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Expanding Industry and Promoting Competitiveness

DAY ONE: Monday, 21 September 2020

08:00 – 08:50

Arrival, registration and welcome tea and coffee

08:50 – 08:55

Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Mr Kaizer M. Nyatsumba, CEO: SEIFSA

08:55 – 09:00

Safety Moment: Ms Zama Luthuli, Corporate Affairs Executive: Industrial Development Corporation

09:00 – 09:20

His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa

09:25 – 10:55

The “New-Dawn” Sixth Administration, Business Confidence and SA’s Sovereign Credit Rating

Much optimism and euphoria greeted the Sixth Administration when it came into office. More than a year later, what steps have been taken to improve business confidence, grow the economy and arrest our sovereign credit rating decline?

Programme Director: TBA, Operations Director: SEIFSA

Mr Tito Mboweni, Minister: Finance
Mr Ebrahim Patel, Ministeror: Trade, Industry and Competition
Mr Khaya Sithole, Lecturer: University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, Lecturer: University of Johannesburg
Ms Busisiwe Mavuso, Chief Executive Officer: Business Leadership South Africa

11:00 – 12:30

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Manufacturing: Is South Africa Readier Now Than It Was A Year Ago?

A dispassionate assessment of South Africa’s readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and proposed solutions of what the Government and business should do to ensure that South Africa is not left behind

Programme Director: TBA, Business Anchor: TBA

Dr Thulani Dlamini, CEO: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Professor Tshilidzwi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor: University of Johannesburg
Mr Stuart Michie, Digital Lead: ABB
Ms Ilse Karg, Chief Director: Future Industrial Production & Technologies, the Dti

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

The African Continental Free Trade Area and Opportunities for South African Business

An assessment of the opportunities and threats presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area

Programme Director: TBA , Former Editor: TBA

Mr Duncan Bonnett, Director: Africa House
Mr/Ms TBA , Chief Director: Africa Multilateral Economic Relations, Department of Trade and Industries
Person representing a company doing business on the continent

15:00 – 16:45

Infrastructure Investment, Business Attractiveness and Economic Growth

What plans does the Government have to improve our ageing infrastructure to attract more foreign direct investment and improve the chances of economic growth?

Programme Director: TBA, : SEIFSA

Ms Patricial De Lille, Minister: Public Works and Infrastructure
Mr Andre van Rensburg, Chief Executive Officer: Bombela Concession Company
Mr Refiloe Tlali, Chief Executive Officer: Lesotho Highlands Water Development

16:45 – 16:50


16:50 – 18:00

Cocktails and Networking Opportunity

DAY TWO: Tuesday, 22 September 2020

08:00 – 08:15

Arrival and welcome tea and coffee

08:15 – 09:45

Re-Imagining Industrial Strategy: Update on the Steel Master Plan and other Related Sectoral Master Plans

A year into the Sixth Administration, what difference have the Steel Master Plan and Related Sectoral Master Plans Made to our Economy?

Programme Director: TBA ,

The Honourable Mr Ebrahim Patel: Minister of Trade and Industry
Dr Michael Ade, Chief Economist: SEIFSA
Mr Kobus Verster, Chief Executive Officer: ArcelorMittal South Africa

09:45 – 11:15

State-Owned Companies: A Lost Cause, or Can They Still Be Rescued To Become A Force For Good In The Economy?

Is SA winning the battle when it comes to turning State-Owned Companies around and getting them to stimulate economic growth?

Programme Director: TBA,: SEIFSA

The Honourable Mr Pravin Gordshan: Minister of Public Enterprises
Dr Jeremiah Mutamba, Senior Manager: Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority
Mr Leon Louw, Chief Executive Officer: Free Market Foundation
Dr Neva Makgetla, Senior Economist: Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies

11:15 – 11:30

Tea / Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Eskom, Power Generation and the The Economy

A review of Eskom’s impact on the economy and an assessment of the difference that other sources of power can make on the economy

Programme Director: TBA,

The Honourable Mr Gwede Mantashe, Minister: Mineral Resources and Energy
Mr Andre de Ruiter, Chief Executive Officer: Eskom
Mr Ted Blom, Energy Advisor: Energy Expert Coalition
Mr Dave Long, Secretary-General: South African Independent Power Producers Association

13:00 – 13:45


13:45 – 15:15

Striking A Balance Between Growth and Environmental Sustainability

An assessment of the impact of Carbon Tax and other well-meaning environmental requirements on South Africa’s economic performance and a search for a balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability

Programme Director: TBA, Political Analyst

Ms Karin Ireton, Head of Sustainaibility Management: Standard Bank Group
Ms Barbara Creecy, Minister: Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Mr/Ms TBA, Executive Director: Green Peace South Africa
Mr/Ms TBA, Chief Executive Officer: National Business Initiative

15:15 – 16:45

South Africa’s Electoral System and Governance

Does our current electoral system have a bearing on how the country is governed and the poor economic performance? How ready is SA for a joint constituency-PR electoral system?

Programme Director: TBA, : SEIFSA

Professor Steven Friedman, University of Johannesburg
Mr Sy Mamabolo, Chief Electoral Officer: Independent Electoral Commission
Mr Ace Magashule, Secretary-General: African National Congress
Ms Helen Zille, Chairperson – Federal Council: Democratic Alliance
Mr Mmusi Maimane, Co-Leader: The People’s Dialogue

16:45 – 17:00

The Honourable Mr David Makhura, Premier: Gauteng