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5 February 2021

As the rain fell in and around Johannesburg, HOPE arrived along with the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine for South Africa. While dark clouds continue to hang over our industry, and we continue to hear of more job losses and more company closures, the light at the end of tunnel is in sight.


Our stakeholder engagement as an Association continue this week with industry association colleagues and government.


Read the key outcomes from an in-person, socially distanced discussion that SAACI (as part of the TBCSA COVID-19 Work Stream) participated in, with South African Tourism, earlier this week by clicking the link.


To ensure continued awareness around the event safety protocols, SAACI, in partnership with the PCO Alliance and the support of the SANCB will announce dates (March 2021) for the Hybrid Event Safety Training soon. Members and the broader Business Events Industry will be encouraged to participate.


With our partner, the City of Johannesburg, the planning for the Annual National SAACI Congress has commenced. Planning discussions are in motion and we will announce details and dates to members soon.


Our gratitude to the City of Johannesburg who have remained committed to us as an Association, our members, and the greater Business Events Industry.


We have completed our analysis of the raw data from the Industry Pulse Survey conducted in December 2020. It must be remembered that the results reflect the state of the sector by the 20 December 2021. 8 days prior to the announced and move of the country into Enhanced Alert Level 3.


Thank you to our members who have participated in the survey. The complete survey with the analysis will be circulated next week and members will have some insights into the state of the industry.


We wish to urge members to participate in the following survey that aims to provide all of us a better sense and understanding of what activity is currently happening within Africa, in the Business Events Industry.

Client Survey:

Supplier Survey:


In the bi-weekly SAACI Board meeting this week, there was agreement that the Association will step-up the speed in sharing communication with members. As such and through the branches of SAACI around the country, special broadcast only What’s App groups will be formed so that members who do not wish to read the weekly newsletter can get condensed version of relevant industry related information via the SAACI Branch Chairs and Committees. More clarity on the nature and the protocols on these groups will be shared with members.


With many discussions aimed at seeking ways to navigate the current state of our economy and our industry, we continue to encourage members to engage with the National Office team, as this will ensure clarity for members and your clients as we work towards building #Resilience.


Stay Safe and Stay in touch,

SAACI National Office