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Time Square’s Executive Sous Chef is hungry for challenges

Despite his gruff exterior, star chef Jaco Truter knows how to make culinary magic. At the tender age of 26 years, Chef Jaco has been appointed Executive Sous Chef at Time Square in Menlyn Maine where he gets to be creative, show off his culinary prowess and be part of some exciting projects such as the second Appetite Fest taking Place in...

Simply sustainable

The sustainability discussion within the events industry is one that is all-pervading… but is it delivering results? The Planner Guru gauges where we are and speaks to sector specialists on safeguarding our future. Everyone agrees that sustainability is key to ensuring the future of not just industry but the entire planet. There is a particular...

Event Greening Q&As

Many interesting questions were raised at the Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) 2019 Conference on 11 July at Maropeng. Here are some of them, with answers and additional resources. Q. Shouldn’t we be encouraging plant-based eating at events? Meat agriculture produces more methane than food waste and uses huge amounts of water. Plants are compostable;...

The King Kong of Content

The content and messaging behind your event or conference can make or break your occasion but a misalignment could have disastrous reputational ramifications. The Planner Guru informs your content strategy. The world of MICE presents a unique opportunity to every marketer’s conundrum – getting the right people together, in the right place, at the...

Threasy peasy

The eventing industry has the ability to create an unrivaled platform that can deliver maximum engagement between commerce, industry and target audiences – but how do we ensure we get this spot on? The world of eventing is big business; globally, MICE will reach US$1.245 trillion (R18.25 trillion) in the next five years. This, however, is no...

Why Zanzibar is the MICE destination to watch

Famous for its picturesque beaches and azure waters, Zanzibar is the jewel of East Africa – and the perfect backdrop for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. The famous islands of the Zanzibar archipelago are located about 40 km from Dar es Salaam on the mainland coast of Tanzania, and are known to be the perfect place to unwind...

Greening gains

Everyone is greening and you can too. The Planner explores efforts being made in this regard and talks to the experts on how to best green your exhibition. The world of exhibitions has always held appeal – from sheer size and variety, coupled with exquisite and eye-catching exhibition stands, to potential business prospects and networking...

The EGF 2019 conference highlights

The Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) annual conference is an opportunity to share information and best practice recommendations that can both inspire and empower the MICE events industry to create more sustainable events. The 2019 Conference was no exception. Taking place on 11 July at Hominin House, Maropeng, the packed one day programme featured 14...

Sandton Convention Centre is strong on women empowerment

Sandton Convention Centre is a gender balanced workplace, with 26 women in the staff of 44 – and the business is committed to women empowerment, according to nine of the women in leadership positions. Janine Baltensberger, SCC’s Events Manager, who joined the company in August 2001 as Events Coordinator and was nominated for the 2017 Women in...

“Family is everything” says The Maslow Hotel’s new General Manager

There is a new man at the helm of The Maslow Hotel in Sandton.  A self-proclaimed minimalist, Herman Swart says he loved The Maslow more than any other Sun International Hotel from the minute he laid eyes on it because its décor and design ethos just resonated with him. Hailing from Sasolburg where this new General Manager says he grew up...

Exhibitions adapt and evolve to meet market needs

According to the Centre for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), exhibitions are important for marketers to satisfy critical goals in identifying new customers, reaching sales leads, and building product and company awareness. B2B exhibitions are the face-to-face marketing channel of choice for brand marketers and are highly valued in achieving...