About Us

Our Legacy

The history of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry started with the foundation in 1856 of the Natal Chamber of Commerce which was described in the Charter which formally constituted the body as the Durban Chamber of Commerce in 1884 under Natal Law number 31. After more than a century, and in line with a movement that was replicated in all parts of South Africa, this body merged with the Chamber of Industry ...Read More


  • 2018

    Keeping with International best practice, Durban Chamber exists and operates under the Companies Act 71 of 2008 as a Non-Profit company

  • 2017

    Durban Chamber raises the flag of Ethical Leadership at a collective level with the launch of the 1st Business Code of Ethics at the 161st Annual Gala Dinner

  • 2016

    #DurbanMustRise trends no. 5 nationally at the 160th Annual Gala Dinner, kick-starting a tsunami of goodwill, support and confidence in the city

  • 2015

    Township Izimbizo gets underway, aiming to deliver practical business insights, skills and tools that will enable traders to start, build and grow sustainable businesses

  • 2014

    Business better than usual; Durban Chamber moves into the Lion Match Office Park

  • 2011

    : Thato Tsautse, unveiled as the first female president.

  • 2008

    Appointment of Gugu Mazibuko, the first black female Chief Executive Officer

  • 2005

    Prof. Bonke Dumisa becomes the Chamber’s first Black Chief Executive Officer

  • 2000

    The Durban Chamber sees the inauguration of the first Black president – Patrick September

  • 2000

    KZN Exporter of the year awards are launched – Recognising and celebrating the outstanding performance of KZN companies exporting locally manufactured goods

  • 1999

    Durban Chamber appoints Dr Jeya Wilson as the first female Chief Executive Officer

  • 1995

    Durban Chamber of Commerce merges with the Chamber Industry to form the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • 1884

    Regulated under the Natal Law no.31 as the Durban Chamber of Commerce

  • 1856

    Establishment of the Natal Chamber of Commerce