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Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo virtual event launched

From 01 to 06 September 2020, HOMEMAKERS will hold its first virtual expo event for its Cape Town instalment in your own home. ‘Visitors’ will be able to discover the latest home-related trends, ideas and products, through virtual exhibitors, as well as live video chats, interviews, demonstrations and Facebook page takeovers’ – all under...

Save the (new) date: SAACI’s Proof of Concept hybrid event

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) in association with the South African Events Council and the Events Safety Council has announced a revised date for the proposed ‘Proof of Concept’ hybrid event, which is: Wednesday, 22 July 2020. The purpose of the event is to discuss and demonstrate the COVID-19...

AI Expo Africa 2020 announces HUAWEI CLOUD as headline partner

Tech giant HUAWEI CLOUD will be the headline partner of AI Expo Africa 2020, Africa’s largest artificial intelligence (AI), data science and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) trade-focused show and conference. The third edition of the expo will take place online, on 3 and 4 September 2020. Hosting the event virtually has the benefit of making it...

DRC Mining Week postponed to June 2021

Clarion Events Africa, the organisers of DRC Mining Week expo and conference, have announced that the live event, which was to take place in Lubumbashi from 7-9 October 2020, has been moved to 15-17 June 2021. The decision has been widely supported by the mining industry in the DRC and its sector suppliers. “It is the right decision in...

Future Energy East Africa goes virtual

The 22nd Future Energy East Africa and associated Utility CEO Forum will go ahead, but in a virtual format. The organisers, Clarion Events Africa, report that the industry is eager to engage, question, find solutions and close deals. However, to protect the health and safety of all guests and staff, the event will no longer take place over two...

Comic Con Africa is cancelled – but not entirely

Comic Con Africa 2020 has been cancelled, due to the uncertainty of when it will be safe to hold large gatherings again. Carol Weaving, Managing Director of organisers Reed Exhibitions Africa, explains, “During a pandemic which is expected to peak in September, we simply cannot go ahead with hosting the many tens of thousands of fans who attend...

Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa 2020 go virtual

Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa were originally scheduled to take place from 06 to 10 of August 2020, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Gauteng. Instead, on these dates both events will now take place online as an interactive virtual expo. Developed by the Decorex Africa Portfolio and Reed Exhibition, the intent is to provide...

Proposed COVID-19 Protocols for Tourism Industry Operations released

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) has released protocols on how the tourism industry can operate while ensuring the safety of its staff and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is envisaged that the protocols should remain in force for as long as the declaration of a national disaster remains in force. The protocols align...

Germany to treat exhibitions differently to mass gatherings

Germany has announced it is distinguishing exhibitions and trade shows from other forms of mass gatherings. Doing this has enabled the country to allow exhibitions to start reopening, subject to the approval of the host state. Permission is granted based on the submission of a trade show application which proves the event can meet certain...

Introducing the newly formed SA Events Council

The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO), Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA), Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), South African Communications Industry Association (SACIA), Technical Production & Services Association (TPSA), Event Safety Council (ESC) and Council of Event...

Cancellation of Africa’s Travel Indaba and Lilizela Awards announced

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, the Minister of Tourism, has confirmed that the 2020 Africa’s Travel Indaba and the Lilizela Awards have been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, the tourism industry has been forced to re-evaluate all business events scheduled to take place this...