25 April 2018, 6-9pm - London Venue and broadcast live on Facebook
Recent history portrayed South Africa in a less than positive light; corruption, abuse of power, investors fleeing and rising unemployment. With a change of leadership, hope appears on the horizon, the economic indicators have at long last started to point in a more positive direction but this will be a hell of a tough gig to turnaround. Optimism and hope can kick-start a more positive outlook, but it will take concrete actions and huge determination. We will have an outstanding panel including optimists and sceptics that will help us better understand what the future might hold for this resilient and important beacon of Africa.
WHO IS ON THE PANELPumela Salela is the UK Country Head of Brand South Africa, a government agency promoting the country as a favoured destination for trade, tourism and investment. She is a former director in two SA government departments dealing with the economy and served a term at the World Bank. Sharon Constancon is the chair of the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK. She is the founder and CEO of Genius Methods, a UK company which assesses corporate boards. She is also the CEO of Valufin, a South African foreign exchange advisory service operating in both countries. Graham Boynton is an international journalist, wildlife conservationist, consultant and former travel editor of the Daily Telegraph. He grew up in southern Africa and was deported from South Africa during the apartheid years. He is the author of Last Days in Cloud Cuckooland, which covered the end of white rule in Africa. John Battersby is an author, former journalist and newspaper editor. He is chair of trustees of the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust, director of policy in the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK and an ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK.
HOW THE EVENT RUNSThe event will take place in a studio setting in a venue in London. Canapes and drinks (wine and/or soft drinks) are served on arrival. We kick off with a panel discussion facilitated by Rene Carayol. We then break for some hot bowl food and drinks and a chance to network further. After the short break, we reconvene for the Q&A session where questions for the panel are invited. The event is filmed and streamed live through our Facebook page.
HOW TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDIO AUDIENCECapacity is strictly limited to 50 so the event is by application-only. To be considered for a place in the studio audience please use the application form. We will advise whether you are successful within 48 hours and what the next steps are.