Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch Newsletter | January 2020

Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch Newsletter | January 2020

January  2020

Dear SAACI-KZN Member

We trust that you had a productive and relaxing festive season and that you are enjoying a busy start to the new year.  May 2020 be a year of great possibilities and opportunities!

The KZN Halloween event on 31 October 2019 was a great success and was enjoyed by all – witches and monsters alike, even superman, cockroach man and Morticia, to name  but a few of our interesting members!  Thank you to our brave members who shared their scary industry tales.  Prizes for the scariest tales went to The Conference Company, CPD Data, Interactive Hospitality and Tsogo Sun.

Thank you for the support from our members who assisted with sponsorships and prizes.  These include the Durban International Convention Centre, Tsogo Sun, Greyville Convention Centre, The Benjamin Boutique Hotel, Eat Greek Caterers and Gearhouse.  Thank you to Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate for the lovely wine, it was a special treat for all!

Hats off to our guest speakers for their contribution to the day’s success – Glenton de Kock: CEO of SAACI and Nicky Bezuidenhout: Marketing and Communications Manager at eDeaf.

November was an exciting month for KZN with the launch of the new Durban Promenade.

Eight km long, costing R380 million and stretching from the Durban harbour mouth to Blue Lagoon – it is the longest in Sub-Saharan Africa.  It forms a portion of the R35 billion Point Waterfront Development which has been developed to attract investment to Durban and boost local tourism.

The new feature has  public parking, sports and water clubs, new change rooms, an amphitheatre, pedestrian ramps and lifeguard lookout points.  It is  wheelchair-friendly and boasts a first aid room.

“It will enhance our tourism as a city,” said eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Mxolisi Kauna at the promenade’s official  opening  on 16 November last year.

It will link all the beach facilities, amenities and the new restaurants and developments still to be built from Blue Lagoon, past uShaka Marine World to the Durban Harbour.  This is most definitely worth a visit.

You have received a  Save the Date for our SAACI kick-off event, the Elegant Awards lunch, on Friday, 31 January.  However, the committee has decided to postpone the event to Wednesday, 19 February, to allow members more time to settle into the new year.  It will also allow sufficient time for RSVPs and increased attendance.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The event on 19 February will take place at Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre. We will be giving away two awards at the event, the Carol Macnab Award and  the Newcomer Award.  The dress code is smart/formal  – so dress to impress!

If you wish to get involved with sponsorships and prizes, please get in touch at

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


From Tourism KZN

2020 Promises to be an exciting year for KwaZulu-Natal. Through the Durban-KZN Convention Bureau, the province of KwaZulu-Natal will be hosting a number of international conferences and meetings.  Some of the key conferences are –

  • World Football Summit Africa, which will be hosted for the first time ever on the African continent in March 2020. The summit is expected to attract almost 3 000 delegates.
  • Forbes International Women Summit, now in its second year, will once again be held at the Durban ICC. It will bring top international speakers who will shine the light on women’s issues. This conference will be attended by 1 000 delegates.
  • The annual meeting of the Global Research Council will be held at the Durban ICC in May.
  • The 7th International Conference on the History of Occupational Health and Environmental Health will be held at the University of KZN in May. It will be attended by over 100 health professionals from all over the world.
  • The 16th Annual Global Communications Conference will be held at the Durban University of Technology in June and will be attended by 250 delegates.
  • The ECO Health Conference, held at the Durban ICC in June will bring 1 500 delegates to the province.
  • The 28th International Ornithological Congress will be held at the Durban ICC in August. The expected number of delegates is 1 500.
  • The World Halaal Day 2020 will be held at the ICC in November and will be attended by 1 500 delegates.
  • The International Public Finance Conference will be held at the Durban ICC in December. It is expected that over 1 500 delegates from across South Africa will attend.


For more information visit or or phone Richard Wylie on 031 366 7580.

On behalf of the committee we wish you a great year ahead and look forward to communicating with you.   

Yours in hospitality

Tracey Delport


We hope that you had a wonderful festive season and that 2020 will be a fantastic year!

Western Cape Branch Newsletter | January 2020

Western Cape Branch Newsletter | January 2020

January  2020

Dear SAAC-Western Cape Member

Happy New Year and welcome to our second edition of the SAACI-Western Cape newsletter.                                                      

We trust that you had a wonderful break over the festive season and are back at the office, ready for what 2020 has to offer.

On 30 October 2019 we hosted our last event for the year at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  We were delighted to have Charissa Bloomberg as our speaker as well as our new CEO, Glenton De Kock.  For the festive season the committee tried to give back and chose the Sarepta AGS Old Age Home in Kuilsriver to support.

After discussions with them and hearing that many of the residents did not have families, we initiated a drive to collect 139 pairs of pyjamas to give to the residents as a Christmas present. With the help of you, our dedicated  members, your families and colleagues we were able to make this a reality.  On Friday, 6 December we delivered  the gifts as well as 140 cupcakes that were given to the residents at teatime.  Thank you to The Kove Collection for providing the cupcakes – and on Christmas Day each resident received a present. 


Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for the invitation to the February kick-off event.  

Yours in business events

Angela Lorimer

Chair:  SAACI-Western Cape

We hope that you had a wonderful festive season and that 2020 will be a fantastic year!

Tshwane Branch Newsletter | January 2020

Tshwane Branch Newsletter | January 2020

SAACI-Tshwane newsletter – January 2020

  • Greetings fellow SAACI members and welcome to 2020. A year wherein we will discover new and innovative ways of doing business.
  • SAACI-Tshwane is aiming high this year and have plans to inspire, educate and entertain members.
  • With the challenges of doing business in the current economy, the  SAACI-Tshwane branch kick-off brunch event on  11 February will focus on doing things differently.


It`s game on with SAACI-Tshwane -Survival of the fearless

Keep a look out for the invitation, due to hit your desk and the website within the next day or two. Remember non-members are also most welcome to attend our events so bring a friend/s along.

At the close of 2019 The Tshwane branch committee hosted Glenton de Kock, SAACI CEO at its year-end combined lunch and committee meeting on 20 November. The meeting was hosted by Leon at the Carabella restaurant at Monte de Dios.

We arrived in bright sunshine and were seated outdoors on the terrace of the Carabella.  And then the storm came – the blue skies vanished, and thunder and lightning flashed around us. However, nothing deterred, we carried on with the meeting, surrounded by waterfalls streaming off the awning over our heads and having to raise our voices to be heard over the noise of the storm!

Glenton shared the latest SAACI strategy plans and we look forward to playing our part in assisting. Within the next few weeks Leon will be assisting by heading up a sub committee tasked with looking at future trends.

The afternoon was fun-filled with planning, discussions, laughter and the very welcome rain, during which time we enjoyed a delicious meal accompanied by celebratory bubbly.

The SAACI branch committee are here to serve you and are available 24/7.

We aim to retain the honour of being voted the Best Branch of the Year once again!

We hope that you had a wonderful festive season and that 2020 will be a fantastic year!

EC Branch | Event Horror Stories and the lessons learnt

Event Horror Stories and the lessons learnt

SAACI-Eastern Cape once again hosted the ever successful and terrifyingly fun Event Horror Stories, with The Cave at the Algoa Military Base the perfect venue.  It was a morning filled with horrifying event experiences – and the lessons learnt.

The speakers shared their most scary event horror stories, explaining what happened, how it happened and how to prevent it from ever happening again.

As always this event was informative and a lot of fun, reassuring the attendees that things can go wrong, but what’s most important is to learn from every experience, good or bad.

We as the business events industry have to teach – and learn from each other.  This year the Event Horror Stories did just that. It allowed industry professionals to come together and share their experiences.

Thank you to all our speakers, attendees and the sponsors for once again making this event successful.