Johannesburg, 3 September 2020: Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter, and Chairman of the Absa Group, Wendy Lucas-Bull, will be headline speakers at the 6th edition of The Directors Event, to be streamed online on 20 October this year.

Billed as ‘SA’s biggest board meeting’, The Directors Event – futured by BCX and presented in association with the Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA) – forms part of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies profile. It is where senior management and C-level executives in South Africa’s business community come together to unpack major issues affecting the country’s economy.

The theme for this year’s conference is Building a sustainable new normal. High profile participants in three panel discussions will debate the revival of the South African economy, skills development and job creation on the back of 4IR, and the management of climate change to support the country in becoming self-sufficient.

The Directors Event will commence with de Ruyter’s keynote address live from Eskom, followed by Lucas-Bull’s delivery of the annual Chairman’s Report. Previous headline speakers have included South Africa’s Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, Nhlanhla Nene (former Finance Minister), Jabu Mabuza (former Chairman, Eskom and Telkom), Caroline Galvan (Lead Economist, World Economic Forum), and Mcebisi Jonas (former Deputy Minister of Finance), amongst others.

“The year 2020 will be remembered in history as the most transformative year of the 21st century. The covid-19 pandemic has jolted our societies and our economies.  We have embraced digital technologies, new ways of living, and are processing and planning for new ways of doing business. The Directors Event 2020 addresses the critical and much needed conversation to be had by South African businesses on the revival of our economy and in turn our society.  We are proud to be a partner of this event at such a critical time in our history”, says Jonas Bogoshi, CEO of BCX.

For the complete list of panelists and moderators, along with details to register for the free online event, visit:


About Arena Holdings

Arena Holdings is the largest national English publishing group, and the second largest digital publisher in South Africa. We own the largest music and independent film catalogue in Africa, as well as leading TV channels, TV production, and radio stations. The business has strong exposure to the rapidly growing digital, broadcast and mobile markets, with a broad reach.  Arena Holdings is the proud custodian of iconic brands that include the Sunday Times, Sowetan, Business Day, Financial Mail, The Herald, and Daily Dispatch – with footprints across print, digital, social media, and leading industry event platforms.  The company’s business model is underpinned by a unique network of assets, including dedication to excellence and a strong commitment to providing quality content and services to our varied audiences and customers. Arena Holdings is a division of Lebashe Investment Group.  | |

About BCX

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About IoDSA

The Institute of Directors in South Africa NPC (“IoDSA”) is a professional body recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority and a non-profit company that exists to promote corporate governance, and to maintain and enhance the credibility of directorship as a profession (SAQA ID:836)  The IoDSA is committed to the development of those charged with governance duties and improving overall board effectiveness. Members of the IoDSA benefit from ongoing educational opportunities, governance advisory assistance, publications and updates featuring the latest developments in corporate governance, access to NED vacancies as well as unique networking opportunities.

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