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The Department of Minerals and Energy

The Department of Minerals and Energy
is responsible for ensuring exploration, development, processing, utilisation and management of South Africa's mineral and energy resources. As the country's economy continues to grow, energy is increasingly becoming a key focus. The Electricity and Nuclear Branch is responsible for electricity and nuclear-energy affairs, while the Hydrocarbons and Energy Planning Branch is responsible for coal, gas, liquid fuels, energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy planning, including the energy database.

Energy policy
The DME's Energy Policy is based on the following key objectives:

  • Attaining universal access to energy by 2014;
  • Accessible, affordable and reliable energy, especially for the poor;
  • Diversifying primary energy sources and reducing dependency on coal;
  • Good governance, which must also facilitate and encourage private-sector investments in the energy sector; and
  • Environmentally responsible energy provision.

The South African National Energy Association (SANEA)

The South African National Energy Association (SANEA) has as its vision “Energy People Working Together”. This vision is exercised through the active participation of SANEA members. SANEA is becoming increasingly active in the energy sector in South Africa and the “SANEA” Brand is becoming better known in all energy spheres. The Chairman is Brian Statham. The SANEA membership consists of organizations and individuals in the broad energy sector, such as Eskom, BHP Billiton, Exxaro Resources, Sasol, NERSA, Engen, and the likes.

SANEA is also a member committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). WEC is the foremost global multi-energy organisation in the world today. SANEA is the South African member committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). WEC has Member Committees in over 90 countries, including most of the largest energy-producing and energy consuming countries.



Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) was created in October 2003 through the merger of the Black Business Council and Business South Africa. It began operating in January 2004. The merger created the first truly unified organisation for business in South Africa.

BUSA represents South African business on macro-economic and high-level issues that affect it at the national and international levels. Our function is to ensure that business plays a constructive role in the country’s economic growth, development and transformation and to create an environment in which businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive, expand and be competitive.



The Foundation for the Development of Africa

THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA, a non-membership, private, not-for-profit organisation, is actively involved with initiating and facilitating business and other processes conducive to sustainable development in Africa - with the emphasis on sustainability. These processes include the promotion of networking opportunities; business opportunities; investment opportunities; promotion of special projects; dissemination of business information; joint venture initiatives and a range of value added services - all to serve AFRICA!

"Less Aid - Let's Trade" is a trademark phrase used by THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA in its facilitation efforts. The proactive approach of this organisation is clearly illustrated in the fact that the various Websites used, by THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA, to promote business development throughout Africa, are currently ranked on the front page of most international search portals when searching for "business development africa".



The British Chamber of Business

The British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa was formed in 1965 and is a non-profit organisation. The Chamber’s primary objective is to facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between UK and Southern African businesses.

Giving effect to our value proposition “Networking and Events Driven Outcomes for Business - Performance with a Purpose”, the Chamber serves as a networking platform, as well as providing a forum for its Members to discuss and share best practices and business intelligence. Members are also afforded the opportunity to use the Chamber’s communication network to deliver specific business messages and reinforce brand attributes. The Chamber’s Mission Statement is ‘To advance the business interests of Members operating in Southern Africa and to facilitate trade and investment opportunities.



Minerals and Energy Education and Training Institute (MEETI)

MEETI (Minerals and Energy Education and Training Institute), registered as a not-for-profit trust and public benefit organisation, offers policy management education in the South African minerals and energy sectors.

The Institute, based in Randburg Johannesburg, operates through a database of more than 300 industry expert practitioners and combines classroom based methods of training with experiential learning techniques to optimize skills transfer in the minerals and energy sectors. As a leading South African institute of policy education, MEETI has continued to carve a unique operating space and to add value in sector management training since 1996.



NEEA: National Energy Efficiency Agency

The National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) was formed from a directive of the Department of Minerals and Energy in 2006. It was created as part of a broad strategy to reduce overall energy demand by 12 per cent by 2015. It is currently a division of the Central Energy Fund but new legislation is about to be passed to create an Energy Development Institute which will house SANERI, NEEA and the Renewable Energy Subsidy and Funding Office.

NEEA’s programmes are designed to help South Africa meet its energy needs, create jobs, and help consumers save money. NEEA is committed to helping strengthen the economy and improve its environment by partnering with government, business, industry, professional, consumers and public interest organisations.

VISSION: To serve as a catalyst for change – enabling South Africans to realize affordable energy, a growing and vibrant economy, greater independence and a cleaner environment.

MISSION: To use innovation and technology to solve some of South Africa’s most difficult energy and environmental problems in ways that improve the country’s economy.

  American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa

AmCham is affiliated to the US Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation which represents nearly 3 million businesses of every size and which is based in Washington DC.

AmCham was founded in 1977 as a non-profit association and operates without financial assistance from government. We promote and advance the interests and views of US business in South Africa and Africa.

Through AmCham, business people of the United States and South Africa are able to come together and promote their mutual interests.

UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment is the UK Government organisation that helps UK based companies succeed in international markets, and with a trading relationship worth over £7bn each year in two-way trade, the UK remains one of South Africa's key foreign direct investors, with a number of household UK names present in the market across key sectors.

Offering a comprehensive, bespoke package of free and confidential assistance, UK Trade & Investment can also help South African companies to bring their high quality investment to the UK. Services include bespoke information on key commercial considerations for example company registration and immigration; through to location analysis and introductions to UK networks of industry leaders, chambers of commerce and R&D centres of excellence; including assistance in building collaborative partnerships between South African and UK companies.

For further information visit www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk or contact satrade@fco.gov.uk


LEX AFRICA Network of leading law firms - 53 African countries, one entry point

Africa is the land of great opportunity but it is also associated with diverse challenges and risks, Any new or established business in Africa must be positioned off a strong legal base.

Drive growth Minimise risk
Lex Africa is a network of leading law firms in Africa. Through the network you have access to a pool of highly skilled and reputable lawyers. Each member firm acts in an independent and professional capacity. Collectively, they facilitate trade and investment through best legal practice. Take advantage of this network of legal professionals to maximise growth opportunities in Africa but, more importantly, to minimise risk.

Global expertise Regional knowledge
It's not just about the law. Local networking, advice and assistance are essential when venturing into unknown territory. Dealing with legal and commercial matters in many African countries requires an intimate knowledge of local custom, legal practice and language.

World-class standards Local Insight
Clients who are referred to a Lex Africa member firm can be confident they are dealing with a leading practice in that country.  Some of the member firms have worked alongside each other for over 15 years since the network was established in 1993.  These lawyers are highly regarded for their knowledge and experience. Member firms are selected on the basis they consistently meet world-class standards in legal practice.

Independent firms Collaborative effort
Lex Africa member firms have specialist knowledge in commercial and corporate law. The lawyers act independently on legal matters but will also collaborate with other members firms where the matter extends across borders. Legal expertise may be accessed either directly from a member firm or through our management office.  There are no referral fees.


  Solar Energy Society of India

The Solar Energy Society of India (SESI), established in 1978 and having its Secretariat in New Delhi is the Indian Section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), Germany. Its interests cover all aspects of renewable energy, including characterstics, effects and methods of use, and it provides a common ground to all those concerned with the nature and utilization of renewable energy. The Society is interdiciplinary in nature, with some of the leading energy researchers and manufacturers of renewable energy systems and devices of the country as its members.

The objectives of the Solar Energy Society of India are to advance, promote and propagate the use of renewable energy by encouraging basic and applied research in renewable energy. The activities of the Society are also for dissemination of information in the field of research and development on renewable energy. SESI has presently about 2500 members consisting of Life Members, Organizational Members, Patron Members, Individual Members, Student Members, etc. SESI has regional chapters located in Guwahati, North-Eastern Chapter, Kolkata (Eastern Chapter) and local chapters in Pondicherry and Coimbatore.



The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry with offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town was established in 1952.The Chamber, with its approximately 600 member companies from both countries, is part of the worldwide network of bilateral German Chambers. The Chamber offers SA companies assistance in entering the German and European markets as well as German companies accessing the Southern African markets. The Chamber is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin. The most common step of assisting a company to enter the respective other market is by selecting industry related representatives or trade agents. We assist companies interested in Germany or South Africa by identifying market opportunities, informing them about general and special market conditions and identifying a suitable partner company in the respective other market. We guide them, together with our partners in the legal and auditing professions, through the administrative process of registering a joint venture company, a subsidiary or a branch. We offer companies assistance in exhibiting at local trade fairs and arrange for trade fair participation by booking stands, personnel for the duration of the trade fair.


Responsible Care - A global initiative of the International Council of Chemical Associations

Responsible Care is a worldwide initiative within the chemical industry that encourages its members to work towards improving their safety, health and environmental performance, thereby raising industry standards addressing negative industry perceptions and cultivating a greater level of trust and understanding about member’s commitment to the public.

In January 2009 the Responsible Care logo was extended to include the tagline “Responsible Care- Our Commitment to Sustainability”. Sustainability is a top priority for Responsible Care and our members are encouraged to identify opportunities to contribute towards sustainable development.

Launched in South Africa during 1994, by the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA), the initiative shares CAIA’s principles that promote minimising adverse environmental impacts; sustainable development; and health and safety of employees and the public. Furthermore, safe use, storage, handling, disposal and transportation of chemicals are encouraged to ensure appropriate awareness amongst CAIA members and the public. 

All CAIA members have voluntarily signed a pledge at CEO level, committing to these guiding principles of Responsible Care. Hence, Responsible Care and CAIA playing their part towards saving the earth for future generations!


The Institute of Directors (IoD) is the only organisation in Southern Africa that represents directors, professionals and business leaders in their individual capacities. As the primary decision-makers in the private and public sectors, directors hold a special position of leadership and trust and are responsible — both legally and morally — for the balanced direction and proper reward of all partici-pants in our economic enterprises.

As the custodians of corporate governance in South Africa, the IoD is committed to the development of directors, board learning and improving board effectiveness. Members of the IoD benefit from ongoing educational opportunities, leadership publications and updates featuring the latest developments in corporate governance, as well as unique networking opportunities.

Internationally, the IoD works to establish and maintain contact amongst business leaders at the highest level. These associations represent a global network of approximately 100 000 senior executives. In SA, membership is widely representative of commerce, industry, government and the business professions. IoD members hold positions on the boards of most of the companies listed on the JSE Securities Exchange SA.


The Beijing Axis

THE BEIJING AXIS  is a cross–border business advisory firm operating globally, with offices in Beijing, Johannesburg, Moscow and Perth. We serve clients mainly from China, South Africa, Russia and CIS, Australia and Latin America – all in their own languages by native speakers.

  • We support Chinese companies with international expansion by, for example, developing new markets, purchasing equipment or raw materials, or looking for acquisitions
  • We also assist overseas companies doing business in China with their expansion plans, new business development, partnering and operations

Our firm operates in three main business areas: Sourcing, Strategy and Investment.

  • In Sourcing, we help clients build and manage supply chains in China and abroad - for machinery, components or raw materials. We research and identify qualified suppliers, organize tenders, and request and analyze quotations. We also assist clients in negotiating favourable commercial terms, overseeing contract execution and coordinating communications and logistics in the supply chain.
  • In Strategy, we help clients enter new markets, expand existing markets, develop and implement new strategies, and better understand their customer base and competitive environment through research and analysis.
  • And in Investment, we facilitate funding and partnership deals between Chinese and overseas companies. For example, we assist Chinese mining companies to bid for overseas assets or to find joint venture partners.