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!

Kwa-Zulu Natal Branch Newsletter | January 2020

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