THE PROGRESSIVE BUSINESS FORUM
The PBF, as a programme of the ANC, is gearing to be the facilitator of best practice communication with Business and in doing so to ensure that the voice of business is heard and understood at the highest levels.
Unquestionably, business is recognised as the dynamo of the economy, its generation of jobs, opportunities and income is without parallel.
Recalling the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation Address delivered in February 2020 "because we chose to confront our challenges, our immediate and overarching task is to place our economy on a path of inclusive growth". These words serve as a powerful reminder of the vast opportunities which lay in store for our country, and that together we have the resources to overcome the challenges we know so well.
The PBF is in process of modernising, updating and streamlining its work processes to be a center of excellence and to be the reliable and trusted communication hub of business.
We invite you to join this programme of action at a time when resolve is needed most and when confidence is the means to ensure inclusive growth.
The Progressive Business Forum (PBF) is a programme of the ANC, mandated to promote and enhance liaison between Government, the ANC and Business. It functions under the auspices of the Office of the ANC Treasurer General.
In a fundamental sense, the PBF is the locus of the social compact with Business. It is rooted in the commitment of the ANC to uphold the covenant made by President Nelson Mandela, who, in his inaugural address on the 10th of May 1994, said "Today we enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity."
In the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020, "Let us frankly admit that the government cannot solve our economic challenges alone".
With these words, the President invites business to partner with the ANC government, united to confront the realities of the present day South Africa and to resolve them by "placing the economy on a path of inclusive growth".
It is with this common cause in mind, that I invite your attention to this website, to explore opportunities fundamental to business, from SMME's to corporates, as the engine of the economy and to engage at the highest level and have an impact for good.
I encourage all entrepreneurs, business representatives and people of South Africa to become part of the social compact with business, to resolve the challenges of our country together and to ensure that we harness our greatest strengths for the future we can achieve.
ANC Treasurer General
MINISTERIAL & POLITICAL BRIEFINGS
GALA DINNERS & BUSINESS SUMMITS
RESEARCH & ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
Helping to shape policy
Close to the pulse of policy-making
TRAINING & TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Growing your business
PARTICIPATION IN TRADE EXHIBITIONS
Showcasing products and services
PRODUCT PROMOTION & TRADE FACILITATION
Advertising & introductory services
INTERNATIONAL TRADE PROMOTION
PROGRESSIVE WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Addressing gender imbalance
Keeping subscribers informed
A free and introductory facility allowing a business or individual to receive publications and be offered opportunity to purchase seats at selected events.
A subscription for smaller SMME’s with one or two staff busy establishing itself offering invitations to ministerial briefings and business matchmaking opportunities.
A subscription for slightly larger smme’s 2 or more staff and with a slightly more established infrastructure requiring to establish contacts and a name for itself. Its subscription including all the benefits of the previous subscription level but also offering participation in international trade missions.
A subscription for a well-established SMME with 3 or more staff requiring to upskill staff and with the ability to expand opportunities abroad – striving to move up from being and SMME. Its subscription including all the benefits of the previous subscription level and including participation in round table discussions.
A corporate subscription for a well-established business with staff and several subsidiaries growing its name recognition and potential to reach out to decision makers. Its subscription including all the benefits of the previous subscription level and including invitations to engagements with the PBF Convenor and exclusive dinners with ANC leaders.
The most senior level of subscription for a business with well-established network of ancillary businesses and subsidiaries already well known among decision makers but who seek to nurture and enhance its position as a roleplayer . Its subscription including all the benefits of the previous subscription level and allowing increased numbers of subsidiary business participants at events and exclusive webinar invitations and engagements with the PBF Convenor.