Brand South Africa to host African Ambassadors based in South Africa

Johannesburg, Sunday 29 September 2013 – Brand South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry, will on Monday 30 September 2013, as part of initiatives to build relations with social partners and stakeholders, host African Ambassadors and Diplomats based in South Africa for discussions on the issues of African integration and improved competitiveness through intra-African trade and infrastructure development.

This dialogue comes ahead of the country’s first Competitiveness Forum which is scheduled for Tuesday 5 November 2013 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Gauteng.  It also follows a media tour of journalists from African media houses during which South Africa’s infrastructure developments were profiled.

Media is invited to join the discussions at the CSIR, 627 Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria (



CSIR, Brummeria, Pretoria

Monday 30 September 2013


08h00-08h30                      Arrival and registration

08h30-08h40                      Welcome and introductory remarks

               Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola

08h40-08h50                      Opening remarks

Deputy Director General: Branch Africa Bilateral, Department of International Relations & Cooperation

Ambassador Ebrahim Saley

09h15-10h15                      Panel Discussion

                  Dr Petrus de Kock            Research Manager, Brand South Africa

Prof Vusi Gumede           Professor and Head: Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, UNISA

Mr Donald Mabusela      Capital Feasibility Fund, Department of Trade and Industry

10h15-10h25                      A word from the Diplomatic Corps

                  Ambassador Bene L M’Poko

                  Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

10h25-10h40                      Wrap-up & Closure

Dr. Petrus de Kock, Research Manager

Brand South Africa


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About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.


For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Nadia Samie-Jacobs

Public Relations Domestic

Tel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399