to continue if we hope to reach our full potential. There are brilliant minds amongst our talented youth, and with access to proper education and dedicated mentorship programs by seasoned professionals, we stand to create the necessary skills to make huge strides towards the economic empowerment of our country.
* Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016

SA’s global competitiveness – Pushing the boundaries

South Africa held first place on the African continent, and was ranked among the Top 50 best performing countries worldwide in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2015/16 Global Competitiveness Report. Despite this, we still have so much work to do in critical areas such as our labour-employee relations and overall quality of education – and more caution is required where our relatively strong institutions and financial markets are concerned. In this discussion, led by prominent members of the public and private sector, will look into policies, institutions, and other factors that can assist in improving productivity and prosperity levels for the country’s continued developmental and economic success.




The time for collaboration and frank discussion between South Africa’s most influential leaders in business, government and civil society has never been as pressing in order to chart a new path for the country, asserted Nicolaas Kruger, CEO of MMI Holdings at the inaugural The Directors Event.

Held in association with the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Award, MMI Holdings, the Institute of Directors and Mancosa Graduate School of Business, The Directors Event attracted influential leaders from all spheres of society.




To participate either as a sponsor or a delegate please contact
Marcia Minnaar | |  011 280 5770


Date :  Friday, 8th of April 2016
Venue :  Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton 
Time :  07h30 Registration | 08h30 Conference commences 


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