• Scrapping of the RSC levy, which the Chamber argued was an unfair tax and a negative one in that it taxed payrolls and thus jobs.
  • Campaigned successfully to legalise the sale of petrol/diesel on credit and debit cards.
  • Brought the whole cable/copper theft problem out into the open and prompted the City Council to start up its Copper Heads Unit.
  • Campaigned successfully against Provincial motor licence fees which were double those in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. We showed the extent of “cross border licensing” and how revenue was leaking out of the Province. Licence fees have not increased for the last three years.
  • Started the first modern lifestyle exhibition with the Design for Living Exhibition.
  • Played a leading role (with SAPOA) in starting City Improvement Districts. Cape Town’s CBD is now run by a partnership of property owners and the City and the result of this intensive management is the best CBD in the country
  • We were the first to spot the potential of the off-shore gas and oil industry and the business potential from servicing and repairing rigs. The Chamber led three delegations to the world off-shore technology conference in Texas and this has resulted in a huge amount of business for the Western Cape.
  • Campaigned successfully to exempt small business from having to publish manuals in terms of the Access to Information Act
  • Ran small business, export courses and other courses
  • Started the Port Liaison Forum to bring all parties involved in port operations together and this forum has succeeded in solving many of the congestion problems. This forum has been copied in Durban.
  • Set up symposiums where business could interact with the Province and the City Council.
  • We successfully campaigned against the imposition of the N1 and N2 toll roads within the City boundaries. The toll plazas are to be moved further out so that commuters will no longer be affected by them.
  • Set up the first of the Exporter of the Year competition. This function is now copied by other chambers.

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