Ceres Business Initiative
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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.

Goals:

  1. Building bridges between the Municipality and the business community is essential in addressing challenges
  2. Ensure that the town is clean and safe so that tourists, businesses and the community can enjoy and utilise all facilities
  3. Accomplish economic growth, create opportunities for entrepreneurs and establish an effective communication system
  4. CBI to unanimously consult with the Municipality regarding service delivery at reasonable prices


Doelwitte:

  1. Dis noodsaaklik om brûe te bou tussen die Munisipaliteit en sakegemeenskap om uitdagings die hoof te bied
  2. Verseker ’n skoon en veilige dorp wat toeriste, besighede en die gemeenskap kan geniet en ten volle kan benut
  3. Bring ekonomiese groei tot stand, skep geleenthede vir entrepreneurs en bevorder ’n doeltreffende kommunikasiestelsel
  4. CBi moet eenstemmig met die Munisipaliteit praat oor lewering van dienste teen billike pryse

WAARDES

CBI streef na die volgende waardes:

  1. Onderlinge vertroue word geskep wanneer verhoudinge op eerlikheid en opregtheid gebou word
  2. Opbouende gesprekke moet deur ‘n positiewe en ondersteunende gesindheid gevoer word
  3. Waar nodige vaardighede gedeel word kom eensgesindheid en respek tot stand
  4. Seker maak dat ons oor die langtermyn volhoubaar bly deur ‘n sigbare en omgewingsvriendelike benadering te beoefen

VALUES

CBI strives to live the following values:

  1. Mutual trust is created when relationships are built on honesty and sincerity
  2. Constructive conversations must be conducted with a positive and supportive attitude
  3. Harmony and respect is established whenever the sharing of skills are required
  4. Ensure that we remain sustainable over the long term and practice a transparent and environmental friendly approach

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Mauritz Walters

Portefeulje: Landbou en Landbou Besighede
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Mauritz is op Ceres gebore en het by Charlie Hofmeyr gematrikuleer. Hy is tans 'n besigheidsman en boer. Sy droom is "om myself te omring met positiewe en innoverende denkers wat altyd daarna streef om konstante groei in Ceres te verseker".
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Charles Brown

Portefeulje: Gesondheid, Opvoeding en Sekuriteit
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Dirk Swart

Portefeulje: Raadsverteenwoordiger: Kaap Wynlandse Distrik en Witzenberg Munisipaliteite
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Dirk Swart is in die Koue Bokkeveld gebore en het sy skoolloopbaan by ABET in Ceres voltooi. Hy is ‘n raadslid by die Witzenberg Munisipaliteit en Onder Burgermeester van die Kaapse Wynlanddistrik Munisipaliteit. Dirk verbind hom daartoe om deur CBI kleiner besighede te help met vaardighede om volhoubaar te wees.
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Danell du Toit

Portefeulje: IT, Bemarking & Toerisme
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Danell was born and bred in the Koue Bokkeveld. She completed her high school at Paarl Gymnasium. She is the Managing Director of the De Keur Group and she strongly believes in Ghandi's saying "Be the change that you want to see in the world”.
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Naas van der Merwe

Voorsitter: CBI
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Naas is in Clanwilliam gebore en het by HBS Boland gematrikuleer. Hy is die Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte by die Harmonie Groep en is in beheer van strategie, befondsing en skakeling vir CBI. Hy geniet wat hy doen op Ceres en is dankbaar vir die geleentheid om ‘n positiewe bydrae te maak tot die gemeenskap.
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Johan Mostert

Onder Voorsitter: CBI
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Johan is in Villiersdorp gebore en het by HS de Villiers Graaff gematrikuleer. Hy is die Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte die JM Groep en bestuur die volgende portefeuljes namens CBI: Ceres infrastruktuur, Hoofstraat besighede, Skakeling met Tegniese Dienste by die Munisipaliteit. Sy droom is dat CBI die Ceres inwoners sal verenig en motiveer om saam ons dorp te ontwikkel tot ‘n wendorp in pas met ons pragtige natuurskoon.
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David Nasson

Portefeulje: Witzenberg Munisipaliteit
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David is gebore in Ceres en het sy skoolloopbaan klaar gemaak by Ceres Sekondêr (voorheen Fred Gaum S.S). Hy is die Witzenberg Munisipaliteit se munisipale bestuurder. Sy boodskap aan Ceres is dat “Saam kan ons meer doen!”
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Herman Fourie

Portefeulje: Finansies/Tesourier
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Herman is in Kaapstad gebore en het sy skoolloopbaan by Hoër Jongenskool in die Paarl voltooi. Hy is die Finansiële Bestuurder by Goede Hoop Vrugte. Hy wil deur sy betrokkenheid by CBI ‘n positiewe bydrae lewer om die breër Witzenberg area nog ‘n beter plek te maak.
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Anton Reinecke

Portfolio: Environmental Conservation
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Anton was born in Durban and completed his high school at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. He is the Managing Director of Ceres Fruit Processors. He is looking forward to building towards a sustainable Ceres together with CFP through various activities.
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Johannes Engelbrecht

Portefeulje: CBI Oudit funksies
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Johannes is in Piketberg gebore en het ook daar sy skoolloopbaan by HS Piketberg voltooi. Hy is huidiglik die Finansiële Direkteur by die Dutoit Groep. Sy droom vir Ceres is dat almal moet hande vat en vir Ceres ‘n spog dorp in die Wes-Kaap moet maak.
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Neil Bettesworth

Manager: Ceres Business Initiative
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Neil was born in Hermanus and completed his schooling at Hermanus High School. He is a financial advicer. It is an honour for him to be part of a committed team in promoting the interests of Ceres and its community. He asks that we all join hands in making this dream come true.