Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness was elected chair of the Association of South African Chambers (Asac) at the organisation’s annual general meeting last month. Bernadette Zeiler, CEO of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) was elected deputy chair.
Asac was established in 2019 by some of the country’s largest chambers – Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nelson Mandela Bay Business
Chamber, Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Chamber of Business, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Border Kei Chamber of Business. Since then, the chambers of Middleburg, Northern Cape and George have joined Asac.
Representing businesses of all sizes and across sectors, Asac collectively accounts for a significant proportion of the organised business community in South Africa. It is run by a working committee of chamber CEOs who share learnings, best practice and collaborate on matters of mutual interest, said Veness.
“We’re on the ground in the trenches with businesses, both large and small, and as such, we are uniquely placed to provide meaningful input on challenges being faced by Business.
Working together makes sense and we look forward to playing an active role at a national level,” she said.