Durban Ready to Host Premium Business Exhibition
The long-awaited main Durban Business Fair (DFF) has finally arrived, celebrating the 20 years of excellence with a number of exciting programmes lined up including business conferences, master classes, a business exhibition and a lot more to inspire and educate businesses.
The premium exhibition will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and Durban Exhibition Centre from 18 – 24 September.
Entrance to the Durban Business Fair is free! EThekwini Municipality invites and encourages the public to attend this exciting business exhibition where they will have access to unique and innovative products and services.
It will be headlined by influential businesspeople and prominent celebrities who will share their expertise on business development and the opportunities available for emerging businesses to tap into the mainstream economy.
As part of the City’s celebration of the growth and success of the Durban Business Fair, the City has a series of activities in place to equip businessmen and women with the appropriate skills to grow and sustain their businesses. One way this will be achieved is through networking with established businesses working in a similar field as well as creating linkages with various business sectors and potential buyers.
Attendees will be treated to a number of empowerment activities planned to help them gain valuable insight into business to enable them to access global markets.
Some of the exciting features to look out for include the:
Business Indaba and empowerment workshops:
The two-day conference, will run from 18-19 September and will offer an opportunity for businesses, particularly SMMEs, to share ideas to ensure they remain an active part of the economy. The conference will center its discussions around radical agrarian socio-economic transformation, radical economic transformation opportunities focusing on capital projects and localisation and industrialisation. It will feature inspiring business influencers who will share their expertise and life experiences with local entrepreneurs on the latest changes occurring within various business sectors. Some of the speakers include Rajen Reddy, CEO of KZN Oils ; Clive Manci, founding CEO of OTEO Investments holdings; Afika Makhangala and Andile Ngcobo.
Women Economic Empowerment:
This conference will focus more on raising the profile of women in business by creating opportunities and facing challenges while providing information on business support, networking, as well as finance-sharing of experiences to aspire and celebrate the success of women. Keynote speakers of the esteemed conference include Elinor Sisulu, a human rights activist and award winning author as well as Connie Ferguson, an acclaimed actress and media mogul. The conference will comprise of panel discussions under the theme: “She Builds, She Leads, She Inspires” – led by Londi Ngcobo, one of the youngest female ship navigators in South Africa.
Film Making Master Class:
This exciting activity seeks to empower aspiring filmmakers and will be conducted by Anant Singh, one of South Africa’s most prominent film producers who has produced more than 80 films since 1994. The Master Class will also feature famous actresses such as award-winning actress turned TV/film producer Leleti Khumalo Award; Thembi Nyandeni popularly known as Mancwane on the TV series Isibaya and Tony Kgoroge, an award-winning actor and director known for his intriguing work on Blood Diamond, Invictus and Hotel Rwanda.
Durban Fashion Fair:
The four-day event will feature a number of exciting activities such as empowerment seminars hosted by industry experts who will inform participants of the latest trends on beauty, fashion and style. There will also be a panel discussion held on Friday, 21 September where top panellists within the fashion industry will discuss various topics relating to the “Business of fashion” and “Building a brand in the fashion industry”. This panel discussion will be hosted by TV and radio personality Anele Mdoda.
Music Production Master Class:
An interactive session with Lindelani Mkhize, an award-winning producer and founder of successful gospel group Joyous Celebration, will be held where he will unpack the music production business.
Business Exhibition and Techzone:
Taking place from 21-24 September, this platform will provide exhibitors with the opportunity to gain invaluable exposure and potential business opportunities. It also provides networking opportunities for entrepreneurs to market their business and attract potential buyers. For the first time this year, the Exhibition will feature a street market which will provide an opportunity to street vendors to showcase their offering. Also on the line-up is a diverse group of local celebrity chefs who will demonstrate as well as prepare their specialty dishes.
For more information visit our Facebook page: @Durban Business Fair; Twitter: @ DBNBusinessFair or Instagram: Durban_Business_Fair
Members of the media are invited to attend the Durban Business Fair. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sane Shandu on 031 311 4806 or 072 572 8658 or
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele on 031 311 4825 / 083 308 2639 or email:
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