The NBI hosted the first in a series of innovative dialogues on Transformation and Social Cohesion this week, as part of our Thought Leadership Series (TLS) of events. The NBI was delighted to have Sim Tshabalala (Group CEO: Standard Bank Group) and Lerato Molebatsi (Executive Director for Government Affairs and Policy, GE Southern Africa) leading the fascinating discussion, hosted at Sanlam’s offices in Sandton. The dialogues are intended to begin the process of unpacking the difficulties around why South Africa is not transforming fast enough to implement real change as well as how the country needs to transform in a manner that ensures the necessary ideals of an equal, just and open society. Specifically, these dialogues are a call for business to prioritise social cohesion as a central tenant of economic growth across South Africa. In line with this, we call on NBI member company employees and management, from the CEO level throughout each organisation to join us in driving dialogues around transformation and social cohesion: either by submitting ideas or comments or by attending the dialogues and contributing in person. If you have any ideas for how the NBI can make a difference through our work in this area, please contact Gillian Hutchings or Makano Morojele.
The call was made during a media briefing on Tuesday, following a meeting held by Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande and business leaders.