33rd Annual SAACI Congress

28- 30 July 2019

Elangeni Maharani, Durban















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 avaialble.  

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
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?
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

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

Qualifications vs Experience 
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

Becoming a 4th Industrial Revolutionary  
14:00 – 14:30

Benchmarks for Success 

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

Ramping up the Business Events Industry    
14:30 – 15:00 Audience Engagement Audience Engagement  
15:00 – 15:30 Tea/Coffee Break & Exhibition
15:30 – 17:00

Session 8  SAACI AGM @ Proposal / Adoption of Congress Resolution/s

The NEW Face of Business Tourism

Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer, SANCB, South Africa

Venue: 1
19:00 Gala Dinner
Day 3 – Tuesday 30 July 2019




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

 Sherrif Karamat, CEO: Professional Convention Management Association

12:00 – 12:30

It’s a Wrap  Lunch & Departure




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Yesterday SAACI Western Cape hosted yet another successful AGM with over 70 members in attendance. This year’s theme was an AGM with a difference! After the quick formalities of the AGM were done the fun started with a pub quiz hosted by Lumi. Attendees had so much fun interacting and testing their general knowledge. A huge thank you to The Taj Cape Town for hosting us and for the delicious food and drinks! Thank you to Sorrento Events for the lovely decor. IVTM for sponsoring the AV and Local Conference Solutions for sponsoring our lanyards. And then a huge thank you to all of our lucky draw sponsors: Tsogo Sun, Spier, Rovos Rail, The Taj Cape Town, AC Marriot, The Westin Cape Town, Century City Conference Centre & Hotel, Jewel Africa, Local Conference Solutions and Table Mountain. #saaci #eventprofs
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INDUSTRY NEWS: Public invited to submit comments on tourism amendment draft bill → "Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom has invited tourism stakeholders and the public to comment on the recently published Tourism Amendment Draft Bill. The publishing of the Tourism Amendment Draft Bill allows for tourism stakeholders and citizens to participate in the drafting of tourism legislation." Read: https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/595/189858.html | Source: www.bizcommunity.com

#SAACI #eventprofs #tourism
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Closing 25 April

SAACI’s research project to assess the size of the country’s business events industry is well underway and we need your input. Info: http://www.saaci.org/saaci-matters-april-2019/

We would be grateful if you would be part of this study by adding your insights. You can submit by forwarding information to businessevents@groundcontrolresearch.co.za OR use the following link: https://businessevents2018.questionpro.com/ | Upload file(s) containing event information in any convenient format. Please submit your information by no later than the 25th April 2019.

#SAACI #eventprofs

INDUSTRY NEWS: "Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom has invited tourism stakeholders and the public to comment on the recently published Tourism Amendment Draft Bill." Read: https://t.co/ty4p8q1LMG | Source: https://t.co/DSnGCKNDZc #SAACI #eventprofs #tourism https://t.co/nRQj3dG6v4 SAACIofficial photo

INDUSTRY DATA SUBMISSION REMINDER: Closing 25 April → SAACI’s research project to assess the size of the country’s business events industry is well underway and we need your input. Info: https://t.co/1fxx7NtiTx #SAACI #eventprofs #meetingprofs https://t.co/oPzhuiKAUi SAACIofficial photo

After being selected during the SAACI Joburg branch's recent AGM, the new committee is excited and raring to go to provide our members with opportunities to learn, communicate and network over the next year. Join us in growing the business events industry!

#SAACI #eventprofs https://t.co/xO2WMB61F4
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The SAACI Tshwane Branch hosted their 4th Annual General Meeting on 3 April 2019 at the CSIR International Convention Centre. Read about the day's activities, as well as the newly elected committee here: https://t.co/UGuSIn1Lhx #saaci #eventprofs https://t.co/2NkHKDpie1 SAACIofficial photo

Contact Us

SAACI 2019 Congress Secretariat

Turners Conferences

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