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Chamber announces new Board appointments

2022-06-06

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Chamber announces new Board appointments

Chamber announces new Board appointments

 

The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has announced the appointment of Dr Robert Cisek as Vice President to replace MC Botha who recently stepped down following the completion of his term on the Board.

 

Dr Cisek, who is currently Volkswagen South Africa’s Chairman and Managing Director, has been part of the Board since 2021 and in his new capacity, will provide strategic support to the Chamber leadership team so as to strengthen and enhance the organisation’s advocacy and lobbying initiatives. He will also continue to serve as a key member of the Chamber’s Think Tank team which is focused on developing strategies which aim to address some of the challenges businesses face in the current challenging operating environment.

 

Another key appointment is that of Angelo Swartz, the current Managing Director for the Eastern Cape Division at Spar South Africa, who takes over as the Remuneration Committee and Human Resources Lead. He replaces Niemand, who alongside Botha has served the Chamber in different roles within the organisation’s Board. Niemand is managing director at LabourNet Eastern Cape, a human resource consulting company. 

 

As a new addition to the Board’s composition, Paola Horak has been assigned to provide support to the cluster initiatives which are growing in momentum as businesses seek to collaborate with others to become more self-reliant. She is the Director at Grindstone property Management and Development and brings with her a wealth of diverse experience in legal and leadership roles. 

 

“These new appointments augur well for the Chamber as it continues to drive for the successful implementation of its strategic plan and in particular with its top priority of getting the Bay to work again. At this point in time business is facing an unprecedented scale of issues ranging from a water crisis to rampant vandalism which is causing ongoing power outages through to numerous service delivery issues.  Quite simply put it is unacceptable that the basics in our environment are not working and that as organised business we are having to lobby for the authorities to take the right actions, and at the same time are also having to develop alternative measures to ensure the ongoing sustainability of business operations,” says Loyiso Dotwana, President of the Nelson Mandela Bay  Business Chamber.

 

“We believe that these new appointments will help give impetus to our efforts to retain much needed investment and jobs in Nelson Mandela Bay.”

 

 

 

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