August 2017 Johanneburg Members' Business Briefing with Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, Associate Director for Deloitte and expert in the field of emerging markets in Africa
The next Johannesburg Members' Business Briefing will take place on Thursday the 17th of August.Our speaker for the evening is Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, Associate Director for Deloitte.
Leadership strategies for staying relevant on the continent
Please note that the Chamber's Annual General Meeting takes place earlier in the afternoon. It will be followed by the Business Briefing from 17.30.
Cape Town Members' Breakfast - August 2017
Undeterred by the Cape's wintry weather and rainy day traffic, members turned out in force to learn about Twitter for Business. Member AdDynamo's Garth Manthe highlighted Twitter's growth in users – sometimes called the 'Trump bump'. He emphasised that Twitter is now considered a news app, not a social media app. We learned why 288,000 CEOs are on Twitter. We observed how they use it to listen to and respond to customers, among other things. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk is a great example of a CEO using Twitter well. Wrapping up with Basics and Best Practices, Garth certainly helped members get started with, or improve their Twitter activity. The Chamber thanks hosts S-RM!
July 2017 Johannesburg Business Briefing with Mr. Sipho Pityana at the Inanda Club, sponsored by Discovery
July 2017 Johannesburg Members' Business Briefing, with guest speaker Sipho Pityana and visiting UK Minister of State at the Dept. for International Trade, Lord Price, in attendance - sponsored by Discovery
Johannesburg based Chamber members were in for a real treat as our July Business Briefing featured speaker Mr. Sipho Pityana – Chairman and founder of Izingwe Holdings and well known business leader – and a short introductory talk by Lord Price, UK Minister of State at the Dept. for International Trade. There to introduce the visiting minister was British High Commissioner to South Africa – Mr. Nigel Casey CMG MVO.
Lord Price – himself a respected businessman and author who was at the helm of John Lewis and Waitrose for a number of decades – gave some concrete guidance relating to the UK's international trade policy going forward post Brexit. The core belief from which future international trade policy will stem is that business is a force for good that uplifts people out of poverty, builds trust through good relationships and in turn results in prosperity for all. Steadfast in this belief the UK will also champion a free and fair multilateral trade system and as seamless as possible a transition in new trade agreements.
Following this positive message from the minister, the main speaker of the evening Mr. Sipho Pityana gave his views on the future of SA business in the midst of much uncertainty. He remains very hopeful for a number of reasons, but most of all because of his trust in SA's strong constitution, which still guarantees the supremacy of the rule of law; free expression – and media; strong institutions and a world class anti-corruption framework. With corruption dominating headlines over the past few years, Mr. Pityana draws courage from the fact that those who have sought to transgress the law continue to be ousted and cannot get away. He is encouraged by the focus on inclusive growth from business, it's proactiveness as well as the force unleashed by ordinary citizens to hold government and individuals accountable.
"Sipho gave a fearless speech that was refreshingly frank and direct - there IS hope for a bright future here" – Ron Wheeldon, Ron Wheeldon Attorneys
"I truly believe that the comments, beliefs and ideas espoused today will uplift South Africa in particular into the future. A great time to be alive!" - Gary Davies, Sable International
June 2017 JHB Members' Business Briefing with the new British High Commissioner to South Africa and Chamber Patron, Nigel Casey CMG MVO, sponsored by G4S
Johannesburg based Chamber members had the opportunity to meet the new British High Commissioner to South Africa – Mr. Nigel Casey CMG MVO – at the monthly Business Briefing held at Inanda Club. He spoke on the topic: 'The UK and South Africa: What Next?'
Members braved the chilly early winter conditions to hear Mr.Casey address numerous relevant issues facing both South Africa and the UK at this particular time and how these influence the UK-SA bilateral relationship.
Mr. Casey, who was based in Johannesburg during 1994 – 1995, reminded attendees that during that critical time in SA's history a peaceful transition and prosperous future seemed impossible to many, but that South Africa and its people showed their resilience and achieved something beyond expectation. It is in this spirit that Britain remains deeply invested (with more than a third of foreign investment in SA coming from the UK) and committed for the long term to see South Africa prosper. Today, South Africa still has in place some of the key building blocks for a stable and successful society.
Mr. Casey also reiterated that the UK fully understands and supports the need for transformation in SA business and through continued engagement, hopes to further enhance our trade relationship. In light of this goal Mr. Casey urged even greater involvement from business and assured the audience that a great relationship remains at the heart of British policy as well as any Brexit strategies going forward.
June 2017 Cape Town Members' Business Briefing with the new British High Commissioner to South Africa and Chamber Patron, Nigel Casey CMG MVO
New British High Commissioner Nigel Casey is no stranger to South Africa. He shared with guests at June's Cape Town networking reception, some recollections of his time spent serving in Johannesburg around the 1994 elections. He reminded us that the relative peace and stability we experience today, could not be taken for granted at the time as the natural outcome of the transition to democracy. He moved on to address member questions related to the Brexit process and UK/SA trade. He discussed the potential opportunities offered by the new trade agreement that will be negotiated. And he demonstrated the depth and breadth of the relationship between the UK and South Africa, covering areas such as defense, science and innovation, and more. As Chamber patron, he also commented on the energy and dynamism evident within the Chamber membership. He urged members to "be part of determining the future shape of the SA/UK economic partnership".
May 2017 Johannesburg Business Briefing with Marius Oosthuizen from the Gordon Institute of Business Science
On the 18 May, the Chamber had the pleasure of welcoming guest speaker Marius Oosthuizen to the Inanda club for the monthly member's business briefing.
Mr Oosthuizen, shared interesting insights into the state of the South African economy through his presentation of the topic "SA foresight 2017: navigating the un-negotiated unsettlement". Analysing the current economic environment, he made mention that South Africa was shifting from a manufacturing to a services economy, therefore, South Africans require skills development and increased access to the economy. He pointed out that the country's services sector have been too slow to evolve and are being leapfrogged by African start-up's, which he suggests needs to be addressed by a "reimagined" service integration which includes unlocking South Africa's vast SMME potential.
" Insightful and eye-opening" - Unathi Mahlati, Investec
April 2017 Johannesburg Members' Business Briefing, with Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry - sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
For the Johannesburg April business briefing, the Chamber had great pleasure in welcoming the South African Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies. The eagerly anticipated event was held at the Inanda Club on the 20 April 2017 and was sponsored by Jaguar Landrover.
Richard Gouverneur, Managing Director of Jaguar Landrover, thanked the Chamber for the opportunity to sponsor April's event. Mr Gouverneur shared Jaguar Landrover's impressive growth results for Southern Africa, indicating that there were great opportunities to do business in the region. On the topic, The future of UK/SA bi-lateral relationship post – Brexit, Minister Davies expanded on the significant trade relationship between the UK and SA. The minister emphasised that there were parameters and frameworks discussed with the UK Government to ensure no disruption in terms of Brexit. The future focus for the Department of Trade and Industry, would be on tourism, green energy and expanding the volume of commonwealth in trade.
"Brexit, still a journey into the unknown, but feeling optimistic & positive about the road between South Africa & the UK " - Ruth Lockwood, Santa Fe Relocation Services
"Well planned and executed event by the British Chamber, exceptional speaker, with fantastic member engagement." - Michael Latchigadu, Investec
April 2017 Cape Town Members' Business Briefing, sponsored by Deloitte
Cape Town Chamber members enjoyed some respite from a tumultuous week for the South African economy by entering the refreshing Greenhouse space at Deloitte. We ignored our newsfeeds for an hour and took a longer term view as Dr Morne Mostert, Director of the Institute for Futures Research, shared with us his findings on the Future of Work in South Africa.
"A very interesting session in a great venue" - Brian Andrew, RS Components
"We really enjoyed the content and the guests" - Marius Alberts, Deloitte (sponsor)
MEMBERS' BUSINESS BRIEFING WITH DR NKOSANA MOYO (MINDS), SPONSORED BY BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
The March BCB Business Briefing which was sponsored by British American Tobacco and had Dr Nkosana Moyo, Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies as the guest speaker, took place on 23 March 2017 at the Inanda Club. We also had the privilege to celebrate the end of a successful term with Dame Judith McGregor, Patron of the Chamber.
Bongumusa Makhathini, Corporate Affairs Director of BAT, gave an overview on what the company is doing to constantly innovate and how they are working towards overcoming some key challenges faced within the industry. Chamber Chief Executive, David Dawson, thanked Dame Judith for all her support over the years and for being a key supplier and contributor to the Chamber. Dame Judith shared her experience during her three and a half year tenure as the British High Commissioner to South Africa. She thanked the Chamber team and members for their warmth and insights shared thus far, and made mention of the integral role Chambers have to play in South Africa. Dame Judith also wished Emma Wade-Smith all the best with her new role as the African Trade Director.
Dr Moyo, then approached the podium with an out-of-the box look at African Opportunities in a Disrupted World. He spoke about looking broadly at what may benefit Africa and more specifically South Africa whilst still meeting the needs of corporate interests. Specifically that government and the private sector would need to create an environment where people are not led to rebel. Dr Moyo shared interesting insight into how considering the effect on others, would have far-reaching benefits into uplifting society as a whole.
"Thank you for a very well organized and informative evening, we enjoyed the opportunity and met some really nice people." – Sean Wheeler, DHL Global Forwarding SA
"Dr. Moyo gave a very interesting and insightful talk encouraging us to consider new angles of thought in an era of increasing globalisation. Thank you Dr Moyo, for the thought provoking insights, please come back and let's explore these ideas further." - Paul Gibbon, Precision Technologies
MEMBERS' BUSINESS BRIEFING WITH VINCENT CASSARD (ICRC), SPONSORED BY KPMG
For the first business briefing of the year, Vincent Cassard, Head of the Regional Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was the guest speaker with KPMG being our sponsor. The event took place on the 16 February at the Inanda Club.
Mr Cassard shared examples of the excellent humanitarian work done by the ICRC through presentation of the topic "An analysis of key crises across the African continent". The focus was on conflict experienced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan and Lake Chad. He also mentioned that the mode of engagement of the organisation had evolved from "Do no harm" to "Co-Creation" over the last 16 years. This requires the ICRC to develop a constructive dialogue with all actors who may have an influence on situations of armed conflict. Specifically the ICRC finds it necessary to engage with the business community to bring innovative technologies to humanitarian work.
"I attend a lot of events but the British Chamber events are by far the best. Topics are insightful, speakers are impressive and great networking opportunities are presented." - Tinus Human, Santa Fe Relocation Services
"It was a privilege to engage with the drivers of Africa's Red Cross humanitarian efforts and gain insight into challenges faced." - Joel Singh, IEA
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