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In association with Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards, futured by BCX, SA’s biggest board meeting, The Directors Event will convene on 28 June 2019.  For the fifth year, SA leaders from all spheres will tackle the country’s most pressing issues through hard-hitting roundtable discussions moderated by leading media personalities.  With 2019 being South Africa’s general election year, it is an especially exciting time to be exploring policies, possibilities, and joint visions and ventures that are geared towards propelling us into a rewarding and sustainable future for all.


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We’ve swopped president’s mid-term. Uncovered state capture. Burnt down books and buildings. Lost jobs. Been junked. Suffered rolling blackouts. Choked up over Life Esidimeni, VBS and Bosasa’s ‘chicken order’ bribes. But South Africa, what goes down must come up. The honourable Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will deliver the Keynote Address as he aims to inspire delegates to take this special post-election period of rebirth as an opportunity to recalibrate the country’s moral compass and to collectively move towards a more prosperous future.
Be there when the visionary Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa sets the tone for this year’s event through her Chairman’s Report. Being one of South Africa’s most influential business leaders who has shown an immense dedication and passion for changing the economic space for young South Africans, we certainly look forward to Mahanyele-Dabengwa’s report in which she’ll outline areas of interest and success to those in attendance who share the vision of a prosperous and inclusive South Africa.
According to Trending Economics, South Africa advanced a seasonally adjusted annualized 1.4 percent on-quarter in the three months to December of 2018, following an upwardly revised 2.6 percent growth in the previous period. Given this – and that the JSE has just experienced its best first quarter in 12 years this 2019 – there is certainly room to believe that SA is well poised for a positive economic turnaround if only some of our structural impediments to economic growth can become unlocked post-elections.

During his SONA address, President Ramaphosa touched on the World bank’s recent findings that ranked South Africa as number 82 of 190 high-performing economies, projecting a 1.3% growth for us in 2019. Sharing his view that our goal as a country should be to open up the economy for all South Africans, and to enter the Top 50 mark in the next three years – the President emphasised that the creation of a healthier environment for young South African entrepreneurs and small enterprise would be critical in our continued building of a robust economy.

Let’s discuss South Africa’s prospects post-elections – from assuring certainty on key economic policies that will open up markets and encourage foreign investment, to mobilising industries towards the achievement of our country’s GDP growth requirements.

The Directors Event calls on thought-leaders in the business and public sector environments to join us for stimulative round-table discussions on all critical issues affecting us. Together we can improve on our labour market; reduce the cost of doing business in SA; and promote healthy competition across all economic sectors through the development of policies that are designed to create a prosperous South Africa for all.

The fourth industrial revolution has been knocking on our door for quite some time with countries such as the US, UK and Sweden pioneering the digitisation of work environments; workforce skills; technological equipment (infrastructure); benefitting each country’s socioeconomic and cultural environments through such development.

With South Africa currently housing 75% of the continent’s largest companies it is imperative that we persistently seek to lead the continent towards economic breakthrough by ensuring that we are on par with global competitors when it comes to the digital optimisation of industries across the board.

There are many technologies at our disposal that, if used correctly, would make an incredible contribution towards achieving seamless processes and functionalities between systems, customers, company stakeholders and employees in order to create an efficiently connected and inclusive business environment.

Taking into account that innovative digital solutions and the optimum harnessing of data to drive sound business decisions, strong continuity campaigns, inclusive growth and effective communication between customers and organisations are currently and largely the only way to ensure success – right now is definitely as good a time as any to bring businesses and public services together to discuss ways in which South Africa can better position itself in becoming a winner in the digital era’s fourth most pivotal evolution.

Out of South Africa’s 57,7 million people, more than half (about 29,4 million) are female, and over a third (20,6 million) are young people between 15 to 34 years old; as detailed in a mid-2018 report by Stats SA. When one considers South Africa’s record-high unemployment rates; with our youth being the most affected as they continue to struggle with access education, availability of jobs, and insufficient skills training among other pressures, it becomes clear that a significant portion of the country’s population is in economic distress.

For the past four years, issues of quality education, financial literacy, business skills training, mentorship, and financing opportunities have taken centre stage at The Directors Event, as we have sought to find solutions for the future of our youth and for the country’s socioeconomic development.

Let’s talk about ways to improve the employment market and to encourage a thriving environment for micro-business in the era of artificial Intelligence, digital transformation, StartUp ecosystems, private-public sector partnerships and more.


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Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng
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Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa
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Bongani Siqoko
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Jonas Bogoshi
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Andile Khumalo
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Thabiso Tema
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Siki Mgabadeli
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Prof Andre Duvenhage
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Tshediso Matona
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Isaah Mhlanga
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Prof Brian Armstrong
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Vish Rajpal
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Garth Williams
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