In conversation | Navigating Uncertainty in Johannesburg

As South Africa approaches elections, the nation grapples with critical issues such as substantial unemployment, escalating violent crime rates, and persistent power and infrastructure challenges that dominate the public discourse.

Amidst these challenges, many South Africans are looking beyond the government for solutions – they look to themselves but they also look to an innovative business community.

Public-private partnerships are playing a key role in helping South Africa meet its infrastructural and development investment requirements. In this episode, get an inside view into some of South Africa’s key public-private partnerships and the business leaders driving them, with our panel of experts.

Journalist and editor, Ferial Haffajee hosted recent In conversations events with Investec CEO Designate, Cumesh Moodliar; Busisiwe Mavuso, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa; Fumani Mthembi, Co-founder & Director of Pele Energy Group; Mteto Nyati, Chairman at Eskom and Executive Chairman at BSG; Mark Rayner, Vumacam investor, co-founder of Leadwood Partners; and Reyburn Hendricks, CEO at H1 Holdings.

This episode is for all South Africans who are interested in finding out what some of the initiatives are that are helping to drive the country to prosperity.

Skip ahead:

00:00 Intro
01:50 Understanding the CEO Initiative and how it works
04:51 The inner workings of the CEO Initiative
07:55 The timelines put forward by the CEO Initiative for various infrastructure and security projects to be completed
10:06 Government’s role vs the role of the public sector in these public-private partnership projects
12:15 Eskom update from Chairman of the board, Mteto Nyati
15:09 National Treasury diagnostic report on Eskom
16:41 The end of loadshedding
18:26 Regulatory reform driving private power production
21:24 Industrialisation of the energy sector as a way to tackle unemployment
25:35 Vumacam revolutionising the crime detection industry in South Africa
28:27 Rolling out crime detection video technology in Johannesburg
29:36 Skills development in the security industry to meet technological advancements
31:59 Suggestions to the president from captains of industry
9 Apr English South Africa Business · Investing

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