Gallagher Convention Centre celebrated their thirtieth birthday on 2 October 2023 on the Koi deck. The celebration started with a toast from the CEO, Charles Wilson.
Gallagher shared the birthday fun with New Jerusalem Children’s Home.
Gallagher Convention Centre has a history of involvement in charitable endeavours. While still a private farm and home, the property often fostered vulnerable children over weekends. The property was donated to a charitable organisation after the passing of the original owners. Today, the business still endeavours to make a difference.
Gallagher has a long-standing relationship with New Jerusalem Children’s Home. New Jerusalem Children’s Home, located in President Park, Midrand, is a place of safety for vulnerable children and was established in 2000.
Gallagher donated cupcakes to the kids & team at New Jerusalem Children’s Home as part of their birthday celebration..
Government- and parastatal entities are governed by specific procurement regulations. With that in mind, Gallagher Convention Centre created a package to accommodate these regulations.
This package includes the conference venue, a lunch venue for a sit-down or standing lunch.
Secure parking is included, as well as a lectern and flip chart with pens.
The package includes an arrival refreshment- tea, coffee and something to eat.
A mid-morning break of tea, coffee, juice & something to eat is included.
The package offers a two-course lunch with a conference lunch beverage per delegate.
An afternoon break of tea and coffee is also included.
Delegates will receive notepads & pens on their place setting as well as mints and water that will be replenished after every break.
Gallagher Convention Centre offers Halaal-certified meals at no surcharge to our organisers. We offer a delicious selection of refreshment options and a wide variety of lunch options.
DDP Refreshment options:
Fresh fruit wedges
Waffled & pancakes
Scones with jam & cream
Museli bars, biscotti & biscuits
Having your conference at Gallagher Convention Centre means peace of mind, knowing that we have thought of solutions to any challenges you might face. We offer a full backup power solution in the case of load shedding. Gallagher has a million-litre water tank on the property.
We offer more than 5000+ parking bays on the property, so parking is never a problem.
To inspire loyalty and dedication from your staff while truly offering opportunities for growth and developing your team is aspirational for any company.
Gallagher Convention Centre often boasts of our team’s experience and dedication. One such a team member is Anna Malaza. Anna’s is one of those stories that is intrinsically part of the Gallagher story.
Anna Malaza, or Mama Anna, as she is referred to by many on the property, started at Gallagher Convention Centre in 1993 when the business was officially opened.
As the company grew and vacancies became available, opportunities were created. Anna applied for the position of Switch Board Operator. She worked as a Switch Board Operator for three years when she was given a chance to assist in Gallagher’s Main Reception.
Noticing how much Anna enjoyed working with and assisting the clients, the company created the position of Guest Relations Officer for Anna to continue offering clients friendly and efficient service in Main Reception. Anna was later promoted to the role she holds today, Guest Relations Manager.
During her thirty years at Gallagher Convention Centre, Anna has seen the company grow into the premier event venue in Gauteng, offering superior, five-star service. To Anna, the high-profile guests she has met and assisted are some of her highlights of working at Gallagher. She is also very proud of the accolades she has been awarded in service to Gallagher.
In 2012 Anna was Awarded the Fernando Fontes Award. At Gallagher, this award is given to a staff member who has distinguished themselves during a particular year. In 2012, during a high-profile event, the guest speaker’s heel broke in reception minutes before she was to go onto the stage. Anna took off her shoes and gave them to the lady to wear. After the speaking engagement, Anna returned the speaker’s shoes, mended by our maintenance team.
Anna is very proud of her Gallagher long-service awards. As Gallagher celebrates our thirtieth birthday this year, Anna will celebrate thirty years of service.
On the last week of August 2023, I facilitated the AAXO Board strategy session for the 2nd year in a row. This also included an induction of new members. I thank the AAXO Board for the opportunity and trusting me with this important work, especially the Chair Ms Devi Paulsen-Abbott.
One of the perks of doing this work for AAXO was being granted a lifetime associate membership of this prestigious association. As I considered myself to be a reformed accountant, I wondered what I would use the membership for, but God had and still has a plan. Since the first times facilitating their strategy session in August 2022, my company has run three very successful events, an industry that I knew nothing about before. Everything happens for a reason.
As an introduction to the session, we turned to the “Dean of Strategy for Guidance”: Michael Porter– “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do”. To understand what is meant by choosing what not to do, we turned to Michael Bungay Stanier’s teachings:
The strategic question: If you are saying Yes to This, what are you saying No To?
This is more complex than it sounds, to begin with, you are asking people to be clear and committed to their Yes.
What exactly are you saying yes to?
What could being fully committed to the idea look like?
But a Yes is nothing without the No that gives it boundaries and form.
There is the No of omission and No of commission.
The first type of No (No of omission) applies to the options that are automatically eliminated by saying Yes. If you say Yes to this meeting, you are saying no to something happening at the same time. Understanding this type of No helps you understand the implications of the decisions.
What will you say No to if you are truly saying yes to this.
The 2nd type of No is what you now need to say to make the Yes happen. It puts the light spotlight on how to create the space and focus, energy and resources that you will need to truly do that Yes.
You can use the 3P model to cover all the bases:
What projects do you need to abandon or postpone?
What meetings will you no longer attend?
What resources do you need to divert to the yes?
What expectations do you need to manage?
From what Drama Triangle dynamics will you extract yourself?
What relationships will you let wither?
What habits do you need to break?
What old stories or dated ambitions do you need to update?
What beliefs about yourself do you need to let go of?
This was particularly important as strategy session involved allocating roles and members needed to apply their minds to what it meant not only to accept their roles but even also what agreeing to be part of the Board meant.
This obviously applies to all areas in our lives where we give a Yes or No answer as per the few examples below:
Yes to being a parent;
Yes to marriage;
Yes to a job;
Yes to a leadership role;
Yes to a community role;
Yes to a political role;
Yes to a political party on the ballot paper.
So my friends, I beseech you to be circumspect next time someone asks you to give them “a simple Yes or No answer”. Do consider whether an animal called “a simple Yes or No answer” does actually exist?
Slingsby Mda is a reformed accountant and the Managing Director of Esto Quod Es (Latin for Be Who/What You Are), a company that provides the following services:
South Africa-based Booth Exhibits™ recently announced plans to expand their business to the UK and USA. The company, which specialises in trade show displays and exhibition stands, has seen impressive growth in the South African market over the past few years and is now looking to capitalize on their success by tapping into the international market. Booth Exhibits™ has earned a reputation for designing and creating stunning custom stands that attract attention and make an impact. The company has a team of experienced designers and engineers that use the latest technologies and techniques to produce high-quality stands that are both eye-catching and functional. Booth Exhibits also offers a wide range of services, including fabric printing, LED lighting, custom graphics, and installation. “We are thrilled to be expanding our business to the UK and USA,” said Booth Exhibits™ CEO, Patrick Wells. “This expansion will allow us to offer our services to a wider range of customers, and we are confident that our designs will make a lasting impression on trade show attendees around the world.”
Booth Exhibits is currently in the process of setting up offices in both countries and is officially offering their services to the European and American markets.
Our decision to join AAXO has so far shown to be a wise one. In addition to connecting us with former co-workers, it has given us a forum where we can interact and offer answers to problems or obstacles we face daily and create prospects for new business.
I think it is reasonable to say that everyone has experienced a day where things don’t go as planned. Days like these are simpler to handle when one is an AAXO member since it offers the required pillars of support to continue and handle the many scenarios in an amicable and professional manner.
The COVID pandemic appears to have come and gone very rapidly when examining the business today, despite the fact that the experience was brutally painful. We are honoured to have been permitted to return to the field and are currently engaged in a restoration exercise with the goal of ten-fold restoring what we already had.
As the various firms have started using new business strategies, the industry has redirected itself in a different direction. As each business seeks to protect themselves and prevent potential losses or unfavourable outcomes, however, not all new measures being implemented by them are advantageous. Though, I am certain flexibility is exercised where possible or trust is not an issue.
Our way of thinking has slightly changed, as we now recognize the importance of greater collaboration across the many businesses and competitors as opposed to mere competition for customers. Despite the spike in costs, we have also had to consider our clients’ budgets in order to appreciate the financial burden we have all had to undergo while still delivering beyond excellence.
Judging from how the year has played out, I anticipate that next year will be very busy from January through December. I welcome this assumption since it will ease the financial hardships the industry is currently experiencing as a result of having been sitting out the COVID duration.
The industry has embarked on more fancy and exciting designs for custom stands, modern themes of eventing along the non-exhibition space.
With the goal of continuing to provide our clients across the country and possibly the African continent with nothing less than the best service, I am personally thrilled to be on a rebuild and growth program as 2023 approaches.
Contrary to popular belief, the concept of ‘influencer’ isn’t a modern-day invention that transpired in the 21st Century with the rise of the internet and social media platforms. In fact, the evolution of influencers can be dated all the way back to 105BCE when Roman gladiators rose to celebrity status, often even promoting the occasional product like oil or wine. 
If the pandemic taught marketers anything, it’s that influencer marketing truly showed the value it can bring to a brand or business. During lockdown, brands and businesses had to pivot the way in which they reached their target audience. With potential customers retreating to their homes, and with no other way to communicate than through digital platforms, this opened up immense opportunity for influencer marketing.
With the fog of the early 2020s dissipating, one thing still stands: As much as 61% of consumers trust recommendations from influencers, with only 38% trusting branded social content. By the end of 2022 alone, brands are projected to spend a whopping R270 billion on influencer marketing with the marketing medium proving to generate 11 times the ROI of traditional digital marketing. 
What is an influencer?
An influencer, also known as a content creator, is someone who has the power to affect the opinions and purchasing decisions of others based on their social media presence. Their influence can come from their authority, knowledge, position, or relationship with their audience. These individuals have grown their audiences and built careers off the back of the content they create.
Within the influencer space there are categories; their ‘beat’, which is the sector their content speaks to and what their audiences are interested in, whether that be home, beauty, lifestyle, travel and so on. They are also categorised by their following, for example: Nano influencers (1K–10K followers), micro influencers (10K–100K followers), macro influencers (100K–1M followers) and mega or celebrity influencers (1M+ followers).
Why does influencer marketing work?
Picture this: You’ve met up with a colleague for coffee – someone you respect and admire. He tells you about the latest gadget he has tried and how it’s worked for him. Are you interested? Will you go home and search for it online? Possibly.
Well, this is how influencer marketing works. Influencers communicate with their audience on their channels, packaging a brand’s messaging in an authentic way that their followers trust. Through influencer marketing, an influencer is providing a brand with endorsement and word of mouth advertising. They are able to do this because they have an audience who relates to them, admires them and most importantly, trusts them.
With referrals being one of the top reasons consumers purchase or buy into a product or brand, endorsement from influencers not only means credibility for your brand but lead generation too.
How do you stand out?
Competing for attention online, amongst the plethora of engaging content, is no easy feat.
In order to stand out, your campaign needs to be engaging. The biggest mistake brands make is driving single campaigns once-off which may bring a burst of favourable results, but doesn’t truly build meaningful connections with your audience for longevity. Longevity is key and building authentic relationships and long-term campaigns will contribute to the success of influencer marketing for your business.
Credibility and relevance simply cannot be bought, however, strategic influencer marketing can and should form part of your marketing plan.
My father taught me that to understand an English word, it is always better to refer to its origins. About 80 percent of the entries in any English dictionary are borrowed, mainly from Latin. Over 60 percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. Today I want to discuss a word that is a source of most of humankind’s problems, the word Compete. The English dictionary defines the word as meaning “strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others”. Because most of us in life want to gain or win, we naturally assume that in order to do that we must out do or defeat other fellow humans thereby leading to the scarcity mentality where we assume that there are limited resources.
However if you go back to its Latin origin, it derives from LATIN verb=“Competere” meaning to meet, come together. Also means strive in common, strive after something in company with or together. Tracing the word to it origins actually tells us that we can collaborate and win together if we strive together. Imagine the cohesion we would have if we understood this word, not to mention impacts on our livelihood as far is it affects:
In a marriage like any partnership, it is very important to remember that you are part of the same team with a common goal/s. You should appreciate the different strengths that you each bring and enjoy your different perspectives as all this contributes to a winning team. However, in some marriages, we bring the personal self rather the higher/authentic self, which leads to us pulling in different directions with ego. Always important to understand why you married in the first place. They say that marriages last longer when you bring all this love you have to share rather than going into a marriage looking for love that you don’t have internally.
As parents, we need to be branding/marketing experts and super motivational speakers. Marketers know the importance of labels and can take any mediocre product and hype it up with labels. Similarly coaches and motivational speakers can have mediocre teams believing in themselves leading to unbelievable results. As parents we need to be deliberate about the labels we give our children and make sure it’s all positive labels as labels stick like hypnosis.
We must be careful never to compare our children even with all the best intentions, whether to motivate or encourage. “Why can’t you be more like your sister”. Sibling rivalries are very dangerous. We have seen family dynasties being destroyed by sibling rivalries. Our children need to know that they are part of the same team and should always give their best. We must raise them with a growth mind set, believing that anything worth doing is worth doing well.
Companies all over the world are grappling to implement reward systems that promote and reward collective efforts rather than individual effort. The current reward systems drive bad behaviour whereby employees believe that they must defeat or outsmart other colleagues in order to be the best.
Marcus Buckingham promotes that we all have a responsibility to find our strengths. According to his work, there are 9 strengths that are available with each individual having 2 dominant strengths. Imagine the limitless innovation that would be possible if diverse teams were brought into projects whereby all 9 strengths are available to drive performance and come with new products and new ways of doing things.
Instead, most project teams are composed based on who is the flavour of the month instead of the core skills required for the project. The project still gets delivered more as a vanilla box ticking exercise rather than as the next exciting thing where the creative juices are flowing with passion. Inevitably you also find the project team members competing rather than striving together.
The whole world is grappling with issues of racism that have caused havoc for centuries. At a fundamental level, racism is about the belief that some races are better than others. The majority of humankind know that this is fallacy but it continues to divide us to this day resulting in different races competing for superiority or their place in the Sun. A closer look reveals that for human beings of whatever race, at the root of human aspiration, there are three core psychological needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness (the need for social connection and intimacy). You need to feel autonomous, that you can make choices in your life. You have to feel effective and competent, doing things that make you stretch. And you have to have close relationships with others to satisfy your social mandate.
Attaining these core psychological needs does not require any race to be defeated nor superior.
I understand that to some people, the word Purpose is an old, outworn and threadbare notion/buzzword. However, we have just dealt with the consequences of not understanding the purpose of just one word. Imagine the consequences of not understanding our purpose as individual human beings here on planet earth. Dare I say that the notion of Purpose might be a buzzword but the consequences of not understanding our purpose live on all around us.
Written by Slingsby Mda
Slingsby Mda is the founder and Managing Director of Esto Quod Es (Latin for Be who/what you are), a South African company that specialises in Transformation Coaching, Impact Speaking and Strategy Facilitation. This was borne out of his ambition for understanding why some people don’t reach their true potential. Having gone through his own transformation journey to find his purpose, he then decided to follow his passion and assist others to reach their potential.
He likes to refer to himself as a reformed accountant with more than 20 years working experience in both the public and private sector. His motto is: The world is what it is and we are what we are.