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Overview

South Africans are facing huge economical challenges. Value Added Tax has increased, fuel prices are going up, The Rand value rate is unstable, and unemployment continue to rise. The stitch words are known: financial and climate crisis, digital trans- formation, economic recession, uncontrolled crime in society and politics, the dissolution of social bindings. We experience the pinch, the change on a daily basis Every day. But how can we shape the change? What can politicians, business leaders and thought leaders do? What Can the individual move? Can we look ahead? These and many other questions are related to the 3rd Economic Outlook Conference South Africa 2018 in focus.

Benefits of attending

• Valuate key trends and assess strategic challenges;
• Discuss and identify new business opportunities in emerging major sectors;
• Obtain updates and clarifications on key policies;
• Share ideas, insights and experiences;
• Find out what’s in store for 2019 – what’s hot? What’s new? What to expect?
• Recognize the main drivers of change in the global and South African economies over the next year;
• Identify the interplay of energy, commodities, interest rates and growth in individual markets;
• Identify the growing, stable and declining markets now and expected over the near future

Venue: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa • Dates: 28-29 November 2018


Sanusha Naidu
Senior Research Associate
Institute for Global Dialogue

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    Sanusha Naidu is a foreign policy analyst. Currently she is teaching in the Political Studies Department at UCT and is a senior research fellow with the Institute for Global Dialogue based at UNISA in Pretoria. She also served as a consultant for the Emerging Powers project at Fahamu (a network on social justice issues) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her research interests include:
    • Democratisation in Africa;
    • Africa’s Political Economy and Development;
    • Africa’s relations with Emerging Powers from the South (China and India);
    • South African Foreign Policy Analysis;
    • The role of track-two diplomacy in International Relations.
    She also serves as a member on the global advisory board for the Chinese in Africa – Africans in China network. In the past several years Ms Naidu has also developed the Africa/China and Emerging Powers project based at Fahamu from 2008-2010. She has an extensive publications record. Ms Naidu is a regular media commentator on national and international issues for major news agencies including Al-jazeera News, China Global Television Network (CGTN), CCTV, BBC Radio, SABC, CBS Africa, Channel Africa, Xinhua News Agency Carte Blanche and eNCA. She is also a regular analyst on South Africa’s domestic politics and electoral trends.


Dr Petrus de Kock
General Manager – Research
Brand South Africa
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    Dr Petrus de Kock has extensive experience as a political analyst focusing on African political economy, the extractive industries, emerging markets and political risk. In his career he lectured in Political Science and International Relations in South Africa, the USA, and presented guest lectures, and seminars and at various international conferences. In addition to lecturing Dr de Kock also has experience as a consultant and advisor on social, political and economic dynamics in the African market to private and public entities. In his current position he focuses on internal/domestic and international strategic strengths and risks that impact on the South African Nation Brand.


Mandla Maleka
Chief Economist
Eskom
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    Mandla is Chief Economist and Acting Portfolio Manager for Eskom. Previously, in 1994 he joined the IDC working as an economist, moving in 1997 to RMB asset management as a market economist and subsequently spent just under 3-years at National Treasury (Finance Ministry) as Director – Municipal Finance Policy. In 1999 he joined Eskom Treasury and is today Chief Economist and Acting Portfolio Manager. Mandla has been nominated by Reuters as one of the top ten economists in the country (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008) and Top Economist by ABSIP in their 2002 inaugural awards. He obtained highest as the second-best Economist in the country in 2012 (Reuters). He had a regular column in the star newspaper’s (and sister newspapers) business report from July 2002 to December 2005. Regularly appears on various Televisions commenting and providing Economic updates and analysis and is frequent invitee on various Radio stations for analysis and comments on Economics and related issues. He also serves on various board across the country.

Annabel Bishop
Chief Economist
Investec Bank Limited South Africa

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    Annabel Bishop joined Investec in 2001, and has worked in the macroeconomic, risk and econometric fields (among other fields listed above) for around 25 years.Annabel is the holder of the Sake/Beeld Economist of the Year title for 2010 and has won numerous monthly Reuters Econometer awards, and various Focus Economics (Economic Forecasts from the World’s Leading Economists) categories for correctly forecasting a range of economic variables. She has authored a wide range of in-house and external articles, published both abroad and in South Africa. She has also lectured at Gibbs, the University of Pretoria, Wits, UJ and other academic institutions, and has presented at various national and international conferences.

Maarten Ackerman
Chief Economist and Advisory Partner
Citadel Wealth Management
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    Maarten joined Citadel in October 2003 and is part of the advisory and asset management teams. He is responsible for global and local economic strategy and global portfolio construction and manages the Citadel range of Global Objective Matching Portfolios. Maarten is an advisor to several Citadel’s ultra-high net worth clients. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments in London and a faculty member at the University of Stellenbosch Business School – Executive Development. Maarten holds a Master’s degree in Econometrics from the University of Pretoria and lectured at the University of Pretoria and the University Stellenbosch before joining the Bureau for Economic Research in 1998, where he focused on macro-econometric forecasting. Prior to joining Citadel, he was a portfolio manager at Peregrine Quant from 1999 to 2003.


Dr Chris Harmse
Chief Economist
Rebalance Fund Managers (Pty) Ltd.

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    Dr Chris Harmse completed his doctorate degree in Economics at the University of Pretoria. Prior to entering the financial services industry, he was a lecturer and professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Pretoria between 1986 and 2005.He also was the director of the Investment and Trade Policy Centre of the University between 2001 and 2005. Dr Harmse was awarded an extraordinary professorship at the School of Economics of the University of Pretoria in January 2006. He serves on various Investment Committees and is extensively involved in economic research and asset management. He is currently also visiting lecturer at the Monash University South Africa’s School of business.


Taolo Modisi
Founder
Alpha Reign

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    Taolo Modisi is an Investor and the founder of Alpha Reign, a capital markets advisory and investment firm. Prior to founding Alpha Reign, Taolo headed up Debt Capital Markets for Southern & Central Africa in Standard Bank South Africa, which included eleven different countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Taolo also worked for Investec Bank South Africa as a Senior Consultant in the Africa Finance team covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Taolo has significant experience in Debt Capital Markets, Lending and Investment Banking. She has placed USD billions of issues and advised various Sovereigns, Multinationals, State Owned Entities, Banks, and Corporates. Her transactions have received awards from the likes of EMEA Finance Magazine, The Credit Magazine and The Banker. Taolo has originated several firsts in various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. She originated the first commodity-linked note in Africa (ex South Africa), the first issues for government, corporate and commercial paper in a few countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Taolo’s successes in Investment Banking Africa reign from her passion in developing the Capital Markets across the continent.


Trevor Francis
Group HR Manager
ANB Investments
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    Trevor is Experienced, self-motivated and competent Human Resource/Business Development Manager with 28 years’ experience in Human Capital Development, Commercial Business Development, Local and National Government, Demand Management and Spatial Technology on property analysis and efficiency. He has extensive experience in Labour Relations having served on the Provincial KZN and National SALGA Bargaining Council as the Employer Representative. Trevor is recognised for having the distinct honour of serving as the President of IMPSA for 2 consecutive terms. His core strength lies in taking command of an organisation, formulating strategic direction and guiding it to new performance levels.


Tumisho Grater
Economic strategist
Novare Actuaries & Consultants
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    Tumisho Grater is an Economic Strategist at Novare Actuaries and Consultants- a dynamic financial advisory firm operating in the institutional space with close to R200 billion worth of investments under advice. Tumisho is responsible for the company’s economic policy and house view. She is part of a strong technical team, where their technical skills and unique understanding of the global and local economic backdrop ensures the execution of the company’s strategic and tactical asset allocation. Prior to her role at Novare, Tumisho earned her stripes in the financial world at Investec Asset Management and Investec Private Bank, prior to working as a markets and business anchor at CNBC Africa


Dr. Thulasizwe Mkhabela
Group Executive
Agricultural Research Council
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    Dr. Thulasizwe Mkhabela is a Group Executive: Economic Impact & Partnerships and Senior Lecturer Extraordinaire at Stellenbosch University. He started his journey with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) on the 18th June 2018. Before joining the ARC, Dr. Mkhabela was Acting CEO at the AgriBusiness Development Agency (ADA) in KwaZulu-Natal and also occupying as Chief Operations Officer. Prior positions were Managing Director at Outcome Mapping, Senior Researcher at the National Agricultural Marketing Council, Lecturer at Stellenbosch University and Senior Researcher, Soil Science at the Department of Agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal.

    Dr. Mkhabela holds a PhD Agric. Agricultural Economics degree from Stellenbosch University.


Hamlet Hlomendlini
Senior Agricultural Economist Specialist
Absa Agribusiness
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    Hamlet Hlomendlini is an Agricultural Economist, columnist for the Farmers’ Weekly Magazine and speaker and prominent voice on matters relating to the Agricultural Economy in South Africa. He currently serves as a Senior Agricultural Economist Specialist at Absa Agribusiness. Prior to joining Absa, Hlomendlini was the Lead Economist at Agri SA, and before then he held a role of agricultural economist at Standard Bank. Hlomendlini holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Honors in Agricultural Economics, both from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He will be graduating for an MBA degree in December from Stellenbosch Business School.


Motlatjo Moholwa
DDG: Economic Planning
Gauteng Dept. of Economic Develop ment
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    Motlatjo Moholwa is an experienced Economist with at least twenty (20) years wealth of experience in economic development and an extensive network in academia, private sector and government (local, national and international level). He lectured Economics, conducted economic development research and supervised graduate students for a ten-year period. Motlatjo was Director: Economic Research at the Department of Trade & Industry; Chief Economist at the City of Johannesburg; Lead Economist at the Land Bank of South Africa and Deputy Director-General: Economic Planning at the Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism. He is currently Deputy Director-General for Economic Planning at the Gauteng Department of Economic Development..


Nimrod Zalk
Industrial Development Advisory
Department of Trade and Industry
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    Nimrod Zalk is Industrial Development Policy and Strategy Advisor at the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Prior to this he was Deputy Director-General of the Industrial Development Division (IDD) of the DTI. He sits on the board of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), chairs the steering committee of the Industrial Development Think Tank (ITT) at the University of Johannesburg, and sits on the board of research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). He holds an MSC in Economics (with reference to Africa) and a PhD in Economics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He has been involved in a range of processes related to South African and African industrial development.

Len Verwey
Research Manager
Department of Economic Development
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    Len Verwey is the Research Manager at the national Economic Development Department.  Prior to joining government he worked as a consultant as well as working as an economist at Idasa, a democracy organisation, for almost a decade. He holds master’s degrees in Economics and in English Literature.


Tshegang Chipeya
Program Lead
The Durban EDGE
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    Tshegang Chipeya is the Programme Lead for EThekwini Municipality’s economic intelligence platform; The Durban EDGE. In her tenure at EThekwini Municipality, Chipeya has overseen the production of regular quarterly economic publications on topical issues in the economy, including an annual State of the Economy release, which she presents at various local and national forums. She also oversees the hosting of quarterly topical economic conferences; featuring key local and international thought leaders. She served at Urban-Econ Development Economists for numerous years, as a Development Economist, and produced extensive sector strategies, in depth feasibility and market research studies and economic assessments throughout KZN Province. Driven by a compassion for people and their socio economic development, Chipeya specialises in guiding and influencing strategic economic decision making. Chipeya is a Rhodes University graduate, having undertaken her post graduate studies in Economics, under an Allan Gray scholarship. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Development Finance at the Stellenbosch University School of Business.