November 2017 Cape Town Members' Business Briefing
Please join us for our next and final Cape Town Members' Business Briefing of 2017, taking place in PwC's new Silo District offices.
Councillor Brett Herron, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, will talk us through the City of Cape Town's response to the challenges of rapid urbanisation.
He will then be joined by Lyndsey Duff, of what3words, and Jon Williams of PwC, for a panel discussion on the topic:
Smart cities: the future of urbanisation?
Read more about our panelists here.
Johannesburg Members' Year End Reception - 15 November 2017
Our annual Johannesburg members' end-of-year reception is set to take place on Wednesday 15 November. More details to follow closer to the date.
Annual Sterling Members' Dinner - Johannesburg, 30 Oct 2017
Our annual Sterling members' dinner took place on 30 October 2017 in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Thanks to all who attended and made for an enjoyable evening!
Johannesburg Members' Breakfast - 27 October 2017
In another last-of-2017, Johannesburg members gathered over breakfast at Barclays' client suites over looking Sandton in bloom while we had the privilege of hearing PR industry leaders Burson-Marsteller present on the topic "Navigating Reputational Risk". Robyn de Villiers brought the new world of PR to life citing many recent examples of pitfalls in an increasingly complex PR world where what a company says and does can longer be contained - your company's image is global and through an excellent presentation it was demonstrated how CEO's actions reverberate to impact the public's perception of the company; the average employee's opinion on their employer has become one of the most powerful reputational drivers and PR crises can no longer be managed on a one-size-fits all model. Special thanks to Barclays Africa who hosted the breakfast and Robyn de Villiers from Burson-Marsteller who presented.
Cape Town Members' Breakfast - 24 October 2017
Our next Cape Town members only breakfast will cover the UK/SACU trade negotiations as well as the British High Commission's view on South Africa's economic outlook.
October 2017 Johannesburg Members' Business Briefing with Stephanie Brown - Sponsored by Shell
Many thanks to Stephanie Brown, Associate General Counsel responsible for Shell's Downstream businesses in Africa, South West Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean who gave us all food for thought as we start to wrap up the business year. Our gratitude also goes out to Chamber members Shell who sponsored the event.
We will commence our Johannesburg business briefings again in February of 2018.
Johannesburg Members' Breakfast - 29 September 2017
We look forward to the second of our Johannesburg Members' Breakfasts, to be held at the Saxon Hotel. This will be a platform where members can discuss common business challenges and look to uncover positive solutions and approaches together.
Our topic is Twitter: how relevant is it to my business? We'll hear from an expert from member company AdDynamo and share member experiences.
Refreshments will be served.
September 2017 Johannesburg Members' Business Briefing with Kim Meredith, CEO of the Dealmaker Company - Sponsored by Pernod Ricard
Chamber members welcomed the arrival of spring in good taste thanks to our event sponsors Pernod Ricard who treated everyone to a gin tasting. Michael Lebona from Pernod Ricard elaborated on the best sellers and new comers among their brands (watch out for Monkey 47 Gin that just hit the shelves) as well as the company culture that has made them a successful global competitor.
Our speaker for the evening, Kim Meredith, gave a refreshing perspective on the art of and fun side to deal making. It was a good lesson to take forward for the rest of the year that "one needs to ask for what one wants; getting what you want is deal making". As the year slowly draws to an end we look forward to our last business briefing to be held on 19 October at the Inanda Club.
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
Fancy spending the summer season in Antarctica? A privileged few have this opportunity. They include scientists, an ever-increasing number of polar tourists, and the crew of the HMS Protector. The Royal Navy's only ice patrol ship, HMS Protector, hosted members and their partners for a Chamber reception with a difference. The ice-breaker was spending a maintenance period at Cape Town Commercial Dock in preparation for departure to the Antarctic. Commander Simon Bodman and his crew chatted with guests about the ship's role in carrying out survey and scientific work, particularly around the Antarctic peninsula. British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean includes South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the Falklands, and British Antarctic Territory. Guests were treated to a brief talk by the HMS Commander, followed by a tour of the ship. The event ended with the 'ceremonial sunset', with British Consul-General Ed Roman taking the salute.
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