MAY 2018

SMEIndaba Cape Town – Provisional programme

Bookings to the SBI SME Indaba in Cape Town is filling up!

We are very excited to share the provisional programme to the SBI SME Indaba in Cape Town on 13 June 2018.  click on the button below to view the full programme.  Be sure to reserve your seat!!

Date:  Wednesday 13 June 2018
Time: 09:00 – 14:45
Venue: Kelvin Grove club – 144 Campground Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
Rsvp:  Delegate package @ R950  Click here to book online.  Members qualify for a 10% discount, please contact us to receive the promo code.

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Keynote speakers


Thuli Madonsela       Lawson Naidoo            Peter Storey
Advocate                    Executive Secretary:  Reverend Professor



12 April 2018

The Small Business Institute today rejected the resignation offered by board member, Ivan Pillay, after criminal charges were laid against him and his former colleagues in SARS.

One of the principle values of the SBI is to support and foster ethical business practices. Our Memorandum of Incorporation places high value on appropriate governance structures and behavior. As such, we would normally accept Mr Pillay’s, or any director’s, resignation who faced criminal charges. However, in the continuing political climate of diversion, retribution, and gaslighting, we question the motives of the NPA Chief Abrahams; recoil from the absence of due process; and note Mr Pillay’s well-documented record as a committed public servant who helped bring white-collar criminals to book while at SARS, saving hundreds of millions of taxpayer rands.

Mr Pillay’s current endeavor for the SBI and South Africa’s SMEs, examining where government red tape is strangling entrepreneurial endeavor, is extremely valuable. We hope he will see fit to continue this work, we do not expect the claims against him to be substantiated and we will support him until the unlikely event they are.

Siki Mgabadeli: SBI Communications Director
082 925 6469
SBI Office
012 348 5440 /


Save the date – SBI #SMEIndaba Cape Town.

Dear SBI Members, business colleagues and partners

You are invited to the SBI SME Indaba being held in Cape Town on 13 June 2018.

Join us to hear the country’s top political reporters and economists discuss the political economy influencing the way we do business. Don’t miss our new ‘Government Watch’ panel of analysts and experts giving us the real State of the Nation.

Kindly save the date, the programme will be circulated shortly.

Date:  Wed 13 June 2018
Time: 08:30 – 14:15
Venue: Kelvin Grove Club, 144 Campground Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
Cost: Conference package @ R950 pp (SBI Members qualify for 10% discount)

First Keynote address:  
Professor Thuli Madonsela

Contact us:
012 348 5440 /




19 February 2018

Dear Member,

The Commercial Counselor of the Turkish Embassy in Pretoria would like to inform you that, Dörtyol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representing the iron and steel sectors in Hatay, Turkey, will be visiting Johannesburg on February 26th, 2018. The aim of the visit is to promote Turkish iron and steel sector in South Africa and to find partners for the members of Dörtyol Chamber.

To this end, a B2B meeting will be organized in Hilton Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg on February 26th 2018, Monday. Please find attached the Invitation and Company Profiles.


Dörtyol Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iron and Steel B2B Meeting
Place: Hilton Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg
Date : February 26th, 2018, Monday
Time: 10 am – 1 pm

If you would like to take part in this unique event, kindly contact with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, Office of the Commercial Counselor (Phone: 012 342 6051, Fax: 012 342 6058, E-mail: and not later than February 23rd, 2018.

Kind Regards

Tshidi Moatshe

SACCI Communications

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)

Tel: +27 11 446 3800

Fax: 086 528 2662



New focus for small business chamber

The board of the SBI has made South African businessman Bernard Swanepoel president of the organisation for the 2017 calendar year, according to CEO Dr Ernest Messina.

He said Swanepoel is mandated to assist him with renewing the 74-year old chamber’s relevance and impact, broadening its membership, and increasing its advocacy work around government policies and regulations affecting SMMEs.

“Small- and medium-sized enterprises contribute disproportionately to GDP, to job creation and skills training,” said Messina, “and yet there is no significant voice speaking on their behalf. The AHI is well-placed to do this and we hope to forge new partnerships and collaborations to amplify that voice under Swanepoel’s guidance.”

Messina says that South Africa has a growing entrepreneurial focus – whether opportunistic or out of necessity – and sees AHI continuing and expanding its work with local and provincial governments to improve the odds of business success stories as well as engaging with national policy.

To assess legislation, regulation, or even campaign rhetoric, SBI will evaluate whether it will help or hinder SMEs to take root or grow.

The organisation will also host regular discussions and events focusing on issues and leadership in the SME sector.

Seasoned economics editor and radio current affairs anchor or presenter, Cobus Bester has also been appointed as national spokesperson.

“As a small business owner myself, I know how tough it is to build a business,” said Swanepoel. “South Africa has a lot going for it, but we face many challenges that will require an all-hands-on-deck approach to encourage SMEs to contribute what they should to inclusive growth.

“Nine million unemployed people are counting on us.”

On behalf of the AHI Board Messina said, “We look forward to this new and exciting phase in the history of the AHI as we set out to build an inclusive business chamber movement with a proud heritage and a significant contribution to be made to our young democracy.”

Further information:

Ernest Messina, CEO: 083 571 1795

Bernard Swanepoel, President AHI: 083 303 9922

Cobus Bester, AHI National Spokesperson: 082 457 7218

The AHI has been the voice of small businesses in South Africa for 74 Years. It supports a free-market approach to job creation through inclusive economic growth and ethical leadership. Members of the board are Bernard Swanepoel, Winda Austin-Loeve, Sipho Nkosi, and Dr Ernest Messina. “Together we create sustainable prosperity.”

Bernard Swanepoel spent 25 years in the corporate world, the last 12 as CEO of Harmony. Over the past ten years he has been intimately involved in small and medium businesses in SA as an owner, investor and advisor. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and believes that it is a fundamental driver of the economy.






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