President of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Ian Nicholls, Guest speaker Justice Malala, Jacky Buys (Investec), and Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler attended a Business Breakfast this morning where collaboration between government, labour and business was discussed. Malala was the guest speaker at a business event hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, in partnership with Investec Private Bank and General Motors South Africa, at Running Waters in Port Elizabeth. Picture Credit: LEON HUGO
BUSINESS, labour and government pulling together; this alliance is crucial for growing South Africa as a country.
Delivering this powerful message at a Business Breakfast hosted in Port Elizabeth this morning [10 November], Justice Malala, well-known political commentator, was upbeat about the future of the country.
“We are not building a country if we move in different directions,” Malala said.
Talking on the sideline after the event, Malala explained that in order to avert a ratings agency downgrade, these three key stakeholders should not see each other as enemies but rather nurture collaboration between each other to ensure real growth in the country.
Malala was the guest speaker at a business event hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, in partnership with Investec Private Bank and General Motors South Africa, at Running Waters in Port Elizabeth.
He commended the national CEO Initiative, which started an SME Fund of R1.5-billion, as well as other pledges made by business – including those based in Nelson Mandela Bay - to give internships and bursaries to worthy students and unemployed youth.
Malala said he saw more opportunities than challenges in the country, which was finding itself in a second transition.
“Power is no longer in one room… Business, civil society and church leaders are all stepping up. There is a change in society with people regaining their voices. We will see more voices emerging, which is a sign of the country changing,” Malala said.
Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler shared Malala sentiments that business and civil society were indeed pushing for a better country. He said Nelson Mandela Bay, specifically, was on the cusp of great things to come.
“There is a lot of hope in the buoyancy of Nelson Mandela Bay, and we expect big things to come over the next five years. As the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber we pride ourselves on the strong collaboration we have with other stakeholders in the city. We all want the city to grow, and indeed this can only be achieved through strong collaboration,” Hustler said.