Posted by Ticketstroom – 22 May 2017

Ticketstroom had the honour of being invited by the Black Management Forum (BMF) to the BMF Gauteng 2nd Biennial Policy Conference, which was held at the IDC Head Office in Sandton. The theme for 2017 was “Pathways To Economic Growth And Transformation In South Africa.”

The BMF is a black management organisation in the country, that promotes the development and empowerment of managerial leadership amongst black people within organisations. Founded in 1976, this non-racial organization has taken an interest in socio-economic of South Africa.

The Gauteng branch, which is chaired by Langalethu Manqele, hosted the BMF 2nd Biennial Conference which featured the likes of Jabu Mabuza and Parks Tau amongst other speakers. The programme was broken down into three sessions comprising of presentations by the guests, then followed up by a Q&A session between the delegates and panelists.

The BMF Gauteng 2nd Biennial Policy Conference programme.

The BMF Gauteng 2nd Biennial Policy Conference programme.

After a fitting and warm welcome delivered by Langalethu Manqele it was all systems go as we got into some burning issues affecting the state of our country. First up to deliver the keynote address, was former mayor of the City Of Johannesburg and current president of UCLG & SALGA, Parks Tau. He gave a moving speech touching on the socioeconomic challenges facing the majority of South Africans.

Prof. Roger Southall of the University of Witwatersrand delivered on his topic of “the sociology and politics of class in post apartheid South Africa” and focused particularly on the middle class. Then closing off the first session was Lesiba Mothata, chief economist at Investment Solutions who dissected the critical issue of radical economic transformation. Adding that radical economic transformation is necessary and that, per capita GDP should be top of mind.

Shortly after the tea break, we got into session two, directed by Thabi Leoka, economic strategist at Argon Assest Management. The second session featured Trudi Makhaya CEO of Makhaya Advisory, Pamela Mondliwa researcher at CCRED and closed off chief economist at the International Trade Administration Commission, Dr Moses Obinyeluaku. The second session focused around the issue of oligopolies, exclusion in the South African economy as well as structural transformation in Africa. At the end of the session, we were served lunch courtesy of the IDC, leading us into the final session of the day.

Delegates were served to a welcome breakfast ahead of an insightful day of presentations.

Delegates were served to a welcome breakfast ahead of an insightful day of presentations.

The third and final session of the day proved to be the most contentious and confrontational session of the conference. Opened up by the legendary Jabu Mabuza, president of Business Unity South Africa, he spoke on how South Africa can improve business and investor confidence. He was followed by Xoliswa Jafta, senior economist at the IDC and she discussed how infrastructure led growth is vital for economic transformation. The final and most eye opening presentation was by the statistician-general, Dr Pali J Lehohla. He gave amazing and somewhat shocking statics which revealed the forces which are shaping the conditions of poverty in South Africa. His presentation left all delegates concerned that Tshepo Marumule, Chairperson of the BMF Sandton branch called that he be invited in the near future to deliver his presentation with much more sufficient time.

Ticketstroom is always honoured to be part of these amazing nation building conferences, which seek to educate while also entertaining. We appreciate the invite from the Black Management Forum and we look forward to offering coverage to future BMF events. We encourage all followers to keep glued to the Ticketstroom social media platforms to be first to hear about future BMF events.

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