Patrick and I showcased traditional beadwork at the IFES Global Summit at the CTICC this weekend. The international delegates were encouraged to purchase items to wear for their dinner at Moyo at the Cape Town Waterfront on Friday evening. Awards were handed out to the 3 best dressed delegates and loads of fun was had by all.
I participated in a tour of the CTICC yesterday as part of their 10th Birthday Celebrations. They held a open day and welcomed members of the public to view the facilities, taste the food and meet the friendly staff at Cape Town's world class Convention Centre.
Suppliers to the CTICC were also on hand and put together beautiful floral displays, showed off their AV equipment and welcomed visitors, explaining their services. Staff of the Westin Grand were also showcasing their venue, and we were presented with a soft branded slippers and a delicious smoothie from the team.
Attention to detail was apparent, even the little ones were taken cared of while parents went on the tour to view the amphitheatre, meetings rooms and exhibition halls. I was the lucky recipient of a CTICC gift for having a red sticker on my registration lanyard pouch.
After being treated as 5 star guest, visitors were then presented with a goodie bag on exit. What a fun and informative morning, Well done CTICC!
Using local products and suppliers for your event is environmentally beneficial, because it reduces transportation requirements and the associated environmental impact. It also supports the local economy, making the area more desirable as an exhibition destination.
Procure your delegate bags locally, made from either natural or
recycled materials for a greener event. When designing the bags, ensure they can
be used after the conference or summit, perhaps with a removable logo.
Also try to take advantage of companies or organisations who collect used delegate bags
for donations to local schools, this not only recycles your delegate bags but
helps learners who cannot afford to purchase satchels for school. Made At Home Handicrafts, School Bag for Every Child Campaign. www.mahh.co.za
Our quilt order for IFAW is underway. The ladies below are starting to sew the little squares together that are scribed with messages of love and well wishes for our furry companions.
What is humbition? Received this via Daily Good this week.
It is that particular blend of humility and ambition that drives the most successful businesspeople, and is an antidote to the arrogance that can often trip up companies and entrepreneurs. The wisest
leaders are the ones "smart enough to admit that they cannot take all the credit
for their success.
More likely than not, what they've achieved is some combination of good fortune, great colleagueship, and the random collision of smart people and bright ideas." In this fascinating article, the co-founder of
Fast Company explores the advantages and characteristics of this mode of being.
He shares stories of the most humbitious leaders he's ever come across and how
their approach translates into innovative practices in their companies.
June 16, Youth Day, a public holiday, here in South Africa, is in remembrance of the events of 1976 which was a series of protests led by high school students, where approx 700 people, mainly students,
lost their lives, also known as the Soweto Uprising.
In 1975 protests started in local schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools. The issue, however, was not so much the Afrikaans, as the whole system of Bantu education which was characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers.
On 16 June 1976 more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto began a protest march. In the wake of
clashes with the police, and the violence that ensued during the next few weeks, approximately 700 hundred people, many of them youths, were killed and property destroyed.
Let us never forget.
With Father's Day around the corner, everyone is wondering what perfect gift to get that special Dad. Gifts for men are generally considered a challenge and rightly so. From neckties to cufflinks he may never wear, or those outdoor gifts for Dad's who are really not that into the wild, the options out there are endless.
While you are out there shopping up a storm, try to look for something made locally, perhaps even eco friendly. Whatever you decide to purchase or make, spend Fathers Day making Dad feel extra special.
The 3rd African Creative Economy Conference and the 4th Arterial Network Biennial Conference will be taking place in Cape Town from 6 – 9 October 2013.
The ACEC Conference, last held in Dakar in November 2012, is expected to attract numerous delegates, including visitors from at least 40 African countries, to Cape Town later this year.
With research revealing that Africa’s share of the global creative economy is less than 1%, the Conference aims to focus attention not only on the continent’s creative industries as economic drivers; it will also
highlight their potential contribution to the eradication of poverty and the underpinning of human rights.
Registration is open, see you there.
KEAG, the Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group, is dedicated to the
preservation of our natural environment and to the upliftment of our living environment.
They have been running a Recycling Centre at Imhoff Farm, in Kommetjie since 1993.
This centre is the only one of its kind in the immediate region and is widely
utilised. According to their website, over a hundred tonnes of recyclables have
passed through the KEAG centre over the years.
KEAG drop off centre is more like a Recycling theme park with interesting sculptures
and décor. The recycling has evolved into a Craft-from-Waste initiative and the
Junk Evolution Craft Shop.
Please support this drop off centre if you live in the area and help to reduce the
pressure on our landfill sites. Spend a morning at Imhoff Farm, there is a lot to do,
have breakfast, purchase some plants or even ride a camel.