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Foundation of African Business & Consumer Services (FABCOS)

FABCOS focuses on township and rural-based formal and informal businesses. Membership is voluntary and open to anyone who supports the objectives of FABCOS.

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Foundation of African Business & Consumer Services (FABCOS) is a membership-based organisation that promotes the development of Black business in South Africa. Part of their many services includes networking, marketing expertise, research, and making empowerment opportunities available to historically disadvantage South Africans.

Events

  • Regular workshops
  • Training opportunities
  • Access to business opportunities
  • Access to research information

Membership Benefits

  • Mentorship
  • Quarterly networking business
  • Help with finance
  • Business seminars
  • Workshops
  • Funeral and life cover scheme

Contact details

Website: www.fabcos.co.za

Email: info@fabcos.co.za

Telephone: + 27 11 333 3701

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Junior Chamber International South Africa

JCI SA is a part of Junior Chamber International which is a world wide community of young individuals looking to make a change.

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Junior Chamber International South Africa is a nonprofit organization that is a part of  Junior Chamber International, a worldwide community of young active citizens between ages 18-40 who share the goal of creating positive change. JCI members contribute to the advancement of the global community by creating positive change in communities in over 100 countries. JCI members lead projects in the areas of Business, Individual, Community and International Development. They meet, learn and grow.

Events

JCI SA offers regular events and conferences for members to attend and gain from.

Membership Benefits

Junior Chamber International’s program stem from four areas of Opportunity through which members can acquire or refine leadership skills and benefit society. The Areas are:

Individual:

Activities within JCI are geared toward increasing individual members’ personal development and helping them to reach their full potential. Junior Chamber provides members numerous opportunities to develop skills as officers and project leaders of local and national organizations and of communities. To provide members with the best personal and development training. JCI offers many programs as well as certification from its International Training Institute. By helping individual members acquire experience as decision-makers, JCI contributes to the development of tomorrow’s community and business leaders.

Business

JCI provides its members with the necessary contact, leadership, and personal business growth through numerous forums and programs to develop themselves as young entrepreneurs and business executives. The JCI Business Academy offers members the opportunity to certify their business skills, and is the first worldwide JCI program operated totally from the web. JCI strongly supports business development in all lands as a means to eliminate poverty and human suffering.

Community

JCI believes its members are an investment in the present and future well-being of their communities. Junior Chamber members agree, strongly endorsing the philosophy  “think locally, act globally. ” Members and community sponsors alike know that helping their community has an impact on their state or region, that a regional project will benefit their nation, and that works performed on a national level can have a tremendous impact internationally. Affirming the final line of the JCI Creed, “That service to humanity is the best work of life,” members plan and carry out tens of thousands of JCI projects each year in thousands of communities, making a positive impact on society.

International

In an increasingly interdependent world, members realize the need for international collaboration, tolerance, and peace. JCI offers members numerous opportunities to understand and be involved in global issues. Through international conference, academies, programs, Twinning (sister-chapter relationships), and business exchange, Junior Chamber enables members to promote goodwill and attain a deeper understanding of the global challenges of tomorrow.

Contact details

Website: http://www.jci.cc/local/southafrica

Email: jcisouthafrica@gmail.com

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Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA)

ITA is an association that supports the information technology sector.

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Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) represents various companies who supply information technology equipment, systems, software, and services in the ICT industry. Through various programmes that include SME Development Programmes and the e-Waste Management Programme, the ITA offers comprehensive networking programmes for its members.

Events

Event format:

  • Conferences
  • Seminars
  • Breakfasts
  • Golf days

Membership Benefits

  • Skills development
  • ITA SME Development programme
  • e-Newsletter

Contact details

Website: www.ita.org.za/index.htm

Email: enquiries@ita.org.za

Tel: 0861 111 350

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The South Africa Local Economic Development (LED)

LED practitioners deal with the public and private sector, civil society (emerging entrepreneurs) and intermediary institutions.

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The South Africa Local Economic Development (LED) Network provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and peer-to-peer support. The network provides a host of information sharing and resources. Through collaboration with other professional organisations, the LED Network provides access to the resources LED practitioners need to do their work professionally.

Events

Event format:

  • Training courses on various topics at venues around the country
  • Workshop Debates
  • Seminars
  • Online forum

Membership Benefits

  • LED Cafe
  • Guides
  • Case studies

Contact detail

Website: www.led.co.za

Email: contact@led.co.za
Tel: +27 12 423 5925

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