IT has been a busy year for the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber as well as our membership base, who together employs over 60 000 people in the Metro.
As the countdown to the end of production and the winding down of the working year progresses, it inevitably gives us time to reflect on the successes achieved in 2015.
THE Economist’s report on Global City Competitiveness cited quality of educational systems and an entrepreneurial mindset as the primary indicators of the ability of cities to develop and attract the world’s top talent.
A city’s best chance of creating and retaining a skilled and talented workforce is to establish early, comprehensive and long-term strategies for jobs and integration of students and skilled workers.
Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber President Ian Nicholls delivered an impactful speech at the 2015 Annual Banquet on Friday, November 6.
Calling it a “year of consolidation and greater focus”, Nicholls spent time reflecting on the highlights of 2015 before outlining the Business Chamber’s goals for 2016 to the over 700 guests who attended the glamorous event.
Maybe the real challenge for our city is to turn our town centre into a social centre that supports a wide range of overlapping communal activities, only some of which are to do with shopping.
ARRIVING hot off the press in time for South Africa’s Heritage Day celebrations next week, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Coffee Table Book is a celebration of the city’s unique business culture.
With the glossy, visually driven Coffee Table Book, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber – in celebration of 150 years of organised business in the city – undertook to capture snapshots of the working character of the city.
Damage to property was calculated to be at least R 502 500, with fences and several shop windows needing to be repaired. Many of these businesses were not insured for public violence and would have to foot the repair bills themselves.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has played an active role in protecting businesses’ interest in relation to electricity tariffs. It is the second time that the Chamber presents at a NERSA public hearing in less than two months, following the presentation at the public hearings on Eskom’s selective reopener application – which was subsequently rejected.
A strong alliance of the metro’s leadership is required around a shared vision to reinvigorate trust, build confidence and be champions of hope in our region.
In 2014 the Past President of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Mandla Madwara, and I met with President Jacob Zuma at his residence in Pretoria and submitted the concerns of both Business and Civil Society regarding the poor state of our region and drew the President’s attention to the urgent need for intervention at both a political and administrative level.
The President’s commitment was to return to the city with a ministerial delegation, which he subsequently did on April 15 last year, where he engaged with the city leadership of both the Business Chamber and Civil Society Coalition at City Hall.
GROWTH is never by mere chance - it is the result of forces working together. These words by James Cash Penney certainly resonated with me when I had the opportunity to see how effective collaboration resulted into a tremendous turn-around for a former ship building town into a hub of tourism, knowledge and logistics. I could not help but wonder about what effective collaboration could mean for business in Nelson Mandela Bay, what it could mean to not only have a dream, but to enforce action with the aim of creating a competitive business environment.