Introduction and Overview

The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NAFCOC) is federated chamber .It is one of the largest business chambers in South Africa with representation in all 9 provinces of South Africa. It was established in 1964 by black traders in Soweto. NAFCOC’s founding fathers include some of South Africa’s black business luminaries such as Dr Richard Maponya, Dr Sam Motseunyane , Bigvai Masekela and S.Z Conco.

These traders sought to use NAFCOC as a vehicle to fight for their rights against a government that treated blacks as second class citizens. Naturally the organisation became involved in the politics of the day and found itself supporting the African National Congress, which eventually the ruling party of South Africa.

NAFCOC also contributed significantly to legislation on Black Economic Empowerment and to this day, continues to be an active voice for the welfare of small business in South Africa.

NAFCOC’s main objective is to promote and encourage the development of small business in South Africa and thereby draw the majority from the peripheries to the frontlines of economic activity and decision making.

Other former presidents of NAFCOC include Dr Sam Motseunyane, Rev Hlongwane , Mr Patrice Motsepe and Ms Nobuhle Mthetwa   among others . NAFCOC has evolved into a ‘big tent’ organisation with very diverse interest groupings.

Some of the key programmes that NAFCOC has been involved with over the years include;

  • Opposed the past government on a plethora of laws that marginalised the black community.
  • Adopted the call for sanctions to bring about pressure for change in the country.
  • Developed its 3-4-5-6 policy in 1990 to address fundamental requirements for Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) legislation – related to directors, shareholding, management and outsourcing.
  • Developed key policy documents that were widely disseminated:
  • Land Policy; Economic Policy; Barriers to Entry to Trade; Investment Climate.
  • Undertook one of the first meetings with the ANC-in-exile to address the future of the country.

NAFCOC is a vast organisation with representation in all the 9 provinces of South Africa. NAFCOC executes its mandate through sector specific chambers who offer relevant business support services to its members depending on the sector chamber they affiliate.

The following sector focused national organizations are members of the NAFCOC:

  1. NAFCOC Construction (NAFCON);
  2. African Cooperative for Hawkers and Informal Businesses ( ACHIB);
  3. National African Transport Organisation ( NAFTO);
  4. National Industrial Chamber (NIC);
  5. South African Leisure and Tourism Hospitality Association (SALTHA); and
  6. South African Mining and Energy Chamber (SAMEC).
  7. National African Farmers Union (NAFU)
  8. Nafcoc Security and Cleaning ( NAFSEC)
  9. Nafcoc Retail Chamber ( NAFRET)

The Chamber also has special interest chambers under its wings. These are;

  1. Youth Chamber
  2. Women’s Chamber
  3. Disability Chamber

To be the leading voice of business in South Africa.


To develop and promote economic growth amongst existing and new businesses”.


  • Empowerment
  • Dignity
  • Integrity
  • Hard work
  • Commitment


We believe in empowering businesses, especially those from previously disadvantaged groupings through our work and programmes that focus at creating strong local economies that can sustain local communities and ensure their self sustenance and dependence.