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




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Provisional Programme at a Glance

This programme is subject to change

Day 1 – Sunday 28 July 2019
12:00 – 14:00 Registration and Lunch
Session 1  SPOTLIGHT on SAACI Congress 2019 Venue: 1
14:00 – 14:15

Opening & Mission Statement

Wayne Smith, SAACI National Chairperson of the Board, South Africa

14:15 – 14:30 CEO of SA Tourism
14:30 – 15:00 Minister of Tourism
15:00 – 15:30 ‘Ask the Minister’ with Kim Roberts, SAACI Vice-Chair of the Board
15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition
  Session 2  SPOTLIGHT on A-list Performers 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
18:00 – 21:00 Welcome Function


Day 2 – Monday 29 July 2019
08:00 Registration
Session 3  SPOTLIGHT on Innovation & Business Transformation Venue: 1
08:30 – 08:45 Mystery Moment
08:45 – 09:30

Business Transformation in Africa

Miller Matola, CEO: Millvest, South Africa

09:30 – 10:15

How to Create Authentic, World-Class Customer Experiences

Eric Szymanski, Sales & Marketing Expert, Leadership Solutions International, USA

10:15 – 10:30 Audience Engagement
10:30 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition
Session 4  IGNITE – Business Transformation   Venue: 1 Session 5  IGNITE – Professional Development Venue: 2
11:00 – 11:30

Power of Culture in Organisations

Jane Stevenson, Strategic Director, Magnetic Minds, South Africa

Education for Employment – Myth or Fact

Ahmed Shaikh, Managing Director: Regent Business School, South Africa

11:30 – 12:00

 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

12:00 – 12:30 Audience Engagement Audience Engagement
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break & Exhibition
Session 6  IGNITE – Professionalism Venue: 1 Session 7  IGNITE – 4IR Venue: 2
13:30 – 14:00

Sorcerers & Saints

Thami Nkadimeng, South Africa

Ramping up the Business Events Industry  

Lerato Motsamai, Founder & CEO of Petrolink, South Africa

14:00 – 14:30

Benchmarks for Success 

Anuschka Coovadia, Head of Healthcare for Africa, KPMG, South Africa

Becoming a 4th Industrial Revolutionary

Gavin Burgess, Managing Director, Ultimate Data Sciences, South Africa

14:30 – 15:00 Audience Engagement Audience Engagement
15:00 – 15:30 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition
15:30 – 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

Venue: 1
19:00 Gala Dinner
Day 3 – Tuesday 30 July 2019
08:00 Registration
  Session 9  SPOTLIGHT on Regional Collaboration  Venue: 1
09:00 – 09:15 Mystery Moment
09:15 – 11:00

Yoadan Tilahun, Founder and Managing Director: Flawless Events, Ethiopia

Lilly Ajarova, Chief Executive Officer: Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Uganda

Carmen Nibigira, Project Director: Horwath HTL, Rwanda

Audience Engagement

11:00 – 11:30

Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition

  Session 10  SPOTLIGHT on Global Collaboration Venue: 1
11:30 – 12:00  Speaker TBC
12:00 – 12:30 Sherrif Karamat, CEO: Professional Convention Management Association
12:30 – 13:00 It’s a Wrap  Lunch & Departure




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We are pleased to announce Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, LSP, trailblazing keynote speaker and applied mindful leadership advisor, as a keynote speaker at this year's SAACI Congress! As a contributor to the New York Times, Producer/Host of the Everyday Mindfulness Show, and columnist to countless industry publications she works with stressed-out leaders to create peace, presence, and profits. Learn more about Holly here: http://saacicongress.org/speakers/

Have you registered yet? Click here: http://saacicongress.org/register/ | Browse through the official congress site for everything you need to know about the 2019 edition. We look forward to welcoming you!

#saaci #eventprofs #meetingprofs
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SAACI shares everyone’s deep concern for the safety of our chairperson, Wayne Smith after he went missing in Johannesburg yesterday.

Our thoughts are with Charl, his family, friends and industry colleagues. We thank everyone who is contributing to the search for Wayne.

Please share any relevant information with us on 011 880 5883 or ceo@saaci.org.

#saaci #eventprofs #meetingprofs
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- Accommodation: http://saacicongress.org/accommodation-2/
- Vehicle hire: http://saacicongress.org/vehicles-transfers/
- Airport transfers: http://saacicongress.org/transfers/
- Flights: http://saacicongress.org/flights/
- Exhibition: http://saacicongress.org/exhibition/
- CPD Points: http://saacicongress.org/cpd/

45 days to go! Take a break from the winter cold and visit the warm and welcoming Durban Golden Mile with a window to the Indian Ocean. For an unmatched experience that will leave you with a competitive advantage, REGISTER NOW! Go to http://saacicongress.org/register/

Why you need to be at SAACI 2019:
- Participate in a forward thinking educational program with 21 thought leaders.
- Add your voice to the conversation in the 135 minutes of audience discussion time that have been added to the 2019 Congress programme.
- Connect and socialise with peers and guests from around the world, some of whom will be visiting South Africa for the first time.
- Earn up to 11 clock hours of continuing education points.

#saaci #eventprofs #meetingprofs

We're pleased to announce Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, LSP ( @hduckworth), trailblazing keynote speaker & applied mindful leadership advisor, as a keynote speaker at #saaci19! Learn more about Holly here: https://t.co/msei6iTfRb | #eventprofs https://t.co/J3psWaR9TD
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. #SAACI shares everyone’s deep concern for the safety of our chairperson, Wayne Smith after he went missing in Johannesburg yesterday. Our thoughts are with Charl, his family, friends and industry colleagues. Please share any relevant info with us on 011 880 5883 or ceo @saaci.org https://t.co/8273HxHAMq SAACIofficial photo

Contact Us

SAACI 2019 Congress Secretariat

Turners Conferences

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