Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium 2020 Programme released

​​​​​​​Further to our recent update about the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (SIDSSA) on 23 June 2020, the programme for the symposium (which will be run off a live stream via either YouTube or Facebook) has been released. To access the full programme, click here​.

The opening and Presidential Round-Table Discussion will be held between 10:00 – 13:30 and will be followed by various Ministerial Round Table discussions (which all run concurrently from 14:00 – 16:00)​​ – links provided below for ease of reference.

Webber Wentzel's Infrastructure, Transport and Energy Sector Group are closely following any developments in this regard. For further information, please contact Alexandra Felekis, Haydn Davies or Jason van der Poel​.

​Round Table
​Link to Live Stream​
​Opening and Presidential R​ound-Table
​​Opening & Welcome: Welcome remarks by Minister Patricia de Lille

Background & Context: The Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium: the concept, methodology, and objectives
Keynote Address: Presidential address by H.E. President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
Presidential Round-Table Discussion: H.E. Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts a round-table discussion with imminent leaders and key role players in the infrastructure universe​​

Physical Attendees​

  • H.E. President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
  • H.E. Deputy President David Mabuza
  • Minister Patricia de Lille
  • Mr Enoch Gondongwana, DBSA Board Chairperson (MDB)
  • Mr Leslie Maasdorp, Vice-President: New Development Bank (MDB)
  • Mr Martin Kingston, Vice-President: BUSA (Organised Business)
  • Mr Sandile Zungu, President: Black Business Council (Organised Business)
  • Ms Renosi Mokate, Convener of the Presidential Economic Policy Advisory Council
  • Mr Jaco Maree, Investment Envoy

​​Virtual Attendees

  • Ms Amani Abou-Zeid, AU Commissioner: Infrastructure and Energy (MBD)
  • Mr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of African Development Bank (MDB)
  • Mr Makhtar Diop, Vice-President for Infrastructure, World Bank (MDB)
  • Premiers of the Provinces of South Africa

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​Catalysing inv​estment in sustainable energy infrastructure: mechanisms to crowd in private-sector investments​​
  • Mr Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral and Energy Resources
  • Dr Jesse Burton, Researcher: Electricity and Climate Policy, Coal Markets, University of Cape Town​
  • Mr Andre de Ruyter, CEO, Eskom
  • Ms Vivien Foster, Chief Economist, Infrastructure Vice-Presidency, The World Bank
  • Mr Thabiso Tenyane, Executive Chairman and CEO, Phakwe Group
  • Prof. Tshifiwa Magoro, Head: IPP Office

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​District Development Model
​​Focus on the District Development Model and the role of provinces and metros in driving infrastructure development
  • Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
  • Ms Thembi Nkadimeng, President, South African Local Government Association​
  • Ms Bongi Njobe, Head: Social Investing, FirstRand, former Director-General of Agriculture
  • Dr Basani Baloyi, Senior Fellow: Economic Justice Policy and Research, Oxfam
  • Dr Michael Sutcliffe, Former City Manager of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality
  • Mr Chuene Ramphele, Group Executive: Infrastructure Delivery Division, DBSA
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​Water and Human Settlements
​Unpacking the water-and-human-settlements-sector response in infrastructure investment
  • Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation
  • Mr Christopher Campbell, CEO, Consulting Engineers South Africa
  • Mr Webster Mfebe, CEO, South African Forum of Civil Engineers
  • Mr Dhesigan Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission
  • Mr Ntandazo Vimba, CEO, Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent
  • Ms Heather Jackson, Head: Impact Investing, Ashburton Investments
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​Agriculture and infrastructure development: mobilising public- and private-sector resources, investments, capacities, skills, and technology
  • Ms Thoko Didiza, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
  • Dr Vuyo Mahlati, President, African Farmers Association of SA
  • Dr Shadrack Moephuli, President and CEO, Agricultural Research Council
  • Mr Omri van Zyl, CEO, AgriSA
  • Mr Wandile Sihlobo, agricultural economist and Head: Agribusiness Research, Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa
  • Ms Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President: Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
  • Dr Hilke Maartens, Executive Director, Creating Hope for Africa
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​Digital Infrastructure
​Digital infrastructure as a key foundation and enabler for a modern, digital economy: investment needs and gaps
  • Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications, Telecommunications, and Postal Services
  • Dr Andile Ngcaba, Commissioner on 4IR Commission, Chairman of FTTX Council
  • Prof. Brian Armstrong, Chair: Digital Business, University of Witwatersrand
  • Ms Kholiwe Makhohliso, Vice-President and MD, Software AG
  • Mr Dalibor Vavruska, independent consultant and thought leader on digital transformation
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​Public Works
​Employment-intensive infrastructure investment: job creation through employment intensive public-works programmes
  • Ms Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
  • Ms Neva Makgetla, Senior Economist, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies
  • Mr Frans Baleni, Former NUM General-Secretary, PetroSA Board Chairperson
  • Prof. Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town
  • Mr Mfundo Nkuhlu, COO, Nedbank
  • Dr Mariam Altman, Commissioner, National Planning Commission
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​Closing Africa’s transport infrastructure deficit: a regional perspective
  • Mr Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport
  • Mr Jack van der Merwe, Head, Gauteng Transport Authority
  • Ms Portia Derby, CEO, Transnet
  • Ms Malebo Matolong, transport expert
  • Mr Tom Andersen, Regional Head, European Investment Bank
  • Mr Monale Ratsoma, Director-General, New Development Bank (Africa Regional Office)
  • Ms Ipeleng Selele, RRS Trade and Investment Group
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​Funding Models for Infrastructure Development
​Re-imagining funding models for infrastructure development in South Africa​
  • Dr David Masondo, Deputy Minister of Finance
  • Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Head: Investment and Infrastructure, Office of The Presidency
  • Mr Lungisa Fuzile, CEO, Standard Bank South Africa
  • Mr Leslie Maasdorp, Vice-President, New Development Bank
  • Mr Patrick Dlamini, CEO, Development Bank of Southern Africa
  • Ms Magda Wierzycka, CEO, Sygnia Limited
  • Ms Nazmeera Moola, Deputy Managing Director: SA, Head of SA Investments, Ninety One Asset Management​
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