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History

 

The Swiss Chamber of Commerce, SwissCham Southern Africa – South Africa Chapter, was inaugurated in April 2008. SwissCham is an independant bilateral, non-political, subscription based non-profit organisation without financial assistance from government, dedicated to strengthening and expanding trade relations between Switzerland and South Africa.

We promote not only a business friendly environment, but the interests and views of Swiss business in South Africa. For our membership we conduct social business events with leading speakers from industry, government and pinion leaders as an excellent networking and communication platform, where one not only can socialize, but develop business orientaded relationships.

The presence of Swiss enterprises in South Africa dates back to more than 100 years. SwissCham is the most important private sector-focused body when it comes to the business ties between the two countries, obviously together with its parent Chamber, being SwissCham Southern Africa in Zürich. SwissCham is a cooperation partner to the Swiss Business Hub at the Embassy in Pretoria, as well as Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE). Our members range from self-employed to small and medium enterprises to large, multi-national corporations.

 

 

Purpose

 

  • To further trade relations between Swiss and South African Companies.
  • To assist in the development of industry and commerce within the business community.
  • To promote, encourage and represent the business interests of members.
  • To help SME’s develop their contacts with the larger Corporations.
  • To collect and disseminate information relating to corporate social responsibility community involvement and the practice of commerce and industry.

 

 

Basic Services

 

  • Introductions and referrals to potential business partners.
  • Assistance with focused research in regard to location, partners, suppliers and customers. Market overview and specific sectorial information.
  • Assistance with regard to rules and regulations concerning technical specifications and/or import formalities etc.
  • Providing a framework and network for referrals thus assist as a “one stop shop” at the planning stage of an enterprise, or at the changing stage of an established enterprise.
  • We are able to assist with setting up, as well as advise on corporate citizenship programmes.
  • SwissCham with its neutrality, can assist in underlining such efforts through programmes such as SSACI(Swiss South African Cooperation Initiative). Advise on Black Empowerment, and/or such other programmes.
  • Luncheon and dinner meetings with leading speakers from industry, government and opinion leaders as an excellent networking and communication platform.

 

 

We have hosted speakers such as:

 

  • Dennis Dykes, Nedbank Chief Economist
  • Tito Mboweni, then Governor of the SA Reserve Bank
  • Mosiuoa Lekota from COPE
  • Tony Twine from Econometrix
  • Sepp Blatter, FIFA President
  • Saki Macozoma of Liberty Life
  • Michael Spicer, Business Leadership South Africa
  • Thami Bolani, Chairman, National Consumer Forum
  • Kuseni Dlamini, CEO, Old Mutual
  • Bobby Godsell, Chairman of Business Leadership SA
  • Jacko Maree, CEO of the Standard Bank Group
  • John Kane-Berman, Chief Executive, South African Institute of Race Relations
  • Prof. Raymond J. Durrheim, Geophysicist, Prof. at CSIR
  • Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry
  • Johannes Musel, CEO of Hitachi Power SA
  • Gill Marcus, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank
  • Fiona Forde, Journalist and Author
  • Dr. Christo Wiese, Chairman of Pepkor and Shoprite
  • Donna Oosthuyse, Citi Bank SA, Country Officer
  • Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA)
  • Prof. Raymond Parsons, Special Policy Adviser BUSA
  • Dr. Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training
  • Piet Byleveld (ret. Brigadier), Crime and Commercial Investigator
  • Adv Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector of South Africa
  • Moeletsi Mbeki, Political Economist
  • Dr Frans Cronje, CEO of the Institute for Race Relations (IRR)
  • Herman Mashaba, Exec. Chairman of Lephatsi (Pty) Ltd., Entrepreneur and Author
  • Mmusi Maimane, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance
  • Nicole Dunbar, Fraud Awareness Facilitator at Nedbank
  • Malusi Gigaba, Minister of the Department of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa

 

 

Special packages for large Corporates

 

(to be negotiated, as per individual needs )

  • Assistance or active support in the areas of promotion and marketing of products and services.
  • Facilitating of business plans, marketing concepts and strategies.
  • Providing advice on the formation of companies or subsidiaries.
  • Procurement of custom tailored legal or tax advise, etc.

 

 

Vision

 

“Success demands singleness of purpose – accomplishment is our journey”

 

Mission

 

  • SwissCham aims to contribute towards and foster the economic, commercial and cultural relationship between the Swiss and South African Business Communities
  • To build a dynamic and meaningful platform for SME’s and corporate entities.

 

 

Values

 

  • Excellent customer service
  • Commitment
  • Integrity
  • Creativity
  • Social responsibility