2011 Events

| December 31, 2011

“Toast to 2011” Holiday Wine Tasting & Business Mixer

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 – Silicon Valley – 6.30PM

5 top reasons over 50 people attended out holiday mixer:

  • Celebrate and catch up with our Silicon Valley “tribe” of global SA pioneers and risk-takers
  • “Law of probability” ensures the more people you know, the more opportunities come your way
  • “Build it before you need it” – build your circle of contacts, mentors and friends before you need it
  • The Cask Wine Bar is super easy to reach from around the Bay (see below)
  • Discover a wide array of delicious and locally available South African wines (Great corporate gifts!)

We enjoyed tasting an array of the finest South African wines thanks to Cape Classics and Carsten Hughes of Young’s Market pouring:

  • Raats Original Chenin Blanc
  • Rustenberg John X Merriman , Red Blend
  • Ken Forrester Renegade, Syrah/Grenache
  • Kanonkop Kadette, Pinotage Blend

You are sure to find fabulous options for your corporate gifts or wine for holiday parties that will set you apart and stir great conversation.


Over 90% of South Africa’s wine is produced in the Cape Floral Kingdom,one of six such plant kingdoms in the world. The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest and richest, with 70% of the plants found here, not found anywhere else on earth.

This seal, beginning with the 2010 vintage, guarantees that the wines have been sustainably produced in accordance with their new guidelines. By using the unique numbers on the label, consumers can verify all sustainability information online.






Silicon Valley Connect 2011 “Accessing the Silicon Valley marketplace

September 29 – 30, 2011 – Mountain View (Silicon Valley), California

SAABC subscribers had the opportunity to build new networks, make solid contacts, get insight into new market ideas and line up new customer leads.

SAABC partnered with Chamber of Commerce International Consortium of Entrepreneurs (CCICE) and Anza Technology Network for a two day conference designed to immerse international companies into the heart of Silicon Valley and offer local connections, local perspective on products and businesses, and to provide attendees with a strong foundation for accessing Silicon Valley as a market.

International entrepreneurs from around the world had the opportunity to showcase a selection of great technologies to Silicon Valley!


“In the Company of Stars”

5th Annual “SAA Golf Classic” 2011 West Business Mixer & Golf Fundraiser

Monday, September 19, 2011 Castlewood Country Club, (San Francisco Bay Area) California

SAABC subscribers enjoyed a glorious day of golf or just joined us for a delicious business lunch with a South African twist.

Our fabulously fun, upscale golf tournament and luncheon supported education and professional development of South Africans.

SAABC proudly aligned with LEAP Schools transforming educationally disadvantaged communities in South Africa through math and science. 

Thank you to our 2011 SPONSORS:

Golf winners of the SAABC "SAA Golf Classic" 2011

South African Airways    www.iflysaa.com

Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner    www.slwip.com

Brand SA   www.southafrica.info

Martin, Wardin & Eissner     http://www.mwefinancial.com
Clickatell (Pty) Ltd     http://www.clickatell.com/
Solta     http://www.solta.com/

Frost Wines    http://frostwine.com/
BoonBase!     http://boonbase.com/
Team Vomo   http://www.dionvm.com/
Hotel Sofitel   www.sofitel-sanfrancisco-bay.com        
Main Street Meat and Fish     http://meat-n-fish.com
Kari’s Malva pudding     http://www.malvapudding.com/
Adobe Road Winery    http://www.adoberoadwines.com/
Michelle Bodley   http://www.apr.com 




International Networking Mixer
With Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Wednesday March 30th, 2011 6 PM (PT) Swissnex on Montgomery Street, San Francisco

South African expats in the US San Francisco Bay Area joined the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Australian-American Chamber of Commerce, Irish Network Bay Area, New Zealand-American Association and California Spain Chamber of Commerce for a night of International Networking.

An array of delicious international food and wine was savored as we expanded our professional and personal networks. Thank you to Cape Ador wines for pouring their latest South African wines they import to the US.


Meet Silicon Valley hi-tech legend Guy Kawasaki

Tuesday March 29th, 2011 6PM Silicon Valley / Mountain View – Computer History Museum
An SAABC affiliate event with CCICE (Chamber of Commerce International Consortium For Entrepreneurs)

SAABC subscribers enjoyed an entertaining and fascinating evening with Silicon Valley legend Guy Kawasaki who rocketed to fame in the late 90s as Apple’s first “business evangelist”.

Today, as founder and CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy invests in entrepreneurial teams with big ideas and guides them on bringing great innovations to market.

He shared his wisdom and perspective on influencing what people will do, while maintaining the highest standards of ethics. This is the topic of his new book “The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions” where he motivates entrepreneurs to get creative and enchant partners, customers, clients, teams and more.

The evening was a rare opportunity to hear Guy speak along with Jenn Lim, Chief Happiness Officer for Delivering Happiness & Zappos, and Kate Bennett Eriksson, Head of AT&T Innovation Centre for Ericsson, demonstrating how enchantment works in real time.

We learnt how to launch, overcome resistance, make enchantment endure, and how to use technology. Guy described how to enchant your employees and your boss. Finally, because there are times you may want to resist enchantment, he shared his wisdom on how to do this.

Chamber of Commerce International Consortium For Entrepreneurs (CCICE)—an organization that helps members build, develop, encourage, and support entrepreneurship in a cross cultural technology centric environment.

If you want to change the world—or even part of the world, this event is for you.

DATE: Tuesday March 29, 2011


  • 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Registration (Hor D’oeuvres provided)
  • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Program begins

LOCATION: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043

Speaker: Guy Kawasaki, Founder of Garage Technology Ventures and creator of Alltop 
Introduction by: Jenn Lim, Chief Happiness Officer, Delivering Happiness and Zappos
MC: Kate Bennett Eriksson, Head of AT&T Innovation Center Silicon Valley, Ericsson Inc.

Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, http://www.garage.com an early-stage venture capital firm and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. The number one blogger, http://blog.guykawasaki.com/ and the creator of Alltop http://venturecapital.alltop.com. Guy is the author of nine books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College. Garage Technology Ventures is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund that invests in entrepreneurial teams with big ideas and a need for seed capital to turn their ideas into great companies. They are willing to invest in unproven teams attacking unproven markets with unproven solutions. They’re not interested in teams that are creating the nth solution to the same old problem nor companies who are trying to improve things by only 10 or 20 percent.

Jenn Lim is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, a consultant at Zappos.com and the creator of their annual Culture Book. She and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) created the company Delivering Happiness, with a mission to inspire people to apply the framework of happiness to their businesses, organizations and everyday life. She led the launch and management of the book written by Tony (of the same name, Delivering Happiness), which hit #1 on multiple bestsellers list, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. It was voted one of the best business books in 2010 by NPR, Inc. Magazine and Wall Street Journal, and was one of the top customer favorites on Amazon.com. With Tony and team, she conducted a 23-city, three-month cross-country tour to spread the book’s message and personally meet those that were inspired by the concepts in the book. Now, Delivering Happiness is dedicated, Jenn has been a consultant at Zappos for over eight years and continues to create their annual Culture Book – a book that symbolizes the change in the way progressive companies are regarding their culture and employees. She also consults in the Internet, graphic design and writing. Her passion is about bringing together people, design, entertainment and technology to create meaningful memories, inspiration and – of course – happiness in everyday life.

Kate Bennett Eriksson – Ericsson Head of AT&T Innovation Centre (“The Foundry”) has worked at the leading edge of mobile technology and business models on the ground in 22 countries over many years. Her new role as Ericsson Head of the AT&T Innovation Centre is to identify the best new business ideas and applications from around the world, provide advice and help get them expert resources they need, and where appropriate help commercialize here in the US (preferably with AT&T) or anywhere in the world. Kate brings experience in business development, forecasts and trends, mobile technology expertise and a global network of relationships across executives at Ericsson, Telecoms operators, internet companies and developers. At the AT&T Innovation centre, Ericsson is working closely with AT&T to make ideas happen, and contributes access to people, technology, an ecosystem including SonyEricsson, ST Ericsson (supplies components to 4 out of top 5 device vendors), Tandberg TV, and IP Broadband expertise as well as a global network of resources, research and innovation centres to draw from.

Christie Wang, Live Broadcast Translator, has been a trilingual (English, Chinese, Cantonese) show host and emcee for various expositions, galas and events, such as Greater Chicago Spring Festival Gala, Toronto Chinese Art Exposition, Microsoft New Year Gala. She has also served as a simultaneous and consecutive interpreter for Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Guangdong Provincial Government, etc. Christie graduated from Northwestern University School of Law with a J.D., where she acted as Editor-in-Chief, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. She is working as an in-house attorney for Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, CA.

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