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Vitrovian shines at the PBF Exhibition

The Progressive Business Forum hosted a business programme designed to run alongside the ANC‘s National General Council, 8-11 October this year, with daily breakfast briefings by key Ministers, as well as a Presidential banquet with the President as keynote speaker held on 8 October 2015. Following the breakfasts, panel discussions, moderated and facilitated by Deloitte, were held during the day, where leading businesses addressed and discussed important business issues.

Vitrovian was one of the businesses that were invited to exhibit at this event, enabling representatives to meet debate and promote issues important to their sector and company.

The Vitrovian delegation included the executives namely the Executive Chairwoman, Lindiwe Mtsweni, and the Chief Operations Officer, Norman Mogapi and the Stability and Stakeholder Manager Thembi Bukondo who provided direction for the Vitrovian team .From VAS Tshifhiwa Tshikhudo the Analytical Services lab manager provided indepth knowledge for this scientific field of specialization. The rest of the delegation was made up of Emmanuel Mashego , Duduzile Thelo, Nomakha Nsibande and Majwa Hlotshe who engaged with ANC delegates for the 5 days of the event. The Vitrovian stand was an attractive feature on the exhibition floor drawing visitors in large numbers.

A series of four breakfasts were held from 9, 10, 11 and 12 October on the theme – “The National Development Plan: A partnership between Government and Business”.

The program was made up of :

Presidential Gala Dinner

Keynote speaker: HE JG Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa of the African National Congress. Approximately 600 guests attended this prestigious event, held in the Ballroom at Gallagher Estate. Guests included Members of the ANC Leadership, NEC Members, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, the leadership of Parliament, Members of Parliament, Premiers, Mayors; International guests, special guests, members of the Diplomatic Corps, leading South African business representatives, representatives of the media. The Vitrovian delegation had a table at the gala dinner with the executives seated with ANC Leadership networking and building relations .

Friday, 9 October 2015 – Business Breakfast

Host company: Multichoice

Keynote speaker: Hon. Dr Rob Davies MP, Minister of Trade & Industry

National Development Plan round table discussion facilitated by Deloitte

Topic: Regulatory impact on investment


•Ms Khanyisile Kweyama, CEO Business Unity South Africa

•Mr Edward Kieswetter, CEO Alexander Forbes

•Mr Simon Freemantle, Senior Political Economist, Standardbank

•Mr Ralph Mupita CEO Old Mutual Emerging Markets.

•Deloitte Subject matter specialist: Dr Martyn Davies (Frontier Deloitte Advisory)

Saturday, 10 October 2015 – Business Breakfast

Host Company: Mphaphuli

Keynote speaker: Hon. Jeff Radebe MP, Minister in the Presidency

Special guest: The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow

National Development Plan round table discussion facilitated by Deloitte

Topic: Infrastructure funding


•Mr Kostas Rontiris, Chief Executive Officer, SMEC

•Mr Vuyani Jarana, Executive, Vodacom Business

•Mr Faizel Motlakar, Chief Executive Officer, Motlakar Group 5

•Deloitte subject matter specialist: Mr Gaba Tabane

National Development Plan round table discussion facilitated by Deloitte

Topic: Labour market


•Ms Lerato Molabatsi, Executive Vice President Communications & Public Affairs, Lonmin

•Ms Elize van der Westhuizen: Senior Manager, Labour Relations, AgriSA

•Mr Nelson Sebati, Head of Empowerment Advisory: Mindworx

•Deloitte subject matter specialist: Mr Kgosi Maepa

Cocktail event for the Progressive Citizens’ Forum

Guest speaker: Dr Zweli Mkhize, Treasurer General of the African National Congress

Sunday, 11 October 2015 – Business Breakfast

Host Company: Velani Unlimited

Keynote speaker: Hon. Lindiwe Zulu MP, Minister of Small Business Development

National Development Plan round table discussion facilitated by Deloitte

Topic: Education & skills development


•Mr Pule Mokoena, Chief Executive Officer, Black Business Council

•Mr Thabang Chiloane, Divisional Executive, Nedbank

•Mr Jay Ramnundlall, Chief Executive Officer, Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

•Deloitte subject matter specialist, Mr Nkululeko Oliphant & Mr Peter Present

Monday, 12 October 2015 -Business Breakfast

Host company: Maphaphuli Consulting

Keynote speaker: Hon. Ebrahim Patel MP, Minister of Economic Development


Cell C take a girl Child 2015

The Cell-C “Take a girl child to work” program, is an annual event by Cell-C were government and private corporates are edged to participate in exposing girl child learners to real working experience and igniting a dream within these girls.

The aim is to expose the girls to their preferred future careers, in such. The Date for this event is the 28th of May 2015 ! Vitrovian will be participating in this event and look forward to hosting the girl learners  !