Highlights from Quarter 3

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Quarter 3 was jam packed with everything from an International Film Festival to a Tech conference and everything in between!

We’ll start in July where Brazil, Russia, India and China visited our shores for the 2018 BRICS Summit. As part of the summit Durban played host to the BRICS Film Festival at the Playhouse Company for a week-long celebration of storytelling and cinematic excellence.  Each country was honoured with the screening of 5 films followed by an intimate networking cocktail which gave the audience a chance to rub shoulders with filmmakers and sample cuisine from BRICS nations. The week-long celebration was concluded with closing night awards ceremony featuring energetic performances from teen singing sensation Lusandra and amaZebra traditional dance group, for a full list of films in the competition visit www.nfvf.co.za

Informative and engaging workshops hosted by regular clients, DDP, KZN Health Partners, SAICA and SATN rounded off the month.

Women’s month opened with a beautiful breakfast at the Elangeni Hotel, hosted by SAICA Eastern Region. The gathering included a lifestyle exhibition with fantastic prizes from an array of sponsors and uplifting guest speakers. The morning celebrated womanhood by offering support and tips for maintaining a healthy work / life balance.

The Regional Business Women’s Association awarded the achievements of outstanding business women in KZN at a glitzy ceremony at the Elangeni. Award winners including our very own executive director, Mrs Pravina Coombs for her ongoing support, dedication and excellence in coordinating the RBAA over the years – congratulations Pravina!

September got off to a bright start with an induction breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hosted by Invest Durban. The breakfast introduced Team Durban, a group of influential business people assembled by the mayor of EThekwini Municipality who are passionate about driving investment to the region to the business community and the media.

The South African Technology Network (SATN) International Conference 2018 took place at the Elangeni Hotel 11 – 13 September, the programme was driven by the theme, 4th Industrial Revolution which allowed for robust discussions about how technological innovations can improve everyday life. Highlights included, a Q&A with Dr Ariana Marias, theoretical physicist, Head of Innovation at SAP Africa who will represent South Africa on Mars One and Pepper the adorable humanoid robot who explained that AI is here to improve our lives and not take our jobs as the 4th Industrial Revolution will present opportunities for new skill sets.

‘‘The Woodfiber Conference, as it is affectionately known by long term attendees, the International Woodfiber Resource & Trade Conference was hosted at the Elangeni. The delegation were also treated to a variety of field trips to better understand the industry in the region as well as networking dinners at 4320 Shisha Nyama in Umhlanga  Ridge, Havana Grill at Suncoast and Olive and Oil Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg, which gave them a taste of Durban cuisine and a chance to interact in a more relaxed environment.

Democracy Development Programme (DDP) in partnership with KAS hosted A Social Cohesion Conference at the Onomo Hotel, to close off heritage month with a powerful programme outlining opportunities to create a more inclusive society.

SAICA Eastern Region celebrated the UKZN and the University of Zululand as SAICA accredited institutions, a milestone for KZN as a province.

The last three months of the year are bound to be memorable, if you would like to join us in making 2018 one for the books, pop in for a beautiful cappuccino to discuss your year-end events and let’s plan for the New Year while we at it!

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