GEORGE NEWS - The George Business Chamber recently made history when it hosted its first virtual AGM last Thursday, 25 June. The occasion also earmarked the historic appointment of Brenda Vorster as the first female acting chairperson, after Dennis Farrel resigned as chairperson.
A formal process to elect a chairperson will be followed after the official end of lockdown and it is hoped that Brenda will accept the formal position at that time.
Henry Grobler, a director on the chamber board, will fulfil the role of vice-chairman.
Vorster is the first woman to be elected to this position since the inception of the George Business Chamber in 2002 and has been the vice-chairperson of the chamber for the past five years. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of the importance of pursuing a successful and sustainable, inclusive economic climate.
She has successfully managed the George Airport since 2008 and under her leadership the airport received the South African Airport of the Year award on six occasions.
George Airport is also the first airport in Africa to be solar powered.
The 2020 board consists of directors Brenda Vorster, Henry Grobler, Nadia Harding and Keith Sharpe. The affiliates of the Executive Committee are: Corné Nunns, Irene Koegelenberg, Elsie Harmse and two newly elected members Henk Botma and Theo Adams, who we know will add immense value to the projects and initiatives on which we are embarking.
Ingrid Cronjé, CEO of the chamber, said the strategies that have been in practice over the past two years include the building of relationships with the Western Cape Government, local government, provincial municipalities and business organisations.
“This will ensure that we have a good regional perspective on matters pertaining to governance, investment into George and alignment with the strategic development strategy for the Garden Route district,” she said. “We shall continue to work closely with all the parties concerned and would like to assure our affiliates of our support and encouragement in their endeavours to overcome the impact of the Covid-19 challenges.”
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