The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be hosting its 163rd annual gala dinner on Wednesday, August 21.
Long-time member and platinum sponsor, Tsogo Sun, through its premier local property, the Suncoast Entertainment Complex, is this year’s venue for this hallmark business event.
The Durban Chamber’s annual gala dinner has been the biggest business networking event in Durban since its inception in 1856 and commemorates and celebrates its membership and the Durban business community as a whole.
“We look forward to hosting KwaZulu-Natal’s top business leaders at the Globe at Suncoast,” said Mike Dowsley, Suncoast operations director.
It is only fitting that the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual gala dinner is hosted at Suncoast which recently underwent a R1, 6 billion expansion, further cementing Durban as a significant economic hub which will be highlighted at the gala dinner.
“This venue serves as the ideal platform to showcase to out of town investors and government officials that Durban is a city worth investing in,” added Dowsley.
Guests expected include captains of industry, business owners and entrepreneurs from across Durban and KwaZulu-Natal as well as out of town guests who lead organisations that do business with Durban businesses.
Additionally, local, provincial and national government representatives, international ambassadors, consul generals, international business leaders and other key investment partners will be in attendance at the glittering themed event that will be a tongue-in-cheek homage to the James Bond franchise.
‘From Durban, with love’ is the selected theme that will showcase Durban’s energy and vibrancy as a significant economic hub on the rise in line with the city’s vision to be the most caring and liveable city in Africa.
Guests will be treated to a lavish gourmet dinner, enjoying the finest wines as well as a champagne and whisky bar stocked with top local and international brands.
The audience will be treated to a unique entertainment experience as well as business-focussed content relevant to members and organised business as a whole.
The event will feature the inauguration of new president, board and council of the Durban Chamber, the launch of special members-only benefits designed to turbo-charge Durban business, as well as the Durban Chamber’s new mobile app that will connect Durban businesses to all the top business and networking opportunities.
The Durban Chamber is once again joined by its long-time member and partner, Vodacom, as gold sponsor of the event, who will showcase exciting technological advancements on offer within the business arena to support KZN businesses in navigating the fourth industrial revolution and the internet of things.
“Vodacom Business KZN looks forward to engaging the leaders of industries and government in Durban while demonstrating how the digital services available today can inject new successes and better efficiencies for them in this beautiful city, Durban,” said Chris Lazarus, managing executive at Vodacom KwaZulu-Natal.
As an added initiative to promote the growth and development of start-ups and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), the Durban Chamber is urging CEOs from large corporates to purchase seats or tables on behalf of young CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the SMME sector as well.
CEO of the Durban Chamber, Palesa Phili said, “The Durban Chamber is committed to leveraging every one of our platforms to provide critical exposure and networking opportunities for up and coming business leaders of KwaZulu-Natal. This is in line with the Durban Chamber’s commitment to inclusive and sustainable economic participation and development, delivering on our purpose and vision to be in business for a better world.”
Members and the business community can reserve seats at the gala dinner by logging on to the events listing page at www.durbanchamber.co.za
“Come dressed in your best Bond look! This is your license to thrill and there will be plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with, network and interact with national and regional business leaders, policy decision makers and captains of industry,” she added.