Carol Paton Writer at Large

The World Economic Forum (WEF), the international organisation that brings together the globe’s most influential business and political leaders at Davos each year, held an extraordinary forum in Johannesburg last week to discuss reconstruction in the post-Zuma era. Chaired by Klaus Schwab, "the father of multi-lateral stakeholder engagement", it brought together 60 global and South African business leaders, 23 cabinet ministers, top government officials and academics to discuss action in 10 areas of the economy ranging from innovation to regional integration and growth and job creation. The election of Cyril Ramaphosa in February has clear parallels for Schwab and the WEF community, which see it as their duty to facilitate a new partnership between business and political leaders in the post-Zuma era. In Johannesburg on Thursday Schwab said the forum had been called because Rama-phosa’s election warranted special attention. In recent years the SA brand had suffered, said Schwab. "The...

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