The Economic State of the World:
Jeremy Gardiner, Director at Ninety One, delivered a keynote address on the 'economic state of the world.' He discussed the outlook for the region's currency, interest rates and emerging markets. Jeremy emphasized fiscal responsibility, progress despite economic challenges, and the positive outlook for South Africa's foreign policy aligned with economic interests.
The heart of the event was a panel discussion on this year's Summit Plenary topics, featuring expert panelists from various fields. They delved into critical issues including Peace and Reconciliation, Mental Health, the Food Crisis, Climate Emergency, and Education. The discussion was moderated by Sethlogani Manchidi, Investec’s Head of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) with the the discussion represented by the following panelists:
- Shudufadzho Musida, OYW Counsellor, UNFPA Regional Champion For East and Southern Africa, Author of Shudu Finds her magic, a children's book on addressing bullying in schools and the 2020 Miss South Africa.
- Mandy Muchnick, OYW Africa Chair, Chief Revenue Officer and Chief financial Officer of the Panda Mental Health App.
- Manuel Rodriguez, Co-founder of Escolha Da Povo (EDP), an agro-processing and poultry farm project, in the agricultural centre of Mozambique.
- David Willima, Research Officer on maritime security at the Institute for Security Studies.
- Professor Sarita Ramsaroop, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Childhood Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg.
The 2023 Southern Africa Send-Off Event, held in partnership with Investec on September 13th, brought together a diverse group of attendees both in-person and online. The event, hosted by Vandana Satgoor, One Young World Southern Africa Coordinating Ambassador, celebrated the 72 exceptional Delegates representing the region at this year's One Young World Summit in Belfast. Here are the event's standout moments:
A big thank you to Investec who was our corporate sponsor and the Investec project team who made this event a success; Thato Mpakanyane, Percy Matee, and Sanja Priessnitz including our One Young World Southern Africa family Mandy Muchnick, Geoff Rothschild, Entle Mmipi and Vandana Satgoor