Nine Day Quantum Economics Programme, South Africa

Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

Overview

An 9 day 8 night immersion for Entrepreneurship and or MBA students, exploring a blend of multinational and emerging businesses in South African cities, along the theme of Quantum Economics and Economics of Transformation.

Breakfast included at hotel.

Hotel in 3 and 4 star or higher if required.

Optional Wilderness retreat / Safari add on at end.

PROGRAMME SUMMARY


Day1. Cape Town.
Arrival, check in, rest. Welcome and programme briefing over lunch at the hotel.

Welcome Dinner. Overnight Cape Town 1 of 5

Day2. Cape Town.

Economic history city walk. Table Mountain. Cape Malay lunch. Overnight Cape Town 2 of 5

Day3. Cape Town.

Multinational business in Africa. Overnight Cape Town 3 of 5

Day4. Cape Town.

Quantum Economics1 City Futures. Overnight Cape Town 4 of 5

Day5. Cape Town.

Quantum Economics2 Inclusive Economies. Overnight Cape Town 5 of 5

Day6. Johannesburg.

Fly to Johannesburg. Apartheid Museum. Soweto Futures - local going global. Overnight Johannesburg 1 of 3

Day7. Johannesburg.

Listed African companies. BEE. The JSE. Alt X. Overnight Johannesburg 2 of 3

Day8. Johannesburg.

Training for African business. Enabling environments. Overnight Johannesburg 3 of 3

Day9. Johannesburg.

Fly home

PROGRAMME IN DETAIL


Day1. Cape Town.
Arrival, check in, rest. Welcome and programme briefing over lunch at the hotel.

Welcome Dinner. Overnight Cape Town 1 of 5

Welcome to Cape Town. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

We will have lunch together at the hotel, together with a full programme briefing, outlining the programme and the academic threads and objectives. A special guest provides an overview of the business environment in South Africa, from a policy, opportunity and challenges point of view.

The afternoon is free, and at 7pm your guide will collect you for a welcome dinner, hosted at a home in the city. We have invited a handful of Cape Town entrepreneurs and business people to join dinner as special guests and get the conversations going.

Day2. Cape Town.

Economic history city walk. Table Mountain. Cape Malay lunch. Overnight Cape Town 2 of 5

We dedicate the morning to exploring the economic building blocks of South Africa, from the bartering systems of the indigenous people, through the introduction of currency, early local business and early multinational enterprise, the links between politics and business and business and social development. We explore the economics of slavery and forced removals, and ideas around freedom and capital.

We will enjoy lunch in a Cape Malay eatery, linking the history into the food, and the food back to economics (Cape Malay food accounts for a significant economic driver in the city).

In the afternoon we go up Table Mountain, providing an aerial perspective over the city, and allowing us to map out spatially, economically and historically the development of the city.

The evening is free.

Day3. Cape Town.

Multinational business in Africa. Overnight Cape Town 3 of 5

Today we visit a selection of global multinationals in Cape Town, getting a perspective on global business in an African city, and linking back to narratives around multinationals in the early days of the country. We spend time with executives at South African Breweries (now AB InBev), Naspers and Sekunjalo Investments.

We will have lunch on the go between these sessions.

Free evening with optional Jazz Safari, Choral Music Safari.

Day4. Cape Town.

Quantum Economics1 City Futures. Overnight Cape Town 4 of 5

Today we hone in on the very local situation, part one of a deep two day exploration that positions the townships as the heart of the emerging economy. We are introduced to the idea of South Africa’s two economies (the formal and the informal) and explore Quantum Economics, the capacity of black citizens to be in superposition: able to operate in both of these economies simultaneously.

We meet Tony Elvin, creator of the Langa Quarter, an enterprise development initiative seeking to re-imaging the centre of the city. We meet Sihle Tshabalala and Mzu Mduda, who are working to create Silicon Valley styled digital hubs in townships. We meet Brenda Skelenge, who introduces us to Stokvels, the co-operative savings and investment mechanisms behind the highest percentage of cash savings in the country. We have lunch at Four Roomed Ekasi in Khayelitsha, a restaurant challenging ideas about township, offering a fine dining experience in a township.

Free evening

Day5. Cape Town.

Quantum Economics2 Inclusive Economies. Overnight Cape Town 5 of 5

For part two of Quantum Economics, and our final day in Cape Town, we meet up with Adeola Oyebade, who leads an exploration into the informal economy and spaza shops, and ideas around inclusive economies. Spaza shops are informal shops, usually on the side of the road, that appear to be random, but are incredibly organised. Our journey into informal economics defies assumptions about formal vs informal, structure vs apparent lack of structure, and the value of the informal.

We have a chisa nyama or hot meat lunch in a township. Chisa Nyama’s are popular across the country and are big income generators (vegetarians also catered for).

Day6. Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg. Apartheid Museum. Soweto Futures - local going global. Overnight Johannesburg 1 of 3

We check out of the hotel and catch a morning flight to Johannesburg. We drop our bags at the hotel, and have lunch together with a special guest who maps out the business history of Johannesburg, the city of gold, the city of relentless hustle!

Then we delve into history with a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Following that we dive into the future on a journey to Soweto, exploring how Soweto is a driving force in shaping the future of Johannesburg.

A key part of this visit is to the Soweto is to the Soweto Gold Brewery. Late in 2017, Soweto Gold was bought by Heineken (currently on a global craft beer buying spree). We talk to one of the founders,
 Ndumiso Madlala and Tumisang Ndlovu, about their journey, and the opportunities that exist in townships that have potential global scope.

That evening, we dine together at Sanza Sandile’s Pan Afrikan Plate in Yeoville, joining other interesting people at Sanza’s long-table format pan African feast of flavour.

Day7. Johannesburg

Listed African companies. BEE. The JSE. Alt X. Overnight Johannesburg 2 of 3

Even though Johannesburg is a young city, in relation to Cape Town, it is the money city, it is the big business capital. Today we visit the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as well is the Alt X, a stock exchange for smaller businesses, and explore the role of listed entities in shaping the South African economy of the past and future.

In the afternoon we visit the headquarters of two listed companies: one on the JSE, the other on the Alt X. As part of the this area of focus, we look at Black Economic Empowerment, which has been most widely deployed within listed entities. What is it, what does it mean, how does it work and how effective has it been. We will explore this further tomorrow in training and creating enabling environments.

Evening free.

Day8. Johannesburg

Training for African business. Enabling environments. Overnight Johannesburg 3 of 3

For our final day, we look at the mechanisms for making business possible. We visit the Gordon Institute of Business, over lunch we talk with a policy maker about how to create enabling environments that support entrepreneurs and business, and in the afternoon we visit Tshimologong, working to create enabling digital environments. Threading throughout this is the question of how policy and business address inequality and poverty, and how Black Economic Empowerment can work within education and training, and how enabling environments impact on creating economic empowerment.

Tonight we all dine together, with a couple of invited guests from the Johannesburg leg of the programme.

Day9. Johannesburg

Fly home

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