Watch South Africa’s richest CEOs sleeping on the street in a cardboard box

Over 200 of South Africa’s richest CEOs spent the night on the streets of Sandton on 18 June, in a bid to raise money for charity.

The initiative is part of the international CEO SleepOut campaign, which was launched in SA in April.

Participants included tech company CEOs, such as Vodacom’s Shameel Joosub; Blue Label Telecoms’ Brett and Mark Levy; Telkom’s CEO Sipho Maseko; MultiChoice’s Imtiaz Patel; DFA’s Gustav Smit; BCX’s Isaac Mopathlane; and Eskom’s Brian Molefe.

The CEOs had to raise R100,000 each to take part in the event, with the money donated to Girls and Boys Town. Close to R25 million was raised overall, thanks to additional contributions by the CEOs.

How long did they brave the winter night? 18:00 until 06:00 on 19 June.

Images of the CEOs on the street are embedded below, and were provided courtesy of Radio 702’s Aki AnastasiouCEO SleepOut, ProudlySA, and LeadSA.

CEO SleepOut - Preparing for the night
Preparing for the night
CEO SleepOut - cardboard seat and shelter
CEO SleepOut cardboard seat and shelter
CEO SleepOut - Aki showing how the cardboard box changes
Aki showing how the cardboard box changes
CEO SleepOut - Aki demonstrating how the cardboard shelter works
Aki demonstrating how the cardboard shelter works
CEO SleepOut - Sitting around a fire
Sitting around a fire
CEO SleepOut at night
CEO SleepOut at night
CEO SleepOut - the crowd
CEO SleepOut evening crowd
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub keeping warm
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub keeping warm
Socialising around the fire
Socialising around the fire

Nedbank CEO Mike Brown
Nedbank CEO Mike Brown (far right)
Sleeping bags ready
Sleeping bags ready
Sleeping bags and shelters ready for the night
Sleeping bags and shelters ready for the night
Preparing a "bed"
Preparing a “bed”
Getting ready for bed
Getting ready for bed
CEOs going to bed
CEOs going to bed
CEOs sleeping
CEOs sleeping
Reunert executive director Mark Taylor
Reunert executive director Mark Taylor
Mercedes Benz SA CEO Arno van der Merwe
Mercedes Benz SA CEO Arno van der Merwe
Sleeping close to the fire
Sleeping close to the fire
CEOs sleeping
CEOs sleeping
CEO sleeping
CEO sleeping
Another CEO sleeping
Another CEO sleeping
Sleeping
Sleeping
Sleeping
Sleeping
Some still sleeping
Some still sleeping
Waking up
Waking up
Sleepout summary by Aki Anastasiou
Sleepout summary by Aki Anastasiou

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