On Thursday, 24th June we were delighted to launch the new “Emerald Isle Chapter”. Encompassing the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Emerald Isle Chapter will represent and assist businesses throughout the Island who are South African or who do regular business with South Africa.

During the inaugural webinar, John Mulder, the leader of the Chapter, introduced a video showcasing some of the businesses already represented in the Chapter, putting faces to names across a wide variety of business types and sizes.

This was followed by a seminar from VAT IT, who explored some of the issues associated with trading from South Africa to the UK or Ireland. They addressed some specific concerns raised by members, and gave much needed advice on this tricky and very technical issue. Their presentation can be viewed here, and they can be contacted here for a free consultation.

’We are encouraged by the level of support received at the recent launch of the SACC Emerald Isle Chapter. Even during uncertain times, there is clarity that together, we can create tremendous opportunities for the like-minded South Africans on our beautiful island.’ said John Mulder, SACC Emerald Isle Chapter Leader.

John is ready to welcome you as part of the Emerald Isle Chapter to “experience not only a business networking platform, but to be part of family that motivates one another to achieve the utmost best in every industry, profession and in one’s individual capacity as a business owner.”


If you are looking for a group to network with and are based in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, please join the Chapter’s Facebook group or contact email [email protected] for membership details.

Sharon Constançon, SACC Chairman, welcomed the formation of the Chapter saying “The Emerald Isle Chapter is the latest of a series of regional launches that represent a real, physical expansion of the Chamber into regional settings. Although as an organisation, we interact in the national and international spheres, it’s good for members to be able to connect with the people who are closest to them, who share proximity as well as common interests and roots. These are the kind of connections and networks we need to build to add resilience to our businesses and be ready to tap into recovering markets when finally, the post-COVID revival begins.”

Watch the replay below:

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