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Dear All The Eastern Gauteng Chamber of Commerce and Industry has embarked on a partnership with “Higher Me SA (Pty) Ltd” in marketing training courses to our members and other businesses in our area of interest on the Far East Rand. We take this opportunity to offer an affordable but unique 3 day short programme for employees of companies that are planning or in the process of retrenchments.  This program is known as Employee Exit and Outreach Programme and was originally designed by Higher Me for an International Organisation that needed to retrench employees in Africa. The programme was successfully delivered in Pretoria and Nairobi. Through the delivery of our programme we focus on achieving the following primary objectives:
  • Providing essential support to the Employer – Through this programme the company is able to demonstrate care and concern (good Corporate Citizenship) for valued affected employees. A very important consideration related to this, is that our service places the Employer in a positive position when engaging with Unions and/or Federations.
  • Providing support to the Affected Employees – Participants are professionally prepared for re-entering the job market. In addition, to address the reality of job shortages in the SA market, participants are introduced to the benefits and excellent possibilities that exist in Entrepreneurship and self employment.
In the event of changes that may currently be taking place in your company which could lead to retrenchments or early retirements, we believe that our Programme could play a vital part in helping to achieve a win-win outcome for all the Key Stakeholders. We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you as well as relevant Executives of your Company, for further discussion in this regard.   If we can be of service to you please contact any of the undersigned persons to arrange a meeting and fuller presentation. Mike du Toit (President)  082 414 1292 or Anita Greeff (General Manager) 011 815-5750.   Best regards Mike du Toit PRESIDENT Tel:  +27 11 815-5750 Fax:  +27 11 815-2455 email:   HIGHER ME SA (PTY) LTD Registration 2016 / 162129 / 07        
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‘Locked Down’ Trade Environment

SACCI Media Release April 2020 Trade Conditions Survey Embargo:  11:30 on Thursday, 14 May 2020 In April 2020, the strict lockdown regulations owing to Covid-19 took effect and outpaced the recessionary economic conditions. Trade conditions were badly affected and called for extra-ordinary efforts by businesses to keep afloat. The seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI) declined by 11 points to 26 in April 2020 while ... Read More
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Business Confidence Retreats

SACCI’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) for March 2019 declined by 1,6 to 91,8 compared to the February 2019 figure, and 5.8 below the March 2018 figure of 97.6. Six of the thirteen sub-indices of the BCI improved on their February 2019 readings, four declined and three remained unchanged. The rand exchange rate against the major trading and investment currencies, interrupted electricity supply and electricity tariff increase, as well as slowing manufacturing output were the largest contributors to the negative trend of the BCI in March compared to February 2019. March 2019 statistics reflect a depreciation of the rand, higher core[1] inflation, and less merchandise import volumes compared to the previous month. Merchandise export volumes were however higher in March 2019.

The BCI reflects a depressed business climate that is dominated by concerns over continued difficult and uncertain domestic economic circumstances. The upcoming 8 May 2019 general elections add to this uncertainty. Moody’s non pronouncement of its latest ratings review of the economy provides a short-lived relief of the dreaded fear of a downgrade.

There are however positive short-term business climate indicators which are in response to efforts and measures by government to grow the economy, and tenacity and resilience on the part of business in the face of the challenges of fuel increases, electric tariff increases, and load shedding. They do not overshadow the negative impact that these challenges will have in the months ahead.

For a full background to this month’s SACCI BCI see the economic commentary in the BCI report on

For more information, contact:
Alan Mukoki SACCI CEO 082 551 1159
Richard Downing SACCI Economist 082 822 5566

Tshidi Ndebele
SACCI Communications
South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)
Tel: +27 11 446 3800
Fax: 086 549 2662

SACCI New Office Address: 18 Hurlingham Road, Illovo

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Dear Member

Please be advised that the Chamber office will be closed from

TUESDAY, 18 DECEMBER 2018, and will re-open on

For urgent Certificates of Origin, please contact Amanda Howett,

Please inform your Export Department of the Chamber closure over the Festive Season.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your valued support during 2018 and wish you a happy Festive Season and a Prosperous New Year.

Kind regards

Anita Greeff
General Manager

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President’s Report on Chamber Activities.

Dear Chamber Member

We feel that it is vital that you, our members, should be kept up to date on the day-to-day
activities of the Chamber as well as kept informed about new and on-going projects.

We would value input from you with regard to the Report as well as any suggestions for
future content.

The Eastern Gauteng Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been working on a number of issues of concern to members in the course of this year.
At the top of the agenda are service and security issues. The Chamber meets regularly with the area Customer Relations Manager of the Metro in Springs where service issues about power, water, roads, parks etc are raised with the heads of departments. If our members have any issues regarding service delivery, they should please bring them to the notice of our General Manager Mrs. Anita Greeff so that those matters can be brought to the attention of the Metro in these meetings.

The Chamber also works closely with the various neighbors hood C.P.F.’s in town who, through their patrollers, submit reports regarding street lights, pot holes, water leaks and the condition of parks to the Chamber. This information is collated in the Chamber’s office and passed on to the Metro Customer Service Department. This system has worked so well in Springs that we have recently started a Brakpan chapter for our members from Brakpan.
We regularly meet with the S.A.P.S. Management regarding business crime and have encouraged S.A.P.S. Sector Managers to get to know the businesses in their areas. Where particular security problems arise, members should contact the Chamber and we will arrange for a meeting with the right security players.

At the moment we are finalizing the new Springs, Brakpan and Nigel business directory for 2019/2020 and expect to have it ready for distribution by the end of October 2018. At the same time we are continuing to develop the mobile phone business app.
In order to stimulate business interest in our region internationally, we intend distributing our directory to Foreign Trade Consuls based in South Africa, as well as sending copies to selected Chambers of Commerce and Industry throughout Africa and the world. Certain foreign Consuls have expressed interest in meeting with us and we would like our members to give us some sort of indication as to whether they would be interested in the Chamber organizing functions to meet foreign Trade Representatives.

In an effort to stimulate local business, we have held two business networking breakfasts this year where all present were given one minute to introduce their business and products. We need some support from the large companies procurement departments.
While on that subject, we also have the Business Linkage Centre (BLC) who help emerging entrepreneurs register their businesses and also help in training them in terms of basic business skills. Companies needing suppliers with BEE level 1 & 2 ratings, should get involved with this organization. The current Chairman of the BLC is Mr. Elias Shiviti of Bevcan and his Deputy Mr. Godfrey Madonsela of Carnival City.
Please contact the Chamber if you wish to know more about this organization.

The Chamber and its members are also involved in various community projects such as “Springs Clean” that contributes to maintaining the Windmill Park, Paul Kruger highway and Tonk Meter Drive. We would welcome more support for these projects. Other projects include creating awareness of the Springs Art Deco buildings heritage and fighting to sustain the Grootvaly/ Blesbokspruit nature reserve.

The Chamber also runs an “Ekurhuleni East Environmental Forum” and an “Occupational Health and Safety Forum” where members from small to large companies meet to share information and network.

For information on any of these Forums, please contact Anita Greeff at the Chamber on


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Urgent Planned Water supply interruption notice


Alliance Extension, Dersley and Modder East: Springs
The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality wishes to inform consumers in Alliance Extension, Dersley and Modder East: Springs of urgent planned water supply interruption.

Wednesday 15 August 2018


NATURE OF INTERRUPTION Low water pressure to no water


AFFECTED AREAS Alliance Extension, Dersley and Modder East: Springs

REMEDIAL ACTION Repair the leaking pipe
NUMBER OF TANKERS PROVIDED AND LOCATION 03 water tanker roaming the areas

For any other information and updates contact Elliot Nkongolo 011 999 7725/ 03 252 9222 – Sen Ops Officer alternatively Ronald Maila – 011 999 2207/ 083 321 6189 - Engineer, Water and Sanitation, Brakpan Depot

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