Left, Right & Centre: Three Perspectives on Building
an Inclusive South African Economy

7 November 2014,  Holiday Inn Express Rosebank

South Africa’s inequality has reached a level that has completely jeopardized the future of our country. Despite this grim situation, stakeholders and decision makers still find it difficult to reach agreement on the best way forward for the South African economy.

SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation invite you to a panel discussion where experts, holding views across the ideological spectrum, will offer their unique perspective on how to build a more inclusive South African economy, while at the same time addressing the challenges of the 21st century.

How do we create jobs?

What kinds of jobs should we be creating?

How do we build an inclusive economy that can address South Africa’s inequality and distribute wealth more equitably?

Join us as we engage in a debate and discussion of these crucial questions with our esteemed panel of experts.

Date: Friday, 07 November  2014

Time: 10h00 for 10h30
 (lunch from 13h00 to 14h00)

Venue: Holiday Inn, The Zone, Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Admission: Free

RSVP: To book a seat at this event please send an email with your name, affiliation and contact details to with "RSVP SA Economy Event" in the subject line of your email message by 5th November 2014. Kindly provide your name and affiliation. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Ann Bernstein
Ann Bernstein founded and heads the Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa. An independent policy think tank CDE has for nearly 20 years been gathering evidence, consulting widely and generating innovative policy recommendations to meet South Africa’s core socio-economic challenges. Board member: Development Bank of Southern Africa (1995-2001); Brenthurst Foundation (2007 - ). Fellow: National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC (2005/6). Public Policy Scholar (2013): Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC.  

Trudi Makhaya
Trudi Makhaya is an independent micro-economist and strategist. Between March 2013 and March 2014, Trudi was Deputy Commissioner at the Competition Commission of South Africa, appointed by the Minister of Economic Development. Trudi has published commentary in various media publications. She is a regular commentator on radio and television including prime time news (eNCA, SABC, PowerFM, LesediFM etc.) and programmes such as Deal Flow (CNBC Africa) and the Justice Factor (eNCA). She blogs at

Leon Louw
Leon Louw is a well known South African personality who, for over a generation, has been active in diverse aspects of public life. He is credited with having had a significant impact on the course of events in South Africa, especially regarding the extensive economic reforms that took place during the last two decades of apartheid. He has received numerous international awards, and, with his wife, Frances Kendall, has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Presently he is the Executive Director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF) and of the Law Review Project (LRP).


Saliem Fakir
Saliem Fakir is an independent writer and columnist for SACSIS based in Cape Town. He is currently active in the sustainable energy field and works for the World Wide Fund. Saliem was previously a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning and associate Director for the Center for Renewable and Sustainable Energy at the University of Stellenbosch (2007-2008) where he taught a course on renewable energy policy and financing of renewable energy projects.  

Seeraj Mohamed
Seeraj Mohamed has more than 20 years experience working in economic policy research and has worked in NGOs, government and universities. He has been the Director of the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development Research Programme and a senior lecturer in the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg since 2006. He was also special advisor to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies from 2010 to 2014.  

This event is being co-hosted by The South African Civil Society Information Service and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office.