Post Mining Indaba Seminar

Fortuitously, the SA Chambers’ second event in the Business Seminar Series, the Post Mining Indaba Seminar, held in association with ABSA and the South African High Commission, was preceded by a major press announcement less than 48 hours before the event was due to take place.

The announcement that Rio Tinto had signed off on a near $500m investment in its South African mineral sands business, providing a much-needed boost to the country’s mining industry, was truly great news for all attendees and speakers.

South Africa has a long involvement in the mining industry, and the Mining Indaba, the annual event held in Cape Town in February has become a miners’ pilgrimage. This seminar was our attempt to bring an update to a London audience who may have missed out on going to Cape Town. Participants on the day were made up of analysts, private equity groups, and mining companies active on the continent. 

ABSA gave a concise economic and minerals overview, which was followed by Sello Helepi (inset) of the Department of Mineral Resources who gave an update on some of the challenges being faced and some which have been overcome, as well as an insight into the upcoming changes expected post elections on the 8th May.

The panel discussion which followed, with Neil Hume, the Financial Times’ Natural Resources Editor, moderating, was extremely insightful. Many different facets of the mining industry were explored, including how the industry is responding to environmental concerns from the public and how often these are now shared by potential investors. Also, chamges in how the industry interacts with and includes local communities in the planning and decision making processes were explored.  

Pannelists: Jeff Gable , Shirley Webber, Sello Helepi, Adonis Pouroulis, Neil Hume (FT)

The feedback from the attendees has been extremely positive, and overall the mining and extractive industry globally is seeing an upturn in interest. The new mantra which is key to sustainable mining, of prioritizing people, planet and profit is now also adopted by South African mining groups.

The South African Chamber of Commerce will continue to showcase relevant sectors with real opportunities, bringing the voice of Government, finance institutions and private sector on one stage.

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Board Breakfast with Economic Cluster Ministers

On Tuesday 28 October the Chamber was pleased to introduce Board members to a senior delegation from the South African Government comprising three senior economic cluster ministers.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene met with senior figures in the South African business community to discuss the National Development Plan and the South African investment climate.

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Chamber Connects October 2014

October’s CC event saw Carolyn Andrew and Richard Palmer, both Directors at Quirk, discuss digital marketing in Africa and gateways into the fastest growing market in the world. Photos courtesy Ronel van Zyl.

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October Indaba

Liz Lugt, founding member of Blue Acorns, addressed October’s Breakfast Indaba and offered advice on how to build a healthy and sustainable business.

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Chamber Connects September 2014

September’s Chamber Connects event saw Caroline Kennair and Deepinder Lamba of Deloitte discuss the latest human capital report findings for South Africa. Photos by Ronel van Zyl.

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Breakfast Indaba September 2014

Former Business Leader of the Year Mark Jankovich addressed guests at September’s Indaba and provided bespoke advice on all things entrepreneurship. Photos courtesy Ronel van Zyl

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Breakfast Indaba 14 August 2014

Award-winning franchisee Odile Ham shared her wisdom on expanding her business in the UK with attendees of the Indaba on 14 August 2014

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SA Women’s Day Celebration 7 August 2014

SA Chamber’s annual celebration of South African Women’s Day. In South Africa, 9 August commemorates the 50,000-strong march of women in 1956 to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against discriminatory pass laws that restricted freedom of movement and privacy. To celebrate the significant strides that have been made in female empowerment since the end of apartheid, the Chamber is hosting an evening of conversation and dialogue with high-profile women from all sectors.

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SA Chamber Breakfast 10 July 2014

CEO of Sanlam Private Investments Craig Massey provided Indaba guests with outstanding tips for SME investment and growing a small business. 

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Summer Drinks 2014

The Chamber’s premier annual networking event saw a fantastic turn out despite the rain. Thank you again to Nedbank Capital for hosting such an outstanding evening of sparkling conversation and South African wine!

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