GEORGE NEWS – Not only did the George Business Chamber last night scoop the trophy as the best AHI chamber in the country, at the AHI national congress it was also announced that the George Chamber will host the national congress next year.
Dr Willie Cilliers, chairman of the George Business Chamber, who is on his way back to George from Durban with the shining cup in his arms, has dedicated the trophy to the entire Southern Cape.
“The Southern Cape economy is perceived to be under pressure and this award is a great boost. It shows that George and the entire Southern Cape is up to the challenge and the support is available. I am also convinced that this accolade will have a positive impact on our working relationship with the George Municipality. It is a sign that the municipality should take hands with business and work together to achieve the best results – not only for George, but in the best interest of all the people and sectors of the Southern Cape. We are 100% committed to this end.”
The chamber competed with 130 business chambers for the cup and missed getting full marks with only one point! The criteria chambers were judged on included the level of activity, general management and community involvement.
Cilliers told the George Herald that the AHI and SACCI (South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry) are in negotiations to either become one body or to work together as one. “This will mean a lot to South African business and strenthen individual chambers.”
Cilliers has big plans for the next year. “We want to be extremely active in the informal sector and the chamber is committed to get involved on ground level. This is imperative to boost and grow the local economy.”