full agenda

DAY ONE: Thursday, 14 September

07:00 - 08:00

Arrival, registration and welcome tea and coffee

08:00 – 08:05

Programme Director: Kaizer Nyatsumba, CEO: SEIFSA


Welcome from Ms Zama Luthuli,Divisional Executive – Corporate Affairs: Industrial Development Corporation

08:10 – 08:30

Dr Mathews Phosa, Chairman: Mathews Phosa and Associates (Pty) Ltd

08:30 – 10:00

Political Leadership in Southern Africa: Does it Advance or Hamper Economic Growth?
A critical review of the degree to which political leaders (governments) in South Africa and the region advance or retard growth through their actions and policies

*Dr Ibbo Mandaza, Academic and Political Commentator, Zimbabwe
*Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Independent Director of Companies
*Mr Joel Netshitenzhe, CEO of Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)
Dr Makhosi Khoza, ANC MP (tbc)

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00

Ensuring that Manufacturing in Southern Africa Is Internationally Competitive
A critical assessment of what needs to be done by policy makers, business and labour in the SADC region to ensure that manufacturing is internationally competitive

Programme Director: Mr Rose Rose, Editor: Financial Mail

*Dr Raymond Patel, Chief Executive Officer: merSETA
Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, CEO: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) (tbc)
Dr Martyn Davies, CEO: Frontier Advisory
*Ms Phillipa Rodseth, CEO: Manufacturing Circle
*Mr Paul Runge, Director: Projects & Development Finance, Africa House.

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:30

The Continental Free Trade Area: A Reality Before The End of 2017?
An assessment of progress made in the implementation of the Pan-African Continental Free Trade Area and the Implications that it will have for Manufacturing in Southern Africa

Programme Director:

*Mr Wamkele Mene, Chief Director: Africa Multilateral Economic Relations, Department of Trade and Industries, South Africa
Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary-General: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (tbc)
*Mr Duncan Bonnett, Director: Africa House
*Professor Colin McCarthy, Professor Emeritus: University of the Stellenbosch

14:30 – 14:45

Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break

14:45 - 16:00

Winning Together: Can Government, Business and Labour Conclude a Social Compact in the interest of Labour Stability and Foreign Investment
An assessment of whether the three main stakeholder groups – Government, business and labour – can conclude a Social Compact that may result in Labour Stability in South Africa and make the country more attractive to foreign investors

Programme Director: Mr Lucio Trentini, Operations Director: SEIFSA

*Professor Steven Friedman, Director: Centre for the Study of Democracy, Rhodes University
*Mr Matthias Borddenberg, Chief Executive Officer: Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
*Mr Bheki Ntshalintshali, General Secretary: COSATU
*Ms Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour: South Africa
*Dr Joni Musabayana, Director: International Labour Organisation
*Ms Tanya Cohen, CEO: Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)

16:00 – 17:30

The Automotive Production and Development Programme and the South African Metals and Engineering Sector
A critical assessment of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) and its impact on demand for South Africa’s metals and engineering sector products

Programme Director:

*Mr Nico Vermeulen, Director: National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa
* Mr Renai Moothilal, National Association of Automotive Components and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM)
*Dr David Masondo, CEO: Automotive Industry Development Centre
*Dr Michael Ade, Chief Economist: SEIFSA

17:30 – 17:35


17:35 – 18:30

Cocktails and Networking Opportunity

DAY TWO: Friday, 15 September


The Future of Collective Bargaining
Does Collective Bargaining Have A Future in South Africa? If so, what form will collective bargaining take in future?

Programme Director: Mr Terry Bell, Labour Analyst
Mr John Brand, Member of the Advisory Board: African Centre for Dispute Settlement
Mr Thembinkosi Mkalipi, Chief Director, Labour Relations: Department of Labour
Mr Leon Louw, Executive Director: Free Market Foundation
Mr Irvin Jim, General Secretary: NUMSA
Mr Gideon Du Plessis, General Secretary: Solidarity
Mr Lucio Trentini, Operations Director (Chief Negotiator): SEIFSA

08:00 – 10:00

Do Steel Import Tariffs Benefit or Hurt the South African Economy?
An assessment of the impact on the South African economy of the imposition in 2015 of import tariffs on steel imports to protect the country’s primary steel producers and save jobs

Programme Director: Mr Michael Avery, Business Presenter: Classic FM

*Mr Henk Langenhoven, Chief Economist: Chamber of Mines of South Africa
*Mr Siyabulela Tsengiwe, Chief Commissioner: International Trade and Administration Commission
*Mr Paolo Trinchero, CEO: Southern African Institute of Steel Construction

10:00 – 11:30

Seven Years of BRICS Membership: Has South Africa Benefitted Commercially?
An assessment of the commercial benefits, if any, of South Africa’s memberships of BRICS since 2010

Programme Director:
MsMaiteNkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (tbc)
*Mr Ross Harvey, Senior Researcher: South African Institute of International Affairs
*Dr Mills Soko, Associate Professor: Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
*Mr Sello Mashao Rasethaba: Executive Chairman, XpanseInvestments (Pty) Ltd
His Excellency Mr Tian Xuejun, Ambassador: People’s Republic of China (tbc)
His Excellency Mr Nedilson Jorge, Ambassador: Republic of Brazil (tbc)

11:30 - 12:30


12:30 - 14:00


Parasitic or Symbiotic? Relations Between Small Business and Big Business in the Manufacturing Sector
A critical review of the state of relations between big and small employers in manufacturing in general and the metals and engineering sector in particular, with an assessment of the degree to which they complement each other

Programme Director: Ms Siki Mgabadeli, Presenter: SAFM

*Ms Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business
*Mr William Mvulane Dhlongolo: CEO: ISiYalu Manufacturing
*Ms Mayleen Kyster, CEO: Africa Steel Holdings
*Mr Meshack Seapela, CEO: Designer Cables
*Mr Charl Folcher, Managing Director and Regional CFO South Africa and Middle East: Voith Turbo


12:30 - 14:00


South Africa’s Junk Credit Rating: What do we need to do to regain our sovereign credit investment rating?

*Programme Director: Ms Jana Marais, Editor: Finweek

*Mr Xhanti Payi, Director: Nascence Advisory & Research *Mr Henk Langenhoven, Chief Economist: Chamber of Mines
of South Africa
*Ms Trudi Makhaya, CEO: Makhaya Advisory
South Africa
Ms Philisiwe Mthethwa, CEO: National Empowerment Fund(tbc)

14:00 - 15:30

The National Development Plan: A Reality or A Mirage?

A critical assessment of the National Development Plan
and the Fantastic Projects it Promised for South Africa

Programme Director: Ms Zama Luthuli, Divisional Executive – Corporate Affairs: Industrial Development Corporation

Mr Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency: South Africa (tbc)
*Mr Bonang Mohale, CEO: Business Leadership South Africa
Mr JP Landman, Visiting Professor: University of the Free State (tbc)
*Dr Allyson Lawless, Managing Director: SAICE Professional Development and Projects
*Mr Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman: Massmart
Mr Tshediso Matona, Acting Director-General and Secretary for National Planning: Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (tbc)

15:30 – 15:45

Programme Director: Mr Kaizer Nyatsumba, CEO: SEIFSA
* Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: National Executive Member
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