Welcome to the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa (Amcham).
The American Chamber of Commerce has been sustainably operating as a non-profit organisation in South Africa since 1977. We are the collective voice of U.S. investment in South Africa and through our elective board of directors and committees, we serve South African/American commerce and industry with our primary focus on U.S. investment in South Africa.
We’re proud that American companies in South Africa invest sustainably to uplift communities, and address unemployment, poverty and inequality.
But what we’re most proud of is the fact a survey of 89 U.S. companies in South Africa in 2014 revealed that over 221 400 people in this country are directly and indirectly benefiting from our presence here. We’re proud that the companies we speak for are helping to feed, clothe and educate at least 885 600 children.
At the end of the day, we measure our success in the broadness of a child’s smile who has just been given a wholesome meal or a brand new pair of shoes. You can judge a company by the impact it makes on people. These are the companies we represent.
Amcham focuses on four main areas:
- Providing platforms for networking amongst our members.
- Hosting monthly forums on thematic business topics to enable our members to learn more about certain topics, to encourage discussion and promote problem-solving between peers.
- Drawing up submissions (both written and oral) on proposed legislation that will impact our member companies’ ability to do business in South Africa.
- Promoting good corporate governance in everything we do.
The American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa is totally autonomous and is answerable only to its Board of Directors. Although we work with the U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, we value and protect our independence.
We have had a substantial impact on the South African business landscape in the last 36 years and will continue to work towards assisting our partners and stakeholders to make South Africa a competitive business destination.
Our upcoming events can be accessed in our Events Calendar. We regret that events hosted by us are strictly for member companies and their representatives.
Business Development Manager – BroadReach Healthcare
AmCham creates opportunities for engagement with senior South African government stakeholders and consular officials for example, which would otherwise be difficult to achieve. They inform us about current, pressing issues for South Africa’s growth and development, and assist us in generating pathways for private sector engagement. And this works seemingly effortlessly through the excellence, commitment, passion and enthusiasm of the staff of AmCham. We value our Amcham membership and look forward to ongoing partnership with the organization.
- Dr Fiona de Korte -
Head: Public Policy & Regulation – Coca-Cola South Africa
AmCham in South Africa has consistently delivered valuable support to our business, ranging from insights and responses on policy and regulation to the sharing of best practice among a diverse membership base. The organization is responsive to member needs bringing together relevant role players from across the public and private sectors.
In short, the AmCham is an important strategic ally to any company operating in this exciting African market.
- Ian Hirschfeld -
Former CEO – Massmart Walmart
Massmart has derived incredible value from our Amcham membership. As a result I have no hesitation in encouraging other American companies in South Africa to join Amcham.
- Grant Pattison, CEO: NRG Renew Africa -