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but also for the broader com­mu­nity.

How­ever, this ideal is only fea­si­ble in an en­vi­ron­ment where busi­ness­peo­ple are con­stantly em­pow­ered. Em­pow­er­ment oc­curs through a wide range of busi­ness ser­vices pro­vided by the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce, but also by the na­tional AHI. This in­volves, for ex­am­ple, the AHI’s em­ploy­ers’ or­gan­i­sa­tion, which rep­re­sents mem­bers at labour hear­ings, in­for­ma­tion dis­tri­bu­tion, unique mem­ber ben­e­fits, net­work­ing, com­pe­ti­tions, train­ing, mo­bil­i­sa­tion of skills through the chair­man’s fo­rum, the Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil, the Na­tional Coun­cil, the Board of Trustees and the SA Coun­cil of Busi­ness­women, and the in­volve­ment in BUSA and Ned­lac.

The AHI pre­sented a se­ries of highly suc­cess­ful net­work­ing ses­sions over the past year, with some of the coun­try’s fore­most busi­ness lead­ers and politi­cians.

In ad­di­tion, the AHI’s na­tional congress prom­ises a se­ries of ex­cit­ing work­shops. We are ex­cited to host top speak­ers such as Prof Ray­mond Par­sons, Dr Brand Pre­tor i us, Clem Sunter a nd Vusi Madon­sela ( DG of Depart­ment of Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs – CoGTA). The En­ter­prise of the Year, Cham­ber of Com­merce of the Year and Busi­ness Leader of the Year awards will be pre­sented at our gala evening.

As a fun­da­men­tal re­quire­ment for the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the NDP, how­ever, it is im­por­tant that the Gov­ern­ment de­velop busi­ness poli­cies that will help the econ­omy to thrive. Ex­perts from the AHI there­fore ac­tively com­mented on spe­cific draft leg­is­la­tion. We are con­cerned about the neg­a­tive im­pact that spe­cific leg­is­la­tion will have on the NDP and are there­fore fol­low­ing a proac­tive and con­struc­tive strat­egy not only to state our views on busi­ness pol­icy, but also to make prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions in our con­tacts with the

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