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IIBM-SA Navigating Business in Africa Symposium

IIBM-SA Navigating Business in Africa Symposium



21 June 2017


08:00 – 16:00 (CAT)


Royal Johannesburg Golf Club, 1 Fairway Avenue, Linksfield North


R4 200 per person (excluding VAT). Africa House subscribers are entitled to a 10% discount on the registration fee.


Speakers:  Prof PD Rwelamila,  Duncan Bonnett, Prof Bongani Aug Khumalo and Peter Goss


You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard the news: Africa is a hot economic commodity. “It’s the next China,” you hear people say in the corridors of power and influence.


Do you know enough to take advantage of an economic and business landscape which will grow in excess of 8% in some countries in Africa? Do you understand markets that have consistently grown their combined GDP by up to 7% over the past 5 years? Do you have the insights into regions which contain 5 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world?


Being successful in Africa is not just about rushing in and investing. Experts agree on one fundamental fact about doing business on the continent. The keys to unlocking wealth are insights, partnerships and networks.


Things you didn’t know about Africa:


  • Africa has a combined population of 1 billion people, expected to increase to 2 billion by 2050;
  • African economies are expected to grow on average 7% over the next 20 years;
  • Africa has 29 stock exchanges;
  • 1 billion Africans will be of working age by 2020. A healthy work force;
  • By 2030, the top 18 cities in Africa will have spending power of $1.3 trillion.


Compare this with what is happening in most developed economies and the answer is clear. No company in South Africa, or elsewhere in Africa, can afford to ignore the potential African markets have to offer. Yet the reality is that most leaders and business development executives, in most companies, have only spoken about opportunities in the rest of Africa.


This one-day Forum intends to shed light on the core instruments needed to “navigate” the challenging economic and business landscape in Africa. No “over-the-top” marketing and praise singing. Just facts and real-life business lessons, facilitated by a team of experts who have actually spent time in East Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and North Africa. You will get the opportunity to see the reality of doing business in Africa.

After attending the Forum, you will appreciate key background issues, their dynamics, set-ups and how they relate to business opportunities:


  • The African business culture, similar to that of Asia, is driven more by relationships and less by transactions.
  • When it comes to doing business in Africa, it’s neither one country nor 54 countries. Rather, you have to take a regional approach. For example: Many business travelers to West Africa find Accra to be close enough to access Nigeria’s large market, but prefer the quality of life that Accra affords.
  • Brand loyalty is high – for example the food and beverage and banking sectors.
  • Corruption is taken seriously because it costs entrepreneurs and inhibits growth.
  • Poor people have market preferences too. Don’t make assumptions.
  • Modes of communication are different. The mobile phone is the business tool of choice.
  • Use local consultants and experts. They have insight into customs, cultures and relationships.


NOTE: The Symposium will be interactive, allowing you to consider various scenarios of business undertaking and reflect on possible outcomes. There will be 4 break-away plenary sessions after the Panel discussion.


Keynote Speaker


prof-pd-rwelamilaProf PD Rwelamila, PhD, Pr.CPM, FCIOB:


Specialization areas are project management, project delivery systems, influence of culture on project management, and construction industry development. His research interests are appropriate project delivery systems, best practices in construction industry development, public private partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure development, construction industry policy, culture in organisations, TQM and project dispute resolution methods.    He is the second most cited academic in the world in Project Management, is currently a Professor of Project Management at the Graduate School of Business Leadership (GSBL), University of South Africa (UNISA).


He was the past President of The South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) (2005-2009).  He is the joint coordinator: International Council for Research & Innovation in Building & Construction (CIB) – W107: Construction in developing countries.  Until early 2013, he was the Chairperson & non-executive Director of MSINGI Construction Project Management (Pty) Ltd, a Construction project management consulting firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a non-executive Director and joint owner of XPQ Consulting Services (Pty) Ltd, a project management consulting firm based in Pretoria, South Africa. He is currently a member on the research advisory panel of the CSIR Built Environment Division on Infrastructure Design & Construction.


Prof Rwelamila was appointed a member (by the Minister of Public Works) to the statutory South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) and Council for the Built Environment (CBE) – (2002 -2005) & SACPCMP (2006 -2009).  He was also a former Vice President (Education) of CIOB – Southern Africa 2000-2005).


He has worked in a number of countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Botswana, Sweden, United Kingdom, Australia, and United Arab Emirates (specifically in Dubai).


The Panel Members


prof-bongani-aug-khumaloProf Bongani Aug Khumalo, MA (Fairfield), AEP (Unisa), Dipl. In Management (Henley), MBA (Henley), D Admin (hc) (Fort Hare)


Professor Khumalo is the Chairman of Gidani International (Proprietary) Limited and Gidani Global Gaming (Pty) Ltd (part of the Gidani Group of companies). He is also the Chief Executive of Gidani (Pty) Ltd, the previous Operator of the South African National Lottery under the Second Licence.  Prof Khumalo is the chairman of Bongani Rainmaker Logistics and the Gravitas Group. He is a patron of the South African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (SABCOHA) and Professor Extraordinaire and Chairman of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management (University of Stellenbosch). He previously served as a director on the Boards of Afrika Tikkun, Anglo American Platinum, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Ithala. Prof Khumalo is a scholar in economic and management sciences.


He is also past Chairman of Transnet Limited, and former Deputy Chief Executive of Eskom. In the year 2000 to 2001 Khumalo served as a Presidential Advisor on HIV/AIDS and Rural Development reporting to the Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council [SANAC] at the time, Deputy President J G Zuma [now Incumbent President of the Republic of South Africa]. Prof Khumalo was previously the Chairman of the School of Business Leadership (SBL) and a member of Council of University of South Africa (Unisa).


duncan-bonnettDuncan Bonnett –  Honours Degree in International Relations, Wits University


Duncan is a partner at specialist Africa consultancy, Africa House. Duncan has an Honours Degree in International Relations from Wits University and was a senior tutor there before moving to the South African Foreign Trade Organisation (SAFTO) in 1997. Upon Safto’s closure in 1998, Duncan joined Africa House and is now a partner in the company. Duncan has worked in over 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in fields including the cement industry, mining, oil and gas, industrial supply, infrastructure development food and beverage and related sectors. Duncan also consults to a number of foreign governments and companies on the potential to develop business opportunities in Africa


peter-gossPeter Goss –   Masters in Criminal Justice UNISA


Peter is an author, publisher and part-time lecturer on the content of his two books at two major universities.  He is also an executive consultant in governance, anti-corruption and forensics arenas.  He is the Managing Director: SNG Advisory (SizweNtsalubaGobodo Advisory), providing various corporate governance services.  SNG is Southern Africa’s Top 5 Advisory, Forensics and Auditing Firm.  Peter is also the Protiviti Country Leader and leads SNG’s Forensic Services practice.


He was as a director/partner (for over 11 years) in one of the Big 4 international advisory and audit firms, where he served a total of 14 years.  This is where he headed public services corporate governance, and anti-corruption and fraud risk governance.  He then withdrew in the role of Director/National Leader: Forensics (Government and Public Services).  He has conducted over 400 corporate governance, anti-corruption and fraud risk governance assignments.


Peter has over 20 years of experience in the corporate governance arena.  He lectures corporate governance at the University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria.


A total of over 5000 copies of his books, named below, have been sold:


  • Corruption and Fraud Risk Governance: Guidance for fraud risk assessment, fraud risk management and fraud auditing” published in 2016 and first launched in Las Vegas, Nevada; and
  • The Forensic Investigation Process: Step-by-step guide for conducting investigations, originally published in 2013 and re-printed in 2015.


He is a founding board member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) in South Africa; a former director/member of the PwC Governing Board and its director Compensation Committee; currently independent non-executive member/ chairman of the Nominations Committee for the Board of Trustees of Discovery Health Medical Schemes; and a director/member of the SNG board and a member of its director Remunerations Committee.


Peter holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice (focussing on corporate governance and anti-corruption in business), a 4-yr post-graduate Bachelors Degree in Forensic Investigations, a 3-yr National Diploma in Police Administration, a Diploma in Criminal Justice and Forensic Auditing and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Corporate Governance.


Plenary Sessions

Prof Bongani Aug  Khumalo – Chairman of IIBM and Chairman of Gidani InternationalEntrepreneurs Minding African Geocommercials and Geoeconomics

Prof PD Rwelamila –   Lecturer at UNISA  School of Business Leadership : Doing Business in Africa: Obstacles, Myths & Realities

Duncan Bonnett –   Partner at Africa House:  Engaging Africa for long-term growth: Moving beyond traditional export models

Peter Goss – Managing Director: SizweNtsalubaGobodo Advisory (SNG)Corporate Intelligence and Corporate Governance

Price:      R4 200  per person

Venue:  Royal Johannesburg Golf Club, 1 Fairway Avenue,  Linksfield North

Africa House subscribers are entitled to a 10% discount on the registration fee.



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