2010 Events

| December 31, 2010

SAABC affiliates with “The Global Africa Project”

Monday, October 9, 2010 6 PM EST Miami, Florida



Wine Soiree with South African PGA Golf Legend David Frost and Friends 

Sunday, November 7, 2010 4.30 PM San Francisco 

SAABC was joined by David Frost and Champion Tour friends in celebrating the close of his 2010 PGA Champions Tour season. We enjoyed a glass of Frost Wines with hors d’oeuvres while mingling with the premier South African business community in San Francisco Bay Area.

Frosty shared his experience of playing with famous golfers such as Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer through his record-breaking career. We met in the stylish library bar at Hotel Rex in downtown San Francisco. Complimentary Frost Wine and hors d’oeuvres were served from 6PM – those attending the Schwab Cup golf tournament headed over to the hotel library bar as soon as play was finished. 

Attendees registered by Monday 12NOON PDT November 1st stood to win two ground passes each to the 2010 Champions Tour Schwab Cup tournament held at Harding Park in San Francisco November 3-7, 2010

DATE: Sunday, November 7, 2010


LOCATION: Hotel Rex Library Bar, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

About David Frost and Frost Wines

10-time PGA Tour winner, South African native, David Frost, is wrapping up his first full season on the PGA Champions Tour in 2010. “Frosty” cracked into the Champion’s Tour winner’s circle in August, winning his first Tour event in 13 years at the 3M Championship in Blaine, MN.

David ranks 13th in Charles Schwab Cup points this year. He surpassed the $ 10 million in career earnings this year and is in the top 50 all-time leading money winners in PGA Champions Tour history.

David Frost is a 2-time winner of the South African Open, has three Million Dollar Challenge trophies, and a grand total of 23 championships worldwide.

Known as a short-game specialist, “Frosty” holds the PGA Tour record for fewest putts in a 72-hole event: 92 putts at the 2005 MCI Heritage. He took up golf with his father while caddying for him at age 14.

David Frost established 300-acre vineyard with his brother, Michel, in 1994. Frost Wines produces 7,000 cases / year, consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine features an artist series by LeRoy Neiman. Every vintage is dedicated to a golfer, and $1 from sale of each bottle goes to the golfer’s charity. Dedications include Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in 2004. Information may be found at frostwine.com.

About Hotel Rex
Hotel Rex® in Union Square was inspired by the downtown San Francisco art and literary salons of the 1920’s and 30’s. Vibrant and alive, the clubby lobby surrounds guests with distinctive San Francisco period furnishings, walls of antiquarian books, and an exceptional collection of exotic objects, original portraits and murals.

Literary events regularly unfold in this Union Square hotel’s lobby bar, and the hotel’s Café is an enchanting blend of a Northern California cafe and authentic French bistro. Guestrooms are decorated in a palate of Provencal colors and feature the work of local Union Square artisans. Hotel Rex San Francisco is located in the heart of the theater district and one block away from Union Square, the center of the City’s shopping district.

Hotel Rex is one of the Joie de Vivre group of boutique hotels across San Francisco. Joie de Vivre Hotels is a grass roots organization that strives to have a positive impact on the community. Each hotels is dedicated to donating at a minimum $200 per guest room per year to organizations in their communities

For more information go to www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/rex


SA Venture Capitalist speaks on the “Good, Bad and Opportunity in SA tech innovation”

September 7, 2010 – Palo Alto – 6PM 

The 2010 World Cup is over but the world’s eye on Africa is not! And perhaps it’s just begun considering the flurry of business news coverage of the continent such as: “The world is now taking notice that in the coming decades, Africa is poised to take the centre stage in terms of economic growth and infrastructural development, providing investment opportunities for world governments and international business. It is now common knowledge that modern day investors from across the world are seeking to do business with Africa.” from American Chronicle

In 2008 Africa’s collective GDP was $1.6 trillion –roughly equal to Brazil’s or Russia’s. According to a Mc Kinsey report, that will be $2.6 trillion by 2020. They predict that the continent’s consumer spending will grow from $860 billion to $1.4 trillion, in 2020 128 million African households will have discretionary income, 50% of Africans will be living in cities, and in 2040 1.1 billion African will be of working age.

Andrea gave an on-the-ground perspective of innovation and opportunity in today’s South Africa relating the current layout of venture capital and investment climate and activity in the technology industry.

Some articles to whet your appetite on Andrea’s presentation topic:

The New Africa: A Frontier of Innovation, Technology and Sustainability

“Africa is fast emerging as a global trend-setter in social innovation and sustainability. While cynical western observers have often depicted what they deem “the dark continent” in negative light, Africa has proven skeptics wrong by turning its fortunes around amid adversity to present opportunities in virtually all sectors of development, be it technology, education, manufacturing, real estate development, media, arts, agriculture, transportation, telecommunications etc. The world is now taking notice that in the coming decades, Africa is poised to take the centre stage in terms of economic growth and infrastructural development, providing investment opportunities for world governments and international business. It is now common knowledge that modern day investors from across the world are seeking to do business with Africa.” From American Chronicle READ MORE

Rebooting innovation in South Africa

“South Africa has great strength in the diversity of its people. The depth of this diversity provides exciting and challenging possibilities to create a great incubator of social capital, innovation and entrepreneurism.

South Africa needs entrepreneurs to create new jobs and to ensure that South Africa leads the continent, if not the world, in creating the technology that will affect all of us in the 21st century. Innovation and entrepreneurship are about self-determination. A successful entrepreneur literally creates his or her own future. South Africa is characterised by this trait: it is a country that succeeded in creating a new future from the ashes of Apartheid.

Now, it is time to do that again. South Africa does not need to wait for innovation developed elsewhere – the right dynamism, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are all right there.” From Memeburn READ MORE

And to enhance the mood of the Cape, Peter Smith of Smith Wines provided a tasting of his latest South African wines. Do check out his website for outstanding discounts currently on offer. www.shop.smithwines.com

DATE: Tuesday, September 7 2010

LOCATION: Carr & Ferrel, 2200 Geng Road, Palo Alto, California 94303 (map) (directions)

TIME: 6PM for 7PM presentation

Andrea Bohmert Bio

Andrea is Co-Managing Partner and Director of Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa, a Venture Capital Fund founded in early 2008 by Professor Hasso Plattner, co-founder of global leader in ERP software, SAP. With two Masters degrees and senior management positions in Corporate South Africa behind her, Andrea has spend the last eight years being hands-on involved with early stage tech entrepreneurs.

Andrea serves on the board of several start-up ventures and is an active member of the South African IT and Business Incubation environment and often speaks on matters related to entrepreneurship in South Africa.

Smith Wines is based in Palo Alto, CA. Their main goal is to bring international award winning, boutique style wines from South Africa to the US market and consumer. Their strong links with South Africa and associates grants them direct access to some of the best players and knowledge within the SA Wine Industry. The Company is owned by Peter Smith, a native of Cape Town, South Africa and his wife, Danielle (Guglielmelli) Smith, a native from Palo Alto, CA.

Smith Wines recently entered 7 wines for the 2010 San Francisco International Wine Comp and 5 came out winners! 2010 San Francisco International Wine Comp Results:Best of Nation – South Africa, Double Gold Medal Slanghoek Private Selection 2009 Créme de Chenin , Slanghoek Valley, South Africa (Available End of August); Silver Medal – Slanghoek Winery 2007 Pinotage, Private Selection, Slanghoek Valley, South Africa; Bronze Medal – SlanghoekChenin Blanc, Private Selection, Slanghoek Valley, South Africa; Silver Medal – Groenland 2006 Antoinette-Marie, Classic Collection, Stellenbosch, South Africa; Bronze Medal – Groenland 2006 Premium Shiraz, Stellenbosch, South Africa Kind regards

For more information on Smith Wines go to: www.smithwines.org
For purchases from Smith Wines go to: Smith Wines Shop for mega-discounts. Uncorked Ventures (selling qty’s 1-12 bottles with out-of-state shipping options)


“Can you buy a green card?” … and enjoy a taste of SA wine

Thursday June 17, 2010 6:00 PM PST Palo Alto – Silicon Valley, California 

Private jets, family cars and green cards? What do they have in common? You can get them all if you have money. Leading US Immigration attorney & EB5 expert explained fast track to US residency … as we enjoyed locally available South African wines.

Two nationally recognized authorities discussed the “regional center EB-5 program” that enables investors to get green cards without starting a business or even being employed. The immigrant investor, or EB5, program is one of the most expeditious options for attaining permanent US residence. There is no quota waiting list and a shorter process overall. Invest in a commercial enterprise that will employ US workers and you are on your way – if you have critical documentation in place.

They explained U.S. immigration options for entrepreneurs and business owners and how many investors and entrepreneurs have obtained U.S. permanent residence for themselves and for family members overseas.

Guest speakers Ron Klasko and Tammy Fox-Isicoff are two of the country’s leading lawyers representing investors in EB-5 cases and treaty investor (E-2) visas. They shared the many geographical, financial, employment and corporate requirements of this much sought after option for obtaining a U.S. green card. They also discussed alternative immigration options for South African entrepreneurs and investors.

Thank you to Peter Smith of Smith Wines who shared an array of delicious South African wines on the local market … particularly the delicious Slanghoek Pinotage!!

WHEN: Thursday June 17, 2010 6:00 PM PST networking; 7 PM program

WHERE: Carr & Ferrell LLP, 2200 Geng Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 (map)

Ron Klasko is a former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and presently serves as Chair of its EB-5 Committee. In that capacity, he advocates for favorable interpretations of EB-5 laws to USCIS Headquarters personnel involved with the EB-5 program. He is a designated preferred attorney for filing EB-5 petitions for four of the approved regional centers, and he has spoken at conferences around the country on EB-5 issues. His websites are www.eb5immigration.com and www.klaskolaw.com.

Tammy Fox-Isicoff is a member of the AILA EB-5 Committee and a long-time member of its Board of Governors. She has published many articles on immigration options through investment in the U.S. Tammy has been a frequent immigration law consultant on the Today Show and Morning Show. She has served as immigration legal consultant on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC, FOX and MSNBC.

Smith Wines is based in Palo Alto, CA. Their main goal is to bring international award winning, boutique style wines from South Africa to the US market and consumer. Their strong links with South Africa and associates grants them direct access to some of the best players and knowledge within the SA Wine Industry. The Company is owned by Peter Smith, a native of Cape Town, South Africa and his wife, Danielle (Guglielmelli) Smith, a native from Palo Alto, CA. The wines they will be representing at the BBC are Groenland-Stellenbosch and Slanghoek- Rawsonville. Their 2010 portfolio will include Zorgvliet, Val De Vie, Boland Cellars, Swartland Winery and Major’s Hill.

Thank you to Carr & Ferrell for providing a wonderful location for the meeting. Carr & Ferrell LLP is a full-service law firm uniquely positioned to provide strategic patents and intellectual property, corporate, financing and litigation services. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley’s technology and venture capital community, our attorneys leverage their technical, business and legal expertise to help emerging companies and investors transform business concepts into industry leading enterprises.


“Lunch & Watch World Cup” South Africa vs Uruguay

Wednesday June 16, 2010 – 11:00 AM PST for 11:30 AM kick-off – San Mateo – Silicon Valley, CA

We scored the first goal of the 2010 World Cup – what would be in store for Bafana Bafana in this next important game? Well, we cheered you on boys – regrets for the results. There is still another game to play!

South Africans and fellow soccer fan friends enjoyed an ‘Italian lunch with South African twist’ care of our friends at AcquaPazza – creative co-owner Enzo Rosano worked up “Penne Paulo” – a true Italian lunch with a South African flair – pasta with boerewors! Great food, great networking!

Caltrain is just two short blocks away!

WHEN: Wednesday June 16, 2010 11:00AM PST for 11.30AM kick off

WHERE: AcquaPazza 201 E. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 (map)

A few minutes off 101, AcquaPazza is two short blocks San Mateo Caltrain stop.

About Acqua Pazza

A breath of fresh Amalfi Coast air in downtown San Mateo, Acqua Pazza is run, back-to-front, by the Rosano brothers: Enzo, Tullio and Valerio. The spacious interior includes a 15-seat outdoor patio, 70-seat main dining area, and an eight-seat bar. Acqua Pazza is available for full buyout, yet smaller private parties may wish to reserve the eight-seat “Positano Room” or 30-seat “Capri Room” on the restaurant’s mezzanine. The restaurant is located at 201 E. 3rd Avenue in San Mateo, Calif. From Monday through Friday, dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant is open from 11:30AM to 10PM. Reservations are recommended. All major credit cards are accepted. For more details, www.acqua-pazza.com or call 650-375-0903.


“Watch Soccer World Cup kick-off game live” with SA/Mexican breakfast

June 11, 2010 British Bankers Club, Menlo Park, Silicon Valley 6:30 AM PDT for 7:00 AM kick-off

What a morning!! Local South Africans, colleagues and friends were up at the crack of dawn on the US West Coast to witness live South Africa and Africa proudly hosting the World Cup Soccer for the first time – having previously hosted the Cricket World Cup and Rugby World Cup.

We were part of the excitement first-hand watching the live broadcast of the kick-off game, South Africa versus Mexico. CONGRATULATIONS Tshabalala for the first score of the World Cup 2010!!

Thank you to BBC for a delicious South African / Mexican flavored breakfast buffet …

WHEN: Friday June 11, 2010 6:30AM PST for 7:00AM PST kick off.

WHERE: British Bankers Club (BBC)

1091 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

www.britishbankersclub.com (see driving directions under “contact us”)

A few minutes off 101, BBC has plenty of free parking & ¼ block from Menlo Park Caltrain stop.


Have a Ball and Celebrate World Soccer – Fort Lauderdale

June 6, 2010 Downtowner Saloon, Fort Lauderdale 5:00 PM EST

70+ South Africans and friends celebrated the imminent kick-off of South Africa on the soccer world stage while enjoying an evening of scintillating networking over South African hors d’oeuvres and wine at the Historic Maxwell Room, Downtowner Saloon in Fort Lauderdale.

Special guests and presenters for the evening included Marc Cavaliere, Executive Vice President North America, South African Airways and Rita Anagnostopoulos, Director Sales, Sun International.

Thank you to SAA and Sun International for their generous support of our national raffle – a vacation worth $5,500!!! Proceeds benefit education in South Africa.

WHEN: Sunday, June 6 2010 – 5:00PM -7:00PM EST

WHERE: The Historic Maxwell Room, Downtowner Saloon, 10 S. New River Drive East, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Expand Your International Business Network and Enjoy Southern Hemisphere Wine Tasting

March 16, 2010 Tuesday Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco 6:00 PM

Over 100 South Africans and our expat colleagues from Australia, Sweden and New Zealand enjoyed a sell-out evening of business networking and wine tasting at San Francisco’s luxurious Fairmont hotel. This provided an excellent opportunity to expand our international networks, mingle with a diverse crowd and have a great time!

Aside from a full southern wine tasting from South African, Australian and New Zealand wines, guests also sampled chocolates and biltong and were spoilt with numerous raffle prizes.

Thank you to our many, generous sponsors!


2nd Annual “Raise a Glass of Bubbly to the New Year” Networking Mixer

Jan 27, 2010 Wednesday San Francisco Bubble lounge 6:00 PM

Click here to see photographs

Over 45 South African professionals and affiliates toasted a heart welcome to what promises to be an exciting year for global South Africans! As the world turns it’s attention to 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ so too is there increased eminence and curiosity around our heritage and birth country.

Internationally South African professionals are well recognized as accomplished, highly qualified, entrepreneurial thinkers and hold impressive leadership positions worldwide. We all share a common bond with Africa and as international risk takers.

SAABC is seeing tremendous interest from South Africans and out friends to increase our network of accomplished global South Africans.

SAABC thanks SportMark – exclusive US sales agent for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Official Hospitality Program – for generously providing all with a glass of bubbly.

And thank you to Speaking Roses for donating two “6 red roses Valentine’s Special” gift packs and a host of branded single roses for guests.

Thank you to Bubble lounge for the food platters and elegant hosting.


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