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Upgrading Infrastructure for Economic Growth
Join Creamer Media for an informative webinar on Infrastructure for Economic Reconstruction and Recovery that will focus on:

• The current backlogs in electricity, transport and water infrastructure and the threat these pose to growth and development;
• The importance of the reform enabling embedded generators of up to 100 MW to proceed without a licence and to wheel electricity over Eskom and municipal networks and sell to multiple customers;
• Whether the unbundling of Eskom and the formation of the Independent Transmission System & Market Operator will be sufficient to ensure that the pace and scale of investment in grid infrastructure is commensurate with the needs of a transitioning electricity supply industry;
• Whether the move to establish Transnet National Ports Authority as an independent business will help attract much-needed port investment; and
• Whether South Africa’s freight-logistics infrastructure is sufficient to support commodity exports as the world’s hunger for critical minerals grows.

Sponsored by Murray & Dickson and RMB

Feb 4, 2022 10:00 AM in Johannesburg

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Speakers

Zeph Nhleko
Chief Economist @DBSA
Zeph Nhleko is currently Chief Economist at the DBSA. Before this he served as a Deputy Director-General at the national Economic Development Department overseeing economic policy development and coordination as well as social dialogue. This followed his role as a Deputy Director-General at a provincial Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs responsible for economic planning, sector development and business governance. He earlier spent many years as a senior economist analysing economic data and interpreting macroeconomic policy outcomes at the South African Reserve Bank.
Khetha Rantao
Head of the Infrastructure Finance Unit @Infrastructure Fund
Ms. Khetha Rantao is the Head of the Infrastructure Finance Unit within the Infrastructure Fund , a “ring fenced” Division at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). The Infrastructure Fund was announced by the President in 2018 as an initiative to transform the current infrastructure funding mechanism to be a blended financing platform by utilizing co-financing, blended financing from public and private sectors. Khetha is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Philosophy – International Business (with distinction) from GIBS. Prior joining the Infrastructure Fund, Khetha was a Senior Transactor at Rand Merchant Bank for over 11 years. Her experience spans across several asset classes within investment banking, including infrastructure, power, oil and gas, mining and principal investments. More specifically, Khetha has significant non-recourse and limited recourse project finance experience in sub-Saharan Africa and has closed several landmark transactions in the region.
John Matthews
Chairman @Construction Alliance South Africa
John was born in Kensington, on the Cape Flats in 1964 and matriculated at Wittebome High School, Wynberg. He graduated from UCT with a B.Com degree in 1985 and embarked on an accounting career at Pinelands Development Company (PDC), the sister company to Garden Cities. In 1990 he joined Garden Cities and progressed through the organization to the position of CEO in 2002. Currently he holds the position of Group CEO of the Garden Cities group of companies. Academically, he completed an MBA at UCT in 1997, specializing in Strategic Management. His areas of interest include the provision of housing and other social services to uplift the people of South Africa in a sustainable manner.
Judy Kobus
Co Head Infrastructure Finance @Rand Merchant Bank
Judy joined the RMB Infrastructure Sector Solutions team in 2009 having previously worked at the RMB Africa team and is currently co-head of RMB’s Infrastructure Sector Solutions team. Judy has wide experience in the banking, insurance and asset management sectors, having worked at FirstRand and at MMI prior to joining RMB. Since joining the Infrastructure Sector Solutions team, Judy has worked on a number of transactions including telecommunications, rail, industrials, power and PPPs, both in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, which includes: • ZAR2.2bn Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development PPP • Renewable energy equity gearing transactions for Pele Green Energy’s round 1 projects and GAIA’s portfolio of assets; • PPP transactions including the Vulindlela equity gearing for its PPP assets; • Renewable energy projects including the Gouda wind farm; Judy holds BCom (Hons) and MCom qualifications.
Portia Derby
CEO @Transnet SOC
Portia Derby was appointed as the Group CEO of Transnet SOC in February 2020. Portia has a long history of service to South Africa. She is a dynamic leader with experience in the public and private sectors. Portia served as the Director General of the Department of Public Enterprises from 2005 to 2009. She acted as the COO of the Department of Trade and Industry and has served on various boards, including the Board of Metair Investment and SAFCOL. She holds an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of KZN and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand.