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The South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan was established in 2008 to promote trade and commerce as well as enhance friendship and cultural understanding between the two nations. The SACCJ strives to be a reliable first point of contact for businesses and individuals related to South Africa in Japan, and to provide our members with access to a wealth of information and contacts to assist in their projects, ventures and businesses.


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H.E. Mr. Thulani Dlomo
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Japan

BOARD OF DIRECTORS FY2016/17-2017/18

The Chamber is pleased to announce the new Board of Directors as elected at the 2016-2017 SACCJ General Assembly held on 11 May 2016, in accordance with the SACCJ Articles of Association.  We are also pleased to announce the subsequent election of Francois De Villiers as a Director by Virtual General Assembly on July 2016. 

Jaco Minnaar

Jaco Minnaar, Chairperson
Jaco is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. After studying Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg (previously RAU), he worked in the Financial Services industry as an investment manager, trader and Financial Advisor for a number of years. In 2004, he decided to move to Japan, where he has lived and worked ever since. In Tokyo he shifted his career – he is currently working onsite at an investment bank in Talent Acquisition. Although firmly entrenched into his adoptive country, he continues to foster his relationship with his home country through family ties and Martial Arts (Karate).

Jennifer Sakaguchi, Vice Chairperson
American by citizenship and residing in Japan for more than 25 years, Jennifer first became involved with South Africa through diamonds in her previous work with the De Beers Group.  She currently serves as the Head of External Affairs, Media and Communications for Rio Tinto Japan. Rio Tinto, one of the worlds leading mining companies, has mining and exploration projects in South Africa, and particularly through its mineral sands mining operations at Richards Bay Minerals in KwaZulu-Natal, is a major contributor to the national and local economies and supports the communities in which it operates through its long-standing CSI program.


TTakako Yachidaakako Yachida, Director
Takako is connected to South Africa through Table Mountain, exclusive purveyor of South African wines. Her primary work is focusing on recruiting and new business development as Representative Director of SecondWays Company, while she also hold South African wine and other events to increase awareness of the country.

Francois de VilliersFrancois de Villiers, Director
Francois is from Port Elizabeth, South Africa and has been living and working in Japan for over 15 years. Presently he is working in the logistics & freight forwarding industry for Schenker-Seino, responsible for all field sales activities in Japan. Schenker-Seino represents the Japan division of DB Schenker, a European headquartered global logistics company. DB Schenker has been active in both Japan and South Africa for over 50 years.


Rakgwale R. Kubjane, Director Ex officio
Rakgwale is First Secretary, Political at the South African Embassy.




The Chamber is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Clinton Gass as relacement South African Trustee as approved at the 2016-2017 SACCJ General Assembly held on 11 May 2016, in accordance with the SACCJ Articles of Association.  Mr. Gass will serve the remaining term of Mr. Michael Coombs, who has left Japan.  We thank Mr. Coombs for his support of the Chamber over many years.

Mr. Clinton Gass
Representative, Rooibos Marketing Limited

Mr. Hiroo Suzaki
President, Impala Platinum

Endorsement of South Africa Tourism

Mr. Bradley Brouwer,  President : Asia Pacific for South African Tourism, Welcomes You.

Welcome to the SACCJ web site! South African Tourism is proud to be a Platinum Associate Member of the SACCJ and fully supports the organisation for the wonderful work they are doing in Japan, I highly recommend that your company joins the SACCJ if you intend or are doing business with South Africa. With the many South African companies represented, the SACCJ is sure to offer you everything you need to know about our diverse and culturally rich country, as the membership grows so too will the benefits, the SACCJ also has a Tourism membership section, for South African registered companies and Japanese registered companies that sell South African tour packages, giving your company more exposure on their website and social media platforms.

South African Tourism is encouraged by the number of Japanese that are visiting South Africa, and through this the Japanese visitors are creating more tourism related jobs and this helps strengthen the economy of South Africa. South African Tourism’s newly launched global campaign a “Wow in Every Moment” highlights the many wonderful surprise moments awaiting visitors that make South Africa a must visit destination of Choice. Highly recommended "Iconic" sites include Table Mountain one of the wonders of the world; Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for most of his life; Seal Island; Boulders Penguin Beach, the V&A Waterfront  a shopping Mecca, the world-renowned Kimberly Diamond Mine, The Blyde River Canyon (the only Green Canyon in the world); the entire Panorama Route in Mpumalanga; Kruger National Park; Nelson Mandela Square; The Hector Petersen Memorial in Soweto; the homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu (both Nobel Peace Prize Lauriat’s); the Cango Caves, and more. South Africa also offers not-to-miss experiences, such as traveling on The Blue Train; taking the Trans Karoo to see the Namaqualand Daisies; visiting Ostrich farms and Wine Estates; surfing at Cozy Bay a must for Japanese surfers; and of course Pretoria, Johannesburg, Pilgrims Rest and Stellenbosch boast a stunning display of thousands of Jacaranda trees in purple and white bloom – South Africa's friendship equal to Japan's "Sakura".
Japanese visitors always comment on South Africa's friendly people, our vast open spaces, our game parks and animals, and most of all our scenic beauty. South Africa not only has Land Safari’s but Ocean Safari’s too this will give you a true wildlife experience in South Africa. I personally invite you to visit our website and come and visit the South African Tourism Offices in Akasaka to learn more about South Africa.

South Africa Tourism Office Address:
South African Tourism Akasaka Lions Building 2F,
1-1-2 Moto Akasaka, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, Japan 107-0051
Tel: + 81 (0)3 3478 7601
Fax: + 81 (0)3 3478 7605 or + 27 866 930561





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