The world economy is changing rapidly and businesses are going global. With the help of digital and various other innovations it’s even easier to do this. These are not questions or speculation, these are facts.

The question is not whether you should expand, it is how you can do this.

Over 100 South African companies already use DMCC in Dubai to help expand their business beyond South Africa.

As we at CN&CO know well, the how is always made easier through the help of partners. In Dubai the leading partner for business expansion is the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre or DMCC. DMCC is a residential, retail, and commercial centre which was established in 2002 as a government entity to enhance commodity trade flows through Dubai. It is the world’s most interconnected Free Zone, and the leading trade and enterprise hub for commodities. In other words: they are experts.

They also already work with 114 South African companies in a range of industries helping these companies benefit from its Free Zone and expand their businesses globally.

Meet with the experts in the DMCC team on 18 March 2020 at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Melrose Arch to learn more about the advantages of doing and expanding business in Dubai through DMCC, and network with business leaders from South Africa and the world. The event is supported in full by the UAE government.

Bongani Bingwa, Justice Malala, and His Excellency the UAE ambassador to South Africa will be there. Will you?

You will also hear a direct address on UAE and SA relations from the UAE ambassador to South Africa. This address will be valuable in helping you understand the current climate (business and economic, we mean) and how expanding through Dubai could benefit your business and help you take things to the next level.

Journalist and broadcaster Bongani Bingwa will be our MC for the day

Who will be there?

  • Business leaders
  • 702 radio host and journalist Bongani Bingwa will be our MC
  • Journalist and analyst Justice Malala will give the keynote address, sharing trends and insights on South Africa and our future
  • UAE Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa H.E. Mahash Saeed Salem Mahash Alhameli will share an address on SA and UAE relations, what’s happening in the UAE that could benefit you, and more
  • CN&CO

Reasons YOU need to be there

  • Networking
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Hearing the latest market trends
  • Learning more about Dubai and SA
  • Discovering business opportunities for expansion
  • Learning why 114 other South African companies already work with DMCC
  • The DMCC is a government authority which means you will have access to information and assistance from the Dubai government or its approved partner instead of an external source


It is free but you do need to RSVP here. This will include networking opportunities and lunch.

It’s a free event that involves business leaders and government. You’ll learn some stuff and network with key people.

Event information

Date: 18 March 2020

Time: 08h30 for 9am start

Venue: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Melrose Arch


08h00 – 09h00: Registration and Networking

09h00 – 09h35: Opening Speeches

  • Welcome Note
    • Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and CEO, DMCC
  • South Africa-UAE Relations
    • HE Mahash Saeed Salem Mahash Alhameli, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa
  • Keynote Speech
    • Justice Malala, Political Commentator, Media Entrepreneur

09h35 – 09h50: DMCC Free Zone Presentation

  • James Bernard, Head of Corporate Sales, DMCC

09h50 – 11h05: Panel Discussion: “Meet the Experts, Expand your Business in Dubai and Beyond”

  • Sanjeev Dutta, Executive Director, Commodities and Financial Services, DMCC
  • Anthony Peter, Owner and Director, Trans Atlantic Gems Sales (DMCC client)
  • Zunaid Moti, Chief Executive, ISA Bullion (DMCC client)
  • Justice Malala, Political Commentator, Media Entrepreneur

11h05 – 11h20: Q&A

11h20 – 13h00: Networking and Lunch


Click here to RSVP to meet with business leaders and learn about the benefits of expanding your business with the help of experts DMCC.

We hope to see you there as we get our knowledge on and learn how expansion to Dubai could be the next level for more SA businesses.