The fifth BizNews Conference (BNC#5) will be held from February 28 to March 2 at the Champagne Sports resort in the Central Drakensberg (four hour drive from Jhb; two hours from Durban). You can secure your spot by filling in the form at the bottom of this page. 

The format is highly interactive with each presentation comprising of a 20 minute keynote from the podium; a 20 minute interview with BizNews founder Alec Hogg; and a 20 minute Q&A with the audience. Speakers participate as delegates so are also available for casual interaction with other participants.

BNC#5 starts at 6pm on Tuesday, 28 February and ends with checkout on Friday 3 March. The all-in cost of food, accommodation, leisure activities and the conference itself is R 8 558 for singles and R14 404 for couples sharing.

Here’s the lineup of BNC#5’s keynote speakers:

Tuesday 28 Feb:

6:00pm – Michael Charton and his famous presentation on how SA has been shaped by its history with “My Father’s Coat”

8:30pm – Nightcap: Meet Simon Lincoln Reader, BizNews’s popular satirist who is based in London

Wednesday 1 March:

6:30am – Introduction to Rebounding with Lisa Raleigh (optional of course)

8:00am – Opening address by Dr Aseem Malhotra, British cardiologist, author, iconoclast, outspoken critic of Big Pharma corruption and original proponent of LCHF diet. In the words of Prof Tim Noakes, having Dr Malhotra with us is “An opportunty for Africa and the world – NOT TO BE MISSED.”      

9:00am – Gayton McKenzie, Co-founder and President of the Patriotic Alliance on the turbulence in Political Coalitions 

10:00am – Herman Mashaba, Founder and leader of Action SA on Election 2024 and what happens afterwards 

Afternoon – networking and/or leisure activities (golf, mountain biking, hiking, bowls, tennis, SPA treatments)

8:30pm – Nightcap: Meet Helen Zille, Federal Chair of the Democratic Alliance

Thursday, 2 March:

6:30am – Introduction to Rebounding with Lisa Raleigh

8:00am – Prof Tim Noakes, on Covid-19 and a whole lot more – his first public address in many years.

9:00am – Fasie Malherbe, UK-based serial entrepreneur whose latest venture is a global best selling Institial Fasting App 

10:30am – Magnus Heystek, founder and head of research at Brenthust Wealth

11:30am – Stafford Masie, tech entrepreneur on Bitcoin 2.0 and the rise of Artificial Intelligence.  

1:30pm: Bernard Swanepoel, SA mining doyen, entrepreneur and commentator – Eskom, energy, the mining sector and SA’s future 

2:30pm: Piet Viljoen, founder of Re:CM, portfolio manager at Counterpoint

3:00pm Cy Jacobs, co-founder of 36ONE 

3:30pm: Sean Peche, founder of Ranmore Funds 

4:00pm: Panel discussion with Piet, Cy and Sean

We look forward to seeing you in the Berg. In addition to the 152 hotel rooms at Champagne Sports Resort, we have also managed to secure chalets on the property. If you prefer that option, please let the team know in your inquiry. There is also an airfield opposite the resort with capacity to house a dozen planes.   

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