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January 11th, 2011, 12:14 PM
Cape Town takes reins of BestCities Global Alliance
David Frandsen has been appointed chair of the BestCities Global Alliance – an international partnership tasked with ensuring high standards among convention bureaux. Frandsen - executive manager of Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau - succeeds Ana Maria Viscasillas, ceo and president of Puerto Rico Convention Bureau in the post.
Under Viscasillas’ stewardship the alliance launched a new website, appointed a UK-based business development executive, and established a Bid Intelligence Registry.
Frandsen will lead the alliance for the next 12 months, working with Natasha Tome, chair of the management committee, and Lisa Altieri, chair of the sales group.
He said: “This year, we will up the ante with even more business development initiatives and activities and hold two client events, one each in Copenhagen and Dubai.
“Our Bid Intelligence Registry is a treasure trove of information that will help our partner cities better understand the meeting requirements of clients, and serve their needs even better.”
The BestCities partner bureaux are Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Melbourne, San Juan, Singapore and Vancouver.
Picture: David Frandsen hopes to ‘up the ante’
January 12th, 2011, 04:39 PM
Cape Town Bags Two More Majors
Two more international conferences will be hosted in Cape Town, bringing to 13 the number of association conferences secured since April 2010, reinforcing the old adage that perseverance eventually pays off.
The World Congress of Nephrology (the medical sub-specialty dealing with the kidneys) in 2015 and the Options on the Control of Influenza conference in 2013, will jointly contribute R82.5 million to the provincial coffers and generate in excess of 26 000 bednights. Lobbying for the right to host the Nephrology conference started in 2005, while Cape Town only won the bid to host the Influenza congress the second time around.
“A lot of hard work and dedication went into securing these two bids. Winning them, and therefore exceeding expectations for the current financial year, is the perfect way to end off the year that was 2010. Cape Town sustained its winning ways throughout this year and lifted its international profile as a leading conventions city,” says Calvyn Gilfellan, CEO of Cape Town Routes Unlimited.
The economic impact of the 13 conferences being hosted in Cape Town is estimated at more than R280 million. Securing these bids results from close collaboration between the various industry partners, amongst others the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and marketing activities under the umbrella of the BestCities Global Alliance of Convention Bureaux, of which Cape Town is a member.
“Winning these bids illustrates the importance of building relationships during the bidding process. Strong working relationships amongst the partners were crucial. The hosting of such prestigious events will go a long way in establishing Cape Town as one of the world’s top long-haul conference destinations by 2020,” adds Rashid Toefy, CEO of the CTICC.
Of the 13, the following 4 conferences are major, jointly drawing 9 500 delegates to our shores and generating a total of 35 000 bednights:
· IFEA Endodontic World Congress 2016
· International Conference on Emergency Medicine in 2016
· World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) World Congress in 2014, and
· Congress of the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ISUCRS) in 2014
January 27th, 2011, 09:49 AM
27 Jan 2011: Horses At The Convention
The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will welcome guests of a different kind when it hosts the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which will be taking place from 27 – 28 January 2011 at the centre.
According to Chief Operating Officer, Joey Pather, CTICC will be home to 300 thoroughbred yearling horses from South African breeders , who will be brought in specifically to be auctioned. This inaugural event organised by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa, is expected to attract over 3000 people and is the first thoroughbred horse sale in the world that has ever been hosted inside a convention centre in a major city.
CTICC has worked closely with the organisers to ensure that the event runs smoothly and the utmost care is provided to the horses. “In order to cater to the horses 300 individual portable stables will be built in the 7358 square metre exhibition halls for the carefully selected yearlings” says Pather. The yearlings have been individually selected on pedigree and conformation by expert selectors, from the TBA of South Africa and America’s famed Keeneland Association in Kentucky.
“More than 2500 bales of special hay were specially procured in order to ensure that the horses needs were met” says Pather. In addition the centre will erect 150 stable beds for the grooms that have been assigned to the yearlings and who, will be onsite 24 hours. These groomers have been tasked with ensuring that the horses are cared for correctly and their special requirements are met.
According to Pather the value of these yearlings range from R 50 000 up to R 4 million International prime bidders from 13 different countries are arriving from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia. All will be seeking to purchase a horse that can develop into an international champion. In 2010, South African bred horses have succeeded in winning some of the world’s biggest races in Dubai, USA and Hong Kong, proving that the standard of South African horses is very high.
The fact that the organisers chose Cape Town and CTICC as the destination and venue for this inaugural event is testament to Cape Town’s desirability as a premier meetings and events destination.
“Owning a racehorse is a lifestyle choice” says Robin Bruss of the TBA of South Africa, “and what can be more attractive to the rich and famous than coming to the world’s most beautiful city to seek the horse of their dreams”.
February 12th, 2011, 11:13 AM
Mining jamboree exposes new-found confidence
By William MacNamara in Cape Town
Published: February 11 2011 23:43 | Last updated: February 11 2011 23:43
http://media.ft.com/cms/ba4f81a2-360f-11e0-9b3b-00144feabdc0.jpgTop table: high-level dealmaking took place on sunny terraces and in swanky hotels throughout Cape Town during the annual Mining Indaba conference
The mining industry’s bosses, bankers and analysts – and even its craggy faced geologists – gathered in Cape Town this week to find their piece of the action, as the industry’s revival gains momentum.
Far away in London and Zug, Switzerland, multinational miners Rio Tinto (http://markets.ft.com/tearsheets/performance.asp?s=uk:RIO) and Xstrata (http://markets.ft.com/tearsheets/performance.asp?s=uk:XTA) revealed eye-popping jumps in annual profits.
But for most of the 5,000 people milling around the Cape Town convention centre, the focus was on finer details, such as securing exploration financing or finding drill-bit suppliers.
They were attending the Mining Indaba, an annual jamboree that had flagged in the past two Februarys with the industry in survival and recovery mode.
“I have never seen so many people who are so optimistic about the state of things,” said Niall Ferguson, the economic historian, in a speech.
“But I am going to tell you some things that should make it difficult for you to sleep tonight,” he added, describing how the sovereign debt crisis threatened to disrupt the global economy and its demand for metals and minerals.
High-octane dealmaking occurred on summery terraces around the city. The mining team at JPMorgan Cazenove took over the Mount Nelson Hotel. Lord Renwick, the bank’s vice-chairman, and colleague Ian Hannam, who has been described as “the king of mining M&A”, were seen entertaining a succession of heavyweight investors on the colonial hotel’s veranda.
The top management of Eurasian Natural Resources Corp (http://markets.ft.com/tearsheets/performance.asp?s=uk:ENRC), the FTSE 100 Kazakh miner, was spotted at locations including the swanky lobby of the One&Only Hotel. ENRC is actively trying to expand its mining business across Africa.
Cynthia Carroll, chief executive of Anglo American (http://markets.ft.com/tearsheets/performance.asp?s=uk:AAL), spent much of Tuesday evening surrounded by important Chinese customers as Anglo entertained on a grand scale at Vergelegen, its historic wine estate. The sector’s boom continues to depend on the growth of the Chinese economy.
Financier Nat Rothschild was in the front row as Robert Friedland, billionaire mining entrepreneur, gave a performance that proved his reputation for salesmanship. First Mr Friedland announced that his company, Ivanhoe Nickel & Platinum, had found a new copper asset in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which he claimed was “the most important find [in the country] since 1904”.
He gave no further details as he outlined his new venture based in DRC and South Africa.
“But let me just say,” he told a riveted audience, “that if I was a Martian, coming down to Earth in my flying saucer . . . and was trying to find where all the best goodies are that are buried under the earth, then I would stop at two locations: the Bushveld complex and Katanga province.”
He was describing South Africa’s platinum and chrome deposits and the DRC’s centre of copper and cobalt mining, respectively.
Mr Friedland’s presentation captured the bullish mood and the return of companies’ risk appetite.
The defining deal of the conference was Xstrata’s decision to take a controlling stake in the Zanaga Iron Ore Company, which owns an iron ore project in the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, one of Africa’s least developed countries.
Gossip centred on the endgame for Xstrata and Glencore, the commodities trader that is preparing to float in London.
Several industry insiders believe an Xstrata merger with Glencore is now more likely than a Glencore initial public offering.
Chinese investors, including a delegation from China Investment Corp, were present. There were equally important delegations from India, however, who stayed at the new Taj Hotel downtown.
A common complaint was the lack of hotel rooms in Cape Town. Prestige of location was more important than the cost; as Rio’s $23.5bn in operating cash flows attests, expense is no longer much of a worry for the mining industry.
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February 16th, 2011, 12:03 AM
Events Tourism Show On Its Way
Thebe Exhibitions, supported by SA Tourism and the Department of Trade & Industry, will be hosting a Sports & Events Tourism Exchange conference and exhibition between 27 and 29 July at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town.
“The World Cup has left an indelible mark on the South Africa landscape, and we now boast a number of world-class stadiums begging to be used. Right now, the key is to ensure that we continue to steamroll onto the world’s agenda and further position South Africa’s providers and product owners as top of mind in the international community. This will ensure they choose South Africa as the host country for their next event,” says Carol Weaving, managing director of Thebe Exhibitions and Projects Group.
With this in mind, the Sports & Events Tourism Exchange will offer a comprehensive International Hosted Buyer programme, funded by the Department of Trade & Industry and South African Tourism, giving international buyers the opportunity to visit the exhibition and interact with exhibitors through pre-scheduled meetings, conference sessions and networking events. The key objective of the programme is to connect international buyers with local service providers and product owners.
“SETE is a first in South Africa, and will provide exhibitors and visitors with a platform to network and interact with both local and international industry leaders. The aim is to promote South Africa as the beautiful and prosperous country that international organisers and tourists fell in love with during the FIFA World Cup and encourage them to host their future events on South African soil,” explains Weaving.
South African Tourism’s latest research proves the necessity and relevance of a confex such as SETE. The 2010 Confederations Cup and Lions Rugby Tour attracted approximately 52 000 visitors, contributing an estimated R669 million to South Africa’s economy. More than 90% of these visitors indicated that they would return to the country, and that they would recommend the destination to others.
“We strongly believe that SETE will encourage collaboration between the tourism and sports industry and create awareness around the sports and tourist attractions of our beautiful nation. South Africa has a culture of never backing down, and I believe that SETE will motivate our country and its people to assume this die-hard approach when it comes to the bidding process for large-scale, international events,” concludes Sugen Pillay, global manager for events, South African Tourism.
February 25th, 2011, 06:45 PM
Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2011 Conference (LOCS2011)
Conference aims to provide climate solutions for African cities
NO. 134 / 2011
24 FEBRUARY 2011
Leaders of African cities and local governments, and world climate change experts will meet in Cape Town next week for a major climate change congress, aimed at enhancing the capacity of African local authorities in respect of climate change issues.
The Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2011 Conference (LOCS2011) will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 February – 03 March 2011. It also serves to prepare African leaders for their active participation at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) in Durban at the end of the year.
LOCS2011 is coordinated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global association of more than 1 200 cities, local governments and their associations from 70 countries, and co-hosted by the City of Cape Town. It will bring together political leaders from over 27 countries in Africa, more than 60 international organisations, and many of the world’s most significant players in the field of climate change.
The main objective of LOCS2011 is to provide real solutions for African cities, with useful tools, technical workshops and international experts showcasing best practice examples.
According to UN-HABITAT in the next 90 years, 90% of the world’s population will be living in cities and urban areas. Therefore finding solutions to achieve sustainable, equitable access to the earth’s natural resources, within the urban context, is more critical than ever.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of poverty in the world, is the most vulnerable to climate change, lacks infrastructure, and faces dire equitable access issues related to food security, clean water supply and energy security.
ICLEI’s Secretary General, Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, said: “ICLEI believes that the solution to global environmental sustainability challenges lies in accelerated and cumulative local action. It is at the level of cities, districts, towns and villages where leaders and decision-makers are closest to communities. It is here where City leadership can work together with their communities to implement real change.”
The event will provide a platform for local authorities and their stakeholders to focus on local climate action within a specific African urban context. This will entail identifying the best ways of adapting to the impacts of climate change, while continuing to plan and implement actions leading to a reduction of carbon emissions.
The LOCS 2011 event will take place under ICLEI Africa’s Urban Leadership for African Sustainability (ULAS) Programme, which connects African leaders serious about sustainability, facilitates information exchange, informs policy processes, shares good practice and develops innovative, locally designed practical tools for African local governments.
LOCS2011 will provide opportunities to review relevant COP16 outcomes emerging from Mexico (Dec 2010), and to prepare for full participation in the COP17 meetings and associated events at the end of 2011.
One of the major outcomes of the congress will be a Local Government Declaration on the National Global Climate Negotiations, which will be tabled at the International Climate Talks to be hosted by South Africa, in Durban at the end of this year, UNFCC COP 17.
Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Dan Plato, said: “The City of Cape Town has a long standing relationship with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and we are proud to be the African host city of the ICLEI - Africa Secretariat.
“We know that cities need to plan and design new ways for a low-carbon, resource efficient future in the face of climate change. The LOCS2011 conference will provide a timely opportunity for local government leaders in Africa to learn about what is needed to build resilience against the threat of climate change.”
“This meeting is critical for Cape Town. It is very easy to dismiss environmental issues as being an issue for wealthy people and greenies, but environmental changes have a much greater effect on poor people than on wealthy people, as the poor have fewer resources to help them cope with catastrophic events,” Plato said.
For more information, or to register for the event log onto http://locs4africa.iclei.org/
Media interested in attending can contact Leanne Raymond, e-mail: email@example.com
March 24th, 2011, 10:11 AM
UN World Water Conference gets underway in Cape Town
NO. 206 / 2011
18 MARCH 2011
Alderman Clive Justus, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services today, Sunday 20 March 2011,at 2:00pm delivered the opening address at the “Water Champion Cities” event of the UN World Water Day Conference in the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The conference continues for three days.
The event is a joint collaboration of UN-Water, the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).
The conference focuses on urbanisation and the water challenges facing cities into the future.
In his address Alderman Justus highlighted the fact that Cape Town was one of the initial city signatories of the Istanbul Water Consensus (IWC) in 2009. The IWC is a global pact signed by local and regional authorities willing to adapt their water infrastructure and services to the emerging challenges they are increasingly facing, such as climate change, rapid urban growth and pollution of water resources.
Alderman Justus emphasised the relevance of the conference to the entire world and to Cape Town in particular as the city is located in a water-stressed area.
Cape Town is in a similar situation to numerous other urban areas in that it has virtually reached the limit of the available surface water resources and will be obliged to pursue actively - and implement - its conservation and water demand strategies, as well as exploit alternative sources.
CITY OF CAPE TOWN, COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
ALDERMAN CLIVE JUSTUS
MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR UTILITY SERVICES
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
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March 24th, 2011, 10:13 AM
24 Mar 2011: CTICC In The Global Spotlight
The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has announced that it has been selected as one of the three finalists for the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) Operations Award. The award aims to reward and recognise international best practice operation initiatives in the exhibition industry and to give exhibition professionals the opportunity to exchange interesting and innovative ideas, concepts, techniques and knowledge related to operations issues.
According to Chief Operating Officer, Joey Pather the centre clinched one of the top spots as a result of the centre’s smart use of Information Technology with regard to exhibitions. The CTICC in conjunction with its IT service provider Prosperis Technology identified a need for more streamlined communication within the centre. While the CTICC has superb WIFI coverage, delegates to the centre were mainly utilising their “smart phones” like Blackberry, iPhone and iPads to access the internet. “CTICC decided to combine existing hotspot and intranet technologies to create a platform, where the centre could communicate with all clients” says Pather.
“Clients can now access a multitude of services related to the breakdown and build-up of exhibitions, conferences and events such as floor plans, real time freight information, online exhibition services and instant messaging with CTICC staff” says Pather. This new service offering not only streamlines the exhibition process, but also meets the centre’s sustainable objectives as it reduces the use of paper and manual systems processes.
Pather concluded by saying that the centre will continue to implement new cutting edge innovations in order to achieve its vision of being one of the world’s leading long haul international convention centres by 2020. The winner of this award will be announced at the UFI Operations Focus Meeting in Kiev next month.
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March 24th, 2011, 10:16 AM
Cape Town tourism to get conference boost
The South African city of Cape Town is due to host a major tourism conference next week.
By Southall Travel -Wednesday, March 23, 2011 02:46 PM
http://southalltravel.co.uk/news/newsimages/cape+town+is+predicting+a+tourism+boom_1809_800473418_0_0_6001500_300.jpgTourism in the South African city of Cape Town is expected to enjoy a boost after next week's Tourism Destination Conference.
The one-day conference, which will take place on March 28th, will include more than 100 influential figures and decision makers from the sector.
Following on from last year's Football World Cup, the theme of this year's event is elevating Cape Town's global profile.
Alan Winde, Western Cape tourism minister, said: "The conference is aimed at engaging with relevant topics that could enhance our destination's competitive advantage to contribute towards industry growth."
Furthermore, the keynote speech is to be given by South Africa's national tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.
Visitors on flights to South Africa (http://www.southalltravel.co.uk/South-Africa/) were more frequent last year, as figures announced earlier this year show that South Africa enjoyed a 15.1 per cent increase in tourist traffic in 2010.
Highlights for a South African holiday in the Cape Town region include Stellenbosch winelands and Tankwa Karoo National Park.
March 24th, 2011, 10:17 AM
Jazz festival sold out
March 23 2011 at 09:59am
The Flames who have not performed in 30 years will be performing at the Cape town International Jaz Festival. - Photo: Matthew Jordaan
THE Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a sell-out – and desperate fans are now inundating social network sites for tickets.
The festival takes place on Friday and Saturday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), where over 32 000 fans will be blown away with leading acts including South African legend Hugh Masekela, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and his stellar quartet, and American jazz, R&B and funk band, Earth, Wind & Fire.
espAfrika chief executive and festival founder Rashid Lombard said no more tickets would be made available as the venue’s capacity of 16 000 people per day had been reached.
“It’s wonderful. To have an event sold out a week before it takes place shows the quality of the line-up. Safety was the main concern and therefore ticketing was strictly monitored by safety and security structures. This event is not about profit or numbers, but rather comfort,” he said.
Lombard warned that fraudulent tickets would be sold, especially via social networks and advertisers – as in previous years – which he said looked “identical to originals”.
The festival is regarded as Africa’s largest lifestyle festival, with more than 34 000 people attending last year’s event.
Local hospitality providers said they were eagerly awaiting the event, which “provides a much-needed first-quarter injection to tourism figures”.
As the official hotel partner of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival for the next four years, Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa’s chief executive Nick Seewer said it generated revenue for Cape Town and was growing in stature.
“Thousands of festival attendees use the facilities of local hotels and restaurants, which is a great benefit for all players in the local hospitality industry,” he said
Festival organisers have presented a series of workshops throughout the city over eight days.
A free community concert will take place at Greenmarket Square today to showcase some of the international and local acts scheduled to perform at the festival.
March 24th, 2011, 10:34 AM
Cape Town gets Green Expo
Three City Events has announced the inaugural launch of its fully comprehensive greening expo, The Green Expo, being held from 12-14 August 2011 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). It will be an accessible exhibition, focusing on sustainability issues, for both homeowners and business people.
http://cdn.bizcommunity.com/c/1103/67525.jpgThe Friday has been designed as a trade expo while the Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.
The organisers have been actively involved in the greening of the event industry and had an active involvement in the newly formed 'Event Greening Forum'. Recent events have had the carbon footprint minimised with the balance being offset with renewable energy certificates, making the expos carbon neutral. In addition it has supported local small businesses as suppliers and exhibitors, wherever possible, to support the principles of the triple bottom line.
The company has a successful track record in exhibition management; it manages the award-winning SABC Education Baba Indaba, has won the EXSA award for Best Consumer Exhibition Of The Year, four times in the last five years as well as a gold award for the Most Memorable Event in 2009. The company has also been awarded the Top Women award for gender empowerment.
"The expo is a unique opportunity for businesses and organisations to publicise their products to the more than 15 000 visitors anticipated. Consumers and businesses must work together to make a favourable impact on the planet through their personal and professional lives," says Natalie Naude, organiser and MD of Three City Events. "Therefore, The Green Expo is aimed primarily at the consumer but with a significant business appeal."
Visitors will be attracted to the expo to witness new practical methods to 'going green'; to look for value in their existing businesses and scout for new business opportunities and to listen to talks by professional speakers on the life choice issues facing us today.
Businesses involved in reducing carbon emissions, energy saving technologies, sustainable business practices, organic products, recycling and eco-friendly products are strongly encouraged to participate.
The website will provide an interactive resource containing information and education on sustainability issues as well as promoting exhibitors and suppliers of green technology. Go to www.thegreenexpo.co.za (http://www.thegreenexpo.co.za/) for more information.
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March 24th, 2011, 10:35 AM
Marketing Indaba to be hosted in Cape Town
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Cape Town is getting ready for the first Marketing Indaba which will be held at the CTICC on 19 and 20 May. The Marketing Indaba incorporates the Marketing Conference and five co-located exhibitions namely the AdExpo, Promo Expo, ICT Expo, PrintPack, and CRM Expo. The event focuses on the marketing industry as a whole and will attract industry role-players from across the Western Cape and South Africa.
http://cdn.bizcommunity.com/c/1103/68277.jpgBuilding on the momentum that was created by the AdExpo that was held in Johannesburg in previous years, the decision was made to co-locate the show under the banner of the Marketing Indaba. Marketing Indaba includes four new shows in order to offer visitors the latest industry developments in advertising, marketing, communication, technology, promotions, customer relations, printing and packaging.
Marketing Indaba offers many networking opportunities where visitors can meet like minded executives and industry peers from various industries. With SME's and larger agencies already confirming their participation, the event ensures a good platform for cross-industry knowledge exchange. Sharing marketing trends, ideas and solutions will be at the heart of all visitors and delegates.
The two-day conference will offer a focussed programme including topics such as digital marketing, integration of marketing channels and online brand management. Some of the confirmed speakers include Mike Freedman (Freedthinkers), Deon Robbertze (Ogilvy Earth), Will Green (Apurimac Media), Christine da Silva (NeoOgilvy), Godfrey and Karen Parkin (Britefire), Garreth Bloor (Memeburn), Graeme Haley (Thumbtribe) and Dan Pinch (Atmosphere Communications).
The conference price is R1500 for both days or R950 per day. Early bird discounts apply until the end of March. The expo entrance is R40 and tickets can be bought at the door or via the Marketing Indaba website. For more information and bookings call CADEK Media on 021 855 4750, email firstname.lastname@example.org<span class="kRev">az.oc.kedac@ofni or visit www.marketingindaba.com (http://www.marketingindaba.com/).
Event: Marketing Indaba & Conference
Date: 19 - 20 May 2011
Venue: International Convention Centre, Cape Town
Cost: R40 expo entrance per person; R950 one day conference; R1500 both days conference
Website: www.marketingindaba.com (http://www.marketingindaba.com/)
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Telephone: 021 855 4750
Contact person: Chris de Klerk
March 24th, 2011, 03:17 PM
I'll be at the Tourism Destination Conference where part of the event will cover Cape Town's Mega-Event Strategy.
April 8th, 2011, 12:03 AM
To view the brief of the Mega- Events Strategy.
April 21st, 2011, 03:22 PM
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Date: 21 Apr 2011
Title: SA to host 62nd Astronautical Congress
Pretoria - Cabinet had approved that the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, and Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, further consult on the hosting of the 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2011).
The event, which has been described as the world's premier meeting of space industry companies and space professionals by Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi, is to be held in Cape Town from 3 - 7 October 2011.
The IAC is expected to draw over 3 500 conference participants and exhibitors.
Speaking at a post-Cabinet briefing today, Manyi said: "This is the 'FIFA Cup' of space meetings and will be attended by heads and top executives of the world's leading space agencies."
The IAC is an annual meeting of actors in the discipline of space, and consists of plenary sessions, lectures and meetings. In addition, there is a large exhibition running concurrently.
Also expected to attend are academics, researchers, industry and commerce executives, students and young professionals. - BuaNews
April 26th, 2011, 06:59 PM
Cape Town to host global gathering of geologists in 2016
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26th April 2011
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South Africa has been chosen to host the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) in 2016, making it only the second time that the event would be held on African soil – Pretoria previously hosted the congress in 1929.
The 2016 congress would be hosted in Cape Town, and would reportedly contribute more than an estimated R125-million to the Western Cape economy.
“It was time that this conference came to Africa again and what better place than South Africa, widely considered the gateway to Africa. The continent is crammed with geological superlatives with many must-see sites for geologists,” said the Geological Society of South Africa’s Dr Craig Smith.
Cape Town International Convention Centre CEO Rashid Toefy commented that events such as the IGC justified the city’s decision to spend R4,5-billion on infrastructure designed to establish the city as one of the world’s leading long-haul convention destinations by 2020.
“Cape Town was the first choice because it’s a premier, value for money destination,” added Smith.
April 29th, 2011, 02:17 PM
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World Economic Forum on Africa poised for take off
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / CAPE TOWN, SA: The World Economic Forum has announced that more than 900 participants from 60 countries will participate in the 21st World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, 4-6 May 2011. Jacob G. Zuma, president of South Africa, will host the meeting, where participants will gather to deliberate under the theme From Vision to Action, Africa's Next Chapter.
http://www.bizcommunity.com/c/1104/71708.jpg"Africa is poised for take off," said Katherine Tweedie, director, head of Africa, World Economic Forum. "Sub-Saharan Africa is already one of the top performing regions in the world. The region came through the economic crisis with resilience and the international community is interested in its growth opportunities. The World Economic Forum on Africa will be an opportunity for key leaders from the region and beyond to discuss how this growing confidence in Africa's potential can be translated into action and results."
A venue to explore opportunities
The World Economic Forum on Africa offers an opportunity for business, government and civil society to explore opportunities and risks facing the continent at this important juncture. The meeting has three thematic pillars: Shaping Africa's Role in the New Reality; Fostering Africa's New Champions of Growth; and Building Partnerships for Inclusive Development.
The launch of The Africa Competitiveness Report on the morning of 4 May ahead of the official opening of the meeting will provide valuable insight for the discussions.
The meeting will begin with a highly interactive brainstorming session designed to engage the Forum's Africa community and kick-start the debate. A collaborative exercise will examine the region's position in the new reality and identify opportunities to unleash, accelerate and sustain its transition to inclusive, investment-driven growth.
Heads of state to attend
Heads of state/government from Africa who have confirmed their participation include Faure Gnassingbé, president of Togo; Armando Emilio Guebuza, president of Mozambique; Jakaya M. Kikwete, president of Tanzania; Raila Amolo Odinga, prime minister of Kenya; Ali Bongo Ondimba, president of Gabon; Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister of Zimbabwe; and Jacob G. Zuma, president of South Africa.
Other top regional and international leaders who will participate include Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006); Hailemariam Desalegn, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Ethiopia; Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, vice-president, Africa Region, World Bank, Washington DC; Donald Kaberuka, president of African Development Bank (ADB), Tunis; Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; and Anand Sharma, minister of commerce and industry of India.
The co-chairs of the meeting who will help shape the agenda are:
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of the board, Nestlé, Switzerland; Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Global Agenda Council on Water Security
Timothy Flynn, chairman, KPMG International, USA
P. Mpho Makwana, chairman, Eskom Holdings, South Africa
Linah K. Mohohlo, governor of the Bank of Botswana; Regional Agenda Council on Africa
Rajiv J. Shah, administrator, USAID - US Government Agency for International Development, USA; Young Global Leader
Jubril Adewale Tinubu, group chief executive, Oando, Nigeria; Young Global Leader.
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July 15th, 2011, 07:44 PM
World Trade Center Cape Town wins bid to host 2012 EMEA regional meeting: the world is coming to Africa!
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Exciting news has come out of this week’s World Trade Center EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) regional meeting held in Belgium – the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) has awarded the privilege of hosting the prestigious 2012 EMEA event for World Trade Centers to the World Trade Center Cape Town. This is a massive event to be held in March or April next year.
Mochron Investments (the owners of The African Initiative of World Trade Centers) hold 13 African World Trade Center licences with the World Trade Center Cape Town as the hub of these World Trade Centers.
The honour bestowed on them to host the EMEA event in 2012 is therefore a great opportunity for furthering African trade status. It will allow the African Network of World Trade Centers the chance to engage directly with more than 100 international World Trade Centers and will ultimately see 1000 or more serious international players attending.
The WTCA board was unanimous in its acceptance of the bid and members voted overwhelmingly in World Trade Center Cape Town’s favour. This is an especially great achievement as World Trade Center Cape Town is the only World Trade Center to have received this opportunity within the first year of operation.
In addition, it was announced that Julius Steyn, president of World Trade Center Cape Town, was nominated to be a member of the Audit and Risk committees for the WTCA.
Delegates to the 2012 EMEA event will be introduced to and receive various issues from the Best of Africa series, which includes Best of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Mauritius coffee table books and other GVP worldwide media as the official gifts and showcase for Africa and the world. These publications will be featuring a showcase of leading African business.
The recent development and interest in Africa has created an opportunity to attract investor interest in order to ensure its upward and continuous growth. World Trade Center Cape Town and the Best of… books provide the perfect platform for this branding exercise.
July 15th, 2011, 07:45 PM
CTICC II Opens for Bookings!!!
First confirmed booking for expanded CTICC to add R125 million to local economy
http://www.cticc.co.za/Files/Attachments/images/local-economy.jpgIn another major coup for Cape Town, the destination has secured yet another international conference, which will draw 10 000 delegates and by conservative estimates contribute more than R125 million to the Western Cape economy.
The 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) is set to take place in July and is the first confirmed booking of the expanded CTICC. According to Dr. Craig Smith from the Geological Society of South Africa, it was time that this conference came to Africa again as it was last hosted in Pretoria in 1929 – more than 80 years ago.
It is events like these that underscore the importance of the envisaged convention precinct and justify the R4.5 billion investment in infrastructure development needed to realise the vision of establishing Cape Town as one of the top long-haul convention destinations by 2020 says Rashid Toefy.
“This will be one of the largest conferences Cape Town has ever hosted. It illustrates the need for the expansion of the CTICC and also the prudence of that expansion in order for Cape Town to remain relevant and competitive in the international arena,” states Calvyn Gilfellan, CEO of Cape Town Routes Unlimited.
The 34th International Geological Congress will take place next year in Brisbane, Australia. Previously the conference was hosted in Oslo, Norway in 2008.
July 16th, 2011, 12:07 PM
The 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) is set to take place in July
Does the conference take place every 4 years? Meaning we'd be hosting it in July 2016?
July 17th, 2011, 08:00 AM
better get cracking on the building
July 22nd, 2011, 07:40 AM
I'm liking that they've replaced the standard event info boards with electronic boards at the CTICC facing the N1 inbound. Makes much more sense!
July 27th, 2011, 01:23 PM
VINDABA: First trade fair for wine tourism to be held in Cape Town
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South Africa's wine and tourism industry will be presenting the first combined trade fair for wine tourism, known as Vindaba, from 25 to 27 September 2012.
From now on, South African minister of tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk will be integrating wine tourism into the "National Tourism Sector Strategy". At the same time next year, the CapeWine, South Africa's internationally renowned wine trade fair, will also be held, drawing numerous wine experts and media representatives to the modern Convention Center in Cape Town.
The initiative is a result of the cooperation of the most important organisations in both sectors: Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and South Africa Tourism (SAT), South Africa's wine routes, Cape Town Tourism, Cape Town Routes Unlimited, the Department of Finance as well as funds to promote tourism and the economy in the Western Cape.
Weblinks: www.vindaba.com and www.capewine2012.co.za (WF/press release)
August 3rd, 2011, 01:01 PM
CTICC to host major industry conference
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3 August 2011
The Cape Town International Convention Centre has been selected to host the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) Annual Conference in 2013. It will be the first time that the prestigious event takes place on the African continent.
AIPC is one of the world's leading international associations for professional convention and exhibition centres.
The organisation is committed to encouraging and recognising excellence in convention centre management, while at the same time providing the tools to achieve such high standards through its research, educational and networking programs.
It focuses specifically on the issues, opportunities and challenges facing convention and exhibition centres.
High profile of delegates
The conference attracts a high profile of delegates that are actively involved in running and managing convention centres according to international standards.
"The centre has been a member of this organisation since 2007, and it is fitting that the annual conference in 2013 be hosted in Africa and in Cape Town," said Rashid Toefy, the chief executive officer of the CTICC.
More than 200 delegates from 53 countries are expected to converge in Cape Town to attend the event.
The last two conferences were held in Liverpool and San Diego respectively and the next one will take place in Amsterdam.
ICCA Annual Conference
The last international convention centre industry event that the CTICC hosted was in 2004, when it hosted the 8th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Annual Conference.
As a convention centre that benchmarks itself according to global best practice, the CTICC will be on display to the international convention fraternity, which is sure to raise the standard of the event even further.
It's an excellent opportunity to raise the global competitiveness of Cape Town as a premier meetings and events destination as it allows international delegates to gain first-hand experience of the world class infrastructure and amenities that that the CTICC and the city of Cape Town have in place.
Earlier this year in San Diego, Toefy, who was one of the three international guest speakers, spoke on the topic of securing new investments and convention centre expansions.
The forthcoming conference will also present an ideal platform to showcase the current expansion progress of the CTICC.
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August 23rd, 2011, 12:59 PM
Cape Town and Western Cape secure 47 international events
03 August 2011
Cape Town has bid to host the World Games in 2017, and has also bid to host the World Design Capital in 2014.
Cape Town, TripAdvisor's top destination for 2011.
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The fact that the International World Games Association and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design are currently considering Cape Town as a destination for their prime events, is another vote of confidence in Cape Town’s ability to host successful international events - Patricia de Lille, Cape Town's executive mayor"
The Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau (CTWCCB) has thus far secured 47 bids for international events between 2011 and 2016. These would have a combined estimated economic impact of R590 million.
Among the conferences Cape Town has secured are the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in 2013 (5 000 delegates), Options on the Control of Influenza VIII Conference in 2013 (1 500 delegates), UN Global Union Conference in 2014 (4 000 delegates), the 35th International Geological Congress in 2016 (10 000 delegates), and the Congress of International Radiation Protection Association in 2016 (1 300 delegates).
Speaking at the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry’s national conference held in Cape Town from 24 - 26 July 2011, CEO of Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU), Calvyn Gilfellan, said that of the 42 submissions the CTWCCB made in the 2010/2011 bidding year, 18 were secured. These have a combined estimated economic value of R250 million.
Thus far in the 2011/2012 financial year, which started 1 April 2011, CTWCCB has bid for 10 international events with an estimated delegate attendance of 74 000 and an estimated combined economic value of R195 million.
Commenting on the World Games and World Design Capital bids, Cape Town’s executive mayor Patricia de Lille, said the fact that the International World Games Association and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design are currently considering Cape Town as a destination for their prime events, is another vote of confidence in Cape Town’s ability to host successful international events.
Following Gilfellan’s appointment as CEO of CTRU in 2007, he put the Cape Town Convention Bureau through a Lloyds of London Register Quality Assurance audit. ‘We passed that first one, and all subsequent ones, with flying colours, and I think that’s something we can build on,’ Gilfellan noted. It is only 1 of 8 bureaus on 5 continents to be successfully assessed by Lloyds.
The others all belong to the BestCities Global Alliance, the world's first convention bureau alliance, of which the Cape Town Convention Bureau is a member.
The main objectives of the alliance are to provide the best professional practices to the world’s conference, conventions and meetings industry; increase the business opportunities for each alliance member; and guarantee quality service levels for buyers.
Cape Town generates significant leads through the BestCities Global Alliance.
The other alliance members are Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Melbourne, San Juan, Singapore and Vancouver.
August 25th, 2011, 05:23 PM
Another 1 bagged today.
World Veterinary Poultry Conference for 2015.
November 3rd, 2011, 11:37 AM
CTICC gears up for a bumper year for 2012 and beyond
The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) today announced that it is gearing up for a busy year of international conferences and events for 2012 and has secured 178 international conferences from now until 2020.
Speaking today at the centre’s Annual Results Press Conference, CTICC, Chief Executive Officer, Rashid Toefy says “While the aftershocks of the global recession contributed to a slight decline in the total number of events hosted at the CTICC, the centre managed to meet its targets and achieve a record number of delegate days. The CTICC attracted a total of 1 243 910 visitor days to Cape Town, an 11% increase from the 1 119 852 days it generated last year. While the number of meetings and events did not grow substantially there was an increase in attendance across all event categories such as international, national conferences, exhibitions and trade fairs and special events.
At a time when the global recession has impacted negatively on many businesses around the world, the CTICC has produced a result that serves to entrench the status of Cape Town and the CTICC as a highly attractive meetings and events destination. The centre’s success can be attributed to the fact the CTICC has always focused primarily on international association business as these markets are fairly recession proof and the increasing trend in short term bookings.
“We have noticed that the nature of how people book meetings and events is changing and that factors such as return on investment, sourcing and contract negotiations and supporting technology platforms are influencing decision processes. The result is that event organisers are becoming more savy and less likely to contract in advance, with the effect that lead times are being reduced” added Toefy
“The flexibility of the CTICC to meet its clients needs has stood it in good stead in terms of meeting this demand” says Toefy. Short lead times reduce the planning process and a venue that is not able to adapt to changing its processes will struggle to survive. “As the economy slowly recovers from the recession, we expect to see a significant increase in the number of international conferences, exhibition trade fairs and special events” says Toefy.
Since January 2011 to date CTICC has attracted international conferences to the value of R 19 million. Recently awarded conferences include the 17th Reach for Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference in 2013, World Veterinary Poultry Congress and General Assembly of the International Institution for Production Engineering Research both 2015.
Toefy concluded by saying that centre is well on its way to achieving its vision of being the best long haul international convention centre by 2020 and has a well booked portfolio of over 900 events booked until 2020,
Issued by the Cape Town International Convention Centre
For more information contact Zeenat Parker, Corporate Communications Manager on Tel +27 21 410 5010 or 071 888 2623.
November 9th, 2011, 02:09 PM
CTICC voted best Exhibition Venue in South Africa
The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) scooped the award for the “Best Exhibition Venue of the Year” at the Exhibition and Event Association of South Africa’s (EXSA) Annual Awards dinner, which was held in Johannesburg last week.
This national event commemorates industry role-players in the exhibition and events industry, who have made significant strides in raising the global competitiveness of the exhibition and events industry. CTICC was selected as one of the top three finalists and competed against the Durban International Convention Centre and the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, for this prestigious title.
According to CTICC, Chief Operating Officer, Joey Pather, the centre is delighted to win this award. The CTICC, which boasts over 11 000m² of dedicated, column-free space, provides the perfect venue for any exhibition or trade show. “The sub - divisibility of the exhibition halls and the flexibility of the centre combined with the world class infrastructure and service excellence, makes the CTICC an ideal exhibition and conference venue” says Pather. The CTICC is the venue of choice for mega events like the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Design Indaba Conference and Expo and popular exhibitions such as the Cape Homemakers Expo, the Good Food and Wine Show and Decorex to name a few.
During the 2010/2011 financial year the centre hosted over 500 events and attracted a record number of 1 243 910 visitor, delegate and tourist days. This is the highest number since the centre opened its doors and can be attributed to the increase in attendance at exhibitions and trade fairs. “The exhibition halls, individually or in various configurations, were used on 84 separate occasions, for various events, yielding 53 % occupancy” added Pather.
“The EXSA Annual Awards aims to recognise key industry players, who have played an instrumental role in raising the profile of the local exhibition sector and who are continually setting the benchmark in terms of global best practice. We would like to congratulate the CTICC on winning this award” says EXSA Chairperson, Natalie Naude.
Pather concluded by saying that the fact that the centre won this award is further testament to the world class infrastructure of the CTICC and Cape Town. The CTICC is well on its way to achieving its vision of being the best long haul international convention centre by 2020.
November 10th, 2011, 09:30 AM
TV summit in Cape
November 10 2011 at 10:10am
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The biggest TV summit Africa has ever seen kicked off in the Mother City yesterday.
AfricaCast 2011 brings together the who’s who of Africa and South Africa’s television industry.
Facebook, Google, the BBC, cellphone operators such as MTN, Vodacom and Orange will all attend the two-day summit at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
It is the biggest ever held on African soil dedicated to the blooming TV market on the continent. - Daily Voice
June 1st, 2012, 09:19 AM
Should be pretty cool!
1 June 2012
Cape Town International Convention Centre to host first ever toy exhibition and trade fair in Africa
(Cape Town, 1 June 2012) The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has announced that it will play host to the first international toy and game trade fair ever held on the African continent. This event, which will take place in August, next year, is the brainchild of celebrity Australian toy innovator, Ken Howard and is aimed at growing the local toy market and kick-starting a vibrant toy design and manufacturing industry in South Africa.
Joey Pather, Chief Operating Officer of the CTICC, says “We are very excited to host this important event. Ken’s innovative concept is great news for Cape Town and the country as a whole. With his vision, and the support of local industry bodies and business organisations, we are hopeful that the event will evolve into a world-class showcase, on par with similar events held in the United States and Europe.”
Howard, who is one of Australia’s most-awarded individuals, gained fame when he developed a board game called Parliament to teach his children about his country’s parliamentary processes. He has since developed more than a 1000 products and is the creator of the MasterChef Australia board game. He regularly consults for companies, TV shows and advertising agencies around the world and often helps aspirant toymakers to get their ideas off the ground.
Howard is in South Africa to meet with various role-players in order to establish a local toy design and manufacturing industry. “I saw a huge gap in South Africa – and the rest of Africa – in that there was no local toy manufacturing capacity, with most toys sold on the continent being imported from China. I will be meeting with a number of industry bodies to find a way forward for the establishment of a robust local toy design and manufacturing industry, which may include a toy design academy, a toy factory and, of course, the toy and game trade fair being hosted at the CTICC.”
Similar toy trade fairs in other parts of the world have proven to be hugely successful – the Nuremberg Toy Fair, the largest in the world, sees more than 2 600 exhibitors from 64 countries exhibit over a million products, with 76 000 visitors from around the world attending the six-day trade fair and purchasing the latest in toys and games.
A local toy manufacturing industry poses significant benefits to the South African economy – according to the Toy Industry Association, the toy industry contributes a massive $ 80.9-billion to the US economy annually, supporting more than 500 000 American jobs. “Despite the recession, the global toy industry has grown by 300% over the past few years, so there is huge potential for South Africa in establishing its own toy manufacturing capabilities,” explains Howard.
Pather is optimistic about the event’s impact on the local economy. “With the possible establishment of a local production capability, the impact on job creation, skills development and foreign investment could be huge. The trade fair will also attract thousands of international toy buyers, trade representatives, exhibitors and inventors, providing a significant economic boost to the local economy. Our planned expansion project could not have come at a better time, as events of this calibre necessitate the need for additional exhibition space in the near future.”
The event will be held over four days in August, with the first three days dedicated to a trade fair and the last day open to the public.
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June 1st, 2012, 03:27 PM
Cape Town is in line to host Sport Accord 2014. Inspection team to visit Cape Town in July
June 21st, 2012, 09:40 AM
Mother City to host world-leading Green event
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The Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) will host some of the most influential green leaders from around the globe in October 2013 in Cape Town.
At the recent World Green Building Council (WBC) Congress in Stuttgart, Germany - Cape Town was announced as the host city for next year. The Congress attracts prominent thought-leaders from over 91 Green Building Councils worldwide.
Visionary minds meet
This distinctive gathering of global and local thought-leaders will run in parallel with the highly regarded GBCSA annual convention and exhibition. The engaging programme will be designed to inspire this global network, facilitate knowledge-exchange and progress the green building agenda. A blend of inspiring speakers will engage in public sessions with GBC members to address common challenges such as international policy and strategies. As the local chairs of the African regional network, the GBCSA proposes an ‘Africa Day’ – envisaged to showcase the fledging African Network of GBC’s, promote dialogue and address challenges unique to our continent.
Honouring the pioneers
Outstanding contributions in sustainable development were also honoured at the recent WorldGBC Congress. Nicola Milne, founding CEO of the GBCSA, received a Chairman’s accolade for her pivotal role in transforming the South African market and making the organisation a leader for the region. WorldGBC Chairman Rick Fedrizzi, who presented the awards said that “Tonight, we honour a number of exceptional leaders for their drive, their commitment and their passion for green building. They are at the forefront of the global green building movement.”
The rands and sense of green building
Nicola is also the author of the GBCSA’s imminent publication, to be launched at the IPD Conference in July, called “The Rands and Sense of Green Building - Building the Business Case for Green Commercial Buildings in South Africa”. Building on international reports, this publication unpacks the financial and social benefits of green commercial buildings to the owner, manager, developer, investor, financier and tenant in a South African context by incorporating available research and case studies of local green developments. It also examines a number of challenges and barriers to green commercial buildings in South Africa, and looks at the way forward for the industry.
CEO of the GBCSA, Brian Wilkinson describes the report as one of the most important pieces of work the council will ever do. “Rands and Sense provides the ’boardroom’ answers to why it makes sense, listing strong economic justifications such as 25-50% lower operating costs, increased staff productivity and ’future proofing’ to name just three of the main findings. It debunks the additional construction cost myth, citing examples of major projects which showed only a marginal construction cost increase.” concludes Wilkinson.