Attend the “Paint the town green – how to create a stylish event and remain green” workshop and make your colleagues green with envy.

As active members of the event industry it is our responsibility to drive the changes in our sector and while we understand we don’t all have time to chain ourselves to an oil rig demonstration, we do have the power to make small changes, with a big impact. This workshop we show you how. 


  • How to create more sustainable events – the importance of green events and practical ways on how to do it
  • Event décor – what is trending and how to go green
  • How to market your event app
  • INTERACTIVE ELEMENT From trash to treasure with Nicholas de Klerk

Don’t worry about your current sustainability knowledge – our hands-on workshop will show you everything you don’t already know, but need to know to run a sustainable event.

Sustainability has become a major factor in event professionals’ checklists. However, they sometimes struggle to balance cost-efficiency and sustainability. It’s also said to be expensive, time-consuming and extra paperwork.

Well, the first good news is that it’s not true! The second good news is that we love sustainability and at this Unboxing Workshop you will be provided with not only ‘green’ information but ideas, all of which can be implemented back at the office.

Plus, you will walk away with relevant material that you can refer back to whenever you need a reminder.

This workshop will sell out fast, so book and pay for your seat today here.


Where On Pointe, Fourways
Date 24 May 2017
Time 09h00 for 09h30
Cost R495


  • June – Reimagining your event – from branding to spaces, it is time to turn your event on its head.
  • July – 1,2,3… ACTION – everything you will need to know about booking a speaker and entertainer as well as top tips on SLAs.


Through active participation and dialogue, The Unboxing Series is geared to finding solutions and provide thought-provoking content for event planners.  The workshops have been designed to ensure participants come away with not only information but ideas, all of which can be implemented back at the office.  The Unboxing Series is presented by hand-picked experts in their specific and respective field.


Martin Hiller

24 May at On Pointe


Justin Hawes has been managing director of exhibition, events and retail display company, Scan Display Solutions since its formation in 1996.  Justin served on the executive committee of the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA) for six years. He was the Association’s Chairman in 2005 and Vice Chairman from 2002 to 2004. In 2009, Justin established the Event Greening Forum (EGF), a non-profit initiative aimed at promoting sustainability in the South African events industry. He was the Forum’s chairperson from 2009 – 2016. He currently heads up the marketing for EGF. Justin was a Boss of The Year Awards finalist in 2011, and an Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2012.  @justinhawes1

ABBA wrote and performed a song with lyrics where they sing about a dancer that could sing before she could talk; dance before she could walk. Well, that song has so many synergies has so many synergies with Johann Els in his life. He has over 16 years’ experience in the event industry, where he has learnt so much from the best in the business. Before her got a taste of events, Johann had a career in fashion. Johann’s list of event achievements has made him of the country’s most experienced event decor specialists. He is the director and the magic man for Els Event Architects. @johannels1966

Nicholas de Klerk from Design and Display has been designing award-winning exhibition stands and events since 1975. Locally, he has designed for private companies as well as various National and Provincial Government departments. Internationally, he has designed exhibitions and stands in Chile, China, England, Germany and the USA as well as various African countries. In South Africa he has designed stands for anything from mining to food and is well known for his exhibitions for the crafts and handmade design industries. His groundbreaking craft exhibition, “Beautiful Things”, for the Dept. of Arts and Culture at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development at The Wanderers Johannesburg in 2002 was very well received by both international and local visitors. This exhibition was invited to be staged at one of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC. Over the years, Nicholas has been using recycle materials like bottles, crates, plastic items in his designs and has become known for his use of unexpected materials. In June 2016, he presented a keynote address – JUNK TALKS TO ME – at the IFES (International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services) World Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. He has also presented this talk in various cities throughout South Africa.

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