Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo 2015 Bizcimmounity

Johannesburg’s trendiest décor and home lifestyle exhibition, the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo, is back for their 22nd year! Presenting the latest trends on the home front to create, decorate and renovate your home, together with DStv, our media partner.

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The line-up of show features and points of interest include the 350 MARKET LEADING EXHIBITORS, who provide you as visitor with a vast and complete range of products covering every aspect of your home and lifestyle. The first 20 000 visitors will get the latest copy of the Green Home magazine at the door!

The BUILDERS DIY THEATRE features renowned experts giving visitors DIY ideas and solutions when it comes to renovating and decorating their gardens and homes.

The trendy DÉCOR & FURNITURE AVE. on the upper level boasts inspiring spaces in décor living trends, customised and crafted furniture and a beautiful selection of Art. End your trip along the Avenue with a stop at the DELI to tantalise your taste buds and stock up on some great culinary delights.

FLIP THAT FAN is a cutting edge and innovative competition and showcase of designs by the University of Johannesburg Industrial Design students! This year you can look forward to a fun display of fans that will blow you away. HOMEMAKERS is supporting young designers by sponsoring R10,000 towards the top three designers in this project. Watch out for more information in Condé Nast House & Garden, project media partner.

Considering a home theatre? Bring your house plans and meet the experts and hosts, Cinema Architects and AV Gurus at the brand new CINEMA EXPERIENCE feature. Two examples of home theatre settings, one a Classic and the second a more Contempo Home Theatre will be on show. These two leading companies in this highly specialised and technical field can make all the difference in terms of design, product and specialist installation and are offering an opportunity to win big discounts!

Don’t miss the popular Gauteng BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIPS at the Coffee Lovers Theatre hosted by SCASA (Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa). Top baristas and coffee experts will entertain, inform and inspire visitors with their impressive performances and knowledgeable insights into coffee preparation and serving.
View and purchase your very own home coffee machine – a remarkable range of market leading brands are on show.

Read more about the Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo Feature Areas.

26 February – 1 March 2015 | the dome, Northriding
Thursday & Friday 10am – 7pm | Saturday & Sunday 9am – 6pm
R90 Adults, R60 Pensioners, Children under 12 free
Tickets available at Webtickets.

For more information visit or phone 086 111 HOME/4663.
View the 2014 Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo ad or take a look at our favourite photos from the 2014 event (Facebook) and click here to see the 2014 highlight video.

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CTICC achieves its Universal Accessibility rating

CTICC Cape TownThe Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) achieved its first Universal Accessibility (AU) audit, with an outstanding result of 83% for Mobility Accessibility from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) at the end of the last year.

“At the CTICC, we are committed to providing accessibility for all our clients and patrons, especially those who have special requirements. We were delighted with our result of level 3 which is the highest classification that one can obtain”, says Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer.

For the past 5 years the CTICC has been assessed by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and has maintained its 5 star rating. Due to a recent government mandate, all hospitality institutions were assessed for their universal accessibility on mobility – this was the first time that CTICC was evaluated and was able to achieve remarkable results.

“The audit findings stated that the CTICC provided ‘excellent mobility facilities’. This affirms CTICC’s ethos of creating exceptional experiences, through our ability to ensure the safety, comfort and accessibility for our clients and patrons”, adds Aage Hansen, General Manager: Operations & Food & Beverage.

The CTICC was designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that all feel welcome. The building has features that live up to Universal Accessibility Standards and the South African National Building Regulations (NBR) Standards.

The world-class facilities at the centre offers full wheel-chair access, designated drop-off points and parking bays for people with disabilities, toilets have been specially designed for the physically challenged, elevators with Braille inscriptions, and tables and chairs which adhere to universal accessibility requirements.

The width of all external and internal doors has been designed to accommodate wheelchair access and lift buttons are placed to allow easy access by those in wheelchairs. Auditorium 1 is also equipped with designated seating sections for wheelchair occupants.

The CTICC has been the venue of choice for a diverse group of meetings and events since its inception. On 14 February 2014, the centre hosted the Disability Employment Summit, which aimed to raise awareness, especially among business, government and other sectors of society, on the challenges and opportunities of employing people with disabilities.

Events hosted previously include the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID) in 2008 which had 800 delegates; and the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise International Small Business Conference in 2009 which was attended by 200 delegates.


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Event firsts to the CTICC and Cape Town

CTICC2Each year the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) strives to host new and exciting events – 2015 is no exception. These are a few events to look forward to this year – in addition to the much-anticipated regular and loyal clients.

The first international Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle Conference is coming to Cape Town and the CTICC is the proud host. Taking place from 20-22 February, the conference will feature 14 of the world’s leading industry experts. The final day of the conference, 22 February, will be open to the public providing an opportunity for people to educate themselves and share their evidence about alternative diets.

Best-selling author, speaker and the poet-prophet of alternative medicine, Dr Deepak Chopra will be inspiring and enlightening South African audiences on 21 March 2015. The event will present a series of lectures that will showcase his latest findings in alternative and mainstream medicine in his plight to create understanding and awareness of how the conscience can enhance the holistic wellbeing of human beings.

With South Africa having over 3.5 million casual gamers it is only fitting that a dedicated one–stop gaming experience should take place in Cape Town. The Electronic and Gaming Expo, 29-31 May, will provide the platform the following sectors: Gaming Industry, Games and Consoles, Technology, Gadgets and Accessories, Education, Development Studios, Animation, Internet and Cell Phone Providers, Mobile Networks, Home Theatre, TV’s Projectors, and Computer Hardware and Software.

Three times Grammy nominated, Brit award nominee and Ivor Novella winner producer, musician Joan Armatrading will be performing solo for one night only on 3 July 2015. Her performances will include songs that span her entire career so far, taking you down memory lane to some of her greatest hits – a fantastic mix of magical old favourites plus more recent compositions to fall in love with.

If 2015 is the year to get fit, then you should attend the SA Health and Fitness Expo from 18 – 20 September 2015. The expo will display products and services in the fields of health, fitness, wellness and sport promotion. Visitors range from fitness-enthusiasts to the general public of all age groups.

The new Liquor and Lifestyle exhibition, MUDL Live, is the only exhibition of its kind in South Africa. A forum in which movers and shakers in the industry will come together with the purpose of engaging, inspiring and immersing visitors in a Liquid Lifestyle that is full of heritage, glamour and innovation. Scheduled to take place in November, this is an event that neither consumers nor members of the trade will want to miss.

Watch this space for more information on other upcoming events. Visit the website or follow the CTICC on Facebook ( and Twitter (


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International wellness guru Deepak Chopra heads to Durban

file_1423810862The Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) is delighted to host international wellness guru, Dr. Deepak Chopra during his second South African tour in March this year. The prestigious tour is presented by Oval International, a registered Private Institute of Higher Education, in partnership with the Durban ICC. Dr. Chopra will inspire and enlighten guests on “The Future of Wellbeing” through his insightful seminar covering areas such as your physical, emotional, spiritual, career, community, ecological and financial wellbeing.

The aim of his visit to South Africa is to present a roadmap for audiences for “higher health” and in support of his theories, will offer practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation and healing. He will showcase his latest findings in alternative and mainstream medicine in his plight to create understanding and awareness of how the conscience can enhance the holistic wellbeing of human beings.

Durban ICC Marketing, Sales and Events Director, Mala Dorasamy noted, “It is an honour for us to partner with Oval International in bringing such a world-renowned luminary to our shores. The Durban ICC has always been on the cutting edge of thought-leadership in South Africa and we are looking forward to the insights which Dr. Chopra will impart at this event.”

Attendees will be afforded the opportunity to interact with Dr. Chopra and address specific topics at the seminar. The programme includes a list of questions that Dr. Chopra will address such as:
• Are we in the midst of a major paradigm shift in science?
• Is there an ultimate reality?
• Does consciousness conceive, govern, construct and become the physical universe?
• Is the universe becoming self-aware in the human nervous system?

Dr. Chopra is acknowledged by TIME Magazine “as one of the top 100 hero icons of the 20th century” and Globe In acknowledges him as “one of the top most influential spiritual leaders around the world”. He is the author of more than eighty books translated into over forty-three languages, including twenty-two New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. He is the Founder of The Chopra Foundation, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube.




12 February 2015

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) welcomed approximately 7000 delegates to the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba™, 9 – 12 February 2015. Since first being held at the CTICC in 2004, the number of delegates has increased exponentially.

“The benefits of Investing in African Mining Indaba are widespread – not only for the CTICC and Cape Town but the mining industry at large. It will bring a legacy of knowledge, expertise and experience to Cape Town and a remarkable economic spinoff. The purchasing power of the over 7000 delegates which attended last year’s conference, contributed to significant induced tourism”, says Julie-May Ellingson, Chief Executive Officer.

Investing in African Mining Indaba, also referred to as the Mining Indaba, has become epitome of their philosophy of pan-Africanism and is a must for African, and global organisations, within or associated with the hugely important mining and resource sector. The event will create exciting prospects for businesses as it provides a platform to build relationships within the mining and resources sector and tap into profitable global supply chains.

There will be plenty of opportunities for associated sectors; these include construction, infrastructure, government, water supply, investors, and legal and education sectors. Getting direct access to the mining sector and influential decision makers, will help many businesses secure their future, and in doing so, ensure job creation.

“CTICC is honoured to host this event which provides a critical platform for those involved in the mining sector from across the world to engage, share their expertise and collaborate on new opportunities this sector has to offer for the national and global economy, “adds Ellingson.

According to Maria Palombini, Mining Indaba Marketing Director, “CTICC has been our venue of choice since the centre’s inception. Their world-class facility and service, and the beautiful city it is hosted in are some of the compelling reasons why the organisers and delegates keep coming back”.

Mining Indaba will be investing almost R350 000.00 towards the education of four South African students and provide them the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge and experience in the mining sector. In addition, the event organisers will be joining forces with the CTICC to further educate young leaders, by donating all the remaining conference bags to learners from under privileged schools such as Beautiful Gate, Foundation for Alcohol Related Research, Home Of Hope, Zeekoevlei Primary, SHAWCO, and Salesian Institute Youth Projects.

“We are delighted to collaborate with a like-minded organiser such as Mining Indaba which recognises the importance of investing in the development of people, especially the youth – our future leaders. Since inception the CTICC has been dedicated to various corporate social responsibility initiatives to uplift the community and add to a sustainable economy”, concludes Ellingson.
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Tips for the virgin exhibitor

So, you’ve finally taken the leap and decided to exhibit your product designs, but you’re worried about copycats lurking at the exhibition waiting to pounce on your prized creations. Here are a few helpful pointers to help you navigate your way through the intellectual property dilemma many designers face during exhibitions.

Design protection

Is your design something new which has never been revealed to the public anywhere in the world? If so, it may qualify for design protection and we would strongly recommend that you consider applying for a design registration prior to exhibiting your products. Don’t worry, if you’re pressed for time and will be exhibiting, say, tomorrow, you can still apply for a design registration six months from the date that you first revealed your design products.

The name of your products, ie. your brand, or even your business name may be quite distinctive. Brand names, especially those that are catchy and inventive, are likely to be remembered by attendees once they have left an exhibition. Your potential customers will research your business and products online. Therefore, you need to consider registration of domain names that correspond with your business name and brands and thereafter set-up a website.

Ensure that any documents you have that prove your intellectual property rights are easily accessible. Having a long paper trail can help resolve any potential disputes easily and cost effectively. For example, your design may be automatically protected by copyright. Therefore, you need to ensure that you date and save any designs that you originally create on paper.

Strict policies

Have a strict “NO PHOTOGRAPHS POLICY” at your stand. Put up a big sign saying “NO PHOTOGRAPHS” and try to implement this at all times. No exceptions. A quick photograph using a cell phone camera can be sent around the world in an instant. If you have a website on which pictures of your products are available, it is advisable to use watermarks and copyright notices to deter any would be copycats.

Lastly, make lots of money at the exhibition and enjoy the fruits of your creativity!

Adams & Adams is the official legal advisor to the Design Indaba and sponsor of the Design Indaba Expo Innovation Award.

By Sajidha Gamieldien

Sajidha Gamieldien is a Senior Associate at Intellectual Property law firm Adams & Adams. Her practice areas include trade mark prosecution: local and foreign trade mark searches, filings and prosecution; litigation relating to trade marks, passing-off, unlawful competition, advertising complaints and company and close corporation name objections.

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Decorex Joburg set to attract the décor and design trade

A new networking platform, an African-based design forum and an online ‘match-making programme’ connecting exhibitors with traders are just some of the new features that Decorex Joburg will be launching to attract an ever-growing audience of trade visitors in 2015.
Decorex SA is Africa’s largest decor, design and lifestyle exhibition portfolio and takes place annually in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in March, April and August respectively. The Joburg exhibition features more than 700 brands, products and designers under one roof for five days.

Next year, in addition to the existing two trade-focused days, Decorex Joburg will be introducing a trade-only morning on Thursday, 6 August 2015, giving exhibitors the opportunity to personally invite and exclusively entertain their industry guests.

The networking and business opportunities do not end here. An additional meeting platform will be set up to connect visitors and buyers with the exhibitors most relevant to their trade, with the option of using the exclusive trade lounge at Decorex Joburg as a meeting venue. For those who like to plan in advance, Decorex Joburg will also be setting up an online platform allowing members of the trade to book appointments with specific exhibitors ahead of time.

Decorex has always enjoyed a unique visitor mix of both trade and consumers. This has meant that exhibitors have been able to reach all segments of the decor and design audience, in one show. According to Sian Steyn, General Manager of the Decorex SA portfolio, “Decorex Joburg happens over five days, which means both trade professionals as well as homemakers have ample time to browse the largest gathering of décor, design and lifestyle products and services in Africa.”

Cairey Baxter-Bruce, head of Business Development for Decorex SA, said that an increased trade focus in 2015 would be particularly important to 100% Design South Africa, the global design exhibition that launched alongside Decorex Joburg in August 2014.

“For South African designers, being able to reach the decor and design trade across Africa is an incredibly important part of their business model going forward. We are confident that by attracting more trade visitors to Decorex Joburg and 100% Design South Africa, we will be contributing to the growth and success of our local design industry.”

To this end, the Decorex team will also host a number of international and African buyers at next year’s Joburg exhibition. A new two-day African design forum will take place alongside the main event on 6 and 7 August. The forum will host an important series of talks by local and international industry leaders with a focus on all aspects of design, architecture, curation and craft related to the African continent.

Carol Weaving, Managing Director of Thebe Reed Exhibitions who owns Decorex SA, emphasises the importance of trade professionals visiting the show: “We would like to encourage the increasing presence of architects, spatial planners, interior designers and decorators, specifiers, developers and retail buyers that attend Decorex Joburg. In order to do this, we will be significantly increasing investment in this area for 2015.”

Decorex Joburg details:

6-10 August 2015
Gallagher Convention Centre
10am – 6pm daily.
Ticket prices: No charge to trade professionals who pre-register online
Non trade: Adults R100, Students/pensioners R85 and Children under 12 R15

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Twitter: @decorexSA

Decorex Joburg forms part of the Decorex SA portfolio and is owned by the Thebe Reed Exhibitions.