Past Events

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)



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



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


February 2017 - Cape Town Burns Night Event

The British Chamber is proud to be event partner for the biggest Burns Night celebration held on the African continent.

Venue: Kelvin Grove Club, Cape Town.


February 2017 Cape Town Opening of Parliament Reception

The British High Commissioner, Dame Judith Macgregor, will host an exclusive reception in Bishopscourt, Cape Town, on 8 February 2017, in anticipation of the opening of Parliament the following evening.


Business Reception with The Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa had the honour of hosting, in conjunction with the Department for International Trade and the British High Commission, the Right Honourable Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer on 7 December 2016.

An early evening reception was held in Hyde Park where the Chancellor reinforced Britain's commitment to remaining a key trade partner and investor in South Africa, and indeed to growing this relationship in the years to come. The Chancellor stated that Britain's goal of remaining an investor- and business friendly environment will be at the heart of any decisions going forward as the UK looks to be an even bigger global player in the future. This was good news to both South African and UK companies alike who are looking to build trade relations in 2017.The Chancellor's visit was a positive end to 2016 that saw its fair share of upheavals and challenges globally, and we will look to carry on in this spirit come the new year.


Cape Town Year End Whisky Tasting

November 2016 Cape Town 'Members Only' Whisky Tasting & Reception

Cape Town's final event of the year was a 'members only' affair. Guests enjoyed a guided tasting of four single malt whiskies, offered by Diageo. The atmosphere in the Cape Town Club Library venue was convivial and relaxed. Whisky fundis and novices alike soon discovered a new appreciation of the 'water of life' thanks to the passion and knowledge of Brand Ambassadors Bradley Jacobs and Haroon Haffajee.

Chamber CEO David Dawson and Cape Town representative Eimear Costigan thanked members for their support in 2016, and wished everyone a peaceful end of year break, and a prosperous 2017.


Year End Dinner

The British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa celebrated the end of a successful year full of challenging twists and turns with a three course dinner held at the Inanda Club in Sandton. Our membership have been superb in their support throughout this year and the Chamber wished to express its gratitude and appreciation by hosting our members at a relaxing evening featuring some comedy performed by Mark Banks.



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