Australian Business Chamber of Commerce (Southern Africa) inaugurated
Pictured (l-r) Mrs Sooklal, Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Graeme Wilson, South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources, the Hon Susan Shabangu and Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General, DIRCO
“The ABCSA will be a not for profit organisation with a broad membership including multinational companies, SMEs and individuals. ABCSA will draw on the large number of Australian mining companies that have business interests in southern Africa, as well as a range of businesses in other sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure and education. Businesses based in southern Africa with interests in Australia will also be welcome to join”, said Mr Wilson at the inauguration.
Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Graeme Wilson, Minister Susan Shabangu, Mr Robert Willes, Managing Director, Challenger Energy and Mr John Madew, Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner for Africa
“It is a very exciting time to be Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, particularly with Australia taking on important international responsibilities such as our membership of the UN Security Council in 2013-14, our presidency of the G20 this year and our chairing of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for the next two years. These responsibilities also open up new opportunities for bilateral cooperation”, Mr Wilson said.
Mr Michael Templeton
The ABCSA inauguration was generously sponsored by Challenger Energy Limited. Challenger is an ASX-listed oil and gas explorer poised to enter the world-class shale gas province of the Karoo Basin via its South Africa-based subsidiary, Bundu Gas and Oil Exploration.