Policy & Government Relations Forum

Chairperson:                Neren Rau [Director: Public Policy, Stakeholder Relations and Communications, Sub-Saharan Africa – MSD (Pty) Ltd.]

Vice-Chairperson:       Charmaine Houvet (Policy Director: Public Policy – Cisco Systems)

The Policy & Government Relations Forum is targeted at corporate-, public-, and government affairs practitioners. The terms of reference for this Forum includes the sharing of best-practice, the leveraging of contacts and the developing of networking avenues. The Forum explores synergistic avenues between companies and the South African government, and each meeting features an expert speaker who addresses an area of interest for Forum participants.


  1. To alert Amcham on pending legislation that may have an impact on U.S. businesses;
  2. To assist with submissions on proposed legislation impacting U.S. business in South Africa;
  3. Highlight successes through the sharing of expert knowledge and best-practice examples; and
  4. To explore common challenges that business is exposed to with government and parastatals

Past Speakers have included:

  • Themba Dlamini, Commissioner for Development Economics at the National Planning Commission (NPC), on “Highlights of NPC work and priorities to 2020”
  • Mike Judin, Senior Partner at Judin Combrinck Inc, on “The Social Ethics Committee as a driver for ethical behaviour”
  • Ros Davey, Partner at Bowmans, on “Culture Dilemmas – A lesson in Risk Management and Governance”
  • Chose Choeu, Amcham co-Vice President and Divisional Executive for Corporate Affairs at Eskom, on “Public Affairs and Government Relations at the table”
  • Geoff Rothschild, Southern Africa Chairman at Control Risks, and former Chairman of the JSE, on “The State of Governance in South Africa”
  • Dr Adrian Saville, CEO at Cannon Asset Managers, on “The State of the South African Economy”
  • Ralph Mathekga, Political Analyst and owner of Clear Content, on an analysis of the lead-up to the recent ANC political developments
  • Mmboneni Muofhe, DDG at the Department of Science & Technology (DST), on the Draft IP Policy 2017
  • Coenraad Bezuidenhout, Managing Director: Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting, on “SA Politics, the Status Quo and the way forward”
  • Lumkile Mondi, Senior Lecturer at the School of Economics and Business Science at the University of Witwatersrand, on “A forecast on South African policy post the Cabinet reshuffle”
  • Pippa Reyburn, Corporate Commercial Director at ENSafrica, on “The law-making process in South Africa”
  • Gina Schoeman, Economist at Citi Bank, on “A Macro Outlook for the South African economy”
  • Dr Conrad Beyers, lecturer in Actuarial Science at the University of Pretoria, on “Credit Ratings – trembling with fear”
  • Buyani Zwane, lecturer at GIBS and CEO of Breakthrough Development, on “Enabling Enduring Success: Effective Leadership, Managing Better”
  • Coenraad Bezuidenhout, Managing Director: Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting, on “A Season of uncertainty and prospects: SA Political Prospects to 2019 and beyond”
  • Mzoxolo Mpolase, Managing Director at Political Analysis South Africa (PASA), on “Understanding the ANC’s plans for Economic Transformation: Sober Reflections on the Resolutions of the 4th National General Council”
  • Mike Muller, former member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) and Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Governance, Wits University, on “The National Development Plan (NDP) – three years later”
  • Anthony Smith, Associate Director: Centre for Regulatory Strategy at Deloitte, on Business Risks for South Africa in 2015
  • Julia du Pisani, Acting Program Manager at the SWPN, on the Strategic Water Partners Network
  • Chose Choeu, Divisional Executive for Corporate Affairs at Eskom, on the Eskom War Room

Copies of these presentations can be accessed here.

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