André de Ruyter is the outgoing group chief executive of Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity company. After three years in the position he resigned in December 2022, saying he was ‘dependent on the support of the broader political economy and that support is absolutely critical to enabling the success of Eskom going forward.’ Before joining Eskom, he was CEO of Nampak and a senior executive at Sasol.  See his bio here

Ann Bernstein, CDE’s executive director will be in conversation with André. The discussion will focus on the ‘politics of power’ at a time when South Africa is in the grip of its most severe electricity crisis. 

For over 25 years CDE has influenced policy in South Africa’s democracy. We have established ourselves as a unique policy think tank and prominent public ‘voice’ promoting enterprise and development in South Africa and emerging markets. We have built a wide network throughout the country and with leading global experts and think tanks, especially in democratic developing countries.

CDE would like to open up this lecture series widely. Please share this invitation with your networks.

Date:     Wednesday 1 March 2023
Time:     4 to 5 pm SAST

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