British Premier League Fanpark 2016 – Cape Town

March 2016 was the first time the BPLLive event was hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. Brought to Cape Town by the British Premier League and produced by TeamWass, this was a showcase of epic proportions. Featuring 12 of the top Premier League clubs, numerous sponsor showcases and a host of interactive experiences the venue at Camps Bay High School proved to be the most idyllic setting.


HOTT3D were asked to provide an array of services including


1. Customisation  of each clubs internal marquees using grand format stretch fabric prints and custom furnishings.
2. Extensive interiors for Arsenals showcase of their “Invincible” trophy and famous players kit.
3. Internal design and features for Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton & Visit Britain.
4. Venue directional branding, informational and wayfinding onsite and offsite.
5. Design and production of the VIP zone & Carlsberg bar.
6. Extensive supply and installation of flooring, registration counters and venue branding.

Exhibition Stands Cape Town
Exhibition Stand Manufacturer South Africa

Two of South Africa’s greatest Premier League players, Quinton Fortune and Lucas Radebe, joined other Barclays Premier League legends like Peter Schmeichel, Robbie Fowler and Shaun Goater in giving fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of their heroes. These star players interacted on the mini pitch during the duration of the event and dedicated time to signing of autographs for their fans.


As part of the Premier League’s commitment to inspiring sport participation in communities around the world, there was a Premier Skills community coaching course run the week leading up to BPL Live at Grootbos Football Foundation as well as offsite events in Khayelitsha to which we produced an array of signage.


Over 2 days this event attracted almost 30000 visitors. What an incredible event to be involved in.





African Utility Week 2016 – Hexing

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.


The 16th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa 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. AUW takes place annually at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
One of seven exhibits we produced at this years event, this unique booth for Hexing showcased their products and systems. This exhibit was entirely custom fabricated and utilised high quality finishes and materials:
– Gloss duco-sprayed backwall incorporating 2 stores
– 32mm raised matt white platform floor with ramped edging
– Totems and low walls with CNC detailed acrylic with high powered LED side lighting
– Fabricated LED lit logo’s and panels
– CNC and backlit detailing.
AUW 2016 is a rapidly growing event and has proved that year on year it is on a fast growth path. Another great event for Cape Town to host.


HOTT3D is an award winning and trusted, Exhibition Stands Manufacturer & Supplier from Cape Town, South Africa.

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Conference @ The Westin, Cape Town – Africa Oil & Power 2016

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.


HOTT3D has the pleasure of working with Africa Branding Corporation for their inaugural conference Oil and Power 2016, which took place in May at The Westin Hotel and Conference Centre in Cape Town.

Our involvement included:

  • Rationalisation, production and construction of the concept stage design
  • Co-ordination of Audio Visual and Sounds components utilising a 6m x 3.6m LED screen.
  • Venue Branding using large format, tensioned fabric prints
  • A Huge 6m wide x 5.5m high lightbox for photo opportunities and press spot interviews
  • Creation of Press conference backdrops using tensioned fabric prints.
  • A custom fabricated show Icon with backlit edges for re-use year-on-year.
  • Custom fabricated furnishings for the stage seating area.
  • Custom fabricated literature zone

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.

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Africa oil & power, HOTT3D, The Westin, Conference branding

Cloud and Big Data drive AfricaCom 2014

AfricaCom 2014, being held on 11-13 November 2014 at the CTICC, has two key streams on its agenda – ‘Cloud’ and ‘Big Data’.
Data is king – more so than ever. Knowing how to analyse the data retrieved through a myriad of transactions and transaction types, in order to serve that person/people group specific information that results in a desired response is both an art and a science – science fiction. This is now a business in its own right and involves sophisticated software systems than can take the bytes of data, process them quickly and dispatch with the objective of acquiring targets.

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.

‘Cloud’ covering AfricaStoring this data presents another opportunity and the ‘cloud’ that is slowly covering Africa is an ideal place to begin.

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.

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Our Top 5 Alternative Conference Venues in Cape Town – 2014

Our Top 5 Alternative Conference Venues in Cape Town – 2014


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

1. The Pavilion Clock Tower Conference Centre

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.

The Pavilion Conference Centre

2. The Westin

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.

Westin Conference Centre Cape Town

3. Belmont Square

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.

The Belmont Conference Centre

4. Lagoon Beach

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

Lagoon Beach - Conference centre

5. TownHouse Hotel

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.

townhouse hotel & conference centre

While this list is not exhaustive, they are, in our opinion, good venues that offer great facilities for both conferences and small exhibitions.

About HOTT3D

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

Celebrating World Design Capital Cape Town 2014

wdc2014_logo21As 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.

Public involvement

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
• 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

Download the events programme – World Design Capital Events projects and events from March to May

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South African exhibitions offer springboard to Africa’s growth

South African exhibitions offer springboard to Africa’s growth

trade shows south africaFor 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.

Innovation essential

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.

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