3rd March 2011 | The iLembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism held its official launch last night at Ballito’s Hotel Izulu. The launch can only be called a raging success as businesses arrived from all over the iLembe district to support the launch of their own chamber. The event was so well attended that there was only standing room left during the formalities, and cars lined the entrance to the hotel and even filled spilled over to Rey Park.
Trenley Tilbrook, CEO of the Chamber, opened proceedings and welcomed invited guests and business people of iLembe. Both iLembe Deputy Mayor, Amitha Badul, and Municipal Manager Mike Newton spoke of their support for the Chamber and how our region, the North Coast, was one of the fastest growing nodes in the country. Mr Newton told businesses “iLembe is where things are happening!” and taking the response to the Chambers launch he is 100% correct.
The Chamber also announced its appointed executives who will guide Chamber activities for the ensuing year, ensuring that there is delivery on expectations from the business community, and that they work at being the voice of business in the region. The executive included 12 local business people from the region who are able to help influence and support business.
The Chambers first Chairman, local businessman Bongani Linda gave a strong speech about the power of voice, and how when used correctly, it has the ability to shape and mould direction and outcome. As the Chairman’s first speech it was impressive and definitely gave business something to think about. Bongani also told business that the executive were committed to working with them in helping them connect with other businesses to network and help unlock opportunities.
After founding businesses were presented with their founding member certificates the launch shifted focus from formalities to casual networking with drinks and evening snacks provided.
Last night definitely saw another positive step forward for businesses in Ballito and iLembe and shows that there is a demand for iLembe’s Chamber and for business to have a single voice that is heard when they come together!
Congratulations to ICCIT, its Chairman and executive and all the business involved (and who will be involved in future!)