Welcome to Agbiz Congress 2016

Presentations from the 2016 Congress are available to download. 


Chairperson's report, Mr Schalk Pienaar, Agbiz


Welcome message by diamond sponsor, Mr Nico Groenewald, Standard Bank


Keynote by Mr Lesetja Kganyago, governor of SA Reserve Bank


Economic outlook, Mr Ettienne le Roux, RMB


Political economy, Mr Mpumelelo Mkhabela

Trade developments in SA, Mr Peter Draper, TUTWA Consulting Download

Water security and water governance in South Africa, Prof Mike Muller, Wits University


Land reform status update, Dr John Purchase, Agbiz


Agri-parks, Mr Nasele Mehlomakulu, Chief director: Infrastructure DRDLR


Food future scenarios for South Africa, Ms Chantell Ilbury, Scenario strategist and facilitator


Energy security, Mr Brian Statham, SANEA


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Presenters in action

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Dr John Purchase
Governor Lesetja Kganyago, SARB
Governor Lesetja Kganyago, SARB
Mr Ettienne le Roux, RMB
Mr Mpumelelo Mkhabela
Mr Peter Draper, TUTWA Consulting
Mr Mike Muller, WITS University
Mr Brian Statham, SANEA



Congress Programme Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Congress Programme Thursday, 2 June 2016


  • 07:30 – 08:00 Registration

  • 08:00 – 08:15 Opening and Welcome

    Mr Schalk Pienaar, Agbiz Chairperson
  • 08:15 – 08:45 Land Reform Status Update

    Update on sustainable solutions to the vexing land reform question in South Africa, while seeking to ensure food security within an open and competitive market environment for agriculture and agribusiness.

    Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO

  • 08:45 – 09:15 Progress by DRDLR with Land Reform Initiatives

    Presentation on progress made by Government toward the establishment of schemes to boost agricultural production and agro-processing output, as well as job creation in the value addition activities linked with the various Agri-park components.

    Ms Leona Archary, Deputy Director General: Rural Infrastructure Development at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

  • 09:15 – 09:55 Energy security

    A presentation on energy challenges South Africa and in particular South African agribusinesses are facing, technologies (especially renewable technologies) that are now cost-competitively available to agribusiness, implementation of an energy security strategy for an agribusiness and what the critical elements to consider are.

    Mr Brian Statham, Chairman of the SA National Energy Association (SANEA)

  • 09:55 – 10:25 Refreshments / Networking

  • 10:25 – 11:05 Scenarios for South Africa

    South Africa appears to be in or headed for a perfect storm scenario, with political, economic and environmental (drought, etc.) upheaval combining to create great uncertainty, specifically also for business. This presentation is an analysis of the scenarios that can play out over the next couple of years in South Africa.

    Ms Chantell Ilbury, Independent Scenario Strategist and Facilitator

  • 11:05 – 11:35 Panel Discussion

    Panelists: Ms Chantell Ilbury, Mr Brian Statham, Ms Leona Archary
  • 11:35 – 11:45 Closing Remarks

    Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO
  • 11:45 – 12:15 Refreshments / Networking

    Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO
  • 12:15 – 13:15 AGBIZ Members Meeting

Pre-Congress Workshop - Transforming Leadership in Agribusiness Tuesday, 31 May 2016


  • 10:30 – 11:00 Registration

  • 11:00 – 11:05 Opening and Welcome

  • 11:05 – 11:45 Motivational Speaker

  • 11:45 – 12:30 Lunch / Networking

  • 12:30 – 13:15 Skills Development Session - SIGNA

  • 13:15 – 14:00 Enterprise and Supplier Development Session - Agrifusion

  • 14:00 – 14:20 Refreshments

  • 15:30 – 16:50 Multi-Cultural Leadership Discussion

  • 16:50 – 17:00 Closure

  • 18:30 Congress Welcome Function

    Sponsored by AFGRI

Post-Congress Tour, Friday, 3 June 2016



KganyagoLesetja Kganyago was appointed as Governor of the South African Reserve Bank in November 2014, after severing as Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank since May 2011. In this role he was responsible for various areas including Research, Financial Stability, Bank Supervision, Financial Regulatory Reform (introducing the Twin-Peaks regulatory structure), Financial Surveillance (responsible for the regulation of cross-border flows), Risk Management and Compliance; and the SARB College.

He has wide-ranging experience in Macro-economic Policy formulation, Financial Sector Policy, Public Finance, International Finance, Public Debt Management and Financial Markets. During his tenure as Director-General of the National Treasury, he successfully steered several public finance and financial market reforms. Lesetja also led South Africa's technical team to various G-20 Ministers of Finance & Governors meetings and the Summits (including the inaugural Summit in 2008).

He chaired the IMF Development Committee Deputies; the G-20 Working Group on IMF governance reform and was also the vice-chair of the Financial Stability Board's Standing Committee on Standards Implementation (FSB SCSI) for a period of four years. Currently, he chairs the Committee of Central Bank Governors (CCBG) and is the co-chair of the Financial Stability Board Regional Consultative Group for Sub¬Saharan Africa (FSB RCG SSA).

Schalk PienaarSchalk was elected as Chairman of Agbiz during the congress in 2011. He has served on the Executive Committee of Agbiz since 2007. He holds a B.Com degree, University Education diploma and has attended various focused industry courses locally and overseas covering such areas as performance and productivity improvement, turnaround and change management as well as strategic leadership.

Before his retirement as the CEO of Suidwes Beleggings in 2012 (Southwest Investments) he served in various senior executive positions in that organisation. Prior to joining Suidwes (Southwest) he was a Divisional Director of Premier Foods during which period he was a Director of, as well as, Chairman of the National Chamber of Milling. He also served as a member of the Maize and Wheat Advisory Committees and as a trustee of the Maize Trust. Schalk spent 20 years in agricultural development in South Africa of which 7 years as CEO of Agricor.

He has extensive experience in high-profile executive and non-executive managerial and director positions which was the result of his balanced exposure to and practical knowledge of policy, legislative and governance requirements complimented by senior positions in a diverse group of organisations.

Ettienne Le RouxEttienne graduated with a B.Com, B.Com Honours and M.Com Economics from the North-West University. He obtained his degrees cum laude. In 1995, Ettienne was credited as the best Masters student in the Economics faculty. After lecturing economics at the North-West University, he followed a career as economist at the National Treasury. His focus area of research at the time was the currency and balance of payments.

While employed by the Treasury, Ettienne completed courses in International Trade and National Accounting Studies at the New York University. Following his career as economist at the National Treasury, he joined First National Bank as financial markets economist. In 1998, Ettienne joined Rand Merchant Bank in a similar role. During his time at the bank he received various performance awards. Prior to being appointed Chief Economist in 2009 he was co-head of Rand Merchant Bank's Fixed Income, Commodity and Currency research team.

Other than the many responsibilities he has in the broader FirstRand Group, Ettienne is also a regular in the media and has published various Op-ed opinion articles in the printed press. Ettienne, on occasion, still act as a guest lecturer in economics at the North-West University Potchefstroom campus. In July 2013 he was appointed by the Minister in the Presidency as a member of the South African Statistics Council.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela Mpumelelo Mkhabela has been a journalist since 1999 is as editor of the Sowetan since 2011. He is chairman of the South African National Editors' Forum since 2013. Mpumelelo worked for the City Press (as political correspondent); the Sunday Times (as parliamentary bureau chief); The Sunday Independent (as deputy editor) and the Daily Dispatch (as Editor).

He holds a BA Honours in Political Science (University of Limpopo); MA in International Politics (University of South Africa) and Bachelor of Journalism Honours (Stellenbosch University). Mpumelelo is currently a Political Science PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria.

Peter DraperPeter is Managing Director of Tutwa Consulting, which specialises in policy and regulatory analysis, international business expansion advisory, and corporate public affairs advisory, in Southern African and emerging markets. In South Africa he is Senior Research Fellow in the Economic Diplomacy programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs; and Lecturer at Wits Business School where he has won two teaching awards.

Internationally he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis; member and vice-chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Global Trade and FDI system; member of the Board of Trustees of the International Chamber of Commerce's Research Foundation; non-resident senior fellow of the Brussels-based European Centre for International Political Economy; and Associated Researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE).

Previously he worked in South Africa's national Department of Trade and Industry in various positions, including as head of economic analysis and research in the trade policy/relations division; prior to that he was an academic teaching economic history and political economy, and headed the economics department at the then University of Durban-Westville.

Mike MullerMike Muller is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Witwatersrand University School of Governance. A registered professional engineer, he was Director-General of South Africa's Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (1997-2005), responsible for new policy and legislation; investment programmes that gave millions of people access to safe water and sanitation; and water-sharing negotiations with Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho that unlocked major investments.

He was also a Commissioner of South Africa's first National Planning Commission (2010-2015) and chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Water Security (2012-14) and currently advises a variety of organisations from local to global level on water and development issues.

He has published on water, natural resources, development and global change and has a particular interest in Southern African integration and development including cooperative approaches to achieving regional food and water security in the face of climate challenges. Previously, he managed infrastructure and policy programmes at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1988-1994) and water programmes for the Mozambique Government (1979-1988).

Dr John PurchaseJohn is currently CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), having been appointed to the position in 2007. Prior to taking up the position he was the CEO of Grain South Africa. John started his professional career as a scientist in South Africa's Agricultural Research Council (ARC). He was appointed to the Board of the Land & Agricultural Bank of South Africa in July 2012 and served a 3-year term until July 2015. John was appointed as Council Member to the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) and currently still serves in this capacity.

From 2012-2015 he served as chairman of the CEO Forum. John was appointed by the minister of DAFF to serve on the Reference Group that provided direction and oversight in the development of DAFF's Integrated Growth and Development Framework (IGDF) for the South African agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors, as well as currently serves on the AgriBEE Charter Council. John serves as a trustee of the Maize Trust and in 2015, he was appointed as Chairman of the Board of the South African Grain Information Services (SAGIS).

John serves on the Presidential Business Working Group in Agbiz' capacity as a member of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). He serves on various BUSA and NEDLAC task teams and committees. John has recently also been appointed as the Business Convenor within NEDLAC's Trade and Industry Chamber.

Chantell IlburyChantell Ilbury is an independent scenario strategist, facilitator, speaker and bestselling business author. She specialises in guiding organisations through strategic conversations, especially in times of uncertainty. Her work has taken her as far afield as the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Ukraine, Australia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Singapore, India, as well as right throughout Africa.

Chantell holds a BSc in Chemistry, a post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education, an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and has studied Strategic Negotiation through Harvard Business School in Boston. It was at UCT where she first met Anglo America's Clem Sunter and shared her ideas on scenario planning that lead to the writing of their best-selling books The Mind of a Fox, Games Foxes Play and Socrates and the Fox. The three books were later published together as The Fox Trilogy in 2011. Her latest book - a collection of her memoirs and strategic insights - is titled A Fox's Tale, and is due for release at the end of June this year.

Chantell is also a guest lecturer on strategy and scenario planning at a number of top business schools.

Brian A StathamBrian has some 40 years of experience in energy and has been involved in construction (coal, hydro and nuclear), operations, research, production planning, investment planning, project development (coal, hydro, LNG, natural gas, nuclear) and strategic planning, predominantly in the area of power generation. Brian retired from Eskom in April 2014 but has retained his interest in energy matters and is the founder of Brian Statham and Associates (BDS).

BSA is a multi-faceted consulting organisation in the energy sector with associates in the liquid fuels, gas, renewables and marketing sectors. He has served on a number of governmental task forces and committees dealing with energy matters. In February 2015 Brian was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy.

Since 1999 Brian has also been actively involved in the work of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA) and the World Energy Council (WEC). He served as secretary-general of SANEA from 2000 to 2006 and in 2007 he was appointed as chairman, a role he still fulfils today. Brian is also an officer (trustee) of the World Energy Council.

Leona ArcharyLeona is deputy director general at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR). She has been employed in Government since 1991 and specifically in the DRDLR since 1997. During the past few years she was, amongst others, involved in the development of the Green Paper on Land Reform and the Rural Development Framework.

In addition, she led a team in the implementation of the Rural Infrastructure Programme, which forms part of the Comprehensive Rural Development Plan that is being championed by the DRDLR. Leona has been leading several strategic projects and programmes to enhance integration across Government.

Included in this are the following: a multi-sectorial team in the development of rural development plans for the 22 districts identified by Cabinet, the departmental team in the participation of the APAP implementation plans, and the technical task team for outcome 7. In 2012 Leona completed her Master’s degree in Management at Wits University with her mini dissertation entitled “Sustainable land reform in the Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga”. Through this research process, Leona has been able to further understand the needs and dynamics of rural communities and areas.


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