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The Manufacturing, Economic Affairs and Trade committee of the BKCOB enjoyed a most active and productive year.
MEAT has driven two “campaigns” in the past year. The major one is the Clean City Initiative – a partnership agreement between business and the municipality to improve the poor state of cleanliness of the city. Driven by Gary Maclean and Chris Ettmayr, the entity is ready to run but was stalled by the long process of getting buy-in from BCMM. We were finally successful in getting endorsement in this regard and a place on the Waste Management Forum. Let’s hope for further success in this regard! Our lobbying on potholes in the metro has borne fruit with many businesses reporting their problem holes filled. However, this is an ongoing process…
The committee proved a popular choice for new members and we had to close shop for new applications when we reached the maximum number of chairs in the boardroom. MEAT said farewell to Frederico Chaput and Andrew Collen (both of whom left East London) but we welcomed Brian Dyke (exports) Roel Davel and Hombisa Simanga onto the committee.
Some varied and interesting presentations were made to the committee over the course of the year. These included Amatole Essential – an essential oil producer from Hogsback; the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) and Productivity SA – an agency focussed on helping businesses improve efficiency.
Importantly, we visited our local craft brewery – Emerald Vale at their scenic venue at Cintsa in August to do some “quality control”. The committee sampled their full range of product and gave them the highly-sought-after MEAT stamp of approval!