The South African Council of Shopping Centers congress 2013 was held at the Sandton Convention center between the 11th& 13th of September. This annual event brought together the property giants, retail guru’s, and center management from the shopping centers around the country.
Held in Durban last year, the 2013 congress at Sandton City began with an inspirational leadership welcoming by Gary Kirsten & Greame Smith, to thereafter being followed by a cultural Mamphela Ramphele speech on the first day, highlighting transparency in all walks of life. Day 1 was an eye opener for most who were attending the congress for the first time, with informative sessions which captivated the attendees and got us ready for the days ahead.Day 1 ended with a cocktail evening which was a gateway to meeting those whom we haven’t before, and to socialize on a platform that did not hold as much tension as those boardroom meetings do.
Day 2 of the congress brought an element to the audience which held on tight to our need for knowledge. Brand awareness, social media law & e-commerce were hot topics raging on twitter and off that stage. Entertained by ventriloquist Conrad Koch & his puppet Chester Missing (of LNN fame). Day 2 formalities were brought to a close and made way for the famous gala dinner.
The 3 day event saw the most entertaining leaders in the industry such as Robbie Brozin (CEO Nando’s), Braam van Huyssteen (CEO Tekkie Town) & Grant Dutton (CEO Vida e Café) sharing the journeys of some of the most successful brands, as well as motivational speakers who just rocked the house like Buhle Dlamini (Young and Able). With an exhibition that showcased up and coming malls, the future for some of the property developers & the marketing potential of the likes of Primedia & McCormick Media it was surely a congress to remember.
For those who will be attending 2014 in CPT…see you there!!!