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Tshwabac history

 

The company, which used to be a chamber of business, was originally founded by a small group of farmers and industrialists. Its 320 members currently comprise
micro-, small-, medium-, large and even multinational companies. The business spheres represented by its members include the agricultural, manufacturing, mining, commercial and service sectors.

The company employs 38 permanent staff members who are deployed in administration and finance, events organising, facilities rental, and support services such as technical services, finance and administration. Consultants and contractual staff when required augment this staff complement.

It was established in 1929 as the then Northern Transvaal Chamber of Industries, with the primary objective of promoting economic development in various business sectors (including agriculture) to the benefit of the community – an objective which it pursues to the present day.

Tshwabac presented the first Pretoria Show in 1939 under the auspices of the Chamber's sister organisation, the Transvaal Agricultural Society, to allow its industrial members to display their products and to provide farmers with a commercial platform to exhibit their fresh produce. The 74-year old Show is the only agricultural show in the country that is held within a metropolitan city.


 

Tshwabac is a community-oriented company, registered under the Companies Act as a company not for gain (company registration number: 1951/000015/08; non-profit registration number: 084-781-NPO). It does not pay dividends to its members or staff.

It was established in 1929 as the then Northern Transvaal Chamber of Industries, with the primary objective of promoting economic development in various business sectors (including agriculture) to the benefit of the community – an objective which it pursues to the present day.

Tshwabac presented the first Pretoria Show in 1939 under the auspices of the Chamber's sister organisation, the Transvaal Agricultural Society, to allow its industrial members to display their products and to provide farmers with a commercial platform to exhibit their fresh produce. The 74-year old Show is the only agricultural show in the country that is held within a metropolitan city.


 

TSHWABAC has been or still is instrumental in collaboration with the City of Tshwane and other role players in the implementation of:

  • Hosting and organizing the first Tshwane Business Week;
  • Organising and hosting the inaugural Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference (TITIIC) in May 2008 as well as the second TITIIC in May 2009;
  • Organising and hosting the inaugural Tshwane Tourism Fair in September 2008;
  • Hosting and arranging six informal and consultative seminars for emerging farmers on agricultural cooperatives throughout Tshwane;
  • Co-championing the first Tshwane Agricultural Summit;
  • Securing a sponsorship of 15 tons of vegetable seeds and providing it free of charge to subsistence farmers in Tshwane and Madibeng;
  • Established and managing FabLab Soshanguve in collaboration with Tshwane and the CSIR;
  • Developing the establishment of a sustainable urban farming project in Tshwane, aimed at providing a sustainable livelihood to unemployed black females;
  • Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Impact Research International, a wholly black-owned company comprising various academics and researchers, with a view to jointly pursuing various economic development projects;
  • Establishing the Tshwane Business Forum;
  • Serving on the City's Agricultural Advisory Committee.

 

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