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25 April 2017 Media Release

25 April 2017 Media Release

The People’s Economic Forum Launches on Freedom Day in Durban

The People’s Economic Forum is set to take place at the Durban University of Technology, Steve Biko Campus, and other venues in Durban, South Africa from the 27th April to 3rd May 2017.

The purpose of The People’s Economic Forum – supported by Oxfam South Africa and the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) – is to create a free, inclusive, people-friendly space for people to learn and share information and solutions for economic and financial inclusion, empowerment and transformation. The People’s Economic Forum offers people-centred events, including local and international speakers, workshops, films and creative activism, which are free for everyone to attend.

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People’s Economic Forum an ‘Antidote’ to Elitism

People’s Economic Forum an ‘Antidote’ to Elitism

An article by Arthi Gopi (IOL)

DURBAN – WHAT is junk status, why should we be worried about ratings agencies, and what does radical economic transformation mean?

The People’s Economic Forum aims to make the worlds of business, finance and economics easier to understand in a “festival of learning” to be held from April 27 to May 3, ahead of the World Economic Forum Africa in Durban from May 3 to 5.

“It is where people can ask questions about how world economics affects them. Today, words such as junk status and radical economic transformation are common parlance, but not many of us know how it affects us, and why we should be concerned.

“The forum creates the space to explore these concepts and learn,” said Nisha Rajah Naidoo, a committee member.

 The forum, which takes place in various venues in the city, will comprise local and international speakers, workshops, films and creative activism.

Films will form a key part, and Naidoo said these include international Emmy award-winning director Rehad Desai’s The Giant is Falling, which will premiere in Durban at the forum, Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu (SA) and Love Story (US) by Michael Moore.

Honorary University of KwaZulu-Natal political economics professor, Patrick Bond, also part of the committee, said the forum was the “antidote” to elitist control.

“We will explore why the world’s problems will not be solved by the elite,” he said.

South Durban environmental campaigner Des D’Sa said people needed to be part of the change, and that began with understanding the issues facing the world.

“There is a crisis out there and we need to act. Information will help us achieve that. Big business is profiting because we don’t take a stand. In this way the forum will educate and inform, and stimulate debate on these issues,” said D’Sa.

 

An article by Arthi Gopi (IOL)

Protests rise against World Economic Forum’s implausible ‘Africa Keeps Rising’ meme

Protests rise against World Economic Forum’s implausible ‘Africa Keeps Rising’ meme

This article by Patrick Bond first appeared in PAMBAZUKA NEWS

From May 11-13, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda, reinforced extractive-industry and high-tech myths. The gathering unveiled the 1%’s elite’s exuberant imagination and its lack of exposure to the continent’s harsh economic realities. As an antidote, grassroots protesters all over Africa are questioning the logic of export-led ‘growth’ and renewed fiscal austerity, instead demanding that policies meet their basic needs.

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Business leadership SA finally wakes up

Business leadership SA finally wakes up

After taking out a full-page ad in the Sunday Times calling on ANC members to vote with their conscience, Business Leadership South Africa, representing many large South African corporates, seems to have finally found its voice. It has also demanded a meeting with President Jacob Zuma to discuss the irrevocable breakdown of trust between Business Inc. SA and the government.

Unfortunately, discussions about relationships are a bit like marriage counselling – lots of talking, cajoling and promises. But unless there is a real willingness by both parties to change and meet each other halfway, not much will be achieved. In fact, over 50% of marriages end in a divorce despite the availability of counselling. 

In this instance, given the removal of Pravin Gordhan, the essential FICA Bill not being signed, and the new-found narratives about nationalisation, radical economic transformation, White Monopoly Capital and land appropriation, I think it is safe to assume that marriage counselling has failed. In fact, the breakdown cuts deeper. One party has called the other party’s bluff. Moreover, the president of South Africa has called the whole of South Africa’s bluff. Hence, to maintain this relationship on an even keel, one needs to respond in kind. 

What can BLSA bring to the table? First and foremost, it must be remembered that the business sector provides employment for 13.5-million or 86% of the country’s working population and pays the bulk of the taxes. That makes it a powerful force if it stands united. 

It can use that power to take a number of legal steps without resorting to actions which could be challenged in court. Let’s think of some. 

•    Business can withhold capital. I don’t mean not paying taxes. I mean asset managers refusing to invest in any future bonds issued by either the government or state-owned enterprises. In the case of SOEs, all funding should be withheld until proper boards of directors, with no political affiliations but with relevant commercial experience, are appointed to run these in a financially responsible manner. All SOEs should be subject to audits performed on a pro bono basis by the big four audit firms, including audits of finances, tender processes and risk management frameworks. These audits should be made available to the newly constituted boards of directors. 
   
•    Business can call on the international investment community to stop propping up the South African government until corruption has been rooted out and proper governance has been restored. This is as simple as making some phone calls to large international asset managers. 
   
•    The rand and the bond market clearly reflect the fact that international investors are unaware of the political risks facing South Africa. They assume that mass demonstrations are a sign of change, like they are in Brazil. They are not. Unfortunately, we are at the beginning of our journey towards change, not at its end. Business can make international investors aware of that. 
   
•    BLSA companies should allow their staff to protest without deducting the time off from their leave. I am not going to shame some large corporates which asked staff to take leave in previous demonstrations. But a time for shame may come. 
   
•    Private businesses can refuse to tender for government projects. They can also terminate all projects currently managed for the government and the SOEs. 
   
•    BLSA can freeze all hiring until changes are implemented. This should wake up more complacent people, as well as the student body. They have already shown us that they have immense power to mobilise. 
   
•    BLSA can donate large sums of money to civil society organisations, trade unions and to all opposition parties to strengthen their campaigns for change. It can also mobilise the general population to do the same. In the battle of wallets, South Africans will ultimately win. 
   
•    BLSA can spend money on massive advertising campaigns to educate the general population about the true cost of destructive economic narratives and policies. 
   
•    More plain English adverts appealing to the morality of ANC MPs can be taken out, including assurances that anyone punished for speaking their mind and standing up for the electorate will be absorbed by the private sector. 
   
•    BLSA can help fund legal cases currently on the go in various courts to bring those involved in corrupt practices to justice sooner. 
   
•    BLSA can bring its own civil cases against anyone who, through their actions, destroys shareholder value. It would not be difficult to prove what caused credit rating downgrades and how much shareholders and, for that matter, members of retirement funds and investors in unit trusts have suffered in financial damages as a consequence. 
   
•    BLSA can lobby international governments to exert diplomatic pressure on the South African government to induce change. 

The list carries on and on. None of the above steps would be illegal. None are threats. They are merely a response to the government’s recent actions and narratives. Once all the options are out in the open, you can start true negotiations and ultimate healing. 

However, the truth is that unless South Africa stands united, and this includes all ANC members who believe in a moral, just and free South Africa, we will achieve little but more marriage counselling. And finally, sadly, a divorce down the road. But not before both parties destroy each other, and the country, in the process.

 

This article by Magda Wierzycka first appeared in the Daily Maverick

REQUESTS FOR QUOTES TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THE PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC FORUM

REQUESTS FOR QUOTES TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THE PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC FORUM

 

  QUOTE 1
B. PEF PROGRAMME AND EVENT PRODUCTION
  FILM PROGRAMME – 26 APRIL-1 MAY COST UNITS AMOUNT
1.  

1.       PROGRAMME DELIVERY

2.       MANAGE DELIVERY OF FILM SCREENINGS

3.       MANAGE FILM SCREENINGS SCHEDULES

4.       PROVIDE AND MANAGE ALL REQUIRED AV AND TECH

5.       SECURE FILM DISCUSSION FACILITATORS

6.       FACILITATE FILM DISCUSSIONS

(YOU WILL NOT NEED TO SECURE THE FILMS)

10-15 SCREENINGS 15 000
SPEAKER PROGRAMME
 

1.       MANAGE DELIVERY OF SPEAKER PROGRAMME

2.       MANAGE SPEAKER SCHEDULES

3.       ASSIST SPEAKERS WITH PRESENTATIONS

4.       ASSIST SPEAKERS WITH AV AND TECH

5.       PROVIDE AND MANAGE ALL NECESSARY AV AND TECH EQUIPMENT, FACILITIES AND SERVICES

6.       FACILITATE DISCUSSIONS

7.       AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGEMENT

(YOU WILL NOT NEED TO IDENTIFY OR SECURE SPEAKERS)

5-10 SPEAKERS
2. CREATIVE ACTIVISM PROGRAMME-27 APRIL-1 MAY 2017
1.       DEVELOP CREATIVE ACTIVISM PROGAMME

2.       IDENTIFY AND SECURE CREATIVE ACTIVISTS

3.       SCHEDULE ACTIVIST PROGRAMME

4.       MANAGE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF CREATIVE ACTIVISM EVENTS

5.       PROVIDE ALL AV AND TECH EQUIPMENT AND TRANSPORT

6.       PAY ALL FEES AND RELATED COSTS

7.       IDENTIFY AND SECURE VENUES

8.       LIAISE WITH VENUE OWNERS FOR PERMISSION

9.       ENSURE ALL VENUE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS ARE MET

10.    LEAVE VENUES CLEAN AND NEAT

11.    MANAGE ALL COMMUNOCATION WITH VENUE/LOCATION OWNERS

12.    AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT AND ENGAGEMENT

 

5 EVENTS 15 000
3. VENUE AND TECH MANAGEMENT 25 APRIL-4 MAY 2017      
1.       MANAGE ALL VENUE BOOKINGS WITH DUT FACILITIES

2.       SECURE ADDITIONAL VENUES AS REQUIRED FROM DUT FACILITIES

3.       LIAISE WITH DUT SECURITY TO MANAGE SECURITY FOR EVENT AND ACCESS TO VENUES

4.       LIAISE WITH DUT AV DEPARTMENT TO SECURE AND MANAGE AV SERVICES

5.       PROVIDE AV AND TECH SUPPORT FOR ALL EVENTS IN ALL VENUES

6.       SECURE PERMISSION FOR BANNERS, POSTERS, TABLES AND CREATIVE ACTIVISM

7. LIAISE WITH ALL DUT DEPARTMENTS TO MEET ALL DUT RULES AND REQUIREMENTS AND ENSURE SERVICES AND FACILITIES

10 DAYS 10 000
4. EVENT PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS- 26 APRIL-3 MAY 2017      
1. VIDEOGRAPH EVENT ACTIVITIES

2. POST SHORT VIDEOS ON WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA IN REAL TIME

3. PRODUCE A 3 MINUTE EVENT HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

4. PRODUCE A 10 MINUTE EVENT VIDEO

5. PHOTOGRAPH EVENT ACTIVITIES

6. POST PHOTOGRAPHS ON WEBSITE IN REAL TIME

7. CREATE EVENT ARCHIVE

  7 DAYS 10 000
     
TOTAL      
      50 000 
   

NOTES TO REQUEST FOR QUOTES.

  1. QUOTES WILL BE EVALUATED ON-THIS IS A REQUEST FOR QUOTES TO POSSIBLY SECURE FUNDING FOR DELIVERY OF PEF SERVICES
  2. SHOULD YOUR QUOTE BE ACCEPTED, YOU WILL LIAISE WITH THE FUDNER DIRECTLY, BE CONTRACTED BY THE FUNDER DIRECTLY AND ENGAGE WITH THE FUNDER DIRECTLY AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING THEIR RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS.
  • VALUE FOR MONEY-WHAT IS BEING OFFERED
  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AND TRACK RECORD AND ABILITY TO DELIVER
  • CV AND EXPERIENCEOF DELIVERING TEAM
  1. PLEASE PROVIDE IN QUOTE
  1. Legal name, address, contact detail of person and company
  2. Name and ID number of person legally responsible for signing and delivering services to PEF for funder.
  3. Type of company and registration number for company/ID number for person/sole proprietor
  4. Financial Quote for services in template above.

Add costs, units, amount to the maximum budget allocated for each quote.

  1. 1 page track record of company and 2 references
  2. 1 page CVs of people who will deliver the services
  3. Anything else that is relevant to this quote.
  4. DEADLINE- IS 09:00 ON MONDAY 24 APRIL 2017.

 

This is a tight deadline to meet FUNDER’S procurement processes in time for the PEF.
It is expected that people will have previous experience of services and knowledge of costs in order to quote.

  1. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT FUNDING WILL BE SECURED. THAT IS UP TO THE FUNDER TO DECIDE.
  2. FOR ANY QUERIES EMAIL info4pef@gmail.com
  3. This is not a perfect process. This is the funder’s process that has to be followed under tight time constraints in order to try and get some funding for PEF.
  4. PLEASE DO NOT CYBER-BULLY, CYBER-ABUSE, CYBER-THREATEN, CYBER-TROLL, CYBER-THREATEN, CYBER- ATTACK. WE ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN WITH WHAT WE HAVE WITH NO FUNDING AND UNPAID VOLUNTEERS.

 

 

   
   
  QUOTE 2
  MARKETING AND MOBILISATION
1. PUBLICITY-RADIO, PRINT, TV,

ON-LINE CHANNELS

70 000
2. SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT – FACE BOOK AND TWITTER
3. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, MOBILISATION AND ACTIVATION
4. WEBSITE MANAGEMENT AND UPDATES
MOBILISING AND MARKETING MATERIALS
5. DESIGN, PRINT AND DISTRIBUTE MOBILISING AND MARKETING MATERIALS/FLYERS/DIGIFLYERS
6. DESIGN, PRINT AND DISTRIBUTE POSTERS/MARCH MATERIALS
7. DESIGN, PRINT AND HANG COLOUR BANNERS

2 X 5 METRES

8. DESIGN, PRINT AND DISTRIBUTE STICKERS
9. DESIGN, PRINT AND DELIVER T-SHIRTS
TOTAL
  70 000 

 

NOTES TO REQUEST FOR QUOTES.

  1. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR QUOTES TO POSSIBLY SECURE FUNDING FOR DELIVERY OF PEF SERVICES
  2. SHOULD YOUR QUOTE BE ACCEPTED, YOU WILL LIAISE WITH THE FUDNER DIRECTLY, BE CONTRACTED BY THE FUNDER DIRECTLY AND ENGAGE WITH THE FUNDER DIRECTLY AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING THEIR RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS.
  3. QUOTES WILL BE EVALUATED ON-
  • VALUE FOR MONEY-WHAT IS BEING OFFERED
  • PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AND TRACK RECORD AND ABILITY TO DELIVER
  • CV AND EXPERIENCEOF DELIVERING TEAM
  1. PLEASE PROVIDE IN QUOTE
  1. Legal name, address, contact detail of person and company
  2. Name and ID number of person legally responsible for signing and delivering services to PEF for funder.
  3. Type of company and registration number for company/ID number for person/sole proprietor
  4. Financial Quote for services in template above.

Add costs, units, amount to the maximum budget allocated for each quote.

  1. 1 page track record of company and 2 references
  2. 1 page CVs of people who will deliver the services
  3. Anything else that is relevant to this quote.
  4. DEADLINE-09:00 ON MONDAY 24 APRIL 2017.

This is a tight deadline to meet FUNDER’S procurement processes in time for the PEF. It is expected that people will have previous experience of services and knowledge of costs in order to quote.

  1. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT FUNDING WILL BE SECURED. THAT IS UP TO THE FUNDER TO DECIDE.
  2. FOR ANY QUERIES EMAIL info4pef@gmail.com
  3. This is not a perfect process. This is the funder’s process that has to be followed under tight time constraints in order to try and get some funding for PEF.
  4. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM CYBER-BULLY, CYBER-ABUSE, CYBER-THREATEN, CYBER-TROLL,, CYBER- ATTACK. WE ARE DOING THE BEST WE CAN WITH WHAT WE HAVE WITH NO FUNDING AND UNPAID VOLUNTEERS.