Chamber Events

Ubuntu Global Monthly Networking 12:00pm, 30th Nov 2023



Embrace the festive spirit with our exclusive SACC UK Ubuntu virtual networking event, infused with a touch of Christmas magic. We're thrilled to welcome Penny Edwards, the esteemed Director of Cellar Door Wines at St Albans and Hatfield House, as she guides us through the finest South African Christmas wine selections for 2023.

Whether you're craving a rich red by the fireside, toasting the season with a sparkling MCC, or savouring a crisp white by the beach, Penny has curated options to suit every palate. Join us for an hour of insightful discussions and delightful recommendations.

Don't miss the chance to connect in our breakout rooms, where networking may unveil unexpected opportunities. You never know who you might meet and the doors they could open. See you there!"


Gap Impact Funding challenge for Africa’s conservation sector 1:00pm, 5th Dec 2023



If you are an interested in the future of Africa’s Conservation, please join us on 5th December where we will be discussing a novel implementation model and a potential solution for the Gap Impact Funding challenge the continents conservation sector faces. Gap Impact Funding describes types of investments that seek to have a positive, long-term impact on biodiversity and conservation, but for which a clear path to profitability is typically not clear in the short-term.

Drawing from over 60 years of combined private sector experience in property development, consumer goods, front line conservation and community engagement, Rewilding Africa CIC and its partners have made it their stated goal to convert land surrounding game reserves and national parks in Africa into multiple land use, multiple revenue streams, resilient and sustainable Community Conservancies. Following first principles related to the planning, financing, development and management of a typical property development, including the incubation and setting up of conservation-based businesses within and around these Community Conservancies.

These Community Conservancies will, in effect, substantially enhance and enable biodiversity (through appropriate management and rewilding) for these landscapes, and act as thrive buffer zones, protecting the parks themselves. Community Conservancies help significantly to achieve both the Sustainable Development Goals and 30 x 30 goals stated by the United Nations and they intend unpacking potential gap impact funding solutions, including the proposed formation of a Rewilding Africa Impact Fund (RAIF).

Reasons to join this webinar:

- Understand how a novel and practical planning, development and management implementation model could be the answer to Africa’s biodiversity protection and livelihood creation crisis.

- Presented with a possible solution for the Gap Impact Funding challenge the continents conservation sector faces for vital communal and land use planning.

- Learn how Community Conservancies could in effect, substantially enhance and enable biodiversity (through appropriate management and rewilding) for the wildernesses surrounding Africa’s National Parks and Game Reserves and how they could act as thrive buffer zones, actually protecting the parks themselves.

James Arnott, CEO, Rewilding Africa CIC
James’ early career revolved around FMCG marketing management, working with corporates such as Unilever and Robertson’s Spices, based in Durban. He moved into property full time in 2003 and has subsequently been involved with several reputable development and construction businesses in ownership and various roles and has completed several successful property developments in South Africa.

Simon Kennedy
Simon is an environmental economist and project manager with 7+ years of professional experience working across a broad range of environmental sustainability and socio-economic development projects across Southern Africa, UK, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. This has enabled him to develop specialised skills in environmental valuation, economic and financial appraisal, qualitative and quantitative research, and strategy design and implementation. At the core of Simon's work is the use of economic tools to embed sustainability into decision making processes at the nexus of environmental conservation, economic opportunity, and human well-being. 
Dr. Ezra Carlson
Ezra is a senior leader and academic with over 25 years of management and advisory experience in large global multinational companies. Ezra has founded and successfully grown three startups and is a visiting academic at Cranfield School of Management, a visiting lecturer at Hertfordshire Business School and previously an adjunct professor and research fellow at Hult International Business School teaching and researching entrepreneurship, sustainability, and social innovation in finance. His current research is focused on financing the ‘funding gap’ in sustainable innovation and enhancing entrepreneurial decision-making. 

Dominic Webb
Owner & Founder of Orbis Africa UK & Orbis DMC, a bespoke Expedition company specialising in Philanthropic, Social Impact, Global Citizenship & Conservation-led tourism programmes to Africa. Orbis’ belief is that sustainable economic growth must be built through bi-lateral socially-led partnerships with local communities. Their model is simple; Tourism generated income generates sustainable solutions to positive economic, social and environmental growth. Dom started his career managing high profile Safari Lodges across East Africa before realising the power of positive tourism for education and conservation practices was paramount to Africa’s sustainable development. Dom now works as a specialist consultant in progressive & forward thinking Responsible Tourism practices for destinations, hotels, tourism departments and Governments across the African continent.   

Grant Fowlds, Author, Front conservationist, Community specialist
Grant is a passionate conservationist, a connector and communicator with a unique ability to bring people together. His fluency in both Zulu and Xhosa are a critical tool in bringing this project to fruition. He is a bestselling author, and his 2 books Saving the Last Rhinos, and more recently Rewilding Africa, are opening doors and connecting people from all over the planet with this project and programme for rangeland expansion.


Christmas Drinks for Young Professionals Chapter 6:00pm, 7th Dec 2023



Ho ho ho! Christmas is around the corner and while South Africans are more used to throwing prawns on the braai this time of year, we can get festive in the London chill too!

Join us for a celebration to cap off the year, mingle with mates, and network alongside bright minds.You never know, your next career move or business venture could be just one merry GnT away!

This event is free, but a cashbar is available.

Invites: Open to members and non-members

The Vinegar Yard, London Bridge

Celebrate Christmas with SACC UK - East of England Chapter! 12:00pm, 15th Dec 2023



Join us for a delightful Christmas gathering hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce UK - East of England Chapter. As South Africa embraces an additional public holiday, let's come together to commemorate not only the Springbok victories but also the festive spirit of Christmas within our vibrant South African business community.

Spend a relaxed afternoon with us, filled with the warmth of the season, some good company, and maybe a bit of networking. It's a chance to unwind, connect, and soak in the holiday spirit with fellow South African professionals.

Secure your spot now and be part of this special Christmas celebration at The Racing Centre!

Get your tickets here directly with the Racing Centre.  Price includes three course meal and glass of wine or champagne.

We look forward to sharing the joy of the season and networking opportunities with you!

The Racing Centre

Awards 2023 6:30pm, 31st Jan 2024


Seat: £150.00
Table: £1,800.00

The South African Chamber of Commerce UK Awards is a recognition of the best efforts and achievements of the South African community in the UK & SA, all wrapped up into a fantastic celebration evening.

This year's Awards event will be a formal dinner at Saddlers’ Hall, London, by kind permission of the Prime Warden and Court of the Saddlers’ Worshipful (Livery) Company.

These awards bring together remarkable individuals who have excelled in various fields. The evening will start with a 3 course meal followed by the announcement of the winner for each of the following categories:

• Business Woman of the Year
• Young Business Leader Award
• ESG Leader Award
• DE&I Leader Award
• Business Leader Award
• Innovator of the Year
• Chairman’s Award, sponsored by Hogan Lovells

You can find out more about the finalists on our dedicated Awards website here.

The Keynote Speaker will be announced in December.

Tickets prices (inclusive of VAT):
£125 Members
£150 Non-members
£1,800 for a table of 10, includes a sponsorship contribution

Please book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings are only final once payment has been received.


Saddlers' Hall

Third Party Events

Empowering African SME's Bridging the Trade Finance Gap 8:00am, 16th Nov 2023



The upcoming fireside chat webinar, hosted by Nigel Ritson, President of the South African Chamber of Commerce Singapore, promises to be an enlightening and insightful discussion on the critical topic of empowering Small and Medium-Sized Businesses through trade finance. Join our speakers Tom James, CEO and CIO of TradeFlow Capital Management, and Michelle Knowles Managing Director: Head of Trade and Working Capital Product at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking, as they share their extensive knowledge on the topic. Discover an overview of trade finance and its significance for SMEs and hear about real-life case studies.

Sign up for this enlightening webinar as we delve into the world of trade finance and discover how small and medium-sized businesses can leverage these tools to unlock their full potential in the global marketplace. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from industry experts and gain valuable insights into the world of trade finance.


Africa Partnership for Growth Symposium, Exhibition & Awards 16th Nov until 18th Nov, 2023


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The Leading Women of Africa (LWA) Group will host the second edition of the Africa Partnership for Growth (APG) Symposium which is due to take place at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa on 16-18 November 2023.

Programme at a Glance:

o 16th November 2023: Business symposium at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg
o 17th November 2023: Business to business meetings and visits
o 18th November 2023: The Future is Female & Male Champions Awards ceremony, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg

Dualities - Women's Empowerment in Africa Exhibition 3:00pm, 17th Nov until 25th Nov, 2023



Dualities: Women’s Empowerment in Africa will feature One To One's amazing Mentor Mothers alongside the exceptional art of women from the Undiscovered Canvas stable, including a new piece created for the show, by the renowned Nene Mahlangu. Work by Lulama Wolf, Nthabiseng Boledi Kekana and Lesego Seoketsa will also feature.

One to One patron Naomie Harris OBE is possibly best known as Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die. Ms Harris was first introduced to One to One while playing Winnie Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, opposite Idris Elba. And she co-starred in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight.

Naomie Harris says, “One to One’s 40 Mentor Mothers are my heroines. I’m delighted to see them celebrated in this important exhibition.”

Bernard Jacobson Gallery