Here’s the full list of South Africans going to Davos in 2018

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting is set to take place on 23 to 26 January 2018, where the theme for the year will be creating a shared future in a fractured world.

The 48th Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, will host 3,000 participants across all stakeholder groups including public & private sectors, civil society, academia, media, and arts & culture.

“The global context has changed dramatically: geostrategic fissures have re-emerged on multiple fronts with wide-ranging political, economic and social consequences,” the group said.

“Realpolitik is no longer just a relic of the Cold War. Economic prosperity and social cohesion are not one and the same. The global commons cannot protect or heal itself.

“The 48th World Economic Forum annual meeting therefore aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world.”

As at 12 January 2018, 58 South Africans have been confirmed as attending the meeting (down from 61 in 2017) including 45 business leaders, 7 government officials, 3 academics, and 3 members of the media.

The South African government delegation will be led by new ANC president and current deputy president of the country, Cyril Ramaphosa, who will be joined by finance minister Malusi Gigaba; minister in the presidency, Jeff Radebe; minister of trade and industries, Rob Davies; as well as the ministers of economic development, public works and international relations.

From the business sector, the same faces that have been attending the meeting for the last few years will again be working to sell a good South African story, including all the big banking CEOs, and executives from the mining and agricultural sector.

The leadership teams from state-owned companies will also be in attendance.

The list of attendees at the forum – particularly from government and state companies – are always of keen interest due to the high costs of attending the meeting, where all members must pay to participate.

Aside from the membership costs to simply attend the WEF meeting, the resort town of Davos does not host delegates cheaply.

Reports have pegged the total cost of attending the meeting anywhere between $20,000 to over $50,000 per delegate, which for South Africa’s government could push the attendance bill as high as R5 million.

However, attendance is not without its merits, as demonstrated by former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who used the opportunity to build business confidence in South Africa in 2017, at a time when the economy was rocked with uncertainty amid political volatility.

This year, team South Africa, led by Ramaphosa, will try and turn global opinion of a junk status South Africa, by pushing a narrative of economic stability and policy certainty. At a meeting held on Thursday, the deputy president said that political uncertainty is no longer a problem in the country.

South Africa is an attractive country, ripe for investment, he said – but he acknowledged that much work is still needed to reign in state-owned companies, and to deal with corruption.

The tables below list all the South African leaders who will be attending the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos this year:


Name Role Company
Cyril Ramaphosa Deputy President South African Government
Jeff Radebe Minister in the Presidency South African Government
Nkosinathi Nhleko Minister of Public Works South African Government
Rob Davies Minister of Trade and Industry South African Government
Maite Nkoana Mashabane Minister of International Relations and Cooperation South African Government
Malusi Gigaba Minister of Finance South African Government
Ebrahim Patel Minister of Economic Development South African Government

State-run groups

Name Role Company
Lesetja Kganyago Governor South African Reserve Bank
Siyabonga Gama Acting CEO Transnet
Shulami Qalinge General Manager Transnet
Khayalethu Ngema Group Executive: Strategy Transnet
Jabu Mabuza Chair Telkom
Matshepo More CFO Public Investment Corp.
Kingsley Makhubela CEO Brand South Africa

Finance and Investment

Name Role Company
Nicky Newton-King CEO JSE
Aarti Takoordeen CFO JSE
Stephen Koseff CEO Investec
Hendrik du Toit CEO Investec Asset Management
Ben Kruger Executive Director Standard Bank
Alan Pullinger Deputy CEO FirstRand
Mike Brown CEO Nedbank
Trevor Manuel Chairman Old Mutual Emerging Markets
Peter Moyo CEO Old Mutual Emerging Markets
Jacko Maree Chairman Liberty Holdings
Geoffrey Qhena CEO IDC
Busi Mabuza Chair IDC
Patrick Dlamini CEO Development Bank of South Africa
Jabulani Moleketi Chair Development Bank of South Africa
Peter Matlare Deputy CEO Barclays Africa
Maria Ramos CEO Barclays Africa

Business leaders

Name Role Company
Bonang Mohale CEO Business Leadership SA
Iqbal Surve Executive Chairman Sekunjalo Holdings
Calvo Mawela CEO: Multichoice SA Naspers
Peter Staude CEO Tongaat Hulett
Rob Shuter Group CEO MTN Group
Stephen van Coller VP: Digital Services MTN Group
Mary Vilikazi Group CFO MMI Holdings
Stewart Bailey Senior Vice-President AngloGold Ashanti
Sipho Pityana Chair AngloGold Ashanti
Patrice Motsepe Chair Africa Rainbow Minerals
Jongisa Magagula Head of Investor Relations Africa Rainbow Minerals
Andries Wilkens Director Africa Rainbow Minerals
Stephen Cornell Co-CEO Sasol
Bongani Nqwababa Co-CEO Sasol
Soloman Assefa Director IBM Research Africa
Billy Mwasha Managing Director Rio Tinto
Shona McDonald Executive Director Shonaquip
Tracey Chambers CEO The Clothing Bank
Shamiso Kumbirai Water Engineer Aurecon
Luvuyo Rani Managing Director Silulo Ulutho Technologies
Ishmael Sunga CEO Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions


Name Role Company
Christina Adriana de Wet Executive Editor Business Report
Tim Cohen Editor Business Day
Bronwyn Nielsen Editor-in-Chief CNBC Africa


Name Role Company
Max Price Vice Chancellor University of Cape Town
Tolu Oni Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine University of Cape Town
Precious Moloi-Motsepe Executive Chair Motsepe Foundation
Peter Draper

Senior Research Fellow, Economic Diplomacy Programme

South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

Read: Ramaphosa vows to revive struggling economy

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Here’s the full list of South Africans going to Davos in 2018