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You’ve got to be in it to Win It

The 4th Vaal SMME Business Conference is due to get underway in just a few days. It takes place on the 15 & 16th August 2012 at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark.

The conference organizers look forward to welcoming even more than the 400 delegates who attended each of the two days of the 2011 conference.  Business foundations and Business success form the basic overview for the two days and topics to be covered will include Leadership, The Triple bottom line, Risk management, and enabling entrepreneurship. The two day conference will consist of presentations and panel discussions on both days. The Q&A session between conference delegates and a panel of individuals from a diverse arena of business will no doubt create an opportunity for lively and constructive debate.  

The conference organizers have once again secured a phenomenal line-up of presenters. These include, Mr Eric Tockell (Founder of the Wimpy Group) Eric has been involved with the conference since the first year in 2008 and wants to be involved for as long as he can be an inspiration to others.

Mr Jabu Stone (Jabu Stone Hair Care Products), Also known as Mr Dreads. Jabu Stone is CEO of Jabu Stone hair products. Proud of his African heritage, Jabu is also involved in amazing initiatives to help entrepreneurs create new business opportunities. He will be here to share his story and to encourage our business people to reach for their dreams.

Mrs Esther Moganshane( CEO, Vaal Chamber of Commerce and Industry & Owner of Ladies in Property), Esther grew up in the Vaal, she worked for a number of financial institutions before opening her own company in 2008. She is currently still operating her real estate business( Ladies in property)  and became the CEO of Vaal Chamber of Commerce and Industry early this year (2011). Ester in her role at the VCCI is to represent the needs and interests of local businesses at a local, provincial and national level. She will definitely be able to inspire local businesswoman.

Dr Vuyo Mahlati ( President IWFSA), Dr Vuyo Mahlati is a business and development entrepreneur who owns a Strategy and Development Planning Consultancy  which she started in 1993. She has offices in

South Africa and Zimbabwe. She is also currently Chairperson for the International  Women’s Forum- South Africa

Mr Ruben Richards ( Owner and Chairperson Of Center for African Managerial Leadership.  Ruben Richards has had a multifaceted career including becoming an ordained Cleric, Deputy Director-General (DDG) of the now disbanded Scorpions ,  Executive Secretary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, CEO of a large engineering company, Business Consultant and Professor at Wits University's Graduate School of Public and Development Management.  He is currently Chairperson for Cape Town Regional Chamber of Chamber of Commerce. He is passionate about finding solutions to creating employment.

Mr Peter Metcalfe ( Founder and Chairman for the foundation for the Development of Africa)  Peter is regarded as an expert on issues effecting business in Africa, as such, his contributions are now sought after in many people-driven summits and events. These events include topics on LEADERSHIP; Corporate Governance (KING 111); CSI (Corporate Social Investment); FDI (Foreign Direct Investment); LED (Local Economic Development); Sustainable Development; Project Management and Strategic Planning.

Networking opportunities will be ever important and even more opportunities will be created through the interaction in the exhibition areas with delegates and SMME businesses and service providers.

This year’s numerous after conference initiatives are even more exciting BUT are only offered to business owners attending the conference. These include free business development and training for 8 months followed by a mentorship program.  Culmination of the training is the SMME awards competition the three best SMMEs showing greatest business development and success will be chosen and recognised at a gala function held at the Emerald resort and Casino. Participants in the competition have the chance to walk away with a substantial cash prize, award certificate and bragging rights to be named BEST VAAL SMME of the YEAR.

The conference will inspire and motivate delegates to greater heights of business excellence by providing valuable information imparted by successful business people.


Conference details can also be found at the website: www.emeraldfoundation.co.za OR Contact Thanu at LUSA Community Chest- 016 976 0933, thanu@lusa.co.za.  For more information on becoming partners for sponsorship or training facilitation please contact Thanu at LUSA Community Chest- 016 976 0933, thanu@lusa.co.za