New PCB president outlines his plans at gala dinner

2011-08-05 00:00

THE growth of the small business sector, as well as the transformation of the chamber movement, are among the key issues that will inform the term of the newly-inducted Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) president Paris Dlamini.

Dlamini was elected president of the chamber last week at the PCB’s annual general meeting, while Kevin Beekrum, the managing director of Xcelerate Outsourcing, was elected deputy president.

“My biggest dream is to witness the growth of SME [small and medium enterprise] sector in the city,” Dlamini told guests at a PCB gala dinner at the Golden Horse Casino last night.

GalaFormer Eskom chairperson Mpho Makwana was the keynote speaker for the evening.

His speech, “Reflections of a Generation X leader” focused on competitive advantage and purposeful leadership.

Dlamini has been a PCB director for several years and is managing consultant of the recruitment agency Ekuseni Consulting.

“The PCB has launched the SME desk, formerly known as the women empowerment desk [sponsored by Absa] and with that tool we are looking forward to assisting, wherever possible, our fellow business people.

“I would like to invite our African businesses people, operating large and small businesses, to come forward and participate in our networking and standing committees, thereby building the future of the PCB,” Dlamini said.

He added that the chamber has made progress with the Msunduzi Municipality regarding issues like improved communication, consultation and collective participation.

“We have agreed to start talks of LED [local economic development] and industry engagement to pave a three- to five-year plan of how we could jointly build a sustainable, job-creating Pietermaritzburg,” Dlamini said.

Two former chamber presidents, Brenda Eckstein and Babu Baijoo, were inducted as honorary presidents.

Various other presentations were made to other honourary and past presidents.

Managing executive of Vodacom KwaZulu-Natal, Alberts Breed’s speech focused on how business can be made easier through the technology sector.

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