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The increasingly complex business and social environment requires a comprehensive support structure to ensure the most favourable climate for the continued viable existence of individual businesses in a system of free enterprise. At the same time, the chamber movement facilitates adjustment by business to those realities that cannot be altered.

Involvement in the chamber movement bears abundant fruit for the wellbeing of each business. Thousands of successful businesspeople can testify to the enrichment of their own skills and the development of a network base through active participation in chamber affairs. If you are a businessperson with vision, you cannot afford not to join the chamber movement!

And remember, your fee for membership of a chamber is regarded as a business expense and is therefore fully tax deductible.

Can you afford not to belong?

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Whereas SACCI’s focus is mainly on national and international issues at the macro level, constituent chambers serve their members at local and regional levels in an equally important way.

A chamber is established in a town or city for the following reasons :

  • to assess and evaluate the needs of the local business community
  • to monitor development at the local level
  • to mobilise business opinion on local issues
  • to exert a positive influence on the environment in which business operates
  • to promote and encourage the pursuit of a high standard of business ethics
  • to disseminate information that is useful to the business fraternity
  • to create opportunities for improving business skills
  • to extend business contacts locally and nationally, and to allow individual business-people to share in the national business decision-making process
  • to uphold the market economy and private enterprise system
  • to be “The Voice of Business” – a binding force combining the skills and influences of men and women engaged in business in one form or another.
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While the principal “clients” of SACCI’s Parliamentary Information Centre (PIC) in Cape Town are SACCI and its constituent Chambers, the PIC also provides a member service to major corporates, business associations, parastatals and diplomatic missions, to bring them up to date instantly and accurately on legislative and other developments at any stage in Parliament.

The service also provides information on various related topics, such as “political who’s who and what’s what,” which are designed to identify and interpret changes in South Africa’s econo-political climate at regular intervals.

In brief the primary functions of the PIC are to:

  1. facilitate regular interaction between Parliament, business and business delegations;
  2. provide an extensive “listening post” and lobbying facility for SACCI and its members; and
  3. operate a fast, accurate and efficient value-added information service.
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  • SACCI Constitution

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  • SACCI Rules

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The highest authority in SACCI is the Annual Convention, where all categories of members determine the broad policy of the chamber by means of Convention resolutions. Provincial Congresses are held to enable constituent chambers to deliberate on regional/provincial issues and to identify matters that require national consideration.

The chamber movement maintains close contact with government at all levels – local, provincial and national.

SACCI is also represented directly on the various chambers of NEDLAC, (the National Economic Development and Labour Council), the national tripartite economic and social policy advisory body.

Government officials attend the SACCI Annual National Convention and provincial congresses, and participate in the debates. The resolutions of the Convention and congresses are conveyed to the government both by letter and by deputation. Meetings with Cabinet Ministers are held and interviews with officials take place regularly.

Government interacts with SACCI on issues that affect business, including proposed legislation. SACCI, in turn, consults its constituent chambers before submitting the matter firstly to the appropriate Standing Committee for discussion and report, and then preparing a considered comment.

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