About Us

Board Members – 2013


Full Name




Deon Bruwer

Novare Equity Partners

Head of African Property

Honorary CEO

Dianna Games

Africa @ Work

Chief Executive

Deputy President

Adenrele Oni

First Bank of Nigeria

General Manager, South Africa


Henry Hollingdrake

CBA Capital Partners



Wilfred Ighodaro


Managing Director


Francis Osuyah

Fros Capital



Heloise Smith

Standard Bank

Director: Business Development


John Saker


COO Africa


John Okanlawon

Union Bank of Nigeria

Head, South African Office


Zoe Molapisi

By Design Africa


About the Chamber

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.

SA-NCC was the second African bilateral chamber in a growing family of Chambers, and has been recognised by the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa - Southern African centre as a best private sector practice in the promotion of regional integration.

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 a number of events during the year, 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 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.

The Chamber is a valuable source of information on the Nigerian laws and regulations and our network is a unique reservoir of Nigeria-related business knowledge and practical advice.

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 service is offered to members only.

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.

We are in a position to link companies here with investment inquiries from the Nigeria chamber. Where possible this will be limited to members. Non members may use our services for a fee where we see value addition for our overall relationship building activities.

The following are some of the services the Chamber can provide to your organization at preferential rates through our membership base:

  • Identification/selection of business operators
  • Business associates verification
  • Market research and risk management
  • Country reports listing investment trends and opportunities
  • Basic legal advice
  • Representation at exhibitions
  • Business facilitation, including business trips to Nigeria and to South Africa for Nigerians business.

The above list is by no means comprehensive, but may give you some indication of the range of ways in which membership can add value to your Nigerian business efforts.

Constitution of the South Africa - Nigeria Chamber of Commerce