CONVENOR'S CORNER – Newsletters – February 2022

“Commit yourself to the noble struggle of human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in”- Martin Luther, Jnr

The month of February is the month of love, it’s also the start of each legislative year which sees the delivery of two crucial speeches to Parliament – The State of the Nation Address (SONA), delivered by the President Cyril Ramaphosa, followed by the Budget Speech, delivered by the Minister of Finance, Mr.  Enoch Godongwane.

The President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), among others, reflects on the general state of the country and on political, economic and social matters in the context of the work of Government and sets out Government's program of action for the year ahead.

Hand in hand with the SONA, the purpose of the National Budget is to advise how “the priorities for the country identified during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), are to be financed” and goals met within a specific time period.

Our newsletter covers various topics including the message from President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC Treasure General Paul Mashatile. Various topics will be covered in the newsletter is covering including how to build a core team for your business, it’s also focuses on how bridging finance can help SMME’s, the new norm working from home and the past events.

We trust you will enjoy reading them.

There are notable things have already taken place in February, include, among others:

  • The second part of the State Capture Commission Report was handed to the President by Acting Chief Justice Zondo;
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the release to the public of the report of the expert panel appointed in August 2021 to review government’s response to the July 2021 unrest.
  • Mr Daniel Mminele was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as head of the newly established Presidential Climate Finance Task Team to lead South Africa’s efforts to mobilise finance for a just transition;
  • Sipho Nkosi the former CEO of Exxaro was appointed to the Presidency to lead an initiative to cut government redtape aimed at promoting ease of doing business in the country and with the state;
  • The President appointed Adv Andrea Johnson to take over the responsibility from Adv Cronje at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA);
  • Ambassador Thembisile Majola was appointed as a new Director General of State Security;
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa has, by mutual agreement, terminated the employment contract of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) General Khehla Sitole with effect from 31 March 2022;

Post-SONA Breakfast:

The Progressive Business Forum (PBF) hosted a Post-State of the Nation Address (SONA) business breakfast in Cape Town on 11 February. The event was aimed at creating a platform of engagement to reflect on opportunities and challenges of the SONA.

The event, was addressed by ANC Treasure General Paul Mashatile, the Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele and our panelists were Prof Anthony Butler, head of Political Studies at UCT and Mr Miyelani Mkhabela, CEO of Antwisa Transaction Advisory.

The event was attended by the PBF business subscribers and representatives and heads of diplomatic missions in South Africa, saw a lively discussion and question and answer session, facilitated by prominent journalist and activist. Zubeida Jaffer. 

The interaction bore witness to the clear interest of the participants, to be engaged and to seek a way of progress of South Africa in the best interests of the country.

Skills Development and Training:

The PBF hosted a Skills Development and Training Engagement, entitled: The Importance of Marketing your Business, in Johannesburg on 17 February 2022.

Post Budget Breakfast Business Engagement

The PBF hosted a breakfast on 28 February aimed at creating a platform of engagement to reflect on opportunities and challenges of the National Budget. The keynote speech was delivered by Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr David Masondo and saw a panel comprising Trudi Makhaya, Special Economic Adviser to the President and Mamokete Lijane, Senior Sales Trader Capital Markets and FI at ABSA; making comments and sharing their perspectives on the Budget.

Looking ahead:

The PBF will be hosting these events across the length and breadth of our country, throughout the year, including women and youth in business programme.

These programmes are aimed at providing a platform of engagement in terms of its mandate, to promote and facilitate enhanced communication and interaction between business and ANC representatives in Government.

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.  We will keep 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.


Sipho Mbele


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