Australia Day 2024
Australia Day celebrates our nation’s story, from its ancient Indigenous heritage to its modern multicultural identity. To mark the occasion, guests enjoyed gourmet street food representing Australia’s diverse migration history. Inside, guests saw images of the Yuendumu Doors painted by Aboriginal elders to facilitate the journey and connection between cultures, which has resonance in South Africa. This event also highlighted the strong relationship between Australia and South Africa, focusing on mining expertise, investment, and scientific collaborations.
Welcome to our newest member
Gili Ramalekana has a total of 22 years’ experience and he’s connections with Australia is vast. He’s just completed his role as the Senior Business Development Manager for Southern African in his role with Austrade (Australian Trade & Investment Commission). Gili was based at Austrade’s Africa Regional Office in Sandton, Johannesburg and looked after the Southern Africa region which included Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, Madagascar, Swaziland, Angola, Zambia, the DRC as well as his native South Africa. Gili was looking after Resources and Energy which included Mining and Mining Equipment Technology Services (METS) companies. Gili has been in this role for over 10 years and has represented Austrade at various outside events and spoke at the Women in Mining and Business Conference in Rustenburg hosted by the Rustenburg Chamber of Commerce. He assisted, facilitated, introduced, and connected Australian companies looking to do business in Africa and those looking to expand their operations.
MOU signed between ABCSA & SACCI
Mr. Danny Vengedasamy of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) and Mr. Shaun Mills of the Australian Business Chamber of South Africa (ABCSA) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding aimed at fostering relationships between the two chambers where there exists mutual interest in business and economic development of the chambers members. The MOU focuses on disseminating to both chambers members information on services and partnership possibilities that may be available from either or both entities, providing sectoral assistance to one another, notifying each other of and assisting each other in events promoting the products of their business communities, organizing joint meetings and seminars where there are common interests, assisting with trade missions where appropriate and to inform members about possibilities of investment and advantageous trade opportunities for both chambers members, undertaking market studies on sectors presenting interest for both chambers, promote trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, hold joint meetings when necessary and arrange business to business engagements aimed at fostering trade and business partnerships.
Various Mining Conferences: Feedback required
The Africa Down Under (ADU) mining conference will be held from the 6-8 September in Perth, Western Australia. The next Mining Indaba, will be held from the 5-8 February 2024 in Cape Town.
The Chamber would welcome advice from any ABCSA members planning to participate in ADU or Mining Indaba 2024.
Chamber executive officers would be happy to have a discussion with members about participation arrangements or to explore how we might coordinate representation and share information.
Your feedback on the above would be greatly appreciated.
Please send any comments or feedback through to Fabienne Rossouw.
Advance - Global Australian Awards
Advance.org is a professional non-profit organisation for global Australians. Each year, the Global Australian Awards takes place, which recognises the work of remarkable Australians that are making an extraordinary impact on the global stage in the industry sectors that are of particular importance to Australia.
The Global Australian Awards recognise global Australians – including Australians living and working overseas, international alumni of Australian universities and recent migrants to Australia. The Global Australian Awards showcase the achievements of these inspiring global Australians who are innovating in their field and shaping the world. Selected by a judging panel of eminent Australians, the Global Australian Award winners and finalists are collectively known as the Advance Game Changers. Since 2021, Advance has promoted over 100 outstanding individuals who are shaping our world.
Australian Energy Week 2024| 11 - 14 June 2024
The Australian Energy Week 2024, will be taking place from 11 – 14 June 2024 in Melbourne, Australia.
South African businesses have the opportunity to showcase their products and services at the South Africa Pavilion, a dedicated space for South African businesses to exhibit their capabilities and engage with potential customers and partners in the Australian energy sector.
The Australian Energy Week is a premier event that attracts key decision-makers from across the energy industry, providing a platform for networking, knowledge-sharing, and business development. With a strong focus on innovation and collaboration, the event presents an excellent opportunity for South African companies to showcase their capabilities and explore new business opportunities in Australia.
For more details on the event please visit https://energyweek.com.au/
Australia Africa Business Summit| 12 - 24 May 2024
The Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce (AACC) has confirmed that the inaugural Australia Africa Business Summit will take place at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in Melbourne from May 12-14, 2024.
AACC President Duncan Harris said he was pleased to greenlight the Summit especially now that many high-profile African delegations were now in a position to confirm their attendance. “Following feedback from our African partners we reluctantly decided to postpone the Summit from our original slot in October. The recent announcement of the African Union (AU) being permanently admitted as members of the G20 had proven to be a major distraction to geopolitical discourse but with time there is now clarity emerging.
For more details please visit the website.
Breakfast briefing with Prof Edward Kieswetter | 7 March 2024 | Country Club Johannesburg
SACANCHAM, in collaboration with SwissCham South Africa, are hosting a Breakfast briefing with Prof Edward Kieswetter, Commissioner of the South African Revenue Services. The event is taking place at the Country Club Johannesburg, Richmond on 7 March 2024, 07h30 for 08h00. Please note that SACANCHAM has very kindly given our ABCSA members a special in which you will pay the same rate as the SACANCHAM members. If you are interested in attending, please click on the link.
African Energy Indaba | 5 - 7 March 2024 | CTICC
The Africa Energy Indaba will be taking place this year at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from 5 to 7 March 2024. If you are interested in attending, please click on the below mentioned links.
https://energyindaba.co.za/register-conference/ – conference at a cost
https://energyindaba.co.za/visit-exhibition/ – no cost
AfCFTA: Status, Prospects and Opportunities Webinar| 1 March 2024
The Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) are hosting a webinar event on the “AfCFTA: Status, Prospects and Opportunities”, which is taking place on 1 March 2024 from 09h00 – 10h20 (GMT+2). If you are interested in attending, please click on the following link.
Doing Business in Botswana | Online Event| | 11h00 – 12h30 CAT / 10h00 – 11h30 CET | 29 February 2024
The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC), in collaboration with the Botswana Investment Trade Centre (BITC) and Afrika-Verein, Advantage Austria and the Swiss Business Hub Southern Africa, is hosting an online event on ‘Doing Business in Botswana’. This event forms part of our series of information sessions titled ‘Exploring Southern Africa’ and will explore the various investment and business opportunities this country has to offer, as well as give a first-hand account of the current business climate. If you are interested in attending, please click on the following link.
Mining Sustainability and Security Webinar| 28 February 2024
Creamer Media is hosting a webinar event on “Mining Sustainability and Security” which will be taking place on 28 February 2024 at 14h00. If you are interested in attending, please click on the following link.
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
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The Australian Business Chamber (Southern Africa) brings you access to a dynamic membership base.
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Doing Business in Africa
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