|East of England Chapter: Informal Networking||Thu 27th Jan 2022|
Come and join the East of England tribe for a cup of coffee and some real South African spirit.
It is a safe space where everyone is welcome. A chance to connect, laugh, talk about your business, and getting to know one another a little bit better. All of these events are completely effortless and so much fun, you just have to turn up!
We look forward to meeting you.
Ubuntu – I am because we are.
Hosted by: Zoom
|The Political and Economic Landscape in SA and the Future Political Scenario||2:30pm, Wed 2nd Feb 2022|
2022 will be a year of reckoning for South Africa, confronting twin crises of economic decline and political uncertainty.
Rescuing the economy will take both political will and prudent policy choices. The country also requires a credible strategy to combat corruption and introduce much needed accountability into the delivery of public services. Expanding economic inclusion amidst rising debt and societal tensions will remain a priority. All this, alongside tensions in the governing ANC as President Cyril Ramaphosa fights for the soul of the party.
To help shed light on these issues, and give us some insight into what the future might hold, Chamber Chairman Sharon Constançon will be talking with Daniel Silke, who is today regarded as one of South Africa’s most influential commentators on political, economic and future trends. He is currently the Director of the Political Futures Consultancy based in Cape Town and provides a host of major blue-chip domestic and foreign clients with the latest analysis on contemporary issues.
Silke specialises in a range of highly acclaimed keynote presentations and offers audiences the very latest research and analysis presented in a highly entertaining, yet stimulating and engaging style. Silke’s keynotes are factual and content-driven. His research is meticulous and his speaking style is relaxed, yet forceful in impact. Translating the world of data into understandable trends is essential for business and Silke’s approach has won him praise across the world.
Attendance is free, but advance booking is essential. Links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.
Hosted by: Zoom
|Cindy Norcott: How does she do it?||5:30pm, Wed 16th Feb 2022|
Apart from being an author of the best selling book "How to be Unstoppable" Cindy is a wife, mother to two girls, a businesswoman, has climbed Kilimanjaro, built a crèche for under-privileged children, has her own foundation, is a motivational speaker and an entrepreneur who single handedly launched her business, Pro Appointments, 27 years ago.
In this talk, Cindy will speak about:
This is a vulnerable and funny talk about one woman who wears many hats, trying to balance business, family and life.This event is free, but booking is essential. Zoom links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.
Hosted by: Zoom
|Rescue - From Global Crisis To A Better World||1:00pm, Wed 2nd Mar 2022|
We are at a crossroads, the wrecking-ball of Covid-19 has destroyed global norms, and while many think that after the devastation there will be a return to "normality", to Ian Goldin, Professor of Development and Globalisation at the University of Oxford, this is a regressive notion. It was business as usual that led to the pandemic and may, if the right lessons are not learned, lead us into a dystopian future.
Sharon Constancon, Chairman of the South African Chamber of Commerce UK will be in conversation with Professor Goldin about his book "From Global Crisis To A Better World", which tackles the challenges and opportunities posed by the Covid-19 pandemic ranging from globalisation to the future of jobs, income inequality and geopolitics, the climate crisis and the future of cities.
He believes that this crisis can create opportunities for change, just as the Second World War was the catalyst that led the creation of the welfare state, the establishment of the United Nations and other international institutions that laid the foundations for a host of social and economic reforms, changing the world for the better.
From Global Crisis To A Better World can be found here.
Attendance at this event is free, but booking is essential. Links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.
Hosted by: Zoom
|Eskom after COP26 - a road to sustainability||12:15pm, Sat 31st Dec 2022|
How Eskom can become sustainable without a reliance on Coal.
As you might imagine, we've had a fantastic response for this event, for which we're very grateful. That makes it all the more disappointing to have to announce that this event is now postponed.
Due to the continuing turmoil in South Africa caused by the recent announcement of Stage 4 Load Shedding, allegations of sabotage and a shortage of diesel reserves, it is entirely forgivable that the company's top executives have had to return to South Africa from the COP26 summit post haste.
As much as we're disappointed to be postponing this event, it's clear that their first priority must be to address the energy crisis that the country is now facing, which risks compromising the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, we are assured that Mr de Ruyter and his team will be back in London soon, hopefully before the New Year, at which point we will continue with this event. We're sure that you will have lots of questions to put to him, and we hope to be able to raise those, and many others with him as soon as the urgent demands on his time and attention allow.
We are delighted to be joined by Eskom CEO, André de Ruyter, and Head of Eskom's Just Energy Transition Office, Mandy Rambharos, for a roundtable discussion on the path Eskom is taking towards sustainability and how that aligns with COP26. The discussion will be moderated by Peter Attard Montalto, Head of Capital Markets Research, Intellidex UK Ltd and SA Chamber Director.
They have kindly agreed to join us on their way back home from COP26 in Glasgow, and will share with us some of the outcomes from the summit on large scale climate finance and what lessons Eskom can learn from the experience of their peers.
Hosted by Freshfields, there will be a small invited audience of key stakeholders, and to allow for wider participation of SACC members it will be live streamed on Zoom, which you are invited to attend.
After a short presentation on key topics and a fireside chat, there will be plenty of time for open Q&A. This briefing is off the record and not open to the media.
André de Ruyter
Mandy has over 20 years’ experience in Eskom. She developed numerous climate change and sustainable development related strategies for Eskom and was instrumental in driving Eskom’s efforts in this regard over the years.
Mandy was also appointed to serve on the recently established Presidential Commission on Climate Change, who will drive South Africa’s Just Transition plans. She serves on the Boards of the NBI (South Africa’s National Business Initiative), Verra and Global Change Institute (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) and represents Eskom on the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition advisory committee and the Net Zero task force.
Peter has a broad experience working with emerging markets across Africa, Europe and Middle East over his career but a particularly in-depth and long standing concentration on South Africa – researching the country’s economy, markets and politics. He advises a wide range of foreign and local investors, from pension funds to hedge funds and companies currently active or considering gaining a presence in South Africa, as well as foreign and local banks – about risks and opportunities within the country.
Hosted by: Zoom
|Beyond the Environment: The Wider Just Energy Transition||1:00pm, Sat 31st Dec 2022|
This event is now postponed, please do continue to register and you will be informed as soon as a new date has been organised. The date showing is provisional, and will be confirmed as soon as a new date is finalised.
The economy of Mpumalanga in South Africa has relied on coal mining and coal fired power stations for years, but that has to change. How will this happen?
As we approach COP26, South Africa is in focus for its carbon intensity and for its geographic concentration of the transition in Mpumalanga as a key test case, for how a just and equitable transition can occur.
In this webinar we look beyond the simple environmental climate issues, of which we are all familiar (the ‘E’ in ESG), and instead we shall focus on the ‘S’ – the social aspects in communities which encompasses retraining and reskilling of workers and the encouragement to develop new industries.
The expert panel will be led “in conversation” by Intellidex’s Peter Attard Montalto, Director the SACC and an advisor to banks, development finance institutions and corporates on the policy and political aspects of the Just Energy Transition. Peter will be joined by:
The event will allow plenty of time for Q&A from audience members.
This event is free but booking is essential. Links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.
Hosted by: Zoom