Mail & Guardian SA Economy 2019

Tue Feb 26, 08:30 - Tue Feb 26, 16:00
Glenhove Conference Centre

What keep business leaders awake at night?

  • What is the outlook for South Africa and its economic growth prospect going into the new year?
  • Analysis of the Government’s budget for the fiscal year 2019/20 – what it means for business
  • Is there a likelihood for recovery and growth in the economy under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reforms?
  • How is the political outlook?
  • Can SA get back on track after the 2019 elections and how will it influence on consumer confidence and foreign investment?
  • Is the threat of credit rating downgrade still looms large?
  • How can business, labour and government work together to increase jobs and ensure an inclusive economic growth?
  • Fuel prices, land reform, B-BBEE for economic transformation, governance, fight against corruption and bail-outs of state-owned enterprises , IRP – what are the implications on business?
  • What are the top 5 things business should know to build an agile, resilient and innovative business during challenging times? 
  • How to adapt, survive and chart the best way forward?

To debate and provide you with answers, Mail & Guardian will host this highly anticipated one-day conference, bringing political analysts, economists, business leaders, industry experts, civil society and government. They will share insights on factors that will influence the South African economy in 2019. This will be an excellent opportunity to unpack the current state of affairs, major developing trends and forecasts, policies and influences in the economy as well as implications for businesses in South Africa. 

Contact TJ on [email protected] for more information and for group discount.

Discussion will include 
  • Political analysis - what to expect before and after election
  • Budget analysis and impact on business
  • Economic updates and impact on growth and investment
  • New business strategy for change and how business can help grow the economy
  • Future of land reform, agriculture and food security
  • Integrated resource plan - electricity generation mix, challenges, opportunities and implications for businesses
  • Driving ethical  leadership, profession and organisational  responsibiliites beyond legal compliance
  • Fourth industrial revolution - approach required from both public and private sector
  • Business insight - unique strengths and growth strategies during tough times
  • How to adapt, survive and chart the best way forward?
Speakers confirmed:
  • Hamlet Hlomendlini, Senior Agricultural Economist Specialist, Absa Agribusiness
  • Omni van Zyl, Executive Director, Agri SA
  • Isaah Mhlanga, Executive Chief Economist, Alexander Forbes Investments
  • Busisiwe Mavuso, Chief Operations Officer, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)
  • Dr Nimrod Zalk, Industrial Development Policy & Strategy Advisor, Department of Trade & Industry
  • Roger Lilley, Editor, Energize
  • Laura Bertrand, Managing Director, Everyday Ethics and Founding Director, Ethics Practitioners Association (EPA)
  • Thalissa Pillay, Head of Marketing, NetFlorist
  • Jade Kirkel, Group Marketing Manager, Sorbet
  • Vukani Mde, Political Analyst
  • Dr Sithembile Mbete, Political Analyst and Lecturer, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Paul Noumba Um, Country Director, World Bank
Event will be moderated by Michael Avery, Anchor, Classic Business, Classic FM
  • CEOs
  • CIOs
  • CFOs
  • COOs
  • CMOs
  • MDs
  • GMs
  • Business owners/leaders
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investment analysts/specialists
  • Fund managers
  • Finance professionals
  • Economists
  • Strategists
  • Consultants
  • Political analysts
  • Marketing, sales & new markets professionals
  • Researchers
  • Academia
  • Government
  • NGOs
To email [email protected] if your organisation is keen:
- to be a Partner or Sponsor at event
- to place advertorial in our M&G and/or be featured in special supplement (print and digital) 

Registration and refreshments start at 7.45 am
Conference starts from 8.30 am and ends at 3.30 pm with breaks for refreshments and lunch.


Mail & Guardian SA Economy 2019
Glenhove Conference Centre
114 Grayston Dr, Sandown, Sandton, 2031, South Africa
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