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DAY 1 | 17 JULY 2024

Africa Rising: Navigating the Path of Inclusive Transformation

08:00 – 08:55 Registration & Refreshments

08:55 - 09:10 Moderators Opening Remarks: Sakina Kamwendo, Award winning South African radio presenter and television broadcaster, Host of Morning Live

09:10 - 09:15 ORGANISERS INTRO | Ralf Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer, Topco Media

09:15 - 09:30 NEDBANK ADDRESS| Mfundo Nkuhlu, Chief Operating Officer, Nedbank

09:30 - 09:45 KEYNOTE ADDRESS |

Cross-Continental Synergy: Uniting for Transformation

09:45 - 10:25 PANEL DISCUSSION| 25 Years of Women's Empowerment: Advancing Women as Catalysts for Transformation and Equality

Celebrating 25 years of progress in women's empowerment, this discussion centres on the pivotal role of women, especially black women, as key economic contributors in South African households The session will focus on integrating women more effectively into the B-BBEE and transformation agenda, examining policy enhancements to better support their crucial roles in driving economic and social change.


● Phumzile Langeni, Independent Non-Executive Director, Nedbank

● Charmaine Houvet, Government Affairs Director, Cisco Africa

● Futhi Mtoba CA(SA), Co-Founder, TEACH South Africa, Co-Convenor, WECONA & Business Leader

10:25 - 10:55 RISE & GRIND | Coffee Break


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10:55 - 11:35

Hosted by Merchants

PANEL DISCUSSION |Transformation that Transcends Legislation: Achieving Authentic Transformation Beyond High B-BBEE Levels

This session addresses the critical issue where companies with top B-BBEE ratings confront a stark contrast between theoretical empowerment and actual transformational progress. It will explore strategies to ensure that high B-BBEE scores truly represent meaningful change, rather than just legal compliance. Panellists will discuss how to bridge this gap, providing insights for companies to genuinely embody the spirit of transformation that B-BBEE intends.

● Sydwell Shikweni, Vice President Transformation, Merchants*

● Linda Makalima, Independent Non-Executive Director, Nedbank

● Dr. Sibongile Vilakazi, CEO, Ntsikelelo Business Solutions & Chairman, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA)

11:35 - 12:15

Hosted by Sanlam

PANEL DISCUSSION|Unlocking Supply Chain Opportunities: Empowering small and Microbusinesses to Access the Corporate Supply Chain

This panel discussion will focus on sharing creative pathways to drive access to markets for small and micro businesses in particular focussing on extracting value from the business supply chain It will cover outlining what has worked, and learnings taken from institutionalising creative approaches to drive access to market utilising the broader cross corporate capabilities The conversation will aim to provide actionable insights, learnings and impact achieved


● Ray-Ann Sedres, Chief Transformation Officer, Sanlam

● Keitumetse Lekaba, Managing Director, I Am An Entrepreneur (IAAE)

● Mbali Phewa, Head of Transformation, Santam

● Ravi Naidoo, CEO, Youth Employment Service (YES)

● Hapiloe Sello, CEO, SANParks

Business as a Catalyst: Fostering Economic and Social Reconciliation

12:15 - 12:40 FIRESIDE CHAT | Economic Empowerment for the LGBTQI+ Community in Africa

This panel will explore multifaceted approaches to enhancing economic opportunities for LGBTQI+ individuals across Africa Given the backdrop of

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widespread discrimination and legal challenges, the discussion will delve into innovative strategies aimed at fostering an inclusive economic environment. Key areas of focus include overcoming employment discrimination through policy and advocacy, supporting LGBTQI+ entrepreneurship with resources and networks, and leveraging the digital economy to create new opportunities for marginalised communities.

● Neville Gabriel, CEO, The Other Foundation

● Revel Harris, Managing Director, Modern Community Foundation


13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00 - 14:20 CASE STUDY | Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive: Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nedbank

14:20 - 15:25 PANEL DISCUSSION | Digital Transformation: How New Technology Can Empower Black-Owned Businesses

Cloud computing and access to affordable devices are changing the way smaller enterprises operate, offering new opportunities for trade and expansion But in our fast-changing technological landscape, how can these businesses harness the power of AI and machine learning to further transformation and remain competitive?

● Veronica Motloutsi, Author & CEO, SmartDigital Solutions

● Victoria Nxumalo, Founder & Executive Director, Girls In STEM Trust

● Ray Naicker, Group Chief Information Officer, Nedbank

15:25 - 15:45 NEDBANK KEYNOTE ADDRESS |Jason Quinn, Chief Executive, Nedbank

15:45 - 16:00 Moderators Closing Remarks: Sakina Kamwendo, Awards winning South African radio presenter and television broadcaster, Host of Morning Live

Conclusion : Day 1


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DAY 2 | 18 JULY 2024

Africa Rising: Navigating the Path of Inclusive Transformation

08:00 – 08:55 Registration & Refreshments

09:00 - 09:10 Moderators Opening Remarks: Leanne Manas, Sakina Kamwendo, Award winning South African radio presenter and television broadcaster, Host of Morning Live

09:10 - 09:30 NEDBANK ADDRESS: Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive: Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nedbank

09:30 - 10:37 MANDELA DAY PANEL DISCUSSION| 67 Minutes for Mankind

Mandela Day stands as a powerful call to action, urging us to confront the lingering disparities and inequities passed down from history. By bringing together individuals, organisations, and communities, Mandela Day acts as a catalyst for collaborative action aimed at tackling socio-economic challenges. This discussion will delve into the importance of moving beyond one-time charity events towards sustainable initiatives that uplift communities and promote economic inclusion. Panellists will share best practices and innovative approaches to drive sustainable transformation that benefits both communities and businesses alike.


● Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, Chairman & Founder, Gift of the Givers

● Shameela Soobramoney, CEO, National Business Initiative (NBI)

● Nikiwe Bikitsha, Trustee and Chairman of Dialogue & Annual Lecture Committee, Nelson Mandela Foundation

● Lindiwe Mazibuko, Co-founder & CEO, Futurelect*

11:40 - 11:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Celebrating 30 Years of Democracy

11:00 - 11:30 RISE & GRIND | Coffee Break

11:30 - 11:50 CASE STUDY | Kershini Govender, Executive Head: Transformation & Strategy, *=Invitedspeaker/notconfirmedorcommittedasyet

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11:50 - 12:30 PANEL DISCUSSION |Beyond Borders: Pan-African Collaboration for Economic Empowerment

This discussion will be assessing the effectiveness of regional collaborations in advancing economic empowerment goals It will further explore successful case studies of cross-border partnerships Assess the African Union's initiatives and their tangible impact on economic transformation, discussing the role of AU in shaping policies

● H.E. Prof. Dr. Amb. Tal Edgars, Group Executive Chairman, GBSH Consult Group, Diplomat & Sustainable Finance Expert

● Lavina Ramkissoon, Advisor to African Union and Ministers of ICT & Founder of hu da ta

● Martha Murorua, Managing Director, Nedbank Namibia

Black Business Funding Solutions | From Promises to Plans

12:30 - 12:45

Hosted by FASSET

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Building a Pipeline: Encouraging Young Women to Pursue Careers in Finance

In the traditionally male-dominated finance sector, fostering gender diversity is critical for driving innovation and improving decision-making Building a pipeline of young women who are encouraged and prepared to pursue careers in finance is crucial for achieving gender diversity. Explore the strategies and initiatives that can be implemented to inspire, educate, and support young women to enter and succeed in the finance industry

Speaker: Ayanda Mafuleka, CEO, Financial Accounting Services Seta (FASSET)

12:45 - 13:20 PANEL DISCUSSION | Cracking the Code: Navigating the Funding Evaluation Process for Black Entrepreneurs

Gain insights into decoding the funding evaluation process for black entrepreneurs, uncovering the criteria and considerations used by some organisations Practical tips will be shared to help applicants stand out from the competition and optimise their chances of securing funding

● Buhle Sibanyoni, Chairperson, SMME Chamber of Commerce


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● Mziwabantu Dayimani, Acting CEO, National Empowerment Fund

● Hiten Keshave, CEO, Unconventional CA

13:20 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00 - 14:55 Interactive Breakaway Sessions

WORKSHOP 1 | Addressing Gender Bias in Organisational Systems and Processes

Despite advances in gender equality, unconscious biases often persist, affecting hiring practices, performance evaluations, promotions, and everyday workplace interactions .Learn to identify and address these biases by auditing and redesigning organisational processes to ensure fairness and inclusivity.

● Genevieve Coward, Marketing and Revenue Growth Executive, Primedia Outdoor

● Ayanda Mafuleka, CEO, Financial Accounting Services Seta (FASSET)*

● Ilka Dunne, Group Lead: Leadership and Coaching, FirstRand Group*

WORKSHOP 2 |Decoding the B-BBEE Scorecard: Practical Steps for Improvement

Unpack each element of the B-BBEE scorecard, offering practical advice for businesses aiming to improve their scores

Moderator: Stanley Grau, Board Member and Technical Director, Association of B-BBEE Professionals & Managing Director, MSCT BEE Services

● Yuneal Padayachy, Chief Support Officer, BEE Chamber

● Yolandi Venter, Board Member and Training and Professionalisation Director, Association of B-BBEE Professionals & CEO of the B4i Economic Empowerment Division, within The B4i Project

● Rachel Malatji, Executive Manager: Compliance,B-BBEE Commission

● Nobandla Gobodo, Managing Director, SANGE SA

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Empowering Youth in Business: Strategies for Equitable Transformation

14:55 - 15:35 PANEL DISCUSSION | Empowering Africa's Youth: Pathways to Employment and Entrepreneurship

This panel will explore innovative strategies and programs aimed at boosting youth employment and fostering entrepreneurial spirit among Africa's young population. The discussion will delve into policy frameworks, private sector initiatives, and education and training models that can support the empowerment of the continent's youth

● Ravi Naidoo, CEO, Youth Employment Service (YES)

● Emma Dicks, CEO & Co-Founder, CodeSpace Academy

● Nicci Legoka, Early Careers Senior Advisor, bp

15:35 - 15:50 ORGANISER CLOSING ADDRESS | Senior Representative, Topco Media

15:50 - 16:00 Moderators Closing Remarks: Leanne Manas, Sakina Kamwendo, Awards winning South African radio presenter and television broadcaster, Host of Morning Live

Conclusion : Day 2


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