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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:50

African leaders awarded

Frost & Sullivan identifies the mega trends that will shape the future of the South African economy.

The Frost & Sullivan Growth Innovation Leadership (GIL 2013: Africa) event was held on 15 August at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.

Frost & Sullivan’s chairman, David Frigstad, led the day’s proceedings by emphasising the importance of innovation in developing a competitive edge and driving long-term revenue growth.

Dorman Followwill, partner at Frost & Sullivan, presented the “Mega Trends of the Mind, Body and Soul”; drawing attention to the fact that business is driven primarily by human needs. “These core drivers of human behaviour influence the way in which we do business. They determine spending decisions, inform government policies, and also drive important family and personal choices,” said Followwill.

Dr Ismail Lagardien, of the National Planning Commission Secretariat for South Africa, supported Followwill’s message by stating that, as citizens, people need to be actively involved in their own personal development and that of the nation. “Change begins at home, in schools and with the government,” stated Lagardien. “We need to hold one another accountable for performance. In order to move forward and grow our economy, it is crucial for the government to support the collaboration between businesses and the public sector, and between different spheres of government.”

The National Development Plan (NDP 2030) is now entering the implementation phase, with each national department drawing up a five-year plan to support its actualisation.

David Frigstad presented Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the Growth Innovation Leadership Award for Visionary Innovation in Global Economic Development.  “We have the power to settle the Israel-Palestine crisis, we have the power to ensure that poor people in the south are not left out in the new north-led race for minerals and energy resources, and we have the power to slow down global warming and prevent the destruction of our earth. People have the power to overcome their most pernicious problems when they work together to achieve their goals.”

More than 200 chief executive officers and their executive teams gathered to share best practices and discuss the latest predictions for various industry sectors up to the year 2030.

The GIL programme is proud to be a part of the changing corporate and industrial scape of Africa, bringing together best-thought leaders from across all industries and regions for what has been a truly learning experience.

To secure a booking at the next GIL Africa event and to learn more about Frost & Sullivan’s growth strategies, please contact Samantha James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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