Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum 2021

The Nedbank Group and the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) hosted the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum themed ’Expanding Digital Readiness: Supporting the Development of Digital Infrastructure in the SADC region’.

The aim of the engagement was to establish a Digital Infrastructure Working Group to support the development of a SADC Regional Digital Infrastructure Masterplan, regulatory harmonisation, and many other supporting interventions.

The following industry experts shared their knowledge on the latest digital infrastructure developments and opportunities within the region

  • Peter Varndell – Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF)
  • Ms Sabine Dall’Omo – Chief Executive Officer, Siemens
  • Amos Hadebe – Executive Head: Group Stakeholder Relations and Public Affairs, Nedbank
  • Isabel Neto – Digital Development Practice Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa, World Bank
  • Harsha Desai – Associate Director, Deloitte
  • Charmaine Houvet – Senior Public Policy Director – Cisco Africa
  • Dr Lucienne Abrahams – Director and Senior Lecturer, LINK Centre, Wits University
  • Dr. Towela Nyirenda-Jere – Head of Economic Integration Division, AUDA-NEPAD
  • Dr. George Ah Thew, Directorate of Infrastructure, SADC Secretariat
  • Mike Peo – Head: Infrastructure | Energy | Telecoms, Nedbank CIB
  • Juanita Clark – Chief Executive Officer, Digital Council Africa

Minister Patrcia de Lille delivers keynote address on infrastructure projects in South Africa during the Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum

Honourable Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Patrcia de Lille delivered keynote address at the first virtual Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum for 2021 themed ‘Public-Private Engagement to facilitate a more Structured and Enduring Relationship with the Private Sector in support of the Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) Initiative’ on Tuesday, 4 May 2021.

Her role was to respond to two key questions in relation to government efforts regarding infrastructure projects in South Africa:

  1. What support does ISA require in the short and medium term?
  2. How can South African Business support the ISA mandate?

In her address, Minister de Lille outlined government plans to cooperate with businesses in the flameworking and execution of large-scale infrastructure projects.

In addition, Minister de Lille also committed to further periodic update meetings with private sector representatives as a follow up to the action items set out by the initial meeting in the series.

To access the full speech by Minister de Lille, kindly click the link below:

2021 05 04 Minister de Lille NEDBANK NEPAD speech

NBF CEO, Peter Varndell on alignment of purpose between government and business in relation to infrastructure projects in South Africa

As part of the South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, 276 projects (valued at more than R2.3 trillion) were identified at the President’s inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa. Following on from this, the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Council has gazetted ±60 Strategic Integrated Projects.

In response, the NBF and long-term co-hosting partner Nedbank, organised a virtual Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum themed, ‘Public-Private Engagement to Facilitate a More Structured and Enduring Relationship with the Private Sector in Support of the Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) Initiative.’

The event, which was hosted on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 featured high profile speakers, Honourable Patricia de Lille, Minister of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Head of Investment and Infrastructure Office and ISA in the Office of the Presidency.

NBF CEO, Peter Varndell set the scene, outlining key focus areas of consideration inn relation to infrastructure projects in South Africa. His presentation focused on:

  1. Private sector support in developing ISA’s internal capacity to bring the requisite skills into government and ensure delivery of this critical programme.
  2. Ensuring appropriate planning, governance and accountability mechanisms are in place that include business champions in the decision-making processes.
  3. Sensitisation of infrastructure procurement frameworks that enable public-private partnerships and unlock new funding mechanisms for major infrastructure investment.
  4. Private sector support for building ISA’s capacity to prepare and package projects.

ISA has been created as a single-entry point for all the projects in the country’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. ISA will be responsible for the exploration of government utilisation of the country’s substantial immovable asset register. As such, both government and the private sector have a vested interest in the execution of the ISA initiative. Its success will hinge on collaborative efforts to unblock and unlocking funding as well as the creation of a conducive environment for infrastructure investment.

During the meeting, senior-level business executives participated with an intent to share current efforts being taken by the private sector to participate in ISA activities as well as provide a potential public-private partnership model to adopt for government and business collaboration on ISA activities.

To access Peter Varndell’s full speech from the event, kindly click the link below:

Speech Peter Varndell ISA event

Private sector presentation on a possible model for public-private partnerships (local example – SWPN model):

SWPN Overview

Nedbank and NBF host Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) focused event

Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) has been created as a single-entry point for all the projects in the country’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. ISA will be at arm’s length from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI). ISA is responsible for project preparation, packaging, funding pathways and providing strategic oversight over all the gazetted projects. Additionally, ISA is in the process of conceptualising and drafting a 25-year National Infrastructure Plan to provide longer-term direction for the built environment from government’s side.

The Nedbank Group and the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) hosted the first virtual Nedbank-NBF Networking Forum for 2021 themed ‘Public-Private Engagement to facilitate a more Structured and Enduring Relationship with the Private Sector in support of the Infrastructure South Africa (ISA) Initiative’ on Tuesday, 4 May 2021.

The event, the first in a series of three, featured high profile speakers, Honourable Patricia de Lille, Minister of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Head of Investment and Infrastructure Office and ISA in the Office of the Presidency.

The event is in-line with the work of the NBF which has been focused on exploring international models of co-operation between business and government to more effectively plan, prioritise, fund and execute national infrastructure projects. In addition, current NBF infrastructure programmes (in particular, the Strategic Water Partners Network and the North-South Rail Corridor) are prime examples of successful partnership models worthy of replicating into other priority areas.

For a full video of the event, kindly click the lick below:

Facilitating a more Structured and Enduring Relationship with the Private Sector in support of Infrastructure South Africa (ISA)-20210504_095627-Meeting Recording

Update on the African Integrated High-Speed Railway Network by AUDA-NEPAD

Johannesburg, July 7, 2020 – The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) has released a video capturing the conception, design and implementation plan for the African Integrated High- Speed Railway Network. The seven-minute video includes reports from across Africa, dedicated to railway revival, expansion and modernisation in the spirit of the continental rail plan.

The High-Speed Railway project was endorsed by the African Union (AU) Heads of State at the 2013 24th AU Summit as part of “Agenda 2063.” The project has seen completion of the technical feasibility study and consequent unprecedented construction and procurement decisions among the economic blocs and individual national governments.

The target is the achievement of the first three objectives by 2033, namely: Interconnecting landlocked countries, connecting regions of Africa together and establishing Trans-Africa beltways. The master plan of the railway links has also been analysed and prioritised. The Dar es Salaam-Kigali link combined with the Kampala-Kigali-Bujumbura, as well as the Walvis Bay-Windhoek-Gaborone-Pretoria, have been identified as pilots for accelerated development. In addition, ten other regional pilots have been identified as priority projects and will be subjected to feasibility assessment as soon as possible.

The planned network will connect the 16 landlocked countries in Africa to major seaports and neighbouring countries. It will establish interoperability of railways across different regions, create East-West / North-South land-bridges and interconnect African capitals. This will the interconnection of major commercial and economic hubs to boost economic growth and intra-African free trade, as well as complement the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The AUDA-NEPAD’s Technical Coordination Team and African Union Commission’s Directorate of Infrastructure and Energy, are providing guidance for the implementation, seeing as African leaders have demonstrated political will to address lack of rail connectivity, interoperability questions and high cost of transportation. The net impact of less connectivity is reduced intra-Africa trade, under-developed manufacturing, agriculture and mineral extraction and an over reliance on the world for imports and exports. These and more are reasons why Africa is presently witnessing railway renaissance across the economic blocs.

The video that has been produced to capture progress on this project shows rail development across the various regions and nations of the continent, as confirmation that Africa is demonstrating political will to ensure execution of Agenda 2063, of which the high-speed railway is a major component.



The following are the links to the video which shows the project’s progress:
Ms Mwanja Ng’anjo
African Union Development Agency-NEPAD
+27 11 256 3582
Mr Louis Napo Gnagbe
African Union Development Agency-NEPAD
Project Advisor High-Speed Rail Network
Economic Integration Unit
+27 11 256 3582 / + 27 603 13 22 02

Polokwane WCWDM Implementing Agent Tender



Bid Description Compulsory Briefing Session Date &Time Closing Date

Contact Person

PLK 06/2020

SWPN invites proposals from eligible Service Providers (Professional consultant/Civil Engineers) to be appointed as the Implementing Agent to compile and execute a WCWDM programme  in support of the City of Polokwane Local Municipality.

A compulsory virtual clarification meeting will commence at 10h00 on 16 July 2020.

Please confirm intention to participate with Thembi Mkhize on  by 12H00 on 15 July 2020

27 July 2020 at 10H00

Mrs. Thembi Mkhize

Bidders are requested to comply with the requirements as stipulated in the tender document.

Collection of bid document: Download the tender document HERE

Returning and closing date and time of bid: Sealed marked bids must be submitted at SWPN offices: All submissions are to be made to the Strategic Water Partners Network. Tenders must be sent to the following address: NEPAD Business Foundation, Building 9, Tuscany Office Park Coombe Place, Rivonia, Sandton on or before the closing time and date, being 10h00 on 27 July 2020.

Evaluation and adjudication of bid: The selection process will be subject to the procurement policy of the NEPAD Business Foundation. The NEPAD Business Foundation will not necessarily accept the lowest price or any proposal and reserves the right to withdraw a tender without furnishing reasons.

Procurement enquiries may be directed to Mrs Thembi Mkhize on

Celebrating Africa Integration Day as a roadmap to policy reform across the continent

An integrated Africa remains one of the bedrocks of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) economic development program. The current volatility of the global economy has shown that Africa needs to support sustainable intra-African trade by prioritising economic policies that are inward-looking.

As we celebrate the inaugural ‘Africa Integration Day’ on 1 July 2020, the NBF commits to continue underpinning the value of an interconnected Africa into its development programmes and initiatives which focus on delivering regional infrastructure and value chains projects.  These programmes are anchored on true collaboration between business and government to achieve mutually identified objectives. With the world returning to economic activities after the interruption caused by the coronavirus, lower global GDP will mean that Africa will have to look to its own to stimulate its economy. Cooperation amongst countries in Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) must be a priority for countries to recover quickly enough to mend the socio-economic damage caused by COVID-19.

Developing a culture of innovation to fast-track continental development

Africa Day Celebrations 2021

As African citizens and part of the global community, we always look at our continent with pride as we commemorate Africa Day.

The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) joins all of Africa in celebrating this important day under the African Union’s theme for 2021 – “The Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”.

The NBF remains a dedicated supporter of the African development agenda along with all the efforts and initiatives of the African Union and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD.

As we recover from the socio-economic impact of a global pandemic, we look to our rich heritage, expressed through African arts and diverse cultures for inspiration.

In that spirit, the NBF commits to continue its work in supporting African innovation through its key programmes which seek to improve regional infrastructure, value chains and trade facilitation by mobilising the private sector towards Africa’s economic growth and development.

Peter Varndell

Chief Executive Officer

NEPAD Business Foundation

Welcome to the NBF Board Mr Aluwani Museisi

We would like to welcome Mr Aluwani Museisi to the NBF Board. Mr Museisi is the Senior Manager, Government Affairs & Policy, Sub-Saharan Africa for Johnson & Johnson.  Mr Museisi already has a working history with the NBF having being part of the Pharmaceutical Working Group. We look to Mr Museisi’s contributions and would like to thank Johnson and Johnson for their ongoing support of the NBF.

Mr Museisi will be replacing Ms Kirti Narsai who is moving on to focus on new personal and career opportunities. We are extremely grateful to Ms Narsai’s significant contribution to the NBF during her tenure and wish her well going forward.

CEO remarks on COVID-19 in Africa

Firstly, I would like to extend our wishes to you and your families. It is our sincere hope that you are safe during this period and that you are all taking the advised measures to stop the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Much about how we work and socialise has changed and it is a tough adjustment period for us all. The situation is further compounded by slow global economic activity following the various border closures and lockdowns being implemented by countries around the world.

From an NBF perspective, all of our operations and programmes are ongoing. We have adapted well to operating in an online business environment and are in constant communication with management, staff and stakeholders. Importantly, we are actively assessing how the new normal of online communications will benefit regional operations and projects in the long term.

The effects of this pandemic are going to be strongly felt by businesses and society. Never before has the importance of partnerships between the public and private sector been more important and relevant. We are experiencing this first-hand and are extremely pleased with our strengthened relations with both AUDA-NEPAD and SADC Secretariat where we are supporting their respective COVID-19 response plans. Our specific areas of support include:

  • coordinating information on regional demand and manufacture of COVID-19 related products
  • resolving regional trade and transport challenges experienced by businesses transporting essential goods and services
  • supporting post-COVID-19 economic recovery responses.

We believe we are well-positioned to assist in these areas and will welcome any suggestions and challenges you may have of ways we can assist your respective businesses.

Once again, we hope you stay safe and we look forward to engaging with you again soon.