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Did you know about the fascinating secrets hidden within the ancient aqueducts of Rome? Discover the remarkable history and engineering marvels of the Roman water management system. Dive into the captivating world of ancient Rome's water management with National Geographic by clicking  here.

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Chamber's Note

Aquaducts - leading water

Besides providing for beautiful desktop screensavers or paintings, aqueducts were at one point in time the height of human engineering. While their invention and use date back to empires as far back as the Assyrians, Persians, and Egyptians, one cannot think of the structure and its familiar arches without thinking of the Roman Empire. The Romans advanced the design and engineering of the aqueduct which was vital to the survival of ancient citizens (at least as vital as water tends to be to human beings). Their benefits ranged from agriculture to drinking water and even today they are regarded as marvels of engineering wherever they’re found. 

But as much as we Italians never tire of discussing our ancient achievements, there is much in the present that we can look to as well. The word ‘Aqueduct’ comes from the Latin words “aqua” (water) and ductus meaning “conduit” (‘ducere’ means ‘to lead’ in Latin). And indeed, Italy continues to lead in the field of water as its importance is perhaps more vital than it ever was. While we’ve moved beyond the pretty arched design of the groundbreaking aqueduct, the world continues to face problems regarding its water supply. These problems range from access (according to the UN 2.2 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water) to things like sanitation, agricultural dependency, and negative environmental impacts. 


And so much like the ancient romans (and yes, those other empires), we have to look to new technology to solve our perennial water problems. Italy has been among the forefront of such technology for a number of years now. Italy recognizes the importance of such issues and is home to numerous renowned water research institutions as well as universities with an explicit focus in the field. They have done extensive research into flood risk management (being no stranger to the phenomenon due to their geographical context), they have been actively involved in desalination research and they continue to innovate in the field of water infrastructure. 


South Africa is also no stranger to tackling water crises. The number of its citizens with access to water has grown to an impressive degree since 1994, and we continue to implement various conservation programs and add to our water infrastructure – ensuring that more and more people have access to clean water regardless of where they live.

The moral of the story is that it’s easy to get caught up in ourever-changing world. Most of our headlines have to do with things that seem to come from sci-fi novels: AI, Mars, robots, and virtual reality. But some things never change. The ancient world needed to find ways to ensure that it had access to one of its most essential resources and so do we. “The past is prologue”, said William Shakespeare in the tempest and he was right. Millenia later and we are still working on our water woes. The good news though is that we’ve made immense progress. And better still, we have the scenic remnants of that progress upon which to reflect.

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Water Confluence: Bridging the divide in Water Management – event in Johannesburg

Join us for a transformative event!

The Italian South African Chamber of Trade and Industries, in collaboration with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in South Africa, the Belgian Chamber of Commerce for Southern Africa, and the Embassy of Israel, is delighted to extend an invitation to our esteemed Members and Friends.


Date: 11th July 2023

Location: Knightsbridge Office Park, Bryanston


This conference aims to tackle the pressing issue of water scarcity and infrastructure challenges faced by South Africa. Distinguished industry leaders, experts in their respective fields, and decision makers from the public and private sectors will convene to explore various strategies and solutions for embracing the era of sustainable development.


Don't miss this opportunity to connect and forge strong relationships with key players, CEOs, and executive representatives from South African, Spanish, Italian, Belgian, and Israeli enterprises who will be in attendance. It promises to be an ideal platform for networking and engaging with companies at the forefront of the green economy.


Join us and be a part of this impactful event that will shape the future of water management and resilient infrastructure for a sustainable tomorrow.


To register as an attendee or exhibitor, please send an email to stating:

-your full name

-your company’s name

-whether you would like to participate as an attendee or exhibitor.

You can find further information and prices in the flyer just below.

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Celebrating 20 years of the U.N. convention against corruption – event in Johannesburg

Join Us in Combating Corruption and Promoting Business Integrity!


We are excited to invite you to an important event focused on raising awareness about business integrity and combating corruption in South Africa. Join us for an engaging panel discussion and networking opportunity!


Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, 5th July 2023

Time: 15:30 onwards (snacks and drinks served prior to the event)

Venue: Mazars House - 54 Glenhove Rd, Melrose Estate


To register, simply send an email to, stating your full name and your company's name.


We are proud to announce that the Belgian Chamber of Commerce for Southern Africa, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in South Africa, the NSBA - Nordic-South African Business Association, and the SwissCham Southern Africa, in collaboration with Mazars in South Africa, have come together to organize this interactive panel discussion on a critical topic. As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), our aim is to shed light on the significance of UNCAC and explore the crucial role of the private sector in preventing and countering corruption.


The esteemed panel of speakers will include leading experts in the field, such as:


Ishan BhowaniDirector Public Sector at Mazars

Maria Adomeit: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Anti-Corruption), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Dr. Achieng Ojwang: Executive Director of Global Compact network South Africa

Mrs. Sonia Giuricich: President of the Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa

Mr. Wayne Duvenage: CEO of the Organisation for Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA)

Ms. Mosilo Mothepu: The Trillian Whistleblower and author of "Uncaptured: The True Account of the Nenegate/Trillian Whistleblower"

Mr. Kris Dobie: Senior Manager at the Ethics Institute (TEI)


This event promises to provide enlightening discussions, valuable insights, and networking opportunities. It's an occasion not to be missed!


Join us in promoting business integrity, preventing corruption, and making a positive impact in South Africa. Your presence and participation are essential to drive change. We look forward to seeing you there!

Italy Meets South Africa: Focus on Textile Industry


July 13th, 2023 | 10:00 (CEST - SAST)

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and SIMEST together with the Embassy of Italy in South Africa, the Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries (ITALCHAM) and ACIMIT the Italian Textile Machinery Association, are organizing a Webinar followed by digital B2B meetings between Italian and South African companies active in the Textile Industry sector.


The event will be broadcasted live on July 13 from 10:00 CEST and will offer an overview on the opportunities for commercial relations between Italian and South African companies in the Textile Industry and Textile Machinery sector.


The Webinar and B2B meetings will be held on the Business Matching Platform, an innovative digital tool created by CDP together with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, dedicated to foster business relations among italian and South African companies, matching companies' international business intentions.


The opening session will be followed by B2Bs among registered companies. Participants will be supported in organizing the meetings by our experts that will be at your disposal for any organizational and technical issue.


Registration to the platform, participation to the Webinar and B2B session are totally free of charge.


Not yet registered with CDP Business Matching?

Register now and enter code ITALCHAM23 to get access to premium features

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Welcoming our new member:

Casarredo is a full service, one-stop design house that is known for building candid and deep relationships with their clients, be it individuals or companies, assisting them in crafting their ideal living and working space.

Their team of qualified Interior Designers provide a very unique and personal service to each client, based on the clients brief and particular needs.


All projects are meticulously curated and expertly executed from conception through to styling.


Casarredo is a retailer of exclusive international brand furniture, kitchens, wardrobes, lighting and accessories. With over 20 years’ experience in the furniture and decor industry, Casarredo is able to deliver a complete interior design turnkey solution to their discerning customers.


Regular travel abroad and sourcing new suppliers allows the Casarredo team to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in design and décor and to bring impeccable products from Italy and other European countries to their customers.

Casarredo’s highly qualified and experienced designers and decorators provide customers with a bespoke solution for both the interior and the exterior of their homes, combining beauty, comfort and functionality.


Homi Fashion & Jewlels: your chance to exhibit in Italy

The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries is currently collaborating with FIERA MILANO to help Businesses and Organizations in the South African fashion sector to increase their visibility and their business network at European and international level through participation in HOMI FASHION & JEWELS 2023.

When: 15-18 September 2023

Where: Rho, Milan (Italy)

What’s Homi F&J?

An international event with over 45.000 visitors to present the cutting-edge collections of accessories, apparel and jewellery to buyers from all over the world and discover the creative trends of the market.

What’s the visitor’s profile?

  • RETAILER (boutique, chain store, department store)







If you would like to take part in HOMI F&J 2023 as an exhibitor and require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at to set up a Zoom meeting. 

Is Homi F&J 2023 too close? We’ve got you covered through our communication channels to get you set up for Homi 2024 (February and September editions).


Alla prossima! 
See you in July!

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