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11 August 2021
Chancellor Thabo Makgoba’s Roundtable for Economic Development
You are invited to the 2021 Chancellor Thabo Makgoba’s Roundtable for Economic Development centered on the general theme, “Towards innovative ways of financing micro-enterprises”.

This Roundtable discussion will involve plenary engagement focused on financial support available to the micro-enterprise sector and challenges/impediments that owners of micro-enterprises face.

The Chancellor’s Roundtable is the culmination of a series of Women's Month events hosted by the Economic & Management Sciences (EMS) Faculty and focused on commemorating the women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the discriminatory pass laws. We remember their courage, resilience and contribution to the freedoms we now enjoy. At the same time, the plight of women in our country continues - gender based violence is crippling our communities and femicide in South Africa is among the highest in the world. In the business world research has indicated that women have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given this reality, among the issues to be highlighted are reflections on the impediments that owners of small businesses encounter when trying to access finance (issues of financial inclusion/exclusion), and new or innovative ways of supporting small business owners to finance their business ideas, rebuild their businesses (given the pandemic), or start a new business venture.

I call on you to attend this important discussion, as we consider tangible solutions to problems within a post COVID-19 recovery context. 

For more information consult the event programme below.

Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Time: 16:30 to 18:00



Programme Director: Prof Matthew Ocran
(Deputy Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences)
16:30 - 16:35 National Anthem  
16:35 - 16:40 Introduction Prof Matthew Ocran
Programme Director
16:40 - 16:45 Welcome Address Prof Tyrone Pretorius
Rector and Vice-chancellor, UWC
16:45 - 16:50 Chancellor's Address Dr Thabo Makgoba
Archbishop & Chancellor, UWC
16:50 - 16:55 Context Setting Prof Michelle Esau
Dean, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, UWC
16:55 - 17:02   Prof Vivienne Lawack
Deputy Vice-chancellor: Academic, UWC
17:02 - 17:09   Ms Erica Nel
Head: Private Debt, Sanlam Investments
17:09 - 17:16   Mr Joshua Wolmarans
Director: Enterprise Development
Department of Economic Development and
Tourism, Western Cape Government
17:16 - 17:23   Mr Kevin Chaplin
Managing Director: Amy Foundation & The SA Ubuntu Foundation
17:23 - 17:30   Mr David Mparutsa
Senior Manager: ABSA Bank
17:30 - 17:55   Questions and Answers
17:55 - 18:00   Prof Matthew Ocran