SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS SHAPING

THE FUTURE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Business has long been mandated to operate responsibly within society, and this imperative is nothing new. The evolution to a focus on sustainability is linked to the tangible realisation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals and impact.

Sustainability may appear a complex issue, but can it be reset and simplified? And how is South African business really performing in this regard? Dirty hands, dirty fuels, dirty tricks cannot be tolerated. How do we forge ahead as corporate citizens of trust? So, where to from here?

The Directors Event will distil a clear-cut view and drive towards equally clear resolutions.

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AGENDA


Gugulethu Mfuphi

Master of Ceremonies

S’thembiso Msomi

Editor, Sunday Times

Jonas Bogoshi

CEO, BCX

Dr Pali Lehohla

Former Statistician-General, South Africa

No matter how isolated the people of South Africa may feel, there is always unharnessed strength in social impact. As business we need to make this connection if we are going to take sustainable next steps.

What we need to do is effect change and close skills gaps, crack down on unacceptably high unemployment by opening the doors to the youth, and more collaboration and trade with small and medium sized businesses (SMMEs).

We need to grow a skills-base within our vibrant youth segment, because they are the next generation of business owners and leaders.
Sustainability means we cannot afford to leave our youth behind. The agenda for us here is to manage our country as a sustainable business of great potential – we are all key stakeholders.

Brent Lindeque

Editor in Chief, Good Things Guy

Prof Lauren Graham

Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg

Dr Mmaki Jantjies

Group Executive: Innovation and Transformation, Telkom SA

Nazrana Sultan

Head of Strategy and Business
Planning, Digital Frontiers

Carmel Kistasamy

Head: Global Development Organisations, Pan-Africa, Absa Group

Gugulethu Mfuphi

Moderator

In this panel discussion we analyse the dynamics that shape the reality of South Africa’s energy and infrastructure crisis. We unpack possible solutions around how we can rebuild epicentres of crumbling infrastructure; ways in which we can rewire the national energy grid and secure a sustainable economic future for all.

How has the business community responded to these challenges? What are the leadership challenges that need to be addressed urgently? How can business and government work together effectively to tackle this crisis? What needs to be started and what must be stopped? These are not difficult questions to ask but they are complex and they do require informed resolution.

Jacob Maroga

Director, Erinite Energy, and former CEO of Eskom

Busisiwe Mavuso

CEO, Business Leadership South Africa

Steven Kaplan

2023 President, The South African Institution for Civil Engineering

Alishia Seckam

Moderator

A net positive effect on the economy is possible if we make sustainability the new basis for doing business and use smart technologies to help shape the future of our country. But to get to that point, we need to clarify, “What does sustainable business actually mean on the ground for South African companies?”

We need to also importantly ask, “How do we reduce costs and contribute to economic growth and inclusivity while piloting new technologies and commercial ways to realise sustainable best practice in business?”

New tech development is feasible but may not be cheap so how do we enable SA’s high-tech start-ups and keep them in business too? The economic resilience that we can enable through homegrown innovation has the power to unlock our potential and inspire the world.

Zweli Vilakazi

Chief Financial Officer, BCX

Arnold Netshambidi

CEO, Phambano Technology Development Centre

Khethiwe Nkuna

Responsible Business Executive, Accenture in Africa

Joseph Ndaba

4IR Commissioner, Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Commission

Faith Mangope

Moderator

Gugulethu Mfuphi

Master of Ceremonies

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Dr Pali Lehohla Presentation

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