CONVENOR’S MESSAGE, PBF NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2022

 

CONVENOR’S MESSAGE, PBF NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2022

by Progressive Business Forum 28 January 2022

 

This very first newsletter of 2022 sees a range of topics of interest to our subscribers, from steps to protect the operation of small businesses, a guide to trends for 2022 and the registration of your domain name among others.

We trust you will enjoy reading them.

Already well into the end of January 2022, several notable things have already taken place, including, among others:

  • The funeral service of the late Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, was held on 1 January at St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town at which the eulogy was delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa;
  • The first part of the State Capture Commission Report was handed to the President of the Republic Hon. C Ramaphosa;
  • The African National Congress celebrated its 110th anniversary in Limpopo;
  • The ANC held its Lekgotla to plan for the year;
  • The Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit held together with personnel contributing countries plus the Republic of Mozambique, in Malawi and addressed by President Ramaphosa;
  • The South African Youth Economic Council Summit was held in Sandton, addressed by Minister Gwede Mantashe;
  • The Green Hydrogen Stakeholder Engagement, held in Port Nolloth, addressed by Minister Mondli Gungubele;
  • The schools have re-opened for the year 2022;
  • The matric results were announced by Minister Motshekga, congratulations to Free State and Gauteng

 

The January 8th Statement:

At the celebrations of the 110th Anniversary of the ANC held in Polokwane on 8 January this year, the ANC National Executive Committee declared the theme for 2022 as:

“The Year of Unity and Renewal to Defend and Advance South Africa’s Democratic Gains”.

The Statement highlighted the priorities for the ANC in 2022, most notably:

1.Build a social compact to decisively address unemployment and poverty.

  1. Defend our democratic gains against attempts to undermine our Constitutional order and destabilize our democracy.
  2. Accelerate fundamental renewal and rebuilding of the ANC so that it is a more effective and trusted agent of change.
  3. Build a capable developmental state with an effective and ethical public service that drives the implementation of South Africa’s transformative agenda.
  4. Continue to work for a better Africa and a better world.  

ANC NEC Lekgotla

The ANC NEC held its Lekgotla from 22-23 January 2022, the PBF Convenor was invited to attend and participate at the ANC NEC Lekgotla. The ANC Lekgotla has made a call for finalisation of the social compact between social partners (labour, business and government) to achieve country fundamental transformation to reduce and eradicate the plague of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

The Lekgotla has identified key economic sectors, that will stimulate economic growth, reduce the rate of unemployment and poverty. Furthermore there is a commitment from the ANC to ensure good governance and provision of basic services at the municipal level through District Model of government. The fight crime and corruption will remain a priority.

State of the Nation Address- SONA

The Parliamentary legislative year is on the brink of commencing with the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to be delivered by President Ramaphosa on 10 February 2022.  The SONA will take place in Cape Town City Hall, following the devastating fire which has made the Parliamentary building unusable for that purpose.

Looking ahead:

Amidst our other programme offerings, readers will know that engagements with various foreign Missions based in South Africa, to explore and promote enhanced business opportunities between subscribers and the businesses of those represented countries, is ongoing.  So, for example, the PBF hosted a highly successful engagement with the Russian Trade Mission on 30 November last year, entitled – South Africa and Russia – Exploring business potential in the ICT Sector. We intend to continue with these engagements as part of match making between SA business and Russian business, in the year ahead.

We will keep the PBF subscribers informed as these events and other events take shape and come to fruition.

We look forward to your ongoing active participation in programmes of the PBF in 2022, confident that together we can ensure that our engagements will be fruitful and positive.

We wish our subscribers all the best in year 2022

 

Sipho Mbele

Convenor

 

 

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