Now in its seventh year and billed as ‘SA’s biggest board meeting,’ The Directors Event – futured by BCX, and presented in association with the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA) – is part of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies profile that will focus on the myriad of opportunities that the Covid-19 crisis has created for the country to reimagine, innovate and do things differently. The Directors Event is where the business community comes together to unpack major issues affecting the country’s economy.

This year’s event takes place online on 11 June and is themed Reimagining South Africa’s future.  Three expertly moderated panel discussions will aim to deliver a greater understanding of what can be learnt from the past months in terms of building a leading digital economy to support SA’s economic revival; the necessity for investment in affordable, high quality technology and skills development; and reviewing a healthcare system that has been stretched beyond capacity.

“The year 2020, will be remembered as a year of global disruption.  A year in which we were tested on a professional and personal level.  Businesses the world over demonstrated their resilience, agility and ability to swivel at a time of great social and economic hardship.  But in great adversity comes great learnings, it is therefore important that we look back at 2020 and decipher these learnings in order to clearly understand the path to a more resilient and sustainable future for our country”, say Jonas Bogoshi, CEO at BCX.

Pre-lockdown, The Directors Event attracted an audience of more than 300 senior management and C-level executives to a full-day conference at the Sandton Convention Centre. In 2020, the digital event drew an online audience of more than 1 300 delegates.

High profile speakers have most recently included Andre de Ruyter (CEO of Eskom) and Wendy Lucas-Bull (former Chairman of Absa), as well as Nhlanhla Nene (former Finance Minister), Jabu Mabuza (former Chairman, Eskom), Caroline Galvan (Lead Economist, World Economic Forum), and Mcebisi Jonas (former Deputy Minister of Finance), amongst others.

S’thembiso Msomi, editor of the Sunday Times believes it is crucial for the country to address the socio-economic hardships that have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic  but says: “It is also time for South Africans to prove their mettle in rising above adversity with an attitude of innovation and progress, to ensure we do not remain on the backfoot in years to come. We need to learn and adapt at speed, and do everything we can to let this experience drive our determination to overcome and thrive. As the editor of South Africa’s biggest-selling English newspaper, it’s a privilege to drive the impact of The Directors Event.

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About Arena Events
Arena Events draws on the editorial expertise and media-powerhouse advantage of Arena Holdings to deliver stimulating and engaging encounters that encourage excellence across South Africa’s various industries. Aligned to the thought-leadership of Arena’s prominent platforms like the Sunday Times, Financial Mail, Business Day, Sowetan, Business Day TV, The Home Channel and Ignition TV, we are committed to facilitating events that nurture the socio-economic success of our country. Our leading industry events include the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, Sunday Times The Directors Event, SME Summit in association with Business Day TV, Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, The Radio Awards, Sunday Times Gen Next, Sunday Times Top Brands, the Future of Media Conference, MOST Awards, and a host of bespoke events for our clients.

About BCX
BCX is changing the way business is done in South Africa. It delivers customer-driven solutions built through disruptive innovation. As a member of the Telkom Group, BCX currently provides technology and infrastructure solutions for most of JSE-listed companies, helping to move the economy forward. To find out more about BCX, visit

About IoDSA
The Institute of Directors in South Africa NPC (“IoDSA”) is a professional body recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority and a non-profit company that exists to promote corporate governance, and to maintain and enhance the credibility of directorship as a profession (SAQA ID:836)  The IoDSA is committed to the development of those charged with governance duties and improving overall board effectiveness. Members of the IoDSA benefit from ongoing educational opportunities, governance advisory assistance, publications and updates featuring the latest developments in corporate governance, access to NED vacancies as well as unique networking opportunities.


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