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23 July 2024

GNU: The First 100 Days. What needs to be done to transform promises into policy, address systemic inequalities and ensure economic growth

Justice Malala: Political Analyst

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Think Big with Justice Malala

 

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Catch up on previous Think Big Series...

Navigating Change: The Aftermath of the National Elections

Moeletsi Mbeki: Political Analyst

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Moeletsi Mbeki is a political analyst, author, and an entrepreneur. He is the Chairperson of The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) based at the University of the Witwatersrand advancing a well-governed, peaceful, economically sustainable, and globally engaged Africa. Mbeki also served as council member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) based in London. He was a rated political analyst for BOE and Nedbank.

2024-06-04

Lead up to elections 2024: Potential coalitions, predicted outcomes and possible impact on SA

Sanusha Naidu: Foreign Policy Analyst

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Sanusha Naidu is a foreign policy analyst. She has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom. She has previously worked at the Centre for Conflict Resolution based in Cape Town and managed the South African Foreign Policy Initiative (SAFPI) at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and is a regular media commentator on national and international issues for major news agencies including Al-jazeera News, CCTV, BBC Radio, SABC, and CBS Africa.

2024-04-23

Governing in an election year: Discussing the challenges municipalities face including delivery of basic services and how to ensure continued progress despite constraints

Geordin Hill-Lewis: Executive Mayor of Cape Town

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Geordin Hill-Lewis, 37, is Cape Town's youngest Mayor, with degrees in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from UCT, and a Masters in Finance specialising in Economic Policy from London University. Since 2011, he's been a Member of Parliament, notably as the youngest MP at 24, holding portfolios in Trade and Industry and Finance.

2024-03-26

Budget 2024: Exploring the details of the 2024 budget speech and the economic landscape that lies ahead

Dr Duncan Pieterse: Director-General of the National Treasury of South Africa

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

The national budget offers insight into the government's financial plans and priorities for the upcoming year. It shapes the economic landscape and influences the lives of citizens.  In this interview we will explore its impact on various sectors of society and the economy, highlighting the importance of democratic governance in fiscal decision-making.

2024-03-01

Operation Health: The NHI, health insurance and the future of integrated healthcare in South Africa

Adrian Gore: Founder & Chief Executive at Discovery Limited

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Global Chief Executive Adrian Gore founded Discovery in South Africa in 1992 – now a multinational financial services group renowned for Vitality, the largest global platform that creates behaviour change and financially integrates this into insurance and financial services pricing. Discovery has extended its model to wholly owned companies in other markets, like Vitality UK in the United Kingdom, as well as transforming the global market by embedding its model into the world’s largest insurers. Receiver of multiple awards and industry honours Adrian is also Governor of the World Economic Forum: Global Health and Healthcare Industries and Vice president of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA).

2023-11-07

The future of the South African Economy – an open discussion

Lesetja Kganyago: Governor of the South African Reserve Bank

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

In this special edition of PSG Think Big series the SARB governor LKJ will provide insight into the South African economy, the impact of the monetary policy as well as the opportunity that exist within it. This will be an open forum where the public can ask him questions live via the digital stream on the day.

2023-10-05

Setting boundaries: Black tax in a modern South Africa

Ndumi Hadebe: Published author and Leadership Coach

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Author of Handle Black Tax Like a Pro – Setting Boundaries, Improving Relationships and Achieving Freedom, entrepreneur Ndumi Hadebe has more than a decade of corporate experience consulting as a capacity development expert for world renowned brands such Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Nordex SA, Sasfin Bank, University of Johannesburg and Bureau Veritas Zambia.

2023-08-15

Drastic times calls for drastic measures: Will the partnership initiative between Government and business succeed?

Busisiwe Mavuso: Chief Executive Officer at Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)​

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Busisiwe Mavuso is the Chief Executive Officer at Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and Resultant Finance (a PIC investee company). She was the sole remaining chartered accountant on the Eskom board and chairperson of the two-person finance and investment sub-committee, until she resigned. She was awarded the ‘2020 Influencer of Influencers Award’ by the Africa Brand Summit in October 2020 and was named second runner up for ‘Businessperson of the Year’ by Daily Maverick in 2021.​

2023-07-11

Time to turn a new leaf? The future of agribusiness in SA

Wandile Sihlobo: Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz)

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

For all the talk, we still have not unlocked the country’s true agricultural potential. How have agricultural reforms and government programmes aided (or failed to aid) the sector’s progress so far? What are the factors standing in the way of maximising South Africa’s agricultural success?

2023-06-20

“Give and take” How trade-offs in the budget affects South Africa’s education and healthcare systems

Michael Sachs: Adjunct Professor at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

At the beginning of May, we celebrate Worker’s Day, and yet for many South Africans, employment represents an unreachable dream, while affordability for the country remains a major issue. Where do we draw the line between growing the economic pie and simply slicing it differently?

2023-05-23

The future credibility of South Africa’s financial sector

Daniel Mminele: outgoing Alexforbes Chair and Nedbank Chairman-Designate

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

South Africa’s financial sector is generally well regarded and perceived by many as operating at the highest global standards. Nonetheless, there are many challenges to its credibility, including questions around the South African Reserve Bank’s mandate and the impact of greylisting on our financial sector.

2023-04-25

Imaging a future without corruption: will we see it in our lifetime?

Lord Peter Hain: Member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Are the years of state capture behind us, and can we look forward to a corruption-free future? Arguably, South Africans are running out of patience and want to see signs of progress. Are we finally witnessing a general and personal ‘push back’ against corruption in and by the SA government, or are we not quite there yet?

2023-03-28

Future of taxation in South Africa

Edward Kieswetter: Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

SARS has emerged from the shadows of state capture allegations, and now the institution seems to be on the front foot. What lies ahead for SARS? Our discussion ranges from the use of AI in taxpayer profiling to international collaboration when it comes to South African taxpayers’ obligations.

2023-02-07

Future of digital banking & telecoms in SA

Michael Jordaan: Founder & CEO of Montegray Capital

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Michael Jordaan has left behind some big footprints in the SA banking sector. But looking ahead, in the context of an increasing focus on crypto and blockchain, what are the next challenges in the digital adoptions race?

2023-01-24

Future of traditional fuels and green hydrogen

Fleetwood Grobler: President and CEO of Sasol

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

South Africa is looking to become a major producer of green hydrogen, not only to aid its decarbonisation efforts but also to boost local economic growth and employment. But what does the future of green hydrogen look like, how is it contributing to Sasol’s greenhouse gas reduction pathway and how is Sasol supporting SA’s green hydrogen vision?

2022-11-08

Future of politics across local and global stages

Justice Malala: Renowned political commentator and newspaper columnist

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Each ANC elective conference brings some political turbulence with it. This year, the stakes seem even higher than usual, as the election is not only set against a backdrop of local economic and political turmoil, but also against an increasingly uncertain global environment. What is the road ahead likely to look like?

2022-10-11

Future of politics in South Africa

Kgalema Motlanthe: Former President of the Republic of South Africa

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

What does it mean to leave a political legacy, and what would you have done differently looking back? Looking forward, what are key developments in the future of South African politics we should be looking at.

2022-09-27

Future of managing personal finances in a Gen Z world

Sam Beckbessinger: Author and fintech entrepreneur

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Almost everyone would say they want to build wealth and be financially independent, yet few of us ever get there. But what does financial savvy look like in a Gen Z world? Who better to share her thoughts than the author of the best-selling book Manage your money like a f*cking grown up.

2022-08-30

Future of investigative journalism

Karyn Maughan: News24 specialist legal journalist, documentary producer and bestselling author

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Journalism is a tough profession by anyone’s standards and is also facing multiple challenges in our digital and connected world. Award-winning journalist and author Karyn Maughan joins us to share her views.

2022-08-16

Future of money banking and crypto

Kuben Naidoo: Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast and financial journalist.

Who regulates crypto currency trading and when will we have a clear regulatory regime for the use of crypto currencies in South Africa? What is the SARBs stance on çentral bank digital currency (CBDC) adoption?

2022-07-12

Future of youth employment

Cas Coovadia: Chairperson of the National Business Initiative, council member of Wits University, board member of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, non-executive director Yes4Youth

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast & Financial Journalist

South Africa’s youth unemployment rate is in excess of 66% and urgently needs to be addressed. What are the challenges when it comes to creating youth employment and what have we learnt from the Yes4Youth initiative?

2022-06-28

Future of South Africa’s youth

Pierre de Vos: Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance, and head of the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam, Broadcast & Financial Journalist

Education is recognised as being so important to the future of our youth, that it is also enshrined as a right in the constitution. Why is education viewed as a game changer for the youth, and how are we rising to the challenge?

2022-06-21

Future of employment in South Africa

Andrew Donaldson: Senior Research Associate, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, School of Economics, University of Cape Town

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast and financial journalist

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, a chronically high unemployment rate was arguably one of South Africa’s biggest challenges. Now that the pandemic seems to normalising, what is path forward for job creation in South Africa?

2022-05-24

Future of the mobile industry

Ralph Mupita: President and CEO of MTN Group

Facilitated by Bruce Whitfield: Award-winning Financial Journalist

How is MTN preparing for the future of mobile telecommunications, and where is the company heading next? How far are we from 5G – and what are the opportunities?

2022-04-26

Future of disruption – Ukraine, Russia and global volatility

Daniel Silke: Independent political analyst and keynote speaker

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam and Adriaan Pask - Chief Investment Officer at PSG Wealth

So many factors exacerbate international security and economic concerns. The potential for further military escalation is real. Daniel explains where we are now with the disruption and the future of the geopolitical landscape.

2022-03-18

Future of a basic income grant in South Africa

Michael Sachs: Adjunct Professor at the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Facilitated by Alishia Seckam: Broadcast and financial journalist.

Michael is a respected economist focusing on economics, public policy and politics in South Africa. How does a basic income grant fit into the country’s economic future?

2022-03-15

Future of economic policy

Prof Bonang Mohale: Chancellor of the University of Free State

Facilitated by Bruce Whitfield: Award-winning Financial Journalist

28 years and counting since South Africa officially became a democracy – and yet our economic challenges seem to loom as large as ever. What is the future of economic policy in South Africa – and more importantly, what should it be?

2022-01-25

Future of South Africa's Economic landscape

Hugo Pienaar: Chief Economist, Bureau for Economic Research (BER)

Facilitated by Bruce Whitfield: Award-winning Financial Journalist

The future of the South African economy is always hotly debated. Things always seem to be balanced on a knife’s edge. Hugo is Chief Economist at the BER, and well positioned to help us look ahead, into the future of South Africa’s economic landscape.

2021-11-30

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