The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a vibrant organisation, which is fortunate enough to function in a rapidly growing region. Durban’s position as an established economic hub due to its port, together with the current infrastructure development occurring in the region, makes the business sector all the more significant.

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has mushroomed, from its small beginnings in 1856 to a substantial association, with a membership of over 3 500 businesses, respected by its sister chambers throughout the country. We continue to add value to our chamber members through our robust interactions and partnerships with both the private and public sector. These initiatives are over and above the many great services offered by the chamber, as well the business information that we distribute to our members, as well as the entire Durban business community.

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To be recognised as a world-class Business Chamber and a united voice of business in Ethekwini / Durban.


To contribute towards creating a conducive economic and business environment in eThekwini and beyond as well as providing services specifically relevant to small and large business in the region.

The strategic objectives of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry have been laid out according to the Value, Communication, Operation Strategic Diagram and will be implemented specifically per defined stakeholder.

1. Lobbying and Representation

To create a platform to effectively and adequately communicate with and lobby all levels of government and other strategic stakeholders on behalf of the eThekwini business community.

2. Economic Growth

To facilitate and promote economic growth in the region in partnership with strategic stakeholders.

3. Networking

To provide opportunities for Members of small and large business to interact in a meaningful way that adds value to all stakeholders.

4. Information

To provide current and relevant commerce industry information timeously.


To promote SMME growth through mentorship, enterprise development and business skills training.

6. Services

a) To restructure and redesign current service offerings to add real value to members.
b) Evaluate and discontinue services that are not adding sufficient value to members.