Approaching the season of giving

As we enter the last quarter of 2019, we invite you to our branch event “Integrity costs nothing…but when you lose it, you lose everything”.

Presenter Charissa Bloomberg is a radio and TV celebrity psychologist. A renowned integrity leadership specialist, she is an accredited emotional intelligence facilitator, media activist and CEO of Hidden Dimensions, a corporate training and consulting company.  Capetonian born and bred, she brings 20 years of international experience in motivational speaking, corporate consulting, coaching, mentoring, training and facilitation in all areas of organisational behaviour, leadership and team analysis. 

Please join us for Charissa’s presentation at the CTICC 2 on Wednesday, 30 October @ 16:00. 

As part of this season of giving, we are supporting the Sarepta AGS Old Age Home with a Santa Shoe Box initiative.  We call on members to please make a donation to  the 139 residents this Christmas.

The new SAACI CEO, Glenton de Kock will visit SAACI-Western Cape soon. Watch your inbox for this invitation.

Member Spotlight

As a proud member of SAACI for the last four years, we have seen great benefit and opportunity to be part of the association. We are a small business based in Cape Town, providing ground-handling services to international conference organisers since 2015. We have perfected our systems to handle large numbers of delegates –  from 100 to 1 000 people – with great understanding and commitment.

It is critically important for us to ensure that we are a trusted brand and continue to be members of this great association.

Marking the culmination of a shared marketing agreement between Cape Town and New York City, Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism and Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, including Tourism, visited Cape Town International Airport to oversee a campaign promoting a partnership between Cape Town and New York City. 

The co-marketing agreement between the two cities is spearheaded by their respective destination marketing organisations, Cape Town Tourism and NYC & Company.  The agreement pools resources to market each other. In New York, Cape Town’s many attractions have appeared on bus shelters and kiosks across New York’s five boroughs, introducing US locals to what the Mother City has to offer.

Similarly, Cape Town Tourism has highlighted the Big Apple to Capetonians and visitors through its mobile information centres, branding on 20 MyCiti busses, various billboards in the Cape Town CBD and extensive branding at international arrivals at the airport.

The partnership received an extra boost, thanks to the installation of a direct flight between Cape Town and New York later this year.  Shaving four hours off current travel times, the first direct flight from New York is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town on 16 December, with three flights planned weekly over the tourism high season in Cape Town.

“In addition to marketing Cape Town as a tourism destination to New Yorkers and those visiting the Big Apple, the partnership provides access to the North American market. This will be a catalyst for economic growth in the city,” said Vos. 

“We are gearing up for an additional 24 000 inbound passengers expected from the new direct route, growing travellers from the United States by 20 percent.  United Air will service the non-stop route between Cape Town and North America. First year impact alone is estimated to create 900 jobs, contributing to a R421 million boost in tourism spend by 2021.”

Deon Cloete, Cape Town International Airport’s General Manager said upgrades worth R7billion are being made at the airport.

“Part of that upgrade includes developing the airport to take on new direct international flights connecting Africa to the world. Once completed, the new runway will have the capacity to handle 45 flights per hour,” said Cloete.

Cape Town dam levels: Water keeps flowing for the city and Theewaterskloof

Cape Town dam levels have continued increasing, inching closer and closer to the coveted 90 percent.

Progress in Theewaterskloof dam levels has been a major positive this winter.

The dam has added another 1,2 percent to its reserves and it is now 72 percent full. About 18 months ago, the largest facility in the province dwindled under 10 percent.  The combined Cape Town dam levels now stands at 81,7 percent.

Cape Town to use drones in fight against crime

Barry Schuller, the city’s director of CCTV and radio communications, says negotiations to start the process had been concluded with the Civil Aviation Authority in June.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith said the city has already sent staff for training, but official consent may still take a year.

“I hope that the drones could be in the air within the next year.  To our knowledge, there are no other municipalities in the country that are using drones or investigating the use of drones. Cape Town would be one of the first municipalities to undertake such an initiative,” he said.

According to the report, the city has spent more than R500 000 on drones, which would be used for pre- and post-operations.


Until next time

Yours in business events

Jaques Fouche

Chair – SAACI Western Cape