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    • THE DURBAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY Profile The history of the DCCI starts with the foundation in 1856 of the Natal Chamber of Commerce which was described in the Charter which formally constituted the body as the Durban Chamber of Commerce in 1884 (Natal Law no. 31), as an “association of persons engaged in mercantile and commercial pursuits.” After more than a century later, and in common with a movement that was replicated in all parts of South Africa, this body merged with the Chamber of Industry to form the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It has been a proud history of being among the largest chambers in the country. Not least among its strengths is its system of Standing Committees which meet regularly to consider relevant issues within the sectors that the committees represent. Over many years, the discussions of member representatives in these committees have enabled the Chamber to make influential submissions regarding matters of current business concern and interest to local government and beyond at the provincial and national levels. Except for a period of a few years when the DCCI disaffiliated from the South African Chamber of Business (as it was then), it has always provided substantially to the mandate of the national body. In recent years, DCCI representatives have occupied deputy and vice presidential offices within the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr Clive Manci, The Durban Chamber is a vibrant business organisation striving to meet, and even exceed, the expectations of its members, whether they are micro or corporate businesses. While its members are business entities, the facilities of the DCCI and its services are accessible by all employees within any member company. While senior managers may not have time to attend meetings, those at a lower level can learn, and contribute, a great deal by doing so. The Chamber enjoys the respect and confidence of government at all levels thanks to its longevity and its record of service to the Durban business community. WE ARE LIKE THE OAK TREE. OUR HERITAGE, LIKE THE ROOTS – IS EXTENSIVE, AND RUNS DEEP. OUR CONTACTS AND NETWORKS, LIKE THE BRANCHES AND LEAVES – ARE COUNTLESS. OUR INFLUENCE, LIKE THE CANOPY IS SHIELDING AND NURTURING.
    • T H E D U R B A N C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E & I N D U S T R Y the Immediate Past President of the DCCI is now the President of SACCI. Considering the status of the Durban Port and its importance within the Durban business community, it is not surprising that the Chamber’s Durban Port Committee is one of its most successful and influential. On a regular basis this committee’s meetings are attended by representatives of almost all the stakeholder organisations which constitute the port community. Another very well supported committee is that which deals with Tourism. The Chamber recognises the importance of Tourism as an industry in Durban and is intent on providing impetus and momentum in this sphere so that the city can become an even more important and popular tourism destination. There are similar sector committees which deal with issues relating to the environment, safety and justice, human resources, infrastructure, economic affairs, trade and investment, women empowerment, and very significantly, Small Business. These committees, provide guidance to the Chamber as to how it should respond to government policies and proposed legislation. Submissions are made on behalf of DCCI members in respect of all business-related bills. In particular, however, it is the identification of matters that need to be raised with the eThekwini Municipality, or other agencies, such as port authorities, for example, that ensure that the Chamber serves its members as advocate for their continued progress and prosperity. In addition to these Standing Committees, four Area Committees meet on a regular basis. These also provide members based within the four main areas in the City (south, west, north and central) with an opportunity to express their views on business issues that affect them directly. Arising from the input made, the Chamber either engages in the necessary advocacy or implements interventions to address the difficulties raised. Meetings of Standing and Area committees are open to any person representing a DCCI member company. With a full-time staff of over thirty dedicated people, the DCCI provides business information and support to its 2 800 member companies and represents their interests in a variety of forums. The Business Services department engages regularly with members who require information, about all aspects of business, but international trading in particular. The provision of business information in an accessible form is considered a primary function of the Chamber. This is done through a number of information- sharing seminars and daily communication with members through the electronic Daily Digest. In addition, answers are researched and provided to countless people who email or phone their queries. OVER 150 YEARS YOUNG AN UNSURPASSED HERITAGE, A LASTING FOUNDATION FOR GROWTH IN CHANGING TIMES ACCESS TO LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL MARKETS WHERE COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE BORN AND GROWN.
    • T H E D U R B A N C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E & I N D U S T R Y Many of these relate to business opportunities in other provinces or countries, or raise queries about current legislation and the obligations that businesses have to meet. We are able to provide answers to most questions, either by referring to in-house knowledge, or by referring to expertise among the DCCI membership. The Chamber processes over 25 000 certificates of origin each year. The advantage of clients in accessing certificates from the DCCI is that the service is available, in almost every case, within a turn-around time of less than thirty minutes. The DCCI is committed to adding value to its members in terms of the services it is able to offer. Among others, therefore, the Chamber offers a credible BBBEE verification service at a rate discounted to members, and, on a similar basis, a mediation service. Pension and provident fund membership is provided as a particular benefit to small employers who gain the advantage of lower administration costs. In the South African context, the development of small enterprises is essential in order to address the problems of unemployment and economic development. The Chamber takes this very seriously and operates a SMME Desk which manages a busy programme of training and support. This includes mentorship and on-going guidance. This facility is not confined to the use of members alone, and the staff is accustomed to dealing with countless enquiries from aspirant entrepreneurs outside of the membership. In common with Chambers of Commerce throughout the world, the DCCI offers numerous networking activities which are particularly popular among people within the small business sector. THE VOICE OF BUSINESS BE HEARD, IN THE COMPANY OF MANY, WITH THOSE WHO HAVE WALKED BEFORE, AND THOSE WHO WALK WITH US. SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING ACCESS TO EXPERTS, TRAINERS, MENTORSHIP, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS.
    • THE DURBAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY IN THE COMPANY OF GIANTS NEW PLATFORMS AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE CREATED THE BENEFITS OF WHICH OFTEN LAST A LIFETIME A FOREST OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES GROWING TODAY, TO BECOME GIANTS TOMORROW
    • THE DURBAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY With a full-time staff of over thirty dedicated people, the DCCI provides business information and support to its 2 800 member companies and represents their interests in a variety of forums. The Business Services department engages regularly with members who require information, about all aspects of business, but international trading in particular. The provision of business information in an accessible form is considered a primary function of the Chamber. This is done through a number of information-sharing seminars and daily communication with members through the electronic Daily Digest. In addition, answers are researched and provided to countless people who email or phone their queries through. BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP Credibility through association with the Chamber and it members Access to unsurpassed business networking opportunities Reaching new business opportunities within the city, the province, nationally and abroad Addressing issues that impact the business environment by lobbying support and advocating positive changes Providing a Voice for Business to engage with local government, trade delegations, foreign and local embassies and stakeholders - to help facilitate and attract local business. Access to experts, trainers, mentorship programmes, seminars and workshops SERVICES AT A GLANCE BUSINESS INFORMATION Certificates of Origin Electronic Tender Services Credit Reference Service State Warehouse Returns Business Publications Government Gazettes e : businfo @durbanchamber.co.za BEE VERIFICATION SERVICES e : verify @durbanchamber.co.za BUSINESS SKILLS TRAINING e : bustrain @durbanchamber.co.za AREA BUSINESS COMMITTEES DURBAN CENTRAL AREA e : central @durbanchamber.co.za DURBAN NORTH AREA e : north @durbanchamber.co.za DURBAN SOUTH AREA e : south @durbanchamber.co.za DURBAN WEST AREA e : west @durbanchamber.co.za MEMBERSHIP e : thrive @durbanchamber.co.za CONTACT T: +27(0)31.335.1000 F: +27(0)31.332.1288 www.durbanchamber.co.za MARKETING & ADVERTISING e : advertise @durbanchamber.co.za CONFERENCE HIRE & EVENTS e : events @durbanchamber.co.za