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News from the Chair

2020 was an historical year during which we collectively faced extraordinary change.

As the new year rolled in, we were reminded by Australian PM, Honourable Scott Morrison that,

“The New Year does not start without its challenges. COVID still hasn’t gone away, it hasn’t taken a holiday, it won’t be going anywhere, and as a result, we continue to deal with the very serious challenges.” 

We kick off 2021 with a pressing need to learn a new business language, a new way of doing and being. We are no longer reeling from the shock and panic the Covid-19 pandemic brought in 2020, but we continue to grapple with the challenges, to ensure that our economies will survive, let this year be the making of all of us as better business people, better people. 

The question keeping many of us awake at night is How? How do we move forward? How do we continue to trade in such choppy waters? How do we navigate the unknown? And perhaps, most pressing, how do we preserve both profitability and people? 

What is clear is that we must avoid complacency and as leaders we must inspire, reflect, act, and develop greater confidence and relational networks across ABCSA and our counterparts in Australia. This is a journey that none of us can endure alone. 

In his address to the nation on 11 January 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa referred to the three C’s to combat the relentless spread of the Coronavirus – Closed spaces, Crowded places and Close contact with others. For business to re-emerge from the ashes of lockdown, we need to take a parallel three C approach – Collaboration, Connectivity and Commitment. Living in unprecedented times requires unprecedented responses and courage from us all. 

The statistics, economic forecasts, political analyses can all be found using search engines and our preferred news sources. The sense of doom and gloom is palpable. In the groundswell of confusion stirred up by the naysayers we must ponder the pertinent questions. The answers lie at the deepest granular and Intersectional levels. Why do we get up in the mornings? Why do we do what we do? Why are we in business?

And as I write this message, healing from a bout of what was thought to be tick bite fever, I am reminded that our environment and nature must be respected. 

I am inspired by the words of the Pope who said, “Today more than ever, I think it is necessary to educate ourselves in solidarity, to rediscover the value and meaning of this very uncomfortable word, which oftentimes has been left aside, and to make it become a basic attitude in decisions made at the political, economic and financial levels, in relationships between persons, peoples and nations.”

 

It is my hope that in the spirit of solidarity, the developments around COVAX and GAVI will ensure that all citizens have access to the COVID- 19 vaccines, irrespective of financial status or the ability to land bi-lateral deals with manufacturers.

Furthermore, I am heartened by the concerted efforts to strengthen bi-lateral trade between South Africa and Australia.  The AfCFTA is a game changer in this regard. We have a great opportunity to change market access and market growth.

I look forward to the continued strong support and assistance from the Australian High Commissioner, Ms Gita Kamath and her team at the Australian High Commission and Austrade, in furthering the growth and development of the Australia – South Africa trade and investment relationship. I would like to also welcome Mr Eugene Olim, First Secretary at the Australian High Commission to the ABCSA Executive Committee, following his arrival into South Africa in mid-January. We will all need to continue to work closely together as business and government as both the Australian and South African economies recover from the COVID-19 shock of 2020, and which follows us into 2021. The Australian High Commissioner has assured me that the Australian Government is committed to supporting business recover from COVID-19, with South Africa in particular viewed as a key commercial market. I know the Australian High Commission is interested to hear from businesses of any potential opportunities or obstacles you face as you progress through the COVID-19 crisis and its recovery.  Together, we will look for novel initiatives and seek to improve our methods of engagement – whether digital or otherwise – through the year.

My wish and invocation for all members of the Australian Business Chamber SA, friends, colleagues and associates is that we move forward with a sense of togetherness, curiosity and fearlessness. For those of us who have power and influence, may the storms we weather in business and life provide both the lessons and the guide for our future. In the words of the South African and Australian national anthems,

Australians all, let us rejoice

For we are one and free,

We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,

Our home is girt by sea. 

Nkosi Sikelel IAfrika (God bless Africa)

Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo (May her glory be lifted high)

Yizwa Imithandazwo yethu (Hear our petitions)

Nkosi Sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo (Lord bless us, Your children) 

In six days’ time Australia Day will be celebrated, on the 26 January, may I conclude by wishing you all a very Happy Australia Day.

Judi Nwokedi

Chair

Hydrogen Policy and Industry webinar – 28 July 2021

The Australian Business Chamber of Commerce Southern Africa (ABCSA) held a Hydrogen Policy and Industry webinar with excellent quality presentations from industry hydrogen leaders and government representatives from Australia and South Africa.

If you have an interest in the future of Hydrogen, and didn’t manage to catch the event, do watch this webinar which presents future strategies for South African and Australian hydrogen industry players as well as government policy and strategy. Excellent 10 minute talks were presented by Ms Natascha Viljoen, CEO of Anglo-American Platinum discussing Anglo American Platinum hydrogen experience in South Africa. Dr Rebecca Maserumule, Chief Director Hydrogen and Energy at the National Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) discussing the role of international partnerships in the implementation of the Hydrogen Society Roadmap. Mr Andrew Dickson, Development Manager with CWP Global regarding their international green hydrogen and ammonia renewable energy at a macro scale and Mr Kieran Whyte, Partner and head of Baker McKenzie Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Practice in Johannesburg discussing the regulatory environment in South Africa’s renewables sector.

Please find the link to the recording for you to view at your convenience.

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Register for the Africa METS Accelerator Program Launch Event - 29 September from 4:00-5:00 pm AEST

The Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the date of their first webinar to launch their Africa METS Accelerator Program (AMAP) series. The goal of AMAP is to help Australian METS producers enter into new markets in Africa, with an initial focus on Ghana, Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa.

The “Africa METS Accelerator program” webinar event will be taking place on the 29th September 2021 from 4:00-5:00 pm AEST.

They have an excellent panel of guest speakers confirmed, including Elizabeth Lewis-Gray {METS Ignited and Gekko), Dale Thompson (Austmine), and Sean Rooney (Global Victoria).

To register use the link

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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