New office bearers for business chamber

2015-06-03 06:00
New office bearers on the board of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber are (from left) second vice-president MC Botha, president Ian Nicholls and first vice-president Cumesh Moodliar.                          

New office bearers on the board of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber are (from left) second vice-president MC Botha, president Ian Nicholls and first vice-president Cumesh Moodliar. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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THE board of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has elected new office bearers, including a new president.

The new president is Ian Nicholls, president and managing director of General Motors Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nicholls has served in various leadership roles within the automotive industry at both a local and an international level.

A new incumbent on the board, Cumesh Moodliar, Eastern Cape regional head of Investec Private Bank, was elected first vice-president. MC Botha, managing director at Joubert Galpin Searle and member of the Chamber’s executive and governance committees, is second vice-president.

The new honorary treasurer is Simone Mao-Cheia, a director at PKF Port Elizabeth. Mao-Cheia is also the chairperson of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants Port Elizabeth District.

Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler said he had every confidence that the new office bearers would collaboratively drive the chamber’s vision of placing the business needs of the city on the highest agenda, to ensure a prosperous and sustainable Nelson Mandela Bay.

These appointments come at a critical time as business in the city moves to strengthen its focus on ensuring that an enabling environment is in place which is business-friendly.

Nicholls said the core areas which had an impact on the viability and competitiveness of businesses would serve as the primary focal points of action for the chamber going forward.

“We must get the basics right. We need to lobby to ensure that reliable, and cost-competitive electricity, water and other services are supplied to business. Key infrastructure such as roads, rail and the port must be upgraded and maintained. Beyond these essentials, we need to ensure that major projects which are earmarked for our city are fully leveraged to ensure that spin-off opportunities are generated for downstream businesses.”

Nicholls said organised business wanted to interact in a more strategic and focused manner with local government to ensure that the right levels of capacity were established, thereby ensuring the delivery of key services.

“This also presents an opportunity for the metro to move forward in a bid to address key challenges and realise its full potential.”

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