FROM 1936 TO 2016 IN 80 YEARS
The Ceres Chamber of Commerce was founded on 25 November 1936 by a group of local businessmen who needed to organize uniform trading hours and act as a united voice in their dealings with the Ceres Municipality (photo of 1st Minutes enclosed). The Ceres Chamber of Commerce was affiliated to The Association of Chambers of Commerce of South Africa and formed part of the Western Cape Chamber of Commerce. Cape Town Chamber was the main Chamber and included other Chambers such as Bellville, Paarl, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Worcester and Ceres.
The Western Cape held an Annual Congress in all these towns on a rotational basis. Municipal, Provincial and National matters were debated and discussed and prominent business and academic leaders addressed these congresses. The Ceres Chamber of Commerce met once a month to discuss local and business issues. While the meetings were originally held in the evenings they were later changed to luncheon meetings where we invited guest speakers to address our members on topics of interest.
During the 1980`s the Ceres Afrikaanse Sakekamer joined the Ceres Chamber of Commerce to form a united group. The Ceres Chamber of Commerce was proud of producing two National Chamber of Commerce Presidents namely Japie van Eeeden and later his son Koos van Eeden who ran Luyt & Co in Ceres. Michael Reid was the Regional President of the Western Cape from 1991 to 1993, which was an extremely interesting time in South Africa. With the changing political climate and the introduction of a new democracy in S A the local government structures were changed. The formation of the Witzenberg Municipality lead to the grouping of the towns Ceres, Wolseley and Tulbagh but also to the change in the role of the former Divisional Councils.
The Ceres Chamber of Commerce then realized that it needed to form a stronger grouping with the Farming Associations of Ceres in order to be a united force when dealing with the Municipality, who were now also directly in control of all farming services, levies, rates and taxes for the Witzenberg region. During 2004 the committee obtained the members mandate to “facelift” the Chamber and during their planning sessions in setting their 2005 goals it was decided to change the name to Ceres Business Initiative, which was passed on 5 September 2005.
During 2012 CBI again revisited their engine room with new strategic ideas in an attempt to work closer with the Municipality in making Ceres town a better place for all. During this process it was clear that a Manager would need to be appointed to assist the committee in steering the CBI in the right direction and with the strong financial support from anchor members this became a reality. The CBI has grown from strength to strength and now fills a vital role in defending the rights of all business in Ceres and surrounds.
The ideals and goals set out in 1936 have been entrenched and strengthened.
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Vision / Visie
Ceres Business Initiative (CBI) endeavours to stimulate the Ceres Business community in an unselfish, honest and inclusive way by constructing long-term relationships based on trust and through innovative initiatives.
Ceres Besigheidsinisiatief (CBI) wil op ‘n onselfsugtige, eerlike en inklusiewe wyse die Ceres Sakegemeenskap bevorder deur die bou van langtermyn vertrouensverhoudinge en innoverende inisiatiewe.
Mission / Missie
To grow the economy within the Ceres area.
Om die ekonomie van die Ceres streek te groei.
- Building bridges between the Municipality and the business community is essential in addressing challenges
- Ensure that the town is clean and safe so that tourists, businesses and the community can enjoy and utilise all facilities
- Accomplish economic growth, create opportunities for entrepreneurs and establish an effective communication system
- CBI to unanimously consult with the Municipality regarding service delivery at reasonable prices
- Dis noodsaaklik om brûe te bou tussen die Munisipaliteit en sakegemeenskap om uitdagings die hoof te bied
- Verseker ’n skoon en veilige dorp wat toeriste, besighede en die gemeenskap kan geniet en ten volle kan benut
- Bring ekonomiese groei tot stand, skep geleenthede vir entrepreneurs en bevorder ’n doeltreffende kommunikasiestelsel
- CBi moet eenstemmig met die Munisipaliteit praat oor lewering van dienste teen billike pryse
CBI streef na die volgende waardes:
- Onderlinge vertroue word geskep wanneer verhoudinge op eerlikheid en opregtheid gebou word
- Opbouende gesprekke moet deur ‘n positiewe en ondersteunende gesindheid gevoer word
- Waar nodige vaardighede gedeel word kom eensgesindheid en respek tot stand
- Seker maak dat ons oor die langtermyn volhoubaar bly deur ‘n sigbare en omgewingsvriendelike benadering te beoefen
CBI strives to live the following values:
- Mutual trust is created when relationships are built on honesty and sincerity
- Constructive conversations must be conducted with a positive and supportive attitude
- Harmony and respect is established whenever the sharing of skills are required
- Ensure that we remain sustainable over the long term and practice a transparent and environmental friendly approach