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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 15:48
With the continued and ever-increasing focus on the environment and the demand for sustainability around the world, green event and conference planning has become an established trend within the global tourism and convention industry.

Conferences and events have a fundamental impact on the communities and the environment where they are hosted – some good, some bad. Whilst a boost to the local economy is welcomed, an influx of people can overwhelm local infrastructure or leave behind a significant amount of waste, environmental degradation, water and energy consumption, air pollution and habitat destruction to name a few.

Events can also generate a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions, leaving behind a big carbon footprint – so what is the right way to address sustainability? ‘Event greening’ or ‘sustainable event management’ applies environmentally preferred practices that minimise the environmental burdens to all related activities like venue selection, accommodation, travel, catering, waste management, resources and suppliers, and energy.

The Venue

Probably the most important step towards implementing a green event is the choice of venue which will determine the overall environmental impacts of the event, such as energy and water used and the waste generated by delegates and catering operations.  Selecting venues that have obtained environmental certification provides assurance that the environmental impact of the event will also be reduced.

Andre Harms, a sustainability engineer and founder of Ecolution Consulting,s ays that travellers and conference delegates are becoming more and more attuned to green accommodation and actively look for hotels that are operated sustainably.  Harms was an integral part of the building of Africa’s greenest hotel, Hotel Verde Cape Town, and has just completed work on Hotel Verde Zanzibar, East Africa’s greenest hotel, who opened their first phase on 21 March.

He continues to assist on all projects for Verde Hotels, who are the leaders in responsible and sustainable hotel development and operations worldwide.

Carbon offsetting

As climate change gains more attention around the world, a renewed focus on carbon emissions has emerged. Consumers are becoming more and more conscious of their carbon footprint, and are beginning to look for ways to reduce their impact on the planet – to eventually becoming carbon-neutral.

The single biggest contributor to an event’s carbon footprint is travel, therefore location and access are essential factors when selecting an event venue.  Carbon offsetting enables anyone to offset or neutralise a specific carbon footprint (ie: an event or travel) by means of supporting projects, typically energy efficiency, renewable energy, tree planting, etc. that either reduce or offset carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.  This effectively means that the negative amount of carbon created is apportioned to the offsetting entity, event or development.

Accommodation

When choosing accommodation from hotels and other accommodation providers, particularly suitable are those that have environmental certification as they demonstrate compliance with environmental standards and can guide the event planner on more precise impact assessment and carbon accounting.

Guy Johnstone, General Manager at Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort and Spa, says that guests are also incentivised and encouraged to be “green-savvy” whilst staying at the hotel by –

  • Making use of the power-generating gym equipment (Phase 2)
  • Re-using towels
  • Separating waste in the split bins for recycling
  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walking or cycling to see the sights

Catering

When it comes to menu planning, the choice of locally sourced organic and seasonal produce, even providing vegetarian dishes will reduce the environmental impact and benefit communities.

When arranging catering for an event, planning to prevent waste is essential. The number of delegates should be confirmed as precisely as possible, to avoid the preparation of too much food – half portion and children’s menus should also be available.

Technology & Lighting

Many new technologies offer improved efficiency, size and power requirements, especially for AV equipment, speakers and amplifiers – use of older, less efficient systems should be avoided.

Using natural light as much as possible is preferential as lighting is a substantial user of electricity, and care must be taken to design a lighting solution that minimises the use of energy.  The use of effective and efficient lighting control, for example, ensures lights are only on when and where, and to the extent they are needed without sacrificing the needs of the event.

Event materials

Large volumes of printed materials are generated for most meetings and events but with information technologies widely available, most of the communication functions can and should be carried out electronically.  Promotional emails, electronic invitations, registration, information packs and meeting documents can be provided on memory sticks or be available to download online.

If printing is necessary – print double-sided, using recycled paper and vegetable ink – font selection and printer settings can further reduce ink consumption. Any gifting or branded materials, such as pens, folders, etc. whilst best avoided, should be made of biodegradable, recycled and sustainably sourced materials, preferably from local suppliers.

There is no outright authority that tells an event planner exactly what to do and how to address sustainability when planning an event, but there are many associations at their disposal to assist and give guidance as to how to build sustainability into the event planning process.  There are also easy-to-use carbon footprint calculators where you can enter details about attendee travel, the venue and meals to get an approximate measurement of the carbon impact created by an event.

Harms highlights the importance of incorporating environmental considerations throughout all stages of an event in order to minimise the negative impact on the environment and positively contribute towards the community. He adds that the hospitality industry should be incorporating green building practices, strategies and operations into its hotels to present a completely sustainable offering in support of the worldwide green movement and to assist in promoting responsible tourism.

“Sustainability profits not only the organisation but the global environment too,” he emphasises.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 15:40
With over 1.8 million lives impacted since 2015, Africa Code Week harnesses partnerships to build community capacity on digital education across an entire continent.

The 2018 edition of Africa Code Week (ACW) officially kicked-off in Madagascar yesterday with its first-part series of Train-the-Trainer (TTT) workshops. More than 200 local teachers and parents received hands-on training on the open-source Scratch learning interface, which will enable them to introduce and sustain digital skills development in their respective classrooms.

Now in its fourth year, ACW instils 21st-century skills among African youth with a key focus on capacity-building and female skills development and training in support of the #eskills4girls initiative. Introduced in 2015 by SAP CSR EMEA, the initiative is now actively supported by key partners UNESCO YouthMobile, Google and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), 15 African governments, over 150 partners and 100 ambassadors across the continent. All are joining forces to bridge the digital and gender skills gap in Africa, empowering youth with the skills they need to become key players in the digital economy.

More Teacher Contact Hours, More Critical Skills

To date, ACW has introduced digital skills to more than 1,8 million children across 35 countries and aims to empower 70,000 teachers while impacting the lives of 2 million youth by 2020. This year, SAP has set a target of reaching 600 000 youth across 35 African countries during the month of October, with actual dates to be set by each country to accommodate their school calendar. “2018 will be an exciting year as ACW shifts into second gear from igniting the continent and raising awareness of the importance of digital education to sustaining the impact of the programme through capacity-building efforts in close partnerships with governments, schools and NPOs,” says Karolina Telejko, Director of EMEA Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP and Project Lead for Africa Code Week.

With over 25,000 teachers trained over the past three years and an average ratio of 72 youth engaged per trained teacher, Train-the-Trainer (TTT) sessions are the cornerstone of Africa Code Week’s sustainable impact across the continent. They empower teachers with skills and teaching materials that facilitate the integration of digital skills into the school curriculum. The 2018 edition will see over 20 TTT workshops funded by SAP CSR EMEA and hosted by either the ACW team, Ministries or NGOs across the continent. “Taking Africa Code Week to the next level of capacity building impact means more than multiplying teacher training on a national and continental scale. It is also about providing them with a comprehensive curriculum that imparts 21st-century knowledge above and beyond actual coding proficiency, namely deepening understanding of computational thinking and tackling data science and analytics,” Telejko explains.

Collaboration: Key Enabler in Madagascar and Beyond

The fourth largest island on the planet, Madagascar has a population of more than 26 million with over 50% comprising of young people. Its economy is largely dependent on the export of agriculture products, which employs roughly 80% of the population. In an effort to eradicate poverty, Madagascar is taking steps towards expanding its ICT infrastructure and access in the country through a number of measures, including the establishment of ICT centres in schools.
“We would like to thank SAP, UNESCO and Africa Code Week partners for their strategic vision to build teacher and community capacity for ICT skills development which is fully aligned and supports the Ministry of Education,” said Lalaharontsoa Rakotojaona, Director General of Secondary Education and Mass Training, at the press conference organized at EPP Antanimbarinandriana on June 6.

Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa, insists that public-private partnership and open collaboration can bring transformative change to Africa’s youth. “SAP’s mission is to make the world run better and improve people’s lives: to power opportunities through digital inclusion, we need to scale-up capacity building efforts in close liaison with the private, public and nonprofit sectors. With Africa being the youngest talent in the world and ACW having built such a solid family of engaged stakeholders and like-minded partners, STEM skills development is entering a new era of unprecedented collaboration and impact.”

Feeling inspired? Join SAP on their Africa Code Week mission and get involved by visiting www.africacodeweek.org.
For more information about SAP Africa, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of SAP Africa.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 15:04
Century City Hotel in Cape Town is putting the spotlight on water-conscious wine producers for the month of June.

A selection of six wines, curated by the hotel’s sommelier, Michelle Moller, can be ordered by the glass at the hotel’s restaurant, Square Café & Wine Bar, or tasted inside the property’s glass-enclosed wine cellar during a food and wine pairing experience (for a maximum of eight guests).

In order to qualify as a ‘water-wise wine’, less than five litres needs to be used to produce each bottle. All of those showcased by Century City Hotel came in under this limit, with two of the farms using just 500ml of water to produce a bottle.

This ties in with the property’s water-conscious ethos, which includes toilets that use just nine-litres of recycled water to flush, timers to remind guests to try and stick to two-minute showers, high-pressure shower heads with built-in producers, and on-site water bottling facilities for both the hotel and adjacent conference centre.

Describing her vision for the Century City Hotel’s wine offering, Moller says: “Our aim was to create an accessible platform to showcase a unique and diverse collection of South African wines and offer guests the opportunity to sample very special wines they may never otherwise encounter.

“Many are specially sourced, and I often discover the gems when I go scouting through the smaller estates off the beaten track in the Winelands. It’s these regular excursions that allow me to find wines that are rarely – or never – found in retail or seen on wine lists.”

Unlike many establishments that update wine lists seasonally, Moller changes 10% of the wines monthly. She also hosts regular wine tastings which can be booked through the restaurant or a local gin sampling.

Source: tam.co.za

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 16:27
With the giants of Africa, Nigeria and South Africa, faced with a crisis at home, East African countries are increasingly becoming a suitable alternative for foreign investors and large consumer companies.

Both of Africa’s largest economies have experienced growth at below 2%, hit hard by fall in global commodity prices in 2016. While East African countries’ led by Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda have been enjoying growth rates not less than 5% since then.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), the continent’s largest soft drinks bottler, recently announced it would invest $100 million in Kenya over the next five years to improve infrastructure and launch new products. Earlier in May, the company had also launched a $69 million new juice line at its Nairobi plant, one of its four bottling plants in Kenya.

The South-African based company made its strategic move into Kenya, and the East African market when it bought Equator Bottlers, the third largest Coca-Cola bottler in Kenya in 2017.

“With a population of over 45 million and a rapidly urbanising population, 72% of whom are under 30, Kenya offers opportunities for growth and investment,” Daryl Wilson, country Managing Director for Equator Bottlers, said after it was acquired by CCBA last year.

Within sub-Saharan Africa, East African countries—especially Ethiopia and Kenya, and to a lesser extent Uganda and Tanzania — have seen an increase in investments from consumer goods’ companies. The region’s positive economic growth, political stability, an improved regulatory environment and a big market of over 120 million people is attracting them.

Production Haven
East Africa remains the fastest-growing sub-region in Africa, with an estimated growth of 5.6 percent in 2017, up from 4.9 percent in 2016. Growth is expected to remain buoyant, reaching 5.9 percent in 2018 and 6.1 percent in 2019. Strong growth is widespread in East Africa, with many countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) growing 5 percent or more. According to an African Development Bank report, the industrial sector contributed about 39 percent of the region’s average real GDP growth in 2017.

Last month, Bloomberg reported Nissan Motor’s plans to start assembling vehicles in Kenya supporting the government’s vision to make the country to a regional auto-manufacturing hub. In the last 18 months only, Volkswagen AG, PSA Peugeot and CNH Industrial NV have announced separate plans for their own assembly lines.

Electronics maker, Samsung, was also keen on setting up an assembling plant in Kenya before it was abandoned in January, citing failure by the government to put in place mechanisms that would protect local manufacturers from cheap electronic imports. The Korean firm had in the past said it planned to build a plant that would assemble television sets, laptops and printers, which would service the East and Central African regions.

Ethiopia, which recorded 8.1% production growth in 2017, has been attracting investments for its industrial sector too. Although the country has mainly concentrated on developing the agricultural sector over the years, it has been exerting efforts to develop the industrial sectors, especially the textile and apparel sector. In 2016, Foreign Direct Investment flows to Ethiopia rose by 46 per cent to $3.2 billion, propelled by investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, an indicator of its efforts paying off.

Numerous companies have relocated their manufacturing plants from countries such as Turkey, India and China to Ethiopia over the past decade. European and American companies are also increasingly flocking to the rising investment magnet in East Africa. Internationally recognized apparel, textile and shoe brands have also established manufacturing plants in Ethiopia. Foreign investment in the textile industry has risen from $166.5 million in 2013/14 to 36.8 billion in 2016/17, the Ethiopian Investment Commission told Reuters.

U.S. fashion giant PVH, whose brands include Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger; Dubai-based Velocity Apparelz Companies, which supplies Levi’s, Zara and Under Armour; and China’s Jiangsu Sunshine Group, whose customers include Giorgio Armani and Hugo Boss have been reported to be interested in setting up factories in Ethiopia.

Transsion Holdings, owner of the Chinese brand Tecno Mobile, Africa’s leading mobile device maker is also building a 280,000-square-foot factory while SanSheng Pharmaceutical, a wing of the publicly listed Chongqing Sansheng Industrial Company in China, began the first phase of production this month.

Saudi investors now run over 200 investment projects in Ethiopia with the capital of $18.3 billion.

Djibouti in its case has been benefitting from the influx of these brands into Ethiopia. The ports in the country have been the major point of entry into the region.

Drivers of Investment

A major driver of the growth is household consumption. According to the report by the African development bank, household consumption contribution to Gross Domestic Production (GDP) is about 88 percent in Kenya and about 80 percent in Ethiopia.

Another is deliberate government’s investment in infrastructure and transportation. One such example is Ethiopia’s investments in Special Economic Zones (SEZ). Industrial parks or SEZ enable investors to directly commence production in two or three-month duration without bothering about the supply of land, water, electricity and other infrastructures.

Countries like Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania have also benefitted from generally low labour costs. In a recent Working Paper by The Center for Global Development (CGD), it said the “general level of prices in Ethiopia is below the level in India and comparable to that of in Bangladesh.” Kenya and Tanzania have also been identified as countries with low wages but not as low as Ethiopia. With labour costs now rising faster in places like China, large manufacturing firms are exploring opportunities for production outside Asia. These East African countries have become a sweet spot.

Challenges

Challenges common to these countries include inadequate infrastructure, cumbersome customs processes, a dearth of technical and managerial talent, and low levels of social and environmental compliance.

While Kenya’s economy offers a conducive business environment, bad rural roads often take a toll on vehicles distributing products.

Another challenge for these countries is electricity. Inconsistent availability of power in Ethiopia and Kenya in some of the production plants has forced many to deploy generators. Even with some of the cheapest electricity in Africa, grid failure and power outages are severe issues. Manufacturing firms often have to rely on generators that are four times more expensive than grid electricity.

Political unrest could unsettle investments too, and fragility of states like Somalia and Sudan in the region resulting in insecurity could constrain growth.

Source: africa.com

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 16:19
Whales and dolphins are getting ready to feast on sardines ahead of the annual and eagerly awaited Sardine Run on the KZN South Coast.

Excitement is all round with sardines having been spotted at various sites around the Eastern Cape as they make their way up to the KZN South Coast. In the meantime, big shoals of baitfish off Southbroom and Port Edward have given the predators a chance to rehearse for the ultimate Sardine Run.

The Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon when millions of sardines travel in giant shoals offering pelagic predators along the way a tasty feast. The bait balls are often driven close to the shores to the delight of Cape Gannets, onlookers and fishing charters, who race out and bring in their catch for everyone to enjoy. Seen from the shores, this creates a spectacular frenzy of activity with nets and bucket loads of silvery fish everywhere. The Sardine Run off the KZN South Coast is one of South Africa’s bucket list items for local and international travellers, who try time their arrival with that of the sardines. The sardines generally arrive anytime from May to August, but all indicators are that they will arrive early this year, possibly between June and July, perfect timing for the school holidays.

According to the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board “numerous shoals of various species of bait fish can be seen off the KZN coast on a daily basis, especially during calm sea conditions. The first positive signs of heavy predator activity was seen just south of Mazeppa Point on the Eastern Cape Coast. This area is still some 200km south of KwaZulu-Natal and it may well be some time before they eventually reach KwaZulu-Natal. This however does not exclude the possibility of some small shoals of sardines currently occurring off the KZN coast.” Mike Anderson-Reade, Head of Operations added that shark safety gear remains in place at all protected beaches along the way.

To keep everyone entertained during this time, the KZN South Coast puts on a diverse and comprehensive events calendar. A Sardine Beach Festival held at various beaches include beach sports from volleyball to touch rugby, competitions and giveaways. Major events not to miss include the South Coast Lions Show, the Umtamvuna Sardine Festival, the South Coast Fever MTB Series, the Mercury Ski Boat Festival, the Annual Sardine Run Golf Tournament, the Ugu Jazz and Arts Festival and the Ramsgate Book & Art Festival. And for a cultural experience, don’t miss the Maidens Ceremony and the newly launched Great Drives Out – 4 authentic culture & heritage experiences in the hinterland that showcases attractions such as rock art, waterfalls, holy mountains, sangomas and the traditional homestead of local reality TV superstars, the polygamist Mseleku family, all within scenic surroundings.

CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, Justin Mackrory, says the KZN South Coast is awaiting the arrival of its winter holidaymakers with as much anticipation as the sardines. “We welcome all families who are looking forward to our sunny weather during the holidays and am sure they will greatly enjoy the line-up of exciting Sardine Season events.”

After two weeks of intermittent water supply challenges, Mackrory had this to say “KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Willies Mchunu has resolved the stalemate between parties who were in dispute over wages. As part of the agreement, water supply has been restored as a matter of urgency and any outstanding matters are to be handled in a legal framework under his supervision.” He expressed his relief that the matter was resolved in time for the Sardine Season and concluded that it’s business as usual for the KZN South Coast, appealing to travellers for their continued support. “If anyone still has any doubts regarding their bookings, I urge you to get in touch with the establishments directly to get reassurance, or to contact the various holiday letting agents. Most of our establishments are equipped with backup water supply to ensure guests are not affected and, as was the case in the past, water tankers are also made available throughout the coast when there is a need.”

Mackrory added that the KZN South Coast is still a favourite winter destination due to the great weather, but most of all, it fits everyone’s pockets, making family holidays affordable and possible. “You won’t find better value than on the KZN South Coast. Our establishments are currently offering great Sardine Specials too, which you can find on our website.”

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:47
After the signing of the BRICS MICE Forum reciprocity agreement at the beginning of May, it has been a non-stop time of innovation and implementation for SAACI CEO, Rudi van der Vyver.

Many of the developments will ease frustration in the Business Events / MICE industry, and if all parties come on board, it will push the industry into a supportive, productive, cross-border space. Some things the Business Events / MICE industry can look forward to over the coming few months include:

The Saaci Academy

Saaci, in partnership with Stellenbosch University, ECTA and other training providers, has piloted an educational programme focusing on grassroots education and upliftment. Says van der Vyver, “It’s a step-by-step skills development programme. Literally every weekend in the townships and rural areas there is some sort of event. Even church is an event – people are putting up marquees, doing draping, catering, and the like.” The idea behind this Saaci Academy project is to turn these informal skills into certified, marketable skills, which will not only uplift the communities but improve the industry as a whole.

BRICS and a time for reciprocity

On May 9, at the BRICS MICE Co-operation Forum in India, a reciprocity agreement was signed between Southern Africa’s Saaci, India’s IEIA, and six other nations in an effort towards collaboration in the MICE space, as well as the opening of market access between South Africa and India.

“The BRICS MICE Forum website will be launching soon,” said van der Vyver, “and the idea is to have a repository of information for any of the members to have access to the partner associations in order to ease operations between countries.” The website will also include all the conferences and exhibitions to be held in the various countries.

Currently Brazil offers its members a membership card which allows them free, pre-registered access to all trade shows. Saaci are looking at the potential of adopting a similar system for South Africa and Africa, thereby opening up the industry across borders. “We could arrange a temporary membership card with our partner associations for our members if they wish to attend trade shows across border. The same arrangement would work if any of our partner associations wish to send members to trade shows in Southern Africa.”

BRICS conference visa on the cards

Saaci is set to engage with Home Affairs through the Department of Tourism to encourage the adoption of a conference and exhibition e-visa. “India currently has a conference visa,” said van der Vyver, “and the process is quick and painless – while the visas could take up to three working days, I had mine within 24 hours.” The premise it that the associations will be able to vouch for their various members, having completed due diligence upon signing them up as members. Saaci will begin discussions this year, and hope that the example of the success of the Indian conference visa will help to expedite the implementation.

Source: tam.co.za

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Monday, June 11, 2018 - 16:37
The Event Greening Forum (EGF) has launched its supplier database: an online directory of venues, products and services for events, all of which demonstrate environmentally and/or socially responsible practices.

Greg McManus, EGF chairperson, says: “One of the most effective ways to make your event more sustainable is through eco-procurement, sourcing products and services that have already done a lot of work to be more sustainable than the alternatives on the market.”

The searchable database, www.greendatabase.co.za, hosts listings from across South Africa, covering a range of categories including: carbon offset suppliers; environmental consultants; event organisers; venues and accommodation; caterers; décor companies; printing and design services; responsible waste, energy and water solutions; transport; and gifting.

Any business is welcome to add their listing, although submissions will undergo a basic vetting process to ensure they meet the EGF criteria.

Source: tam.co.za

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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 16:13
The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) has today opened a new application round for its R12.8million Growth Fund to boost SME growth and job creation.

The Growth Fund is a grant fund specifically for growing South African small businesses who need a cash injection to scale up further and create jobs.

The Growth Fund is managed by CDI Capital, which was incorporated as a CDI subsidiary in 2016 to catalyse funding for SMEs. The funding has been enabled through contributions by the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), and the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT).

The Growth Fund is open to South African-owned businesses who operate within South Africa, who are at least one year old with turnover or assets above R1m.

Each applicant must demonstrate their year on year growth and/or the potential for sufficient growth and must be tax compliant. Applicants also need to match 20% of the contribution of the Fund through a cash contribution to achieve agreed objectives. Importantly, the business must be able to create new jobs.

SMEs that meet the criteria for funding, can apply online, and are taken through a diligent process of selection and support, whereby successful applicants contract for a three-year intervention and disbursement plan, performance managed by quarterly reporting, oversight and inspection, bespoke mentorship, and business development support.

Funding is limited to the first 60 approved applicants. The application deadline is 29 June 2018.

For more information and to apply, visitwww.cdicapital.co.za/GrowthFund

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 15:38
Azamara Cruises will stop in Africa for the first time, beginning in late 2019. The new itinerary will depart Mumbai on December 28, 2019 and includes stops in Seychelles, Zanzibar, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa.

The company also announced a partnership with Micato Safaris that will offer guests immersive land and sea packages.

A number of land-based packages will be available for guests to do after the voyage. These include a five-day trip from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park or a five-day trip to the Victoria Falls and Botswana.

The new itinerary will also offer a number of optional land-based day excursions in Kenya and South Africa. These include cultural trips to Zululand and culinary trips in the Western Cape, South Africa, and a safari trip in Kenya.

Additionally, Azamara will embark on its second world cruise departing Cape Town on February 20, 2020.

Source: tam.co.za

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 17:00
While future-proofing can seem quite daunting – how can you foresee new services such as Airbnb and Uber which disrupt whole industries?

The term “future-proofing” was first used in the electronics industry. It describes a design goal to make software, computers and other electronics usable long after they’re sold, despite the constant improvements and developments that technology undergoes. Since then other industries have picked up the term, as they recognise the need to anticipate threats, trends and opportunities to make sure they stay relevant in the marketplace.

The problem

While future-proofing can seem quite daunting – how can you foresee new services such as Airbnb and Uber which disrupt whole industries? – there is one increasingly obvious future concern that the events industry (and other industries, too) can acknowledge and start adapting for now. And that is the need to be more sustainable.

Yes, you’re thinking, you know it’s an issue; it has been since the 80s. Why worry now? One could argue that the problem hasn’t been irrelevant for four decades, but rather it has been growing. Even if you’re still in denial about climate change, you cannot argue with the fact that our planet has a finite number of resources, and our throw-away economy is using them up. Meanwhile by-products of waste and pollution are also creating a financial burden. Things need to change. Are you ready to?

A solution

The Event Greening Forum (EGF) launched in 2009 to raise awareness, educate and mobilise the events industry to become more sustainable. Justin Hawes, the MD of Scan Display and a co-founder of the EGF, says, “Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions can be very resource-intense and wasteful, because of their temporary nature and need for quick turn-around times. Yet they are an effective marketing tool, and we should expect the number and scale of them to continue to grow. It’s vital we make sure they are sustainable.”

The great news is that there is huge scope to do this, which the EGF’s one day conference will explore under the banner ‘Future-proofing your business’. Sessions will delve into topics such as: planning for a water-sensitive future (‘Never let a crisis go to waste’), hosting a carbon neutral event (‘Estimate – Prevent – Offset’), and the opportunities available to us in dealing with these challenges (‘What if Climate Change isn’t only a crisis? What if it’s the best chance we’re ever going to get to build a better world?).

If you work in events – whether as an event or meeting planner in the public or private sector, at an exhibition or conference venue, or fall within the full range of event suppliers and sub-contractors – this is for you.

Additionally, an EGF Master Class will run the day before the conference. The theme is ‘How to activate change in human behaviour to promote sustainable outcomes in your business’. It is relevant to the same audience, and will impart knowledge that can help achieve many future-proofing goals.

Event details

The EGF Conference:

  • Date: Thursday 14 June 2018
  • Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Venue: the forum | white light in Lanseria, Johannesburg

The EGF Master Class:

  • Date: Wednesday 13 June 2018
  • Time: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Venue: the forum | white light in Lanseria, Johannesburg

For more information and to book your seat, go to http://www.eventgreening.co.za/egf-2018-conference/. Alternatively contact Lynn McLeod: lynn@eventgreening.co.za or 082 891 5883.

Sponsorship

The EGF would like to thank its conference sponsors: Scan Display, Inspire Furniture Rental and Ultimate Data Sciences.

There are still sponsorship packages available. If you would like to align your brand with the movement for a more sustainable events industry, please contact Zoe Van Niekerk: zoe@eventgreening.co.za or 011 447 4777.

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