Here is a list of South Africans going to Davos in 2016

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:


Name Role Company
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

State-run groups

Name Role Company
Lesetja Kganyago Governor South African Reserve Bank
Siyabonga Gama Acting CEO Transnet
Shulami Qalinge General Manager Transnet
Linda Masabo Chair Transnet
Sipho Maseko CEO Telkom
Jabu Mabuza Chair Telkom
Mandla Gantsho Chair Sasol
David Constable CEO Sasol
Daniel Matjila CEO Public Investment Corp.
Kingsley Makhubela CEO Brand South Africa

Finance and Investment

Name Role Company
Nicky Newton-King CEO JSE
Stephen Koseff CEO Investec
Ben Kruger Joint CEO Standard Bank
Vassi Naidoo Chair Nedbank
Mike Brown CEO Nedbank
Ralph Mupita CEO for South Africa and Emerging Markets Old Mutual
Thabo Dloti CEO Liberty Holdings
Geoffrey Qhena CEO IDC
Busi Mabuza Chair IDC
Johan Burger CEO FirstRand
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

Business leaders

Name Role Company
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
Koos Bekker Chair Naspers
David Tudor Naspers
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


Name Role Company
Karima Brown General Executive Editor Independent Media
Ellis Mnyandu Editor Business Report
Bronwyn Nielsen Editor-in-Chief CNBC Africa
Alec Hogg Editor


Name Role Company
Max Price Vice Chancellor University of Cape Town
Hanli Prinsloo CEO I AM WATER Foundation
Precious Moloi-Motsepe Executive Chair Motsepe Foundation
Anton du Plessis Executive Director Institute for Security Studies

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