Past SAABC Events

2014 Events

6th Annual “SAA Golf Classic” 2012 West


Business Dinner & Golf Fundraiser.

Presidio Golf Course, San Francisco

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Join us for dinner whether you golf or not—all stand a chance to win luxury prizes, network with leading South African professionals (65% attendees are executives) and meet South African sports stars including golf legend David Frost and other SA celebrities joining our network.


Enjoy a fabulously fun, upscale golf tournament while supporting education and professional development of South Africans.

Presidio Golf Course (with gorgeous views of San Francisco and Golden Gate bridge)
300 Finley Road
San Francisco, CA 94129

11.30 AM Golf registration opens / Driving range open (no charge)
12:15 PM David Frost putting clinic (complimentary)

12:30 PM Golf registrations closes 
12:40 PM Tournament briefing
12.50 PM Players to golf carts and course
1:00  PM Shotgun tee-off
5.30  PM Dinner Registration opens / Business Mixer begins

7:00  PM Gala Dinner and Prize-giving

Player – Early Bird:    $205    BUY NOW
Player – Full Fee:        $245   (as of August 7th, 2012)

4-ball Team – Early Bird:    $800    BUY NOW
4-ball Team – Full Fee:         $960   (as of August 7th, 2012)

Player fee includes gala dinner cost, additional round of golf (restrictions apply), golf shirt, gift bag, one raffle ticket for main raffle prize…. a whole lot of fun and business networking.

Gala dinner only:       $70      BUY NOW

Golf tournament format is a two-man shamble net better-ball. Maximum scores are:
o Net -2 on any hole
o Net +2 on any hole
Counting score must putt out NO GIMMES
Players must pick up their ball when their score is above net 2+ on any hole (to speed up play)
Handicaps to be verified
Individual and team prizes will be awarded

As a sponsor your benefits through our media and promotion campaigns include:
Keeping company with world-class brands – South Africa’s premier airline SAA, sporting champions, premier Silicon Valley businesses and luxury SA brands
Eminence before a high-end business audience – 65%+ are executives
Illustrating your support of education and development for future generations
Click here to see sponsorship levels available.

It is the generous support and passionate energy of our community that makes this day increasingly upscale, enjoyable and fun.

Apply for one of our volunteer roles to assist before and during the event and receive complimentary access to our luncheon. Contact Jacqui Buchanan to discuss –

Other ways you can help….

  • Donate an item for raffle
  • Spread the word – tell golfers and networkers
  • Recruit sponsors and prize donators
  • Donate a business service as a prize or to help with the golf – catering, printing, PR and advertising, massages for the coordinators 🙂
  • A heartfelt thank you to all who have generously stepped up to support this tournament!

2012 Events

SAABC hosts SA Ambassador in Florida

Speaking to the SAABC business network in south Florida.

RECENT EVENTS: SAABC recently hosted South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States Ebrahim Rasool on a visit to south Florida.

A key objective for the Ambassador is to build relationship with the South African diaspora and he has asked SAABC to facilitate introductions to SA business professionals working across the US.

The Ambassador is eager to hear our network’s ideas, feedback, and questions as he looks to bring the wisdom, experience and passion of the SA diaspora to help build a more prosperous and globally successful South Africa. 

Meeting at Maimi-Dade Airport to hear their interest in re-establishing a direct flight between South Africa and Miami.

Meeting at Maimi-Dade Airport to hear their interest in re-establishing a direct flight between South Africa and Miami.

We also discussed how the Embassy and Consulates can play a role in supporting the SA diaspora across the US – both as individuals working in America and conducting cross-border business into South Africa.

His two day visit included meeting with academic institutions and key economic engines interested in strengthening ties with South Africa and South Africans.

Addressing students and faculty at Florida Memorial University.

80+ global South Africans attended a reception hosted in Boca Raton representing a dynamic cross-section of the accomplished SA business community in south Florida.

Stay tuned for news on more SAABC hosted visits by Ambassador Rasool across the USA.

“South Africans driving innovation” at Stanford

RECENT EVENTS: Tuesday, May 1, 2012  – Palo Alto, California.          

Over 70 South African professionals and our affiliates descended on Stanford Graduate School of Business recently for our SAABC event “South Africans Driving Innovation”.

See our photo gallery for visuals of this stellar community of business leaders and entrepreneurs who came in from across the Bay Area.



  • Suzman Design Associates San Francisco, CA –
  • Linda Serwanian of Gumba’s Restaurant Cupertino, CA
  • Jacqui B Communications –
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business and Professor Berk –
  • Carsten Hughes and Cape Classics – don’t forget you can pick your SA wines at Wimex in Burlingame and they’ll order what your want. –
  • Charmaine Bridgens of Charmaine’s Rusks
  • The Dinner Diva Mary Hathaway
  • Aileen Wilson, writer of “Cooking South African in the USA


2011 Events

“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

Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner

Brand SA

Martin, Wardin & Eissner
Clickatell (Pty) Ltd

Frost Wines
Team Vomo
Hotel Sofitel        
Main Street Meat and Fish
Kari’s Malva pudding
Adobe Road Winery
Michelle Bodley 




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, 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, and the creator of Alltop 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 and the creator of their annual Culture Book. She and Tony Hsieh (CEO of 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 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.

2010 Events

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

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

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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.

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:
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 and

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, 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 (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

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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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2009 Events

DEC 9, 2009: SAABC Holiday Networking Mixer and Wine Tasting

British Bankers Club, Menlo Park 6:00 PM

Click here to see media coverage of our event in


Over sixty South African colleagues, friends and our affiliates toasted a hearty farewell to 2009 at our SAABC Holiday Networking Mixer and South African wine tasting.

Wine distributors Cape Ardor and Smith Wines poured leading South African wines which are available in the local US market – or please contact them directly through their websites for holiday specials for SAABC members.

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ just 6 months away, the time is now to book those hospitality packages!! Our catering sponsor SportsMark Management – who is the exclusive US sales agent for FIFA’s Official Hospitality Program – outlined the many options for customizing match and accommodation packages to your desire!

Congratulations to the three lucky winners of the delicious South African wine generously donated by Cape Ardor and Smith Wines!! And thank you to our location sponsor British Bankers Club for tremendous hospitality.

Cape Ardor is a San Francisco based company that is focusing exclusively on bringing quality South African wines to the United States market. The company owned by Eric Matkovich, a native of California, and his wife, Kara van Niekerk, a native of South Africa was established as what they see as a necessary instrument to bring the quality and culture of South Africa to the American pallet. The wine they will be representing at the BBC are as follows: Diemersfontein, Raka, Ridgeback, La Petite Ferme, Villiera

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. This was an exiting journey and marriage between two top wine producing and appreciative nations, where Peter Smith represented the South African Wine culture and heritage and Danielle Guglielmelli represented the American Dream and “pallet”. 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.


DEC 8, 2009: Invictus benefit and pre-screening hosted by Warner Brother’s CEO/Chairman

SAABC members were graciously invited to join Warner Brother’s chairman and CEO Barry Meyerand and his wife Wendy who hosted a benefit in Los Angeles on Tuesday December 8th in support of USC School of Social Work.

Announcing the launch of our SX Family website!
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