Mail & Guardian Water Scarcity: Impact on Business

Tue Mar 27, 08:30 - Tue Mar 27, 16:30
Glenhove Conference Centre
The drought and water crisis is not only exclusive to Cape Town. Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape have already been declared provincial disasters. Gauteng has been forewarned of its own drought risks too. 
What impact could water scarcity have on your business and what are the risks? Water scarcity can have devastating effects on organisations’ output, performance, influence on business profitability, future growth and ultimately, reduce investor and stakeholder confidence.
Water scarcity does not only impact organisations that are reliant on large volumes of water for their core operations, such as agriculture, food processing and manufacturing businesses. It also has significant impact on industrial, mining and power generation sectors where electricity supply is dependent on water-intensive coal-fired power stations which use substantial amounts of water for cooling. Financial services are also affected when they invest and provide insurance for clients with water risk exposure. Even healthcare, hospitality and corporate sectors are affected either directly or indirectly i.e. disruption in their supply chain, storage, distribution, operations, infrastructure, rising costs of water etc.
With this in mind and in conjunction with World Water Day on 22 March 2018, Mail & Guardian (M&G) will host a timely one-day conference – “Water scarcity: Impact on business – resilience, risk management & business continuity”.
To help navigate through these volatile times and future-proof business operations, M&G will bring together industry experts, government managing water and business community to unpack issues below:
  • How can businesses from across industries become more resilient in a time of water scarcity?
  • How to prepare a water scarcity management strategy?
  • What are the preventive measures and crisis management plans in place to deal with water disruptions?
  • What are the risk management and business continuity framework and principles aimed at coping with the water crisis and ensuring continuity of operations?
Contact Wan Liew on [email protected] if you are wish to book seat/s, be a Speaker or be a Sponsor at Event.  Group discount applies. 
Strategic dialogues, practical insights, best practices and case studies to discuss:
  • State of South Africa’s water, business risks, implications and future
        - Outlook on drought and water scarcity   
        - Preventive measures and crisis management plan for water disruptions
        - Impact on business
        - Exposure to water risks – physical, reputational and regulatory
        - Policies & regulation – tariffs and penalties
        - Efficient,  equitable and sustainable water supply
        - Adapting to a water-constrained future
        - Good governance for future of SA’s water security
  • Economic outlook and what this means for country’s growth, food prices, inflation and impact on major industries and SMEs
  • Water crisis - risk management and business continuity planning
  • Water stewardship to gain business value, fiduciary duty and taking action
  • Case studies: Eskom & Standard Bank - Water management solutions & strategies to mitigate risks and futureproof business operations
  • How Netcare is investing in alternative water supplies from the sea and underground - challenges and opportunities
  • Green water management practices and measures for business to reduce water consumption and cost of operations
  • Water law, custodianship and public trust – what businesses should know
Speakers include:
  • Trevor Balzer, Deputy Director-General: Strategic and Emergency projects, Department of Water and Sanitation
  • Robyn Stein, Environmental Director, ENSafrica
  • Clémence McNulty, Principal Consultant, ERM
  • Nandha Govender, General Manager: Water and Environmental Operations, Eskom
  • Paul Makube, Senior Agricultural Economist, FNB 
  • John Coetzee, Chief Executive Officer, Green Worx
  • Mande Toubkin, General Manager: Emergency, Trauma, Transplant and Corporate Social Responsibility, Netcare 
  • Tom Blok, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Eldrid Opperman, Senior Manager, Standard Bank
  • Nick Tandi, Programme Manager, Strategic Water Partners Network
  • Dr Anthony Turton, Environmental Advisor & Professor: Centre for Environmental Management, University of Free State
  • Desighen Naidoo, Chief Executive, Water Research Council
  • Christine Colvin, Freshwater Programmes Manager, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa 
Conference will be moderated by Michael Avery, Anchor, Classic Business, Classic FM

Businesses/private sector from across industries

Government/public sector/municipalities

Civil societies, NGOs, Business Institutions, Associations, Academia

CEOs, COOs, MDs, GMs

Directors, senior executives, practitioners in charge of
- Risks
- Business continuity
- Sustainability
- Environment
- Strategy
- Water management
- Facilities
- Operations
- Supply chain
- Compliance
- Operational Health & Safety


Mail & Guardian Water Scarcity: Impact on Business
Glenhove Conference Centre
52 Glenhove Rd, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
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