Bloemfontein/Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (B/MCCI) will be hosting the High Commissioner of Botswana, Lameck Nthekela, at a business brunch where he is expected to address opportunities for both countries regarding innovative ideas for new businesses, products and small farming initiatives that can be introduced to the Free State Province.
Chamber President, Nancy de Sousa, said during these tough economic conditions the B/MCCI has to be at the forefront of bringing solutions to stimulate an economic revitalisation in the area.
“Chambers are in general not at their peak anymore as was the case 10 to 20 years ago. This is due to the decline in membership, which created the decrease in the size of the chamber, leading to its closure altogether. This is the case for many towns and smaller cities and needs to be reversed. Chambers have to become the focal point of economic growth in their regions. In fact, in the coming years, the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful business community will be if there is a Business Chamber that works.”
De Sousa added that the business brunch is an indication of the BMCCI stepping up to the challenge of reinventing the chamber. Lameck Nthekela will deliver the keynote address, while other speakers include CEO of GrowSA and Capital City Business Chamber in Pretoria, Fanie du Plessis; Farmer/Social Activist, Memme Ramaila; CEO of Siyon Capital, Emile Raubenheimer; CEO QK Group SA, Willie Oosthuizen and Managing Director of NUNET, Executive Director of IRCD “Garden of Life”, Steven Barnard.
The business brunch will cover topics relating to innovation in business ideas, products and/or services; obtaining new resources through the creation of investment opportunities (local, the African continent and abroad) and organisations that can assist chamber members in this revitalisation process.
The mini-summit will take place on 19 February 2020 at Tuscan Rose, Bloemfontein. For more information, contact Nancy de Sousa on 051-522-1710 or 084-442-2663 or e-mail: email@example.com. – Seithati Semenokane