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Ecco Chamber

Fortnightly Italian news made in South Africa

 I edition February 2024

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Chamber's Note



This next week might feature a great deal of news and social media posts coming from Cape Town. Try book a trip down from JHB to CT this or next week and you will notice the prices are at a premium.

Today’s state of the nation address, the surrounding diplomatic occasions, the Cape Town Art Fair and the Mining Indaba are all attracting foot traffic from the country’s economic hub to the Mother City. Additionally, the third inter-Chamber European Business Breakfast sponsored by Wesgro has become a staple event in the diplomatic calendar, linking business, diplomats and

Western Cape officials.

What we must never lose sight of is why this is all happening.

Why do states need diplomats in foreign countries?

Why does the president address the country once a year at the SONA?

A kernel at the heart of these questions is the power of communication

for the sake of coordination.

As such, our board’s lunch with Italy’s incoming ambassador, his excellency, Alberto Vecchi, was a momentous occasion for strengthening the ties between our Chamber of Commerce and the Italian State which help us to deliver on the bilateral mandate of the Chamber.

To those outside these circles, the world of diplomacy may seem obscure and inaccessible. Some may even claim that it has nothing to do with them. But at the best of times diplomacy can save millions of lives.

During this diplomatic period, we wish to keep the world informed about our network’s efforts to bridge the gaps between different communities as well as to develop new lines for understanding and

a shared vision for the future.

And in this 21st century we can keep you all up to speed with our activities in real time. Follow our socials to stay updated!



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Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled to take place in May/June 2024, on a date still to be confirmed.


As part of the preparations of the AGM, the nominations for non-executive directors need to be finalised for nominations to be put to the AGM.


Your Company is hereby invited to submit nominations for non-executive directors to serve on the Board of The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries NPC (“ItalChamSA”).


The eligibility criteria for a nomination to be accepted, are as follows:


  • Paid up membership of ItalChamSA

  • Relevant board experience or sector experience and expertise required of a person eligible for appointment to a Board of Directors

  • Availability to attend board meetings and participate in the strategic management of ItalChamSA

  • The candidate must be a senior legal representative of a member company

  • As ItalChamSA’s main objects are to promote and develop trade, commercial, tourist and other interests between South Africa and Italy, either the member company must be Italian-owned (or its majority shareholder should be of Italian nationality) or the member company’s  appointee must be of Italian nationality

  • We would encourage female applications in order to foster diversity on our Board


In terms of the MOI, the Nominations Committee of the ItalChamSA Board will interview prospective nominees to assess the qualifications, experience and suitability of any person who has applied or is proposed to be admitted as a Director on the Board in order to fill a particular vacancy with the set of skills required by the Board from time to time.


ItalChamSA is a non-profit company and the directors are not remunerated for their services to the Board.


All nominations must be submitted to the Secretary General, with an updated Curriculum Vitae, by replying to this email address ( by no later than end of February.

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By invitation only



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From 16 to 18 February 2024, the Investec Cape Town Art Fair brings the international art world together in Africa. It features over 100 leading galleries and more than 375 artists from four continents. Many high-quality exhibitions take place concurrently in and around Cape Town, creating a region-wide art week.

The Investec Cape Town Art Fair's 2024 theme, Unbound, explores the limitless potential of art to inspire and challenge, breaking away from traditional storytelling and social expectations, focusing on imagination and liberation.

Date: 16-18 February 2024

Venue: CTICC, Cape Town  Location on Google Maps

Tickets: R170-R410

For more information visit this website:

Please click here to buy tickets for the event:

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Come with us for a journey through Italy at this year’s Italian Festival at IDIOM taking place on Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March 2024. The highlight this year will be the performances by the visiting ‘sbandieratori’, the medieval flag throwers and flag wavers from Arezzo in Tuscany.

In addition to the usual focus on imported Italian wine tastings & masterclasses, there will be plenty of delicious Italian street food on offer, cooking demonstrations, specialty stalls, Italian cars, fun activities for kids and adults, live Italian and local music & more.


Date: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March

Time: from 10 a.m.

Venue: Idiom Restaurant & Idiom Wine Tasting Centre
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Please click here to buy the tickets for the festival:



25-27 March 2024

Female Applicants from South African Manufacturing, ICT, Agriculture and Agri-Processing sectors are requested to apply for a B2B session in Mauritius

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is planning  a Business to Business (B2B)  session from the 25 – 27 March 2024, in Mauritius.

(Travel dates excluded).

Kindly note that the minimum criteria are:

  • 70% and above in Export Readiness Assessment (ERAT) – This assessment is completed at the Seda branch by a Seda Business Advisor. Kindly go to to find your nearest branch to make an appointment to do the assessment.

  • R500 000 and above annual turnover

  • Valid Passport

  • Only one FEMALE owner sponsored by Seda


The following documents are MANDATORY:

  • Signed ERAT (Seda Branch Manager, Seda Business Advisor and Client)

  • Fully completed and signed SBED form (see attached)

  • Financial Statement (management accountant signed)

  • Company Profile (with product pictures)

  • Passport copy

  • Company Registration


Please do note that the closing date for applications is the

20th February 2024.

No applications received after closing date will be accepted as adjudication processes need to be completed.



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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:

To book a stand please contact:
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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




Alla prossima!

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