Who is South Africa sending to Davos?


18 January 2016

Members of the South African government, business and industry leaders will be heading to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, taking place between 20 and 23 January, under the theme: “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

The WEF annual meeting gathers leaders from business, governments, international organisations, academia and civil society to discuss the global economy. Delegates also seek ways to improve global governance through public-private co-operation by working in close collaboration with key international organisations and providing input into major multilateral processes.

Other topics that will be discussed this year will include sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the face of slowing growth rates, increasing market volatility and looming global risks, and geo-security.

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South Africa will be represented by:


  • Jacob Zuma, president
  • Jeff Radebe, minister in The Presidency
  • Nomvula Mokonyane, minister of water and sanitation
  • Rob Davies, minister of trade and industry
  • Aaron Motsoaledi, minister of health
  • Pravin Gordhan, minister of finance
  • Tina Joemat-Pettersson, minister of energy
  • Ebrahim Patel, minister of economic development

State-run groups

  • Kingsley Makhubela, chief executive, Brand South Africa
  • Lesetja Kganyago, governor, South African Reserve Bank
  • Siyabonga Gama, acting chief executive, Transnet
  • Shulami Qalinge, general manager, Transnet
  • Linda Masabo, chair, Transnet
  • Sipho Maseko, chief executive, Telkom
  • Jabu Mabuza, chair, Telkom
  • Mandla Gantsho, chair, Sasol
  • David Constable, chief executive, Sasol
  • Daniel Matjila, chief executive, Public Investment Corporation

Finance and investment

  • Nicky Newton-King, chief executive, JSE
  • Stephen Koseff, chief executive, Investec
  • Ben Kruger, joint chief executive, Standard Bank
  • Vassi Naidoo, chair, Nedbank
  • Mike Brown, chief executive, Nedbank
  • Ralph Mupita, chief executive for South Africa and emerging markets, Old Mutual
  • Thabo Dloti, chief executive, Liberty Holdings
  • Geoffrey Qhena, chief executive, Industrial Development Corporation
  • Busi Mabuza, chair, Industrial Development Corporation
  • Johan Burger, chief executive, FirstRand
  • Patrick Dlamini, chief executive, Development Bank of Southern Africa
  • Jabulani Moleketi, chair, Development Bank of Southern Africa
  • Stephen Coller, chief executive of corporate and investment banking, Barclays Africa
  • Maria Ramos, chief executive, Barclays Africa

Business leaders

  • Thero Setiloane, chief executive, Business Leadership SA
  • Tonye Cole, chief executive, Sahara Group
  • Iqbal Surve, chairman, Sekunjalo Holdings
  • Anant Singh, chief executive, Videovision Entertainment
  • Peter Staude, chief executive, Tongaat Hulett
  • Ishmael Sunga, South African Confederation of Agricultural Unions
  • Koos Bekker, chair, Naspers
  • David Tudor, group general counsel, Naspers
  • Nicolaas Kruger, chief executive, MMI Holdings
  • Sipho Pityana, chair, AngloGold Ashanti
  • Patrice Motsepe, chair, African Rainbow Minerals
  • Jongisa Magagula, head of investor relations, African Rainbow Minerals
  • Andies Wilkens, director, African Rainbow Minerals
  • Brian Dames, chief executive, African Rainbow Energy and Power


  • Karima Brown, general executive editor, Independent Media
  • Ellis Mnyandu, editor, Business Report
  • Bronwyn Nielsen, editor-in-chief, CNBC Africa
  • Alec Hogg, editor, Biznews.com


  • Max Price, vice-chancellor, University of Cape Town
  • Hanli Prinsloo, chief executive, I Am Water Foundation
  • Precious Moloi-Motsepe, executive chair, Motsepe Foundation
  • Anton du Plessis, executive director, Institute for Security Studies

Source: Businesstech and South African Government News Agency