The action arm of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has established a structure of six task teams to facilitate the ease of doing business. The task teams consist of business member volunteers who are passionate about the sustainability of business in the city of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Please note: Two of the task teams (Metro Collaboration and SME Task Teams) are closed groups.
Known as the Action Arm of the Business Chamber, the task teams have traditionally been the enablers of creating an environment for business to grow in and addressing inhibiting factors impacting business.
Contact Bev Mattheus on firstname.lastname@example.org or 041 373 1122 to join a Task Team or for more information.
Water Task Team
Overall objective: Create a secure supply at the correct quality level.
Goals: Secure water supply; Waste Reduction; Consistent Water Quality; Re-use of Water; Sewerage System.
WATER RESTRICTIONS: The Nelson Mandela Bay region is currently experiencing a water crisis, with water restrictions imposed by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
QUERIES RELATED TO WATER RESTRICTIONS: email email@example.com or call 041 506 2139/ 041 506 2347 or visit the Municipality's website for water related information.
Electricity & Energy Task Team
Overall objective: Creating an energy smart city.
Goals: Cost of Supply; Quality of Supply; Security of Supply; Visibility of Supply.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: New Electricity Tariffs for 2017/18
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Electricity and Energy Task Team wants to inform member companies of important changes with regards to the Electricity Tariffs for 2017/18. These changes, which will be effective from 1 July 2017, might prompt urgent action from you to ensure your electricity bills will be optimised.
The new tariffs follow intensive talks between the municipality and representatives from the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Electricity and Energy Task Team. The 2017/18 tariffs have been approved by both Council and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). A major goal of determining the new Electricity Tariffs for 2017/18 was to promote economic development and employment in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Roads and Storm Water Task Team
Overall objective: Addressing concerns regarding the upgrade and maintenance of key roads and storm water facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Goals: Assess and prioritize Roads of critical importance to business and unlocking economic potential; Assess and prioritize Roads of critical importance to business and unlocking economic potential.
Transport and Logistics Task Team
Overall objective: Improve Logistics to support investment in the region.
Goals: Improve electronic data interchange with SARS Customs; Public Transport to the Coega IDZ; Bench-marking Transport Logistics; Develop a business case for the future use of the available land, following the relocation of tank farm and manganese ore; Identifying opportunities for business.
Metro Collaboration Task Team
Overall objective: To ensure strong collaboration between the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Business Chamber at Executive level and Task Team level.
Please note that the Metro Collaboration Task Team is a closed group.
SME Task Team
Overall objective: To create an enabling environment for sustainable growth of SME member companies in priority sectors.
Goals: Formalise a structure for business to transact; Enable SME's to reach the basic compliance need of big business; Set up formal structures to access existing databases, review results of the research; Alignment of SME development with the Business Vision 2030 and IDP and ensure it dovetails; Explore untapped industry that Nelson Mandela Bay needs e.g. Oceans Economy, Tourism; Create a platform that provides skills development, strategic advice, financing options and mentoring .
Please note that the SME Task Team is a closed group.
SME PRO BONO SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s SME Task Team has embarked on an SME Pro Bono Service Opportunity Programme to create a formal structure for businesses to transact through identifying members willing to offer pro bono services or advice to other members and, in return, this engagement will help the service provider further its networking potential.
Benefits to participating Service Providers include:
• Develop future business opportunities and a new client pipeline;
• Showcase good corporate citizenship and encourage collaboration;
• Contribute to the Service Providers’ scorecards;
• Recognition of Service Providers on Business Chamber platforms.
The focus areas for the first phase of the Pro Bono Service Opportunity Programme are limited to the following areas: legal, tax, human resources/labour best practice, accounting and financial systems, automation systems, and marketing/access to markets.
The first phase of the programme is set to run from October this year. SMEs will be matched with appropriate Service Providers.
Qualification criteria for SMEs:
• First 40 SMEs on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 10 per functional area.
• Businesses who are deemed to be SMEs as per Dti definition of business with turnover under R10-million per annum;
• Must be current members (i.e. full subscriptions paid) of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber in the year services are required.
• In good standing with legislative requirements of tax clearance certificate.
• Acceptance to enter into and sign a legally binding pro bono service agreement.
• Participation in the program is strongly encouraged, but is voluntary.
For more information, please contact Task Team Co-ordinator, Bev Mattheus at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Handy contact numbers for your business
Electricity Disconnections / Re-connections: email@example.com or phone 041 506 7230/33/36 OR 041 506 7217
Burst pipes: 0800 20 50 50 (toll free)
Sewerage (Blocked drains): 041 506 2418
Roads and Storm water: 041 506 2428
Disaster Management/Fire: 0800 20 50 50 (toll free)
Traffic Emergency: 041 585 1555
Illegal Dumping: 041 506 2833
Water restriction enquiries: 041 506 2347/041 506 2139/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Services Operation Centre: 0800205050/ email@example.com
Be Electricity Smart
Turn off the photocopier when you leave - a photocopier left on overnight wastes enough energy to make about 1 600 copies.
• Switch off at the wall standby power loads at night, like television sets and personal computers.
• Turn off your computer monitor: a monitor left on overnight, wastes enough energy to laser-print about 800 A4 pages! By turning off your monitor, energy consumption can be reduced by 50%.
Enable the power-save mode on computers to reduce electricity consumption: it turns itself off after a period of inactivity.
Switch lights off at night or when not in the office, and on sunny days exploit natural light.
Use motion sensor for lights instead of leaving the lights burning during the night.
Do not install multiple lights on a single switch. Use low-energy lamps for exterior lighting. Ensure that light fittings are cleaned regularly so that more light is emitted.
Office air conditioning should be on a timer so that it switches off at night and weekends. Save 10% of the air-conditioner electricity bill by turning the thermostat down 1 in winter and up 1 in summer.
Make sure you switch off the water boilers, as they consume much energy.
Remove all cellphone chargers immediately after use.
Switch off equipment that are not in use. They waste electricity and generate heat, which has to be cooled by the fan drive system.