AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (SOUTHERN AFRICA)

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News from the Chairman

Welcome to 2018! As we all now buckle in for another year in the roller coaster that is SA business (not to mention politics), lets hope we can find new opportunitites to deepen ties between these two leading economies of the southern hemisphere.

It’s all still a very new experience for me, now in my second year in Johannesburg. For a boy from the comfortable northern suburbs of Sydney, Jozi is a cultural eye-opener, to say the least. But I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet others with a foot in both countries through involvement in the chamber. It’s so helpful to have people who have been through the cultural shift before to swap stories with. The newly installed committee and I (you can meet them all here  will be working this year to provide as many networking and information opportunities as we can.

I want to particularly welcome Emma Boyd, our new Business Development Manager, taking over from the indefatigable Mignon Witten. Mignon has emigrated to Australia but remains keen to be involved. She has been a pillar of strength for the Chamber, and will be sorely missed here in SA. But SA’s loss is undoubtedly Australia’s gain.

It was nice to see some of you at the High Commissioner’s Pretoria residence for the annual Australia Day bash. The event was tinged a fetching shade of pink this year, in honour of Australia’s adoption of marriage equality in 2017. It was perhaps a little disconcerting to be confronted with an official greeting party decked out in feather boas, riotous wigs and fairy wings, but all became clear as we settled down to a screening of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, a tribute to Australian tolerance for lifestyle diversity, not to mention entrancing outback landscapes. One can only guess what our South African friends made of it.

Those in the mining industry will be heading to Cape Town for the signature event on the Mining calendar, the Mining Indaba, 5-8 February. We’ll be at drinks in the Australia pavilion on 7 February, 4-6pm. Hope to see you there!

Chris Hamilton

Australia Day
25 January 2018

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November/December 2017 Newsletter

ABCSA’s latest newsletter available here

 

Health and Safety Seminar

A health and safety seminar with topics discussing optimising mine processes for a zero harm environment will take place at the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 47 Oxford Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg on 15 September 2017 from 8:30 to 14:00

Download programme here

Kliptown Youth Project

Mignon Witten recently visited the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) which is a non‐profit organisation founded in 2007 by a small group of young, inspiring individuals who wanted to make a difference in their local community.

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Upcoming Events

Warm up match Australia vs SA invitational XI at Sahara Park, Benoni February 22-24

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ABCSA presentation available for download here

Downloads

ABCSA presentation available for download here

Member Portfolio

ABCSA members portfolio is available for download here

The Chamber

With the active support of the Australian High Commission and Australia’s trade, investment and promotion agency, the Australian Trade Commission, Australian Business Chamber of Commerce (Southern Africa) (ABCSA) is now reaching out to multi-nationals and SME’s who have active business interests in Southern Africa to become members.

This will not only cover the mining industry but across the whole gambit of industries thus giving ABCSA a broader base to work from.

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In business, access to commercial and government networks is critical.

The Australian Business Chamber (Southern Africa) brings you access to a dynamic membership base.

Search for new partners, build relationships, explore opportunities or simply learn from experience on opening a business.

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Africa is home to 6 of the top 10 fastest growing countries in the world and Australian exports to sub-Saharan Africa now top $11 billion a year.

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An opportunity to see the Australian Cricketers play

ABCSA invites all members to come and see the Australian Cricket Test squad play the South #2c6f19 African Invitational XI in the Australian Qantas tour of South Africa at the warm-up match at Sahara Park, Benoni. The three day game starts on Thursday 22 February but representatives from ABCSA will be there to support the Australian team on Saturday 24 February. The game starts from 10.30am and it is free to enter.