Big plans for South Coast Business Chamber

2016-05-05 06:00
The newly inducted South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive (from left) Ivan Naidoo, Hilton O’Dwyer, Thanda Ncane, Minnie van der Merwe, Sbu Blose, Samson Mussarrari and new president, Vijay Naidoo. Photo: vusi mthalane

The newly inducted South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive (from left) Ivan Naidoo, Hilton O’Dwyer, Thanda Ncane, Minnie van der Merwe, Sbu Blose, Samson Mussarrari and new president, Vijay Naidoo. Photo: vusi mthalane

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HAVING recently held its annual general meeting where the new executive committee was elected, the South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry has reaffirmed its position of stimulating, facilitating and leading business development in the district.

The chamber’s new president, Vijay Naidoo, said the chamber is stronger than ever after going through some rough times and is ready to be the partner of choice to key stakeholders it is involved with.

“The short-term imperative of the chamber is the stabilisation of the organisation and the replenishment of its resources in terms of its executive and membership.”

He said this will be done by re-establishing and reinforcing relationships with key stakeholders, including the membership, local and district government, their agencies and other business formations.

“If we have strong partnerships we can leverage off some of their resources and use our networks to ensure everything keeps moving,” said Naidoo­.

He said diversifying the membership will ensure that the chamber keeps in line with its strategic objectives, which include attracting black and women- owned enterprises, SMMEs and youth-owned businesses.

Former chamber president, Ivan Naidoo said there are a series of events planned, which the chamber­ will take to the business community in order to be re-mandated and win their confidence back.

On 24 May the chamber will host an agricultural event at Uvongo town hall where KZN MEC for Agriculture­, Cyril Xaba, will be keynote speaker.

Naidoo said this and other chamber-driven initiatives are intended to add value to various sectors­ of the economy.

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