The effects of business and politics on the South African economy


The effects of business and politics on the South African economy

South Africa’s top political and trend analyst, JP Landman, will be addressing top businessmen and women at the Bryanston Country Club (Johannesburg) on the evening of the 6th of May 2014. In this talk JP Landman will be discussing the effect that business has on politics and conversely, the effects of politics on business, and how these two factors sculpt the political and business landscape in South Africa on the eve of the 2104 general elections. This event is sponsored by The Finance Team, Aon South Africa, Nolands and FNB Vumela.

[If you would like to attend this talk register [ HERE ] as seats are limited]

Who is JP Landman?

JP Landman is a self-employed political and trend analyst. His focus areas are trends in politics, economics, social capital and the interplay of demographics and economic growth. JP Landman has  BA and LLB degrees from Stellenbosch, studied Economics at Harvard and has obtained an MPhil in Future Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch (2003). In 2009 he completed a course at Oxford University on the economies of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India & China). JP Landman is a visiting professor at the University of the Free State where he lectures on trends in South Africa’s political economy and is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington DC. He has recently publish a book “the Long View”.

The effect of business and politics on the South African economy

South Africa has the largest, most diversified and highly industrialised economy in Africa. South Africa is also influential regionally, due to its investment and political engagement in many African countries with an active role and leadership within the inter-governmental African Union.

Core constraints which directly impact South African business expansion plans include socio- economic factors such as crime and corruption, the lack of available skills in the current workforce and poor government service delivery. The effect of business and politics on the South African economy has always been a hotly debated topic and an area of concern for international businesses based in South Africa, as well as companies looking to invest regionally. South African business people agree that overregulation and complex red tape also constrict business growth and this highlights how stifling regulatory systems and processes affect the day-to-day functions within a company, but, according to JP Landman, South Africa will probably be a much better place to live in 20 years from now than it is today. We just need to get there.

“We need to take a step back and review the country’s performance with regard to the BRIC countries. Compared with the BRIC countries, South Africa, in fact, comes out as the most honest, and all of them have made good progress despite high corruption levels. When the values of society are raised, corruption will decrease. It is a process linked to values and developmental states. Take the UK, where, after many years of naming and shaming the corrupt and dishonest, they have a relatively honest society” says Landman.

Who is attending the talk on business and politics

Top South African business leaders and investors from a variety of industries will be attending this talk. It will provide a perfect networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, businessmen and women, who are looking to expand their operations both locally and into Africa. Due to its popularity, the last event was oversubscribed, so if you would like to attend click here as there is limited space still available.


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