Re-Boot Webinar

Re-Boot Webinar

Join your fellow SAACI members for an explosive, instant-impact ONLINE meeting and walk away with a fistful of the very best inspiring insights & ideas to re-invent your business overnight to move from survive to thrive in the new global economy.

In Chinese, the symbol for “danger” also means “opportunity”

To add value to your business, your SAACI present 3 powerful thought-leaders to guide your thinking and focus. As a family, we are all battling to navigate stormy seas of change – facing Tsunami waves of disruption.

 Think of this webinar as your lifeboat.


Wednesday 29 April at 10:00

  1. 3 back-to-back sessions pumped out with passion, polish and punching impact
  2. Be riveted to your seat as the panel unlock relevant, practical tactics to re-position your business overnight
  3. Zero empty motivational fluff- no “starfish stories” or tired case studies of Uber/Airbnb
  4. Advice and tactics that can be deployed immediately to right-size your business and restore revenue momentum
  5. Unleash the wisdom and experience of 80+ years work with over 400 brands and total audiences exceeding 2 million people globally- delivered to you in the comfort of your home

Anthony Morris

Anthony has worked with the likes of Coca Cola, HSBC, Citibank and Mercedes Benz in challenging their positioning and unpacking innovative strategies to unleash breakthrough performance and brand momentum.

His passionate speaking style is best described as a potent blend of stand-up comedy, attack therapy and instant-impact advice.

Recently returned from spending 12 years on keynote platforms in North America – where he was rated in 2016 as the #1 Life Insurance industry speaker in the USA by GAMA , their national leadership association .

Dr Graeme Codrington

Expert on Future of Work and the disruptive forces shaping organisations and their leaders.

Graeme is an internationally recognized futurist, specializing in the future of work. He helps Organisations understand the forces that will shape our lives in the next ten years, and how we can respond in order to confidently stay ahead of change.

For the past two decades, Graeme has worked with some of the world’s most recognized brands, travelling to 80 countries in total, and speaking to around 100,000 people every year. He is the author of 5 best-selling books, and on the faculty of 5 top global business schools.

Trevor Strydom

Expert on Future of Work and the disruptive forces shaping organisations and their leaders.

Innovation is difficult when you are stuck in a groove. You require brave men to take the first step and Trevor Strydom, the owner of Audacia, a boutique winery in Stellenbosch, is just such a man. Spitting in the eye of traditional wine making process that’s been passed down through our colonial heritage, Trevor and his team replaced oak staves (added to wine for flavoring) with locally sourced rooibos, creating a completely unique and proudly South African product.

 Trevor spend 15 years as an Executive in the First Rand Group and then left the corporate world in 1998 to follow his dream of having a wine farm in Stellenbosch. In his disruptive session he will carve out a new direction for your business and empower you to take action in making it happen. He is currently MD of Audacia wine farm and the pioneer behind Red Dawn (IP) Holding.

Notice on the SAACI Congress 2020 – Friday, 20 March 2020

Notice on the SAACI Congress 2020 – Friday, 20 March 2020

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) Board of Directors convened a board call earlier today to assess the impact that COVID-19 and the recently announced restriction has had on the business events industry.

Our industry has been adversely affected by the rapid development of COVID-19. The number of infections has increased substantially in numerous countries worldwide, leading to further restrictions regarding the hosting of events and congresses by governments and health authorities.

Considering this, the SAACI Board agreed that a weekly review on the state of developments inclusive of our consultations with sister Associations and the relevant authorities, a decision on the planned Annual SAACI Congress scheduled for July 2020 will be communicated.

We will provide members and the business events industry further clarity within the coming week on the approach we are considering after industry consultations.

SAACI would like to thank all our members and supporters for their cooperation and understanding during this time. 

On behalf of the SAACI Board

Kim Roberts

National Chairperson

Coronavirus – SAACI Member Communication  – No 2

Coronavirus – SAACI Member Communication – No 2

Dear SAACI Member


Every day we learn more about COVID-19.  There are knowns and there are unknowns, which at times make one very uncomfortable, to say the least.

We are all trying to navigate this uncertain time in which we find ourselves.

We do not yet know with any degree of certainty what the total impact will be on our industry or the global economy.  That uncertainty is difficult and uncomfortable, and it is playing a large role in influencing decisions that have an impact on all of us – personally and professionally.

As the voice of the South African meetings industry, SAACI has been relaying member and industry concerns to government. 

The key areas we shared with government:   

  • We emphasised our industry commitment to public safety.
  • The challenges that the business events industry faces when reassuring clients that events are still happening and are safe to attend (according to the current advice from the Health Ministry and other authorities).
  • The need for responsible communication from government and key industry bodies on what measures are put in place for public health at venues.
  • Not be alarmist in how we respond in our communication and making sure that all statements are fact based.
  • How the industry deals responsibly with,
    • Cancellations that are happening daily, and the economic and human resource impact this is having in an already tough economy, and
    • Postponements – hosting the event/conference later in this calendar year where possible.


We are confident that government is handling the situation, as well as communication around it, in a responsible and non-alarmist manner.  The Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, continues to give regular updates about developments around coronavirus cases in South Africa.

We are aware that, regrettably, some meetings and events in South Africa have been cancelled.  We urge you to make fully informed decisions – to also contact us to discuss your options.

SAACI is in regular contact with the South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB) about the matter, and through our affiliation with other professional bodies, both locally and internationally, we have access to accurate information and advice.

When considering your options, it is important to check your contracts, your cancellation insurance policies and to review your communications to meeting attendees, exhibitors, vendors and other stakeholders.  See this informative article on the issue:

Furthermore, the Events Industry Council, of which SAACI is a member, provides a full resource of information about COVID-19 itself as well as its relevance to and effects on the business events industry.  Visit for more information.

To assist with a way forward:

  • SAACI will continue to update members with key resource portals that will assist in making informed decisions.
  • SA Tourism has rescheduled a webinar to discuss COVID-19 via the Tourism Update website – registration is on-line.
  • The Western Cape JAMMS team is also planning a webinar to discuss COVID-19 – the link will be shared once it is ready.
  • SAACI and the SANCB are in daily contact to ensure messaging is aligned and that we share resources with the industry. 


Let us also keep each other abreast of what we are experiencing in our specific regions. Sharing knowledge and information in real-time, sharing concerns and potential solutions, as well as accessing the most current and authoritative information from numerous official bodies and agencies will aid us in helping each other and the industry as a whole.


Together we will manage our way through this crisis.

Glenton de Kock


ICCA and SAACI Announce Extended Partnership

ICCA and SAACI Announce Extended Partnership

ICCA and SAACI Announce Extended Partnership

A new partnership agreement between the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) was announced at Meetings Africa 2020 in Johannesburg.

 This partnership allows for strategic collaboration and will mutually benefit both associations through exchanging information, creating awareness through affiliation and working together to create new education and training opportunities for the benefit of the business events industry in Africa.

 It is part of ICCA’s programme for strategic collaboration with organisations that have a clear interest in developing long-term business relations with its Association Community and the broad ICCA membership.

 Senthil Gopinath, ICCA CEO says:  “ICCA has been developing the international meetings industry in Africa extensively through the active participation of its members and association community.  The African meetings industry is very keen on building the knowledge economy and as the global meetings industry association we make every effort to support the African meetings industry and its objective to also achieve societal development through meetings.  ICCA has been stressing the importance of collaboration amongst the African meetings industry and initiating joint efforts with SAACI to achieve such objectives.  I would like to thank SAACI for its support over the years and am delighted to welcome this extended collaboration between ICCA and SAACI.  I am convinced it will help grow ICCA’s supplier and association community in the African region.”

 Kim Roberts, SAACI National Chairperson says:  “We are extremely pleased to conclude this partnership for both SAACI and ICCA.  It is important for SAACI to work with ICCA in the drive of knowledge sharing that makes this partnership so relevant and important for the business events industry in Africa.  We are looking forward to the exchange of critical information on events held across the continent, which will aid the bidding process for future events, such as contacts, budgets and the decision-making process.  This will start an aggressive process on how we want to increase business events and association meetings in Africa.”

 Glenton de Kock, SAACI CEO says:  “The work between SAACI and our continental partners is to develop markets and drive association business events to destination Africa.  A number of our members are active on the continent and this initiative complements our view of the market and the way we wish to drive partnerships and collaboration in building a strong, sustainable business events industry for our continent.”


Caption: From left to right – Glenton de Kock, SAACI CEO, Esmare Steinhofel, ICCA’s Regional Director: Africa and Kim Roberts, National Chairperson of SAACI.