Past Events

October 2017 Johannesburg Members' Business Briefing with Stephanie Brown - Sponsored by Shell

We are pleased to have Stephanie Brown, Associate General Counsel responsible for Shell's Downstream businesses in Africa, South West Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean as speaker at our final Members' Business Briefing for 2017, taking place in Johannesburg.

She will give insight into the topic: Purpose and what that means today for businesses

Date: 19 October 2017

Venue: The Clubhouse, Inanda Club, Forrest Road, Inanda

Time: 17:30 – 20:00


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.


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".



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