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Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC 163rd Annual Gala Dinner - From Durban With Love

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted its 163rd Annual Gala Dinner on Wednesday, 21 August 2019, at The Globe Theatre. The theme for the night was "From Durban, with love" and showcased Durban's energy and vibrancy as a significant economic hub on the rise in line with the City's vision to be the most caring and liveable city in Africa. Keynote speaker and CEO of Finfind (Pty) Ltd, Darlene Menzies, delivered a keynote on the importance of entrepreneurship referencing her extensive experience building new technology businesses.

Nigel Ward, President of the Durban Chamber Commerce and Industry said, "The economic and business context in eThekwini, the province and the country as a whole, is not an easy one currently. Indeed, this is a challenging and uneasy period, with a lot of domestic and international pressures. However, it is also a period full of promise. The eThekwini business sector needs strong representation." "This is why Durban Chamber and the Chamber Movement need to step even further into the forefront, actively engaging with stakeholders in this role and presenting a clear and concise economic message - that eThekwini is primed for business," concluded Ward.

Tsogo Sun Gaming, was the event and platinum sponsor through its premier local property, the Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment Complex. Mike Dowsley, Suncoast Operations Director said, "The Durban Chamber's Annual Gala Dinner is Durban's premier business networking event and, as Suncoast, we were thrilled to have hosted this event at The Globe."

Long-time member and technology partner, Vodacom, was a gold sponsor for the event. Chris Lazarus, Managing Executive at Vodacom Business KwaZulu-Natal said, "Vodacom Business was glad to demonstrate how digital services available today can inject efficiencies in businesses and government. Vodacom Business transforms lives, businesses and organs of state on a daily basis through communicate, connect, IoT, digital APP, cloud and security solutions. As a purpose led organisation, Vodacom aims to align business goals with the delivery of societal benefits. The future is exciting and we were thrilled to show Durban Chamber members how leveraging technology can prepare them for future disruptions."

Last year the Durban Chamber launched the its Electronic Certificates of Origin solution, essCert, and Quantec's Easy Data Platform subscription. The additional digital innovations launched at this year's event are:
Durban Chamber Mobile App in partnership with Fabrik, a division of the immedia ecosystem, which permits members to have exclusive access to a secure real-time communication platform.
BoardPAC Management Software in partnership with Vodacom Business to streamline our operational efficiency and improve our overall governance structures, especially at the executive level.
Durban Chamber Website has been upgraded to a stable, innovative platform that ensures that our site stays up to date with the latest technology, trends and user needs.
Palesa Phili, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Durban Chamber Commerce and Industry said, "As a futurefocused organisation, the Durban Chamber wants to put a spotlight on technology and digital innovation. We need to highlight how leveraging disruptive technologies and innovations can play a role in driving our inclusive and sustainable economic growth objectives."

Also, in keeping with its mandate, the Durban Chamber announced that it is upgrading its exclusive member benefits package for active Chamber members to a total of 20 valueadding benefits based on member input and feedback. The Durban Chamber thanked its members who signed on to offer the exclusive benefits, namely: Accord Development Consulting Group; Ahavah Consulting , Avis Budget Rent A Car; Denzile Reddiar and Associates; DNA Auto Centre Bosch Car Service; eThekwini Toyota And Hillcrest Toyota; Icebolethu Group; Isuzu Trucks New Germany; Makrosafe Holdings; Onomo Hotel; Pfirestorm; Profitshare Partners; Regent Business School; South African Airways; South African Express; Samac Engineering Solutions; Supply Chain Network (SCNET); Subb10 Technologies; Sumitomo Rubber South Africa; and Wits University. The upgraded exclusive benefits will officially go live on 1 October 2019.

The Chamber also presented certificates of recognition in the following areas:
In Business for a Better World: The Spar Group
Innovator of the Year: Turn Up Speakers
Professional of the Year: Professor Ncoza Dlova, University of KwaZulu-Natal's Dean and Head of Clinical Medicine
Voice of Durban Business: The Mercury, Gagasi FM and KZN Business Sense
Additional partners for the Gala Dinner include media partner The Mercury, Lenmed eThekwini Hospital and Heart Centre, Graham Beck Enterprises, Diageo South Africa, Defy South Africa, CK FMCG, Olive Convention Centre and SMG Durban who are generously supporting the Durban Chamber on this prestigious business networking event.


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