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Partnership with TREE

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT:

 

Friday the 27th of September marked a very significant milestone for the iLembe Woman in Business Forum. The iLembe Chamber has signed an MOU with TREE and agreed on a very exciting way forward. TREE in partnership with the ICCIT will identify 20 crèches that are in desperate need. We will do an audit of these 20 crèches and get an understanding of their needs. Through this partnership we will develop the 20 crèches which will have a direct impact on about 600 to 700 vulnerable children under the age of 5. 
 

Please click on the following links for more information:

Click here for photos of the 27th
Click here for Ntombifuthi’s story on her research and site visits regarding Early Childhood Development.
Click here for TREES Profile

SUPPORT DESK LAUNCH

MABUYAKHULU WELCOMES LAUNCH OF ILEMBE CHAMBER BUSINESS SUPPORT CENTRE

Business owners on the North Coast received a huge boost last week following the launch of the ILembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (ICCIT) Business Support Centre aimed at providing essential assistance to revive and stimulate the local and provincial economy.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial government MEC for economic development and tourism Mike Mabuyakhulu officially opened the centre based at th...e Ballito chamber offices and congratulated the Chamber on taking the initiative.

He said in countries like Malaysia, India and Indonesia 99% of the gross domestic profit comes from small business and the provincial government wanted to encourage all current and aspiring business owners to make use of this excellent resource.
ICCIT chief executive officer Trenley Tilbrook said the business support centre has been established primarily to help grow and develop small businesses that would assist in creating the much needed jobs in South Africa.

“This has the opportunity to decrease unemployment and to be at the forefront of positive change in South Africa,” said Tilbrook.

The idea to establish a Business Support Centre has emerged as a direct result of the Entrepreneur Competition started in 2011 as a joint venture partnership between African Bank, Enterprise ILembe and the ICCIT.
“The Entrepreneur Competition highlighted the demand for small business assistance centred on basic business advice. Currently the competition only provides this service to the top finalists - yet more could benefit if it was extended to all,” said Tilbrook.

The Business Support Centre will now provide a free all-in-one service to local business community including elements such as a help desk, resource centre, seminars, skills training and workshops, networking and mentorship.

Talking about the help desk, Tilbrook said this will be a front line service at the ICCIT offices and will have the ability to address, refer and provide guidance on issues such as how to set up a small business and register it, tax returns, the development and preparation of a business plan, accessing business finance and more.
“Most business owners rely on credible information to make decisions. The Centre will research and disseminate relevant data through the website, email and other tools. The information will include subject such as changes to legislation, market research and business reports and statistics,” he said.

Information compiled by the resource centre will then be made available to the local business community through low-cost workshops, information sharing sessions and networking.
“Keeping up to date with a rapidly changing business environment is vital for all business owners. The Support Centre will help to address this need through hosting seminars, workshops and information sessions.”

Networking, mentorship and training and skills development will also be provided.
Tilbrook thanked the sponsors, Department of Economic Development, Ithala Bank, SembCorp Siza Water, Tongaat Hullet, Black Balance Projects and the King Shaka International Airport for their support of the project.
All services given at the support desk is free, confidential and available to anyone interested in starting a business for the first time or improving an already existing business. The centre is based at the ICCIT offices at Unit 11, The Quarter, 1 Stewart drive Ballito Business Park.

 
CLICK HERE for more photos from the launch.

BALLITO STREET HEROES

 

In an effort by the iLembe Chamber of Commerce to grow the local economy through events driven tourism and position the north coast as one of the hottest destinations in the country, The much anticipated BALLITO STREET HEROES event is about to descend in a cloud of tyre burning smoke at a rapid pace with just under a month to go before Ballito is turned into a motor enthusiasts paradise. Purchase tickets online through I-Tickets and for more information go to www.streetheroes.co.za

 

 

 

The Ballito Street Heroes Event is brought to you by Edusport in conjunction with the ILembe Chamber of Commerce and our sponsors Ballito Auto SMD. This inaugural event is also supported by our accommodation partners Fairmont Zimbali Resorts as well as the KwaDukuza Municipality. The sponsors are responsible for bringing the turbocharged euphoria to the KwaDukuza seaside town at the Laguna Seca Industrial Estate on 14 and 15 September 2013. 

 

For more photos please click here to be diverted to the iLembe Chamber Facebook page.

 

 

CHAMBER ANNUAL GOLF DAY

 

FUN, fun, fun promised at the Ilembe Chambers Golf Day 22 August

 

Fantastic prizes and lots of fun are definitely part of the score card at this year’s third annual ILembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism golf day due to be held at the Zimbali country club on August 22.

 

“Look out for lots of surprises including a pot of gold. That is why we are calling it a four ball alliance with a twist,” said Ilembe Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Trenley Tilbrook.

 

 First prize is an amazing two night’s stay at the Prince’s Grant coastal golf estate, including a round of golf, the cart and additional use of a hired car from Boss Car Hire in Ballito.

“So the winner will be able to pick up the car in Ballito, drive to Prince’s Grant, play golf and if they feel like driving out to the game reserves or to Umhlanga they will have this additional extra thrown in,” said Tilbrook.

 

Other prizes include an advert to the value of R15 000 for your business courtesy of Famous Publishing - the company that publishes ‘The Ridge’ magazine and other magazines.  Jewellery prizes from Ballito manufacturing jeweller Bernard, of “Bernard’s Jewellery manufacture and design”. 

There will also be lunch vouchers to the value of R2000 proudly sponsored by Hartford House – the world class hotel on a stud farm. The restaurant is 5-star and the meal will be prepared by head chef and renowned author Jackie Cameron.

 

“The idea of the golf day is also to network with other businesses,” said Tilbrook.

The day starts at 11am with a shotgun start and the golf will be followed by an awards presentation and dinner hosted at the Zimbali Country Club.

The cost for Chamber members is R2000 and this includes green fees, cart fees and dinner. For non-chamber members it is R2 400. 

 

There is still time to sponsor a hole or a putting green.

To book sponsorship or find out more contact Kim Holt of KDH Group on 082 305 1646 or kim@kdhcreative.co.za

Click here for the invitation to our Golf day.

 

Thank You

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

 

Kind Regards

Trenley Tillbrook

CEO

THE BALLITO STREET HEROES SERIES

 

THE BALLITO STREET HEROES  

 

 

In an effort to grow the local economy through events driven tourism and position the north coast as one of the hottest destinations in the country, the ilembe Chamber of Commerce has managed to secure one of the biggest events ever to come to Ballito. The event was officially launched to the media off the back of the cannonball run on Friday the 24th of May by the same organisers of the Top Gear Festival, Edusport and Travel.

 

 

 

Click here to read article that appeared in the Mercury on Tuesday

Click here to see some awesome pictures of the cars at the Cannonball run

Click here for more information about the event

 

For more information about the event, please email Trenley directly on ceo@ilembechamber.co.za

 

 

 

Chamber Luncheons hosted this Quarter

 

Our Quarterly Luncheons kicked off with great attendance, divine food and wine, and adding to the ambiance of networking we had excellent speakers with valuable, interesting information.

 

We sincerely appreciate all the support from those involved to make these luncheons a great success.

 

Greg Jones from Edusport and Tim Hudson from Dube Tradeport have kindly made their presentations available to us.

 

TOURISM LUNCH

27 February – Hotel Izulu

Click Here for Events in iLembe – Greg Jones from Edusport.

Click here to be redirected to photos on our Facebook page. Please like the page.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE LUNCH

7 March – Hotel Izulu

Click Here for Opportunities in the North – Tim Hudson, Dube Tradeport.

Click here to be redirected to photos on our Facebook page. Please like the page

 

Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.

 

Thank You

 

Kind Regards

Renalda Hoffmann

Tel: 087 727 8630

Email: renalda@ilembechamber.co.za

Chamber Bulletin - February 2013

 

Chamber Bulletin – February 2013

 

It seems like 2013 has come out of the starting gates at a much quicker pace than 2012, but with a lot more positivity and enthusiasm. There are still concerns about the macro economic outlook, but closer to home there is some talk in the corridors about some exciting new developments in the pipeline; more about this in the months that lie ahead.

 

News

 

Angola Trade Delegation

The ilembe chamber in partnership with Enterprise ilembe and the office of the Premier hosted a trade delegation from Angola; for more information click here. and to view more photos follow direct link to our Facebook page. 

 

Constraints to Business

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) attended the Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) Committee on Economic Policy (EconPol) on 6 February 2013. Click here to view the report.

 

Quarterly economic report

Enterprise iLembe quarterly economic survey; click here to view.

 

Forthcoming Events

 

Funding Fair

Do you have projects that require funding, Funding Fair will take place on the 16th and 17th of April. Click here to view the invitation.

 

Outward Mission

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) is planning an outward mission to Romania on the first week of April 2013. For more information click here.

 

Export Workshops

SA DTI Calendar - Proposed Export Awareness workshops - 2013-14 Please see the attached calendar. Members wishing to attend any of the workshops please contact Loraine Marshall Tel: 012 394 133 email:lmarshall@thedti.gov.za. Click here to view Calender

 

Tourism Lunch

The ilembe chamber hosts quarterly Tourism lunches, for more information about this quarter’s lunch scheduled for the 28th of February; click to view invite.  

 

Tender opportunities

 

KSIA - Click Here to view Request for Bid (RFB) –  Virtual viewing deck project & additional CCTV cameras.

 

Welcome back to 2013

 

WELCOME BACK

 

 

It’s back to the grindstone after a hot summer holiday and the weather certainly played its part this year resulting in a bumper season for Ballito. A number of restaurants and hotels reported a 20% to 30% increase in revenue compared to last December.

 

 

A big thank you to Brian Wright and his team for cleaning up the entrance to Ballito just before the season and maintaining it during the holidays. This is the start of the ilembe Chamber’s Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) project for Ballito,that will be rolled out this year. For more information about what a UIP is, please visit www.Umhlangauip.co.za and to view the Images of Ballito Before and After click here.

 

This year is going to be jammed packed with activity and we look forward to our members getting more involved. Please click here  to our website to see what we have planned for this year.

 

 

It is with great disappointment that we need say goodbye to one of our special team members, Sue Mimm who is immigrating to the UK. Sue has been an integral part of the chamber team and will be sorely missed. We would like to wish her all the best in her new venture. At the same time, we would like to welcome a new member to our team – Renalda Hoffmann. Renalda will be our membership liaison. She will be visiting all our members on a regular basis to inform them about what the chamber is doing and at the same time get your input as to what you would like to see the chamber doing. For more information about what exactly a chamber is please CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Forums and Networking events

Our various forum meetings kick off at the end of this month and will be taking a slightly different format. Tourism forum and Infrastructure forums will be setting up task teams to start dealing with some of the challenges facing local business. Tourism will be focused on lobbying government for the establishment of a formal tourism office (CTO) for Ballito, whilst Infrastructure will be looking to get resolution on the P445 and Taxi Rank. Please contact Trenley on ceo@ilembechamber.co.za if you would like to be on either of these task teams.

 

Each forum will host a quarterly lunch to give feedback on progress as well as arrange for a guest speaker to address businesses on issues pertaining to it’s particular sector. Our monthly breakfast talks will resume again in February and be hosted at the chambers office. Notice of all meetings and events will be sent out closer to the time.

 

We would further like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very prosperous 2013! We look forward to working with you this year as we strive to make this a better place to live, work and raise a family.   

Welcome back to 2013

 

WELCOME BACK

 

 

It’s back to the grindstone after a hot summer holiday and the weather certainly played its part this year resulting in a bumper season for Ballito. A number of restaurants and hotels reported a 20% to 30% increase in revenue compared to last December.

 

 

A big thank you to Brian Wright and his team for cleaning up the entrance to Ballito just before the season and maintaining it during the holidays. This is the start of the ilembe Chamber’s Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP) project for Ballito,that will be rolled out this year. For more information about what a UIP is, please visit www.Umhlangauip.co.za

 

This year is going to be jammed packed with activity and we look forward to our members getting more involved. Please click on the following link www to our website to see what we have planned for this year.

 

 

It is with great disappointment that we need say goodbye to one of our special team members, Sue Mimm who is immigrating to the UK. Sue has been an integral part of the chamber team and will be sorely missed. We would like to wish her all the best in her new venture. At the same time, we would like to welcome a new member to our team – Renalda Hoffmann. Renalda will be our membership liaison. She will be visiting all our members on a regular basis to inform them about what the chamber is doing and at the same time get your input as to what you would like to see the chamber doing. For more information about what exactly a chamber is please CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Forums and Networking events

Our various forum meetings kick off at the end of this month and will be taking a slightly different format. Tourism forum and Infrastructure forums will be setting up task teams to start dealing with some of the challenges facing local business. Tourism will be focused on lobbying government for the establishment of a formal tourism office (CTO) for Ballito, whilst Infrastructure will be looking to get resolution on the P445 and Taxi Rank. Please contact Trenley on ceo@ilembechamber.co.za if you would like to be on either of these task teams.

 

Each forum will host a quarterly lunch to give feedback on progress as well as arrange for a guest speaker to address businesses on issues pertaining to it’s particular sector. Our monthly breakfast talks will resume again in February and be hosted at the chambers office. Notice of all meetings and events will be sent out closer to the time.

 

We would further like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very prosperous 2013! We look forward to working with you this year as we strive to make this a better place to live, work and raise a family.   

Withdrawel of Statement 500 of the Revised B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice

Withdrawel of Statement 500 of the Revised B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice

 

We wish to draw your attention to the following statement that the Department of Trade & Industry has issued on their Website regarding the proposed amendments to the BEE Codes that were circulated recently:

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) announces the withdrawal of Statement 500 of gazette number 35754 issued on 5 October 2012- Revised Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice.

The decision comes after several stakeholders expressed concern that Statement 500 has been interpreted to mean that charities will be adversely affected, resulting in rising anxiety for charity and beneficiary organisations. The fact that the dti announced previously that the department will not raise the bar and correct any unintended interpretation upon completion of the public consultation period closes on Wednesday, 5 December 2012, has not eased this anxiety. The department therefore concluded that withdrawing the Statement immediately would be the most appropriate response.

In practice this means no change to the Socio Economic Developments elements.

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