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10-part business webinar series

With many small to medium-sized businesses under severe threat of closure as a result of the lockdown restrictions, what measures can you adopt to make sure your business survives and thrives during COVID-19 and beyond?

As investment managers witnessing the financial impact of the pandemic on so many businesses, we are focused on providing you with access to informative business content to help guide you through the challenging landscape.

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The series will present a blueprint of strategies you can adopt to boost your business’s longevity and agility during this period of uncertainty. The Survive and thrive webinar series is brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund.

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As operations resume, businesses will be focused on implementing the turnaround strategies required to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Reignite your business potential with video recordings from our series and other business-related webinars and insights.

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Safeguarding your business brand during uncertainty

by Saleem Sonday on 17 September 2020

In the sixth of 10 webinars in the Survive and thrive series, brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund, we explore what a brand is and how businesses can protect and grow their brands during times of uncertainty and beyond.

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Keeping future fit through uncertain times

by Saleem Sonday on 04 September 2020

In the fifth of 10 webinars in the Survive and thrive series, brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund, we explore the leadership qualities required to sustain and grow your business through extreme uncertainty. 

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A business playbook for remaining people positive through COVID-19

by Saleem Sonday on 19 August 2020

In the fourth of 10 webinars in the Survive and thrive series, brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund, we delve into strategies leaders can adopt to keep their people engaged, and feeling connected as the world of work evolves. 

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Leveraging innovation and technology for a strong recovery

by Saleem Sonday on 06 August 2020

In the third of 10 webinars in the Survive and thrive series, brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund, we explore how to leverage technology and innovation to enhance your business value proposition during COVID-19 and beyond.

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Financing your business beyond relief funding

by Saleem Sonday on 23 July 2020

In the second of 10 webinars in the Survive and thrive series, brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund, we delve into financing your business beyond relief funding and explore alternative ways to generate funding for your enterprise.

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Fight or flight – deciding on the next steps for your business

by Saleem Sonday on 26 June 2020

In the first of 10 webinars in the Survive and thrive series, brought to you by the Allan Gray Umbrella Retirement Fund, you discover what steps to consider taking to help your business prosper in a post COVID-19 world.

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Resilience and reinvention: The business currency for COVID-19

by Saleem Sonday on 06 April 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small and big businesses will undoubtedly linger for months to come. And while the uncertainty is daunting, an opportunity emerges for businesses to rethink the way they operate.

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2 October 2020, 10:00

Webinar 7: COVID winners – Lessons from thriving businesses

Join host, Andile Khumalo, in conversation with beauty industry disruptor, Mathebe Molise, co-founder of Beauty on TApp, Montegray Capital founder and CEO, Michael Jordaan, and Cashbuild CEO, Werner de Jager.


Mathebe Molise

Mathebe is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and founder of the mobile beauty service provider app, Beauty on TApp. Having grown from an app that offers exposure to small business owners, the platform now boasts an online retail shop, which provides users with a central point to access the natural hair and beauty products listed on the app.


Michael Jordaan

Michael is the founder and CEO of private investment company, Montegray Capital. He plays a strategic role in 21 start-up investments, including the mobile network disruptor, Rain. Michael is also the co-founder and chairman of soon-to-be-launched digital-only bank, Bank Zero.


Werner de Jager

Werner is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and CEO of listed buildings material retailer, Cashbuild. He spent 11 years at PwC in the consumer and industrial products and services division, with a focus on retail. He is also a member of the board of the Global Home Improvement Network.

16 October 2020, 10:00

Webinar 8: Finding the right equity partner for your business

Join host, Andile Khumalo, in conversation with Donald Valoyi, founder of the personal shopper app Zulzi, Manuel Koser, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of investment firm, Silvertree Holdings and SweepSouth co-founder, Aisha Pandor.


Aisha Pandor

Aisha is the co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, Africa’s first online booking, management and payment platform for home cleaning. The Silicon Valley venture-backed business has connected over 20 000 previously unemployed or underemployed domestic workers to work opportunities since its inception.


Manuel Koser

Manuel is the founding partner of Silvertree Holdings, a fast-growing business builder and seed investor. He co-founded Zando and served as co-CEO; and is also a co-founder of Jumia in Nigeria. He has worked as a Vice President for Corporate Development and Investments for the Altira Group in Frankfurt.


Donald Valoyi

Donald is the co-founder and CEO of Zulzi, an award-winning on-demand mobile grocery delivery platform. Zulzi processes over 2000 orders per day and recently secured a R30 million capital investment from a JSE-listed company to expand the business. Zulzi is also a technology partner for Checkers and responsible for the successful implementation of the retailer’s grocery delivery service, Sixty60 App.

30 October 2020, 10:00

Webinar 9: COVID-19 – The macroeconomic risks impacting your business

Join host, Andile Khumalo, in conversation with economic strategist, Thabi Leoka and Allan Gray economist, Sandy McGregor.


Thabi Leoka

Thabi is an economist who has worked for various organisations in the financial sector. She is a non-executive director of MTN SA, Small Business Institute and ACT-Afrique. She is also on the advisory board of Deloitte SA. Thabi was recently appointed to the Public Investment Corporation Commission of Inquiry by President Cyril Ramaphosa.


Sandy McGregor

Sandy joined Allan Gray as an investment analyst and economist in October 1991. Previously, he was employed by Gold Fields of South Africa Limited in a variety of management positions for 22 years. He was a director of Allan Gray Limited from 1997 to 2006.

12 November 2020, 10:00

Webinar 10: Positioning your business for success

Join host, Andile Khumalo, former Investec CEO, Stephen Koseff, Natasha Sideris, founder and CEO of The Tashas Group, and Ralph Mupita, president and CEO of the MTN Group, as they discuss strategies for setting your business up for success beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.


Natasha Sideris

Natasha is the CEO and founder of The Tashas Group. She opened her first restaurant in 2005 and today, there are 17 Tashas located in South Africa and another five in the UAE. Following on the success of the franchise, Natasha created three other restaurant concepts – Avli by tashas, Flamingo Room by tashas and Galaxy Bar.


Stephen Koseff

Stephen is the former CEO of the Investec Group. He is currently the chairman of BidCorp Ltd and co-chair of the Youth Employment Service (YES). In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree by the University of the Witwatersrand. Stephen is also a non-executive director of the Investec Australia Property Fund.


Ralph Mupita

Ralph is currently the group president and CEO of the MTN Group, having joined the company in 2017 as CFO, following a stint as CEO of Old Mutual Emerging Markets. He has been instrumental in stabilising the MTN Group’s financial performance, and was named CFO of the Year in 2019.

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Visit our resources page to access additional information and guides to help your business survive and thrive in a post-COVID world.


A survival checklist
for your enterprise

Santa Clara University

The Guidebook

John Sanei

Beyond COVID-19
What will define
the "new normal"

Design thinking for sales
10 key principles

Selling as your customers are changing

Rapelang Rabana

3 ways businesses can find growth opportunities during the crisis

Knowledge @Wharton

Innovation in a crisis:
Why it is more critical than ever

McKinsey & Company

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