Havinga elected chamber president

2009-07-30 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG businessman and leader in organised business, Tinus Havinga, was elected last night as president of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB).

Zandi Makhaye of Owethu Holdings, which is involved in enterprise development and in the training of co-operatives, was elected deputy president of the PCB.

The elections took place at the PCB’s annual general meeting at Chamber House.

Havinga is the principal partner of PSG Konsult Midlands, which forms part of the financial services group PSG Konsult.

He takes over from Zinhle Sokhela, who completed a two-year term — the maximum term that a PCB president is permitted to serve.

A founder-director of the PCB, Havinga occupied the role of PCB deputy president.

“I am honoured to be asked to lead this organisation,” said Havinga.

He said he plans to work closely with the different spheres of government.

An emotional Sokhela thanked her family, PCB staff and directors, and PCB CEO Andrew Layman, among others, for their support over the past two years.

Sokhela is the owner of Sesikhulile Holdings.

Layman heaped praise on Sokhela, noting that she has made tremendous sacrifices as the chamber’s president.

“Zinhle Sokhela is passionate about our chamber, its work and its potential to make a significant difference within the business environment.

“We have benefited enormously from that high degree of enthusiasm,” Layman said.

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