Mar 162018

Conference venue KwaZulu-Natal

Conference Venues SA welcomes The Function Room as one of the newest conference venues in Richards BayKwaZulu-Natal

A well established, elegant conference venue, right in the heart of Alton. A family run events venue catering for groups up to 100 people.  The Function Room strives for excellence and personal attention to detail to make your event memorable and successful.

They cater for events up to 100 guests. The air-conditioned facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, such as a motorised drop down screen and high definition overhead projector, and electric piano and classic sound system with cordless microphones.

The Function Room boasts VIP seating – the perfect setting for photographs. Parking is safe and secure and there is also a 3-metre wide entrance for clients who wish to bring large items into the venue. At The Function Room you can be assured of personal attention to ensure that all your requirements are met.

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Aug 022013

Conference Venues South Africa welcomes Dolphin Coast Conferencing in Ballito, Kwazulu-Natal to its list of conference venues. The venue is ideally situated close to Ballito’s business hub at Ballito Buzz business park and can accommodate small and large groups for training, business meetings or presentations.


The venue is modern, spacious and private – the perfect location to host your conference.

Up to 150 guests for conferences
Up to 250 guests for presentations
Free parking available
Security provided

A tailor-made package can be structured to suit your company’s specific requirements.

Flip chart
Overhead screen
Data projector
White board
PA system (on request)

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May 132013


Durban is the third largest city in South Africa and the largest in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. Durban forms part of the eThekwini municipality and is the busiest container port in Africa. The warm subtropical climate and beautiful beaches make Durban an ideal tourist destination for local and international visitors. Durban is not only about surfing and sunbathing on the beach, it is also the second most influential economic complex in South Africa. Durban is home to some of the nation’s leading conference venues, having a wealth of venues including hotels, guest houses, conference and convention centres suitable for small to large business meetings, seminars, team building and corporate events.

Durban is easily KwaZulu Natal’s most influential city, contributing over half of the province’s economic output, employment and income. It has a diverse economy and is rich in the manufacturing, tourism, transportation, finance and government sectors. The manufacturing sector of Durban is only second to the government in terms of job creation. Durban also has a dynamic and growing small and micro business sector.

Travel to and from conferences in Durban is made conveniently easy with an excellent road infrastructure and a world class airport such as the King Shaka International Airport. The airport not only handles many visitors coming to Durban, but it is also a key gateway to the rest of KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg region. The King Shaka International Airport is a world class facility offering a host of features to make your traveling experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible with additional features such as shops and restaurants, a bank and post office.

Here are some of the popular conference venues in Durban:

The three large conference and banqueting venues at the Docklands Hotel can host conferences and functions for up to 400 delegates and guests. They offer a wide range of seating styles, themes and menus tailor-made to suit your needs. Conference note pads, pens, mineral water, mints, flipchart & pens and data-projector are included in the conference package. Situated next to the new Durban Waterfront and upmarket Point Development, Docklands Hotel and Conference Venue is a fresh, superbly designed and an inviting place, full of energy.

Durban Manor Hotel & Conference Centre has conference facilities, which cater for, a maximum of up to 200 people in Cinema Style, Cocktail, U-Shape, School Room & Round Tables. Conference equipment includes chairs and tables, free parking, data projector and screen, flipchart and markers, pens and notepads, mints and mineral water on tables, full three course meal, tea / coffee and finger snacks, on request, Waiters, Barmen, Event Coordinator and Bed & Breakfast for a 24HR Package.

The recently opened Mount Edgecombe Conference Centre is located conveniently in the Heart of Broadlands, Mount Edgecombe and an arm’s length away from prime shopping centres. The innovative Architecture and distinctive design of the Conference Centre enhance a sense of style that is elegantly appointed to this building. This 500 seater conference venue is situated at the Broadlands Mount. Events Coordinators take on the responsibility of planning, organizing and implementing each function successfully. This Stylish, Elegant venue has been awarded a 4 STAR RATING in the meetings and special functions category from The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.

The elegant Blue Waters Hotel is located on Durban’s Golden Mile, a shell’s throw away from the beach. The venue is situate less than ten minutes from Durban’s city hub and five minutes from the new International Convention Centre. The Blue Waters Hotel specialises in offering the best accommodation at affordable rates to corporate business, sports teams, groups and holiday makers alike. They offer Business Conference and Function Facilities for Small through to Large Events. Ten Conference Venues are available with seating capacity for 10 to 250 delegates. No matter what size Business Conference Venue you are looking for, they cater for all – from the functional to the luxurious.

Situated less than 200 metres from North Beach, Durban, the DJ Centre Conference Venue is a fully equipped functions and events centre. The DJ Centre provide facilities to suit whatever your requirements dictate. Their fully staffed amenities include a coffee shop, fully licensed bar, kosher and general kitchens – all under one roof. Sound, decor and a range of caterers are available from professional, accredited registered service providers. Each of the conference venues can be configured to your needs to host any event, function or conference. The Lounge and Conference Room are inter leading, and both can be booked for one function. The Terrace is often used to serve lunch, and the bar and coffee bar facilities are available for all functions.

Located on the Umhlanga Ridge the Gateway Hotel Conference Venue has the unique advantage of allowing guests direct access to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, which offers a feast of entertainment, restaurant and shopping outlets as well as outstanding team building facilities. The 146 room hotel has five well-appointed conference venues with the latest technology. With this in mind, it is soon to become the preferred venue for conferences and functions. A superb and central venue for business men and women, the Gateway Hotel is soon to become the preferred venue for conferences and business meetings. The iconic “leafy” screen surrounding the Gateway Hotel is not only an eye-catching design, but also an effective shading technique – it acts as a solar shield for the dominant northern facades of the building.

Capacity at the Olwandle Guest House & Conference Centre is 35 seated with tables and 55-60 seated without tables. Facilities include transparency overhead projector, flip charts, pens and wall screen. Extra equipment e.g. Data projector, VCR, TV, is available on request, and their conference facility is fully air-conditioned. During tea break,  you can enjoy 180 degree sea views from the deck. This facility is also ideal for business breakfast or board meetings. Olwandle is nested in the heart of Durban and its many attractions. They are a 25 minute drive from the Durban International Airport, only eight minutes from the city centre, beaches and the International Convention Centre.

These are just a small selection of the conference venues in Durban and you will easily find many more quality venues.

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Mar 252013

Balmoral Hotel Conference Venue Durban

The Balmoral Hotel Conference Venue is ideally situated on Durban’s Golden Mile. The beach is right on the venue’s doorstep, and it is only a short walk away from Durban’s shopping and business district including Africa’s largest Dolphinarium, uShaka Marine World.

The Balmoral Hotel has been fully renovated but still retains its historic and stately character. It is considered to one of the most elegant venues along the Golden Mile Beachfront. The venue’s fully licensed Waterfront Restaurant leads out onto The Waterfront Terrace where delegates and visitors can relax and enjoy sun downers whilst overlooking the beachfront.

The conference venue offers Secretarial Service, Concierge, Jockey undercover parking, Room Service, Laundry & Dry Cleaning, Babysitter on request, Multilingual Staff, Currency Exchange, and Airport Shuttle.

Conference Facilities and Services

  • Total Meeting Space 126 sq. m
  • Maximum Meeting Space 72 sq. m
  • Pre-function Space 50 sq. m
  • Facilities located on the ground floor
  • Fully Serviced Video Conferencing
  • Full Meeting Concierge Services
  • Corporate meeting and event planning via RAYA MEETING CONNECTION
  • Theatre / Tours / Transportation Service.

Conference Accommodation

The Balmoral Hotel Conference Venue offers 95 large bedrooms. Each room is fully equipped and elegantly furnished. The rooms are divided into the following categories: Executive Sea facing; Superior Sea facing; Standard Double Sea facing, Disabled; Standard Twin Non Sea facing and Studio Non Sea facing.

The venue has 36 sea facing rooms, 47 kings or double rooms, 46 twins, 2 accessible rooms, 15 non-smoking rooms. The rooms are equipped with: Remote Control TV with selected Channels, Air conditioning, Electronic Door lock, Full Bathroom amenities, Hairdryer, Tea & Coffee Facilities, Iron & Ironing board on request, Electronic Safe, Internet access points in Sea Facing rooms.

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Jan 302013


The province of KwaZulu Natal was formed in 1994 when the province of Natal and the different areas that had made up the homeland of KwaZulu was combined into one province.

Because of the diverse and complex topography of KwaZulu Natal, the province has a varied climate. In general, the coastal areas are tropical with a progressively colder climate towards the inland regions. Geographically the province is divided into three distinct regions. There is the lowland region along the Indian Ocean coast, the central region in the Natal Midlands and two mountainous areas namely the Drakensberg Mountains in the west and the Lebombo Mountains in the north. The Tugela is the largest river in KwaZulu Natal, flowing west to east across the center of the province. The coastline of KwaZulu Natal is dotted with small holiday towns. Superb beaches of world-class quality are to be found along virtually every area of the KwaZulu Natal coastline.

The leading industry in KwaZulu Natal is sugar with dairy, corn, sorghum, sheep, cattle, citrus fruits, cotton, pineapples and bananas also being raised. There is also an emerging wine industry in KwaZulu-Natal and other industries in the province include chemicals, paper, textile, clothing, rubber, fertilizer, oil refineries, tanneries, vehicle assembly and food-processing plants.

Durban is a rapidly growing metropolitan area in KwaZulu Natal. It is one of the busiest ports in Africa and also has a good rail network linking into Southern Africa. Newcastle is the industrial powerhouse of the province with Mittal Steel South Africa situated there. Newcastle has also become the largest producer of chrome chemicals in KwaZulu-Natal. Other large operations include a diamond cutting works, various large engineering concerns, the Natal Portland Cement plant, and the Ingagane Power Station. The textile industry is a significant employer in the Newcastle area, with over a hundred textile factories belonging to Taiwanese and Chinese Industrialists.

Conference Venues in KwaZulu Natal

Complimented with service excellence, the Elephant Lake Hotel, is the perfect venue for conferencing, company functions, workshops and teambuilding. The Elephant Lake Hotel St Lucia is located on the shores of the St Lucia Estuary in the town of St Lucia. The Hotel has a Three Star South African Tourism Grading and boasts 58 luxury, en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, with the majority sharing a westerly view across the St Lucia Estuary. All rooms are equipped with Digital Satellite TV, tea/coffee facilities, hair dryer and full range of bathroom amenities. The Hotels ground floor has 26 rooms all with a private patio’s leading out onto beautiful manicured lawns and a sparkling pool. An upmarket restaurant leads out to the pool patio area. The fully equipped 100 seated conference/function facility is situated on the ground floor.

Conference facilities at The Golden Horse Casino Hotel are modern, offering flexible conference venues with up to date equipment. The Conference Centre adjoins the Scottsville Race Course and the Golden Horse Casino Complex with various venues catering for up to 500 delegates. Set in Pietermaritzburg in the Natal Midlands, 45min from Durban, The Golden Horse Casino & Hotel complex is the only hotel in Africa and one of few in the World boasting both a casino and a turf racecourse making a veritable punter’s paradise providing pulse-racing entertainment and casino gaming amidst, the sport of kings. The four star hotel is a world class stay with unmatched hospitality and 86 large en-suite bedrooms fit for a king, beautifully decorated and equipped with data lines for laptops, telephone, room safes and satellite TV.

The Hampshire Hotel conference meeting rooms can accommodate up to 145 attendees in a variety of configurations. Amenities include cable modem, DVD player, flip chart and markers, modem lines, VCR and whiteboard. The venue also offers event catering and complimentary high–speed wireless Internet access. The Hampshire Hotel offers modern accommodations located by the Famous Dolphin Coast and just 6 miles from the King Shaka Airport. The hotel offers tastefully decorated rooms which are equipped with custom comforters. All rooms include 37-inch LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi internet access and most rooms offer views of the outdoor pool.

The conference facilities at the Durban Manor Hotel & Conference Centre cater for a maximum of up to 200 people in Cinema Style, Cocktail, U-Shape, and School Room & Round Tables. Seven function rooms that accommodate up to 200 people in different set-ups and unique features include entrance hall, coffee shop, dining rooms and bar. These offer a variety of comfortable and well-appointed venues for conferences, weddings, banquets and have been used as film advertisement locations.

The Conference facility at Dragons Peak Mountain Resort can host groups of up to 100 delegates and is equipped with overhead projector, VCR, large TV, White Board, Flipchart, wall to wall Carpets, padded Chairs and Air-conditioning. The venue is situated on, a family owned, 1000 acre wilderness estate set in the shadow of Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle, part of the rugged Drakensberg mountains of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Purchased in 1955 by the Tungay family and developed over three generations, the resort retains its country charm and unspoilt views of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, bordering the prestigious Drakensberg Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site, renowned for both its geographic and cultural significance.

The Protea Hotel Karridene Beach Resort has the latest in conferencing equipment and can accommodate up to 200 delegates. Eight different conferencing rooms can accommodate 2 to 200 delegates in a variety of venues – from basic work areas to boardrooms overlooking the Indian Ocean to dinner dances and banquets for up to 150 guests. Only 20 minutes south of Durban, this modern and luxurious South Coast hotel resort is well-known for its excellent accommodation, wonderful food, friendly hospitality and superior service. Situated between the lagoon and the beach at Illovo, it also boasts an award-winning caravan park. Sporting and recreational activities and nearby facilities include golf, squash and swimming.

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Oct 262012

Forming part of the popular Gateway Theatre of Shopping, The Gateway Hotel offers guests a veritable feast of entertainment, restaurant and shopping outlets as well as excellent accommodation, in the heart of Durban‘s new business district of Umhlanga. Appealing to both the leisure and business market, the Gateway Hotel allows its guests quick access to all the Gateway Theatre of Shopping has to offer.

Gateway Hotel Conference Venue in Durban

Gateway Hotel Conference Venue

A wonderful and central venue for business men and women, the Gateway Hotel, is soon to become the preferred venue for conferences and business meetings. The iconic “leafy” screen surrounding the Gateway Hotel is not only an eye-catching design, but also an effective shading technique – it acts as a solar shield for the principal northern facades of the building.

Located on the Umhlanga Ridge the hotel has the unique advantage of allowing guests direct access to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, which offers a feast of entertainment, restaurant and shopping outlets as well as excellent team build facilities. The 146 room hotel has five well-appointed conference venues with the latest technology.

The Gateway Hotel is an ideal venue for banquets both large and small. Guest have access to abundant, secure parking, and for those wishing to spend the evening after the banquet, the 146 bedrooms offer a range of accommodation from standard rooms to junior suites.

For the business traveller, free wireless internet connection is available (in public areas only) at the Hotel, as well as excellent conference facilities consisting of five venues. The number of delegates the Ficus Suites can take ranges from between 78 to 600 delegates.

146 Rooms Available for Conference Accommodation

103 Standard rooms
40 Superior rooms
3 Junior suites
2 Paraplegic rooms (within superior room allocation)
12 Sets inter-leading rooms (within superior room allocation)

Facilities within Rooms

Laptop safe
Mini Bars
Separate baths
Superior room – balconies
Superior room – separate baths

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