May 292018

Conference Venues Musgrave

Conference Venues SA welcomes Coastlands Musgrave Hotel as one of the newest conference venues in MusgraveDurban, KwaZulu-Natal

With beautiful views of Durban, the Indian Ocean and Durban Harbour this modern, boutique 4 star hotel boasting 101 bedrooms are situated on the ridge of Musgrave’s popular Ridge road.  Our Deluxe Rooms magnificent city, sea and harbour views from their private balconies, while our Standard Rooms offer inland views of the immediate surroundings.

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May 252018

Durban Conference Venues

Conference Venues SA welcomes Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel as one of the newest conference venues in UmhlangaDurban, KwaZulu-Natal

With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Kwa Zulu Natal’s North and South Coast, this modern, 4 star hotel boasting 136 bedrooms are situated on the ridge of the popular corporate and leisure Umhlanga Rocks. All our rooms offer either full sea view or partial sea views and magnificent views of the surroundings.

A number of small, medium and large conference and event venues are available and our experienced banqueting team will assist you in planning your next conference, function or wedding.

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Jul 212014

The SAERA 2014 Conference takes place at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban from Wednesday, 13 August 2014 to Friday, 15 August 2014.  The pre-conference workshops for research development will take place on Tuesday, 12 August 2014.



The topic of the conference will be to investigate the current position of education research in South Africa, and looking ahead to the future directions that research may take. Education research in the past twenty years has relied on a variety of education policies and the carrying out of these policies. Research tends to be qualitative and small scale in nature, although a rising importance on the analysis of large achievement studies in teaching has been seen. SAERA envisages that the conference would provide a platform to reflect on the nature, the idea and the role of education studies at present, and to look forward to new methodological and theoretical trends in the area. The conference will connect with all contexts of research – Higher Education, Training and Further Education, adult education, informal education and schooling.

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May 262014

5th International Conference on Education and Information Management is hosted by the Durban University of Technology on the 21st and 22nd of June 2014. Conference aims to provide a platform to academicians, scholars, business managers and practitioners to share their valuable experience and knowledge with each other.



The goal of the event is to bring closer people from the business and academia world so that they can share the latest developments in the fields of information management, education, computing, business, economics, technology and development studies.

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Feb 172014

The First Africa Photovoltaic Solar Energy Exhibition and Conference  will take place from the 27th to the 29th of March 2014 in Durban, South Africa. Solar Photovoltaic Electricity is an essential source of energy to meet the rapidly growing demand of energy in Africa, which can not be met by traditional sources alone.

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AfricaPVSEC is a new initiative partnering SNEC, EU and PVSEC for exchange and promotion in the photovoltaic solar energy sector to bring together leading public authorities, experts, , NGOs researchers, representatives of international organizations, donors.

The conference will be held at the International Convention Centre in Durban which is a world class conference facility. Versatility and flexibility are the main factors in the design of this state-of-the-art technology-driven centre.

The first Africa PVSEC highlights the fact that there is not only a rapidly growing African scientific community in the area of solar photovoltaic power generation but that the installation of solar photovoltaic electricity generation systems is accelerating in many African countries.

Africa PVSEC is aimed as an international platform to discuss and offer the latest scientific results as well as to network amongst each other and increase the visibility towards policy and manufacturing stakeholders. For this reason,  the conference programme has three main topics, which cover the wide spectrum of photovoltaics ranging from fundamental material research to business and policy assessments.

Focus on

  • Extension and development of solar photovoltaic in Africa
  • Transfer of appropriate technologies to the African context
  • Development of business and trade linkages between African professionals and their counterparts in the world
  • Extension programs, projects and achieving goals internationally, regionally and nationally and internationally
  • Increased potential for use and exploitation of solar photovoltaic
  • Positioning of the Africa continent
  • Promotion of processes, equipment and systems
  • Exchange of information and ideas among organizations, professionals, promotion and government agencies
  • Business relationship between professionals to establish partnership agreements, technical, commercial or business
  • Promotion of investment


  • Exhibitors organizations and companies involved in the different sectors of the solar photovoltaic and renewable energy sector:
  • Photovoltaic solar systems
  • Thermal solar systems
  • Manufacturing and distribution of energy/Energy saving
  • Research and development
  • Services and organizations
  • NGOs working in the sector
  • Investors

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Oct 282013

A Power Tool for Economic and Social Growth. Join more than 30 Key and Global IP Leaders in an open forum discussion on how to stimulate domestic inventions to spur economic and social development at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban on 17 – 20 November.


This event follows on from a successful summit of BRICS heads of Patent Offices in May 2013.

  • The opening address will include contributions by the Honourable Derek Hanekom, Minister of Science and Technology in the South African Government
  • Inaugural African Inventions Exhibition Hall
  • Posters and exhibits will showcase African Innovation
  • Boot Camp option for entrepreneurs with leading international faculty following conference


It is with absolute pleasure to invite African inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, small companies and University, and Science Councils Technology Transfer Offices to showcase their intellectual property and technologies at the Inaugural  African Inventors and Innovators Exhibition Hall, which will be provided as part of the upcoming conference sponsored by the National IP Management Office (“NIPMO”) and The Companies and IP Commission (“CIPC”) of South Africa focusing on  “Creating and Leveraging Intellectual Property in Developing Countries. Highlight your inventions, innovations, emerging companies and initiatives to a wide ranging group of corporate representatives, government agencies, press and investors at the conference, and compete for the following awards:

Boot Camp

The focus of the Boot Camps is undoubtedly for technology-oriented entrepreneurs and companies but does not focus on a particular sector such as IT, advanced materials or biotechnology.

This program is designed for:

  • Managers who have recently assumed an entrepreneurial role
  • Scientists and engineers seeking insight into entrepreneurial processes
  • Government and public policy professionals who want an inside look at the challenges of entrepreneurship

The Boot Camp sessions involve:

  • Entrepreneurship for Zero Stage to Launch
  • Principles of Strategic Planning in an Entrepreneurial Setting
  • Project, Product, or Company: Is there critical mass for business creation
  • Principles of Market Strategy
  • Developing the Business Plan and the Pitchbook
  • Lean Entrepreneurship and the Art of Customer Development
  • Strategic Alliances and Partnering
  • Building the Management Team
  • Financing the Venture

The format will be a combination of lecturing, panel discussion, case studies, discussion and, possibly, presentations by local entrepreneurs seeking peer review of their ideas. Participants will receive hundreds of slides in soft copy, and a bibliography of recommended readings. Boot Camps are often described by participants as “drinking from a fire hose” but the intensity of the knowledge flow is an effective way of garnering insights and gathering awareness of where additional knowledge and experience are needed before venturing forth into the world of technology entrepreneurship.

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Oct 092013

The African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer will hold the International Conference on Cancer in Africa from 21-24 November 2013 at the International Convention Centre Durban.

AORTIC’s 9th International Cancer Conference entitled “Cancer in Africa: Bridging Science and Humanity” is held every two years and provides a unique platform to bring together leading global and African health care professionals.

Set in the vibrant city of Durban, located on the East Coast of the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, the conference aims to build on the strong scientific foundations established through previous AORTIC conferences and will provide a scientific programme covering a diverse range of topics related to cancer control in Africa. The aim is to provide attendees with different tools that can be implemented in resourceful ways.

Under the theme “Cancer in Africa: Bridging Science and Humanity”, topics discussed at the AORTIC 2013 conference will include cutting edge cancer care and basic science and clinical research on cancers related to Africa. This includes the following: National Cancer Control Plans (NCCPs), Cancer Registration, Basic Sciences, Genetics, Epigenetics, Site-specific Cancers, Biomarkers, Novel Therapies, Radiation, Chemotherapy, Epidemiology, Diagnostic Support Services, Ethics and Good Clinical Practice, HIV-AIDS-related cancers, Palliative Care and Oncology Nursing.

The conference will consist of a combination of “Meet the Experts” breakfast sessions, interactive workshops, industry symposia, plenary sessions and free communications of research performed in Africa and internationally. Speakers are drawn from across the globe representing a high level of expertise in the field of oncology.

The official languages of the conference are English and French, and simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the two plenary venues.

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Jun 282013

The WASME 19th annual International Conference on SMEs will be held under the theme: “Beyond the downturn-Revitalising the global economy through small and medium enterprises” and will examine SME policies and support programmes. The Conference will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, 18th to 21st September, 2013.


The World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises’ (WASME) annual International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprise development (ICSME) is a prestigious annual event, which brings together under one roof business support organisations, policy makers, banks and financial institutions, international experts, academics, entrepreneurs, UN and other international and multi-national aid agencies involved in small business development.

Ashish J Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, will feature as headline speaker at the 19th WASME International Conference on SMEs. Billed as Africa’s youngest billionaire (a title he eschews) and named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, Ashish is a serial entrepreneur who started his first business at the age of 15 years. Today Mara Group operates in 26 countries, employing 7,000 people.

Taking place under the theme Beyond the downturn: Revitalising the global economy through small and medium enterprises, the 19th WASME ICSME will examine past and current impact of the global economic slowdown which started in 2008 on small business start-up, survival and growth. Issues to be examined include: How have different countries responded to mitigate the negative impact on small businesses? What lessons have been learnt? What significance do different nations now place on the role of small business in stabilising the still fragile world economy and re-launching it onto a new growth path? What policies, strategies and programmes are being adopted to put small business at the heart of future growth? Conference topics include:

  • Creating enabling SME startup and growing conditions through improving the regulatory environment and strengthening small business advocacy
  • Cities and towns driving the development of sustainable and competitive SMEs – the case of the City of Durban and its sister cities abroad
  • Fostering technology-based entrepreneurship and small business – policies, methodologies and practices for effective stimulation of innovation, technology transfer and technology commercialisation
  • Fostering SME-based industrialisation – strategies, programmes, experiences and future directions
  • Encouraging and supporting SME internationalisation and export growth through globally-competitive SME clusters and networks
  • Strengthening SME competitiveness, sustainability and profitability through cleaner production techniques
  • Increasing start-up and SME funding through non-traditional financing – with special emphasis on crowd funding and angel investing
  • Increasing small business presence in the global marketplace through digital marketing

Leading policymakers, experts and entrepreneurs from around the world will present their views and ideas on the above topics and more. Breakaway sessions will discuss each topic in-depth and formulate proposals to inform current and future policy and practice in each of these areas around the world.

ICSME 2013 features leading speakers from around the world, including government Ministers and policymakers, SME promotion practitioners, experts and entrepreneurs themselves. Please check here regularly for speaker profiles, which will be updated continually as invited speakers confirm.

We are pleased to announce that the following international speakers are now confirmed for the 19th ICSME:

  • Mr Ashish J Thakkar Founder, Mara Group (United Arab Emirates)
  • Ms Christin Pfeiffer Secretary General, International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises (Italy)
  • Mr Gyan P. Agarwal Secretary General, WASME (India)
  • Dr. Khaled Nagaty CEO, Metropolitan Consulting (Egypt)
  • Mr Mark Brennan Commissioner, Australian Small Business Commissioner (Australia)
  • Dr Paolo Anselmo President, Italian Business Angels Network Association (Italy)
  • Mr Paul Niederer CEO, Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (Australia)
  • Dr P C Sabharwal Senior Adviser, WASME (India)
  • Mr Rajat Batra CEO, STENUM Asia Sustainable Development Society (India)
  • Mr Rohit Shukla CEO, Larta Institute (USA)
  • Mr T.R. Bajalia Deputy Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India (India)
  • Mr Vedat Kunt CEO, VEGO Consulting (Turkey)

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Jun 212013

LARASA will be hosting the 2nd international Congress from 15 – 19 September 2013 at the Tsogo Sun, Sun Coast Convention Centre in Durban. The theme of the Congress is Leisure, Social Cohesion and Transformation. The sub themes include  Wellbeing and Health, Built Environment, Special Social Advocacy, Populations, Playgrounds and Parks, Tourism, Leisure Management and Education.


The successful inaugural LARASA Congress held at the International Convention Centre, in March 2012 created a lasting impression on all delegates who are looking forward to enjoying the rich heritage, hospitality and warmth of KwaZulu-Natal, Zulu Kingdom, once again. Presenters and delegates are expected from the following countries : South Africa, Australia, Belgium, China, Croatia, Colombia, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, Taiwan,  Turkey, Uganda, United States of America, Zimbabwe.

This is not a typical organization or standard conference opportunity, but an opportunity to be a part of a globally networked organization which, at the end of the Congress, will leave behind a legacy for all communities to enjoy.

LARASA firmly believes in the value and benefits of Leisure and Recreation to improve the quality of life of all citizens and to transform cities into Leisure destinations. We extend an invitation to you to learn more about leisure and to meet renowned speakers from South Africa and  internationally,  who will share their knowledge and experience in the comfort of a modern and technologically advanced meeting venue.

The sub themes reflects the rich diversity of the Leisure industry and provides a holistic approach to the congress for the benefit of the delegates :

  • Health and Wellbeing – promoting Physical Activity, alternative  therapies, healthy / active lifestyle,  non-communicable diseases, employee wellbeing, HIV/Aids, obesity
  • Built Environment / Environmental awareness / Environmental justice – includes landscaping, trails, transportation, planning for a leisure city, sustainable cities, preservation of open spaces, natural resource management.
  • Special Populations – disabilities, Therapeutic Recreation / Recreation Therapy, inclusion, mainstreaming, women, children, gender equity, play, families, culture, race, resiliency, boosting self esteem and confidence, correctional services, campus recreation, human development
  • Social advocacy –  systems change, social networks, social justice, developing social capital, human dignity, equity and freedom, human rights, psychological wellbeing.
  • Parks and playgrounds – Outdoor adventure, playground audits, playground design / inclusive playgrounds, playground safety inspectors.
  • Tourism –  contribution of leisure services to economic growth
  • Technology  – Promoting physical activity through technological advances, ecosystems.
  • Leisure Education – Theories, experiential learning, curriculum development, skills development.
  • Leisure and Sport Management – Organizational development, policy development and strategic planning, implementation of services, risk management, municipal best practice, good governance.


Keynote Speakers

Ms. Yolande Spears – Vice President of Education & Community Relations at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Connecticut

Dr. Doris R. Corbett is an Associate Professor of Sport Sociology at Howard University.

Prof. Dr. Christopher R. Edginton serves as Secretary General, World Leisure Organization.

Prof. Dr. Karla A. Henderson is a Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University

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World Soybean Research Conference IX in Durban

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Dec 032012


Attendees from around the globe are set to converge at the Durban International Convention Center in Durban, South Africa for the World Soybean Research Conference IX, which will take place February 17 to 22, 2013.

Hosted by the Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust and the Protein Research Foundation, and organized by Paragon Conventions Africa, this five day conference is the leading international event on soybean research. This event provides an international forum for the world’s soybean researchers to exchange information and research findings across all segments of the soybean industry.

The World Soybean Research Conference (WSRC) will include both a technical programme and a trade show that showcases all aspects of the industry including soybean seed; fat and oil products; drinks and foods; animal feed; soybean fiber products; biotech; processing equipment and more.

This year’s theme of “From China to Africa – Can research close the gap between soy production and increasing global demand?”, will feature various topics in both plenary and concurrent break out sessions, including food security; sustainability; nutrition and health; breeding and genetics; processing; applications; agronomy; storage and transportation as well as an overview of commodity markets.

Under the direction of the organizing committee, participants will hear from researchers, farmers and industry leaders as they explore the entire soy value chain from processing and growing soybeans to transporting, marketing and using soybean products.

WSRC promises excellent opportunities for attendees to network with and learn from leading soybean producers, processors and companies representing the food, feed and ingredient sectors.

Optional tours and events, such as a soybean farm tour, a game reserve safari, and exploration of the beautiful Drakenberg mountains will round out the weeklong event and provide an opportunity to explore the ancient beauty of Africa’s countryside.

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