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Fortnightly Italian news made in South africa

 I edition August 2023

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Chamber's Note

Expand Sport's Borders

The last decade has witnessed a ballooning of the attention paid to female sports. In addition to the well-established bases for tennis and athletics, cricket, soccer and martial arts have all grown significantly in both audience and participation. Developing institutions, supporter bases, financial backing and recognised brands to uphold the success of women’s sport will still need a lot of work. But it is on the right track. The emerging women’s sports can piggyback on the existing networks and experience of men’s sports which, without precedent, needed decades to develop into the celebrated leagues and tournaments that exist today.

For example it took 15 editions of the men’s football world cup to reach today’s 64-team format, the first full format taking place in 1998. In just its 9th edition, the women’s tournament has achieved the same thing. In Australia last week South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, who were eliminated this weekend by Netherlands, ousted Italy’s women’s team from the tournament. But for both nations, Italy and South Africa, their female squad’s qualification was an upgrade on the qualifications disappointments from the respective men’s sides.


This is the first year that the success of the netball world cup in Cape Town which finished on Sunday and was won by Australia, speaks to the growth of women’s sports. South Africa finished 6th place. Netball holds a unique position globally as one of the only majority female sports. Netball interestingly has its origins in a misinterpretation of the rules of basketball by a sports teacher in New Orleans. The sport subsequently spread to Britain and then throughout the British Empire, which explains why all the participants in this year’s netball tournament are part of the British Commonwealth.

Women’s sports have not come without their unique controversy. The demands for criteria of those eligible to participate in women’s sport have led to invasive and humiliating tests. Caster Semenya, one of South Africa’s best ever athletes, is an example of the difficulties women’s sports will always experience at its borders. Sport, like a legal system, will always require boundaries; and exactly how these boundaries are drawn will always be subject to emotion and contest.

The famous chess grandmaster Judit Polgar resented the separation of chess tournaments into men’s and women’s divisions. However, in most sports these divisions, despite being fraught, will persist for practical reasons. The main reason being that such division actually helps expand the sport and encourages broader participation.

What cannot be lost is the essence of sport – i.e. that it is a game – and in games we unite and celebrate, even while competing. We thus invite all women to test out their swing at our upcoming EU golfdays in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Golf being one of those sports where a system is designed for men and women to compete, a great day is in store for all. 

A Symposium on Women's Advancement in the Private & Public  Sectors


17 August

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Nedbank Head Office, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandown, 2196 Sandton


An event in celebration of women who thrive whilst tackling the challenges faced in the workplace.


Organized by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce RSA in collaboration with ItalCham, the Belgian Chamber of Commerce for Southern Africa, Business Ireland SA, the Nordic-South African Business Association and SwissCham, and sponsored by Nedbank,

this symposium aims to provide a platform for discussing the challenges women face in conquering the glass ceiling and the ways in which we can create a more inclusive and equitable workplace culture.

The event will not only address the challenges faced in the workplace, but will also highlight and celebrate women's achievements in leadership positions, and advocate for gender equality in the workplace.



ItalCham Member Tickets: R250 ex VAT

Non-member Tickets: R450 ex VAT


To register and for further information please contact




In collaboration with

Carrozzeria, Official Ferrari Panel Shop South Africa

24 August

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Carrozzeria Ferrari, 7 Friesland Dr, Westfield, 1609 Longmeadow


Enjoy the vibrant energy of true Italian living for you and your business,

exclusively for SMILE members and their guests!




Com.It.Es. Johannesburg


Catering kindly sponsored by Salvo Technical Forensic Management

Venue kindly made available by Carrozzeria Ferrari

As a SMILE member your organisation can benefit from:

  • Increased visibility within the small to medium Italian enterprises community in South Africa.

  • Accessing a pool of talented Italians within South Africa.

  • Revitalising collaboration between Italian companies and the Italian-South African community.


To register for SMILE please visit:​


European Chambers 4th
Golf Day

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Welcoming our new member:

Bonatti is an international general contractor providing services to the energy and resources industries.

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Bonatti is organized along three business units:

  • Pipeline and Plants: covering EPC and standalone construction of Oil & Gas, Slurry and Bulk Water Pipelines, as well as Oil & Gas, Mining and Power Generation facilities.

  • Energy Maintenance and Production Services: covering O&M, Shutdown & Turnaround and Well Production Enhancement Services for Midstream and Upstream Oil & Gas facilities.

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  • Green Systems: covering Solar PV Plants, Biogas and Biomass plants, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen.

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Buyers Programme


The Italian South African Chamber of Trade and Industries (ItalCham) is currently sourcing applications to set up a Buyer Delegation for Ecomondo (7-10 November 2023 – Rimini Expo Centre, Italy), the leading expo in Europe for technologies, services and industrial solutions in the green and circular economy sectors.  


The ecological transition requires to address the challenges we face today: the restoration and regeneration of soil and hydrosphere, the green and circular urban planning cities, the sustainable use of water resources, the level of adoption of circular economy within specific value chains as: WEEE, paper-cardboard, textile and plastic, agriculture and building.
We will talk about these themes at Ecomondo, with, among others: the European Commission, the FAO, the OECD, ISWA International and experts from around the world, coordinated by the Scientific Technical Committee.

ItalCham’s Buyer Delegation will also have the opportunity to attend the Forum AFRICA GREEN GROWTH - Sustainable Development: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus”.


Six successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

• 3 nights for 1 buyer per company in a 4-star hotel on B&B treatment;

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

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

• free admission ticket to the expo;

• lunch at the expo.


Buyers will have to undertake:

• to follow the scheduled 30-minutes appointments agenda with Ecomondo exhibitors for the duration of one day (ten B2B);

• to deliver the complete agenda with signatures at the end of the day of meetings;

• to fill in the online questionnaire at the end of the meetings;

• to return to the fair the following day to visit other companies of interest to you.


If you wish to joint the Ecomondo Buyer Delegation complete the application form by the 1 September 2023.

Please note: the registration period will close early if the delegation reaches its maximum number of participants (6).





Please note:

  • the company representative who will visit Ecomondo must be a decision maker;

  • the e-mail address must be the direct address of the buyer;

  • the activities selected must match the company profile;

  • all companies with a turnover of at least ZAR 20.250.000 or with concrete projects in progress or in the start-up phase can apply. The project must be well explained in the dedicated section.

Alla prossima!

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