The slogan “Thuma Mina” (#send me), which was adopted earlier this year by president Cyril Ramaphosa, was the overriding theme last week of The Directors Event 2018. Branded as SA’s biggest board meeting, the event was presented by the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies and JSE-listed MMI Holdings, in partnership with the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa, Mancosa and Greymatter & Finch. The conference was a platform for dialogue and debate about the challenges facing the country, technology solutions to grow a more inclusive economy, ways to alleviate unemployment and promote entrepreneurship as well as the impact of politics on the economy. Ramaphosa is intent on putting the economy back on a positive trajectory and curbing corruption at state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Business has responded positively with a #CountUsIn approach. However, though sentiment is more positive than it was in 2017, the economy is not out of the woods yet and significant challenges still lie ahead, d...

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