​​​​​​​Economic ramifications of COVID-19
Learnings from the past for business survival

30 June from 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

About The Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably changed our world in a matter of weeks with devastating blow to the global economy. New report says the coronavirus pandemic could last for two years and may not subside until 70% of the population has immunity. As such, the unpredictable effects of the coronavirus will continue to present new challenges for businesses and investors to adapt to the new normal.

However, armed with the right knowledge, the aftermath could turn into opportunities for the international market and businesses. This is the critical window of reset opportunity for South Africa to rebuild if the correct decisions and measures are taken now. Otherwise, the country will accelerate to a slow collapse.

​​​​​​​The Mail and Guardian (M&G)  and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) present a series of webinars on “Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic” to ensure the economy and businesses survive the crisis and thrive beyond. The first webisode discusses the ramifications of the pandemic and how businesses can learn from the past.

​​​​​​​Discussion at live webinar include:

  • Can we draw parallels to the past plagues and diseases such as the 1918 Spanish flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), H1N1 swine flu, Ebola and what are the experiences in dealing with the threats to the economy then?

  • 1929 Great Depression, 1973 Oil Crisis, 1987 Black Monday, 1997 Asian financial crisis, 2007 financial crisis, 2009 Great Recession are just some of the many crises that have decimated economies before. Can history reveal what kind of world will emerge after market recoveries? What were the impacts on the organisation's people, assets, reputation and stakeholders? What may we learn from historical financial crises to mitigate COVID-19 challenges? 

  • What are the essential roles of government, private sector and the resilience approach to dealing with COVID-19 and beyond?

  • Will the turnaround of SOEs create upside foreign investment opportunities?

  • How can JSE  ensure an integrated approach to contingency plans to safeguard integrity, continuity and uninterrupted access to the capital markets?

  • What are the organisational improvement opportunities to create business value and emerge stronger?

  • Capital markets outlook post COVID-19 - rebuilding the economy with new technologies, creative partnerships and digital accessibility

  • Dr Leila Fourie

     Group CEO, Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

    With over 25 years of international experience, primarily in financial services, Leila Fourie has served on multiple boards and held senior roles in banking, capital markets and payments.


    Dr Fourie was appointed as CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange effective 1 October 2019. Previously, Dr Fourie served as Executive responsible for Consumer Finance at Australia’s largest bank, The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and also served as the NSW Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia and on the Board Audit Committee of Lifeline Australia. Prior to this role, she held the role of CEO of the Australian Payments Network.


    Before moving to Australia, Dr Fourie served on the Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as Executive Director. Dr Fourie previously worked for one of South Africa’s largest banks, Standard Bank as Card Division Managing Director. During this time, she served as Chairman on the board of Diners Club and Board Member on Discover’s Chicago-based Diners Club International Advisory board. Leila started in Standard Bank’s Investment Bank as Global Director Credit analytics, capital and portfolio management for SA, UK, Hong Kong, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.


    Leila has a PhD in Economic and Financial Sciences and won the Economic Society South Africa Founders’ award in 2012 for best Masters Economics thesis in the country.

  • Goolam Ballim

    Chief Economist and Head of Research for the Standard Bank Group. Standard Bank Research comprises 53 analysts and 10 support staff, variously located in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, London and Beijing. Goolam and his team consistently earn accolades for macroeconomic, political, sectoral and financial markets research. The team has been rated the Best Research House in South Africa for the past 4 years in the coveted Financial Mail Ranking the Analysts survey. Goolam’s interest spans politics, the macroeconomy and financial markets, and he regularly engages in public dialogue on national and continental issues across the globe.

  • Prof Johan Fourie

    Associate Professor of Economics and History at Stellenbosch University where he coordinates the Laboratory for the Economics of Africa’s Past (LEAP) and the Biography of an Uncharted People project. Fourie studied economics and then completed a PhD in Economic History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, studying the wealth of the eighteenth century Cape Colony. His research focus has since shifted to the economic and social history of South Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Fourie is a founder of the African Economic History Network, a former editor of Economic History of Developing Regions and current president of the Economic History Society of Southern Africa.

  • Michael Avery

    Financial journalist and broadcaster with over a decade’s experience covering financial markets. First, with the late veteran financial columnist and publisher David Gleason, and most recently his daily business show, Classic Business, broadcast on Classic 1027 in Gauteng and Fine Music Radio in the Western Cape. He is also the presenter for Business Day TV.

    ​​​​​​​Michael edits the country’s premier private equity publication, Catalyst, and was the driving force behind the country’s first ever Water-Energy-Food nexus event, the SA Water, Energy & Food Forum (SAWEF). He holds a B.A. Journalism from the University of Johannesburg.

  • About Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

    ​​​​​​​The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has a well-established history operating as a marketplace for trading financial products. It is a pioneering, globally connected exchange group that enables inclusive economic growth through trusted, world class, socially responsible products and services for the investor of the future. It offers secure and efficient primary and secondary capital markets across a diverse range of securities, spanning equities, derivatives and debt markets. It prides itself as being the market of choice for local and international investors looking to gain exposure to leading capital markets on the African continent. The JSE is currently ranked in the Top 20 largest stock exchanges in the world by market capitalisation, and is the largest stock exchange in Africa, having been in operation for 130 years.


    As a leading global exchange, the JSE co-creates, unlocks value & makes real connections happen.

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