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GIBS Business School

Business and Government Relations

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About the course

Working more effectively with the public sector With influence on politics, macro-economics, policy, regulation, licensing, incentives, taxes and SOEs, few stakeholders are as important to business as the government. The quality of a company's relationship with government is now a key determinant of corporate value.

Yet, few executives are equipped to understand, manage, or improve this relationship effectively. Business-government relations can be greatly improved at all levels.

This programme provides executives and senior managers with the insight and tools to manage the government and public policy relationship constructively.

How you will benefit

At the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Understand the political and policy forces shaping the environment of business in South Africa today
  • Prepare a plan for your business to improve relationships with government
  • Analyse government stakeholders and activities on all levels
  • Engage strategically with the public policy process
  • Advocate and lobby effectively and ethically
  • Plan and structure stakeholder engagement and dialogue
  • Build a support network of other public affairs managers
  • Leave with case studies from senior business leaders and government officials

Key focus areas:

  • Understanding the political and policy outlook for business
  • Analysing role that government plays in your business
  • Mapping government stakeholders
  • Engaging with public policy processes
  • Working with policy, regulation, and licensing
  • Accessing state partnership opportunities
  • Stronger stakeholder management
  • Effective advocacy and regulatory lobbying
  • Turning your company into an active corporate citizen
  • Improving your company’s government and public sector relations

Who should attend

Senior and mid-level executives and advisors from CEOs' office, Strategy, Public Affairs, Government Relations, Public Policy and Advocacy, Stakeholder Management, Regulatory Affairs, Licensing, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Citizenship, and Communications.

Trust the experts

Yolisa Kani

Yolisa Kani is the Head of Public Policy Uber South Africa. In this role, Yolisa focuses on stakeholder management and strategic advice on policy matters. Yolisa has been with the Uber since April 2016 and previously worked in the government sector as a Transport Planner, responsible for the Wor...


Carol Paton

Carol Paton has worked as a political writer for the Business Day, Financial Mail and Sunday Times. She held the best job in SA journalism: Writer at Large on the business daily, Business Day where she was in the enviable position of having time and space to write on the big political and economi...


Tanya Cohen

Tanya Cohen is the CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). Tanya, known for representing business locally and internationally at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), joined BUSA on 1 January 2017. Since taking over the helm at BUSA, Tanya has led the development and implementation of t...


Khulekani Mathe

Khulekani Mathe is currently acting head of the National Planning Commission Secretariat in the Presidency. He joined the public service in 2007 as Senior Policy Analyst in the Policy Coordination and Advisory Services in the Presidency. He moved to the National Planning Commission Secretariat, a...


David Lewis

David Lewis is the executive director of Corruption Watch, a not-for-profit NGO dedicated to combating corruption. Lewis received his training in economics from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town. Between 1975 and 1990 he worked in the trade union movement, in what is now the S...


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