30 November 2017 – Year-end function
5 October 2017 – Business with Queensland Government and
12 September 2017 – Social Evening
23 August 2017 – Social Evening
4 August 2017 – Australian-Africa Trade Enquiry
A number of members and other interested parties met to discuss business issues and ways of improving trade between the two continents at Macquarie Bank. The Australian High Commissioner Mr Adam McCarthy spoke to set the scene and emphasised that the government does want to hear from industry on where trade can be better facilitated by government intervention. Everyone gathered for some social networking after the event which was sponsored by the Australian High Commission.
7 July 2017 – Retail Business Breakfast
A well-attended Retail Panel was held at Hogan Lovells in July where industry leaders spoke about the challenges and changes regarding the retail space in South Africa. Rod Salmon from ABSA who facilitated the panel described that there is a growing middle class with increased spending power in the country although this has been backed by a redistribution of government revenue towards employee compensation and social support. See the July newsletter for an overview of the event and some of the key points made.
26 May 2017 – Nedbank Business Breakfast With
In May Nedbank hosted an economic forecast discussion with Nicky Weimar the bank’s Senior Economist. Nicky gave an excellent overview of the current situation and the effects of the rating agencies’ downgrades (for our international debt) on the South Africa economy. The major risk to the economy according to Nicky is if the country’s local debt is also downgraded which could trigger substantial bond outflows and a subsequent heavy weakening of the rand.
25 April 2017 – Anzac Day
17 March 2017 – Business Breakfast With Herman Mashaba
The Mayor of Johannesburg gave a fascinating talk on some of the events from his early years living in the Apartheid regime and then onto his role of Executive Mayor of South Africa’s largest city. Mr Mashaba stressed that he believed a strong Johannesburg City would benefit all South African’s. When also asked about whether he would one day consider running for President, Mr Mashaba replied in the affirmative.
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