Brand South Africa flying the flag at the World Economic Forum’s New Champions meeting



Johannesburg, Wednesday 11 September 2013 – Brand South Africa will fly the South African flag at the World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos or Annual Meeting of the Champions in Dalian, Peoples Republic of China from 11-13 September 2013.


The high powered South African delegation to the Summer Davos will use the opportunity to network with government leaders, business representatives, and civil society to profile and position South Africa as a competitive, developed economy that offers investors good returns on investment and other benefits.

The New Champions meeting follows the World Economic Forum’s announcement of its 2013 Global Competitive Index which revealed that South Africa has improved on four of the 12 pillars of competitiveness, namely: Institutions, Goods & market efficiency, Business Sophistication and Innovation.

South Africa has also made steady progress on the Innovation pillar, improving by three positions to 39 this year. This must be harnessed to drive the National Development Plan as South Africa’s blueprint for economic and social development by 2030.

Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola commented on this saying, “Economists recognise that innovation is a product of entrepreneurial activity and injects dynamism into an economy. This reflects very positively on the South African economy and opportunities for growth. It is also the factor that has been shown to drive social and economic development in other developing countries. South Africa open for business and we invite investors to look at what we have to offer.”

Meanwhile, South Africa retained its position on three pillars: financial market development, technological readiness and market size.

South Africa will be represented at the Summer Davos by:

Name Designation – Organisation
Miller Matola Chief Executive Officer – Brand South Africa
Paul Scott Matthew Director – Africa North Star Alliance
Imrhan Paruk Executive, Corporate Development – African Rainbow Minerals Ltd (ARM)
Patrice T. Motsepe Founder and Executive Chairman – African Rainbow Minerals Ltd (ARM)
Anne Githuku-Shongwe Founder and Chief Executive Officer – Afroes Transformational Games
Bronwyn Nielsen Senior Anchor and Executive Director – CNBC Africa
Tsholofelo B.L. Molefe Group Executive – Group Customer Service
Steve J. Lennon Group Executive, Sustainability – Eskom Holdings SOC Limited
Zola Tsotsi Chairman – Eskom Holdings SOC Limited
Martyn Davies Chief Executive Officer – Frontier Advisory Pty Ltd
Monhla Wilma Hlahla Chairman of the Board – Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC)
Lynette Ntuli Founder and Chief Executive – Innate Investment Solutions
Jayendra Naidoo (Jay) Executive Chairman – J&J Group
Avril Halstead Chief Director, Sectoral Oversight – National Treasury of South Africa
Ellis Mnyandu Editor: Business Report – Sekunjalo Independent Media
Iqbal Survé Executive Chairman – Sekunjalo Investments Ltd South Africa
Patrick Schofield Founder – The Indalo Project
Bruce Hart Head, China Africa Business Development – The Standard Bank Group Limited
Kuseni Dlamini Chairman – Times Media Group Limited
Lungisa Matshoba Founding Chief Technology Officer – YOCO

About Brand South Africa
Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

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