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AGM 2014

The AGM of the Cape Town Chapter was held on Thursday, February 20th 2014 in Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands, which was sponsored Shannon Vineyards and Wines, minutes of meeting » »
The main speaker for the evening was Bill Corcoran who is a Cape Town based Irish journalist who covers current affairs in southern Africa for the Irish Times. Newsletter dated 10th Feb 2014 with full Agenda here » »

Minister Joe Costello launches Kader Asmal Fellowship
Mr Joe Costello T.D., launched The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme to support 10 South African students to study in Ireland.
Under the fellowship programme, Irish Aid will support the South African students to undertake Masters or Post-Graduate Diploma level studies in Ireland next year.

Mandela Lecture - Former Ireland president and renowned human rights activist Mary Robinson delivered the 10th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Cape Town City Hall on 5 August 2012, the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced.
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The Cape Town Chapter of the new Irish Business organisation was jointly launched by the Irish Minister for Trade & Development, Ms. Jan O'Sullivan and Mr Ebrahim Khan on Wednesday 9th November 2011.

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan T.D
led a trade missions to South Africa in November 2011.
At the end of the highly successful mission Minister O’Sullivan said :-
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    “South Africa is one of the most sophisticated business environments in Africa and the importance of the trade mission for building Ireland’s exports in the area and creating jobs at home cannot be over-emphasised.”
    “Irish companies are winning more and more business in the region and the potential for continued growth is tremendous. This trade mission, and the work of Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our Embassy in South Africa are all part of our combined efforts to open doors for Irish companies and help them to secure new business."

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AGM 2013 - 29th January

Cape Town AGM 2013The AGM took place on Tuesday, January 29th 2013 at the Brody Room, Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands, Cape Town.
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BISA Cape Town networking event May 2013.

Convention Tower Our first networking event of 2013 was held on Wednesday May 8th,
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    and we thank the hardy bunch who braved the Justin Bieber traffic and World Economic Forum security to attend! Those that were in attendance will agree that the superb venue with its magnificent views, the speakers and even the delicious canapés did not disappoint!
    Our keynote speaker was Andrew Boraine CEO of the Western Cape Economic Partnership, a non-profit company driving partnership building across the province. Andrew shared highly informative insight on the role of the WCEDP, to mobilise and organise partners across all sectors, spheres and regions to establish a common agenda and align mandates so that partners can collectively and more creatively address the multiple and persistent challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequity facing our region. Working to meet the combined challenge of economic growth and job creation, the WCEDP has recognised that as one of the 3 main economic regions of South Africa it's imperative that all economic drivers - local, regional and national - join forces as national success around the issues of economic growth and job creation depends on regional and local partnerships that can drive economic development. More information can be found at www.wcedp.co.za

    We also used this opportunity to launch our members showcase, inviting member businesses to present (in 3 minutes or less) a snapshot of their organisation and highlight any BISA exclusive member benefits or discounts.The showcase section was kicked off by Roger Cresswell of Tourism Ireland. Roger spoke about The Gathering, an initiative to get people of Irish descent from around the world to visit Ireland in 2013. He highlighted examples of small and large Gatherings taking place, including clan reunions, scout jamborees and golfing holidays. Next up was William Whittaker who made a high energy presentation introducing Kawuleza, a wireless internet service provider poised to challenge Telkom and others by offering high speed, affordable internet for home and office use. Kawuleza claims 100% redundancy and a very affordable service - while its attractive profit margin is of interest for potential investors. Carl Witten completed the showcase by presenting Silvertree Properties, a boutique real estate agency focusing on the Western Seaboard and Northern Suburbs. Silvertree recently established a second office at Century City, where demand for rental properties is consistently high. Silvertree has a small specialised team with combined property experience of 40 years,and offers Business Ireland members a rate of commission of 4.5% (compared to the usual 7%) on any property sold for a member. Silvertree will also pay a 10% referral fee for any buyer or seller referral.

    We would like to thank those of you who were able to attend and look forward to hosting further networking events in the future.

 

 

 
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