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The Directors Event – South Africa’s Biggest Board Meeting

Monday, 08 June 2015   (0 Comments)
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South Africa’s prominent leaders in business and government will gather around the boardroom table for the inaugural Directors Event at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on 23 June in order to tackle some of the primary concerns facing the country today, ranging from an ever-increasing skills deficit and youth employment, to a lack of sufficient power generation to drive economic growth.

Industry heavy weights will unpack and put forward solutions around four major topics in robust and insightful sessions moderated by leading media personalities Nikiwe Bikitsha, Bruce Whitfield, Andile Khumalo and Iman Rappetti, in what will constitute the country’s biggest board meeting in association with financial services group MMI Holdings, the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Award and the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA). 

“’The Directors’ Event will provide leaders a unique opportunity to listen and contribute to pertinent discussions taking place in our country today,” explains Vuyo Lee, Group Executive of Brand and Corporate Affairs at MMI Holdings. “This distinctive platform for engagement will not only provide unique points of view from various spheres of our society but help to contribute to charting a new path to financial wellness and social cohesion.”

Governance accountability and reputation management; leadership and talent management; infrastructure development; and economy and entrepreneurship, are the core themes forming the basis of the round-table discussions. 

The governance accountability and reputation management debate – with panel members Dr Len Konar – Chairman and Non-Executive Director of companies, Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela; and Executive in the Centre for Corporate Governance at the IoDSA Parmi Natesan, among others - will examine questions including ethics, transparency and perception facing business and government. 

MMI Holdings Chairman Johnson JJ Njeke will be one of the contributors to the leadership and talent management session, taking the skills discussion beyond lamenting the lack of skills to scrutinising development plans in place and the leadership required to help develop the right skills for the economy.

“The infrastructure development dialogue has one main objective in mind: the intersection of business and labour with government to achieve its 2030 NDP objectives, and industry funders, producers and commentators will scrutinise the topic,” reveals IoDSA CEO Angela Oosthuizen. 

Finally, a panel featuring Momentum Asset Management Economist Sanisha Packrisamy, Sorbet CEO Ian Fuhr, Telkom SA Limited Chairman Jabu Mabuza, NDP Commissioner Vuyokazi Mahlati and ASISA CEO Leon Campher will analyse the country’s balance sheet and look for new areas of growth and big ideas that will stimulate business creation, as part of the economy and entrepreneurship roundtable. 

Minutes taken on the day will be converted into a working document for widespread national distribution. For further information on how to participate, either as a delegate or corporate partner, please or contact Marcia Minnaar on

About MMI Holdings Limited:
MMI Holdings Limited (MMI) is an insurance-based financial services group listed on South Africa’s stock exchange, the JSE. The group listed in 2010 at a market capitalisation of R26.7bn, this has grown to R48bn as at December 2014. 

MMI’s stated purpose is to enhance the lifetime financial wellness of people, their communities and their businesses through: long and short-term insurance, asset management, savings, investment, healthcare administration, health risk management, employee benefits, reward, and property investment services and solutions. 

The group operates in the market through multiple client-facing brands including insurance and investment brands Metropolitan and Momentum, South Africa’s number one cell captive insurer Guardrisk and property development and services group Eris Property. 

MMI has over 16 000 employees in 15 countries including India, Zambia, Namibia, and the United Kingdom offering a range of financial services solutions through a direct presence, strategic partnerships and joint ventures.

About the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA):

The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) supports business leaders and directors in reaching their full potential by ensuring they fully understand the latest governance practices and are empowered to discharge their duties effectively. The IoDSA offers exclusive programmes to develop existing and aspiring directors through thought leadership and by providing a platform for peer interaction. We are committed to fostering better directors, better boards and better business in South Africa. 

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