South Africa faces considerable domestic challenges – but clearly, we do live in a global village and events in the broader African and international environment have substantial impact on our economic performance. In this comprehensive new keynote, Daniel Silke sets the scene for discussing South Africa’s economy and political performance by first looking at the essential dynamics and disruptors facing the global economy and Sub-Saharan Africa. Low global growth and a rise in political populism in the West have an impact on the world. The fortunes of Brazil, Russia, India and China all weigh on broader developing markets. Slower growth in parts of Africa create greater uncertainty while South Africa faces increasing competition from East African powerhouses like Kenya and Ethiopia. And Donald Trump, Brexit and European volatility will certainly also have a profound impact – particularly on trade-related issues. This keynote discusses South Africa’s domestic political economy and its current performance but also provides a very global overview of the key trends beyond our borders. This is a critical scene-setter for any conference looking for a more macro overview of where the world is at right now followed by a discussion on South Africa.