Past Events

Johannesburg Members' Breakfast - 31 August 2017

We look forward to welcoming you at the end of August at our Johannesburg Members' only breakfast on the topic of: Post Brexit future trade agreements between the UK and SACU.

Venue: BCB Offices

15 Alice Lane


Refreshments will be served.


August 2017 - Members only exclusive Cape Town reception and tour on board the HMS Protector

This is an exclusive opportunity for a limited number of Chamber guests to visit the Royal Navy's Ice Patrol Ship when she docks in Cape Town on 24 August 2017. The HMS Protector is deployed on operations in the Antarctic and elsewhere for 330 days a year. Join Commander Simon Bodman, in partnership with the British Chamber of Business, for a cocktail reception and tour on board the ship.


August 2017 Johanneburg Members' Business Briefing with Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, Associate Director for Deloitte and expert in the field of emerging markets in Africa

August 2017 Johannesburg Members' Business Briefing, with guest speaker Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, Associate Director for Deloitte.

Johannesburg based Chamber members were in for a smash hit as our August Business Briefing featured speaker Dr.Rutendo Hwindingwi, and a short introductory talk by Tom Moody from the British High Commission's Prosperity Fund.

Tom Moody - Head of Prosperity and Policy Programmes for Southern Africa – opened the evening's presentation with a few words on the UK's lookout regarding international trade, particularly opening up new markets and an increasingly outward-focused trade policy. His team had some visiting members representing the business units for Future Cities, Healthcare and ITC, which are some of their exciting key focus areas moving into the future.

Dr.Hwindingwi spoke on the topic "Leadership strategies for staying relevant on the continent" – a topic of huge interest to our members. Using the famous boxing match between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman that took place in 1974 - where underdog Ali famously defeated the reigning champion and favourite Foreman - as an example of two key principles that may be applied in business strategy, Dr.Hwindingwi showed the power of knowing your territory and being innovative in designing and implementing a winning business plan.

Africa presents a territory that comes with lots of opportunity, risk and unpredictability, but also enormous potential reward to those who are willing to shift the way they perceive Africa, as Dr.Hwindingwi demonstrated. Members delighted in the punchy presentation and were left energised and inspired to take on the great Africa challenge.

"I find that the British Chamber events are always enjoyable, the August briefing's guest speaker Rutendo Hwindingwi, is an energetic speaker that is passionate about growing Africa's business sector " - Neetesh Vanmari, Investec


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)



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