The South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry
"The Voice of Business"
With wide-ranging changes taking place in South Africa, as well as internationally, business people find it increasingly difficult to operate in isolation and ensure survival. The chamber movement represented by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (formally known as South African Chamber of Business (SACOB)) and its almost 50 constituent chambers is a lifeline for business people. The SACCI membership comprises approximately 20 000 small, medium and large enterprises across the breadth of the nation and across all economic sectors. Large enterprises are generally direct members of SACCI while small and medium enterprises are members through more than 50 local and regional chambers and 15 national associations.
The chamber movement addresses all the economic, social and political issues affecting the business community in one way or another. The chamber movement is apolitical. It is “the voice of business” and it ensures that this voice is heard where it matters – where it is necessary to protect the interests of business, at local, regional and national levels. SACCI is a proponent of the role that business can play in socio-economic development in general and in contributing to national economic objectives specifically. We embrace a partnership approach to challenges in the business environment and in the national economy.
Why join a Chamber of Commerce and Industry?
SACCI and its chambers play an important part in the decision-making process in South Africa. No individual business should allow itself to be left out of this involvement. No business should deprive itself of the advantages to be gained, nationally and internationally, from membership of the chamber movement.
What can business persons gain from the chamber movement?
SACCI is the largest Chamber in the country. Through its constituent chambers, it has a total membership of close to 20 000 businesses, most of them small and medium-sized.
SACCI is also represented on several external bodies, where valuable contributions are made to decision-making in a specified field. SACCI is represented on a number of government bodies, which further enhances the status of the chamber movement as the voice of business in South Africa. Furthermore SACCI is represented on regional bodies such as the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry and working groups linked to the SADC Protocols.
SACCI has signed co-operation agreements with many national chambers of commerce and industry worldwide.
This all adds up to a formidable network of business contacts and widespread opportunities to share knowledge and experiences.