Western Cape Newsletter | October 2019

Western Cape Newsletter | October 2019

Approaching the season of giving

As we enter the last quarter of 2019, we invite you to our branch event “Integrity costs nothing…but when you lose it, you lose everything”.

Presenter Charissa Bloomberg is a radio and TV celebrity psychologist. A renowned integrity leadership specialist, she is an accredited emotional intelligence facilitator, media activist and CEO of Hidden Dimensions, a corporate training and consulting company.  Capetonian born and bred, she brings 20 years of international experience in motivational speaking, corporate consulting, coaching, mentoring, training and facilitation in all areas of organisational behaviour, leadership and team analysis. 

Please join us for Charissa’s presentation at the CTICC 2 on Wednesday, 30 October @ 16:00. 

As part of this season of giving, we are supporting the Sarepta AGS Old Age Home with a Santa Shoe Box initiative.  We call on members to please make a donation to  the 139 residents this Christmas.

The new SAACI CEO, Glenton de Kock will visit SAACI-Western Cape soon. Watch your inbox for this invitation.

Member Spotlight

As a proud member of SAACI for the last four years, we have seen great benefit and opportunity to be part of the association. We are a small business based in Cape Town, providing ground-handling services to international conference organisers since 2015. We have perfected our systems to handle large numbers of delegates –  from 100 to 1 000 people – with great understanding and commitment.

It is critically important for us to ensure that we are a trusted brand and continue to be members of this great association.

Marking the culmination of a shared marketing agreement between Cape Town and New York City, Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism and Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, including Tourism, visited Cape Town International Airport to oversee a campaign promoting a partnership between Cape Town and New York City. 

The co-marketing agreement between the two cities is spearheaded by their respective destination marketing organisations, Cape Town Tourism and NYC & Company.  The agreement pools resources to market each other. In New York, Cape Town’s many attractions have appeared on bus shelters and kiosks across New York’s five boroughs, introducing US locals to what the Mother City has to offer.

Similarly, Cape Town Tourism has highlighted the Big Apple to Capetonians and visitors through its mobile information centres, branding on 20 MyCiti busses, various billboards in the Cape Town CBD and extensive branding at international arrivals at the airport.

The partnership received an extra boost, thanks to the installation of a direct flight between Cape Town and New York later this year.  Shaving four hours off current travel times, the first direct flight from New York is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on 16 December, with three flights planned weekly over the tourism high season in Cape Town.

“In addition to marketing Cape Town as a tourism destination to New Yorkers and those visiting the Big Apple, the partnership provides access to the North American market. This will be a catalyst for economic growth in the city,” said Vos. 

“We are gearing up for an additional 24 000 inbound passengers expected from the new direct route, growing travellers from the United States by 20 percent.  United Air will service the non-stop route between Cape Town and North America. First year impact alone is estimated to create 900 jobs, contributing to a R421 million boost in tourism spend by 2021.”

Deon Cloete, Cape Town International Airport’s General Manager said upgrades worth R7billion are being made at the airport.

“Part of that upgrade includes developing the airport to take on new direct international flights connecting Africa to the world. Once completed, the new runway will have the capacity to handle 45 flights per hour,” said Cloete.


Cape Town dam levels: Water keeps flowing for the city and Theewaterskloof

Cape Town dam levels have continued increasing, inching closer and closer to the coveted 90 percent.

Progress in Theewaterskloof dam levels has been a major positive this winter.

The dam has added another 1,2 percent to its reserves and it is now 72 percent full. About 18 months ago, the largest facility in the province dwindled under 10 percent.  The combined Cape Town dam levels now stands at 81,7 percent. 


Cape Town to use drones in fight against crime

Barry Schuller, the city’s director of CCTV and radio communications, says negotiations to start the process had been concluded with the Civil Aviation Authority in June.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith said the city has already sent staff for training, but official consent may still take a year.

“I hope that the drones could be in the air within the next year.  To our knowledge, there are no other municipalities in the country that are using drones or investigating the use of drones. Cape Town would be one of the first municipalities to undertake such an initiative,” he said.

According to the report, the city has spent more than R500 000 on drones, which would be used for pre- and post-operations.



Until next time

Yours in business events

Jaques Fouche

Chair – SAACI Western Cape

SAACI Matters | October 2019

SAACI Matters | October 2019

Welcome the unknown in 2020

South Africa – in fact the entire globe – is facing challenging and unknown times. Our industry too is affected by this. It cannot be business as usual, in fact it is business unusual.

We can choose to embrace the challenge and face the uncertainty, or we can choose to become victims of the times we are faced with.

The SAACI 2020 annual congress is designed to tackle these disruptive times head-on and provide our industry with the opportunity to collaborate and learn how to operate in a disruptive environment and to embrace this disruption to ensure our mutual growth – by WELCOMING THE UNKNOWN.

The congress logo has been designed to show Johannesburg as the host city, represented by the iconic city skyline. The meetings and business events industry is represented by two delegates coming together and greeting one another – their hands are stretched out to connect the dots.

The dots represent the unknown – balls in the air, the disruption, juggling our lives.

So by coming together at the congress – meeting one another and collaborating – together we can learn about ways to connect the dots , overcome the unknown and ensure that we can as an industry, and a country, grow together, so that we don’t drop the balls of industry growth.

The congress will also embrace the youth, as the biggest challenge to growing our country and our industry is to disrupt the norm and make sure that the future of our industry is in capable hands.

The congress logo was designed by Chat’r Xperience.
The congress will be held from 26 to 28 July 2020 at the Indaba Hotel and at The Canvas, Riversands Incubation Hub.
Bookings will open early next year.

SAACI welcomes new members

A total of nine members joined SAACI in September.

Four members joined in the Services Forum. They are Sugandran Naidoo of KCS Services in Tshwane, Jason King of Regnow Event Services in Cape Town, Mafika Dandala of Nto’s Catering in KwaZulu-Natal and Madi Letsoaloo of Innate Productions in Johannesburg.

Tree members joined in the Conference & Events Forum. They are Steph Karallis and Estelle Stafford of BLEND Eventlife in Cape Town and Khosi Thabethe of Mkholo Consulting in Johannesburg.

In the Venue Forum Zama Mancotywa of the Cosy Posy Boutique Hotel in the Eastern Cape joined, while Salomie Webb of Tshwane joined as a student.

SAACI welcomes these new members – we believe they will find their membership truly valuable.

Working together for the safety of tourists

A part from exposing visitors to the multitude of tourist attractions in South Africa, like in any other international tourist destination, the safety of visitors is non-negotiable.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela said at the recent SAACI conference in Durban that it is government’s priority to ensure that tourists enjoy a safe visit to the country.

As a prime tourist destination in South Africa, Cape Town and the Western Cape take the safety of visitors very seriously. Many initiatives like increased law enforcement, technology expansion and increased safety awareness are applied to provide a safer environment for all.

For instance, the national government has extended the deployment of the defence force in the Cape Flats until the end of March 2020. In addition, about 250 permanent public safety officers are deployed in the Cape Town Central City Improvement District.

Added to this is a team of city law enforcement officers working 24/7 and a traffic warden team to deal with, among others, peak hour congestion.

To assist visitors to the Bo Kaap Malay Quarter, Cape Town Tourism has employed TravelWise ambassadors to monitor the area.

86 tourism monitors assist and ensure safety in Cape Town’s renowned 46 000 acre Table Mountain Park and its 200km hiking paths.

Where visitors do become the unfortunate victims of crime, there is a dedicated support programme to assist them with aspects such as replacing lost documents, providing emergency accommodation and transfers and laying charges with the South African Police Services.

SAACI is proud to be a member of the Cape Town and Western Cape safety team and will continue to work with all role players to help ensure the safety of our business and leisure tourism visitors – anywhere in South Africa.

What does the SAACI Academy mean to members?

SAACI is proud of its online academy – but how does it benefit members?

Prisca Lete, Executive Assistant to the SAACI Chief Executive Officer, explains.

“The SAACI Academy offers members the first step in changing their world. The academy can be accessed by members, any place, any time on any web-enabled device. It is an accredited course, you do not need a contract, there is no risk involved and it is easy to sign up.

“Furthermore, it assists you to change the business events industry, and allows you to testify on your academy experience and opportunities in the industry.”

The academy offers members the option to complete all or some of the more than 50 courses.

Should you, for example, need exposure to maths, the academy course on budgets and financial reports would be ideal. To solve work conflict, the conflict resolution course with modules to improve your abilities in the work environment would be

well-suited. To learn to motivate employees, just click on the employee motivation course for instant knowledge. To find out what type of leader you are, just complete the leadership skills, leadership and influence course to assess your skills. The same goes for tourism management.

The SAACI Academy is a skills base, available at members’ fingertips – use it to your advantage.

For more information contact Prisca Lete on
011 880 5883 or e-mail pa@saaci.org.

Calendar of Events

▶58th ICCA Congress

27 – 30 October 2019
Houston, USA

▶IBTM World

19 – 21 November 2019
Barcelona, Spain

▶ Meetings Africa

25 – 26 February 2020
Sandton Convention Centre

SAACI Events

▶ Western Cape branch year-end event

30 October

Cape Town International Convention Center

▶ KZN Branch event
Halloween/Scary Tales of the Industry

31 October 2019
Station 43, Morningside/Berea, Durban

▶ Eastern Cape Branch event
Horror Stories

31 October 2019
The Cave, Port Elizabeth Army Base (Algoa Bay)

▶ Johannesburg Branch year-end event

22 November 2019
CedarWoods of Sandton
120 Western Service Road, Woodmead, Sandton, South Africa

Newsletter: SAACI KZN Branch | Oct 19

Newsletter: SAACI KZN Branch | Oct 19

Greetings to all our valued KZN SAACI members and a special welcome to our many new members!

After a very successful Annual SAACI Congress which took place in July, it is now time to start focusing on our KZN branch, its members and planning upcoming events.

This year, KZN SAACI introduces its first Halloween event!

We hope you have all saved the date: Thursday 31st October!  Like all our other events, this is a great forum to network with industry colleagues in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. We are taking it one step further by inviting you to dress up as your favourite scary character (could that be a client?? LOL!) Share some of your most horrifying experiences within the events industry along with how you and your team resolved it, and stand a chance to win amazing prizes. Further details of this event will be sent out shortly via an invitation.  We urge everyone to attend and bring along a colleague too, as missing out on this fun and unique event would be a GRAVE mistake!

We would like to make you aware of a very exciting award open to all our KZN members, we introduce the ‘Carol Macnab Award’.

‘Very few people in the industry did not know Carol Macnab, she was a stalwart and a wealth of information especially when it came to SAACI. We often described her as the glue that kept us together and that she was. This award was inspired by a handful of people in the industry that knew Carol well, as a bold leader who worked tirelessly behind the scenes with unwavering passion and commitment for SAACI and the Industry. As an inspirational role model who made a difference in the lives of others, it made perfect sense to create an award in her honour.

The member who has the honour of receiving this award should show the same attributes, at the same time, raising awareness of SAACI, remaining dedicated and actively involved in all its activities.’ – Nick Papadopoulos.

We look forward to communicating the award criteria and rolling out the voting process soon.  In the interim, please start thinking of someone deserving of this award and the recognition.


SAACI KZN Committee Update

We unfortunately said goodbye to Terrilyn Goldman (Vice Chair) and Justine Snyman and we thank them for all they have done for SAACI, they will be missed.  We are thrilled to advise you that Tarannum Banatwalla has been selected as the Vice-Chair and that we have welcomed Lisa Lovegrove as a new addition to the committee.  Our committee currently stands as follows:

Tracey Delport (Chair), Tarannum Banatwalla (Vice Chair), Kim Jackson (Treasurer), Irene Vallihu, Vicki Hooper, Lisa Lovegrove, Mabuyi Mosia and Kerry Potgieter (KZN Branch Coordinator).


On behalf of the committee, we look forward to seeing you all at the Halloween event and we wish you all the best as we head into the end of year season.  We hope it to be a busy one for all!

Tracey Delport

Chair: KwaZulu-Natal


Newsletter: SAACI Tshwane Branch | Oct 19

Newsletter: SAACI Tshwane Branch | Oct 19

Greetings to all our valued Tshwane SAACI members and a special welcome to our many new members!

The KZN Congress is now a memory and we wait with eager anticipation for the announcement of the 2020 Congress scheduled to take place in Johannesburg.

 The Tshwane team enjoyed the KZN Congress and they returned home in high spirits after once again being voted SAACI’s Best Branch.

The year 2019 has been a difficult year in the business arena and we are grateful to be able to host amazing events that have been well supported by our members. 

Thank you to all our sponsors who constantly support our branch events, without their support we would not be able to offer our members the chance to win wonderful raffle prizes and to also attend events at beautiful venues.

Past Event Recap

In keeping with the Branch decision to keep healthy minds and bodies the AGM Mindful Meet Up Breakfast was hosted by CSIR ICC  with a guided meditation and soundscape session followed by the AGM business and a healthy breakfast.

Our August Women’s Day event at The Blades in Kameeldrift was very relevant in this high stress demanding environment we all find ourselves in.  We invited our members to an open discussion on how to Balance Work and Life and keep all the balls in the air. The guest speakers Nianell, Samantha le Roux, Irene Costa, Rochelle Pheiffer and Shanna Jacobsen set the ball rolling by telling us how they cope with the pressure of business, running a home and most of all taking time out for family.

The morning ended with us being entertained by Nianell, a performance that had us spell-bound listening to her beautiful voice and the emotion she imparts through music and song.

Please visit our facebook page to see photos from all previous events 

The Tshwane Branch committee is busy at present planning the next members event in January and our message to the members is – be prepared to be amazed.

At present we are all very busy with yearend preparations and before we know it, December will be upon us.


The branch has also incorporated a social media approach which integrates branch events and creative video production to further benefit branch members. The social media operation is headed by Bonde Kekana our Social Media Guru who has had extensive video production experience involving SAACI events and members nationally. The aim is to creatively enhance brands of both SAACI and the members through co-branding tactics that aim to grow the Tshwane branch in numbers and quality of engagement.

Bonde Kekana

And lastly, remember to take time out with your loved ones and keep a healthy mind and body