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Hold onto this momentum

11 March 2022

What a pleasure it is to witness the positive activity within our sector. The delivery of business events, exhibitions, coupled with the trade activity on various show floors or venue rooms continued again this week around our believed country. This bodes well for many of our members who have endured a tough two years.

With business events and now exhibitions continuing to build momentum, all member companies across the value chain are cautiously optimistic as bookings are looking good and commitment to execute by clients seem to be gaining confidence as we witness this via various social media platforms where events have occurred this week.

We know that we await the next “Family Meeting”, which may signal the end of the Disaster Management Act and ease restrictions on our sector.

SAACI was disappointed that when the South African Cabinet meet earlier this week, no indications were provided on the proposals that our sector supplied to allow us to operate more freely.

We, therefore, look forward to the 2nd Quarter of the year with the hope that we may be moving like many countries around the world, to a state of living with the virus.

In holding onto this momentum, we will build back albeit, differently and continue our work on how we bring back what was lost.

A long way to go, but we have each other. As your association, we have been clear that 2022 and beyond requires a transition from advocacy/lobbying into keeping our activities for members simple with more engagement at the branch levels, ensuring that programs are workable for you, our members and that we always have buy-in from relevant stakeholders that drives a collaborative approach, which got us to where we are right now.

So, THANK YOU to our members that ensured we made it through these two very challenging years. To our partners, the South African National Convention Bureau and The City of Johannesburg, without you, we may have not made it.

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