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From the CEO's Desk

01.02.19

On behalf of the Directorate, Seniors Council and staff I would like to start by wishing you all a very healthy and prosperous 2019.  

The year ahead brings some optimism, although the country limped out of 2018 with an expected growth rate below 1% as economists are outlining an impartially improved outlook and expect interest rates to rise slightly with the anticipated political stability brought on after the general elections in May. I think we are all holding a collective breath in this regard. Leading up to the elections the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in partnership with the Chamber will host a series of Pre-Election Talks in March (read more) with representatives of the top four parties, opening dialogue and affording the wider bi-lateral business community the opportunity to get first-hand information regarding each parties’ economic policy.

Bilateral agreements between South Africa and Germany are forging ahead strongly on the other hand as seen during President Ramaphosa’s working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany in October 2018 and with the State visit of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in November 2018 where the Chamber hosted a Business Roundtable. Both parties agreed to continue with efforts to further expand trade and investment between the countries; the Chamber certainly looks forward to these progressive developments and continuing with our supportive role.

On another exciting note, the Chamber kicked off the year with the much anticipated annual “Back to Work” function on Thursday, 24 January (view pics here). This renowned annual event was graced by valued members and non-members a liked, including the Chamber President, Sabine Dall’Omo, members of our Senior Council and Chamber staff. This first event of the year gives some insight into the Chambers past undertakings and what lays ahead for the year. It is also a platform for high-quality networking sessions as representatives from respective sectors address business.

There are a series of events and delegation visits that are coming up in the next months, please visit our website to get more details (www.germanchamber.co.za). More imminent is the EMO Hannover 2019 Press Conference on 13 February (more details here). This is one of the world’s premier and biggest trade fair for the metalworking industry, taking place from 16 to 21 September in Hannover.  Also of particular interest is the Information session on Zimbabwe on Friday, 22 February (link-more info visit) where experts will delve into developments and discuss business opportunities in Zimbabwe. 

Lastly be on the lookout for the Chambers revitalised Newsletter with our next edition, as always member contributions and robust participation is welcome so do be in contact with our PR and Marketing Competence Centre Angeline Marokoane on (amarokoane@germanchamber.co.za and Heidel Bekker on (hbekker@germanchamber.co.za).

Thank you for your continued engagement and support; it allows the Chamber to carry on with its work of building a stronger and more vibrant South African-German business community. The year ahead will bring its own challenges but I’m certain by working together, we can realise our ambitions.

Best regards,

Matthias Boddenberg
Chief Executive Officer