33rd Annual SAACI Congress

28- 30 July 2019

Elangeni Maharani, Durban















In Partnership with

Raise your Game

This congress brings together professionals from a variety of conference industry sectors including conference and event organisers, events management companies, service providers and industry stakeholders representing government, venues, destinations and more.

SAACI is focused on raising the bar in the business events industry across all member interactions and in DOING so, creating true, tangible value to our members and the greater industry in Southern Africa.

Exhibition & Sponsorship


Please download the following prospectus document for more information regarding sponsorship and exhibition space available.

For all enquiries please contact Catherine Taylor



Provisional Programme at a Glance

This programme is subject to change

Day 1 – Sunday 28 July 2019
12:00 – 14:00 Registration and Lunch
Elangeni Meeting Level Foyer
13:30 – 14:00 Onboarding Session
14:00 – 15:15 Session 1  SPOTLIGHT on SAACI Congress 2019
Facilitator: Kim Roberts
Venue:  Great Ilanga
Venue: 1
14:00 – 14:15 Opening & Mission Statement
Kim Roberts, SAACI National Vice-Chairperson
14:15 – 14:30 MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
14:30 – 15:00 Deputy Minister Mr Amos Fish Mahlalela
South African Deputy Minister of Tourism
15:00 – 15:15 Get to know the Deputy Minister with Kim Roberts, SAACI National Vice-Chairperson of the Board
15:15 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition
Exhibition Hall – Suites 1 – 4
  Session 2  SPOTLIGHT on A-list Performers
Venue:  Great Ilanga
Facilitator: Tracey Delport
Venue: 1
16:00 – 16:45 Winds of change are blowing; do we build walls or windmills?
Hixonia Nyasulu, Founder, Ayavuna Women’s Investments (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
16:45 – 17:30 What it Takes to Become the Best
Justin van Wyk, CEO, Big Concerts, South Africa
17:30 – 17:45 Audience Engagement
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Function


Day 2 – Monday 29 July 2019
08:00 Registration
Elangeni Meeting Level Foyer
  Session 3  SPOTLIGHT on Innovation & Business Transformation
Venue:  Great Ilanga
Facilitator: Minister Kganyago
Venue: 1
08:30 – 09:00

How’s and Why’s of Wow Experiences

Marcel Oudejans, Managing Director, Magic Africa Productions (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

09:00 – 09:45 How to Create Authentic, World-Class Customer Experiences
Eric Szymanski, Sales & Marketing Expert, Leadership Solutions International, USA
09:45 – 10:00 Audience Engagement  
10:00 – 10:30 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition
Exhibition Hall – Suites 1 – 4
 10:30 – 12:00 Session 4  IGNITE – Business Transformation
Venue:  Great Ilanga
Facilitator: Esmare Steinhofel
Venue: 1 Session 5  IGNITE – Professional Development
Venue:  North East Ilanga
Facilitator:  Tarannum Banatwalla
Venue: 2
10:30 – 11:00 Power of Culture in Organisations
Jane Stevenson, Strategic Director, Magnetic Minds, South Africa
Innovation for Education 4.0
Ridwaan Asvat, Director: Operations, Regent Business School, South Africa
11:00 – 11:30 High Performance Teams – How to create, measure and manage them!
Holly Duckworth CAE, CMP, Leadership Solutions International, USA
Education and Experience:  A Formidable Combination
Craig Duff, Founder and CEO of NewBridge, South Africa
11:30 – 11:50 Audience Engagement Audience Engagement
11:50 – 12:50 Lunch Break & Exhibition
Exhibition Hall – Suites 1 – 4
 12:50 – 14:10 Session 6  IGNITE – Professionalism
Venue:  Great Ilanga
Facilitator:  Rudi van der Vyver
Venue: 1 Session 7  IGNITE – 4IR
Venue:  North East Ilanga
Facilitator:  Irene Vallihu
Venue: 2
12:50 – 13:20 Sorcerers & Saints
Thami Nkadimeng, Corporate Communications, Public Affairs & Events Specialist, South Africa
Becoming a 4th Industrial Revolutionary
Lerato Motsamai, Founder & CEO of Petrolink, South Africa
13:20 – 13:50 Benchmarks for Success 
Anuschka Coovadia, Head of Healthcare for Africa, KPMG, South Africa

Ramping up the Business Events Industry  
Gavin Burgess, Managing Director, Ultimate Data Sciences, South Africa

13:50 – 14:10 Audience Engagement Audience Engagement  
14:10 – 14:40 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition
Exhibition Hall – Suites 1 – 4
14:40 – 15:25 Business Transformation as an Imperative for Industry Growth Across the Continent
Miller Matola, CEO, Millvest, South Africa
15:25 – 16:00 The NEW Face of Business Tourism
Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer, SANCB, South Africa
16:00 – 17:30 Session 8  SAACI AGM @ Proposal / Adoption of Congress Resolution/s
Elangeni Meeting Level Foyer
Venue: 1
19:00 Gala Dinner
Day 3 – Tuesday 30 July 2019
08:00 Registration
Elangeni Meeting Level Foyer
Session 9  SPOTLIGHT on Regional Collaboration
Venue:  Great Ilanga
Facilitator:  Victor Kgomoeswana
Venue: 1
09:00 – 09:15 Mystery Moment
09:15 – 11:00 Victor Kgomoeswana, Africa is Open for Business, South Africa
Kezy Mukiri, Founder & CEO, Zuri Events Kenya
Lilly Ajarova, CEO, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Uganda
Audience Engagement
11:00 – 11:30

Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition
Exhibition Hall – Suites 1 – 4

Session 10  SPOTLIGHT on Global Collaboration
Facilitator: Nina Freysen-Pretorius
Venue:  Great Ilanga
Venue: 1
11:30 – 12:00 Anja Loetscher, Executive Consultant & DestinationNEXT Facilitator, Germany
12:00 – 12:30 Sherrif Karamat, CEO: PCMA, USA
12:30 – 12:45 Audience Engagement
12:45 – 13:00 It’s a Wrap  Lunch & Departure


Bookings are now closed

Please contact Leanne Armoogam on leannea@turnersconferences.co.za to be placed on a wait list.

Welcome Reception

Date: 28 July 2019

Venue: Durban ICC Fig Tree Courtyard

Time: 18h30 for 19h00


SAACI Gala Dinner

Date: 29 July 2019

Venue: Greyville Convention Centre

Silver Ring Room

Time: 18h30 for 19h00

Dress code: Switched on to Culture




Online Registration is now closed, only onsite registrations will be accepted.

SAACI Official
SAACI Official
Join SAACI for Night Golf Four Ball! Brought to you by Ogada Group.

DATE: 5 September 2019
VENUE: Country Club Johannesburg, Woodmead
TIME: 16h00 for 16h30
COST: R2400 - Includes 1 x LED golf ball, 1 x LED necklace per player PLUS prize giving buffet dinner
RSVP: By 29 August 2019 - kindly contact Angelique on jhb.za@saaci.org

Not a golfer? Join us for dinner: R275 (ex VAT) | Great prizes up for grabs, including R100 000 for a Hole in One! | Limited Four Balls available: Book now to avoid disappointment! Hole activations and sponsorship opportunities available - enquire with Angelique.

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Take the first step in changing your world - educate yourself through SAACI Academy! Learn more: http://saaci-academy.org/

The SAACI Academy addresses a massive skills shortage and is the key to brilliance in performance of this sector. The Academy has partnered with some of the best training institutions and industry bodies, local and international, to offer you courses that meet the official requirements set for academic excellence and curriculum. The Academy offers:

- ONLINE TRAINING: Industry relevant soft skills, webinars & CPD Accredited Training online via the SAACI Academy Platform.
- SAACI CERTIFICATION: The SAACI Proficiency Certification programme is a series of related courses designed to help SAACI individuals master a specific, industry relevant topic.
- WORKSHOPS & FOCUS GROUPS: Industry related workshops and focus groups held nationally.
- L&D CONSULTING: Design & Delivery of accredited skills programmes, BBBEE Training Solutions & Learning Management Systems.

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SAACI Official
“SAACI will continue to be the leading voice of the business events industry in the region, embracing collaboration and innovation on every level.” This is the word from Acting Chairperson Kim Roberts, who says the association is switched on to serve its members and their businesses.

In an interview with the Daily News at the recently concluded SAACI Congress, Roberts said SAACI’s role is creating an enabling environment to start conversations with the leading voices in the industry about the issues that affect members’ businesses. “Understanding the impact of technology on businesses and brands is one such focus area. The environment in which we operate is completely different to only a few years ago and embracing technology is frankly essential to survive.”

She said SAACI congress delegates had heard a lot about working with consumers. “In SAACI’s case, our consumers are our members. Our aim is to engage more with our members through various channels. The more information we get from members, the more we can share and ultimately add real value to businesses. “SAACI has a solid history and legacy. The secret lies in constantly engaging with our members so that we understand their needs and realities. This is how we will stay relevant and be a conduit for industry growth.”

She said together – SAACI and its members – should consistently send a message to the world that the Southern African business events industry is world class. “SAACI remains focused on learning, growth and collaboration is everything we do.”

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“SAACI will continue to be the leading voice of the business events industry in the region, embracing collaboration and innovation on every level.” Read: https://t.co/i0fUoDGDO6

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#SAACI: Doing work that matters, for people who care. With over 1500 members, we protect the integrity & professional image of the business events industry ensuring the industry gains the respect and admiration of the business leaders we serve: https://t.co/g7qiKKiJai #eventprofs

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SAACI 2019 Congress Secretariat

Turners Conferences

Tel: +27 31 368 8000
Email: GillS@turnersconferences.co.za