Chamber of Business: former CEO Layman bids farewell to PMB

2011-03-17 00:00

FORMER CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) Andrew Layman bid a fond farewell to the business community of Pietermaritzburg last night.

Layman is now the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) CEO.

Invited guests included leading industrialists, business owners and political leaders from in and around the KZN Midlands, such as Finance MEC Ina Cronje, Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, various mayors, and representatives of several consular corps (India, U.S. and Denmark).

Several past presidents and honorary members of the PCB were also present.

Layman was at the helm of the chamber for about 13 years, including a period as director of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI).

He enjoyed a rewarding and successful career in education prior to joining the chamber.

Layman will spend the next three years turning around the fortunes of the DCCI.

He has also been an integral part of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci).

PCB President Tinus Havinga praised Layman for his leadership in developing the chamber into one of the best in the country.

Havinga added that he (Layman) was instrumental in exposing and correcting unfair and irregular electricity billing practi­ces at municipal level.

“Andrew, we will continue with our negotiations to get a practical, fair and business friendly municipal services delivery system. If we can achieve it soon, then it will certainly be a catalyst for real and sustainable job creation and as critical, job retention, in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds,” Havinga said.

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