When Covid-19 arrived on Africa’s shores officially in February 2020 more than half (51%) of companies around the world had no business continuity plan to combat the pandemic. As a result, the outbreak highlighted gaps and inequalities across economic policies, affordable quality healthcare and digital transformation. Due to the impact of Covid-19 on employees, the role of HR was propelled to the forefront to help companies navigate the triple threat crisis.


In light of the situation, companies across various industries focused on employee health, safety and wellbeing, flexible working arrangements and skilling of employees. Will companies in Africa build on these critical strategies and actions that have redefined the world of work in 2020? What will HR leaders consider as they reinvent their businesses for growth with confidence?

5 Cities

5 Topics

  • Reinvent for economic growth

    As the health crisis hit Africa and its global counterparts, countries experienced significant economic pressure. Major economies introduced stimulus packages and other strategies to mitigate labour market risks, economic rebound and overall Covid-19 impact. Despite these challenges, Africa offers economic growth opportunities to diversify investments into ICT, financial services, tourism and agriculture among others. How can countries unlock economic potential and reinvent for growth in 2021?

  • How is Africa flexing?

    A recent Mercer survey shows that 76% of companies in Africa are considering implementing flexible working at a greater scale than prior to the pandemic with 48% updating their existing policy while 28% are creating a new one. HR leaders believe flexible working increases productivity and engagement levels, as well as enhances their EVP. What should companies consider to ensure an effective flexible programme?

  • Right-skilling Africa for the future

  • Cultivate a healthier workforce

    Considering the long-term effects of Covid-19 on mental and physical health beyond the pandemic, it is no wonder that 68% of companies in Africa revealed that their Health and Benefits strategy has moved up in the list of priorities. To enhance support, 70% of companies reported that they have implemented psychological counseling to help employees manage stress and anxiety. What other areas of focus are essential to improving quality of life for employees in Africa?

  • How can Africa prepare for the next?

Who should attend?


  • CEOs, CHROs and C-Suite executives leading teams
  • Talent Management Leads
  • Rewards, Compensation and Benefits Leads
  • Heads of Human Resources and HR Business Partners
  • Any other senior HR professional 


Join our line-up of local and industry experts with experience across various African markets. 

Lesiba Mothata
ACMA, CGMA - Head: Strategic Clients, Alexander Forbes
Dr Njeri Mwagiru
Senior Futurist: Africa Institute For Futures Research (IFR) Stellenbosch University South Africa
  • Mercer Speakers

    • Carla Daniels – Head: Career Consulting, Mercer
    • Dirk Joubert – Senior Consultant: Career Products, Mercer
    • Makhosazana Hadebe – Associate Consultant: Career Products
    • Nick Zaranyika – Head: Business Development: Pan African Solution & MMB Leader: West Africa
    • Orlando De Sousa – Associate Consultant: Career Products, Mercer
    • Reche Naidoo – Associate Consultant: Career Consulting, Mercer
    • Que Rabolele – Senior Consultant: Career Products, Mercer
    •  Stevens Kawoubouga – Senior Consultant: Career Products, Mercer
    • Thethe Ntumba – Associate Consultant: Career Products, Mercer
    • Vuyisa Sikunyana – Associate Consultant: Career Products, Mercer
  • Agenda

    09:00 – 09:10 Welcome 
    09:10 – 09:40 Reinvent for economic growth  
    09:40 – 10:15  How is Africa flexing? 
    10:15 – 10:45 Right-skilling Africa for the future
    10:45 – 11:15 Cultivate a healthier workforce
    11:15 -11:45 How can Africa prepare for the next?
    11:45 – 12:00  Q&A and Closing
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