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FSACCI NEWSLETTER - November-December 2017

« Life is too short to drink bad wine ». Thank you very much to Pierre-Yves Sachet, CEO of Total, for having reminded us of how true this sentence is, during his speech at our recent Beaujolais Nouveau celebration in Johannesburg. Made possible thanks to Bolloré, which delivered the wine at no cost to the Chamber, to our sponsors Total and Air France and to our partners (Paul, French Corner, Radisson Blu, Four Seasons, Avene, International SOS), this event was a huge success. From the feedback I received, the attendees thoroughly enjoyed this networking and social evening. Likewise, the Capetonians enjoyed this wine celebration in their town, the following day. Thanks to Bolloré, Air France, Polyglot, Bridor and Car Protection Services for sponsoring the Cape Town event. As the French artist Brassens once said, « the best wine is not necessarily the most expensive one, but the one we share ».

At FSACCI, we think that (to paraphrase Pierre-Yves) the year is too short to forget that business time can also be a pleasant time. That is what, at least we try to achieve by arranging networking events like the Beaujolais celebration, with people from all horizons with new and different perspectives.

I trust that the workshops we organised in the last weeks, with Peter Leon from Herbert Smith Freehills on « Investment protection in South Africa » and with Lucien Pierce from PPM on the « POPI Act » were appreciated for their quality. I am delighted to welcome tonight, as speakers at one of our last events of the year, two highly respected analysts of BNP Paribas, Nicholas Borain and Jeffrey Schultz, for an expert view of the business stakes behind the ANC 54th national conference. Do not miss this FSACCI event hosted by Mazars. We all know that « it is not only at the bottom of a bottle that one can find good answers »…


Philip Geromont, FSACCI Chairman

Welcome to our new members !


Industrial Bakeries

Peotona Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd


Future Spaces Offices (Pty) LTD

Offices space rental


Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Business Connection (Pty) LTD
Export consulting


Thanks !

2017 Beaujolais Nouveau Celebrations were a great success thanks to the 530 attendees' support and energy.  Without our sponsors, this event would not have been possible and we would like to highlight them once again. Bolloré Logistics proudly delivered the 780 bottles of wine you enjoyed at the party. Total South Africa is historically a great sponsor and we know that we can rely on their support. France was once again "in the air" thanks to Air France in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In Jo'burg, we enjoyed Paul Bakery Bread and the great catering of French Corner; in Cape Town the bread from FSACCI new member Bridor bakeries. In Cape Town, we were also very glad that Polyglot Group joins us as a sponsor for the first year.
We do not forget, last but not least, the companies who offered prizes for the raffle: Bolloré Logistics, Radisson Blu, Four Seasons The Westcliff, Paul Bakery Café, Avene-Pierre Fabre, Bridor and International SOS. Thank you very much to all of you. 

We would like to also higlight those who helped us in the organisation: Alexandre Barrière (Car protection services) who did a great job in Cape Town, the Embassy of France to South Africa and the Consulates, Joburg Accueil and the Frenchies, BNP Paribas, EDF South Africa and Capago.

Back to Beaujolais Nouveau Celebrations

Beaujolais Nouveau @ Katy's - Johannesburg - November the 16th

>>> All the photos

Beaujolais Nouveau in Cape Town - November the 17th 

>>> All the photos

Who's Who & Who's New

Christian TOUR, CEO SAFRAN Helicopter Engines South Africa

Christian Tour is a French native, who has been working for Safran helicopter Engines in France and in England for many years; his previous position in the company, before moving to South Africa, was Chief Excecutive Officer of Safran Helicopter Engines Support France located in the South West in France. Christian’s mission was to provide support and services to the Safran Helicopter Engines customers of France, Southern Europe, North Africa and Middle East .
Safran Helicopter Engines South Africa was created and started official trading on the 1st September 2017. The strategy of Safran is to have a solid base in Africa to promote the products and to provide the best services to any sub saharan african operators flying helicopters with Safran engines, including of course the South African operators. Christian, with his valued experience in the engine helicopter business has of course, with all the dedicated people of Safran Helicopter Engine South Africa, the ambition to always better serve the customer and grow the helicopter engines business in the region, and by the same fostering the Safran foot print in the strategic Africa continent.
> Christian's Contact

Newcomers in Work'In

FSACCI Office space, Work’In, welcomed two new VIEs (International Internship Programs members) from two different French Companies.

Our office space Work'In offers VIEs and SMEs a space and infracstructure work (phone line, internet access, printing and scanning facilities).
>>>> More info

Leny Convelbo is the business developper of Ryb Composit, a company which provides innovative drainage geocomposites that filter, transport and evacuate fluids to outlet points while combating soil erosion. They are an excellent replacement for gravel beds in terms of financial cost, completion time and environmental impact (more info).
> Leny's contact

Agathe Destresse is the export Area Manager in Africa of EDAP TMS, world leader in therapeutic ultrasound. EDAP TMS develops, manufactures, promotes and distributes minimally-invasive medical devices for urology using ultrasound technology (more info).
> Agathe's contact

Welcoming a new Director or CEO in your company ? If you want the info to be in this section, please contact us.

Members news

BNP Paribas South Africa highlights Indian women.

The Women Changing India project is an initiative that commemorates the 150th anniversary French bank (and FSACCI Member) BNP Paribas and its operation in India. As part of this celebration, the bank organised a travelling photographic exhibition highlighting the vital role women play in India today. The Women Changing India exhibition was showcased to guests at an exclusive exhibition at Gallery 011 in Sandton on 31 October.
The photographs focus on the vital role that women play in India today and shed light on many critical issues facing women. BNP Paribas has been investing heaviliy in South Africa in related causes and recently announced the launch of its microfinance initiative. 99% of its customers are women living in villages in South Africa with a maximum of 400 people.

Mazars promotes investment in SA
“Invest in South Africa” was a unique event, on November the 7th in Paris, organized by Mazars with the support of Business France and Medef International, dedicated to fostering collaboration between France and South Africa.
More info

Grand opening of Roche Bobois new store in Joburg
Following a successful first opening in Cape Town, Roche Bobois, the international luxury furniture brand, has just opened its doors in Kramerville (Sandton). The 23rd November was the occasion for Roche Bobois to present the 1500m² showroom, fitted out with the brand’s new collection, to the South African public. More global than ever, Roche Bobois embodies French design in all its diversity. Thanks to a strong network of European manufacturers, its relationships with renowned designers and high fashion houses, the brand relishes the challenge of internationalisation in offering to each of its clients a personalised approach to creation and design (More info)

Photo: Nicolas Roche, Creative Director of Roche Bobois and HE Mr. Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa

Legrand new wireless chargers
Legrand’s wireless chargers for mobile devices have been designed to make life easier in a busy world – either at home, in the office, or when travelling. These wireless chargers, with advanced technology, are ergonomic and functional, with versatility for quick charging, in all environments and adaptable for specific needs.
More info

International SOS Travel Risk Map
International SOS and Control Risks launched a few days ago the latest edition of its award-winning Travel Risk Map. The map, now also in a digital format, includes revised risk ratings and social sharing enhancements. Risk ratings are the reason why 42% of organisations globally, modified their travel itineraries in 2017.
> View the Travel Risk Map here
Please also note that the Company moved its Johannesburg offices to Hertford Office Park / Block G/ 90 Bekker road/ Vorna Valley/ Midrand.

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Member to members offer

10% discount on venue hire of FutureSpace meeting rooms

Newly joined FSAACI member, FutureSpace, is thrilled to provide chamber members with access to its 5-star business lounge, executive offices and world-class meeting facilities. Located at 61 Katherine Street in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg, FutureSpace is a partnership between Investec Property and workplace specialists Giant Leap. They offer a beautifully designed, fully-serviced office catering to every need; from high-speed internet, concierge and support staff to meeting rooms, video conferencing, 24-hour security and access to a gym, spa and restaurant in the building.
Exclusively available to FSAACI members is a 10% discount on venue hire of any of the FutureSpace meeting rooms and a complimentary initial month’s rental on private office space.
More info

The Member to Member Benefits Program is a members-exclusive offer from one Member of the Chamber to another.
Should you wish to include your venue or your company in the Member’s Privileges program, please contact us at communications@fsacci.co.za

Partners & Other Chambers' news

Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas and Energy (MMEC) Conference & Exhibition

Ever since the launch event in 2008 the Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas and Energy (MMEC) Conference & Exhibition has played an important role in highlighting Mozambique’s natural resource potential to a large audience. Now an established feature event in the region, the 6th edition of MMEC will take place from the 25th – 26th April 2018 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre, Maputo. Our Partner, the CLUB D’AFFAIRES FRANCE-MOZAMBIQUE, can assist you and provide trade advise. More info here.

Back to November

FSACCI, as well as FSACCI Members committed in the Club Ville Durable Sustainable City ,were invited by the Embassy of France to South Africa, on November the 21st,  to a Cocktail Briefing with Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba. An opportunity to network with the Mayor, the MMCs and heads of Departments or Municipal companies.

On November the 8th, Lucien Pierce, founder and director of PPM attorneys, was the speaker of our second Legal Committee on the topic: "POPIA & GDPR compliance"


FSACCI Next events

Behind the ANC Conference: a political and economic analysis

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Construction sector Committee

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