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Eastern Cape Business 2020 edition

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  • Eastern
  • Cape
  • Mohair
  • Mandela
  • Nelson
  • Nedbank
  • Banking
  • Economic
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The 2020 edition of Eastern Cape Business is the 13th edition of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2006, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape’s investment and business opportunities are highlighted in this publication. One of the province’s unique economic assets, the mohair industry, is highlighted in a special feature while the occasion of the 10th birthday of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is celebrated in an article on tourism and events. Overviews are provided on the key economic sectors of the province, including the increasingly important Special Economic Zones and energy, where the Eastern Cape is leading the nation in attracting investment in wind power. The major business chambers in the province have made contributions to the journal.


PROFILE PROFILE The Nelson Mandela Bay Business The Nelson Chamber Mandela Bay A catalyst Business for economic growth Chamber in the region. A catalyst for economic growth in the region. The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber is a not-for-profit organisation representative of a broad spectrum of businesses The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber is a not-for-profit in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is one of the largest business organisation representative of a broad spectrum of businesses associations in the Eastern Cape, with a membership of more in Nelson Mandela Bay. than 700 businesses It is one employing of the largest over 100 business 000 people associations in a diverse in the Eastern array of sectors. Enterprise Development Cape, with a membership of more than 700 businesses employing The over Nelson 100 000 Mandela people Bay in a Business diverse array Chamber of sectors. is a leading catalyst and Exporter for economic The Nelson development, Mandela through Bay Business its strategic Chamber Triple is a leading Helix model catalyst of collaboration for economic between development, industry, through academia its strategic and government, Triple Helix which model Development serves of as collaboration the foundation between of creating industry, a competitive academia and Nelson government, Mandela Bay. which The serves Business as the Chamber foundation has of been creating the heartbeat a competitive of business Nelson success Mandela The Nelson Mandela Bay Business in the Bay. region The for Business over 150 Chamber years. The has Business been the Chamber heartbeat is driven of business by a Chamber Enterprise Development team success of dedicated in the staff region and for volunteers, over 150 years. lobbying on issues affecting the Programme was launched in 2014, to ease of doing The Business business Chamber and companies’ is driven sustainability. by a team of The dedicated organisation staff and develop the skills that enhance and also builds volunteers, international lobbying relations issues to form affecting a vital the link ease between of doing business grow small Nomkhita businesses. Mona, In Chief 2018 the owners and and companies’ international sustainability. markets. The organisation also builds interna-Businestional relations to form a vital link between business owners and ed the fifth phase of the Enterprise Chamber Executive successfully Officer. host- international markets. Development enhance and Programme, grow small with Vision SMEs businesses. set to graduate In 2018 in the March Business 2019. To be Vision a leading catalyst for economic development in Nelson Mandela Bay. Over Chamber 120 entrepreneurs successfully have hosted benefited the from fifth this phase programme. of the Enterprise To be a leading catalyst for economic development throughout Nelson Mandela Bay. Meanwhile, Development the pilot Programme, phase of Mission the from Business which Chamber’s SMEs graduated Exporter in By influencing Mission the factors and key stakeholders that create a competitive Development March 2019. Programme concluded at the Over end 120 of 2018, entrepreneurs with 10 com- have enabling By influencing business environment. the factors and key stakeholders that create a competitive enabling business environment. panies benefited finishing from this programme this programme. in its first year. Meanwhile, The programme the pilot is phase aimed of at Task Task Teams teams empowering the Business SMEs Chamber’s to position Exporter themselves as emerging exporters. The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has established a structure Development Programme for The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has established a structure of three task teams divided into sub-groups, to facilitate the ease of 2018/2019 had 10 participants. of seven task teams to facilitate the ease of doing business. doing business. The task teams are: That figure has grown for the The task teams are: • Infrastructure Task Team 2019/2020 intake with 19 • Water Task Team Events - Roads and Stormwater Sub-group participants registered. The • Roads and Storm Water Task Team Events at the Nelson Mandela Bay - Water Sub-group programme is aimed at empowering SMEs • SME - Electricity Task Team Sub-group Business Chamber to position keep themselves business • • Electricity SMME Task and Team Energy Task Team owners as emerging up to date exporters. and informed • • Transport Special Projects and Logistics Task Team Task Team on a wide variety of topics affecting • Metro Collaboration Task Team business Events in Nelson Mandela Bay. • Enterprise Trade and Development Investment Task and TeamExporter Development Regular Events networking at the Nelson functions Mandela offer Bay The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Enterprise Development Programme was launched in 2014, to develop the skills that owners up to date and Business Chamber keep business informed EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2019 12 An eighth task team, called Industry 4.0, begins its work in 2019 to prepare local businesses for the digital shift. 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PROFILE on a wide variety of topics affecting business in Nelson Mandela Bay. Regular networking functions offer business owners the chance to make new professional contacts. The Business Chamber’s flagship events – the Annual Business Chamber Golf Day, the Annual Ladies’ Breakfast and the Annual Banquet – are highlights on the Bay’s business and social calendar. The Events Department hosted a total of 61 events in 2018. Other services Publications and marketing As another value-added service to members, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber provides members with a variety of publications across print and electronic platforms, including the member magazine Infocom (distributed three times a year) and the annual Business Guide. Help desk In line with its vision of providing an enabling environment for business, the Business Chamber set up an Ease of Doing Business help desk in 2018. The help desk assists members through reducing red tape and engaging with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro regarding these members’ obstacles in conducting business. The Business Chamber also engaged with the city’s leadership in 2018 towards the goal of establishing a One Stop Shop for existing and potential investors and will continue these engagements in this year (2020). Corporate Social Investment Because the majority of our membership’s workforce is based in the city, the region of Nelson Mandela Bay is the direct beneficiary of their Corporate Social Investment programmes – including skills development initiatives, bursaries and scholarships. Many of our member companies significantly contribute to alleviating poverty and specifically unemployment in the region of Nelson Mandela Bay through various initiatives purposed to grow the local economy. Research unit The Business Chamber established an in-house cluster research unit in 2018. Its aim is to identify several catalytic projects that can be marketed to investors and contribute to the development of key sectors. The unit provides a library of business intelligence and insights for the development of essential clusters. Certificates of Origin A Certificate of Origin is a document which states the origin of goods being exported and this “origin” is a key requirement for applying tariffs and other important criteria. As an accredited provider of this service, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber signs Certificates of Origin and offers exporters the opportunity to certify electronically through the ECOO system. Contact Details Address: 200 Norvic Drive, Greenacres 6045 Enquiries: Nomkhita Mona Tel: +27 41 373 1122 • Fax: +27 41 373 1142 Email: Website: In 2019, the Business Chamber adopted Masinyusane Development Organisation, an NPO that creates opportunities for impoverished South African communities, particularly the youth, to get quality education and to develop their talents in order to realise their full potential. The Business Chamber also partnered with Khipu Networks who donated painting material for the painting of two classrooms at Walmer High School. ■ 23 EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2020

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