AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (SOUTHERN AFRICA)

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Networking in the time of Coronavirus

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you will know that we are in the grip of a pandemic, with serious implications for many of our members. We will of course need to suspend all planned face-to-face activities for the Chamber until after Easter at the earliest – we will reassess as the SA situation becomes clearer.

But I also want to point out, in case you’ve not seen it, Australian Government advice for Australians overseas: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19. Those of us who are Australian nationals living here in SA really need to decide where we are going to ride this one out. 

In my case, there is useful work to do here for the people of SA – I’m staying. But if I didn’t feel that obligation, I have to say I would be heading home. I don’t know how long this is going to go on, but 3-6 months seems a reasonable bet.

Please practice social distancing: no meetings, no handshakes or hugs, keep 2 metres apart, cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or an elbow, wash or sanitise your hands A LOT, wipe down high-contact surfaces A LOT. At first you feel silly doing it; but trust me, these simple things, if everyone does them, will slow the spread of the virus, help the health system cope and save lives. It’s that simple.

Chris Hamilton
Chairman

Economics Business Breakfast – Nedbank Campus – 11 March 2020

On 11 March, the Australian Business Chamber of Commerce Southern Africa (ABCSA) hosted a presentation on the state and outlook for the South African economy.

Australian High Commissioner to South Africa HE Ms Gita Kamath spoke of the continued strong ties between Australia and South Africa.

Nedbank Chief Economist, Ms Nicky Weimar gave a detailed insight into the domestic and global economic environment including an update following South Africa’s Finance Minister’s Hon Tito Mboweni’s February budget and the potential impacts of the COVID-19 virus.

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ANZAC Day 2020

Together with the Australian High Commission Pretoria, we regret to confirm that we will not hold a public Anzac Day service this 25th of April due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
While we are unable to gather this year at Freedom Park in Pretoria, Anzac Day will continue to occupy a special and sombre place in New Zealand and Australia’s national histories, identities and consciousness. Each time we gather for an Anzac service we honour the sacrifices and courage of those who lost their lives, families or friends. At this time, it seems fitting to remember in particular those medics and nurses who lost their lives helping others. We encourage Kiwis and Australians in South Africa and around the southern Africa region to mark Anzac Day 2020 in a different, personal, way this year. 
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.
We will remember them.

Mining Indaba 3 - 6 February 2020

The world’s largest Mining Investment event took place in February for its 26th year, with an attendance of 7,400 delegates. Australian High Commissioners and Ambassadors to Africa attended the networking events that were held and participated in some important bilateral meetings. For more information, please feel free to visit www.miningindaba.com.

Why Africa! seminar - 1 to 7 September 2019

The Australian High Commissioner Ms Gita Kamath participated in the launch of the inaugural “Why Africa!” seminar series during Australia–Africa Week in Perth. The seminar was initiated by Austrade and the Australia–Africa Chamber of Commerce to highlight the growing trade and investment opportunities between Australia and African countries, particularly in the mining, education, agribusiness, food, innovation and technology sectors.  Australian businesses rank South Africa as a top 20 international market and we look forward to President Ramaphosa’s Investment Conference in November to further highlight the opportunities in South Africa. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will also significantly raise the profile of Africa and regional opportunities for businesses on the continent. #AAW

Draft Broad-based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry

The publication of the Draft Broad-based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 (Draft Mining Charter 2018) on Friday, 15 June 2018 came in the wake of the widely-criticised Reviewed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry on 15 June 2017 (Mining Charter 2017) and the commitment by both President Ramaphosa and the newly-appointed Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Gwede Mantashe, to seek solutions to the impasse brought about by Mining Charter 2017, between a broad range of stakeholders in the industry led by the Minerals Council of South Africa (then the Chamber of Mines), and the erstwhile Minister, Mr Zwane.

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Upcoming Events

Webinar - Beyond COVID-19: The pandemic’s effect on global trade and new opportunities for Australia and South Africa

Join us for a discussion focused on informing on these themes and providing direction on where potential opportunities for product-based trade may be emerging, with a focus on bi-lateral opportunities between Australia and South Africa as informed by Trade Advisory’s TRADE-DSM models for both South Africa and Australia.

More information can be found on our Events page via the link below 

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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Message from the Australian High Commissioner HE Ms Gita Kamath dated 5 April 2020

While the Australian High Commission office in Pretoria is temporarily closed to the public, we remain committed to providing consular advice and services to Australians in Southern Africa during the current lockdown. Please find a letter dated 5 April 2020 from the Australian High Commissioner HE Ms Gita Kamath. Please click on the link.  For more information please visit