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Fortnightly Italian news made in South Africa

 I edition January 2024

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The year
ahead
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25
Jan

Back to Work 2024

Aperilink

Chamber's Note

WHAT'S COMING IN 2024?

A new year can feel like a doorway out into the abyss.

With it comes the unknown and there is no homogenous vision of where the future leads. More strongly, our collective efforts are often precisely at loggerheads. This is on view in the ongoing wars which ultimately affect all of us. They will further be on view in South Africa’s national general elections later this year.

A number of sites of electoral contest will come under the spotlight this year, including: arguably the world’s most important election in the USA; the world’s biggest election in India; and in three of South Africa’s neighbouring countries Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana. And with Italy’s track record of nearly one election per year since 1945, maybe them too?

Of course, the great issue of climate change is the subtext to everything in our age, affecting elections, economics and human culture.

Last year was the hottest in recorded history and it is daunting to realise that it will soon be surpassed.

The prospects of the global economy are also a matter of uncertainty.

This links back to both political and climate issues. Additionally, interest rates remain high, however they are expected to fall over the course of this year.

But an uncertain future can also be an exciting future.

One where we can contest the game.  

One where the outcomes are not determined.

While we as ItalCham cannot affect elections or global warming, we wish to offer an opportunity to any willing collaborator to take part in something meaningful. Life at Italcham is never boring and we offer an array of activities to address the problems of life and business.

First, we invite you to our Aperilink in Johannesburg on the 25th of January which will offer an opportunity to get back in touch with your community for the beginning of the year. This event will happen simultaneously with our presence at SIGEP exhibition in Italy which is dedicated to the food service industry. We will also be present at KEY 2024 in February, dedicated to the renewables sector. Both of these fairs will happen in Rimini

In May you can expect our prestigious Business Excellence Awards, after which we will be having our annual general meeting.

Owing to the fact that several members from our board will be stepping down, a formal process of board recruitment is underway to identify new incoming candidates for our executive committee.

The remainder of the year holds much in store and we look forward to activities across South Africa’s cities. Importantly, we would like to welcome his excellency, Italy’s new ambassador Alberto Vecchi to South Africa and look forward to introducing our business community to his leadership this year.

Through all the uncertainty, we would like to wish you all the

strength achieve prosperity this year.

BACK TO WORK 2024
APERILINK












Thursday, 25th January 2024 from 18.30

 

SAVE THE DATE!

The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries

is pleased to present

the Back to Work 2024 Aperilink in Johannesburg!

 

The venue will be communicated soon. 

Bring your friends, partners and colleagues and be part of an evening of business networking, live music entertainment, great welcome drink, and the best Italian food.

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VISA ISSUES

WE CAN HELP
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As an active member of the EU Chamber, ItalCham has been collaborating with Home Affairs and the Office of the Presidency to expedite outstanding business and work Visa applications.

We were encouraged in late December to get additional feedback from our members and stakeholders with regard to pending visa applications (and the many issues around it).

 

If you are aware of any problematic applications, please flag them to us as a matter of urgency, by submitting the information indicated on the form below to info@italcham.co.za

This includes applications that were rejected, were unreasonably delayed, or are outstanding for a long time. Any applications that are critical to investment and are urgent can also be included in your submission.

 

 

 

 

Once we have your feedback, we will engage with DHA and Presidency to discuss all pending issues.

We would appreciate your swift cooperation in submitting accurate and timely information.

Here’s to a positive start to the new year! Happy 2024!

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KEY 2024
The Energy Transition Expo
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SPACES ARE RUNNING OUT FOR APPLICANTS CONTRIBUTING TO THE WORLD'S VITAL ENERGY TRANSITION WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS:

 

• Check in: Tuesday 27th Feb 2024

   Check out: Friday 1 March 2024

• transfer from Bologna airport to the hotel and vice versa;

• daily transfer from the hotel to the expo and vice versa;

• free admission ticket to the expo;

• buffet lunch at the expo.

 

Please note: airplane ticket is not covered and must be paid by the applicant.

Deadline for application is 20 January 2024

KEY - The Energy Transition Expo, Europe’s leading show dedicated to technlogies, services, integrated solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energies in Italy and the Mediterranean basin, puts the spotlight on the acceleration of energy and climate policies and the opportunities opening up in the market. 

It is an opportunity to present technological innovations and financial challenges in a setting that will combine an ever larger area for exhibitors and a range of events with a growing international presence. 

KEY provides a complete overview of the world of energy transition, showcasing entities, associations, organisations, utilities, companies and start-ups contributing to the energy transition in various fields:

• PHOTOVOLTAICS

• WIND
• THERMAL SOLAR

• GEOTHERMAL

• HYDROELECTRIC
• HYDROGEN
• STORAGE SYSTEMS

• COGENERATION, TRIGENERATION, MICROGENERATION

• ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR INDUSTRY, BUILDING AND PA

• SUSTAINABLE CITY
• ELECTRIC MOBILITY

• CONSULTANCY / SERVICES / DIGITISATION

• MANAGEMENT / MAINTENANCE / SAFETY
• MEDIA AND TRAINING

Visitors come to KEY to identify new business partners and suppliers (80%), to find out about innovations, new products and cutting edge technical solutions (85%)*.

Reasons to attend K.EY include:

  • Achieve your economic and growth goals by sourcing from new national and international markets.

  • Become part of an active and relevant community in the energy transition sector, multiplying training and networking opportunities.

  • Find exposure to cutting-edge brands in the energy transition space and ensure your company is exposed to the international context, to new suppliers and other new contacts, presenting innovations and projects to the market..

  • Learning about trends, projects, technologies, news, funding, regulations and best practices to support the energetic transition, while maintaining an international outlook.

AFRICA ENERGY
INDABA 2024

5 - 7 March 2024
Cape Town International Convention Centre

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The Africa Energy Indaba 2024 is the definitive energy conference for Africa providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. Delegates drawn from all over the world represent an unparalleled combination of industry experts, CEOs, project developers, financiers, energy users, government officials and manufacturers.

With more than 4000 participants, 37+ African countries represented, 156+ speakers and 200+ exhibitor stands, the Africa Energy Indaba is a unique forum to advance opportunities and projects.

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Reasons to attend the Africa Energy Indaba 2024:

  • Learn from the industry leaders the changing energy landscape in South Africa

  • Meet and connect with sector specialists

  • Learn about the future of energy

  • Do business via business networking with high-level attendees, speakers, sponsors and investors at the event

  • Discover the latest technologies: evolving grid technologies (e.g. micro, mini and off-grid solutions), renewable and cleaner energy, energy storage, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles

  • Explore opportunities in Africa.

For more info on this event visit:

https://energyindaba.co.za/

To book a stand please contact: dsg@italchamber.co.za
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WELCOMING OUR NEW MEMBERS

Carbon Neutral Energy Systems (C-NES) is an engineering consultancy which specialises in the development of circular economic projects centred around renewable energy technologies in Southern Africa, especially biogas and its derivative products.

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C-NES' mission is to transcend current concepts of carbon neutrality by integrating technology, culture, environment, and economics by adopting a value-chain approach to systems integration.


C-NES’ vision is to be a leading provider of integrated carbon-neutrality solutions for the mining industry, driving the

Just Transition to a carbon-neutral future.

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C-NES takes a systems engineering approach and aims at achieving multiple sustainability outcomes.

C-NES believes that the mining industry can achieve their carbon neutrality targets, and that with the correct combination of renewable energy technologies and industrial ecology methodologies, the industry can achieve their other major environmental, social and governance goals.

Contact Details:

Visit our website at www.c-nes.co or send us an email on info@c-nes.co

Job Board

There is one new job vacancy on the SMILE Job Portal:​

You will find where to apply on the above link.

View these and other job vacancies on the SMILE website via this link - CLICK HERE

If you are currently hiring, please take a look at SMILE vetted candidates HERE

 

 

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Alla prossima!

Chamber's Note
Upcoming Events
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