On Thursday, last week, Exporters Eastern Cape celebrated a solid year of successes at the Exporters Eastern Cape 39th Annual General Meeting.
The meeting, which was hosted at Standard Bank in Pickering Street, celebrated almost four decades of resilience in the Eastern Cape export market – with a special welcome by Denzil Lester, a long-standing member of Exporters Eastern Cape who has attended all 39 AGM’s of the organisation since its inception.
Exporters Eastern Cape Chairman Quintin Levey said the organisation enjoyed a busy and successful year in 2018/19, which included a name change, the appointment of a full-time branch co-ordinator and a full calendar of events - including panel discussions, factory tours and presentations.
Membership of the organisation increased substantially in the past year, with Exporters Eastern Cape expanding to include more events in East London and Levey said exporters from the George region will also be invited to join the organisation in the coming year.
Levey said he was looking forward to the highlight on the Exporters Eastern Cape calendar: hosting the Eastern Cape Exporter of the Year Awards during a gala event on August 16, with the final judging of the awards currently being wrapped up.
Guest speaker Chris Gibbons, a business strategist, editor and journalist, shared his “Mid-Year Report Card for South Africa” with the Exporters Eastern Cape members who attended the AGM last night.
Gibbons is one of South Africa’s best-known journalists, currently editing the magazine Acumen for the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and better known in the Eastern Cape for his daily business news slot on the Daron Mann Breakfast Show on Algoa FM.
Rnews.co.za stated that while he pulled no punches as to the current circumstances in South Africa with regards to his insights into the political and economic situation in the country, Gibbons said there were still pockets of excellence in the broader economy.