August 2015 Members' Business Briefing Sponsored by Anglo American
This month's Members Business Briefing covered 2 speakers, Boitumelo Ngutshane from KPMG and Lucy Sutcliffe from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs. Tumi Ngutshane gave a presentation on the revised BEE changes for compliance for domestic and foreign entities. This overview of BEE covered topics such as reviewed codes, equity equivalents, enterprise, supplier development and empowering suppliers. Tumi also made reference to the B-BBEE Management Development Programme offered by UNISA and the benefits this would offer to all South Africans.
Lucy Sutcliffe spoke on the promotion of compliance on a global scale to disrupt and dismantle organised crime. Tobacco smuggling was a major point of her talk and how this goes towards the funding of drug cartels and terrorism. Her presentation also showed the significant harm of money laundering and tax evasion and the impact of "victimless crimes" from an economic standpoint. The solutions focused on preventive and punitive tools and the Amendment of the Crime Act of 2002 along with the continuous efforts of persistent enforcement on this matter.
July 2015 Members' Business Briefing with Mmusi Maimane and Toby Chance from the DA
Topic: "The DA's Vision 2029 and its implications for business"
Chamber members were invited to a talk from Toby Chance, Shadow Minister for Small Business Development and Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the opposition party.
Mmusi Maimane addressed Chamber Members on the subject of Vision 2029 and Toby elaborated on his opinions on the nationalisation of industries. Concern centered around South Africa's entrepreneurial deficit and the similarities of challenges experienced between South Africa and Greece. A description on the plans for Vision 2029 included sustainable energy, tax incentives to businesses that employ youth and a reduction of government departments for efficiency a more streamlined approach. He highlighted the importance of education and the DA's strong need to protect South Africa's constitution. Toby Chance discussed the comparisons of South Africa to Britain during the '70s and the nationalisation of industries. He expressed his views about the political maneuvers between government and the labor relations.This was then followed by a short Q&A.
June 2015 Members' Business Briefing with Robert Brozin sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
Topic: "Changing the way the world thinks about Chicken, changing the way the world thinks about Africa"
Robbie Brozin provided insight into the vision of Nando's Business approach, "have fun and make money while changing the way the world thinks about Chicken." This event was sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover. He further elaborated on the 28 year history of Nandos from their humble beginning in Rosettenville to becoming a well-known global brand. Robbie delivered a comprehensive demonstration of how this proudly South African brand translated into the UK Market through store designs and TV Advertisements. The focal point of his presentation was Nando's desire to change the way the world thinks about Africa through their world-wide initiative of supplying their restaurants with local art and furniture and their Malaria programmes run throughout Southern Africa.
Cape Town June 2015 Business Briefing UK-South Africa bi-lateral trade
Due to a sudden illness our scheduled speaker Tim Harris was unable to attend and was replaced by Andy Henderson, UK Trade Commissioner. Andy shared some facts and figures about the trade relationship between the UK and South Africa, and gave members some insight into the possible impact of the recent UK general election results. He was realistic in his evaluation of some of the challenges faced by businesses in this country but reaffirmed the UK government's commitment to support South Africa's economic growth, and to support UK companies seeing to enter this market. The Chamber in Cape Town continues to build momentum as evidenced by the lively buzz at this event and the presence of several new members.
Unilever opening of brand new Khanyisa factory
The British High Commissioner joined Minister Rob Davies and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever at the opening of Unilever's new homecare factory called Waterfall in Boksburg, Johannesburg. This factory forms part of a multi-year, multi billion investment plan by Unilever SA to cater for growth. The factory will enable Unilever to better serve South African consumers with innovation and green technology. The new factory will produce popular brands like Omo, Skip, Handy Andy, Domestos, Comfort and Sunlight amongst others. This homecare factory is one of Unilever's largest investments in the world with an investment of ZAR 1.3 Billion. The factory will enable Unilever to grow its presence in the region and underscores the company's commitment to the long term future of South Africa and the continent as a whole.
Export Week 2020
David Dawson presenting to delegates at the UKTI and West Midlands Chamber Export Week and conducting a round table workshop.
David Dawson, CEO of the Chamber visited regional UK Chambers during Export Week in late May. He addressed Chambers and interested stakeholders in Surrey, London, Hull and Humber, West Midlands and Greater Manchester on the Overseas Business Network generally and South and Southern Africa in particular. http://bit.ly/1JdaJ1g
May 2015 Members' Business Briefing with David Ludlow
Topic: "UK Export Finance: Supporting UK Exporters."
This topic covered the advantages of UK Export Finance and how this compliments and provides support to the private sector. He touched on the value added services such as insurance and key products that can be offered to exporters within the UK. David illustrated these with examples of case studies from small and medium-sized enterprises that have previously benefitted from their services.
April 2015 Members' Business Briefing with Dr Zweli Mkhize
Topic: Executing on the NDP - improving co-operation between government and business".
ANC Treasurer General, Dr Zweli Mkhize addressed Chamber members regarding strengthening and promoting cooperation between government and business relations.He also highlighted the National Development plans' initiative to build a national infrastructure and a fiscal framework for strong economic growth. Dr Mkhize encouraged businesses to partner with government and work together to promote growth in all facets of South Africa's society in order to continue to create a thriving economy.
The event was kindly sponsored by Sterling Member: British American Tobacco
March 2015 Members' Business Briefing with Professor Nick Binedell
Topical monthly briefing in Johannesburg by a political or business leader, followed by networking and refreshments; sponsored by a Chamber member.
Speaker: Dr. Nick Binedell
Topic: Strategic leadership in tough and fast-changing times
Sponsored by HSBC, Dean of GIBS, Professor Nick Binedell presented the Chamber members with his account of the history of innovation in South Africa through speaking on "Strategic leadership in tough and fast-changing times." The event was a remarkable approach to the dynamics of change from past to present.
Cape Town - Reception on board HMS Dragon
Chamber members are invited to a reception in celebration of the UK SA bilateral relationship aboard HMS Dragon at the Waterfront, Cape Town.
Please email Western Cape Representative of the Chamber, Eimear Costigan for more information.
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