A Business Support Fund was established by the iLembe Chamber of Commerce in response to a desire expressed by the public as well as businesses members of the Chamber to make contributions in support of the families of the deceased who lost their lives in the taxi accident on the 17th of August 2015.


The following Executive Committee and staff members of the Chamber will manage the distributions of the funds:

Dominic Collett (President)

Jane Wiltshire (Trustee)

Andy Horton

Cobus Oelofse (CEO)

Ntombifuthi Mavundla (Business Support Co-ordinator)


Purpose of the Business Support Fund:

The purpose of the Business Support Fund is to ensure that the dependents of the deceased, that perished in this specific taxi accident, benefit from cash donations into the fund. 


The distribution of cash donations are not intended to benefit any dependent/s disproportionally and the distribution of donations will thus consider and recognise any financial support and financial benefits that dependents might have received or benefitted from other sources. These sources might include funeral policies, Provident Fund pay-outs or funds/donations specifically established or made for the purpose of supporting any of the dependents of these deceased.


Fund administration and other expenses:

The administering and auditing of the fund will be conducted by C&H Accounting.


No administration fee will be charged for the administration of the fund. Shirley Stanley from C&H Accounting’s valuable contribution in this regard is acknowledged.


Where extra-ordinary expenses are incurred in relation to the management or distribution of the funds, such considerations will be deducted from any amount donated to the fund by the iLembe Chamber of Commerce, firstly.


Period allowed for donations:

Donations to the fund will close on the 18th of September 2015, a month after the accident.


All funds collected and donated by this date will be distributed to the dependents of the deceased, subject to the provisions above.


Once off nature of fund:

The establishment of this fund is a once-off initiative driven by the scale of the accident, the number of fatalities and its impact on the iLembe business community especially. The establishment of this fund does not create an expectation that the Chamber will either repeat this funding initiative in the future or assist any other dependents in this way at any time or circumstance in the future.


For more information please contact Ntombifuthi Mavundla.


Telephone: 087 354 6343



Cobus Oelofse

Chief Executive Officer


Woman in Business Forum

At the Ilembe Chamber’s Monthly Women in Business gathering that took place at the beautiful Kingsley House Guest House and Wedding venue  in Ballito, Karen Landman, the owner of locally based Simply Younique Modelling and finishing school  was announced as the November winner of the iLembe Margaret Hirsch Business Woman of the Month award and goes forward as a finalist in the competition.  Karen is also an international image consultant, wellness coach and educator, was crowned as Mrs. Durban 2013, and was a Mrs. United Nations SA finalist in 2011/12,


The function, attended by a wide cross section of women in business in the Ilembe community was the last to be held this year.  Discussing the ethos of the forum, Ilembe’s Membership Manager Claire Phillips said that networking, exchanging ideas and attending the well thought out and implemented business courses that the Chamber put together for the local business community, was the best way for women to succeed in business, and the Chamber was delighted with the support from business women in the community.  The next Ilembe Chamber Business Woman’s function will be held on February 11.


"In the areana of human life, the hours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action" - Aristotle.

End Year Lunch

What a awesome time we had at our year end lunch function.  To all that made this event a success - A BIG THANK YOU !

Woman in Business Forum


The ilembe Chamber Women in Business Steering Committee networking event was held on September 30 at the beautiful “new guest house on the block” Kingsley House. By all accounts, it was an excellent afternoon of networking amongst likeminded businesswomen in the ilembe community.  In partnership with the iLembe Chamber the Margaret Hirsch Business Woman of the Year monthly award was presented to Tamsyn Ferreira co-owner of Alifurn Outdoor Furniture.  They are Proudly South African manufacturers of Outdoor furniture and are based in Shakas Head.  Tamsyn employs 25 people from Shakas head. The furniture is sold locally and exported.

All women in business are welcome to join us for the next Ilembe steering committee event and Hirsch awards ceremony.


Venue: Hirsch Ballito

Date: October 31

Guest Speaker: Margaret Hirsch

Chamber Bulletin - 8 July 2014


It’s time to burn some rubber with SMD Ballito Street Heroes
13 – 14 September 2014 will see Ballito once again transform into a motoring Mecca, as the host sponsor KwaDukuza Municipality welcomes back the high-revving, wheel-spinning Ballito Street Heroes event organized by the Novos group and title sponsor, the SMD group. Read full article and view photographs from the Press Launch by Clicking here.  This year’s event is proudly brought to you by the host sponsor KwaDukuza Municipality, the title sponsor SMD Group, and supported by the Ilembe Chamber of Commerce.


23rd of July – Brad Sugars: BUYING CUSTOMERS at South Sun Elangeni 63 Snell Parade, Durban. 
Brad is the author of 15 Books including, “Buying Customers” and “The Business Coach”. His company, ActionCOACH is ranked as the #1 business coaching company in the world by Entrepreneur Magazine. He travels the world speaing and giving seminars and has been on stage with the likes of Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy, John Maxwell, Robert Kiyosaki and Allen Pease.
It is a free event and Chamber Members should register under the Code kindly provided by our Local ActionCOACH Chris Smith.
Code:  CS001
12th-13th July - Dynamic Wealth Conference at the Durban ICC 
The event is really for small/medium and large business and off course individuals who want to learn more about business and wealth creation. This event takes the form of a 2 day seminar with various speakers from having the right mind-set, business topics, wealth creation tools to business strategies. The Durban event takes place @ the ICC on the 12th-13th July.
Speakers range from Harry Barclay, head of Tigrent [from Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Education fame] to Peter Sage and Pa Joof from the Anthony Robbins camp to Kieron Sweeney from Peak Potential.
ILembe Chamber Members will received a discounted package - Please contact Conray Labuschagne on 072 264 9970 for arrangements and more information.
For more information please visit the official website of this conference:
Chamber Luncheon:
Following the much publicised milestone achieved recently, on the 26th of June at our Chamber Luncheon, Brian Wright updated us on the Ballito UIP and how similar initiatives have contributed to restoring investor confidence and have stimulated local economic activity. Click here to view photos and update.  
Productivity SA Workshop
A Productivity Awareness workshop was hosted by the iLembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism on Tuesday, 1 July 2014. Nathi Mthethwa from Productivity SA challenged attendees by playing a Business Game – A unit Box. A big thank you goes out to Chris Smith owner of Debonairs Ballito for sponsoring 12 Large mouth-watering Pizza’s for lunch. Click here for full review and album.

Entrepreneur Update
The Entrepreneur had the 9th week training session this past Saturday. Micky Duncan facilitated training on marketing elements. The entrepreneurs were equipped with the importance of branding, using the right channels to target your market as well as identifying who your key partners are.
Woman in Business Forum CSI:
KwaPhenduka Projects Computer Training to our ECD Centres are going great - Click Here for an update and photographs. 

The iLembe Chamber Team

Our Team*
*Rules of Our Team*


We will bring our A Game to work at all times. 

We will be dedicated passionate and caring about our organisation and its purpose. 

We will play as a team, collaborate and enjoy each other's successes. 

We will be humble and treat each other and all around us with honesty and respect. 

We will be accountable and hold each other accountable. 

We will have fun whilst becoming a world class business association.

iLembe Chamber Luncheon - 26 June 2014









Following the much publicised milestone achieved recently, on the 26th of June at our Chamber Luncheon, Brian Wright updated us on the Ballito UIP and how similar initiatives have contributed to restoring investor confidence and have stimulated local economic activity.


To complement the topic it was deemed appropriate to host the networking lunch in Ballito Old Town. It was also an opportunity to welcome new iLembe Chamber members Sawagat Restaurant in Sandra Road– owner Dharminder Kumar and team. Thank you for the amazing afternoon, the Food was exquisite and it was a delight to iLembe Chamber guests to experience Sawagat Restaurant’s acclaimed oriental cuisine.

Members were reminded to always carry business cards / brochures when networking, thank You Chris Smith - Action Coach,  for your short presentation on the significance of networking in business. 

1787 – The Birth of King Shaka Zulu and cultivated from the land of his birth we tasted Seventeen Eighty Seven – White Wine sponsored by Enterprise iLembe for our Chamber Luncheon. Thank You Enterprise iLembe we appreciate your ongoing support.


To view more photos please refer to our facebook page - Please click here to be diverted. 


iLembe Chamber Annual Golf Day - Virgin Active Lifestyle Golf Challenge 2014



We thoroughly enjoyed the Virgin Active Lifestyle Golf Challenge 2014 hosted by the iLembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism at the Zimbali Country Club this year. We appreciate the support from our sponsors, Members and all the participants of the day. Thank You for sharing the day with us.


A massive thank you, on behalf of the iLembe Chamber, its members and our charity partners, for your generous involvement in the iLembe Chamber’s golf day. Your hole, prize, raffle, auction sponsorship or donation have made our day a major success.

To quote from a note received by Michelle, our event organiser:


Thanks a million for the professional organisation,  ‘on the ball’ teamwork and pulling off what I can describe as the best Golf day I that I have attended at Zimbali.  You certainly get my vote for …. Best team player! 


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