The Chamber’s task teams provide each and every member with a platform for action. Each task team acts as a forum for the interaction of business leaders with each other, and with role-players in local government, parastatals, education, NGOs and others, in order to address issues critical to economic growth and development in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Active and passionate, the SME Development task team recognizes the need to develop and support SMEs as the lifeblood of the economy in the Eastern Cape. Jeremy Barton heads up a dynamic group of SME owners and entrepreneurs who aim, through the task team, to create not only networking opportunities for those in the SME category, but an enabling educational environment for SME growth through a targeted mentorship programme.
- To help SME owners overcome the challenges associated with running a small business, including the process of tendering and securing funding for business.
- To assume the role of a lobby group on issues affecting SMEs in the Metro.
Strategic Resources forum
Tackling as they do issues surrounding water and electricity supply, the focus of the Strategic Resources forum is key to business operations in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Led by Angus Clark, this group consists of plant engineers, representatives of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s water and electricity departments, Eskom, the Department of Water Affairs, and other parties interested in issues around water and electricity. The team has enjoyed success in its flagship Adopt A School project, which saw businesses assist local schools in water conservation through plumbing repair and conservation education.
- To secure the quality and supply of water and electricity to the region, and the maintenance of both.
- To share best practice in the industrial use of strategic resources.
- Electrical demand management, electrical infrastructure upgrades and quality of supply monitoring, as well as funding for infrastructure and the urgent need for the increase of supply capacity.
Transport and Logistics
The goals of the Chamber’s Transport and Logistics task team include the development of a maritime industry, the improvement of existing infrastructure, and the optimization of logistics corridors already in place. John Lawlor heads up a group of people representing the shipping, freight and logistics industries, Transnet, the Coega Development Corporation, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality transport and roads departments, SANRAL, and the provincial transport department. The task team advocates the improvement of transport modalities and infrastructure by increasing efficiency and effectiveness, thereby contributing to the economic growth and social development of the region.
- The extension of the Port of Ngqura’s Container Terminal.
- The optimization of the region’s rail corridor.
- The establishment of a training centre of excellence to contribute towards skills development in relevant sectors.
The Renewable Energy task team supports the positioning of Nelson Mandela Bay as a hub for the manufacture of renewable energy, and as a centre of excellence of RE manufacturing, implementation and planning. Led by Wendy Fisher, their aim is to establish an efficient mechanism to share information, best practices and new trends with business on RE solutions and benefits. The team will provide technical expertise and guidance in the formulation of the RE manufacturing ‘pillar’ of the city’s industrial development strategy. This task team comprises representatives from twenty-two institutions, including Provincial Government, Local Government, Development Corporation, Municipality, Manufacturers, Service Providers, Education, the Department of Energy and Eskom.
Environment & Greening Business
The Environment and Greening Business task team is headed by Andrew Phillips of Green Leaf Enviromental Standards. This group is responsible for rewriting the Business Chamber’s environmental charter, and the review of environmental practices within member companies. The team is focused on developing a good relationship with the environmental directorate at the municipality, and has engaged with civil society on behalf of the Business Chamber.
Contact the Environment & Greening Business sub-committees:
Thinking Environment – Claire Jarvis (041 823 9010 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Living Environment – Daniel Burgon (041 581 2666 / email@example.com)
Linking Environment – Floyd Murray (083 487 8973 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Communicating Environment – Elana Keef (041 505 8000 / email@example.com)
Join a task team
Contact Bev Mattheus
or phone 041 373 1122.