Conference venues in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

English: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand,...

English: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conference venues in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, Egoli (City of Gold), is the largest city in South Africa, situated in the general Gauteng area or what was in years gone by known as the Transvaal … meaning one side of the Vaal River. It is the most densely populated city in this region and in the entire country. Being the economic hub of the country, it has the largest economy in Sub Saharan Africa, is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world and is the world’s largest city which is not situated on a river or at the coast. It makes sense, due to its size, economy and population that Johannesburg boasts the most conference venues in South Africa.

A reference to Johannesburg on Wikipedia can be found here.

With two airports, OR Tambo International being the larger of the two and the largest and busiest in South Africa, with flights arriving and departing every minute of the day and evening to other local cities, to Europe and the rest of the world, Johannesburg is a very suitable choice of city if it’s business, conferences, conventions or seminars you are planning. First World in standards and operations, convenient, efficient, organised with everything close at hand considering how effortless and quick it is to commute to and from the airport wherever in the city and surrounds you are.

Airport transfers are available and affordable and many hotel venues in Johannesburg offer a complimentary shuttle service to guests. For national conferences, where delegates are commuting from other major cities in South Africa, Johannesburg remains a popular destination due to its accessibility and availability of services. Air flights, being frequent and cost-effective delegates often travel to Johannesburg for the day from other local cities to attend conferences in Johannesburg. Hotel accommodation in Johannesburg is also plentiful and delegates who wish to stay over can find a room easily. Accommodation ranges from 5 star properties to the more budget friendly establishments.

Johannesburg, while in the Highlands, enjoys a sub-tropical climate. The summer months of October to April bring late afternoon thunder showers while the climate remains somewhat dry and sunny. It has been reported as the lightning capital of the world although this title is also claimed by other cities around the world. Winters are cold and dry, with occasional snow falls although these are infrequent. Temperatures in winter might drop to minus 2 or 3. Despite experiencing a relatively dry climate Johannesburg has over 10 million trees making it the largest man-made forest in the world second only to Graskop in Mpumalanga. These trees were originally planted to provide wood for the mining industry in the mineral rich Witwatersrand area.

Conference venues in Johannesburg range from small boutique hotels and guest houses to larger dedicated convention centers and conference venues forming part of the larger hotels. Most are well priced and offer a wide range of menus and facilities of a world-class standard.

There are several top-class hotels which are situated at or very near to OR Tambo International Airport allowing delegates and business travellers to move between the airport and their hotels inexpensively and with ease with free shuttle services offered by most of these.

In the CBD there are some very large conference venues while on the outskirts one can find some very quaint and more intimate establishments.

Johannesburg is a gateway to other regions in the Gauteng province such as Muldersdrift, Magaliesburg, Rustenburg, Centurion, Irene and Pretoria. These outlying areas have become much sought after to capture the ambience and peace of the country and in each area, there are many hotels and guest houses offering 3, 4, and 5-star standards and facilities. Popular conference venues in the greater Johannesburg region include areas such as Midrand, Fourways, Randburg, Randfontein, Houghton, Sandton and the East Rand and Southern Suburbs.

The four largest conference venues in Johannesburg are Sandton Convention Center, situated in Sandton, Africa’s top class shopping and business center, Gallagher Estate, situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, The Coca Cola Dome, the fourth largest such structure in the world, and MTN Expo Center, Nasrec, the city’s biggest venue and not far from Soweto. These venues can each host thousands of delegates and abound with facilities and services to cater for all types of conferences and events.

Forthcoming Events happening in and around Johannesburg

India Clothing & Textile Trade Show
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
7-8 March

Hobby-X
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
7-10 March

Money Expo 2013
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
7-9 March

Hobby-X Johannesburg
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
7-10 March

Future Bank World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
11-12 March

Retail World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
11-13 March

Hostex 2013 Gauteng
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
17-20 March

WoodEX for Africa
Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg
21-23 March

The Wedding Expo
Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg
6-7 April

BioEnergy World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Clean Technology World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

On-site Power World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Power and Electricity World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Wind Power World Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
8-11 April

Sustain and Build Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
9-10 April

The Solar Show Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
9-10 April
17-20 April

These are a mere handful during March and April. The events calendar is endless!
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The aftermath of the Marikana Violence: Is South Africa a safe place to host a world class conference?

RUSTENBURG

A few months ago, shortly after the Marikana Masacre, I posted an article on the effects this violent, unnecessary and tragic outbreak has surely had on Tourism (click here) … notwithstanding that this is way down the ladder of importance, considering the lives that were lost; the tragic circumstances under which families lost their fathers, husbands, brothers… who were also the bread winners and how this will forever affect those families’ lives. Without appearing insensitive to those who were so severely affected by this tragedy, I, like most South Africans, have been following news reports and of course visuals on television as SAPS have been under fire from not just the South African public but the world. Each time the visuals are re-played, I am filled with new horror and the question … Where are we heading? … And so, to pick up from where I left off …

Fact : Tourism is one of the major providers of employment in this country. We have so much to be proud of, so much to be thankful for in what nature has blessed us with: Incomparable weather, breath-taking scenery, game, pristine coastlines, mountains, traditional villages, lakes, abundant bird life, Ad Infinitum.

The dedication and hard work of a “hotelier” (which in this instance, encompasses all members of staff in the hospitality industry) is what makes a hotel or conference centre work … without the nuts and bolts, aka the staff, a venue is an empty shell … We strive to give our conference delegates and holiday makers an experience of a life-time because we are proudly South African and have so much to offer. We form just a portion of people who make the South African Hospitality Industry as professional and up-market as it is. We operate to International Standards because we must if we hope to attract conference delegates and holiday tourists from the rest of the world.

Some news stats below show a sad picture however. Not only sad but frightening in volume and it doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to work out just how the almost weekly outbursts of violence, which appears to be on the increase in South Africa affects the Tourism and Conference Tourism Industry which in turn, affects employment for many of our citizens.

If hotels start closing down because of lack of business from our International visitors, can you even imagine how many jobs will be lost? Can we afford to be this uncaring or insolent and unthinking and just be nonchalant and sit back and watch the country fall into ruins like some other 3rd world countries have done? Surely we must agree that something must be done … someone must intervene to stop this outrageous, barbaric behaviour?

It was deemed to be a “good thing” when the government announced the “Zero Tolerance” theme … however it would appear to some of us that given a little power, there are people who don’t have limits and don’t know when to stop.

Up-dates:
Rustenburg – News 24 reported:
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Protesters-path-choice-questioned-20130304

I think readers might be in denial as am I still that these events actually took place … all or any of them in a so-called civilised country with so much to offer the world, not only in travel and conference tourism, but also in all sectors of business and services.
So, where to from here?? Are you also sitting with baited breath, waiting, in fear for the next brutality to show up? My word! What a way to live!

Care to join in a debate? You are welcome to post your comments below.

Brought to you by The Venue Pages

Article compiled by Rosalie Howard

 

Win with Duma Zulu Game Lodge and Traditional Village – conference facilities in KZN

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The Venue Pages has a new competition running, sponsored by Gooderson Leisure Resorts, starting today, for a lucky winner to win a wonderful prize for 2 adults, on a bed and breakfast basis, at the DUMA ZULU GAME LODGE AND TRADITIONAL VILLAGE in the Hluhluwe district of Kwa Zulu Natal. Read this article, then leave your answer in the comments section and click the Facebook like button and you could be the winner !

Good Luck!

Some facts …

POST AND PRE CONFERENCE TOURS – KZN

Duma Zulu is an ideal venue for pre or post international conference tours preceding or following conventions or conferences being hosted in Durban at the International Convention Centre, or any of the larger hotels. Approximately 3.5 hour’s drive from Durban to Hluhluwe, the closest town to the venue.

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Hluhluwe Game Reserve is, of course where all of the Big-5 will be found and trips to this large Game Reserve can be easily undertaken in a day. Make Duma Zulu your base to visit all the local attractions i.e. the Game Reserves, arts and crafts stalls, the wonderful coast line at Sodwana Bay where you may arrange a day of diving in the coral reefs. At Sodwana, for the Padi Divers among you, Coral Divers is a PADI 5 star Gold Palm IDC Centre and a National Geographic Dive Centre situated a short drive from Duma Zulu.

DumaZulu – translated as “thundering Zulu” – offers a variety of unforgettable experiences both for those staying as guests and visitors from destinations that are further away. In addition to experiencing local traditions and dance whilst visiting their onsite Zulu village and cultural museum, the lodge offers the option of providing guests with a two to three day stay that is jam packed with a wide variety of activities. While many families simply enjoy relaxing next to the pool in the warm Zululand sunshine, the more energetic and adventurous can book game drives, elephant and cheetah interactions and more with the Lodge’s reception staff.

What makes DumaZulu truly unique are the 21 rounded ethnic huts which comprise the accommodation rooms at the Lodge. These are arranged in a circle around a central cattle kraal in true Zulu tradition. Exteriors are designed to reflect the different tribes of Southern Africa – Zulu, Swazi, North Sotho, Xhosa, Venda, Tsonga and Ndebele as well as the introduction of a new Sangoma Hut for the Zulu Village. The lodge has received a complete renovation of its public rest rooms, new thatching, re-tiling of their bar and dining room and the clearing of the surrounding bush. This has certainly encouraged the viewing of some friendly game such as Red and Grey Duiker, Bush Buck, Mongoose, Crested Guinea fowls and Bush Babies.

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DumaZulu has also proved a real bird lover’s paradise. If you listen carefully, you can hear pockets of sunbirds in the undergrowth. An added bonus is the resident large barn owl that has made the Lodge’s reception area its home. Visiting birds that can also be spotted include the spotted Blue Mantled Flycatcher, Yellow bellied Brown Bul, Yellow streaked Brown Bul, Dark-Backed Weaver, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Trumpeter Hornbills, Crowned Hornbills, Grey Wax Bill and Eastern Nicator.

Of course, the most well known residents reside in the snake and croc park which houses the likes of a snouted cobra, pythons, black and green mambas, crocs and an albino Nile crocodile. Duma Zulu’s guide not only takes guests through the park but feeds the crocs and introduces the not so faint hearted to some of the friendlier reptiles. There is also a water feature housing some of the baby crocodiles at reception to welcome guests on their arrival. (Do not fear! They are well trained!)

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Duma Zulu staff are also truly proud of their restaurant which is becoming well known for a traditional Zulu lunch that is served in an open thatched dining room with the likes of samp, beans and a variety of traditional foods on the menu. They have also introduced a staff choir under the watchful eye of the food and beverage manageress, Evidence Msezane, to entertain all diners.
Highlights during the past year have included a number of community projects. A pipeline has recently been laid between the Lodge’s borehole and the neighbouring Glenpark Primary school which has been without water for years. Management and staff are also in the throes of helping create vegetable gardens that will not only feed and provide an income for local people but may even help stock the lodge’s kitchen in the future.

New exciting additions that are coming soon include a Bird Park as well as a conference centre.

Competition Corner: The time has come ….. to enter the competition, to be included in the lucky draw which will take place on 31 March 2013, simply answer this question below:

Question: What is the nearest town to Duma Zulu Game Lodge?

Answers to reach us by 31 March, 2013 by leaving your answer in the comments section below and clicking the Facebook Like button.

Brought to you in the interests of conference and leisure tourism by The Venue Pages (www.venuepages.co.za and Gooderson Leisure Resorts (www.goodersonleirusre.co.za)