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 Dear valued member,
A roundtable on airport development and the kick-off of the Business Directory 2016/2017 with our brand-new project manager, Lydie Vellema is how we kick off this months newsflash. It has been an eventful couple of weeks,  and more is yet to come: in the coming month, you will be able to learn more about trade & investment opportunities in Botswana at our forum, meet the South African Minister of Transport,  and have the chance to meet SADC Ambassadors at our annually successful Ambassador's Lunch. Exciting times are ahead of us!
Please enjoy this newsflash, we look forward to seeing you at our events! 

In this Issue
  • SANEC News
  • Member Interviews
  • Member Meets Member
  • New Members
  • Upcoming Events
Kick-off Business Directory 2016/2017
A new business directory is in the making! A special edition will be available this year, whereby we aim to celebrate 20 years of SANEC’s partnership and trade, between The Netherlands and Southern Africa.
The launch is expected to take place in June this year. In this celebratory issue  you will find an overview of the SANEC partners and the SADC countries with their facts and figures, interviews, specific sector information and much more! There still is available space to advertise in our annual magazine, the deadline is 15 April. Please contact Lydie if you would be interested. Please click here for the rate card.

Opportunities in the Aviation and Airport Sector
On the 16th of February, SANEC & NAG (Netherlands Aerospace Group) organized a Roundtable on the 'Airport Development Initiative Southern Africa'. On behalf of the RVO, two parties collaborated on a report regarding the current situation and opportunities for future projects and investments in the Southern African aviation and airport sector. Enterprises from various sectors were present to discuss business opportunities in the aviation and airport sector. 
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Benefits of Co-production Treaty
On the 3rd of March 2016, SANEC hosted a film co-production networking event in collaboration with the Fort. The aim of the event was to highlight the benefits of the co-production treaty which was signed by the Netherlands and South Africa last year in December 2015 in The Hague. The treaty will enhance and facilitate the co-production of films and other creative media productions between South Africa and the Netherlands, stimulating the audiovisual industries and the development of cultural and economic exchanges in both countries.
SANEC Matchmaking-Networking Reception, 7 April 2016
SANEC invites its Members and associates to meet the Dutch CEO business delegation of the fCN trade mission to the Western Cape. The delegation consists of 35 high level companies and entrepreneurs that will be seeking closer business ties with companies from the Western Cape. This event takes place at the headquarters of First National Bank and Rand Merchant Bank, which is located in the highest building of Cape Town.
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African Utility Week 2016, 17-20 May 2016
The Netherlands Consulate General in Cape Town is organizing the Africa Utility Week in collaboration with SANEC, ECN, Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Netherlands Agro, Food and Technology Centers (NAFTC). During this week, Dutch expertise on the water-energy-food nexus are showcased. SANEC Members and associates are invited to join the Holland Activities and Pavilion at the African Utility Week (AUW).
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Amandla! Mandela
The SANEC team has watched Amandla! Mandela  and strongly recommends to go and see the musical. The musical spectacle is about Nelson Mandela who looks back on his life from his cell on Robben Island, from being a young boy of nine years old, to a student/professional in Johannesburg and being elected to be the first black president of South Africa. The musical is accompanied by traditional South African music by The Khayelitsha United Mambazo Choir. You can get your tickets here.

Annet van Egmond Studio: Puck and Miss Nightingale
Annet van Egmond has designed two lamps based on solar technology: the Puck and Miss Nightingale. The Puck is made by a woman for a woman. The light also improves safety and the atmosphere in the home. Miss Nightingale is a lamp for home lighting which looks a bit more fancy and would not look bad at ones home. "Bringing light to the people of Africa is my mission, in the townships as well as the remote areas." 
Tjommie Cycle4kids Cape Town Cycle Tour 2017
The Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the most beautiful cycle tours in the world. The start is in Cape Town and the tour goes to the southernmost point of the peninsula and back, which is a distance of 109 km. SANEC is gauging whether  a SANEC-Tjommie team of sportive members can be formed to participate in the tour in 2017. We will keep you updated for more information.
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Member Meets Member
Mzamomhle Foundation meets Belgotex
Mzamomhle Foundation has met Belgotex in Cape Town. Belgotex could contribute to the foundation's project 'Change the Game Programme' with artificial turf, vinyl and other floor coverings, which would save the foundation lots of costs. Belgotex is now a key partner of the foundation and they will collaborate more in the future. 
Member Interviews
How could you best describe your organization?
We are a medium sized, independently owned South African company who specialize in world-wide clearing, freight forwarding and logistics solutions. Through owned offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town coupled with access to over 6000 freight agents around the world, we are able to offer truly global freight solutions. 
How could you best describe your organization?
An Art Gallery, selling Art and Design from the African continent
What makes your products/ company different from others?
We focus on Africa, we have an online Gallery that wants to promote African Art and Design in a pro-active way.

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New Members 
Upcoming Events
Date Country Type Event
7 April SA Network SANEC Matchmaking-Networking Reception, Cape Town
13 April SA Consultancy Consultancy on Anti-Corruption, Johannesburg
26 April NL Network SA Minister of Transport event + visit to African Art Exhibition, Wassenaar 
17-20 May SA Mission African Utility Week, Cape Town
18 May NL Network 7th SADC Ambassadors Lunch + visit to African Art Exhibition, Wassenaar