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Message from the President – Karl Hougaard

Greetings to all South Africans across the UAE. As the incoming President of the South African Business Council I am making it my mission – with the support of the EXCO members –to spearhead a variety of South African-specific initiatives during my tenure with the council.

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Message from Saa’d Cachalia – Thee South African Ambassador

Since the mainstay of the South Africa – UAE relationship is based on economic collaboration, the South African Embassy is pleased to partner with stakeholders, such as the South African Business Council (SABCO), in order to maximise trade and investment opportunities between our two countries.

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Message from Consul General, His Excellency Mr Mogobo David Magabe.

In December 2017 the Consulate General of the Republic of South Africa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, welcomed the arrival of the new Consul General, His Excellency Mr Mogobo David Magabe. I have a great pleasure in extending my warm wishes and sincere felicitations to all South Africans living in Dubai and the Northern Emirates

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Message from our Patron – Essa Al Ghurair

Essa Al Ghurair Investment (EGI) was established in the UAE by Mr. Essa Abdulla Al Ghurair in 2012, forming a board comprising his four sons, bringing a wealth of experience from three generations of Al Ghurair family enterprises. The EGI family members play a cohesive role, each with his own strengths, to manage the group’s diversity.

 Mr. Essa Al Ghurair serves as the Chairman of Al Ghurair Resources, a major supply chain provider and a key player in the field of agricultural commodities. Specializing in industrial manufacturing and commodities trading in international markets, combined with extensive experience has led Mr. Essa Al Ghurair to be a leading figure in industry circles.


How does SABCO serve in the UAE?

The South African Business Council’s (SABCO) mission is to serve as a resource and catalyst for its members and for companies in general to develop their business interests with South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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A few things we’re great at

The council is run by a 12-member committee, comprising of leading South African business people, professionals and advisors from the South African Embassy in the UAE.

We are here to promote the development of South African and UAE businesses and social relations by providing relevant information required to successfully pursue lucrative opportunities in South Africa and the UAE facilitated through a formally recognised networking framework.

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We dedicated to promoting and fostering business interests between South Africa and the UAE that is recognised by businesses, government agencies and individuals.


SABCO’s aim is to assist people with a Southern African affiliation by facilitating corporate interaction and being a focal point for establishing business contacts and networking opportunities.


SABCO unites business partners by offering a networking and business development forum for business professionals with South African connections living and working in the UAE


We have chosen a strong council that is actively involved and participating within the UAE Business Sector to help grow the foothold and presence of South African Businesses within the UAE.


We not only serve South African Businesses but ensured we created a platform serving South Africans within the UAE working within the region, with support, special offerings, and creating a platform that serves.


Current Events and News

South African Budget Headlines

All you need to know about #Budget2018 – AS IT HAPPENED  For more information, click here:                            […]

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Breaking News: Goodbye Zuma, Hello President Cyril

After Jacob Zuma’s resignation as president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa automatically became acting president of the republic. More info at News 24  

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How to apply for a South African smart ID card: Here is everything you need to know

How to apply for a smart ID card: Here is everything you need to know by Sue-Ann de Wet | Feb 1, 2018 | Migration news, News For more info, click on the link

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Your Council Members

The 2018 Council Members are here to serve and guide and all have one common interest and it is to support the growth of South African Businesses within the UAE.

Karl Hougaard


Michelle Carby

Vice President

John Peacock


Eben Bester


Andre Du Plessis

Secretary General

Kathy Scheepmaker

Media & Marketing Director

Jerome Glicksman

Chief  Technical Officer

Debbie Van Graan

Business Liason Officer

Michelle Kruger

Business Strategist

Marcel Upfold


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