As we approach the middle of winter and start to head into the warmer, summer months I take the time to reflect on our year so far. The last couple of days have been incredibly emotional for the industry as the drama unfolding with the disappearance of our very well loved and respected friend, colleague and chairperson of SAACI, Wayne Johnson. As the investigation into this awful situation unfolds, we try our level best to keep the spirits up and the light bright that he will be found soon.

On the positive front of this whole situation is the unbelievable love that has been felt among everyone in the industry. Messages of concern and best wishes have been received from across the globe and it just goes to show how Wayne has impacted so many lives with his energy.

Wayne, our thoughts are continuously with you and we hope to share a glass of wine with you soon.

In other news, the SAACI Johannesburg committee recently held three events for you our members. A short synopsis on these can be found below.

I hope that you are all registering to attend the national conference being held in warm and sunny Durban at the end of July. The programme consists of an awesome line-up of speakers. As the multi-platinum, Grammy award winning song writer and singer, Beyoncé says… ‘Who runs the world? Girls!’. We couldn’t agree more and that is why we have more professional, influential women in their fields of expertise presenting at this years’ congress than men!

An introduction to your new committee that was appointed at the annual general meeting held in April at the beautiful High Ball Craft Bar at The Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort is below. We are all hard at work making sure that our events and various other activities over the next couple of months talk to the SAACI strategy of learning, communications and networking.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding your SAACI membership.

Until we see each other again, look after yourselves and those around you.

Johannesburg Branch Chair
Lorin Bowen
Email:  lorin@lorinbowen.co.za

As I am sure you are aware the Jo’burg Branch Committee comprises of some passionate, witty and very good-looking people (if I must say so myself). Our aim is to provide our membership with opportunities to network and learn.  We are doing this through our bi-monthly events as well as other training opportunities.  With this being said you will be receiving a phone call from one of us over the next few weeks to find out some critical information in order for us to better service you.  

Pitch Master Class Feedback

Firstly, a big thank you to the Indaba Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa for hosting this session.  The Indaba generously came on board as our training venue partner for 2019.  Partnerships such as these enable us to keep our costs down and make learning through SAACI Johannesburg a little more affordable.

We have heard the call from our members that they want more learning opportunities, specifically for the sales and marketing divisions within their businesses and so we found what we thought was a good fit.  We engaged with Missing Link who have been saving the world, one bored audience at a time since 1997.  Some of you will remember Richard Mulholland who presented a keynote at the Tshwane conference in 2017.  The energy coming from the stage was electric.

So, while we couldn’t afford to get Richard himself into the room, we did get his equally enthusiastic and experienced head of training, Kevin Dike who wasn’t afraid to impart his knowledge on how best to pitch your product or services to a client.  He was also very free with some tips and tricks on various websites to use for things like free images, file conversions, how to use PowerPoint and cool stuff like that.

There were only eleven of us in the room, with a capacity of twenty people so the uptake from the members was a little disappointing.  However, those that did join us thoroughly enjoyed it and have asked for more.

So be on the look-out as we will definitely be putting together more of this sort of thing, including the training workshop called ‘Slide Master’ which will show us how to put PowerPoint Presentations together that don’t have that old adage ‘death by PowerPoint’.  

I can’t wait and hope you can’t either!

Gin School

So, I told you at the AGM that we are also going to have some fun this year and the first of these was our Gin School evening at the Indaba Hotel in association with Inverocche.  What a fun evening!  With a capacity of twenty-four ‘school goers’ we almost reached our target as we had nineteen attendees.

We learnt about what it takes to make a basic gin, what the history of gin is and how to make a good bottle of Inverocche gin.  With five bases to choose from (herbal, floral, spicy, cool or citrus) we had the basics and just had to add our own individual flair to ‘tea bag’ by adding in one or more of the additional flavours provided such as coconut, cocoa, orange rind, strawberry and so on. 

The race was then on who could have their very own bottle of Inverocche gin distilled, mixed and bottled first.  Some took longer than others but in the end we all got there. 

What a fantastic experience!  Great networking was had, loads of laughter and a little bit of learning thrown into the mix made for an excellent SAACI Johannesburg event.  

Those of us that attended are already thinking on how we can improve on our gin flavours…  so rest assured if you missed out on this one, we will be doing another!  Keep an eye out on your mails, SAACI Official platforms and the SAACI website for more information.

Member Event

Proudly hosted by the JSE Conference Venue who provided delicious eats and a bar service, they really pulled out all the stops and we are very grateful for their support.

We had three amazing speakers lined up.  Lloyd Madurai, managing director for Hot91.9FM, Mq Gumede and William Price both from THE OMG Company. 

Lloyd spoke about his journey on radio and what led him to starting Hot91.9 and how he has managed to grow Hot91.9 in such a short space of time from a no-name radio station to a small but powerful community radio station doing amazing things for the community in which it serves.  Did you know that they are a registered NPO? 

Mq and William did a great job in following on from Lloyd and it was a tough ask but they did it in style as only these two can.  They spoke to us about the importance of story telling in all our messaging.  How story telling has been the one consistent throughout the ages.  A lot has changed around us but the art of story telling is still the same.



28 MAY 2019

In line with its focused approach to continue supporting tourism growth in Johannesburg, the Department of Economic Development: Tourism directorate launched its Tourism Ambassador Programme at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, on Tuesday, 28 May 2019.  

“In terms of Johannesburg’s Growth and Development Strategy [GDS], the Joburg 2040 – tourism remains an economic growth imperative on the city’s agenda,” says Cllr Leah Knott, MMC for the City’s Department of Economic Development. “In line with the prioritisation of achieving increased visitor arrivals in the city and contributing towards the economic growth target of 5% by 2021, Joburg Tourism has seeks ways to facilitate the tourism experience at sites and attractions in the City, rendering them safe, pleasant, informative and memorable”.

 “The Tourism Ambassador Programme envisages making Johannesburg a safer destination, leading to an increased number of tourists visiting the City for both leisure and business.

Read the full media release here…