FOLLOWING the local government elections, the big political questions are: What next for South Africa? What impact will politics continue to have on business and the economy?
Justice Malala, well-known political commentator and author of We Have Now Begun Our Descent, will cut through the political noise and focus on the issues that really matter for South Africa and its future when he addresses the Nelson Mandela Bay business community on Thursday, November 10.
Malala will be the guest speaker at a business breakfast 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.
His talk, After the Noise – A Political Overview, is expected to be a thought-provoking and not-to-be-missed opportunity for local businesses to experience this straight-talking commentator, newspaper columnist and best-selling author first-hand.
Malala undertakes to tease out the main strands in our politics and paint scenarios for the future in his presentation, by addressing the following questions: “Will President Zuma finish his term of office? What are the ratings agencies looking out for? Who will succeed Zuma – and what will their presidency look like? What about unemployment? Will politics continue to affect the rand – and how can we make things better?
President and Managing Director of GM Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber President, Ian Nicholls, said the timing for Justice Malala’s address to the Business Chamber members could not be any better.
“The country has gone through and still continues to face tremendous political and economic change. We know that Justice’s insights will help local businesses to better understand these changes and also be better placed to project the impact of this on the country going forward. We are proud to co-sponsor an event of this calibre and which we know will be of significant value to Chamber members,” Nicholls said.
Head of Banking for Investec Private Bank and Deputy President of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Cumesh Moodliar, agrees that the timing of the event is spot-on.
“In the wake of political and economic uncertainties it almost seems apt to have the opportunity to hear Justice Malala’s opinion on our current political situation. His renowned column in the Financial Mail often provides insight into what South African businesses need to prepare for and bear in mind when entering into transactions. We look forward to hearing his view on the future political and economic landscape of our country.”