BLSA CEO Busisiwe Mavuso on how the private sector can solve South Africa’s political challenges

12 min

In this Smart Money with Alishia Seckam interview, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso details South Africa’s current business landscape and how political challenges are a constant hurdle for the private sector.

Mavuso is a Chartered Accountant with a postgraduate qualification in Business Management from GIBS and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from UNISA’s School of Business Leadership.

In this interview, Mavuso begins by discussing her journey to becoming the BLSA CEO and explaining what her role entails.

She then unpacks how populist agendas ahead of the 2024 elections threaten the South African business landscape through unacceptable policy proposals.

Mavuso also emphasises the importance of collaboration within the business community to push back against what she describes as a “broken” system.

She also discusses her dream for South Africa and its return to being the “gateway” to the African continent for international investment.

According to Mavuso, this is critical as South Africa doesn’t have enough local savings to escape its economic rut.