Oct 22, 2010
Chamber partners to host second forumBack
© Reuse this
“This year, we have partnered together, compared with last year when we only supported Afrika-Verein by distributing the invitations and inviting panellists. This year, we are fully involved in organising the whole forum because we have many contacts in South Africa and want to have balanced representivity from both countries,” says SAGCCI deputy CEO Frank Aletter.
The forum aims to target businesspeople and key decision-makers by bringing them together to discuss topics such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, transport, health, infrastructure, vocational training and skills transfer, as well as promoting Germany as a business destination to its South African counterparts, he explains.
“The forum is structured by way of panels, with each panel lasting 90 minutes. This year, we have incorporated discussions led by a moderator after the presentation to start a dialogue about future business opportunities and to encourage participation from the delegates,” adds Aletter.
The SAGCCI expects about 300 delegates to participate in this year’s forum, from both Germany and South Africa.
Last year’s forum, held in Germany, focused attention on South Africa, with a video opening address by President Jacob Zuma promoting South Africa as a business destination.
Aletter believes that the presentations offered at the forum will enable key people in specialised areas to initiate relationships that will grow into the future and, hopefully, turn into viable business relationships.
The forum is hosted bilaterally between Germany and South Africa.
The SAGCCI is currently conducting a survey with its member companies about the business climate in South Africa and the influence of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. So far, almost 100% of the respondents indicate that the World Cup has given South Africa a much better image than it had before and that German companies are more enthusias- tic about establishing business relations in the country.
“The business relationship between the two countries is strong, but there is always room for growth to attract new business opportuni- ties,” he says.
Meanwhile, it seems, despite the recent strikes in the automotive and components industry in South Africa, most companies are still committed to South Africa. This might also be affected by the establishment of the Motor Industry Development Programme and its successor, the Automotive Produc- tion and Development Programme, Aletter explains.
“The strike negatively affected our members and, unfortunately, we could not assist them in any way because it was a matter between the employer and the trade unions. Most of the companies have since recovered,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the SAGCCI reports that indus- tries that hold great potential for business partnerships between Germany and South Africa include infrastructure, energy, water, transport and telecommunications, as South Africa plans to invest R846-billion in the next few years to upgrade these structures.
The chamber also reports that it will host a workshop on acid mine drainage (AMD) in November, in Johannesburg. “Germany had the same experience some years ago after the unification of the country and SAGCCI sees this as an opportunity to partner with South Africa to assist with the AMD challenge,” adds Aletter.
Under the patronage of the Federal German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, a business delegation consisting of 15 companies will come to South Africa at the end of November to explore business opportunities and strengthen partnerships with the agriculture sector.
In conclusion, SAGCCI reports that, in 2011, it will send a delegation of company representatives and government delegates to Germany to exchange knowledge and experience on the solar energy, as Germany has set an example for solar energy as a viable possibility.
Edited by: Shannon de Ryhove© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other South Africa Germany Partnership News
Since January this year, trade between Germany and South Africa has seen a slight decline, owing to a weaker rand and delays in starting local infrastructure development projects, says Southern African-Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) CEO Matthias...
Johannesburg-based process solutions design and development company GEA Process Engineering has strengthened its emission control unit with the appointment of new sales manager Kayimbi Mpanya. The company is the representative of Germany-based emission control...
Updated 7 hours ago Top aluminium producer United Company Rusal will start producing metal at its Boguchansk project, in Russia, by June and will ramp up output over the following year depending on demand, the company's chief executive said on Monday. Weak aluminium prices are forcing...
Updated 7 hours ago Dubal Holding, the holding company for Dubai's stake in Emirates Global Aluminium and other assets, is considering possible acquisitions in local and international energy projects, it said on Monday. The firm was looking for equity interests related to coal, solar,...
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
Another cement manufacturer is set to enter the Ugandan market, raising hopes that prices will come down and spur growth in the construction industry. National Cement, a Kenyan manufacturer, has unveiled plans to invest $195-million in a new manufacturing plant in...
With growth rates exceeding that in the developed world – at an average of between 4% and 5% between 2002 and 2014 – African countries provide investors with ample reason to tap into booming consumer demand says Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad...
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) decreased by 3.7 index points month-on-month to 89.1 in March.
Next ArticleGermans look to Brazil 2014