Agenda 2018-06-05T05:24:11+00:00


Friday 8th June – Sandton Convention Centre, Ballroom

08h00              Registration

09h00              Welcome by MC – Dan Moyane

09h10              Welcome by Ron Derby – Editor, Business Times

09h15              Opening remarks by Jeanette Marais– Deputy CEO, MMI Holdings Limited

09h25              Chairman’s Report by Dr Jabu Mabuza – Chairman, Business Leadership South Africa

09h45              Refreshment break

10h25              How can we use technology to promote inclusive growth in SA – READ MORE

Panel members include:

Barbara Mallinson – Founder & CEO, Obami
Timothy Willis – CFO, Aerobotics
Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane – Minister Science & Technology
Suveer Ramdhani – Chief Development Office, SEACOM
Duduzile Mkhwanazi – CEO, Project Isizwe
Moderated by Aki Anastasiou

11h30              Keynote address by Minister Nhlanhla Nene – Minister of Finance

11h50              Youth employment and entrepreneurship – creating jobs for the future – READ MORE

Panel members include:

Naadiya Moosajee – Co-Founder, WomHub
Zachariah George – Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Startupbootcamp Africa
Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville – CEO, Youth Employment Service (YES)
Abed Tau – Co-founder, Tuta-Me, Thamani Consulting & Silicon Maboneng
Prof Barry Dwolatzky – Director, Jo’burg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE), Wits University
Moderated by Ayabonga Cawe

12h55              CSI presentation to Dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville – CEO, Youth Employment Services (YES)

13h00              Lunch

13h55              South African politics and the economy – where do we stand now, and where are we headed? – READ MORE

Panel members include:

Ralph Mathekga – Political Analyst
Thabi Leoka – Economic Strategist
Busisiwe Mavuso – Chief Operating Officer, Business Leadership South Africa
Enoch Godongwana – Chairperson, ANC sub-committee on Economic Transformation
Peter Major ­– Director Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions
Moderated by Siki Mgabadeli

14h55              Closing remarks by Dan Moyane

15h00              Ends


How can we use technology to promote inclusive growth in SA?

Technology not only has the potential to unlock South Africa’s economic growth but perhaps even more important, allow for inclusive growth through large scale infrastructural advancements that place ICT at their core.

Inclusive growth is about so much more than just breaking the cycle of poverty. It’s about creating opportunities for those in lower socio-economic sectors to generate wealth which in turn will lead to faster economic growth.

Technology – and particularly mobile technology – has already made a meaningful difference by providing citizens with access to products and services they were previously denied. But more than providing the previously unbanked with access to financial services, technology has the potential to play a meaningful role in ensuring inclusive growth in South Africa by opening up new opportunities in a myriad of industries.

Unlike the developed world where technology tends to assist existing infrastructure, in South Africa technology has the potential to create infrastructure by making a difference in, for example, healthcare by providing cost effective diagnostic apps, and in education by making digital content more easily available. The question is, can technology be used to provide better basic education, leading to improved educational outcomes that are better aligned to the needs of the labour market? Is technology the answer to providing citizens with more efficient public services?

There is little doubt that if technology is the vehicle to achieve inclusive growth we need improved access to the Internet, lower data costs, cost-effective and easily available access to smart devices and more affordable technology solutions.

Delays in policy implementation, shortfalls in basic education and economic pressure have been identified as key concerns plaguing significant growth in the South Africa’s technological abilities. How should we be addressing these issues and how do we balance short and long-term goals for inclusive growth?

Join an insightful round-table discussion at The Directors Event 2018, where together with leaders of various sectors, we identify ways of using technology to ensure inclusive growth.

Moderated by Aki Anastasiou

Youth employment and entrepreneurship – creating jobs for the future

21-year old Hope Leano was born free. On the wings of a budding new South Africa – and on those of her parents’ dreams. When her father was laid off work, he opened a small business with the money he’d saved over the years – and for a while he did very well, taking his straight-A daughter through schools that were previously unavailable for someone like him. Today, Hope forms part of a staggering 67.4% of unemployed youth under the age of 25. More than half of her friends have no work experience. No income. And no real start-up skills upon which to hang their dwindling prospects on. Over time, her father took many loans against his business to support their extended family. He had no one to guide him on his path to being a successful entrepreneur. She now sees the pain in his eyes. And understands the desperation in his workers’ pleas as he is forced to send each one off to join the 14.6 million unemployed South Africans. The worst thing is, even though 700 000 matriculants will graduate this year, more than half of them, will end up just like Hope.

The Director’s Event 2018 invites all corporates, SMEs, educators, and non-profit organisations who are serious about turning South Africa’s socio-economic crisis around, to join the most important boardroom discussion of the year. Let’s find practical ways to support our talented, and increasingly challenged youth through dedicated job creation, mentorship, and business skills support.

Moderated by Ayabonga Cawe

South African politics and the economy – where do we stand now, and where are we headed?

Much has changed since Cyril Ramaphosa emerged as the new President of the governing party in late 2017 and then President of the Republic in February 2018 after the resignation of President Jacob Zuma to implement the ANC’s conference resolutions, including the establishment of a commission of inquiry into state capture, the appointment of a new board at Eskom, amending the constitution to allow for the appropriation of land without compensation and the appointment of a new cabinet, in the process ridding the cabinet of some ministers implicated in state capture allegations.

President Ramaphosa committed to building efficient and accountable government agencies, responsible citizens and businesses, effective trade unions, and civil society working together for the common good. But has he done enough? A number of critical departments, including the Department of Water and Sanitation appear to be in disarray jeopardising water security in many parts of the country. Water, like electricity, is an imperative for a smoothly running economy. Some elected officials continue to be plagued by allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

Is President Ramaphosa’s new cabinet capable of addressing the trust deficit between the public sector and government that is a hangover of former President Zuma’s years in power? Are the current BEE codes growing or hindering economic growth? And what impact will the increased VAT tariff have on consumer spending going forward and how will this impact the economy? Have inroads been made at cleaning up state owned enterprises or will they continue to be a drain on the fiscus, thus hampering efforts to kick-start the economy. Reflecting just how sensitive the currency is to political activity, the rand reacted negatively to the government’s announcement that it would be looking to amend the constitution to allow for land appropriation without compensation.

oin our pivotal round-table discussions at The Directors Event 2018, where together with leaders of various sectors including, we will explore and uncover new opportunities to build and bolster the country’s economy for the better with our current political landscape in mind.

Moderated by Siki Magabadeli.

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