The SA-NCC was launched in May 2005 in Sandton, Johannesburg, at a prestigious event attended by more than 150 business-people and media as well as then Nigerian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dr. Tunji Olagunju.
The SA-NCC is a non-profit organization created for the promotion, facilitation and assistance of Nigeria-related business. Our network is a unique reservoir of Nigeria-related business knowledge and practical advice.
Nigeria has a fast growing economy, and is a country rich in natural resources but has also proved to be one of the most challenging countries in Africa in which to conduct business. The Chamber assists South African businesses to access the Nigerian market, helping them to understand and adapt to Nigeria's rules and culture, which are very different from those in South Africa.
The chamber holds regular networking events, mostly breakfast meetings addressed by experts on the country both from South Africa and Nigeria. Sponsors for these events have included Standard Bank, MTN, Southern Sun, First Bank of Nigeria, Intertek and KPMG.
Topics typically include details of doing business in Nigeria, political and economic overviews, a look at business opportunities and risk management strategies. Members receive preferential rates to our events and timely notification of other events that may be of relevance.
In light of the visa difficulties in both countries, we have established relationships with the South African High Commission and Consulate in Lagos and the Nigerian missions in South Africa to help facilitate visas for our member companies.
The Chamber assists its members, which are mostly but not exclusively South African companies, with information to help them to understand and adapt to Nigeria’s rules and culture. We also assist with visa problems and information about Nigerian delegations and chamber visiting South Africa.
Other benefits include:
- A ready-made network of companies doing business in Nigeria
- Providing a unique reservoir of Nigeria-related business knowledge and practical advice
- A members-only visa service, with associated trouble-shooting capacity to address problems in visa delivery.
- Direct links to the High Commission and Consulate missions in Nigeria and South Africa
- A fortnightly newsletter focusing on news about South Africa and Nigeria
- Advice to assist with understanding the Nigerian market
- Providing a resource for problems with your business in Nigeria
- A company listing on the SA-NCC website
The Chamber also plays a role in dealing with the public and private face of the bilateral relationship, working behind the scenes to correct misperceptions about each other’s countries, dealing with diplomatic missions and government officials to iron out problems in the relationship and for member companies where necessary, and being a voice for South African businesses operating in Nigeria.
We have a link to the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce in Lagos to allow our members to make use of their local expertise and networking opportunities with their 200-plus members and relationships with several other Chambers in Nigeria and South Africa.