Chief Justice Raymond Zondo delivered the keynote address at News24's inaugural On the Record summit on 1 September 2022.

On the Record with News24 hosted Zondo alongside South Africa's leading opinion makers and future shapers at the Sandton Convention Centre.

In what was possibly the biggest thought leadership event since the Covid-19 pandemic, the country's top business, political and civil leaders participated in robust, thoughtful discussions about South Africa's future.  

The summit, in partnership with Nedbank, featured a range of panel discussions, facilitated by News24 editors, including editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson.

Other heavy hitters who joined Zondo on stage were Eskom CEO André De Ruyter, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola, Investigating Directorate head Andrea Johnson, Business Leadership SA CEO Busi Mavuso, Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Phalatse, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Gift of the Givers Foundation founder Imtiaz Sooliman.

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WATCH | On the Record: a News24's summit about SA's future

Rewatch the full-day summit, which was attended by a host of top leaders and change-makers at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng.

If we don't look after whistleblowers, they won't be around for the next state capture - Zondo

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has called for greater protection of whistleblowers and said he feared they "won't be around next time" should there be a repeat of state capture.

'It was a good week for' SA - Investigating Directorate head reflects on Molefe, Singh arrests

Speaking at News24's On the Record summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, Johnson said the arrests of Molefe, Singh and two others on Tuesday were part of restoring South Africa's trust in the justice system.

'We're in trouble.' Business says it's time to put social compact aside and disrupt economy

Business leaders participating in the News24 On The Record conference are fed up. South Africa's unemployment rate has increased from under 25% a decade ago to 33.9% in the second quarter of 2022, and that's if you ignore the discouraged job seekers.

Should state capture reoccur, the ANC would be unlikely to prevent it - Zondo

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo believes the ANC may not have learnt its lesson and should state capture happen again, the party would still use its majority to protect those implicated. 

Corruption 'normalised' at Eskom, but sending people to prison will help - De Ruyter

Corrupt practices are still deeply entrenched at Eskom, particularly in procurement processes, says CEO André de Ruyter.

De Ruyter was speaking at News24's inaugural On the Record leadership summit in Sandton on Thursday. He relayed the challenges he faced when he joined the power utility in January 2020, including the neglect of power stations and the cumbersome procurement processes that needed to be made more efficient.

Young South Africans need to build the future they want - Thuli Madonsela

Young South Africans must defend democracy to build the future they want.

This is according to Professor Thuli Madonsela, the Law Trust Research chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, who was speaking at News24's On the Record summit.

We messed up on air quality, admits Eskom as it defends coal shutdown

Eskom in the past did not take the "correct decisions" to install abatement technologies needed to improve air quality around its power stations, said the head of its Just Energy Transition Office, Mandy Rambharos.

ANC's Kubayi warns against coalitions, saying service delivery is used as ransom

One of the pitfalls of coalition governments is the holding at ransom of service delivery to the detriment of communities when partners fail to find each other. 

As such, having a national government of unity after the 2024 national elections could spell serious trouble for South Africans. 

This was the argument put forward by ANC deputy president hopeful Mmamoloko Kubayi during a panel discussion at the News24’s On the Record Summit

Power of the future: People want jobs, not bullet points on paper - Eskom's Rambharos

Rambharos shared that socioeconomic studies Eskom commissioned as part of its just energy transition plans found that people want meaningful work and not handouts.

On The Record | More state capture arrests, protect whistleblowers - where to from here?

Here are the key takeaways from each of the On The Record Summit’s keynote and six panel discussions.

In this Friday Briefing, we contemplate what came out of the summit and what needs to change if we are going to ensure this country has a future. 

News24's assistant editor, Pieter du Toit, writes the ANC has a lot to answer for, but it is unlikely the party has learnt any lessons from what took place when Zuma was in charge. 

Qaanitah Hunter, who is News24's assistant editor of politics and opinions, believes despite the hard discussions taking place at the summit, there was a sense that getting the country back on track was achievable and something that most participants were willing to do. 

On the Record Programme

8:00 - 8:45 Registration, everyone to be seated by 9 am

 9:10 - 9:30 Introduction and welcome: Devi Sankaree Govender and Adriaan Basson

9:30 - 10:00 Keynote address by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

10:00 - 10:45 - Panel 1: State capture & corruption | How to eat the elephant?

Facilitator: Pieter du Toit
(News24 assistant editor)

  • Justice Minister Ronald Lamola
  • Advocate Andrea Johnson
    (NPA head of the Investigating Directorate)
  • Lawson Naidoo
    (Executive Secretary of CASAC)
  • Karyn Maughan
    (News24 specialist legal writer) 

10:45 - 11:15 Tea

11:15 - 12:00 - Panel 2: Economy | Why can’t SA’s economy grow?

Facilitator: Carol Paton
(News24 writer-at-large)

  • Trudi Makhaya, Economic advisor to President Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Busi Mavuso
    (CEO: BLSA) 
  • Professor Michael Sachs
    (Former head of National Treasury’s budget office)
  • Mike Brown
    (CEO: Nedbank)

12:00 - 12:45 - Panel 3: Climate | It’s the (green) economy, stupid

Facilitator: Ahmed Areff
(News24 deputy business editor)

  • Mandy Rambharos
    (General Manager: Eskom Just Energy Transition office)
  • Rudi Dicks
    (Project Manager: Office of the President)
  • Melissa Fourie
    (CEO: Centre for Environmental Rights) 
  • Brad Maxwell
    (Managing Executive: Investment Banking, Nedbank CIB)

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch

13.45 - 14:30 - Panel 4: Eskom | 1:1 with André de Ruyter

Hosted by Adriaan Basson

14:30 - 15:15 - Panel 5: Politics | After the ANC

Facilitator: Qaanitah Hunter
(News24 Assistant Editor: Politics and Opinion)

  • Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi
  • City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Phalatse
  • Lindiwe Mazibuko
    (CEO: Futurelect, an Apolitical Academy)
  • Bongani Baloyi
    (ActionSA member and former Midvaal mayor) 
  • Songezo Zibi
    (Chairman: Rivonia Circle)

15:15 - 16:00 - Panel 6: Future | The courage to hope

Facilitator: Adriaan Basson
(News24 editor-in-chief)

  • Professor Thuli Madonsela
    (Chair: Law Trust Research in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University)
  • Dr Imtiaz Sooliman
    (Founder: Gift of the Givers)
  • Rachel Kolisi
    (Co-founder: Kolisi Foundation) 
  • Zaakirah Vadi
    (Campaign Manager: Defend our Democracy)

16:00 - 18:00 Coffee

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