On Monday 31 July, the Australian Business Chamber of Commerce Southern Africa hosted a panel discussion event focused on operating in the South African Business Environment. The event was graciously hosted by Nedbank at their offices in Sandton and well attended by the members of ABCSA despite it being an early start on a cold Monday morning. The event started with an energetic and very informative presentation by Ms Nicky Weimar, Chief Economist at Nedbank, on the current economic outlooks for South Africa after which Mr Scott Morris of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission moderated a panel discussion on the knowledge, experience and perspectives of business leaders operating in the South African Business Environment with particular focus on energy & Infrastructure, inclusivity, Investment Environment, Security and Skills. The panel consisted of Ms Natalie Wills from Cotton On, Mr Errol Smart from Orion Minerals and Mr Engelbert Binedell from Growthpoint Properties who all provided valuable insights and perspective on both the challenges and the opportunities these provide to business. On completion of the formal activities, many of the members and panellists spent time networking and building on existing and new connections. ABCSA would like to thank Nedbank for hosting of the event, Scott Morris for moderating, Nicky Weimar for the presentation, the panellists for their valuable insights and all of the ABCSA members that attended the event. The feedback received was all extremely positive and ABCSA look forward to hosting similar events through the course of this year. We will keep our members updated on these plans and welcome feedback and ideas on future events.