MESSAGE FROM THE CONVENOR - Sipho Mbele

 

“Workers’ rights should be central focus of development”- Joseph Stiglitz

On May 1st 2022, the country celebrated Workers Day, worker’s day is a significant public holiday in South Africa. Its history can be traced back to 1886, in Chicago, on that year there was a general strike for an eight-hour work day. Worker’s day has been officially recognized and observed since 1994, the day serves both as a celebration of workers’ rights as enshrined in the Bills of Rights.

The continent celebrated Africa Day on May 25th. Africa day is observed annually to commemorate the founding and organising African Unity which was created on 25 May 1963, it is a precursor of the African Union.

The May edition focuses on, a range of topics such as health and wellness in the workplace. This article is aimed at assisting both the employer and employee. After easing the lockdown regulations, most employees have returned to their place of work. It is vital that employers ensure that their employee’s health and wellness is accommodated to not only improve economic production but to reduce stress and deliver safer working environment. 

During the July 2021 unrest most, retail businesses suffered a huge loss due to looting, damage to property, arson and vandalism. Most recently in 2022 the floods in various parts of the country such KZN, Eastern Cape and parts of Western Cape had a devastating effect to businesses. Our newsletter has a special focus on how SMME's can insure and protect their property and product against natural disasters. 

Other important events that took place in May of 2022 include but not limited to the following:

  • Various government departments presented their budget votes to Parliament, during mini -plenaries, sessions;
  • South Africa hosted, the Africa Mining Indaba, from 09 -11 May 2022, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the event attracted Heads of States from various countries around the African continent. It attracted leaders in government, captains of the private sector, investors, traders, the academic fraternity and multiple industry players.  President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a keynote address during the Mining Indaba conference.
  • During the month of May South Africa hosted the 5th Global Conference of Elimination of Child Labour, the event was held in Durban.
  • The Black Business Council hosted the 2 days Summit under the theme “Creating Jobs and Growing the economy through Supporting Localisation, Industrialisation, SMME’s, Black Owned, Women Owned and Youth Owned Businesses”. The event was attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa, various Ministers and industry players.
  • The African Union hosted the 16th Extraordinary Summit on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Changes in Government in Africa. The event was attended by Heads of States from the African continent.
  • There was an official visit by the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz to South African to strengthen trade relations between South Africa and Germany.

Activities:

The ANC has launched its National Policy Discussion Documents in preparation for the planned National Policy Conference (NPC). The National Policy Conference will take place from 28-31 July 2022, at Nasrec, Johannesburg. 

The NPC will offer the ANC an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which it has implemented its own policies and make proposals for amendments of existing policy's. PBF subscribers are invited to make written submissions to the ANC Policy Discussion Documents. Should you wish to make submissions, you can send your email to miranda@pbf.org.za

A skills development and training course was held on 19 May 2022 in Durban, KZN, the training focused on cash flow management, tax planning and insurance. The PBF will continue providing training to its subscribers where possible.

The PBF has held engagements with the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), a Washington DC based business association to promote engagements between US based companies and South African based companies. 

The Mail and Guardian will publish the Top 200 Youth of South Africa edition, we have partnered with Mail and Guardian. We will be publishing successful PBF youth owned companies.

In June of 2022, Rwanda will host Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM), the parallel session with include the Commonwealth Business Forum. Our PBF subscribers will be invited to participate in the upcoming Commonwealth Business Forum. 

The PBF continues to ensure that engagements with Representatives of various Missions in South Africa continues. These engagements are designed to explore potential for future business opportunities between subscribers continues. 

The PBF will continue to keep readers informed as subsequent engagement dates and dialogues are confirmed.

Finally, I am reminded of the inspirational words of former US President Barak Obama: - “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

We look forward to the ongoing and enthusiastic participation of subscribers in the programmes on offer. Each program is designed to enhance communication and interaction between business as well as ANC representatives in Government.

 

Sipho Mbele

Convenor

 

 

 

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