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PROFILE on a wide variety of topics affecting business in Nelson Mandela Bay. Regular networking functions offer business owners the chance to make new professional contacts. The Business Chamber’s flagship events – the Annual Business Chamber Golf Day, the Annual Ladies’ Breakfast and the Annual Banquet – are highlights on the Bay’s business and social calendar. The Events Department hosted a total of 61 events in 2018.

Other services

Publications and marketing As another value-added service to members, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber provides members with a variety of publications across print and electronic platforms, including the member magazine Infocom (distributed three times a year) and the annual Business Guide. Help desk In line with its vision of providing an enabling environment for business, the Business Chamber set up an Ease of Doing Business help desk in 2018. The help desk assists members through reducing red tape and engaging with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro regarding these members’ obstacles in conducting business. The Business Chamber also engaged with the city’s leadership in 2018 towards the goal of establishing a One Stop Shop for existing and potential investors and will continue these engagements in this year (2020).

Corporate Social Investment Because the majority of our membership’s workforce is based in the city, the region of Nelson Mandela Bay is the direct beneficiary of their Corporate Social Investment programmes – including skills development initiatives, bursaries and scholarships. Many of our member companies significantly contribute to alleviating poverty and specifically unemployment in the region of Nelson Mandela Bay through various initiatives purposed to grow the local economy.

Research unit The Business Chamber established an in-house cluster research unit in 2018. Its aim is to identify several catalytic projects that can be marketed to investors and contribute to the development of key sectors. The unit provides a library of business intelligence and insights for the development of essential clusters. Certificates of Origin A Certificate of Origin is a document which states the origin of goods being exported and this “origin” is a key requirement for applying tariffs and other important criteria. As an accredited provider of this service, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber signs Certificates of Origin and offers exporters the opportunity to certify electronically through the ECOO system.

Contact Details Address: 200 Norvic Drive, Greenacres 6045 Enquiries: Nomkhita Mona Tel: +27 41 373 1122 • Fax: +27 41 373 1142 Email: info@nmbbusinesschamber.co.za Website: www.nmbbusinesschamber.co.za 23

In 2019, the Business Chamber adopted Masinyusane Development Organisation, an NPO that creates opportunities for impoverished South African communities, particularly the youth, to get quality education and to develop their talents in order to realise their full potential. The Business Chamber also partnered with Khipu Networks who donated painting material for the painting of two classrooms at Walmer High School. ■ EASTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2020

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