SAACI Matters | October 2019

SAACI Matters | October 2019

Welcome the unknown in 2020

South Africa – in fact the entire globe – is facing challenging and unknown times. Our industry too is affected by this. It cannot be business as usual, in fact it is business unusual.

We can choose to embrace the challenge and face the uncertainty, or we can choose to become victims of the times we are faced with.

The SAACI 2020 annual congress is designed to tackle these disruptive times head-on and provide our industry with the opportunity to collaborate and learn how to operate in a disruptive environment and to embrace this disruption to ensure our mutual growth – by WELCOMING THE UNKNOWN.

The congress logo has been designed to show Johannesburg as the host city, represented by the iconic city skyline. The meetings and business events industry is represented by two delegates coming together and greeting one another – their hands are stretched out to connect the dots.

The dots represent the unknown – balls in the air, the disruption, juggling our lives.

So by coming together at the congress – meeting one another and collaborating – together we can learn about ways to connect the dots , overcome the unknown and ensure that we can as an industry, and a country, grow together, so that we don’t drop the balls of industry growth.

The congress will also embrace the youth, as the biggest challenge to growing our country and our industry is to disrupt the norm and make sure that the future of our industry is in capable hands.

The congress logo was designed by Chat’r Xperience.
The congress will be held from 26 to 28 July 2020 at the Indaba Hotel and at The Canvas, Riversands Incubation Hub.
Bookings will open early next year.

SAACI welcomes new members

A total of nine members joined SAACI in September.

Four members joined in the Services Forum. They are Sugandran Naidoo of KCS Services in Tshwane, Jason King of Regnow Event Services in Cape Town, Mafika Dandala of Nto’s Catering in KwaZulu-Natal and Madi Letsoaloo of Innate Productions in Johannesburg.

Tree members joined in the Conference & Events Forum. They are Steph Karallis and Estelle Stafford of BLEND Eventlife in Cape Town and Khosi Thabethe of Mkholo Consulting in Johannesburg.

In the Venue Forum Zama Mancotywa of the Cosy Posy Boutique Hotel in the Eastern Cape joined, while Salomie Webb of Tshwane joined as a student.

SAACI welcomes these new members – we believe they will find their membership truly valuable.

Working together for the safety of tourists

A part from exposing visitors to the multitude of tourist attractions in South Africa, like in any other international tourist destination, the safety of visitors is non-negotiable.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Fish Mahlalela said at the recent SAACI conference in Durban that it is government’s priority to ensure that tourists enjoy a safe visit to the country.

As a prime tourist destination in South Africa, Cape Town and the Western Cape take the safety of visitors very seriously. Many initiatives like increased law enforcement, technology expansion and increased safety awareness are applied to provide a safer environment for all.

For instance, the national government has extended the deployment of the defence force in the Cape Flats until the end of March 2020. In addition, about 250 permanent public safety officers are deployed in the Cape Town Central City Improvement District.

Added to this is a team of city law enforcement officers working 24/7 and a traffic warden team to deal with, among others, peak hour congestion.

To assist visitors to the Bo Kaap Malay Quarter, Cape Town Tourism has employed TravelWise ambassadors to monitor the area.

86 tourism monitors assist and ensure safety in Cape Town’s renowned 46 000 acre Table Mountain Park and its 200km hiking paths.

Where visitors do become the unfortunate victims of crime, there is a dedicated support programme to assist them with aspects such as replacing lost documents, providing emergency accommodation and transfers and laying charges with the South African Police Services.

SAACI is proud to be a member of the Cape Town and Western Cape safety team and will continue to work with all role players to help ensure the safety of our business and leisure tourism visitors – anywhere in South Africa.

What does the SAACI Academy mean to members?

SAACI is proud of its online academy – but how does it benefit members?

Prisca Lete, Executive Assistant to the SAACI Chief Executive Officer, explains.

“The SAACI Academy offers members the first step in changing their world. The academy can be accessed by members, any place, any time on any web-enabled device. It is an accredited course, you do not need a contract, there is no risk involved and it is easy to sign up.

“Furthermore, it assists you to change the business events industry, and allows you to testify on your academy experience and opportunities in the industry.”

The academy offers members the option to complete all or some of the more than 50 courses.

Should you, for example, need exposure to maths, the academy course on budgets and financial reports would be ideal. To solve work conflict, the conflict resolution course with modules to improve your abilities in the work environment would be

well-suited. To learn to motivate employees, just click on the employee motivation course for instant knowledge. To find out what type of leader you are, just complete the leadership skills, leadership and influence course to assess your skills. The same goes for tourism management.

The SAACI Academy is a skills base, available at members’ fingertips – use it to your advantage.

For more information contact Prisca Lete on
011 880 5883 or e-mail

Calendar of Events

▶58th ICCA Congress

27 – 30 October 2019
Houston, USA

▶IBTM World

19 – 21 November 2019
Barcelona, Spain

▶ Meetings Africa

25 – 26 February 2020
Sandton Convention Centre

SAACI Events

▶ Western Cape branch year-end event

30 October

Cape Town International Convention Center

▶ KZN Branch event
Halloween/Scary Tales of the Industry

31 October 2019
Station 43, Morningside/Berea, Durban

▶ Eastern Cape Branch event
Horror Stories

31 October 2019
The Cave, Port Elizabeth Army Base (Algoa Bay)

▶ Johannesburg Branch year-end event

22 November 2019
CedarWoods of Sandton
120 Western Service Road, Woodmead, Sandton, South Africa