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Fortnightly Italian news made in South Africa

 II edition May 2024


A Night for Excellence

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27 May


02 June


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This evening ItalCham will be hosting the 25th edition of the Business Excellence Awards. Celebrating a quarter-century of tradition, this esteemed event continues its legacy of recognizing the exceptional achievements and ongoing endeavours within the Italian Business Community. Today's newsletter is themed around a 360 degree preview of the awards.

MC Chris Forrest will host the event tonight.

All the donations will be devoted to the Little Eden Society.


Venue : 

 @Sandton Hotel (JHB)

5 Benmore Rd, Benmore Gardens, Sandton

Time 18:00 and till midnight.

Dress code: Formal

For those unable to attend in person, we encourage you to follow our official social media channels for updates and exclusive glimpses into this momentous occasion. Stay connected with #BEA2024.

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Tonight the Following  categories will be Awarded:

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All the donations tonight will be devoted to the Little Eden Society.


LITTLE EDEN is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing lifelong care for 300 children and adults with profound intellectual disabilities across two residential facilities.  The organization ensures tailored care for each resident, considering their abilities and needs, including those with mental illness and physical disabilities, in safe and comfortable group settings.

Scan the QR Code to donate!

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Prizes to be won

2 x  Exclusive 4 nights Cruise Vouchers

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Smeg Milk Frother and Coffee Grinder Voucher

Leawood Glamping Voucher - 2 nights Self catering Accommodation

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Nedbank Hamper


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Thank you to our sponsors!!

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This year the Annual General Meeting of the Italian South African Chamber of Trade and Industries will be held at the Italian Club Johannesburg on Monday 27th of May 2024 at 16H30 for 17H00.


Please confirm your presence at the AGM by Friday the 17th of May 2024 using the button below

*Only members can attend


The Notice document, which contains the Ordinary Resolutions, Special Resolutions, and Proxy Form, is available below.

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Mozambique-Italy Business Forum 2024


We are excited to announce the upcoming Mozambique-Italy Business Forum, set to take place from June 2 to 5, 2024, in Maputo, Mozambique.

The event is organized by Assocamerestero and Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterraneo, in collaboration with the Camara de Comercio Mocambique Italia (CCMI), the Mozambique Investment and Export Promotion Agency (APIEX), and the Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA).


The Business Forum will focus on strategic areas of critical importance for Mozambique’s development. Participants will engage in discussions and explore business opportunities for investing on the African continent.


Mozambique’s economic outlook is exceptionally promising, with an anticipated growth of 8.2% in 2024, escalating to over 13% by 2026. Italy stands as a pivotal investor in the country and the two nations have strong economic ties.


In order to develop a deeper outlook about potential investments in Mozambique and to read a first draft of the event program, click here:  




Event highlights:

When: June 2-5, 2024

Where: Maputo, Mozambique

Format: In-person with plenary sessions and thematic tables

Focus areas: Energy, Infrastructure, Logistics, Construction, Agricultural Processing


Participation details:

Cost: Free of charge participation; flight and accommodation costs are to be covered by the participants

Deadline: May 25, 2024


If you are interested in participating please email


We encourage all interested companies to confirm their participation promptly and we are confident that your active engagement will be of great help in shaping the future of Mozambique-Italy business relations.

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Presenting Strategic Opportunities for Pasta Producers in SA Market


The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries has conducted market research into South Africa’s pasta sector and from our work derived results that present both strategic opportunities and significant threats to traditional pasta brands’ market share, not just locally but regionally and even globally.


The competitive South African pasta market is significant on its own but South Africa, as a gateway to the broader and unsaturated Southern African market is also strategic for future growth prospects. Amongst multiple competing pasta products and food substitutes, there is an opportunity for an Italian product, if marketed and priced correctly, to become the Italian brand in SA and the broader region. This would require reinscribing the value of Made in Italy product generally and attaching a particular brand-name to the value of Made in Italy.


As per the below, we estimate the retail value of South Africa’s pasta market to be €250-million.

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While South Africa is already home to multiple Italian manufacturers, it also houses many of its own pasta manufacturers. Additionally, several other countries export their pasta to South Africa. The graph below shows the balance (in terms of weight of pasta imports into SA which is gradually being captured by other countries.

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In recent years producers have been introducing various new pasta products catering to changing preferences. Health-conscious consumers drive demand for nutritious options, such as whole wheat and gluten-free pasta while several local brands have created premium products to compete with Italian exporters.

Nevertheless, preference for premium Italian pasta remains robust and means that Italy remains the front-runner in exports to South Africa. This therefore signals an existing advantage that is simultaneously under threat.

In the graphs below both the growth of pasta consumption and pasta revenue are visible. Noteworthy however is the disproportionate growth in projected revenue, meaning a higher price paid per unit.

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These opportunities are to be understood more broadly at a regional level. Despite growing markets for imported pasta across the region, Italian products do not feature as significantly as they do in South Africa. The sum of the imports from Italy to all the Southern Africa countries currently amounts to 3.5-million euros, less than 20% of the value of Italian pasta imported by South Africa alone.

Read the full Pasta Research below:

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Established in 2018, we are a proudly family-owned craft distillery nestled in the vibrant east of Johannesburg, South Africa. Rooted in a passion for exceptional spirits and a deep connection to our African heritage, we embarked on a journey to create something truly extraordinary.

At The African Spirit Distillery, we specialize in the art of crafting premium-quality Gin, Rum, and Spirit Aperitifs. Each bottle is a testament to our dedication to quality, with every sip embodying the essence of our rich African roots.

But we're not just a distillery; we're a destination for unforgettable experiences. Step inside our doors, and you'll find a warm welcome awaiting you. From private gatherings to corporate events, our venue sets the stage for memorable moments. And for those seeking a taste of adventure, our guided tours, tastings, and events offer an insider's glimpse into the magic behind our craft.

But our reach extends far beyond our distillery walls. We're proud participants in music festivals, craft gin festivals, and vibrant night markets, where we share the spirit of Africa with enthusiasts near and far.

Yet, our journey is far from over. Our sights are set on Europe, where we believe our exceptional products will find a welcome home. With flavours as bold and diverse as our continent, we're excited to share the taste of Africa with the world.

Join us as we embark on this adventure, one sip at a time.

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What's behind Dal-Italia Deli...

Those who know Hermanus may well know the Fabio's Ristorante Italiano in St Peter's lane. A pleasant, traditional and genuinely Italian eating place.

Little did we know that the trials of 2020 were going to be a blessing in disguise. Fabio's was one of the first to re-open its' doors, but we had the time to create and launch a new and exciting business - Dal-Italia!
Coming from a family of Italian restauranteurs, pasta is a passion...and suddenly, an idea sprang into view - a fresh pasta factory in Hermanus. Finding pasta making machines was elementary...Italian restauranteurs know exactly where to find them! And, as it turned out, the timing couldn't have been better. A venue was chosen, and of-course, as there were no customers anyway, the organisation could go ahead without any inconvenience.




So, the machines were delivered, connected in, cleaned and serviced. Secret recipes were handed down the family and the staff training began (the instructor was one of the family...of-course!). Finally trial runs were completed and pasta appeared on the table. But the name for the business?

For this Fabio went back to his native roots. And after much thought, sketches and scribblings, the name Dal Italia seemed just right. Pasta rolled out of the machines and all was happiness...


...but there was an awful lot of space left in the venue. Fabio, standing in all this open space, simply wondered if a pasta factory could become a delicatessen. The Dal-Italia Deli was born. Little by little, shelves, chillers, coolers, and slicers (and anything else that looked remotely useful) was carefully borrowed (purchased if necessary!), moved, serviced and installed. Suppliers were sought and stock purchased. Over the coming months empty space turned into Deli space, and the Deli started to generate retail.

We have moved on to 2021, Fabio was standing in the Deli's kitchen, a well appointed restaurant type kitchen, thinking quietly. Before you knew it, tables and chairs appeared. The Deli became the Deli & Coffee Shop serving light dining during the day.

The business is still evolving steadily. The product range is growing nicely. In-fact, frequent visits are recommended to keep up with developments. These must include careful browsing, and perhaps a glass of wine with a delicious light lunch.
It's all very Italian...


Contact Details:


Tel : 028 313 0333


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