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Coming out of survival mode – The revival of the African economy

Our series of masterclasses brought a mix of learning, development, and in-depth industry learning from a range of trade experts, financial institutes, and entrepreneurs in the sector paving the way forward on how to do business and thrive in the new normal across the trade and township economy sector.
Attendees received the latest trends and key issues impacting the sector and discovered the latest innovation, creativity, and knowledge to drive their businesses and the township community forward.

Key themes discussed this year included:

 
  • Stakeholder engagement – rebuilding Gauteng  townships as a catalyst for growth
  • SMME access to finance – How to mobilise funding
  • How can technology drive recovery – social commerce, online payments, drop shipping, digital marketing, and branding
  • Women in Trade – Transformation, and opportunities
  • Capacity building – practical steps on how to re-establish your business 
  • Country insights from SMMEs exploring new markets

EVENT AT A GLANCE

SUN – 19 JUNE 2022

Feature
Audience

EXPO

ALL

INDOOR

OFFICIAL OPENING OF EXPO

FOYER BETWEEN HALLS 2 & 3

SAITEX
WORKSHOP CONTENT

ALL

WORKSHOP THEATRE EXPO FLOOR

MEETING AREA

JCCI HAIRCARE & COSMETICS DEMOS

EXPO FLOOR

Networking cocktail function

ALL

EXPO FLOOR

CO-LOCATED EVENTS

MON – 20 JUNE 2022

Feature
Audience

EXPO

ALL

INDOOR

TOWNSHIP ECONOMY & SMME WORKSHOP CONTENT

ALL

WORKSHOP THEATRE EXPO FLOOR

B2B MATCHMAKING (LIVE)

MEETING AREA

JCCI HAIRCARE & COSMETICS DEMOS

EXPO FLOOR

CO-LOCATED EVENTS

TUES – 21 JUNE 2022

Feature
Audience

EXPO

ALL

INDOOR

ECOMMERCE FORUM WORKSHOP CONTENT

ALL

WORKSHOP THEATRE EXPO FLOOR

B2B MATCHMAKING (LIVE)

MEETING AREA

JCCI HAIRCARE & COSMETICS DEMOS

EXPO FLOOR

CO-LOCATED EVENTS

2022 Trade exchange workshops

Theme: Coming out of survival mode – The revival of the African economy

Day 1: Sunday, 19 June 2022

10:00 – 11:00

Registration and networking

11:00 – 12:00

Workshop: Redefining natural beauty trends and how this impacts your business supported by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) in conjunction with the Cosmetic Export Council of SA (CECOSA)

It has been reported that diversity and inclusion are the names of the game when it comes to natural beauty trend forecasts, but what does this mean for your business, and are you prepared to take advantage of the latest authentic products and hottest brands. Join this workshop hosted by the JCCI and specially curated for entrepreneurs to gain tangible insights into what natural hair care and cosmetics opportunities exist. Discover strategies on how to build a product line that makes sense for your customers.

  • Product training – Best use of authentic brands and identifying which indigenous products are best suited for your customers. Top 10 indigenous ingredients to include in your range
  • Unlocking business – Gain insights on how to successfully set a licencing relationship with manufacturers and how to tap into the growing wellness and beauty value chain
  • Access to market – Effectively accessing home care products and new opportunities. What are the current beauty growth trends in SA (by age, gender, skin type, growing vegan market, products, and price)
  • Tapping into the ‘kiddies hair’ market
  • Developing new partnerships and staying connected – next steps and effective marketing strategies to get your product noticed

Moderator:

Daniel Motshwane, Chairman, Cosmetic Export Council of South Africa (CECOSA)

Panelists:

Connie Mashaba, Director, Amka Products (Pty) Ltd

Jabu Stone, Founder, Jabu Stone

Nosihle Dlamini, Chief Operating Officer, Get2Natural

12:00 – 13:00

Workshop: Capacity building – Practical steps how to re-establish your business  supported by the African Centre for Economic Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Development (ACEEED)

12:00 – 13:00

Trade Forward Southern Africa Trade and Information Hub Export Tools, Knowledge and Training

Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) will showcase support it provides Southern African export businesses, export promotion agencies and chamber of commerce to identify top export markets, the technical requirements for products to enter those markets and get vital training on exporting; all at high value yet no cost.

Speakers:

Adv. Robert Moodie, Lead Technical Expert: Access to Information & Trade Promotion, Trade Forward Southern Africa

13:00 – 14:00

Dialogue: Entering new markets – What every entrepreneur needs to know

Join this dialogue with leading trade experts and gain practical insights into navigating new export markets and explore how to stay compliant – customs and tariffs and challenges dealing in new markets – and how to prepare your business to take advantage of new opportunities right now and what you should be doing right now.

Speakers:

Bobo Senosi, Director of International – RSA, Botswana Investment Trade Centre

Day 2: Monday, 20 June 2022

10:00 – 10:30

Registration and networking

11:00 – 12:00

Stakeholder Engagement – Rebuilding Gauteng townships as a catalyst for growth

The Gauteng Department of Economic Development is executing a ‘new deal’ for the township economies centered on the deployment of industrial corridors propelled by special economic zones targeting export markets and innovative investments to rebuild better and accelerated economic opportunities – Growing Gauteng Together 2030 (GGT2030) – but what does the Township Economic Development Bill and the Township Economy Partnership Fund mean for your business? Join this stakeholder engagement discussion and hear from government and businesses about how the Township Economic Development Act will change commercial activity, and expand existing businesses in townships making it easier, faster and cheaper for you to start and run your business.

  • How will the Township Economic Development Act affect/impact your business?
  • Unlocking ‘Growing Gauteng Together 2030’ and rebuilding funding – next 12 months?
  • What are the investment opportunities – stock credit, capital investment, and wholesale funding

Moderator:

Jesse Weinberg, Executive Head: SME Customer Segment, FNB South Africa

Speakers:

Saki Zamxaka, Chief Executive Officer, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP)

Sonja Loggenberg, Head of Partnership Programmes, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

12:00 – 12:30

Keynote address: Economic development activities undertaken and future plans for the development of the Free State

Makalo Mohale, DESTEA MEC Free State, Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

12:30 – 13:00

Ministerial keynote address

Trade and Investment opportunities in Zimbabwe

Honourable Rajeshkumar Indukant Modi, Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Zimbabwe

13:00 – 13:30

Keynote address: North West Trade & Investment Opportunities

Keneetswe Mosenogi, North West MEC, North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism

13:30 – 14:30

Workshop: SMME access to finance – How to mobilise funding supported by the Banking Association of South Africa

Small businesses are the engine room of an economy but are struggling more than ever due to economic headwinds and the impact of COVID. But there are several support structures in place – come and find out how to access financial assistance for your small or medium business. What facilities, advice, and support is available, and how can you take advantage of these?

Moderator:

Muzi Mhlambi, Senior Manager, Banking Association of SA (BASA)

Panelists:

Letlatsa Lehana, Head: Khula Credit Guarantee, Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA)

Naledzani Mosomane, Head: Enterprise Development, Standard Bank

Phillip Phaahla, Director: Enterprise Performance, Department of Small Business Development (DSBD)

Palesa Mabasa, Business Development Head of SME Funding, FNB

 

14:30 – 15:30

Fireside chat: Women in Trade – Transformation and opportunities

If you are ready to unlock new business opportunities and take your business to the next level, join this engaging workshop presented by SHE Trades curated for women entrepreneurs, business support organisations, buyers, investors, and suppliers. Gain strategic insights on how to be more resilient and expand new market opportunities by addressing:

  • How to unlock new market opportunities – tips to boost your business to the next level
  • How to identify new strategies – are you leveraging new partnerships and projects?
  • Are you export competitive – how are you creating your business plan using market insights?
  • Inclusive SMME recovery and empowerment – opportunities post the pandemic

Moderator:

Sindiswa  Mzamo, President, Circle of Global Business Women

Speakers:

Veyrl Adell, Lead Technical Expert: Women in Trade, Trade Forward Southern Africa

Bernadette Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer, Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)

Liya Cherian, Specialist Programme Implementation (Export Division), SEDA

Day 3: Tuesday, 21 June 2022

10:00 – 10:30

Registration and networking

Workshops supported by e-Commerce Forum Africa

With the rise in e-Commerce, especially during COVID, it is now more crucial than ever before for you to implement strategies to protect your business. Join our workshops and gain practical advice from experts on how you can incorporate digital/social media into your business plan.

Moderator:

Lauretta Ngakane, Head of Communications, Ecommerce Forum Africa

10:30 – 11:30

An introduction to Ecommerce

Speaker:

Lauretta Ngakane, Head of Communications, Ecommerce Forum Africa

11:30 – 12:30

How to market online

Speaker:

Sanele Simmons, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mall for Women

12:30 – 13:30

How to sell with B2B Ecommerce

Speaker:

Craig Chamberlain, Director, Made in Africa

13:30 – 14:30

AfCFTA and the future of logistics and delivery

Speaker:

Alastair Tempest, Chief Executive Officer, Ecommerce Forum Africa