The KPMG Africa Conversation Series – Episode 9 – Panellist Biographies

By 2030 Africa will have 760 million urban residents. By 2050 the figure is expected to grow to 1.2 billion. This rapid migration has intensified the need to develop Africa’s megacities, and infrastructure has become one of the key strategic priorities amongst senior leaders throughout Africa.

In the 9th episode of the KPMG Africa Conversation series, we will be taking a closer look at Prioritising Africa’s Megacities. The discussion will focus on the challenges surrounding the development of Africa’s next major megacities, the importance of addressing these challenges and how to prioritise development to ensure maximum benefits for business and Africa’s growing urban population.

The discussion will be attended by prominent business leaders and will be broadcast live across the continent by CNBC Africa on our behalf and will be facilitated by senior anchor, Alishia Seckam.

alishiaseckamAlishia Seckam has been with CNBC Africa since its launch in 2007.

She is the face of Street Talk and Power Lunch on the channel and brings viewers the latest from the brokers and analysts in some of Africa’s major cities.

With a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University, Alishia has done an internship at CNN International and has presented an African markets news report to Sky News International.

The Panellists for Episode 9 of the KPMG Africa Conversation Series:

Sue Bannister

Partner, City Insights


Sue has an undergraduate BSc degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand, an MPhil in Land Economy from Cambridge University and an MBA from the IE Business School in Spain.

Sue currently works as a partner in a niche consultancy, City Insight Pty Ltd, established to provide insight, information and advice on cities in the developing world.  One of the company’s current projects is researching the Africa chapter of the 3rd Global Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy (GOLD III) for the United Cities and Local Government organisation (UCLG).  This focuses on the delivery of basic services and related infrastructure across 60 of Africa’s main cities, assembling and analysing information on services such as water, sanitation, solid waste, urban transport and electricity.   Sue is also currently busy providing policy and management advice to a number of South African cities.

Prior to the establishment of City Insight, Sue was deputy head, then head of the Strategic Projects Unit of the eThekwini Municipality – a unit established to manage projects of strategic importance to the City.  Here she was involved in conceptualising, motivating, planning and budgeting for new projects based on an analysis of needs, funding and priorities. Her work also included the procurement of multi million Rand contracts for the unit, including developing bid documents, driving the procurement processes and managing legal issues and contracts, often under tight timeframes.

During her tenure as the longest serving member of the Strategic Projects Unit team, Sue was integrally involved in delivering over R5bn of major infrastructural projects, including the delivery of the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the regeneration of eThekwini’s CBD and beachfront, and the building of smaller sports hubs – all of which assisted in significantly changing the face of the city.

Sue has also worked as a fieldworker in a rural development NGO, a University lecturer and as a planning consultant, specialising in low income housing issues.

Andile Skosana

Associate Director Infrastructure,  KPMG Government Advisory Services

andileskosaneAndile Skosana is a qualified Town and Regional Planner with qualifications in BSc Town and Regional Planning and MSc Development Planning (Coursework only) from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently completing his Masters in Business Administration at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

He is a member of International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP) and the South African Planning Institute (SAPI). Andile is an urban enthusiast; development planner & strategist; business processes analyst; project manager; and entrepreneur.

His key public sector experience is in the roles of Professional Town Planner; IDP Technical Official; IDP Process Manager. In private practice, Andile has led the establishment of new urban management and monitoring processes and systems at Kagiso Urban Management before establishing Mukhaha Consulting with two partners – a firm focused on innovating in the pre-development field. In this largely entrepreneurial role, Andile has led and participated in establishing the conceptualising the first Gauteng Integrated Development Plan and Human Settlement Strategy. Andile has applied his growing business intelligence knowledge in the implementation of BluePrint Strategy management Tool at Gauteng Province and in establishing – a marketplace for fit-for-purpose venues.

Andile is using his latest venture Andira Urban Services to focus more on improving the practice, operation and functioning of African urban spaces and places.

Andile has recently joined the KPMG’s Government Advisory Services team as an Associate Director.

DeBuys Scott

Senior Partner – Head of Global Infrastructure – KPMG, Africa


B Com (Hons) Accounting, CA (SA)

Extensive experience of managing large capital infrastructure and other capital advisory projects. Over 25 years professional experience and have been with KPMG for over 10 years with wide range of infrastructure projects advisory, procurement, financing and governance experience.

Recent projects include:   Feasibility study for Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital; NTP Radioisotopes restructuring; Coega Development Corporation (Powerstation feasibility study); COT Munitoria – PPP project; City of Tshwane Municipality – BRT Project;  Prasa Metro Fleet replacement project, (feasibility study and currently in procurement for this R51 billion project over a 10 year period) responsible for numerous additional PPP projects (Health, Accommodation, SADC etc.) and other infrastructure projects in Power, Transport and Water Industries.

DeBuys Scott has authored a number of posts on the KPMG Africa blog. View his posts here.


The KPMG Africa Conversation Series, Episode 9, Prioritising Africa’s Megacities event will be held today, 23 May 2013, at the Auditorium, KPMG Wanooka Place, Parktown, Johannesburg. Click here for information on the event. 
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