The 13th annual IAB Bookmark Awards took place today in a prestigious virtual celebration. Hosted by the multi skilled Selae Thobakgake and Merica Monamodi; the most thrilling and innovative digital marketing campaigns of the past year were announced.
Construction on The Capital Mbombela's R205m project, set to be a game-changer on the city's hotel and accommodation industries, is well underway with an anticipated hotel opening set for November 2021.
"The city hasn't seen any significant new additions to its hotel repertoire since development ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup projects," says Marc Wachsberger, managing director of The Capital Hotels and Apartments.
"Its status as a leading city in Mpumalanga, at the heart of the province's tourism and agriculture sectors, means that the time is perfect to build an exciting new offering that will be appealing to tourists and corporates alike."
According to a new NielsenIQ report, South Africa's latest liquor ban equated to a loss of R7,6bn during the four weeks it lasted (based on average sales - 13 weeks to end of May 2021 of R1,9bn per week).
The winners of the 11th edition of The Radio Awards were announced on today, Friday 30 July 2021, in an online awards ceremony hosted by comedian Loyiso Madinga. A total of 80 winners were celebrated across 30 categories.
Leading figures within sub-Saharan Africa's manufacturing sector will convene virtually at the Manufacturing Indaba 2020 - taking place online between 9-10 December - to debate pressing issues impacting the region's industrial landscape.
Due to safety concerns and restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the event is being held virtually, at no cost to attendees, to allow companies and clients to interact safely with each other and keep their business goals on track. All the Provincial Manufacturing Indaba events and the East Africa edition have been postponed to the second half of 2021.
The Manufacturing Indaba has evolved annually and is aimed at fostering significant business liaisons, forging gateways for manufacturers into new markets and exploring challenges and opportunities to promote innovation in manufacturing operations.
The forthcoming virtual event will see a panel of manufacturing industry experts assemble at an event put together in partnership with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) and other corporate associations of private-sector manufacturers.
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Discussions will underscore the manufacturing sector’s innovations, leveraging special economic zones for African industrialisation and integration, exploring near and long-term prospects for technological advancements such as the implementation of Industry 4.0 and where digitalisation plays a more prominent role.
The Manufacturing Indaba will steer a host of dialogues focused on key issues impacting manufacturing, especially with the advent of the pandemic globally. Some of the confirmed speakers who will exchange perspectives at the conference include:
• Francisco Betti, World Economic Forum, Geneva • Roseta Mwape-Chabala, Metal Fabricators of Zambia (ZAMEFA) • Mmantlha Sankoloba, Botswana Exporters & Manufacturers Association • Kaashifah Beukes, Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone • David Romero, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico • Sherrie Donaldson, African Innovators • Dr. Kamau Gachigi, Gearbox, Kenya • Lerato Mataboge, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition • Ally Angula, Leap Holdings, Namibia
Some of the key issues that will be discussed at the 2020 Virtual Conference include:
• How to future proof your manufacturing business - What does the future of African manufacturing look like in a current and post Covid-19 world? • The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement and what does this mean for African manufacturers - How does this influence trade agreements, customs tariffs, tax, etc. to create an African marketplace? • Lessons learned on the journey to manufacturing excellence and how to have a sustainable and profitable manufacturing business in the era of Covid-19. • The growing importance of localisation - How can we build our own local markets to sustain ourselves and grow our local economies in Africa?
“Even though the event will be hosted virtually, the conference is still leveraging the benefits of innovative practices, where it will still continue hosting the one of a kind ‘Business Matchmaking’ system, providing exhibitors with the opportunity to connect with influencers pertinent to their individual profiles and goals. Manufacturers cannot afford to miss this event, with over 1,300 registered conference delegates to date, the demand for manufacturing knowledge and information sharing is even more critical to survive the impact of Covid-19 on industry,” says Liz Hart, MD of the Manufacturing Indaba.
Supporting the conference, the Manufacturing Indaba is hosting a virtual exhibition from 18 November to 18th December 2020.
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