MARCH 2017 JHB MEMBERS' BUSINESS BRIEFING WITH DR NKOSANA MOYO - (MINDS), SPONSORED BY BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
Our guest speaker is Dr. Nkosana Moyo who is the Executive Chairperson of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies. The Topic for discussion will be "Africa Opportunities in a Disrupted World".
MEMBERS' BUSINESS BRIEFING WITH VINCENT CASSARD (ICRC), SPONSORED BY KPMG
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.
October 2016 Members' Business Briefing with new Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba: Sponsored by Virgin Atlantic
For our final business briefing of the year, the Chamber had the great honour not only to celebrate with our sponsor Virgin Atlantic its 20 years of operating in South Africa, but also to have new Mayor of Johannesburg Mr. Herman Mashaba as our guest speaker. The much anticipated event took place on 20 October at the Inanda club, where Mr. Mashaba laid out his 10 point plan for the City of Johannesburg.
Reinvigorating the inner city and creating business opportunities stands out as part of the Mayor's plan to grow the Johannesburg GDP by 5% within his term of office. In light thereof, engagement with foreign investors and particularly the UK – which remains the biggest foreign investor not only to South Africa but also to the City of Johannesburg – is a key priority. Mr. Mashaba is steadfast in his belief that "if Johannesburg works, South Africa works" and his determination and practical plans to achieve his goals provided a welcome and inspiring message.
October 2016 Cape Town Members' Business Briefing on Brexit with Dame Judith MacGregor
Fresh from a trip to London, Chamber patron and British High Commissioner Dame Judith Macgregor offered an inside perspective on the UK's forthcoming exit from the EU at this business briefing. The event took place in the same week as the Conservative Party Conference. Although the title was Global Britain and South Africa: short term uncertainty, long-term opportunity there was already a little less uncertainty thanks to Prime Minister May's comments.
Dame Judith Macgregor reminded guests that the UK is still the single biggest investor in South Africa and emphasised the breadth and depth of the relationship between the two countries. The audience – which included members of the Exporters Club Western Cape – heard that the UK will certainly not want any disruption to its current trade relations with South Africa. If anything, South Africa may find there are increased opportunities for non-EU trading partners to Great Britain. A diverse range of questions followed and the lively discussion was testament to the importance of this topic for businesses in the Western Cape.
September 2016 Members' Business Briefing with Dawie Roodt from The Efficient Group : Sponsored by City & Guilds
On the 15th of September Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist at The Efficient Group, was invited to appear as speaker for the monthly event, sponsored by City & Guilds. Mr. Roodt - a well-known Economist in South Africa – addressed the assembly on the topic "The Economics of Demographics".
Mr. Roodt started off by demonstrating how economics is all about people, and how the evolution of the human race shaped the economic world we know today. Statistic from various countries around the world were compared, looking at factors like age distribution, education and amount of dependents, and how these characteristics correlate with a nations' present economic situation.
Indeed it was demonstrated how population demographics have a cyclical effect that can also serve as a fairly reliable predictor of future economic trends. Mr. Roodt's final message stressed the need to educate and develop the young females of the Southern African population - this being the key driver for economic growth, and his presentation brilliantly brought to life what the demographics are indicating in South Africa.
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