We are a non-profit organisation with a broad objective of providing a networking  forum for our members to develop their business activities, promote trade, and in turn, deepen the relationship between Australia and Southern African countries.

Membership Benefits

  • Networking & Events – mix with like minded business people and hear from key speakers to find opportunities for your business.
  • Providing Information – what you need to know about doing business in Southern Africa, and who to speak with
  • Advocacy – your voice to government on issues impacting your business
  • Social – our 8+ events per year bring all sorts of people together in a fun and relaxed environment

Welcome to our newest members

Ian Bessarabia

Ian Bessarabia is a well-respected advisor who has worked with many of the world’s renowned companies and government organisations. He specialises in strategic advisory services, engaging with C-Suite leaders, Government Departments and Market Associations. Ian utilises his experience to provide multiple perspectives affecting commercial activities.

VFS Global

VFS Global is the world’s leading outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.

The company manages non-judgmental and administrative tasks related to applications for visa, passport, identity and citizen services for its client governments, enabling them to focus entirely on the critical task of assessment.

With 3373 Application Centres and operations in 147 countries across five continents, VFS Global serves the interests of 63 client governments. The company has successfully processed over 213 million applications since its inception in 2001, and over 91 million biometric enrolments since 2007. VFS Global Information Services support the operations globally via 47 contact centres, providing relevant information in 52 languages and 1691 websites maintained in 56 languages.

The company offers differentiated services and solutions to its client governments. Visa application processing and consular support services offer diplomatic missions an integrated process from submission to delivery. These services include operations, information and financial solutions for an end-to-end process, depending on specific consular requirements.

Drawing from its expertise and knowledge within the visa services domain, VFS Global also delivers a dependable and technologically supported framework for local and state governments globally through its portfolio of Citizen Services, aimed at enhancing customer experience in public services with an automated and seamless process. The organisation’s Identity-based solutions seek to provide efficient, secure and innovative biometrics-enabled services in a variety of application areas such as Border Control Management, National ID programmes, Trusted Traveller Programmes, and Foreigner Registration services.

Power Matla

Power Matla, a local South African black owned investment company with interests in renewable energy, ICT, mining and power utility markets. Since its inception in 1999, Power Matla forged a strategic relationship with the Altron Group. Through Powertech both companies acquired an interest in Desta Transformers, the manufacture of distribution transformers. Later both companies acquired Power Engineers in Cape Town. In 2008,

Powertech restructured its business and allow Power Matla to a share swap and converted their shareholding to 20% stake in Powertech Transformers Group. In November 2017, an agreement was reached for Altron to sell its 80% share in Powertech Transformers to the consortium formed between Power Matla and SGB-SMIT, making it one of the few black owned transformer companies within South Africa. This deal was concluded in July 2018 and both companies were renamed SGB-SMIT POWER MATLA and SGB-SMIT CALIDUS.

The company has also broadened its investment portfolio over the years by forming consortiums together with Epiworx Investments, Khajona Investments and Empower a Thousand Holdings to pursue investment opportunities. These opportunities included a strategic partnership formed with Dorper Wind Farm project in 2012; to buying a stake in Orion Minerals (Australia) and various other investments

Exploration Geological Consulting

Exploration Geological Consulting (Pty) Ltd (EGC) is a Mineral Exploration, Geological and Mine Development specialist group based in South Africa. We assist public and private companies to conduct cost effective and efficient mineral exploration programs and mine development studies. Our specialists have decades of international experience with a strong focus in Africa. 

Our expertise includes Geoscience, Exploration Management, Mine Studies, Digital Support, Project Brokerage, M&A, Environmental Practices and Protocols, Hydrogeology and Acid Mine Leachate studies.  We are a small and highly experience team that enjoys discovering and developing mines.

EGC commodity experience includes gold, base metals (lead, zinc, copper, cobalt, nickel), platinum, bauxite, titanium, tin, BIF and itabirite iron ore, coal, graphite, manganese, rare earth elements, uranium, lithium & potash brine systems and industrial minerals.


Please download our membership application form here. Complete the form and email it back to along with a photo and a short bio of yourself or your company if the application is on behalf of an organisation.

Our presentation is available for download here

Members Portfolio

ABCSA members portfolio is available for download here

No. of Members

Annual Fee

Cost per Member (thereafter)

Small Business
Non-Resident Company



ZAR 20,000
ZAR 10,000
ZAR   6,000
ZAR   6,000
ZAR   2,000

ZAR 400
ZAR 400
ZAR 400
ZAR 400

VAT Not Applicable

Platinum Sponsor Benefits

  • Recognition at all ABCSA events
  • Masthead recognition on all banners, printed and publicly related material used or generated by ABCSA
  • Website exposure, banner advertisement and links
  • All benefits enjoyed by the Large Corporate Member
  • When possible, briefings from the High Commissioner or other key decision makers / guest speakers
  • Regular updates on political / economic issues
  • Invitation to Corporate dinners to get better access to political speakers and key decision makers (pending on the availability of the speaker as at the time)