Information & Overview

The AHi has historically placed a strong emphasis on maintaining its reputation as a business organization and chamber movement of excellence by mobilizing expertise to support its members. Furthermore, the AHi strives to empower its members in order to provide a meaningful contribution in the business environment as well as to initiate supporting actions to promote the development of the country and the free enterprise system as an organization that promotes business in all areas.

All the proverbial business roads leads to George from 06 to 09 October as the AHi National Congress descends on this beautiful city at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. The economic hub of the region will throw its doors open and welcome business people from all across our land to boldly proclaim, “George and the Garden Route are indeed open for business!”

By being awarded the Business Chamber of the Year in 2014, the George Business Chamber won the rights to host the AHi National Congress in 2015.  We invite you and your organization, business or chamber to join us for a host of business- and leisure-related activities during the October school holidays. Bring your family along and mix business with pleasure, for once.


Local Business Site Visit | Wednesday, 07 October 2015

Visit a variety of regional businesses that may result in investment and development opportunities. Picnic basket included.  FULLY BOOKED

Time: 08:30 for 09:00 Departure from the Transnet Outeniqua Transport Museum
GPS: GPS Coordinates to venue – S33° 57’ 50.485”  E22° 28’33.202”
Format: 4 x 15-seater buses
Price: R300.00 pp. including picnic basket. Max: 60 pax
Enquiries: Carli Bunding-Venter | Tel: 082 774 2990
Email: carli@george.org.za

Business Expo | Wednesday, 07 October to Friday, 09 October

This option represents a great opportunity to showcase your business to hundreds of visitors and to network directly with a variety of other businesses, government departments and investors.  FULLY BOOKED

Venue: Transnet Outeniqua Transport Museum, 2 Mission St, George
GPS: GPS Coordinates to venue – S33° 57’ 50.485”  E22° 28’33.202”
Setup Date: Tuesday, 06 October (09:00 – 14:00)
Time: 08:00 – 17:00 Daily
Price: R 7 995.00 (Vat Incl) per 3m x 3m stand (+R 2 000 refundable deposit payable).  Max 76 stands.  Free entry to expo for visitors.
Download Expo Exhibitor Guide
(Must be completed by all exhibitors)
Enquiries: Santie Roelofse | Tel: 084 558 8089
E-mail: expo@ahicongress2015.co.za

Golf Day | Wednesday 07 October 2015

George and the region is renowned for the biggest concentration of top golf courses in the country. Join us for a great day out at Kingswood Golf Estate.  FULLY BOOKED

Venue: Kingswood Golf Estate, Plattner Blvd, Rooirivier Rif, George
GPS: GPS Co-ordinates: -33.973205,  22.432718
Time: 09:00 for 10:00 Tee off – shotgun start
Format: 24 X Four Ball Alliance
Price: R 500.00 pp (VAT incl) Max 96 pax
Includes: Includes: player’s fee, goodie bag, golf cart, halfway house, prize-giving function.
Enquiries: Mary-Anne Loose | Tel: 044 874 3349
E-mail: info@georgechamber.co.za

AHi Workshop and Annual General Meeting | Thursday 08 October 2015

Join us for the AHi Workshop in the lead up to the AGM in the afternoon as Carli Bundi-Venter, Local Economic Development Manager of the George Municipality, facilitates policy making through the World Café concept.  BOOKINGS CLOSED

Venue: Transnet Outeniqua Transport Museum, 2 Mission St, George
GPS: GPS Coordinates to venue – S33° 57’ 50.485” E22° 28’33.202”
Programme: 07:45 – 08:30 Registration, Tea & Coffee
08:30 – 08:45 Welcoming Address: AHi President, Prof Tommy du Plessis
08:45 – 09:30 Auto & General
09:30 – 10:30 Workshop on topical economic matters & structured discussion utilising an internationally tried and tested format, with the aim of drafting resolutions to be formally presented at AGM.
Introductory Presentations by functional experts:
–       What is Local Economic Development and what is the role (constitutional mandate) of Local Government, What is the role of a Business Chamber in a locality?
–       Entrepreneurship
–       Role of technology in business
10:30 – 13:00 World Café facilitated by Carli Bunding-Venter:
– A series of questions, based on the preceding presentations, will be posed to the attendees.
– Discussions will take place in small groups of 4 – 6 persons, one question at a time.
– Groups will rotate after each question to ensure a flow of information and ideas.
– After deliberations on each question, input will be collected from each group.
– Pre-appointed topic leaders will consolidate inputs and draft resolutions for presentation at AGM.
– On some matters that may require prioritised action plans a simple voting system will be utilised in order to determine consensus on priority order.
– The process is specifically designed to create an atmosphere of open discussion, with a “coffee shop” feeling in order to stimulate the sharing of ideas.  This is also aimed at breaking down barriers to input and consensus often found in traditional conference approaches.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 AGM
Price: Free of charge.  [Max 150 pax]
Enquiries: Marieta an Zyl | Tel: 012 348 5440
E-mail: marietavz@ahi.co.za

Welcome Function (Cocktail Evening) | Thursday 08 October 2015

The official welcome evening cocktail function promises to be a fun evening where you can network and enjoy some local entertainment.  FULLY BOOKED

Venue: Transnet Outeniqua Transport Museum, 2 Mission St, George
GPS: GPS Coordinates to venue – S33° 57’ 50.485” E22° 28’33.202”
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Price: R 150.00 pp (VAT Incl) Cash bar available. Max: 150 pax
Dress: Smart Casual
Enquiries: Tarryn Stephenson | Tel: 084 671 7231
E-mail: conference@ahicongress2015.co.za
  To make use of the Goodfellas chauffeur service, please book by e-mailing d.austin@mweb.co.za before 03 October 2015.

AHi National Congress | Friday, 09 October 2015

This annual event is the highlight of the weekly events calendar with some high level delegates and speakers in attendance.  BOOKINGS CLOSED

Theme: “The role of business in local government and local economic development”
Venue: Transnet Outeniqua Transport Museum, 2 Mission St, George
GPS: GPS Coordinates to venue – S33° 57’ 50.485” E22° 28’33.202”
Time: 08:00 – 16:30
Price: R 720.00 pp Max: 246 delegates
Programme: 08:00 – 08:30 AHi National Congress Registration, Tea & Coffee
08:30 – 08:45 Welcoming Address: AHi President – Prof Tommy du Plessis
Opening Address: Western Cape Minister of Finance – Mr Ivan Meyer
08:45 – 09:30 Speaker 1: Prof Jannie Rossouw,
Wits University
09:30 – 11:15 Discussion
11:15 – 11:45 Tea & Coffee
11:45 – 12:30 Speaker 2: Deputy Governor, SA Reserve Bank,
Mr Francois Groepe
12:30 – 13:00 Discussion
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 14:30 Speaker 3:  Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities, Western Cape, Mr Alan Winde
14:30 – 15:00 Discussion
15:00 – 15:45 Speaker 4:  TBA
15:45 – 16:15 Discussion
16:15 Closing
Enquiries: Marieta van Zyl | Tel: 012 348 5440
E-mail: marietavz@ahi.co.za

Gala Dinner | Friday 09 October 2015


Venue: Tramonto Venue, 233 Moeras River, Geelhoutboom Road, George
GPS: GPS Co-ordinates: S33.57.52   E022.22.25
Time: 18:30 – 22:00
Price: R 390.00 pp (VAT Incl) Max: 300 pax
Map:   Download Map
Programme: 18:30 – 18:45 Guest arrival & welcome drinks
18:45 – 19:00 Guests are seated
19:00 – 19:05 Prayer
19:05 – 19:10 Welcoming address by Dr Willie Cilliers,
President: George Business Chamber & AHi Western Cape
19:10 – 19:30 Starters
19:30 – 19:45 Awards:
– President, Vice-President & Business Chamber of the Year
– Announcement of winners – Start-up Business of the Year
– MS Louw Award
19:45 – 20:15 Word from the recipient of the MS Louw Award
20:15 – 21:00 Main Course
21:00 – 21:05 Announcement of newly elected President and Vice-President
21:05 – 21:10 New President’s Address
21:10 – 21:30 AHi CEO Word of Thanks / Acknowledgments
21:30 – 22:00 Dessert
Enquiries: Marieta van Zyl | Tel: 012 348 5440
E-mail: marietavz@ahi.co.za

Programme and information may be subject to change

Use the online Booking Form to book your events.  The LOC will then invoice you.

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