The Directors Event, billed as SA’s biggest board meeting, in partnership with BCX and presented in association with the Institute of Directors in SA, was streamed live on October 20 and can be watched above.

This year’s theme was “Building a sustainable new normal”. Senior managers and C-level executives from SA’s business community discussed big issues affecting the country’s economy. 

Andile Khumalo, MC for the event, introduced Sunday Times editor S’thembiso Msomi and BCX CEO Jonas Bogoshi, followed by the keynote address by Andre de Ruyter, and the annual Chairman’s Report by Wendy Lucas-Bull.


The discussion topics and panellists included:

The SA economy is in ICU. How will it be revived?

  • Ted Blom — independent energy expert, Energy Expert Coalition 
  • Tebele Luthuli — MD, Business Against Crime
  • Ruth Hall — professor, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape
  • Moderated by Gugulethu Mfuphi

How do we manage climate change to become self-sufficient?

  • Kekeletso Tsiloane — engineer, Ramtsilo Manufacturing & Construction
  • David Nicholls — chair, SA Nuclear Energy Corporation
  • Inga Jacobs-Mata — country representative, International Water Management Institute, Southern Africa
  • Shamini Harrington — vice-president: climate change, Sasol SA
  • Tasneem Essop — executive director, Climate Action Network International 
  • Moderated by Simon Gear

How will the fourth industrial revolution create jobs to grow the SA economy?

  • Michael Gastrow — director: science in society, Impact Centre, Human Sciences Research Council
  • Brian Armstrong — ­adjunct professor, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Shaheen Vawda — chief sales officer, BCX
  • Gur Geva — founder and CEO, iiDENTIFii
  • Moderated by Andile Khumalo


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