May 31,2018 / News / Johannesburg Seminar

Doing business in Africa is associated with diverse challenges and risks and must accordingly be founded on a strong legal base.
Werksmans is a founding member of the LEX Africa Alliance and together with its colleagues from LEX Africa member firms in Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, we will provide an update on various hot topics and legal issues in Africa. Join us for an interactive discussion on Africa at Werksmans Attorneys.




Pieter Steyn, Werksmans Director and Chairperson of LEX Africa.

  • KEY-NOTE ADDRESS (09:35-10:00)

Dianna Games – CEO of Africa@Work, Executive Director of the South Africa-Nigeria Business Chamber and regular columnist on African affairs for the Business Day Newspaper

General Trends in African Business

  • PANEL 1 DISCUSSION (10:00 – 11:15)

Developments and outlook for Mining in Africa in 2018
The panel will discuss regulatory issues and challenges in key African mining jurisdictions, the sustainability of the recent recovery in the sector and opportunities and incentives for investment.

  • PANEL 2 DISCUSSION (11:30 – 12:45)

Recent developments, opportunities, incentives and challenges in African trade, investment and business.
The panel will discuss the main African regions and sectors with growth and investment opportunities and focus on key recent developments which affect the risks and challenges of investing and doing business in those regions/sectors.

  • PANEL 3 DISCUSSION (14:00 – 15:15)

Significant African competition law developments
Angola, Botswana and Nigeria have recently introduced new competition laws and the East African Community’s regional authority has become operational. The panel will focus on the latest developments and the new risks and implications of these developments.

  • PANEL 4 DISCUSSION (15:30 – 16:45)

South Africa’s Trade, Investment and Business Relations in Africa
The panel will discuss the status and outlook for South African trade and investment in other African countries including key sectors of interest and whether South Africa is a “Gateway to Africa”.

  • NETWORKING AND COCKTAILS (17:00 – 19:00) 

Key note address by Justice Kapanda of the Malawian Supreme Court of Appeal