Eskom Chairman Jabu Mabuza to address SA REIT Conference on reigniting the economy

Jabu Mabuza – the newly appointed Eskom chairman tasked with leading the turnaround of the troubled parastatal – will be the headline local speaker at the influential SA REIT Conference 2018 set for Sandton Convention Centre later this month.

Mabuza will join local and international business leaders at the event, and will deliver a topical address on reigniting South Africa’s economy”. His talk will explore the economic challenges South Africa has to overcome and other big issues facing business in 2018 and beyond.

Mabuza is a distinguished business leader, successful entrepreneur, and has delivered in key roles in the private and public sectors. His corporate acumen and track record of integrity have earned him a reputation for not tolerating interference in his duties as a director.

An advocate of independent business leadership, Mabuza is President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Co-Convenor of the CEO Initiative, and Chairman of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA).

Over his remarkable corporate career, Mabuza has held several high-profile directorships and is currently represented on local and international boards. He is presently Chairman of Telkom SA SOC Limited, Chairman of the Africa portion of the merged Anheuser-Busch InBev and SAB Miller and, in January 2018, he was appointed Chairman of Eskom.

Mabuza has also presented several papers on Black Economic Empowerment Investment in South Africa, on Small and Medium Enterprise Development and the Role of Business in Transition, both locally and in the UK, USA and Europe.

At the SA REIT Conference 2018, he will highlight the reignition of the South African economy and offer his unique perspective as a seasoned entrepreneur at the forefront of business leadership, governance and transformation.

Mabuza rounds out an impressive line-up of hard-hitting speakers at the SA REIT Conference 2018, which also includes Jaap L. Tonckens, the financial chief of global property heavyweight Unibail-Rodamco. Tonckens is the headline international speaker at the conference, which takes place on Thursday, 15 March 2018 in Sandton Central, South Africa’s financial hub.

The event, a high level one-day executive conference focused on South Africa’s listed property sector, is hosted by the SA REIT Association and sponsored by Nedbank CIB.

Tonckens’ keynote session at the conference will explore the latest REIT trends and investor sentiments in Europe, which has become a target destination for the local property sector’s expansion. At Unibail-Rodamco, he oversees the investments of what is set to become the world’s biggest international retail property owner after the recent announcement of its record-breaking deal to buy the renowned Westfield Group.

The SA REIT Association represents South Africa’s R400-billion listed REIT (real estate investment trust) sector. Its members comprise all the country’s listed REITs.

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