Dear Friend of SBI,

It is our singular privilege to invite you to our first in-person SBI SME Indaba and networking session.

We will be holding a half-day indaba to, amongst others, publicly release the findings and recommendations of its research study titled, “The real cost of municipal dysfunction on small businesses,” which was conducted on SBI’s behalf by Mtiya Dynamics.

The SBI SME Indaba will be held:

Date:  Tuesday 17 October 2023
Venue:  Bryanston Country Club, 63 Bryanston Dr, Bryanston, Sandton, 2191
Time:  9 am – 3 pm
Cost: Free of charge (our treat – kindly click the registration button below to book your seat)

Our SME indabas are designed to highlight to policy makers, the media, and influential commentators the challenges SMEs face to start, run and grow in South Africa and in turn, to learn from them. Dysfunctional municipalities, cumbersome red tape and delayed payments by both the public and private sector discourage entrepreneurial dynamism and innovation. Without an environment to support SMEs we have no hope of a growing, employing economy.

Programme for the day

As has become a custom for these signature events, we have lined up prime time speakers. Including key notes from the Former Statistician-General, Dr Pali Lehohla, the Executive Mayor of Midvaal Local Municipality on lessons from a functional Municipality, a panel of top-class experts on what is being done to fix our ailing municipalities and, always our much-loved panel of entrepreneurs to talk about their journeys.


08:30 – 09:00 Arrival & Registration  
09:00 – 09:15 Opening Remarks Mr John Dludlu

09:15 – 09:55

5 mins

Keynote address:
Research Report & Key Findings – “The real cost of municipal dysfunction on small businesses in SA”
Q & A
Dr Thami Mazwai
Founder and Director at Mtiya Dynamics



10:00-11:00 Panel Discussion:
Available Initiatives from Corporate SA to help fix our ailing municipalities.



Business Partners Limited
Mr David Morobe, Executive General Manager: Impact Investing
Ms Ruth Troskie, Unit Head
Anglo American
Capital City Business Chamber:
Mr Fanie du Plessis, CEO
Ms Istell Orton, Director
Mr Zamo Gwala, Acting-Chief Officer: Municipal Finance, Fiscal Policy & Economic Growth.


5 mins

Keynote address:
Lessons from a functional municipality – the case study of Midvaal.
Q & A
Mr Peter Teixeira
Executive Mayor
Midvaal Local Municipality




11:45 – 12:55




5 mins

Keynote address:
How to fix our local government, what is required?
Q & A

Former Statistician-General: Dr Pali Lehohla





Entrepreneurs’ Corner




Moderator: Mr Bulelani Balabala

Ms Mandisa Nkwanyana, Founder & MD Rubbix Media

Ms Nonkululeko Williams, Co-Founder & MD Law Abiding Media Agency

Ms Mbali Mokwena, Managing Director Imbally Pty Ltd

Ms Lufuno Rasoesoe, Founder TOSH Detergents


14:40 Closing remarks & networking Cash bar will be available.