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INFRASTRUCTURE: SADC rail project for seamless infrastructure green-lights pre-feasibility study

 

Transport infrastructure is one of the key enablers for economic growth in Southern Africa. The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite believe that the ability to speed up and increase the flow of goods transported and traded between neighbouring countries will reduce the transaction costs of cross-border trade in Africa, thereby boosting income earned from intra-African trade.

With funding from the DBSA-managed ‘SADC Project Preparation Development Facility’, the NBF’s Africa Infrastructure Desk (Afri-ID) will be conducting a pre-feasibility study on the North-South Corridor rail network (NSC) to help unlock higher trade volumes in Southern Africa.

The NSC involves the DRC, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana with rail line links from the port of Durban to the Copper belt in DRC and Zambia.

The study will outline the key factors for project viability including the rehabilitation and upgrade of existing infrastructure and equipment; a joint operational model; market demand along the line and a new financial model. The study will also explore the prospects of creating a seamless rail logistics corridor that will promote the migration of traffic from road to rail.

Embedded in the study will be the business case for both government and the private sector to identify innovative funding models for the entire rail corridor including the development of maintenance strategies to allow efficient, safe and competitive operation of trains.

 

SADC Industrialization Week 2017

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SADC INDUSTRIALIZATION WEEK

31 July - 4 August 2017

 

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Johannesburg, South Africa

 

The SADC Secretariat would like to invite you to the second SADC Industrialization Week 2017 under the theme Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains. 

SADC Industrialization Week is an annual regional public-private engagement forum aimed at fostering new opportunities for intra-regional trade and investment.The event will be hosted two weeks before the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit which will present participating delegates with the opportunity to provide recommendations that will be presented at this forum.

The SADC Industrialization Week will be hosted with the support of the NEPAD Business Foundation, the Southern Africa Business Forum (SABF), the Department of Trade and Industry South Africa (dti) and the Department of International Relations and Corporation (DIRCO) and will be sponsored by the Barclays Africa Group and the European Union. 

 

Admission Free!!!

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With upsets and shifts around the world being driven by the rise in protectionism in developed nations, Africa’s position, as well as its overall agenda, will not change. Infrastructure development is still critical, our economies need to grow and the standards of living for most Africans need to rise to match global averages. The only change is an increasing urgency to execute strategies and frameworks of the African Union as defined by NEPAD and the AU’s Africa Agenda 2063. The buffer that used to cushion many African economies may soon fall away as most developed nations look more inward for sustainable economic growth as opposed to off shore investments.

The NBF’s mission has never been more relevant to Africa’s development than at this moment. The integration of African economies to foster higher levels of intra-African trade and the mobilisation of local resources and investments to support infrastructure development and industrialisation are just a few of the areas we need to prioritise. African governments must now cooperate with each other and form stronger ties if they are to survive this wave of uncertainty in the global markets. 2017 could be the turnaround year for the African continent as the unstable global situation may finally force us to act in our best interest.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

For the NBF, 2016 was an eventful year and the organisation made great progress with its programmes across the board.

The SADC Project Preparation Development Facility managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) awarded a grant to the NBF’s Afri-ID desk to conduct a pre-feasibility study on the North-South Corridor (NSC) rail project, which has been identified as a critical trade route for SADC that requires urgent attention and support to unlock trade volumes.

In addition, the NBF provided technical support to the SADC Secretariat’s Infrastructure and Services unit to accelerate the implementation of priority infrastructure projects. This was done to engage private sector so that it could provide input on the SADC PIDA Acceleration programme, which

comprises a priority list of cross border infrastructure projects that have been identified and approved by SADC Ministers of Transport. In partnership with the SADC Secretariat and its member states, SADC PPP Network, DBSA, the NEPAD Agency and the NBF, are working on the next phase which will focus on the acceleration of these priority projects to bank-ability and financial close.

Through the signed Memorandum of Understanding between the SADC Secretariat and NBF, the Southern Africa Business forum (SABF) has become the SADC Secretariat’s coordinating partner for mobilising private sector support and implement regional initiatives aligned to SADC’s Industrialisation strategy. The SABF working groups met regularly in 2016 to flesh out the challenges being experienced in each sector in order to identify solutions that will remove barriers to trade. The solutions being developed by the SABF working groups could become catalysts to identify key cross border value chains that will spur industrialisation in the region.

The African Corporate Governance Network (ACGN) grew its country membership from 16 to 19 members, by signing on the Institutes of Directors organisations of Algeria, Namibia and Senegal as new members. The Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) launched an additional three working groups on Water Stewardship (WS); Skills Development and Transformation (SDT); and Sanitation (SANI).

The NBF African Investment and Integration Desk (AVID) ran its first Private Public Partnership training programme through grant support from the UK Prosperity Fund, which focused on building capacity and skills of two South African Municipalities in order to identify and package infrastructure PPP projects. SA National Treasury and the University of Cambridge Business School are two of the NBF’s partners in this practical PPP training programme.

Finally, the NBF was contracted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to conduct a study on extra territorial large scale land based investments in Africa, so as to understand how companies from South Africa, China and India are investing in agriculture in Africa. The results of the study were presented at a workshop held in Beijing, China in November 2016 to gain perspectives on how these investments were demonstrating responsibility and acknowledging governance of tenure and inclusion of local farm dwellers in these investments.

CLOSING

As the CEO, I am proud of the work we have done and of the milestones we have reached. I take this opportunity to thank our Patrons and Board of Directors for their leadership, and our members and stakeholders for their continued support. I also want to thank the NBF team for their hard work and unwavering dedication. They have proven once again that it is not the size of the team but the size of one’s ambition that determines excellent results.

Over the years, the NBF, meaning both the staff and the stakeholders have consistently performed beyond expectations and work jointly to deliver results which have supported Africa’s development, thereby positively impacting the lives of many African citizens. My faith in the organisation and its potential remains strong and I am excited and energised by our successes and new programmes for 2017.

SADC Industrialisation Week (day 1) - Acceleration of NEPAD PIDA and SADC RIDMP Infrastructure Projects

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Infrastructure development is the linchpin to boosting the levels of intra-African trade in sub-Sahara Africa from the current 15% of total trade in the region. The achievement of this goal is in line with the focus of the NEPAD Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa Capacity Building Project (PIDA-CAP) funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB). This is why the SADC Secretariat with the support of the NEPAD Agency is working closely with key partners to enhance the capacity of the SADC Secretariat in order to fast-track the implementation of the PIDA priority infrastructure projects in the SADC Region, which are also part of the SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP). 

As part of the SADC Industrialisation Week, the SADC Secretariat, NEPAD Agency and the NBF hosted a consultative event on regional infrastructure projects on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 in Swaziland. The event was themed ‘Private sector Consultation/Pre-Market – Sounding Workshop’, and was developed as a follow-up to the ‘SADC-PIDA Acceleration Programme: Ministers’ Meeting for Beira and North-South Development Corridors’ which was hosted earlier this year in Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. 

The focus of the session was to build on the lessons learnt from the Central Corridor acceleration experience and to scope and identify project opportunities for private sector participation. During the meeting, the SADC Secretariat and the NEPAD Agency provided background to the process executed by the Victoria Falls task force, and Ministerial meetings to arrive at a preliminary shortlist of 38 projects and went on to clarify the process followed by IOS consultants to filter the preliminary shortlist and arrive at the 10 proposed phase 1 projects that have high implementation readiness.

For more information on the next steps and future planned working group meeting kindly contact Peter Varndell, Programme Manager of the NBF’s Africa Infrastructure Desk (Afri-ID) on his direct line: +27 10 596 1909 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SADC Industrialisation Week (day 2) - Second Annual SABF Conference

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As a response to the business community interests to have more input in the Southern African regional trade and industrial policy formulation, the Southern African Business Forum (SABF) was established as a coordinating platform to encourage and facilitate public-private development activities within the SADC region against the backdrop of regional industrialisation. Launched in August 2015 on the margins of the SADC Heads of State Summit in Botswana, the SABF has since established a secretariat that resides at the NEPAD Business Foundation.

On Wednesday,24 August 2016, during the inaugural SADC Industrialisation Week, held in Swaziland, over 200 private sector representatives from across the region gathered for the Second Annual Southern Africa Business Forum (SABF) Conference. The SABF Conference was the highlight of the SADC Industrialisation Week and took place on the margins of SADC’s 36 thw Ordinary Summit of Heads of State (31 st August and 1 st September 2016) where King Mswati III is taking on the responsibility as Chairperson of SADC.

The four key points highlighted in the Declaration include:

1. Hard and soft infrastructure shortcomings must always be addressed together. Hard infrastructure is only as useful as the regulatory environment that surrounds it, and either permits or hampers its utilisation.

2. Policy certainty, including stability, predictability, consistency and transparency is a prerequisite to attract investment for regional industrialisation, regardless of sector or scale. Large companies and SMEs from all sectors demand policy certainty regarding the use of tariffs, fees and levies at borders; mining houses and agro-processors called for stable and predictable export regimes; and infrastructure developers and agro-enterprises raised the need for consistent and transparent land use rights.

3. Prioritisation and sequencing is the key to successful implementation. Prioritisation should take into account geographical links, opportunities for incremental implementation to allow for short-term gains and industry-specific requirements to support priority value chains.

4. Enabling trade through the removal of non-tariff barriers, coordinated border management and a solid and efficient regional transit system is a prerequisite for industrialisation in all sectors. 

For more information contact the SABF Programme Manager, Lesley Wentworth on her drirect line:+27 10 596 1900 or on email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vacancy: SWPN Programme Manager

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STRATEGIC WATER PARTNERS NETWORK (SWPN): PROGRAMME MANAGER

 

Deadline: 16 September 2016

Location:  Johannesburg, South Africa (only those with South African work permits need apply)

Duration: 1 year, renewable 

 

The SWPN

The Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) is a dynamic and cutting-edge partnership between the public sector (primarily the Department of Water and Sanitation – DWS), the private sector and civil society working collectively to close a 17% gap between water supply and demand that is anticipated to manifest by the year 2030 in South Africa. The partnership was established in 2011 and strives to contribute to efficient, equitable and sustainable water supply and access to water for all South Africans through the identification and application of innovative and cost effective solutions and programmes. These projects and programmes are developed and administered under 6 work streams or working groups namely Agriculture and Supply Chain Water (ASC), Effluent and Waste Water Management (EWWM), Water Use Efficiency and Leakage Reduction (WELR), Skills Development and Transformation (SDT), Sanitation (SANI) and Water Stewardship (WS) which are in line with the key strategic national imperatives. The NEPAD Business Foundation hosts the SWPN secretariat.

 

Function and Purpose

The SWPN Programme Manager should exhibit knowledge of and experience on water and sanitation development projects and initiatives in South Africa. The Programme Manager will coordinate all activities and initiatives of the SWPN and its associated working groups, assist in identifying and preparing projects, drive and manage relationships with various stakeholders at senior levels, provide project support and oversight and deliver on performance objectives and build linkages with stakeholders.

The Programme Manager would report administratively to the CEO of the NBF and would report functionally to the Management Committee of the SWPN and in turn, to the Steering Committee of the SWPN.

 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

 Maintain or improve support for the programme by managing relationships with project partners and financiers, ensuring that reporting and communication is effective and goes beyond contractual requirements 

 Timely and resource efficient project and programme development ensuring that working groups implement projects to close the water gap in South Africa 

 Prepare, ensure implementation and review global partnership work plans for thematic working groups in line with financier requirements.

 Manage and provide guidance to the SWPN Programme Assistant, Project Managers and Secretariat staff 

 Project management including scoping, procurement, management of project finances, consultants and other resources 

 Budgeting, budgetary control and financial reporting according to contractual agreements and other rules and regulations applicable to project and donor funds 

 Technical and financial reporting on projects and the full programme

 Seizing opportunities for securing financing from existing and new funding partners and effective follow-up that includes proposal development of financing requests as may be required

 Create and seize opportunities to communicate and showcase the work of the SWPN through an approved communication plan

 Represent the SWPN at events as may be assigned by the Management Committee, Steering Committee or thematic working groups 

 Within the NBF and SWPN structures, ensure that due governance, procurement and project management processes are followed, programme and project decision-making principles or criteria are clear and consultation is effective

 

Essential skills and capabilities

 At least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with Masters preferred:  A specialisation in water or public-private partnerships will be an added advantage

 At least seven years working experience relevant to the post. Specific experience and networks in any of the SWPN fields will be an added advantage

 A water management professional with expert knowledge of at least one of the focus areas of the SWPN; or a water management professional with cross-disciplinary experience 

 Excellent communication skills – both written and oral presentation

 Stakeholder engagement and process management expertise including the ability to manage multi-stakeholder groups 

 Project management expertise 

 Proven record on programme delivery and relationship management 

 Proven ability to develop, document, maintain and write project proposals and reports and manage project timeframes/budgets

 Ability to show initiative, self-manage and meet deadlines

 Ability to work within a team context

 Experience in dealing with governments, private sector, civil society and development agencies

 

Behavioural Qualities and Other Requirements

 Operate with integrity and ethics

 Performance, delivery and deadline orientated

 Team orientation – working in an integrated and diverse team environment

 Resilience – ability to produce results under pressure and working with uncertainty

 Flexible and adaptable – changing opinions / behaviour in the light of changing situations

 Methodical and systematic, with a strong attention to detail and accuracy

 Action-oriented, confident and show initiative

 Motivated and ability to work without clear guidelines

The NBF

The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) is a non-profit company promoting sustainable economic development in Africa through the private sector. The NBF is a “Chamber of Business for Development”, connecting the public and private sectors and development agencies, and implementing innovative and sustainable projects in partnership with each other. In supporting African economic development and growth, NBF’s key focus areas mirror the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency’s (NEPAD Agency) development themes of agriculture and food security; climate change and natural resources management; economic and corporate governance; human development and capacity building; and regional integration and infrastructure.

Application:

Qualified applicants are to send a CV and a brief cover letter (no longer than one-page) to support their application along with salary expectations and availability to commence duties to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The closing date for submission of applications is Wednesday, 16 September 2016. Please be advised that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Enquiries by telephone will not be accommodated.

 

Ms Graça Machel to speak at the NBF's seventh AGM

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The NEPAD Business Foundation will be hosting its seventh Annual General Meeting on Monday, 15 August 2016 at the Nedbank Executive Dining Room, Ground Floor Block C, 135 Rivonia Road in Sandton from 10h30 - 13h00.

The NBF's seventh AGM will host keynote speaker Ms. Graça Machel, founder of the Graça Machel Foundation andPatron of the NBF.

The theme for this year's AGM will be 'Transformative leadership by African governments, businesses and citizens' and will focus on Africa's long-term investment into educating and skilling the next generation in order to equip them with the tools necessary to achieve the 50-year targets set by the African Union's Agenda 2063.

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Second Annual SABF Conference - Swaziland

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 The Southern Africa Business Forum (SABF) in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat will be hosting the Second Annual SABF Conference on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 in Swaziland. 

Kindly click the links below to access more information about the SABF and to register for the Conference: 

 

  

 

 

 

To register for the second SABF Conference, please select from one of the three parallel sessions below. All delegates will attend the main plenary and then separate into breakaway sessions. 

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CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT

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Includes subgroups on:

  • Pharmaceuticals; 
  • Agro-processing; and 
  • Mining 

 

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Includes subgroups on:

  • Trade Facilitation & Non-Tariff Barriers; 
  • Standards & Quality Infrastructure; and 
  • Transport Infrastructure. 

REGISTER HERE 

Includes subgroups on:

  • Transport; 
  • Energy; and  
  • Water 

 

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Quotes from the AVID Business Breakfast: Reetaben Ramanlal Ambaram

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"Surety providers are important stakeholders for companies who are asked to provide bonds and guarantees for their clientele.  Essentially, Sureties provide a line of credit to the company, instead of the company having to lay down its own cash.

Thus, it is important for companies to ensure that they are credit worthy or ensure they become credit worthy.   Surety relationships are built over time and as Surety providers gain confidence with a company’s track record, management and their credit profile, they will become an important alternative to their banking relationships which can then be utilised solely for their loan requirements."

Reetaben Ramanlal Ambaram, Zurich Insurance

Quotes from the AVID Business Breakfast: Muzi Kubeka

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"I think that it is brilliant that South Africa has an export credit agency making it one of the few if not the only African Country that does. This essentially enables South African financial institutions and sponsors to invest in projects in our region where there are many opportunities. Because ECIC assists in reducing the risk on projects it therefore means that there is reduction in pricing of the financing which makes the offering by local banks more competitive thereby facilitating increased investment in local projects."

Muzi Kubeka, Director, Norton Rose Fulbright

Quotes from the AVID Business Breakfast: Hildabertha Kundu

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"Export Credit Agencies are essentially placed by governments to ensure that they support job growth by equipping businesses and maintaining jobs in complex economies that have sophisticated export portfolios. South Africa is the 36th largest export country in the world, which exported US $114 billion in 2013 with a positive trade balance of US$ 5.2 billion. As such, it is important that government places instruments to cover businesses from going naked into the continent to trade and ensure that there are facilities to mitigate the risks of intra-African trade."

Hildabertha Kundu, Deal Originator, DBSA

Quotes from the AVID Business Breakfast: Philna Potgieter

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"The main challenge for the continent is finding finance for Africa’s investment needs and this situation is worsening under the current global economic environment. Falling oil prices have put immense pressure on African governments' balance sheets and has curtailed their ability to provide financing or guarantees for investments, also the severe shortage of dollar liquidity in a number of African markets is creating huge amounts of risk and costs for banks. The unfortunate results is that a lot of international banks are relooking at their mandates in terms of which countries to participate in and are momentarily opting out of Africa operations."

Philna Potgieter, Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking

Quotes from the AVID Business Breakfast: Mandisi Nkuhlu

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"ECIC is a State Owned Company with a mandate to facilitate export trade with South Africa and the rest of the world and has its exposure underwritten by the government of South Africa. Our strategic focus is to make a difference in Africa by improving intra-African trade, finding new ways of working with diverse players across the continent in order to blend different sources of finance for large scale cross border projects in various sectors including infrastructure and energy."

Mandisi Nkuhlu, Chief Operations Officer, ECIC

Quotes from the AVID Business Breakfast: Andre Kruger

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"During the first International Chamber of Commerce Banking Conference to be hosted in Africa, here in Johannesburg, a research report showed that Africa from a medium and long-term risk perspectives is actually a low default region. According to the slides at the event, Africa’s default rate is very small (second to the North American region) in contrast to high default regions which included countries in the Middle East and Central and South America. I think that as Africans our evaluation of African risk are too conservative."

Andre Kruger - Programme Manager - AVID, NEPAD Business Foundation

The future of export credit agencies

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The political debate about the role of export credit agencies is more heated than ever, especially in the US. But increasing political risk in many parts of the world, new developments in the energy market and an important initiative to boost power generation in Africa mean that export credit agencies continue to be critical to international trade and the global economy. 

ECAs have always played an important role in opening new markets, reducing political risks, and fostering development. In today’s global economy, in which financial markets are both affected by geopolitical events and used as a tool of foreign policy, ECAs play an increasingly critical and relevant role for exporters as well as their sponsoring governments. And in an environment of increased political risks, ECAs will be crucial to OECD countries’ efforts to maintain the competitiveness of their export.

For more information, kindly click the link below:

Valentino Gallo, Global Head of Export & Agency Finance at Citi, 2015: http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/16/03/2015/future-harmonization-global-export-credit-and-investment-insurance 

Creating growth through trade

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Creating growth through trade is an important part of the policy approach of many economies. For decades, many member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have cooperated in a fair competition for the benefit of their national exporters. The countries’ official export credit agencies (ECAs) have established and jointly improved rules and regulations for export credit and political risk insurance. However, new players such as China have now joined the list of top exporting nations. As these countries have established their own ECAs, there is a need to introduce rules and regulations on global standards for financial terms as well as truly international norms ensuring ‘ethical’ trading behaviour. But how will government support for foreign trade look like in the future?

For more informtion kindly click the link below:

Andreas Klasen and Fiona Bannert, 2015: http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/author/the-future-of-foreign-trade-support 

Business Breakfast: The Future of Export Credit Facilities on the African Continent

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The NBF’s Africa Infrastructure and Investment Desk (AVID)in partnership with the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) hosted a business breakfast at the Country Club Johannesburg on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. This event attracted interested public and private sector stakeholders from the African finance and the export communities. The breakfast session aimed to deliberate and project the future of trade and export credit facilities on the African continent.

Speaking at the business breakfast, Lynette Chen, CEO of the NEPAD Business Foundation said, “The need for export credit finance is significant. The increased prudential capital and liquidity requirements of Basel III, alongside institutional credit, country and counterparty limitations, make long-term lending, such as project finance, increasingly challenging for commercial lenders. Therefore, the importance of ECAs in mitigating political and credit risks has become increasingly necessary for commercial banks”.

Asked what the future of export credit insurance on the continent was,  André Kruger, Head of the AVID  said, “AVID was established to support economic development and regional integration in Africa by facilitating and arranging finance for companies, government institutions and or their projects. This facilitation role going forward will include an increased use of political and commercial risk insurance that in essence will support the successful financial structuring of projects.  The challenges experienced by the US Export-Import Bank did affect their participation in the African market but this impasse also allowed competitor countries to position their trade and export credit facilities positively.  It is nevertheless important for the African continent that the US resolve its internal issues and that US Exim through US exporters participate actively on the continent."

Well experienced  panel members that participated in the panel discussions included Muzi Kubeka, Director, Norton Rose Fulbright;  Hildabertha Kundu, Deal Originator, DBSA; Philna Potgieter, Head: Commodity, Export and Structured Asset Finance, Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking; and Reetaben Ramanlal Ambaram, Head: Surety Global Corporate South Africa, Zurich Insurance.

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