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FSACCI NEWSLETTER - August 2017
For the French business community, each South African winter is a time for farewell and staff reorganisation. As spring approaches, many French companies will welcome new CEOs or country managers. I have in mind Eric Mazillier at Decathlon, Luc Koechlin at EDF, the new Director at the French school in Johannesburg and, of course, the new Director of Business France, Axel Baroux, to mention but a few. The French consulates in Johannesburg and Cape Town are also about to welcome a new Consul General. To all the new members of our business community and partners, I extend a very warm welcome. We look forward to working with you. Please feel at home at the French South African Chamber and do not hesitate to share new ideas with us.
Our winter was also a time for new store openings – Leroy Merlin, Decathlon and Roche Bobois, each opened a new store in Johannesburg. FSACCI members operating in the retail sectors are blossoming... Congratulations to all in this regard!
In September and October, FSACCI will be organising not less than 8 events. A new committee, the Legal Committee, coordinated by François Chaptal, will convene for the first time in October. Together with the Embassy of France to South Africa, we are launching a new club "Sustainable Development in Cities", to promote some of our French members' skills and expertise in that domain.
At a time when we are encountering some headwinds, all these new energies that will flow with the coming spring should indeed give us a feel-good spirit. Wishing you a good spring!
(Erratum: We announced Leroy Merlin and Lycée Français Jules Verne's new memberships last month but have mistaken their website. All our apologies)
SAVE THE DATE: Beaujolais Nouveau @ Katy's Palace Bar
The French South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FSACCI) is glad to invite you to celebrate, with the French business community, the ritual that is the worldwide arrival of the "New Beaujolais", every third Thursday of the month of November. The best FSACCI French Party of the year will take place Thursday 16th November at Katy's Palace Bar and the Beaujolais will be proudly delivered to you courtesy of Bolloré Logistics. SAVE THE DATE !
Who's Who & Who's New
Brandon & Grant (Atnet Planet) in the spotlight
For youngsters Brandon Como and Grant Oosterwyk, growing up in the Cape Flats was about economic survival and avoiding gangs. Today Oosterwyk and Como are partners at a start-up in Johannesburg, the FSACCI Platinum Member Atnetplanet SA, a digital agency that’s a spin-off of the European company that has branches in France and Spain. They develop digital marketing strategies for big brands and list Nutella, Barcelona Football Club and Haribo as clients.
Helen Swingler wrote an article about them in UCT News.
Thanks Jacques !
His smile and his laugh will be missed. Honorary FSACCI Board member, Jacques Toregrossa, Managing Director of the French Trade Commission-Business France* South Africa and Southern and East Africa, will retire in a few days. This great and friendly professional arrived in South Africa in July 2012. He was known for his generosity (he was always available to give a hand) and the way he was bringing together his team. Always positive, even if not masking the difficulties, Jacques was a great asset to convince French companies to prospect in South Africa. FSACCI Board & Team would like to say thank you for our collaboration.
* Business France public mission is to foster export growth for French business, in particular by helping French companies prospecting in South Africa, whereas FSACCI is helping them to set up and grow. Business France is also promoting the international internship program of VIE and we host some of them in our offices.
Axel Baroux will take over Jacques Toregrossa's mission. A very warm welcome to him.
Marc-Olivier Vaugeois, Capago new Country manager
Capago South Africa would like to introduce their newly appointed Country Manager, Marc-Olivier Vaugeois. Marc-Olivier Vaugeois's position as Country Manager for South Africa has been in effect since the 1st of August, 2017. Marc-Olivier takes over this management role from Jacques Honoré. Marc-Olivier is a French native speaker who has been working in South Africa for the past 4 years as Operations Manager at Capago.
Capago South Africa has recently had it's 3 year mandate renewed by the French Consulate in South Africa. Capago acts as official intermediary for the French and Italian Consulates, which entails the handling and processing of all documentation pertaining to Schengen visa applications on behalf of the French and Italian Ministries Of Foreign Affairs.
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Members & Partners news
Veolia & Ceracure On 26 July, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa (Veolia) officially unveiled its new strategic partnership with Ceracure (Pty) Ltd (Ceracure). This landmark shareholding agreement strengthens the company’s compliance with new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment regulations as a high level contributor, and demonstrates its continued commitment to local empowerment and transformation.
So geek Air France ! In an aim to surprise its customers and offer them a new form of entertainment, Air France is rolling out a brand new immersive entertainment system in partnership with the startup SkyLights. The new offer concerns a virtual reality headset in which films and series are screened in 3D or 2D, literally immersing travelers in the film...
Mazars Business and Taxation Guide South Africa provides an insightful overview for companies who are interested in doing business in South Africa. This guide contains all the information you need to best understand our legislative environment and tax regime enabling you to make the best decisions about starting a business in the country.
Roche Bobois in Kramerville (Sandton) Thanks to the success of the brand in Cape Town, Roche Bobois opened last Saturday a showroom of more than 2000m2 in Johannesbourg (@ Kramerville/Sandton). Their team of designers will guide you in this immense space devoted to the art of decoration with more than 25 atmospheres (contemporary and classical) dedicated to the French Art of Vivre. The brand attracts more and more African customers and is seen now more than ever to be a true leader in the luxury furniture market. In addition, Roche Bobois SA wants to highlight South African art by exhibiting local artists in its showrooms.
Decathlon megastore will opening at Mall At Newmarket (Alberton) on Saturday the 2nd of September 2017. This will be the secound store of the sport retail brand which wants to make sport accessible for all in South Africa.
As Decathlon is a sport lover, they decided to host a local "Come In Your Trainers" recruitment day a while ago and had much fun with it!
Four Seasons is organising its second Run for Hope charity event on the 9th of September 2017. The race will go through Westcliff and the Four Seasons Hotel (5km and 7.5km loops) and the entries will benefit CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa). This charity race is very important for Four Seasons worldwide: the cause has been supported by Four Seasons employees since Canadian born, Terry Fox ran the historic Marathon of Hope 36 years ago. Terry Fox inspired Canadians with his 1980 Marathon of Hope before succumbing to the disease the following year. > Please find infos about sponsorship and/or registration here
White Paper on Immigration released by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs
On 28 July 2017 the South African Government released its anticipated White Paper on Immigration that provides a policy framework for comprehensive review and overhaul of South Africa’s immigration system and the introduction of significant changes over the next two years... Read Andreas Krensel from FSACCI Member IBN (Immigration and Business Solutions)'s analysis here.
21st Century Board Leadership for Value Creation (INSEAD)
To contribute to the debate in the region about the value of effective and value-creating boards, and support INSEAD in sharing its expertise in this field, the INSEAD Alumni Association South Africa and INSEAD, in collaboration with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, are pleased to invite FSACCI Members to the first INSEAD Governance Event themed “21st Century Board Leadership for Value Creation” on 21 September at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandown, Johannesburg, South Africa from 8.00 to 12.30.
FSACCI Member Event Alchemy is moving to 99 Conrad and preparing its probably wonderful launch on August, the 31st. Started in 2010, event alchemy’s inception was born from the desire to innovate and improve the overall experience and standard of corporate and private events.