Policy & Advocacy 

Currently the oldest metropolitan chamber in Africa, we continue to add value to our members through our robust interactions and partnerships with both the private and public sectors. These initiatives are over and above the numerous value adding services offered by the chamber and our system of Standing Forums which meet regularly to consider and debate relevant issues within the sectors that they represent.

In enabling the vision of the Durban Chamber, the Policy and Advocacy department provides reliable and relevant policy perspective through:
  • Identifying government policy relevant to business in Durban
  • Informing, through research, broader perspectives and approaches on such policy
  • Liaising with relevant institutional structures to enhance robust collaboration
  • Amplifying core issues that impact on business with short, medium and long term perspectives
  • Promoting an appreciation of broad based economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • Advocating good practice to our members and enabling policy for the city, province and state
  • Assisting in promoting partnership approaches to complex problematic issues affecting business

Current Submissions

Open for Comment: EThekwini Municipality- Annual Report 2016/2017
The EThekwini Municipality’s Annual Report 2016/17 is now open for comment...Read more 
Comments can be emailed to nagoory@durbanchamber.co.za

Survey: Supply of water and electricity in the Western Area:
The purpose of this survey is to determine to what extent businesses in the Pinetown, Westmead area experience problems with the supply of water and electricity. Your company’s response to this survey will help provide beneficial information. Click here to access the survey. Your response and time is greatly appreciated.

Past submissions

Comment on Human Resource Development Strategy

The Durban Chamber welcomes the opportunity to comment on the KZN Provincial Human Resource Development Strategy for the period 2018 to 2045. The Durban Chamber believes that it is significant to South Africa’s economic growth to promote the development of skills and capacities to ensure the economy is well-served in sectors identified as being of particular importance. ...Read more

MPC Statement January 2018

In early 2018, some of the risks to the inflation outlook have dissipated somewhat. The Rand appreciated following the African National Congress (ANC) elective conference, Eskom was granted a lower-than-expected tariff increase and S&P Global Ratings downgraded South Africa’s long-term local currency sovereign credit rating to sub-investment grade ...Read more

Comment on Sugar- Sweetened Beverages Taxation

The National Treasury has proposed a tax on sugar sweetened beverages with effect from 1 April 2017 to reduce excessive sugar intake. The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposed Sugar- Sweetened Beverages Taxation. The Chamber would like to make Treasury aware of the following impact the SSB Tax will have on industries...Read more

Press Release on the NERSA Announcement of the Approved Eskom 9.4% Electricity Tariff Hike

Having made oral presentations and written submissions to NERSA over the Eskom RCA MYPD3 2013/14 Application, the Chamber is pleased to see the significant reduction in the tariff hike from a proposed 16% to the now approved 9.4% tariff hike...Read More