There are 53 South Africans attending the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting being held in Davos next week, including eight government officials.
This accounts for nearly half of the 115 delegates attending from the African continent in total.
In 2015, 51 delegates from South Africa attended, including eight government officials. In 2014 the figure was 40 delegates, with 10 government officials.
The WEF’s annual meeting, held at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos from January 20-23, will bring together thousands of high-profile delegates in business, finance and governance from around the globe.
In 2016, President Jacob Zuma will once again be joined by seven other ministers, including minister of water and sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane; finance minister, Pravin Gordhan; and energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.
Joining the government delegates are high profile CEOs and leaders from some of South Africa’s biggest companies and financial institutions, including Naspers chairman, Koos Bekker; Barclays Africa CEO, Maria Ramos, Nedbank chief exec Mike Brown and billionaire, Patrice Mostsepe.
The list of Davos attendees often bears scrutiny, particularly in terms of public representatives attending, as the costs involved are reportedly staggeringly high, costing between $20,000 and $50,000 per delegate.
South Africans are currently extremely sensitive to spending in dollars, following a crash in the currency that has pushed it to new lows versus the greenback.
At current exchange rates, it could cost between R330,000 and R830,000 to send a single delegate to the event, and with eight government officials, that bill could stretch as high as R6.6 million.
Here is the full list of South African attendees:
|Jacob Zuma||President||South African Government|
|Jeff Radebe||Minister in the Presidency||South African Government|
|Nomvula Mokonyane||Minister of Water and Sanitation||South African Government|
|Rob Davies||Minister of Trade and Industry||South African Government|
|Aaron Motsoaledi||Minister of Health||South African Government|
|Pravin Gordhan||Minister of Finance||South African Government|
|Tina Joemat-Pettersson||Minister of Energy||South African Government|
|Ebrahim Patel||Minister of Economic Development||South African Government|
|Lesetja Kganyago||Governor||South African Reserve Bank|
|Siyabonga Gama||Acting CEO||Transnet|
|Shulami Qalinge||General Manager||Transnet|
|Daniel Matjila||CEO||Public Investment Corp.|
|Kingsley Makhubela||CEO||Brand South Africa|
Finance and Investment
|Ben Kruger||Joint CEO||Standard Bank|
|Ralph Mupita||CEO for South Africa and Emerging Markets||Old Mutual|
|Thabo Dloti||CEO||Liberty Holdings|
|Patrick Dlamini||CEO||Development Bank of South Africa|
|Jabulani Moleketi||Chair||Development Bank of South Africa|
|Stephen Coller||CEO of Corporate and Investment Banking||Barclays Africa|
|Maria Ramos||CEO||Barclays Africa|
|Thero Setiloane||CEO||Business Leadership SA|
|Iqbal Surve||Executive Chairman||Sekunjalo Holdings|
|Anant Singh||CEO||Videovision Entertainment|
|Peter Staude||CEO||Tongaat Hulett|
|Ishmael Sunga||South African Confederation of Agricultural Unions|
|Nicolaas Kruger||CEO||MMI Holdings|
|Sipho Pityana||Chair||AngloGold Ashanti|
|Patrice Motsepe||Chair||Africa Rainbow Minerals|
|Jongisa Magagula||Head of Investor Relations||Africa Rainbow Minerals|
|Andies Wilkens||Director||Africa Rainbow Minerals|
|Brian Dames||CEO||African Rainbow Energy and Power|
|Karima Brown||General Executive Editor||Independent Media|
|Ellis Mnyandu||Editor||Business Report|
|Bronwyn Nielsen||Editor-in-Chief||CNBC Africa|
|Hanli Prinsloo||CEO||I AM WATER Foundation|
|Precious Moloi-Motsepe||Executive Chair||Motsepe Foundation|
|Anton du Plessis||Executive Director||Institute for Security Studies|