About African Utility Week
The 17th annual African Utility Week is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals and offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike.
Exhibition – 250 exhibitors on 12,000sqm
This market leading trade exhibition is the first port of call for senior decision makers from utilities, governments, large power users, IPPs, consultants, contractors and regulators to source the latest solutions or to meet new clients and suppliers. Participating as an exhibitor will enable you to make crucial contacts within the African power and water industry, enter new markets and widen your network. See current list of exhibitors
Conference – 1200 delegates
If challenges around power generation, T&D, metering, clean energy, finance, reliability, water supply or energy efficiency are keeping you awake at night, African Utility Week will be the right place to find suitable solutions, best practices and case studies from around the world.
Networking – 6000 attendees, unlimited networking opportunities
The 3-day exhibition means more engagement time between delegates, visitors and exhibitors. A more engaging exhibition floor with product demonstrations, workshops, cocktail functions, free refreshments and meeting lounges will create business opportunities for our attendees.
Any company with an interest in Africa’s power and water industry cannot afford to miss this event. South African utility Eskom and the Ministries of Energy and Water Affairs as well as local municipalities such as Johannesburg’s City Power and the City of Cape Town have been key event partners for many years. Large African utilities such as Tanesco, SNEL, Senelec, UEGCL, KenGen, TCN, ZESCO, NamPower and many more are regular visitors.
HOTT3D is an award winning and trusted, Exhibition Stands Manufacturer & Supplier from Cape Town, South Africa.
Africa Oil & Power draws a premier crowd of ministers and senior level government officials and top executives of private sector companies spanning the entire value chain, including upstream, downstream, power generation and legal and finance. The event is the benchmark for top-tier networking and high-level discussion on a multitude of issues concerning the African energy and electricity landscape.
The elite, hand-picked collection of speakers will put delegates face to face with the industry people who matter most: the decision makers. The industry’s only invitation-only event, Africa Oil & Power offers a second to none peer-to-peer networking experience.
Africa Oil & Power aims to become the African benchmark for high-level discussion on a multitude of topics covering the African energy and electricity landscape.
Africa Oil & Power is dedicated to the capital and power brokers of the industry. It’s a chance to shake hands and get right down to the business of making deals.
Our involvement included:
The massive, multi level 23m x 6.5m x 4.8m high stage consisted of integrated LED modules to create a huge 6m x 3.6m screen coupled with custom timber curved ends to accommodate sponsor and media partner graphics.
An awesome event to be involved with and one that was impeccably and seamlessly installed and produced by the team.
Whether we like it or not, we are all a part of the matrix – whether we have a Facebook account or not as a swiped credit card, any form of payment (other than cash), is recorded. Our personal details, likes and dislikes and even habits are all on file, somewhere. For marketers and brands alike, big data is an opportunity to increase sales. Big data is able to serve huge amounts of selected data to billions of people at exceptional speeds. It influences everyday purchase decisions, but the ability to keep up to date with the fast evolving developments in this field that will classify the winners and the losers of the information age.
However, ‘Cloud’ is much more than just a storage place. The provision of cloud-based computer services linked to ‘businesses on the go’ is helping to drive entrepreneurship in both established and emerging markets. Fuelled by necessity, the quickest uptake in cloud services is coming from the SME sector, however Enterprise is beginning to sit up and take notice of the many benefits and cost savings of migrating to a more flexible and efficient infrastructure.
However, there are still questions around security of the information stored in the cloud, and the need for the Telcos and cloud service providers to work together in order to maximise the customer experience and help grow economies.
AfricaCom, as the African continent’s single largest digital ecosystem conference and exhibition, continues to provide a platform and environment where these issues, can be debated, challenged and resolved. Considering that both the ‘cloud’ and ‘big data’ affect just about each and everyone on the planet, it’s probably best to discover why and how to get the most out of it.
For more information, go to http://africa.comworldseries.com/press-zone.
Following on from our popular blog post in 2011, Top 5 alternative conference venues in Cape Town its time to do an updated post. There are many new venues that have arisen in to meet the ever growing popularity of Cape Town from a business tourism perspective.
One very exciting development is the soon to be started Century City Hotel and Conference Centre that is being developed by Rabie properties. The first conference is expected to be hosted in 2016.
For the time being however we will focus on existing venues. All venues listed are able to host a conference and/or small exhibition
A small, but fantastic venue boasting great views and surrounds. Perfect for smaller conferences, confexes and expos.
The V&A is just across the swing bridge as well as a host of bars and restaurants to suit any palate and a array of hotel choices are nearby.
This Slick Waterfront Conferencing Centre. which boasts 3 main venues that can be split up with mobile partitioning wall system.
Catering for group of 10 – 600pax. It also has a full internal catering service which can cater for specific dietary requirements. The Pavilion is also fully licensed.
One of Cape Towns most luxurious hotels, The Westin also has excellent conference and small exhibition facilities with state of the art IT and facilities. The Westin is widely considered one of Cape Town finest conference locations.
Offering outstanding conference facilities with eleven individual venues accommodating from 12 to 600 delegates. All venues are fully air-conditioned and state-of-the-art conference and audiovisual equipment are available.
The V&A Waterfront is an short ferry trip away on the canals. Cape Town CBD is right next door opening up a huge array of restaurants and alternative accommodation venues.
Belmont Square Conference Centre is a modern and elegant environment. Located in Cape Town and situated in Rondebosch close to Cape Town CBD, Cape Town International Airport and various golf courses and sports grounds.
Fully licensed restaurant on the premises. Full catering service with menu’s tailored to suit your needs.
Suitable for any business or private event, celebration or occasion.
Belmont Square Conference Centre offers facilities from 4 to 400 delegates and has 10 separate venues available with ample secure parking and facilities for the physically challenged.
Lagoon beach hotel is Cape towns only hotel with direct beach access. 7 internal venues and meeting rooms are available accommodating 10 – 600 delegates, which make lagoon beach Cape Towns second largest conference facility.
The location right on the beach adds the advantage of team building activities such as surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, kite boarding and other beach sports.
Day conference packages and full inclusive packages are offered
With a range of venue options available on two spacious levels, equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual and presentation aids, the centre is ideally placed to host functions large and small.
Thanks to the highly ﬂexible, modular nature of its venues, the centre caters for large theatre-style presentations accommodating up to 250 people, conferences and product launches, ‘sit-down’ functions and banquets, as well as smaller meetings or ‘break-away’ sessions.
The Hotel’s Michelin-trained executive chef, provides customised menus and catering for various needs – from working breakfasts, light ﬁnger lunches and cocktails to formal banqueting functions.
While this list is not exhaustive, they are, in our opinion, good venues that offer great facilities for both conferences and small exhibitions.
Hott3D designs, manufactures and builds trade show expo stands, conference infrastructure and temporary event infrastructure. The company provides complete expo solutions all over South Africa
As part of the overall theme of World Design Capital 2014, ‘Live design. Transform Life’, the mayor, Patricia de Lille has expressed a desire for every citizen to feel the impact of WDC 2014 and for it to have a broad transformative impact on Cape Town and how the city operates.
Furthermore, she hopes that its legacy will be a city that makes better, smarter decisions that help improve the quality of life of all its citizens.
Already the city has been involving members of the public in the transformative design process via a series of co-design workshops. Here they have the opportunity to collaborate with designers and the public sector in order to find innovative solutions to specific local challenges. Through these, the city aims to connect with all 111 of the city’s wards.
City inspires its citizens
The city is itself an inspiring example of what WDC brings to Cape Town: it has made a firm commitment to embedding design and design-led thinking into the fabric of the city administration – Unlike previous Design Capitals, it has created an internal department within the city administration that is focused on embedding design led thinking into the public sector. Every ward and every citizen in Cape Town will ultimately see the benefit of this, within 2014 and beyond.
In addition, to ignite the imagination of the public and to contribute towards a greater understanding of the multifaceted nature of design, all are invited to experience and interact with the approximately 485 design-driven projects and events that have been officially recognised by and form part of the WDC programme. These have been specifically selected for their ability to demonstrate tangible evidence of how design can improve lives.
Beyond the events programme, there are legacy projects that will continue beyond 2014. For Cape Town and its citizens, 2014 is just the beginning of a better city by design.
To support the programme, the public is encouraged to:
• Visit, contact or show support for one or more of the recognised projects itemised on the www.wdc14.com
• Go to one of the WDC events listed under the programme section of the website
• Attend one of the eight pitching sessions being held during 2014 to expose WDC 2014 recognised projects to potential funders, mentors and collaborators and pledge your support publicly
• Show your pride in Cape Town’s designation as the World Design Capital 2014 by incorporating the official WDC2014 yellow (Pantone 109C) into your environment and displaying it proudly
• Download the official supporter branding and include it on your email signature, in your work area, on marketing materials or anywhere you wish to flaunt your support
• Follow and engage with WDC2014 on Facebook and Twitter.
• Sign up for the WDC monthly newsletter to stay informed
For a long time, first world countries have been the powerhouses of mega trade-fairs with the UK, Europe and the US producing enormous exhibitions that in some sectors have become the premier ‘buying’ exercises through the supply chain.
However, these first world economies continue to endure the pressures resulting from the global market crash of 2008 and the density of competition in these regions, opening opportunities for developing markets.
The BRICS economies could now produce future opportunities for the geo-cloning of major exhibition titles and organic growth due to the formalising of market sectors in these regions. Emerging markets in the African continent and BRICS puts South Africa on the global exhibition landscape and positions it to strengthen and grow, as it meets increasing demand.
Interest in South Africa is two-fold. Firstly; it encourages international exhibition organisers to consider investing in the region, and secondly it better positions already established local exhibitions to be used as a springboard into South Africa and Africa for international brands that may not as yet have a presence in the region.
Business-to-business (B2B) exhibitions and trade fairs have long been the preferred platform for engagement, hosting and promotion by some of the world’s biggest brands. They are designed to promote face-to-face marketing while communicating a company’s brand and service offering in a live environment- a successful formula.
Trade fairs deliver ROI
Trade fairs and exhibitions in South Africa are evolving in line with international expectations and trends and are playing a crucial role in the marketing campaigns of companies looking to promote product, initiate or close sales transactions, grow client bases, conduct market research, launch new products or services and even re-engage or demonstrate appreciation towards stakeholders.
Exhibitions accomplish a lot. They engage the five senses and get entire markets into one venue for a few days of the year – or some specific period. There is no other media option that can compete with this rich value proposition and we do not believe there are other platforms that can deliver such high levels of return on marketing investment (ROMI) when used properly.
Their economic impact is also significant. Although currently immeasurable, a large trade fair in South Africa has the potential to unlock in excess of R100 million in economic activity – and this does not take into account the degree of meaningful employment that comes as a result of it.
Exhibitions are under pressure as a media option, with more traditional channels such as print, out-of-home, TV and radio and to a growing extent, social media and online marketing, dominate the marketing budgets of major brands.
Exhibitions remain the unsung hero of below-the-line marketing. Exhibition media owners have to fight harder to win accounts and create value – and that is not necessarily a bad thing. We now have to compete on service, innovation and real value creation, but we can do it.
Real value in service must be extracted and exhibition organisers must move towards a more holistic way of managing accounts across all functions of the business. Innovation too, is vital for the growing success of exhibitions. Already innovation in the form of automated client service features, the introduction of digital and social media, free to attend seminars and more, is a part of the services offered by exhibition organisers. It will grow, but all innovation must be relevant to the core function of exhibition organising, which is connecting buyers and sellers in a live environment.
The bottom line is that the exhibitions industry is honing its skills as it faces new challenges, heightened competition and increased opportunities both locally and globally and it is likely to rise to the occasion and offer world class options, services, products and facilities to companies across the spectrum of industry.