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Economic Outlook 2018

Connecting for Growth, Inclusion and Prosperity

The evidence that comes from the recent performance of the South African economy is deeply concerning. Since 2012, economic growth has steadily ratcheted lower and has sat below population growth for three years running. To add to this parlous state, at the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, economic growth went negative taking the South African economy into recession.

Is 2018 likely to be more of the same or will economic growth pick up moderately? Does consumer confidence and future investment hinge largely on the outcome of the ANC elective conference in December?

For answers to these questions and more exclusive insights from business leaders, economists, analysts and investors book now for this highly anticipated conference.

Speakers confirmed to date:

  • Prof Adrian Saville, Founder and CE, Cannon Asset Managers and Professor of Economics & Competitive Strategy, GIBS
  • Konrad Reuss, Managing Director, Regional Head – Africa S&P Global Ratings
  • Dr Johan van Zyl, CEO, African Rainbow Capital and Ubuntu-Botho
  • Vuyani Jarana, CEO, SAA
  • Montfort Mlachila, Senior Resident Representative in South Africa, IMF
  • Dr Iraj Abedian, founder and Chief Executive, Pan-African Capital Holdings
  • Siyabonga Gama, the Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd
  • Michelle Adelman, Managing Director of Accite Holdings, has been named by CEO Magazine 2017's "Most Influential Woman in Business" for Botswana & SADC North
  • Gina Schoeman, South Africa economist, Citibank Global Economics team
  • Trudi Makhaya, CEO of Makhaya Advisory
  • Ralph Mathekga, Managing Director Clearcontent Research & Consulting (and author)
  • Adriaan Basson, co-author 'Enemy of the People: how Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back", Editor, News24
  • George Kershoff, Deputy Director, Bureau for Economic Research (BER)
  • Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti, Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria, author of The Wellbeing Economy
  • Victor Williams, Head: CIB Africa Regions, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank Group
  • Razia Kahn, Managing Director, Chief Economist, Africa Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, SABC deputy chair
  • Sandile Shabalala, CEO, TymeDigital
  • Jon Tullett, Research Manager, IDC
  • Liesl Bebb-McKay, Head RMB's The Foundery


  • A View from the Ratings Agency
  • Economic landscape 2018
  • Political landscape 2018
  • Business landscape 2018
  • Business and Consumer Confidence – recent developments and consequences
  • Wellbeing without Growth, is GDP the Right Way to Measure Prosperity & Progress
  • Tax and Drawing in Revenue for the Fiscus
  • Africa Outlook 2018
  • Word View on South Africa
  • SOE Outlook 2018
  • Fintech Outlook 2018

Who should attend:

  • CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs;
  • Investment, fund managers, analysts, economists;
  • Strategists and consultants;
  • Marketing, sales, finance professionals;
  • Business owners/entrepreneurs; and
  • Government, NGOs, academia.

Click here to access Programme Agenda.

Event Details

20 February 2018
GIBS Campus
Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact the individual below.
Contact: Belinda Boxall
E-mail: Send me an e-mail


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