Topco Media Sets the Stage for Robust Dialogue at the Future of Sustainability Conference 2024

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Johannesburg, South Africa, 7 February 2024 – This year is set to be pivotal for global sustainability initiatives across all industries and Topco Media is committed to fostering robust dialogue at the Future of Sustainability Conference scheduled for 19 and 20 March 2024, in Johannesburg.

According to Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, “It’s not an easy task to ensure that sustainable principles, practices, funding, and ESG goals are met and deliverables executed successfully, however, it continues to be critical that we evaluate and share best practices. We are working hard to successfully connect our audience with the right sustainability experts.”

Featured Speakers and Decision-Makers

The conference boasts an influential lineup of speakers including – 

  • Bekele Debele, Program Leader for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Southern Africa, World Bank
  • Ayanda Ngcebetsha, Data and AI Director, Microsoft South Africa
  • Prajna Khanna, Global Head of Sustainability and Vice President, Prosus Group and Naspers Limited
  • Sharan Thirbennie Lal, Alexforbes Representative at the United Nations Global Compact SDG Innovation Accelerator for Young Professionals
  • Shameela Soobramoney, CEO, National Business Initiative
  • Dr Phumelele Gama, Head of the Botany Department, Nelson Mandela University

     

A Sneak Peek into Key Sessions  

On Day 1, explore the holistic approach to corporate impact through the integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles. 

  • Discover how companies can contribute to communities, foster educational initiatives, and align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
  • Delve into the evolving landscape of water management and learn about innovative strategies, technological advancements, and collaborative efforts aimed at ensuring water sustainability. 
  • Unravel the intricate relationship between the future of business and sustainability thinking. Explore how businesses can align their strategies with broader societal and environmental goals through the powerful lens of the ESG framework. 
  • Additionally, discover the pivotal role of mine restoration in addressing the environmental impacts of mining and promoting community well-being. Learn about successful mine rehabilitation and the importance of ongoing collaboration to achieve enduring biodiversity net gains.


On Day 2,
join a keynote address on Global Governance by Bekele Debele, the Program Leader for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure in Southern Africa at the World Bank. It will explore how the UN SDGs, the targets of the Paris Agreement and the Global Biodiversity Framework, are revolutionising corporate practices. 

  • Dive into Employment Sustainability and explore how Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) can strategically leverage AI as an enabling tool. Gain insights into innovative strategies to foster growth, resilience, and meaningful employment opportunities. 
  • Discover the role of Millennials and Gen Z in driving accountability and sustainability demands. 
  • Explore the challenges impact investors face in achieving real impact and Africa’s role in leading global standards.


On the final day of the conference, attendees can look forward to workshop-style engagement with conversations that explore the future of monitoring and reporting, focusing on achieving profitability with transparent sustainability.

Supported by Industry Partners 

The success of the conference is underpinned by strategic partnerships and collaborations with key industry players. 

Fletcher adds, “We thank the generous support and commitment by our partners, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, bronze partners OMI Solutions (Pty) Ltd and The SPAR Group (Ltd), showcase partners, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA and CIMA), and Envision Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd; and our Strategic Partners including the UN Global Compact Network South Africa, Primedia Outdoor, Good Governance Africa, British Chamber of Business in South Africa and Women in Mining (WiMSA).” 

The Future of Sustainability Conference is guaranteed to create a platform for meaningful engagement where best practices are shared and decision-makers can exchange ideas. 

Take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to engage with thought leaders, industry experts, and key stakeholders. Register now to secure your seat and be a part of the transformative dialogue shaping the future of sustainability.

Follow the conversation online to stay abreast of key updates: 

For event inquiries please contact:

Thabiso M. Mohlabeng
Marketing Executive
thabiso.mohlabeng@topco.co.za
0860 009 590

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About the Future of Sustainability Conference

The Future of Sustainability Conference is an annual event by Topco Media to celebrate and showcase companies at the forefront of sustainability. The conference provides a platform for thought leaders, industry experts, and stakeholders to collaborate on solutions for a more sustainable and ethical future. https://futureofsustainability.co.za/ 

About Topco Media

Topco Media is a leading B2B media & events company committed to delivering high-impact conferences and content that address critical issues shaping the business landscape. With a focus on sustainability, innovation, and leadership, Topco Media brings together thought leaders and visionaries to inspire positive change. https://www.topco.co.za/about-us 

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Rakesh Rajbally

Managing Director: South Africa

Rakesh is C-Suite leader with 26 years of experience in General Management, Sales, Marketing, Logistics and Finance within the FMCG space. He currently leads the South African business for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa. He has a strong growth mindset and has successfully led CCBSA’s Commercial business unit. He is a sought after thought leader in developing & implementing revenue growth and route to market strategies in both modern and emerging markets. Under his leadership CCBSA recently completed a R6bn/ $400m investment in an Affordability growth strategy. He has also led CCBSA’s strategic and operational Customer management and recently achieved the #1 ranking across FMCG in the Advantage survey for 2 consecutive years.

Rakesh leads the CCBSA executive team that has been instrumental in successfully leading a large organization across major transformation changes including the merger of six entities to form CCBSA, the Sugar Tax introduction, Talent diversity strategy and other major productivity initiatives. He is a trusted partner and builds trust-based relations with business partners, stakeholders, and authorities.

His purpose statement “We have 2 hands, one to help yourself, one to help others” reflects in the many young leaders he has successfully coached and mentored.

Janett Forbes

Commercial Excellence Director

Janett is a seasoned financial, logistics, and commercial executive who joins us from Vector Logistics previously a division of RCL Foods where she held position of Finance Director.

Prior to this, Janett was part of the Coca-Cola family, having occupied various senior roles of Finance Manager, Category Manager, Revenue Growth Manager and Channel Development Manager within ABI in 2002 and 2016.

Janett is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA(SA), has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Rhodes University in Grahamstown and a higher diploma in Accounting from University of Natal in Durban.

Desilan Pillay

Logistics Director

He joined the Coke system as a Unit Manager Designate at ABI Midrand in 2008. Desilan encompasses 20 years of management experience from companies including Afrox (Linde Group), the South African Breweries (ABI soft drinks and SABMiller – now ABInbev), and Unilever.  

He has a wealth of experience and a vast skillset within South Africa and across the African continent – all at executive levels. This includes, but is not limited to, project management, engineering, production (gases), packaging (FMCG), as well as operations management, financial management, sales and distribution, procurement, and planning (demand, supply, and production). Desilan has managed portfolios across end-to-end Supply Chain (Sourcing, Demand, and Supply Planning), Warehouse Management, Production, and Distribution, including Customer Care, After-sales and reverse logistics. He was also accountable for the delivery of service excellence in order fulfilment, cost of goods sold enhancement via strategic sourcing, and the overall cash optimisation (inventory) across the business. His most recent role before re-joining the CCBSA family is as the Chief Operations Officer at Anchor Holdings, one of the largest privately-owned warehousing companies in South Africa.

Desilan is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and has completed a Management Development Programme from UCT. His areas of expertise include building high performance teams and E2E supply chain and commercial acumen.

Desilan has been happily married for the past 16 years and has a 12-year-old daughter and 18-month-old twins – a boy and a girl. In his spare time, he enjoys seeing new sights locally and abroad. He is always planning his next trip to an exciting destination together with his family.

Nozicelo Ngcobo

Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Director

Nozicelo started her corporate career in 1994 when she was recruited by Sasol into their Management Trainee Programme of the top 16 academic graduates in South Africa – class of 1993. In addition to Sasol, Nozicelo has since worked for listed companies such as Telkom SA, South African Breweries (SAB) as well as multi-national organisations such as Philip Morris International (PMI). In 2020, Nozicelo joined Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) as Director for PACS.

Nozicelo has a demonstrable track record in successfully developing and managing corporate affairs and regulatory strategies for complex industries such as alcohol, tobacco and recently the beverages industry. Nozicelo has strong professional networks spanning more than 25 years in both public and private sectors. Her strategic insights, value creation, solutions orientation, strong business/political acumen, solid networks and ability to mobilise teams to successfully execute towards a common vision are just some of the many attributes she brings into any organisation.

Nozicelo is an advocate of human rights, animal rights and has a passion for youth/women empowerment.

Michael John Wilson

Finance Director

Michael started his working career at KPMG as a Manager and Trainee Accountant from 2002 until 2006. After completing his articles, his highest position held at KPMG was Audit Manager and Office Administration Manager. In 2006 to 2009, he worked at BASF South Africa (previously known as Engelhard South Africa), where he was appointed as Site Controller – Mobile Emissions Catalysts Division. He also served as a Team Leader for Finance when the company changed its ERP from JD Edwards to SAP. In 2009, Michael joined Coca-Cola Fortune (CCF) as Finance Manager – Business Support.

In 2015, he was assigned to the CCBA integration team as a Finance work stream member and later that year, Michael was appointed Finance Manager for Marketing, Sales and Distribution. Michael relocated to Windhoek, Namibia in January 2016 as Financial Director for Coca-Cola Beverages Namibia. In October 2017, Michael returned to Port Elizabeth as Group Financial Controller for CCBA, a position he currently holds. He serves on a number of boards and audit committees within the CCBA Group.

In 2000, Michael graduated with a B.Com (Accountancy) Degree from the University of Port Elizabeth and a year later, he completed his B. Com Honours (Accountancy) at the same university. He was admitted as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2005. In 2010, he completed his Executive Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Moses Lubisi

Manufacturing & Technical Director

Moses has over 20 years of extensive experience spanning various industries such as Sugar, Food and Beverages, and Mineral processing, including 15 years within the Coca-Cola system, Moses brings a wealth of knowledge to this role.

His journey within CCBSA has seen him excel in positions ranging from Plant Manager, Regional Manufacturing Manager (Coastal) in CCBSA to Executive Director for Appletiser (Pty) Ltd. Before returning to CCBA within Group Office, Moses served as an Operations Director at Illovo Sugar (Pty) Ltd. His expertise lies in strategy formulation, governance and execution, with a focus on end-to-end value chain orchestration across manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and supply chain management.

Moses has held senior and executive management roles for over six years, overseeing regional and enterprise-level strategies, assets and resource allocation.

Agatha Masemola

Strategy and Performance Director

Agatha joined CCBSA in April 2020 from Absa Corporate and Investment Bank Africa, where she held various roles in the past nine years, including as Managing Principal for Strategy & Business Transformation and Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive of Barclays Africa Corporate Bank. She was a key figure in the build-out and integration of the Corporate Bank across 13 African markets.

Prior to joining Absa, Agatha was a Senior Management Consultant in Strategy and Innovation at Deloitte Consulting, South Africa. At Deloitte, Agatha worked on several executive-sponsored strategy and innovation projects across various sectors, as well as driving new business development. Prior to Deloitte, she worked in Life Sciences R&D for over ten years, both as a full-time researcher with publications in peer reviewed journals, and as a Portfolio Manager & COO for a biotechnology fund management, focusing on investment in early-stage biotech ventures and commercialisation.

Agatha holds a PhD in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Cape Town and has completed post-Doctoral research in South Africa and the USA. She obtained her BSc (Biochemistry and Physiology) and MSc (Biochemistry) from the University of the North. She completed a Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School to help her transition from laboratory to business.

Agatha loves to travel and enjoys experiencing different cultures and sampling local cuisine.

Hannes Prinsloo

Country Sales Director

Hannes comes with a wealth of experience and strong commercial operations expertise stretching over 30 years within the Bottling system; truly an example of “home grown timber”.

In his most recent role, of General Manager Commercial, he managed the Revenue Growth, Route to Market, Category management, Channel Development and Knowledge and Insights. His previous experiences include that of General Manager Operations, District Manager and National Account Manager.

Among his career achievements, he counts being inducted as a Grand Master in 2021, which is a true testament to his passion for people, strong work ethic, and unwavering commitment to performance. The Masters are seasoned professionals in our core functions (Commercial, Logistics & Manufacturing) who have consistently delivered exceptional results in their 20-plus years of service in the organisation. CCBSA bestows its highest honour these professionals who have shown exemplary commitment, fortitude, passion, loyalty and most importantly, value-adding leadership.

In May 2023, at the annual Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) General Management Meeting (GMM) Awards, he was honoured to receive the CEO Award, which honours exceptional leadership that sets a clear example of consistently living our values. In his leisure time, Hannes follows a wide variety of debate platforms and sports.

Mkuseli Dlikilili

Human Resources Director

Prior to Mkuseli’s appointment to CCBSA, Mkuseli was Group Executive: Human Resources at Pioneer Foods, he  worked for leading South African organisations, including Eskom, SAB, Dulux and Portnet.

Mkuseli’s extensive experience in the FMCG environment includes playing a leading role in Pioneer Foods’ successful listing on the JSE and the integration of SA Dried Fruit and Ceres Fruit Juices. Mkuseli is passionate about empowering and developing people to realise their full potential, as well as contributing positively to all the spheres of their lives, and the accentuation of human dignity. He describes himself as an authentic, resilient, reliable, courageous, humble, principled and value-based person, and a committed Human Resources professional.