Water WhatsApp is 'fake news', says City of Cape Town

Water WhatsApp is 'fake news', says City of Cape Town

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town and foreign development funding agencies have dismissed as misinformation a message circulating on social media claiming the City misappropriated donor funds meant for the water crisis.

A message circulated on WhatsApp and social media earlier this week accuses the City of Cape Town of misappropriating R2.6bn in international funding for the water crisis. [Read more]

Source: News24 by Jean le Roux
2018-01-12 17:42

Breakfast Briefing on "Where to Invest in Africa" 27th July 2017

Breakfast Briefing on "Where to Invest in Africa" 27th July 2017


Dear Members & Friends,

Thank you very much for attending the Business Briefing on “Where to Invest in Africa”!

Please find below information from RMB, Mr. Ettiene du Toit, regarding further information or assistance you might require as well as the link to the presentation.

We attach a copy of the slides for your information.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Minister Ivan Meyer speaks at SA-German Chamber Members’ Event

Minister Ivan Meyer speaks at SA-German Chamber Members’ Event

Cape Town – The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry brought together its members for another entertaining and thought-provoking members’ luncheon on Tuesday 25 July 2017. This time the events took place at the “Greek Club” (aka the Hellenic Community of Cape Town) in Moullie Point. Guests included business leaders from a number of German and South African companies as well as the Consul Generals of Germany and Switzerland.

The guest of honour and speaker at this lunch was the Western Cape’s Minister for Finance, Dr Ivan Meyer, who spoke on the provincial government’s economic and fiscal strategy. Minister Meyer explained that the provinces fiscal policies are underpinned by four main principles: “Allocative efficiency” (allocating resources towards priorities of government to effective programmes), “fiscal consolidation” (the reduction of government expenditure and/or increasing revenue), “fiscal responsibility” (maintaining stability in key government programmes and managing risks), and “fiscal discipline” (holding departments and entities financially accountable, ensuring there is no wasteful or irregular spending).

This strategy is, in turn, informed by the Western Cape governments Provincial Strategic Goals (PSGs), which include the following objectives (among others): promoting investment; supporting key economic sectors and skills development, improve the quality of education (particularly in rural areas); creating inclusive, safe and healthy communities, families and children; implementing effective spatial and development planning; and maintaining enhanced governance and integrated management.

Minister Meyer confidently confirmed, “With our strategy firmly in place, we are able to say to you that the Western Cape is open for business.”
After Minister Meyer’s address, guests engaged in a brief question and answer session, before enjoying a lovely meal and sparkling conversation. Guests left with a better understanding of the trajectory the provincial government is aiming for.

Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been operating in Southern Africa for over 65 years. Bringing together potential business partners is one of our key service offerings. We foster business links between Germany and Southern African companies through comprehensive and target group oriented researches, workshops, seminars and business delegations that bring you in contact with competent business partners in your industry. Contact the Chamber to get connected with German and southern African businesses at info(at)germanchamber.co.za; or call +27 11 486 2775.

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17th annual Ball of HOPE

17th annual Ball of HOPE

Cape Town, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

The 17th annual Ball of HOPE was held on Saturday, 13th May 2017 at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town and attended by over 360 guests from South Africa and abroad.

Hosted by the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and HOPE Cape Town, the Ball of HOPE brings together people from different backgrounds and sectors, yet all with a common purpose to create a culture of philanthropy and social investment.

As a leading local fundraiser, the Ball of HOPE benefits community health programmes mainly in the Tygerberg District of the Western Cape. Minister of Health, The Honourable Nomafrench Mbombo delivered the keynote address and emphasised the value of HOPE Cape Town and the significance of the good work and support the organisation brings to the public health system. The Province does not have the capacity to meet the huge healthcare needs in hospitals, clinics and communities therefore the role of non-profit organisations such as HOPE Cape Town is essential to deliver services to the people who depend on public health facilities.

Western Cape Representative of the SA-German Chamber of Commerce, Mrs Anja Tambusso-Ferraz, thanked the donors and event sponsors for their dedication to the successful event and committed the proceeds to the HOPE Cape Town project at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital, one of the major HIV outreach programmes in the Western Cape.

Co-founder and Chairperson of the HOPE Cape Town Trust, the Reverend Father Stefan Hippler welcomed the guests and said the support HOPE Cape Town receives has a direct impact on the communities we serve, providing the necessary funds to help advance our research, invest in our teams, and provide increased and improved services, all while ensuring we deliver the best healthcare experience for our patients and their families. 

For more information, please visit: www.hopecapetown.com

About HOPE Cape Town:
HOPE Cape Town is a non-profit organisation with a focus on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and related illnesses that provides outreach, education and counselling in under-resourced communities in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The organisation is co-located and associated with Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town and is linked to the University of Stellenbosch. HOPE Cape Town cooperates with “KID-CRU”, the Tygerberg Hospital research unit for paediatric infectious diseases. The offices of HOPE Cape Town are located at the Medical School of the University of Stellenbosch – Tygerberg Campus in close vicinity of the Tygerberg Hospital.

About the Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
130 offices in 90 countries. One network, one objective, one design. The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC is part of the German Chamber Network and has therefore a lot to offer to its members and customers. With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Maputo and Lusaka, the SAGCCI is the official authorised representative of German industry and trade for Southern Africa. As a private, non-profit organisation, its primary goal is to offer the best service for building bilateral business relationships between Southern Africa and Germany.

Media Contact:
Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Mrs Anja Tambusso - Ferraz
Tel: +27(0)21 422 5577



The annual Ball of HOPE brings together many of our friends for a night of “doing good while having fun”. The Ball of HOPE is a light-hearted and colourful event that touches hearts and changes lives by raising funds and awareness for the HOPE charity.

On 7 May 2016, the Chamber joined forces with the HOPE Cape Town Trust to organise and host the Ball of HOPE at the Westin for the 16th year running. This year’s event brought together more than 300 friends and supporters for a night of glamorous fun for a cause that is close to everyone’s heart. Our master of ceremonies was HOPE Cape Town Goodwill Ambassador, Katlego Maboe. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the choir of the Holy Cross Convent School, who performed alongside Katlego Maboe, Lezanne Augustine, and German-Italian singer-songwriter, Nevio Passaro. Mr Passaro came all the way from Berlin, Germany, to contribute to this special event. His stay in Cape Town was courtesy of the German Consulate General. Musical Director, Mr Adolf Thelen, arranged an excellent music programme that kept people on the dancefloor throughout the evening.

Western Cape business confidence has delinked - CEO

Western Cape business confidence has delinked - CEO

An Article by Carin Smith , FIN24

Cape Town - Since 2014 there has been a "delink" of business confidence in the Western Cape from the rest of South Africa, with higher business confidence in the province compared to the rest of the country, Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, told members of the SA-German Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. 

In his view, this is one of the reasons for the "incredible migration" into the province - especially from Gauteng.

"People are voting with their feet for quality of life and it shows business is not necessarily synonymous with Johannesburg," said Harris. He emphasised that a large part of the "semigration" from Gauteng consists of young entrepreneurs - especially in the tech and services industry - who bring their skills, capital and experience to the province. [Read more]

Anja Tambusso-Ferraz

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