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