The Chamber Legacy
Establishment of the Natal Chamber of Commerce
Regulated under the Natal Law no.31 as the Durban Chamber of Commerce
Durban Chamber of Commerce merges with the Chamber Industry to form the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Durban Chamber appoints Dr Jeya Wilson as the first female Chief Executive Officer
KZN Exporter of the year awards are launched – Recognising and celebrating the outstanding performance of KZN companies exporting locally manufactured goods
The Durban Chamber sees the inauguration of the first Black president – Patrick September
Prof. Bonke Dumisa becomes the Chamber’s first Black Chief Executive Officer
Appointment of Gugu Mazibuko, the first black female Chief Executive Officer
Thato Tsautse, unveiled as the first female president.
Business better than usual; Durban Chamber moves into the Lion Match Office Park
Township Izimbizo gets underway, aiming to deliver practical business insights, skills and tools that will enable traders to start, build and grow sustainable businesses
#DurbanMustRise trends no. 5 nationally at the 160th Annual Gala Dinner, kick-starting a tsunami of goodwill, support and confidence in the city
Durban Chamber raises the flag of Ethical Leadership at a collective level with the launch of the 1st Business Code of Ethics at the 161st Annual Gala Dinner
Keeping with International best practice, Durban Chamber exists and operates under the Companies Act 71 of 2008 as a Non-Profit company
The mandate of the Durban Chamber requires it to lobby and advocate on behalf of its members by addressing and identifying pertinent issues and forwarding them to appropriate forums in which business practitioners, through robust strategic engagements with stakeholders, drill down into issues and provide experience-based insights. A key and valuable strength of the Durban Chamber is constant engagement in its area and standing forums. These forums provide insight
Over many years, the discussions of member representatives in these forums have enabled the Chamber to make influential submissions regarding matters of current business concern and interest to local government and beyond at provincial and national levels. The Durban Chamber is a vibrant business organisation striving to meet and exceed the expectations of its members, whether they are micro or corporate businesses. The facilities of the Durban Chamber and its services are accessible by all employees of any member company. The Durban Chamber enjoys the respect and confidence of government at all levels thanks to its longevity and its record of 162 years of service to the Durban business community.
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Who we are and what we are about
The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 1856 and is the oldest and largest metropolitan chamber in Africa. As a business-based and member-focused organisation, we work to protect and promote the interests of eThekwini business community.
The Durban Chamber does this by
- Advocating and influencing policy decisions that affect the interests of business (labour laws, tax and business regulations, and more)
- Offering business support services and advice
(CIPC, Certificate of Origin ITC checks, Human Resources/Capital, networking opportunities)
- Providing reliable and relevant business information that empowers the Durban business community.
To contribute towards creating a conducive economic and business environment in the eThekwini Municipal area and beyond, as well as providing services specifically relevant to small and large businesses operating in the region.
We will achieve this by delivering excellence in all we do through our dedicated people, financial expertise, IT systems, operational processes and sound stakeholder relationships, all underpinned by ethical governance principles.
In Business for a Better World
To be recognised as a world-class business chamber and a united voice of business in the eThekwini Municipal area and beyond.
values we live by
Taking responsibility for our
Courageous, influential and exemplary in word and deed
and Diversity Involvement and celebrating our differences
Adaptable and improvising
Ethical, trustworthy, reliable (people and processes)
Marketing and Events
Policy and Advocacy
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