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outh African business is gearing up toengage in the crucial internationalclimate change summit to be hosted bySouth Africa next month.A CEO Forum has been established as an inclusive,CEO-led platform to provide business leadersrepresenting a wide cross-section of industry sectorswith opportunities to help shape South Africa'sresponse to climate change issues in the lead upto the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) of theUnited Nations Framework Convention on ClimateChange (UNFCCC) taking place from 28 Novemberto 9 December 2011 in Durban. This forum will provide "high-level engagement andsupport on South Africa's climate change responsebetween captains of industry and key stakeholders,including national and international governments andbusiness", explains David Brown, CEO Forum co-chairman and chief executive officer of ImpalaPlatinum Holdings Limited. "The Forum will engage constructively and frankly with government representatives at both ministerial and director-general level to support theSouth African Government in hosting a successful COP17 and to provide the South African governmentwith input to enable it to make important decisionsrelating to both national climate change policies and South Africa's position as a developing nation inthe international climate change negotiations."The CEO Forum was initiated by Eskom and Sasol andhas the support of Business Unity South Africa,Business Leadership South Africa and the NationalBusiness Initiative. At an international level, the CEO Forum has strengthened its links through itscollaboration with the International Chamber ofCommerce and the World Business Council forSustainable Development.Representing leaders of innovative, proud SouthAfrican businesses, the CEO Forum is committed toengaging constructively with key stakeholders insupport of a climate change response that ensuresSouth Africa's transition to a lower carbon, resilienteconomy which will sustain economic growth andprosperity in the country and increase South Africa'scompetitiveness.David Constable, the chief executive officer of Sasol,who acts as co-chairman of the CEO Forum, explains:"Unprompted by any legislative requirements,Top Right: Team SA, theCEO Forum's drive touniting all South Africansbehind the climatechange challengeBelow: David Brown,CEO, Impala PlatinumHoldings, and Co-Chair ofthe CEO Forum (left);David Constable, CEO,Sasol, and Co-Chair ofthe CEO Forum; Brian A.Dames, CEO, EskomHoldings, and Co-Chair ofthe CEO Forum (far right)SA BUSINESS GEARS UPFOR COP17020SOUTH AFRICA SHOWCASETHE CEO FORUM S

business in South Africa is already proactivelyaddressing the climate change challenges throughenergy efficiency and other mitigation efforts, whichwill be showcased during COP17."The organisation recognises that South Africa needs toadapt to the changing climate in order to support itsdevelopment efforts and the country's competitiveness."To do this," says Constable, "an enabling and supportiveregulatory environment must be created by governmentin partnership with business, which provides forincentives for investment in low-carbon technologies andmitigation and adaptation actions. Equally important isour government's commitment to support industries thatmay be negatively affected by international measures." "The CEO Forum, therefore, wants to ensure thatclimate-related legislation and input into COP 17 takes into account South Africa's socio-economic andresource constraints and business realities, includingthe broad-based impacts on jobs and the economy as a whole," explains Brian Dames, the chief executiveof Eskom and the third co-chair of the CEO Forum. The Forum currently comprises 42 CEOs whorepresent a cross-section of South African industriesincluding: heavy industry, retail, mining, liquid fuels, manufacturing, banking, insurance, food and beverages and agriculture. The magnitude ofleadership support for this initiative is unprecedentedin South Africa's climate change response history andas such it heralds a new era of ownership by thebusiness sector of this critical issue. n" "THE CEO FORUM SUPPORTSSOUTH AFRICA'S TRANSITION FROMAN INTENSIVE FOSSIL FUEL-BASED ECONOMYTO A LOWER-CARBON, RESILIENT ECONOMY