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News from the Chair

2020 was an historical year during which we collectively faced extraordinary change.

As the new year rolled in, we were reminded by Australian PM, Honourable Scott Morrison that,

“The New Year does not start without its challenges. COVID still hasn’t gone away, it hasn’t taken a holiday, it won’t be going anywhere, and as a result, we continue to deal with the very serious challenges.” 

We kick off 2021 with a pressing need to learn a new business language, a new way of doing and being. We are no longer reeling from the shock and panic the Covid-19 pandemic brought in 2020, but we continue to grapple with the challenges, to ensure that our economies will survive, let this year be the making of all of us as better business people, better people. 

The question keeping many of us awake at night is How? How do we move forward? How do we continue to trade in such choppy waters? How do we navigate the unknown? And perhaps, most pressing, how do we preserve both profitability and people? 

What is clear is that we must avoid complacency and as leaders we must inspire, reflect, act, and develop greater confidence and relational networks across ABCSA and our counterparts in Australia. This is a journey that none of us can endure alone. 

In his address to the nation on 11 January 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa referred to the three C’s to combat the relentless spread of the Coronavirus – Closed spaces, Crowded places and Close contact with others. For business to re-emerge from the ashes of lockdown, we need to take a parallel three C approach – Collaboration, Connectivity and Commitment. Living in unprecedented times requires unprecedented responses and courage from us all. 

The statistics, economic forecasts, political analyses can all be found using search engines and our preferred news sources. The sense of doom and gloom is palpable. In the groundswell of confusion stirred up by the naysayers we must ponder the pertinent questions. The answers lie at the deepest granular and Intersectional levels. Why do we get up in the mornings? Why do we do what we do? Why are we in business?

And as I write this message, healing from a bout of what was thought to be tick bite fever, I am reminded that our environment and nature must be respected. 

I am inspired by the words of the Pope who said, “Today more than ever, I think it is necessary to educate ourselves in solidarity, to rediscover the value and meaning of this very uncomfortable word, which oftentimes has been left aside, and to make it become a basic attitude in decisions made at the political, economic and financial levels, in relationships between persons, peoples and nations.”


It is my hope that in the spirit of solidarity, the developments around COVAX and GAVI will ensure that all citizens have access to the COVID- 19 vaccines, irrespective of financial status or the ability to land bi-lateral deals with manufacturers.

Furthermore, I am heartened by the concerted efforts to strengthen bi-lateral trade between South Africa and Australia.  The AfCFTA is a game changer in this regard. We have a great opportunity to change market access and market growth.

I look forward to the continued strong support and assistance from the Australian High Commissioner, Ms Gita Kamath and her team at the Australian High Commission and Austrade, in furthering the growth and development of the Australia – South Africa trade and investment relationship. I would like to also welcome Mr Eugene Olim, First Secretary at the Australian High Commission to the ABCSA Executive Committee, following his arrival into South Africa in mid-January. We will all need to continue to work closely together as business and government as both the Australian and South African economies recover from the COVID-19 shock of 2020, and which follows us into 2021. The Australian High Commissioner has assured me that the Australian Government is committed to supporting business recover from COVID-19, with South Africa in particular viewed as a key commercial market. I know the Australian High Commission is interested to hear from businesses of any potential opportunities or obstacles you face as you progress through the COVID-19 crisis and its recovery.  Together, we will look for novel initiatives and seek to improve our methods of engagement – whether digital or otherwise – through the year.

My wish and invocation for all members of the Australian Business Chamber SA, friends, colleagues and associates is that we move forward with a sense of togetherness, curiosity and fearlessness. For those of us who have power and influence, may the storms we weather in business and life provide both the lessons and the guide for our future. In the words of the South African and Australian national anthems,

Australians all, let us rejoice

For we are one and free,

We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,

Our home is girt by sea. 

Nkosi Sikelel IAfrika (God bless Africa)

Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo (May her glory be lifted high)

Yizwa Imithandazwo yethu (Hear our petitions)

Nkosi Sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo (Lord bless us, Your children) 

In six days’ time Australia Day will be celebrated, on the 26 January, may I conclude by wishing you all a very Happy Australia Day.

Judi Nwokedi


2021 Advance Global Australian Survey

Advance has launched its annual Advance Global Australian Survey for 2021. As the leader of a trusted organisation for many overseas Australians in Southern Africa, Advance would like to invite Australians living overseas and those people connected to Australia through work, study or relationships, to partake in the survey with other global Australians. Whether you are an Australian living overseas, planning to go overseas, or someone connected to Australia, the survey will assist them to understand more about yourself and your experience as a “global Australian”.
If you would like to take part in this survey, please find details below.

Why take part? The survey takes less than 10 minutes, and you can:

  • Share your experience around the impact of border closures
  • Show the pipeline of talent overseas and returning to Australia
  • Help us better serve you through our programs and activities

Start the survey


Trade Commissioner Welcome Reception Drinks Event – Thursday, 21 October 2021

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ABCSA membership presentation is available for download here


Fasken – Doing Business in South Africa Guide is available for download here

Member Portfolio

ABCSA members portfolio is available for download here

Welcome to our newest members

Telesure Investment Holdings

TIH is a South African born financial services group founded in 1985, that now forms part of the BHL group. Globally, it provides insurance cover and price comparison services to 11 million customers in eight countries, with main centres of operation in Johannesburg, London and Brisbane. TIH owns and operates several Non-Life Insurers in South Africa as well as a Life Insurer.


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Hydrogen & Fuel Cells: Leading SA’s New Energy Industry - 1 December 2021

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) in collaboration with Dube Tradeport Special Economic Zone would like to invite you to a TELCO Executive Roundtable meeting on “Hydrogen & Fuel Cells: Leading SA’s New Energy Industry” which is taking place on Wednesday, 1st of December 2021 from 10am until 12:30pm followed by a networking lunch at the Hotel Sky Sandton, Johannesburg.   Please check out the virtual Zoom link.

For  more information or RSVP to Blaine

Securing Australia’s global role in the industry’s future - 23 November 2021

Find out why the private sector and government in Australia have embraced the space industry and are looking to secure a global role in its development and future.

The global Space Economy is estimated to be worth $345 billion USD. Within this rapidly growing sector, where does Australia fit in? And what are the benefits of our exploration for Australians and for Australian businesses?

What can our industry leaders gather from the Australians pioneering space technology overseas?

We will seek answers to these, and many more questions, with our panel of space experts.

This digital Town Hall is for all viewers, from the everyday citizen through to space industry experts.

For more information please click on the link

Dubai Expo Virtual Platform Infrastructure Session - 17 November 2021

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition would like to invite you to take part in the Dubai Expo Virtual Platform “Infrastructure Session” event that is taking place on the 17th of November 2021 from 10H00AM – 12H00AM – South Africa time (12:00 -14:00 UAE).

If you would like to attend, please find attached Infrastructure invite for the Dubai Expo virtual event and please click on the following link to register.

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.

Explore business opportunities

In business, access to commercial and government networks is critical.

The Australian Business Chamber (Southern Africa) brings you access to a dynamic membership base.

Search for new partners, build relationships, explore opportunities or simply learn from experience on opening a business.

Doing Business in Africa

Africa is home to 6 of the top 10 fastest growing countries in the world and Australian exports to sub-Saharan Africa now top $11 billion a year.

We want to help you tap into those markets.


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