BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE ‘NEW NORMAL’

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We’ve entered a decade where South Africa’s longstanding challenges have now been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis which will have a lasting effect on our economy.

Apart from the financial and social strains of the pandemic, we still need to overcome historic hurdles that put us on the back foot during lockdown: the slow pace of government reforms; corruption in both private and state-owned enterprises; the skills-readiness of our workforce to gain employment in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) jobs; the devastating effects of rapid climate-change in a country already gripped by drought and an energy crisis that’s straining our economy.

The sixth iteration of The Directors Event ‘SA’s biggest board meeting’ – a forum where honest opinions can be shared and are widely encourage.

This live streamed web-conference aims to debate, brainstorm and recommend solutions to ensure South Africa remains a beacon of hope, and a leader in what can be achieved in Africa.

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Andre de Ruyter, Group Chief Executive of Eskom will share his thoughts and insights on what role business can play to successfully resolve South Africa’s energy crisis.

Andre de Ruyter

Group Chief Executive, Eskom

Wendy Lucas-Bull, Chairman of Absa Group will share her thoughts and insights on what it takes to do business successfully in South Africa and what reform she believes we need to action in this country, in order to drive our economy towards a place of prosperity and pride for every South African.

Wendy Lucas-Bull

Chairman, Absa Group

Some people argue that time may be running out for South Africa to fix its deep-seated economic problems, and the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly placed the country in a greater position of jeopardy. There remains growing pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government to increase the pace of economic reform.

The need for policy certainty cannot be overemphasised, but the need for implementing much needed structural reforms has now become more urgent than ever as we deal with the blow from the coronavirus and national lockdown. As a country, we need to assure investors that business in South Africa will recover and can evolve to become more sustainable and less vulnerable to external forces. Whether we’re looking at issues of energy distribution, infrastructure development, unemployment, skills or inequality, how do we go about making structural changes to build a prosperous future for all?

Ted Blom

Independent Energy Expert, Energy Expert Coalition

Tebele Luthuli

Managing Director, Business Against Crime

Prof Ruth Hall

Professor Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas), University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Gugulethu Mfuphi

Moderator

At no other time has our generation been as challenged to consider the importance of the reliable supply of food, water and electricity. In order to withstand the next global crisis and blunt the effects of future pandemics, we need to consider what can be done to make our country more self-sufficient and less reliant on others, in the face of rapid climate change. South Africa is largely an arid country.

The effects of extreme weather patterns have been visible for all of us to see in recent years. Long spells of drought have raised the question of how to mobilise business to respond to the risks of climate change. Apart from a water shortage, we’re also sitting with an unprecedented energy issue. It is vital that we put the right kind of energy mix in place. Appropriate climate change policies and strategies are also essential to mitigate against the effects of future pandemics.

The coronavirus has highlighted the need to create a fairer, more equal and greener future. Clearly, we are currently not doing enough. What are our options for avoiding an irreversible implosion? How do we move towards a more sustainable way of living?

Kekeletso Tsiloane

Engineer, Ramtsilo Manufacturing and Construction

David Nicholls

Chairman, South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (NECSA)

Dr Inga Jacobs-Mata

Country Representative, International Water Management Institute, Southern Africa

Shamini Harrington

Vice President: Climate Change, Sasol South Africa

Tasneem Essop

Executive Director, Climate Action Network International (CAN-I)

Simon Gear

Moderator

The global COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we approach life and work. For the first time, many businesses were compelled to let their employees work from home – for many it proved to be a technological challenge. The lockdown has also exacerbated the vast economic and resource divides in South Africa. Broadband internet access is only available to a small percentage of the population, and the costs of data are still high.

So how will the country leverage the deployment of 4IR technologies to enable a remote workforce of the future, while improving the job opportunities and job readiness of South Africans? We need to address how digital innovation can reach everyone to take our economy to the next level, as we look to reskill and upskill millions of South Africans to be prepared and effective. We need to act now to maintain South Africa as the centre of innovation and business in Africa.

Dr Michael Gastrow

Director: Science in Society Impact Centre, Human Sciences Research Council

Prof Brian Armstrong

Adjunct Professor, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand

Shaheen Vawda

Chief Sales Officer, BCX

Gur Geva

CEO, iiDENTIFii

Andile Khumalo

Moderator

2020 PARTICIPANTS


Andre de Ruyter
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Wendy Lucas-Bull
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S’thembiso Msomi 
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Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen
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Andile Khumalo
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Ted Blom
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Tebele Luthuli
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Prof Ruth Hall
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Gugulethu Mfuphi
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Kekeletso Tsiloane
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David Nicholls
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Dr Inga Jacobs-Mata
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Shamini Harrington
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Simon Gear
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Tasneem Essop
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Dr Michael Gastrow
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Shaheen Vawda
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Prof Brian Armstrong
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Marcia Minnaar
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