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Gala Dinner 2024 6:00pm, 19th Jun 2024

Price: 

Seats: £185.00
Corporate table: £2,400.00

The Chamber is delighted to announce that for the third consecutive year, our Annual Gala Dinner will be hosted at the iconic Mansion House, the Official Residence of the Mayor of the City of London.
Michael Mainelli
Professor Michael Mainelli

While in previous years we’ve had the privilege of being hosted by former Lord Mayors, this year we’re especially honoured to be hosted by the sitting Lord Mayor, The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, with whom the Chamber has had a growing relationship over a number of years.

The Lord Mayor’s theme for 2023-24 is “Connect to Prosper”, promoting the idea that we can achieve more by working together. He has long had an interest in South Africa, and we are very excited to be hosted by him, and through him to build our relationship with the City to keep South Africa connected and help it to prosper.

Mansion House, which sits right in the heart of the City, opposite the Bank of England, is a delightful place to visit, replete with gilt-topped stone columns, marble statues and exquisite art works. The Egyptian Hall, where we’ll be seated for the dinner, is a light and airy space, situated under an amazing, vaulted ceiling with mezzanine levels at each end which are backed by stained glass windows.

The Chamber’s premiere event of the year, the Gala Dinner provides a wonderful opportunity to network with peers, business associates and friends, meet members of the Chamber, Executive, Board and Advisory Board, while enjoying the finest foods and wines.

Tickets now available!

Prices:
• £155 per seat for members (Inc VAT)
• £185 per seat for non-members (Inc VAT)
• £2,000 Ex VAT for corporate tables of 10, including recognition as a sponsor of the event.

Each ticket includes a champagne reception, a three-course meal, coffee and petit fours, wine and entertainment. The Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and the two Sheriffs will be represented accompanied by representatives of the UK and SA governments.

Entertainment will be led by a five-piece band from The London Banqueting Ensemble.

We'll be welcomed to The Mansion House by The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli and The Lady Mayoress, Mrs Elisabeth Mainelli.

Michael Mainelli was elected as Lord Mayor of the City of London on 29 September 2023 and took office on 10 November 2023. He previously served Sheriff of the City of London from 2019-2021, being granted an extraordinary second year in that office, the first time since 1228, in order to provide continuity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Sir Jan du Plessis

Sir Jan has a career in business, including serving as Chair for over a period of 18 years of various public listed companies: 
BT Group plc (2017 to 2021); Rio Tinto plc (2009 to 2018); SABMiller plc (2014 to 2016); RHM plc (2005 to 2007); and British American Tobacco plc (2004 to 2009). These roles have given Sir Jan an extensive experience in leadership and governance of some major global listed companies.  Sir Jan has also served as non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group plc and Lloyds Banking Group plc, and from 1988 to 2004 he was CFO of Richemont. Currently, Sir Jan is Chair of the Board for the Financial Reporting Council and is also their Chair of the People Committee and a member of the Conduct Committee and Regulatory Standards and Codes Committee

We have confirmed Bruce Whitfield will be joining us on the evening, he will keep us amused and entertained throughout the evening. Bruce is well known as a speaker, author, journalist and particularly for his Radio 702 daily Money Show broadcasts.

Please see the video from last year’s event here.

We are pleased to announce that Finance Isle of Man will be our Platinum headline sponsor for the second year running.

International Centre of Excellence
International advisors and investors can feel confident they are doing business in a forward-thinking and well-regulated international finance centre.

Businesses locating to the Isle of Man will find a stable political system and strong economic development ethos, a skilled workforce, leading technological and physical infrastructure, and a gateway to the UK and the rest of the world.

The Isle of Man has a pro-business government that strives to create an environment for businesses to flourish and has strong partnerships with the private sector which draws upon the Island’s expertise, creativity and connections. Strong links, physical infrastructure and technical facilities enable businesses to operate, develop and deliver to their customers worldwide.

To find out what the Isle of Man has to offer watch this short video





Mansion House


Outcome of the SA 2024 Election – the Political and Economic Emerging Picture 6:00pm, 2nd Jul 2024

Price: 

£30.00

Join us for an insightful event hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce UK, where we will analyse the recent South African election results and their far-reaching implications.

Speaker: HE Antony Phillipson, UK High Commissioner, who has firsthand experience from his time in South Africa during the critical election period.

Discussion Topics:
• Internal Views: Insights into the current political climate within South Africa.
• UK Perspective: How the UK government views the election outcomes.
• Global Perspectives: Understanding international views on South Africa’s future after 30 years of democracy and its 7th democratic vote.

This event will explore the challenges and opportunities arising from a fragmented political landscape and the potential for coalition governance. With South Africa navigating a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) period, the discussion will also touch on the country’s economic trajectory and strategies for prosperity.

Why Attend:
• Gain a deeper understanding of how the new political landscape will shape South Africa’s future.
• Engage in meaningful discussions on the political, economic, and global impacts of the election.
• Network with SA Chamber directors, executives, members, young professionals, and the SA community.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from Antony Phillipson and to discuss what you can do to make a difference in South Africa's future.

We look forward to your participation in this critical dialogue about South Africa’s political and economic landscape and its implications for the future.





Simmons & Simmons LLP


Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey 12:00pm, 16th Jul 2024

Price: 

Free

Action for Southern Africa, (ACTSA), the successor body to the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the UK, along with the South African High Commission to the UK and Northern Ireland are hosting a Thanksgiving Service to commemorate the 30th anniversary of South Africa’s freedom at Westminster Abbey from 12pm to 1pm on July 16th 2024.

If you wish to receive a formal invitation, please contact ACTSA by clicking the button above.





Westminster Abbey

Leveraging Generative AI for Business Innovation 8:30am, 19th Jul 2024

Price: 

Free

We are pleased to announce we will be holding a series of 4 webinars thoughout 2024 focusing on "Unlocking AI: Essential Tips for Boosting Business Success". Learning about AI can open up new opportunities for business growth and innovation, allowing you to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving landscape.

The dates are:
• Friday 24 May, 8:30am UK time – An introduction to generative AI, Chat GPT, Copilot and prompt engineering (please see our video archive for recording)
Friday 19 July, 8:30am UK time – Leveraging Generative AI for Business Innovation
• Friday 25 October, 8:30am UK time - Creative Applications of Generative AI
• Friday 22 November, 8:30am UK time - The Future of Work with AI Assistants

In this 2nd session, our speaker, George Honiball, Senior Manager (Modern Work) at Microsoft will cover:
• Using Generative AI to brainstorm and evolve business ideas.  It’s an iterative process!
• Interactive demo of Copilot and Chat GPT in a business context.
• Ethical considerations and responsible AI use (specifically for the South African context).

About George Honiball
George is a Senior Manager (Modern Work) at Microsoft, and a certified Industrial and Organizational Psychologist. With a career spanning across renowned firms such as Deloitte in South Africa and KPMG in the UK, George has honed his expertise in implementing cutting-edge technologies including SAP, Oracle, and Workday. Currently, he lends his strategic acumen and leadership prowess to Microsoft, where he plays a pivotal role in supporting a few of their Top 500 accounts across Europe.

Participation is free, but registration is essential. Microsoft Teams links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.





Microsoft Teams


Ubuntu Global Networking Webinar 12:00pm, 25th Jul 2024

Price: 

Free

South African Chambers from across the globe have joined forces to create the International Association of South African Chambers of Commerce (IASACC). IASACC has been in existence for little over a year and we currently have 9 South African Chambers that talk regularly and share ideas, thoughts and insights across what we do for our Soth African communities living abroad.

We have now joined forces with the SA Chamber in UK and will co-host their Ubuntu Virtual Global Networking event on Thursday 25th July. We are very excited about this opportunity and will be giving members of the SA Chambers the ability to connect with each other and help build their global networks.” 

Attending our monthly global networking event, on the last Thursday of each month, not only provides a valuable platform to connect with professionals from diverse industries but also embraces the spirit of ubuntu, a fundamental philosophy deeply rooted in South African culture.

Ubuntu emphasizes the interconnectedness and importance of community, fostering a sense of togetherness and collaboration.

Our virtual networking events offer numerous benefits such as:
• Expanding professional connections, in the UK and SA
• Knowledge sharing
• Exchanging ideas and business challenges
• Unlocking career opportunities
• Enhancing visibility
• Fostering a sense of emotional support and camaraderie

Our speaker for this session will be, Werner Cloete, CEO and co-founder of Calling Education.  Werner will speak about the education landscape in SA, Calling Education's work and provide some insights into the art of the possible from their journey.

About Werner Cloete
Werner is the CEO and co-founder of Calling Education – a growing non-profit organisation that provides top-quality education to low-income learners through two Calling Academy schools in South Africa. Some of his speaking engagements include Stellenbosch University (How to Change the World and From private to public leadership), National Boys’ School Principal Convention, panelist at Oxford University (Oxford Tutorial Method), Cologne University (online: Justice in Education), several education conferences and more than twenty South African schools on a variety of topics.

He was profiled as one of Stellenbosch University’s 100 Voices in the university’s centenary and has been interviewed on national television, several radio programmes and newspapers regarding the work of Calling Education.

Participation is free, but registration is essential.

Zoom links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.





Zoom


Summer Drinks 6:00pm, 16th Sep 2024

Price: 

£35.00

Please join us for the annual South African Chamber of Commerce UK Summer Drinks, graciously hosted by Investec and in collaboration with the SA-UK Trust Network. Set on Investec’s stunning rooftop terrace with breathtaking views over London, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer. It's a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow South Africans, share business insights, and build valuable connections in a relaxed and elegant setting. In addition to fostering business relationships, you'll also be supporting incredible charities that make a significant impact.

The SA-UK Trust Network enables a forum where representatives of UK-based Trusts and Charities, supporting their southern and South African partner organisations, can interact and further their common purpose: the development and upliftment of southern and South Africa

Speakers:
Alan McKelvey, Director and Trustee of Masicorp UK
  -  The value of corporate support, how UK corporates can help create positive change in South Africa.  Introducing the life-changing work done by Masicorp in SA and the impact of corporate support by our partner RGA.
Karen Van Zyl, General Counsel, EMEA, RGA Reinsurance Group of America - What partnering with Masicorp has meant to the Reinsurance Group of America, the only global reinsurance company to focus primarily on life- and health-related reinsurance solutions.
SACC:   Entrepreneurs – the Investment for South Africa’s Future

Many charities, business programs and self-created innovation are teaching and supporting youngsters to determine where there is a need in their community and to build a solution, create income, employ people and run successful businesses.  This uplifts the communities, increases contributors to the formal sector while bring value and upliftment to their people.  Growing the economy from the bottom up.

Don't miss this chance to learn, to enjoy great company, stunning evening City views, and importantly meaningful conversations and generating business opportunities. 

We will also be joined by Gerhard Perold of Perold Wine Cellar, who will talk about his wines and will offer wine tasting through the evening.

Stuart Dickson, Braai Club, has kindly donated some SA style Biltong and Dry Wors for you to enjoy.

We look forward to seeing you for a glass of wine and more.

Speaker bio’s:
Karen van Zyl, General Counsel, EMEA, RGA Reinsurance Group of America
Karen van Zyl (Adv – SA) is the Head of Legal for EMEA of Reinsurance Group of America. She has dedicated the last 10 years to fundraising for Masiphumele Corporation in both South Africa and the United Kingdom, particularly focussed on Maths and Science opportunities for underprivileged primary school children.

Alan McKelvey, Director and Trustee of Masicorp UK 
Alan McKelvey B.E.M. educated in Belfast at Methodist College and Queen’s University where he graduated in Economics is a Trustee and Volunteer Director of Masicorp UK Ltd, the UK fundraising arm of Masiphumelele Corporation.  Focusing on education in the township of 40,000+ situated an hour’s drive from downtown Cape Town Masicorp runs nurseries for around 400 aged 18 months to 6 years, helps improve English, Maths and Science teaching for 1 950 in the local primary school, runs computer training centres accredited to ICDL/ECDL and provides adults with sewing and digital skills training. Masicorp’s work is made possible by a team 64 staff members and 47 volunteers who give their time and talents, and by donors from South Africa, America, the UK and elsewhere.





Investec


Media Training: Special Offer 10:00am, 18th Sep 2024

Price: 

£360.00

Those who remember Roz Morris from the BBC or enjoyed her MC work at the SA Chamber’s very successful Awards Evening in January, will know the value of this offering. 

We are pleased to announce a special deal for SA Chamber members from TV News London (Roz Morris’ company) to run a privately organised Introduction to Media Training session.  The session will cover how to plan and prepare for print, radio, and TV interviews in order to deliver empowered and professionally, every time, irrespective of the medium or the audience.

The session will be run by Roz Morris,  Managing Director, TV News London Ltd http://www.tvnewslondon.co.uk

We shall work with Roz to bespoke the training to the needs of the selected group attending, numbers are very limited to ensure everyone gets full value and opportunity to experience a presentation, get a recording and personally focused tips on how to improve and therefore to own your presentation space.

The 50% SA Chamber negotiated discounted fee is £300 + VAT per person (includes lunch and refreshments).  In addition to that mentioned above, each delegate will receive a copy of the TV News London Top Tips Card for preparing and delivering effective media interviews.

Sharon Constançon, our Chairman, is enrolling to gain further experience in the media environment.

This is an in-person event and the date will be set once all the participants are confirmed, at a venue in Central London.  Lunch will be provided.

There is a maximum of 5 people in the session, and 1 ticket is already sold.  Therefore, first come first served.  Your urgent response to getting training, normally only the most senior business executives gain, is crucial.

To register your interest please email Juliet Rushent [email protected]





Simmons & Simmons LLP


Ubuntu Global Networking Webinar 12:00pm, 26th Sep 2024

Price: 

Free

South African Chambers from across the globe have joined forces to create the International Association of South African Chambers of Commerce (IASACC). IASACC has been in existence for little over a year and we currently have 9 South African Chambers that talk regularly and share ideas, thoughts and insights across what we do for our Soth African communities living abroad.

We have now joined forces with the SA Chamber in UK and will co-host their Ubuntu Virtual Global Networking event on Thursday 26th September. We are very excited about this opportunity and will be giving members of the SA Chambers the ability to connect with each other and help build their global networks.” 

Attending our monthly global networking event, on the last Thursday of each month, not only provides a valuable platform to connect with professionals from diverse industries but also embraces the spirit of ubuntu, a fundamental philosophy deeply rooted in South African culture.

Ubuntu emphasizes the interconnectedness and importance of community, fostering a sense of togetherness and collaboration.

Our virtual networking events offer numerous benefits such as:
• Expanding professional connections, in the UK and SA
• Knowledge sharing
• Exchanging ideas and business challenges
• Unlocking career opportunities
• Enhancing visibility
• Fostering a sense of emotional support and camaraderie

Participation is free, but registration is essential.

Zoom links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.





Zoom


Creative Applications of Generative AI 8:30am, 25th Oct 2024

Price: 

Free

We are pleased to announce we will be holding a series of 4 webinars thoughout 2024 focusing on "Unlocking AI: Essential Tips for Boosting Business Success". Learning about AI can open up new opportunities for business growth and innovation, allowing you to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving landscape.

The dates are:
• Friday 24 May, 8:30am UK time – An introduction to generative AI, Chat GPT, Copilot and prompt engineering (please see our video archive for recording)
• Friday 19 July, 8:30am UK time – Leveraging Generative AI for Business Innovation (please see our video archive for recording)
• Friday 25 October, 8:30am UK time - Creative Applications of Generative AI
• Friday 22 November, 8:30am UK time - The Future of Work with AI Assistants

In this 3rd session, our speaker, George Honiball, Senior Manager (Modern Work) at Microsoft will cover:
• Exploring the creative side of AI: storytelling, content creation, and more.
• Hands-on session with Copilot for creative tasks (images, stories, proposals).
• Discussing the impact of AI on creative industries.
• Addressing copyright concerns and promoting originality.

About George Honiball
George is a Senior Manager (Modern Work) at Microsoft, and a certified Industrial and Organizational Psychologist. With a career spanning across renowned firms such as Deloitte in South Africa and KPMG in the UK, George has honed his expertise in implementing cutting-edge technologies including SAP, Oracle, and Workday. Currently, he lends his strategic acumen and leadership prowess to Microsoft, where he plays a pivotal role in supporting a few of their Top 500 accounts across Europe.

Participation is free, but registration is essential. Microsoft Teams links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.





Microsft Teams


Ubuntu Global Networking Webinar 12:00pm, 31st Oct 2024

Price: 

Free

South African Chambers from across the globe have joined forces to create the International Association of South African Chambers of Commerce (IASACC). IASACC has been in existence for little over a year and we currently have 9 South African Chambers that talk regularly and share ideas, thoughts and insights across what we do for our Soth African communities living abroad.

We have now joined forces with the SA Chamber in UK and will co-host their Ubuntu Virtual Global Networking event on Thursday 26th September. We are very excited about this opportunity and will be giving members of the SA Chambers the ability to connect with each other and help build their global networks.” 

Attending our monthly global networking event, on the last Thursday of each month, not only provides a valuable platform to connect with professionals from diverse industries but also embraces the spirit of ubuntu, a fundamental philosophy deeply rooted in South African culture.

Ubuntu emphasizes the interconnectedness and importance of community, fostering a sense of togetherness and collaboration.

Our virtual networking events offer numerous benefits such as:
• Expanding professional connections, in the UK and SA
• Knowledge sharing
• Exchanging ideas and business challenges
• Unlocking career opportunities
• Enhancing visibility
• Fostering a sense of emotional support and camaraderie

Participation is free, but registration is essential.

Zoom links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.





Zoom


The Future of Work with AI Assistants 8:30am, 22nd Nov 2024

Price: 

Free

We are pleased to announce we will be holding a series of 4 webinars thoughout 2024 focusing on "Unlocking AI: Essential Tips for Boosting Business Success". Learning about AI can open up new opportunities for business growth and innovation, allowing you to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving landscape.

The dates are:
• Friday 24 May, 8:30am UK time – An introduction to generative AI, Chat GPT, Copilot and prompt engineering (please see our video archive for recording)
• Friday 19 July, 8:30am UK time – Leveraging Generative AI for Business Innovation (please see our video archive for recording)
• Friday 25 October, 8:30am UK time - Creative Applications of Generative AI (please see our video archive for recording)
• Friday 22 November, 8:30am UK time - The Future of Work with AI Assistants

In this 4th session, our speaker, George Honiball, Senior Manager (Modern Work) at Microsoft will cover:
• Predicting the impact of AI on the future workplace.
• Training session on advanced prompt engineering techniques.
• How to stay ahead of the curve with continuous learning.
• Q&A session to address specific concerns and curiosities.

About George Honiball
George is a Senior Manager (Modern Work) at Microsoft, and a certified Industrial and Organizational Psychologist. With a career spanning across renowned firms such as Deloitte in South Africa and KPMG in the UK, George has honed his expertise in implementing cutting-edge technologies including SAP, Oracle, and Workday. Currently, he lends his strategic acumen and leadership prowess to Microsoft, where he plays a pivotal role in supporting a few of their Top 500 accounts across Europe.

Participation is free, but registration is essential. Microsoft Teams links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.





Microsoft Teams


Ubuntu Global Networking Webinar 12:00pm, 28th Nov 2024

Price: 

Free

South African Chambers from across the globe have joined forces to create the International Association of South African Chambers of Commerce (IASACC). IASACC has been in existence for little over a year and we currently have 9 South African Chambers that talk regularly and share ideas, thoughts and insights across what we do for our Soth African communities living abroad.

We have now joined forces with the SA Chamber in UK and will co-host their Ubuntu Virtual Global Networking event on Thursday 26th September. We are very excited about this opportunity and will be giving members of the SA Chambers the ability to connect with each other and help build their global networks.” 

Attending our monthly global networking event, on the last Thursday of each month, not only provides a valuable platform to connect with professionals from diverse industries but also embraces the spirit of ubuntu, a fundamental philosophy deeply rooted in South African culture.

Ubuntu emphasizes the interconnectedness and importance of community, fostering a sense of togetherness and collaboration.

Our virtual networking events offer numerous benefits such as:
• Expanding professional connections, in the UK and SA
• Knowledge sharing
• Exchanging ideas and business challenges
• Unlocking career opportunities
• Enhancing visibility
• Fostering a sense of emotional support and camaraderie

Participation is free, but registration is essential.

Zoom links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.





Zoom