About the Event:

The CGCSA annual summit is CGCSA’s flagship event which will for the first time be held on a digital platform due to lockdown restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year’s summit is “Uniting the Industry: The key to thriving in the next decade”. As South Africa and the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19, companies are finding themselves reviewing their business models, doing things differently and identifying growth opportunities.

At the summit, delegates will hear from invited speakers, and other delegates, on how to thrive in the next decade and navigate the uncertain global economy which has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. The summit will benefit not only on existing established market leaders but also on new entrants to the market and also benefit SMEs, which are the engine for economic growth and employment creation in South Africa. As before, the summit provides good quality content, invaluable thought leadership and an opportunity for industry to network on non-competitive matters facing the industry. Over the years the annual summit has by all accounts become a must attend event based on feedback from our member delegates and invited guests, who have consistently given overwhelming positive rating of the quality of the programme and speakers.

The Campus, Wanderers Building,
57 Sloane Street, Bryanston, 2021,
South Africa

Email: summit@cgcsa.co.za
Tel : 011 777 3300

Who should be attending:

  • Sector CEO’s
  • Supply chain, commercial and integrated sustainability executives and management
  • Brand executives, shopper analytics
  • SMME suppliers / manufactures, category managers, merchandisers and buyers
  • Sales and Marketing executives
  • HR, Learning & Development executives and management

Why you should attend:

Our Summit programme offers a unique opportunity to network with the CEOs and top leaders from some of South Africa’s most successful retailers and manufactures and get inspired by an exceptional line up of speakers and industry experts.

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Lorraine Jecks

A Montessori teacher by profession, Lorraine’s sustainability journey began in California in the 1970s, working with the infant ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. Then back home, she was PROCUREMENT MANAGER for Africa’s largest hotel chain for 15 years. She went solo and trained under the UNITED NATIONS ECO-LABELLING PROJECT, the NATIONAL CLEANER PRODUCTION PROGRAMME, GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL’S Interior Design and Décor, GREEN LEAF carbon auditing and CLIMATE REALITY with US Senator, Al Gore.

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Carel de Jager
Consultant & Engineer – Block Chain Academy & Asset
and Care | Lethabo Power Station

Carel de Jager began his career as a Chemical Engineer in the energy industry. He now works as a consultant for the Blockchain Academy, facilitating a wide range of blockchain related training courses and presentations. Through the academy, he also delivers customised, industry-specific training to audiences ranging from the inexperienced to executive level. Carel has coached numerous executives on the technology such as law firms, insurance providers and commercial banks, both locally and abroad.

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Richard BrascherPick n Pay – CEO

Grattan KirkExclusive Books – CEO

Richard Rushton
Managing Director – Distell

Dough SmollanSmollan Group – Chairman

Sandiso Sibisi
COOi Studios – Director

Sandiso is an Open Innovation advisor to corporates, she advises them on how to bridge the gap between innovative products developed by start-ups, labs or universities to solve their business problems, forming corporate-start-up partnerships and in parallel accelerating entrepreneurial growth in Africa. She is obsessed about innovation and emerging technologies.
Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Information Systems)
Masters (Innovation Studies) candidate

Yogesh Singh

Associate General Manager – Nihilent Limited

Yogesh, a Blockchain evangelist, lives to blockchain everything. A professional with 20 years of diverse industry experience Yogesh is leading blockchain strategy for Nihilent since past 3 Years, building practice capability (Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric) and developing partnerships with ecosystem players and platform providers such as R3 Corda and Microsoft. He has been instrumental in setting up some of the industry consortiums in FSI space and have delivered workshops to build understanding with industry stakeholders, POCs to prove that the blockchain technology works and is the right fit for the identified use case, Pilots to demonstrate how the real thing looks like. He takes pride in taking one of the Blockchain use cases into production.

Brian Leroni

Group Corporate Affairs Executive – Massmart & Walmart

BA (Wits), MPhil (Stellenbosch)

Brian’s work experience includes executive positions at Masstores Proprietary Limited, an associate partner at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Marketing Director at CNA. He joined Massmart as Group Projects Executive in September 2004 and was appointed Group Corporate Affairs Executive in September 2005.

Tom Mkhwanazi

Chief Executive Officer – W&RSETA

Tom Mkhwanazi is the Chief Executive Officer of the W&RSETA. Prior to joining the W&RSETA Tom was General Secretary for the Motor Industry Bargaining Council. Tom held a number of board directorship positions to three Motor Industry Provident Funds and was the chairperson of the Foodbev SETA. He has worked for merSETA where he served as Company Secretary and Chief Operations Officer: HR, Strategy and Compliance.

Tom comes with a wealth of experience in the public sector, having held various positions in different levels for over 20 years with more than 12 years in strategic management roles. In 2017 he was appointed in the School of Business and Economics, Monash University to lecture as Adjunct lecturer on corporate governance programme.
Mkhwanazi holds a BA Honours and an HDE from University of Durban Westville, post-graduate diplomas in Public Management, Labour Law, Interpreting and Drafting of Contracts and Corporate Law in Pension Law from various universities.

Gwarega Mangozhe


He has a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He then went on to complete his MBA as well as an Executive Development Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Prior to joining IMCD South Africa, Gwarega held senior management positions in Sales, Operations and Finance at Avis Fleet Services South Africa, a division of the Barloworld Group. He also has extensive knowledge of the public sector as he has consulted with several government entities in the areas of compliance, strategy and organisational re-engineering.

Johann Vorster

CGCSA Co Chair & Clover SA

Qualifications :BComm (RAU), BComm Hons (Unisa), CA (SA), MBA (Wits)

Johann is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA, which qualifications served him well during his career. He was instrumental and a founder member of a previous listing on the JSE which gave him the idea of assisting companies with high debt levels to transform and attract new capital.
After graduating with a BComm from RAU in 1985, Johann spent 4 years with Ernst & Young as Senior Manager while completing his honours through Unisa in 1986 and his CA in 1987. He spent the next three years with SARS as Assistant Director of Operational Research. He completed his MBA through Wits before joining East Rand Plastics (Pty) in 1992. After several acquisitions, the East Rand Group of Companies was created. Which finally became Astrapak.

As Financial Director of Astrapak he was responsible for the company’s listing on the JSE in 1997. He became joint MD of the Film Division of Astrapak before accepting an offer as Chief Financial Officer from the Clover Group in October 2000.

In the initial years after having been appointed as CFO of Clover, he showed utmost determination to restructure the Balance Sheet and introduce strict financial policies. As Chief Executive, he faced a huge challenge to convert Clover the co-op to a commercial orientated entity. The co-op members opposed every proposal by Johann due to the “loss of control” issues. However, the members approved the 19th restructuring proposal by Johann and the company was transformed. The second wave was equally challenging as the advisors were of the opinion that to successfully list a dairy dominant company on the JSE was going to be near “impossible” Johann pushed ahead, and Clover was very successfully listed on the JSE 7 years ago.

After achieving what seemed to be impossible, Johann had to change a 109-year-old organisation into a profit making commercial company. Not only was the culture against him, the entire staff opposed the change and mindsets needed to be changed, and Johann had to persevere with introducing his entrepreneurial skills in to the organisation, which was a mammoth task – i.e. converting the culture from managing costs to generate profits by investing behind profitable brands and products, and using technology to support the business.

For all his efforts, Johann won the EY World Entrepreneur Award for Southern Africa 2015 for the Master Category and represented South Africa at the EY World Entrepreneur Award in Monte Carlo in June 2016.
Johann has recently introduced another restructuring of the Clover Group in order to make it a truly FMCG Business away from commodities and the cyclicality that it brings. An accolade of the most Reputable Company in South Africa three years in a row says a lot about the integrity Johann demands from the business.

John Purchase

Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) of South Africa CEO

John is currently CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) of South Africa, having been appointed to the position in 2007. Prior to taking up the position with Agbiz, he was the CEO of Grain South Africa. Dr Purchase started his professional career as a scientist in South Africa’s Agricultural Research Council (ARC). In effect he served the ARC for 22 years in various research and managerial positions.

John was appointed to the Board of the Land & Agricultural Bank of South Africa in July 2012, as well as appointed as Council Member to the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) by the South African Cabinet. John is the current chairman of the CEO Forum, a forum of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in which the CEO’s and MD’s of agribusinesses and organized agriculture meet with the Minister and senior executives of DAFF (government) to address the critical and strategic challenges facing the broader agricultural, forestry and fisheries industries of South Africa.
John was also appointed by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to serve on the Reference Group that provided direction and oversight in the development of DAFF’s Integrated Growth and Development Plan (IGDP) for the South African agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors, as well as currently serves on the AgriBEE Charter Council.

He serves on various Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) committees and NEDLAC task teams with regard to policy and legislation matters impacting on the agro-food industry, such as co-operatives legislation, consumer protection legislation (GM labelling), climate change and carbon tax policy, land reform policy and legislation, spatial planning and land use management legislation, expropriation legislation, et cetera.

Among other awards, he received the 2011 Alumnus of the Year award from the University of the Free State, as well as the 2012 South African Agriculturalist of the Year Award from the South African Agricultural Writers Association. In June 2013 he was also elected to the Board of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), following the IFAMA World Forum held in Atlanta, USA, in June 2013.

Bruno Olierhoek
Nestlé South Africa as the Managing Director and Chairman

Bruno Olierhoek joined Nestlé South Africa as the Managing Director and Chairman for the East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) in August 2018, a region comprising of 23 countries.

Prior to assuming his current position, Bruno was the CEO of Nestlé Pakistan, a position he held from July 2015 until the appointment to his current position. In Pakistan, he was also President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry, representing 191 international companies from 35 countries, covering 14 sectors of the economy with assets of $83 billion.

Bruno has worked as an international executive within Nestlé for more than 20 years serving in different and diverse markets such as Asia, Europe and Africa. He joined the company in Indonesia in 1995 as a management trainee.

He has diverse cross-functional experience and has successfully led a business turnaround, established new startups and engaged in global business strategy developments.

Bruno’s achievements include leading the Nestlé Pakistan business to cross the milestone of delivering annual sales of over CHF 1 Billion in 2016. He aggressively drove the digital transformation of the market, to leave Nestlé Pakistan achieving more online sales than any other FMCG company in Pakistan today.

Throughout his career, Bruno has championed Creating Shared Value (CSV) initiatives to strengthen the business and build trust. During his time in CWAR, he focused on improving the safety and health standards in Nestlé’s Central African operations, which led to Nestlé becoming the founding member of ‘Safe Way, Right Way,’ which promotes road safety. He also spearheaded a ‘Malaria Eradication Campaign’ which won the Global Nestlé, ‘Health by Choice’ award.

Bruno is a graduate of the European Business Programme (BBA, Hogeschool Rotterdam and Ecole Supérieure de Bordeaux). He is a dual Dutch and French national. He is married with three children.

Tony Da FonsecaOBC Group Pty Ltd – CEO

Tony started his working life at a locally-owned advertising agency. He rose from humble beginnings to managing director within a few short years and was instrumental in negotiating a merger with global communication giant DDB. This brought with it access to global brands and before long, Tony managed to steer DDB SA into the coveted Top 20 bracket of South African agencies.

In 2008, Tony was offered the role of managing director by one of the agency’s clients, OBC Chicken. The lure of making his mark in the complex emerging mass market while revitalising a somewhat tired brand at the same time proved irresistible.
After assuming his new position in 2008, Tony negotiated the sale of the company to a financially strong shareholder with great synergies. He then set about revamping the company from the bottom up.

Free of financial constraints, Tony built the OBC Group into the fastest-growing player in its sector, with over 50 stores trading profitably. Most of the OBC Chicken stores are franchised and store count will increase to 80+ by the year 2020.
Tony is passionate about franchising and keen to give back to the industry. He joined FASA’s Board of Directors in 2012, served as its chairman for two terms during 2018 and 2019 and currently holds the office of Immediate Past Chair.

Under Tony’s leadership, an independent panel of judges named the OBC Group FASA Franchisor of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Moreover, the South African Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (SAPCC) named OBC Large Business of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and Best Franchise in 2018.

His busy schedule notwithstanding, Tony also serves as a director of the Consumer Goods Council of SA and of the SAPCC. He lives in Johannesburg, is happily married and has two teenage sons. He is a keen cyclist and also contributes to deserving charitable causes.

Patricia Pillay

Executive: Sustainability, Legal & Regulatory – CGCSA

She is an Attorney of High Court of South Africa and also has a Management Advancement Program (MAP) from Wits Business School. She is also a certified part time commissioner at the CCMA managing conciliations and arbitrations. Patricia and is currently writing her board exam with the Chartered Secretaries Institute of SA

Her current role at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa is Executive Legal & Regulatory and she has held the position since April 2010. Her portfolio extends to developing a strategy for CGCSA ensuring that the priorities identified by members of CGCSA are delivered on.

In her role, Patricia also interacts with the following departments: DTI, DOH, DAFF, DEA, DOE, Treasury, Economic Development as well as Small Business Ministry), State Owned Enterprises (Eskom, Transnet). She also collaborates with various industry associations on various matters. Her achievements include setting up a Consumer Goods and Services Ombud, the first body in the country ruling against consumer goods business on any breach of the Consumer Protection Act. She is currently an alternate director on the CGSO board and has sat on the Advertising Standards Authority South Africa (ASA SA) interim board. She is also the vice chairperson of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP SA). Previously, she has sat on the boards of the Credit Ombud which regulates proper conduct of credit providers and the Wholesale & Retail Seta (W&R SETA), the custodian and training authority promoting skills development.

Patricia is passionate about the FMCG industry enjoying its dynamic and robust nature. It allows room for creativeness and innovation of product to meet consumer demands. The industry is also committed to making a difference in the communities they operate in and to consumers they sell to.


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