The Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA) is delighted that its 10th anniversary celebration will coincide with the launch of the COMMTREND conference taking place at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Midrand from 22-23 October 2019. The event will showcase leading industry practitioners coming together to explore the trends and technologies shaping the future of the entertainment and communications industry.
Over the last decade, SACIA has established itself as the leading body for the communications and entertainment sector across Southern Africa. The three-day COMMTREND conference will feature presentations, discussions and workshops in which the social and technical trends shaping the communications industry will be unpacked and explored at the highest level. The SACIA 10th anniversary gala dinner will recognise and honour the great work done by its members and colleagues since its establishment in 2009.
The COMMTREND conference is structured to attract thought leaders from across the media and ICT sector, and to generate extensive coverage in specialist publications and the broader media.
Key to planning this high-profile conference is the commitment to collaborate with several local and international associations, thereby ensuring that it delivers the latest knowledge and insight to the African market. Delegates can look forward to a unique, high-impact event that combines knowledge with entertainment in a celebration of excellence.
Chair: SACIA Board
The Conference will be a high-profile event aimed at the broadcast, communications, live events, content creation and pro-AV industries throughout Southern Africa.1
Knowledge cafés and panel discussions, breakaway sessions, and workshops/hands-on tutorials.2
The opportunity to build a long-term relationship with SACIA.3
Connect with like-minded industry members and delegates.4
The opportunity to share best practices with SACIA members.5
Engage in conversations that matter through the diversity of content and knowledge cafés.6
The opportunity to become part of a loyal and dedicated community.7
10 Years of commitment to standards, training and certification.8
Plenary will carry a number of High Profile Key Note Speakers and we can expect multiple presentations of great value across focused breakaway sessions.
Danny K & Kabelo Mabalane
Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane have proven themselves to be far more than platinum selling and award-winning artists. The uber creative and innovative duo have used their celebrity status to create one of South Africa’s most dynamic social cohesion initiatives SHOUT for A Safer South Africa. Now ten years on SHOUT (which began by bringing the country’s top influencers together for for a song) have donated tens of millions to crime prevention, education and welfare. A deep sense of patriotism and social responsibility drives Danny and Kabelo in everything they do. They are the epitome of what the modern thinking, optimistic and committed South African citizen should be.
20 years of working together have brought Danny K and Kabelo Mabalane to this moment. A piece of work centered around diversity, unconscious bias, privilege, and ultimately accessing the humanity that lives inside us all. Their research will assist in addressing the very real wounds of the past with tools and insights to create better functioning companies and South Africans.
With almost two decades of experience in the financial sector redefining businesses and five years developing tech solutions in the mobile space, all of which has lead to Anthony being a co-founder of Watcha Streaming, the new platform for film and entertainment growth in Africa. Bringing a unique perspective of developing a company founded on the idea that if you have a cell phone, you can own and run your own film business, Anthony has a focussed drive to reshape the entrepreneurial drive in South Africa onto Social Capitalism.
As the current media capability lead for Accenture in South Africa, Roman is currently an international consultant providing strategic advice in the broadcasting business and related technology regarding future trends and positioning of OTTV services as well as in traditional broadcasting. With over 20 years or industry experience, Roman provides deep technology and operations insights to his clients.
Cavaglieri Swiss National Sound Archives
Stefano is CTO of the Swiss National Sound Archives. He holds a degree both in electroacoustics and in computer science. A long career started 40 years ago in the audio engineering field, then expanded to software design and all things digital storage, led him to be now recognized as one of the highest technical authorities in the multimedia archives community. In 2011, he was awarded the James A. Lindner prize for his contributions to research in the field of the technology of preservation of recorded sound. He serves as an active member of the AES, ARSC, and IASA technical committees.
TV Studio Lighting Infrastructure Consultant and Trainer
Angus is a Professional Lighting Designer and Studio Infrastructure Design consultant with 46 years’ experience in the Television industry. I initially focused on the lighting for productions in studio and on location, then moved over to designing new and re-designing older studio infrastructure to modernize TV Studios and to create new studio spaces. I consult across Africa in these aspects as well as conducting specialized Training Courses in my specializations.
The Wot-if? Trust
Nicci’s focus is to grow entrepreneurial businesses with the intention of creating jobs. She is involved in working with various institutions in the development of entrepreneurial eco-systems in the creative and tech space. Nicci currently manages the Business Development and Creative and Tech programmes on behalf of the Wot-if? Trust. The Wot-if? Trust run an open workspace and tech hub in Diepsloot.
Nicci holds two diplomas in marketing and public relations. She is a regular speaker and panelist at industry events, such as Entrepreneurship Avenue (a conference hosted by the Vienna University of Business and Economics) and TEDx TUWein.
Malawi National Library Service
My name is Chimwemwe Sumani, a Lecturer and an Information Technology Specialist (Head of ICT Department) for Malawi National Library Service (MNLS) since September, 2009; holder of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Degree from University of Malawi-The Polytechnic -2017, Advanced Technician Diploma in Information Processing from University of Malawi–The Polytechnic, Diploma in Systems Analysis and Design, Diploma in Information Technology, from London Capital Computer Training Centre; Cisco Systems – CCNA 1,2,3,4 from University of Malawi–The Polytechnic; Responsible for Computer hardware, Software, network, telecommunications engineering across the country and Media productions for preservation for this and the next generation
Jean-Pierre Evain joined the EBU in 1992 after several years spent in the R&D laboratories of France-Telecom (CCETT) and Deutsche Telekom (FI/FTZ). As Principal Project Manager, he is a member of the “EBU Technology and Innovation Department”. He is an expert in data and new content production architectures. He coordinates the EBU Media Information Management and Artificial Intelligence Committee. He is the co-author of several EBU metadata specifications. He is actively promoting the use of semantic web technologies in broadcasting (e.g. EBUCore or EBUSport and their use in IMF). He represents EBU in many standard groups and industry forums like AES, ETSI, IPTC, MPEG, SMPTE, W3C, among several others. He has a long history of publications and participations in international conferences
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Currently an AV Specialist at the CSIR I have done Live Events Technical Production course through the South African Roadies Association SARA and a number of AV related courses through SACIA. During my time at SARA I also volunteered as a FIFA Media and Broadcasting Volunteer for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Final Draw at the Sandton ICC, the FIFA Confederations Cup at Ellis Park Stadium, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa at Soccer City. I have worked as a Technical Producer for SABC Radio RBF before joining the CSIR.
NBC - Namibian Broadcasting Corporation
Chief Technical Trainer & Performance Coach
Namibian Broadcasting Corporation
Ted has spent a lifetime in the arts and media industry starting out at an early age in music, stage and theatre. He started his career in education, but he quickly moved into the music business in various roles as performer, composer, arranger and producer. From there he has worked intensively in all aspects of both radio and television as producer, director, host, manager and trainer at NBC. He has also been an active project coordinator of many arts and media development projects through NBC within the local industry and communities in Namibia with a key focus on youth. He co-founded and managed the on-going successful Media Arts Technology School at the national College of the Arts in Namibia. He is currently the Head of Technical Training & Performance Enhancement at NBC which focuses particularly on developing multimedia skills, roles, workflow and integration including mobile reporting across various platforms and channels at both corporate and community levels.
Namibian Broadcasting Corporation
Lucy is a young well-known radio and television personality in Namibia. She is a dynamic host and media practitioner who started out in local commercial radio and later joined NBC to create the successful Lucy Squared youth radio series. In television she became the youngest woman to present interactive hosting for the popular Soccer Pitch and is a popular host for various national sporting and cultural events in Namibia. As a graduate from the national Collage of the Arts in media arts technology studies, she is also a fully accredited trainer in mobile reporting skills through Deutsche Welle Academy – Africa. Her current post is that of media coordinator tasked with assisting the planning and production of multimedia mobile reporting by field producers for the 10 radio stations of the NBC Radio Services. As understudy to the NBC Performance Enhancement team and part of their corporate responsibility program she is also directly involved in cascading mobile reporting skills to the community and youth in particular.
Avidity Media Group
Tech Female, Media Sales Expert, Entrepreneur, Mentor.
I was recently chosen as a participant to Global Exposure Programme for Media Entrepreneurs by Investec in Bangalore, India.
I run a Media Division within our group, I have been a business women for over 4 years now and been working in the media industry for over 13 years.
I love and excel in projects that helps build brands and projects that help build our communities.
Martin Pienaar is a CA with a wealth of experience in financial services and consulting. He has launched internet banking services and digitised legacy banking channels and products. His passions, include utilising technology to improve business and education, are evident in the company he co-owns, Mindworx Consulting: one of SA’s most successful human capital resource and consulting providers. As an alumnus of Singularity University, he is keenly interested in the fourth industrial revolution and its impact on jobs, which he is turning into practical reality in the Mindworx Academy, which prepares young people for digital jobs in ever evolving organisations. He is deeply involved in many community projects and organisations.
Candice Goodman was the DMA’s Direct Marketer of the Year 2016. She is currently on Education Committee of the IAB. She has head up Education at the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA of SA) for the past 5 years and was on the MMA Advisory Board as Chairman and was the first Certified MMA Mobile Marketer in South Africa.
She co-founded mobile marketing technology enabler, Mobitainment, over 13 years ago.
Mobitainment is one of the founding, most awarded, independent, leading experts of mobile marketing in SA.
Mobitainment ranked #1 Technology Providers in Africa in the MMA Smarties Business Impact Index 2018.
Africa Media Online and Forensic Audio Lab
David Larsen is Managing Director of Africa Media Online an organisation that specializes in digital archiving. David has pioneered Africa’s first home-grown digital asset management system and he headed up the team that wrote the best practices document as a companion to South Africa’s National Policy on the Digitisation of Heritage Resources. He and his team have also been involved in spearheading some of South Africa’s largest and most significant digitisation projects.
Günther Alexander of Forensic Audio Lab has been working in the multifaceted field of sound engineering and audio production for over 24 years. He has expertise in digital audio technology, sound engineering, mastering, audio production, digital recording, digital archiving and forensic audio, and provides services in the field of digital archiving of analogue material as well as forensic audio analysis and sound restoration. Previous clients include, The University Of Witwatersrand, Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory, Mercedes Benz, Grinaker LTA, Momentum Health, Transnet, Sun international, NAC Airlines, The Hawks and many others.
Red Flag Media & The Ladima Foundation
Lara Utian-Preston is a passionately committed marketer and strategist with a focus on promoting African content and events. Two decades of working across Africa have provided her with insights and experience that she puts to work for the projects she manages. In 2006, Lara founded, and still personally manages, Red Flag Content Relations, a full-service communications agency that also focuses on African entertainment and lifestyle brand marketing, strategy, and publicity. Lara is also the co-founder of the Pan-African not-for-profit, The Ladima Foundation that supports women in the film and related industries.
University of Johannesburg
Claude-Hélène Mayer (Dr. habil., PhD, PhD) is a Professor in Industrial and Organisational Psychology at the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg, an Adjunct Professor at the Europa Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Management at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology (University of Pretoria, South Africa), a Ph.D. in management (Rhodes University, South Africa), a Doctorate in political sciences (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany), and a Habilitation with a Venia Legendi (Europa Universität Viadrina, Germany) in psychology with focus on work, organisational, and cultural psychology. Her research focuses on women in leadership, transcultural salutogenesis, transforming negative emotions and shame, transcultural conflict management and mediation, psychobiography and cultures and workplaces in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
George started at the SABC in 1981. He has 38 years in the broadcast industry. He has worked at the SABC, Video Lab, TV Africa and Red Pepper Pictures. He has extensive experience with video over IP. He planned and implemented the migration from SDI to a video over IP system based on SMPTE 2110 for Newzroom Afrika.
WAPA and Project Isizwe
Tim Genders is the COO of Project Isizwe and passionate about bring the next billion on line.
He has been with Project Isizwe for the last 3 years taking responsibility for the management of one of the largest free Wi-Fi projects in Africa.
Tim graduated from Oxford University in 1989 with a 1st class honours degree in Engineering Science. Tim came to South Africa in 1994 and developed a career in IT. He was one of the founders of BCX in 2000.
In 2006 Tim set up a Airband, wireless ISP business in Durban that was sold to HeroTel in 2015.
Tim has been the chair of South Afirca Wireless Access Providers Association since 2016.
Retha Buys is a Specialist Archivist at Multichoice South Africa. She is actively involved in overseeing and enhancing the management of a complex audio-visual inventory. Retha is also involved in investigating best practices, methods and systems relating to audio-visual archiving. Her passion for preservation and accessibility of archives is commendable. As the mother of twins, she understands the importance of memories, and how to keep them safe. This year mark Retha’s 22nd year in the archiving industry.
DNA Brand Architects
Bafana Mthembu is all round creative. He is a digital architect at marketing and brand consultancy agency DNA Brand Architects making wow stuff happen for brands. Combining the not so obvious is something Bafana injects into the work he does, evident too in how he was fused his training as an accounting professional with his love for the arts. He is currently shooting a telenovela and is poised to release more music under the Nkabi brand.
Nndondeni Mudau, A business Consultant (Previous consultant in Econet & Vodacom(Lesotho), MTN(Swaziland) , Airtel(Niger), TNM(Malawi) and Adhoc remote consulting to other countries while working for Digitata, Currently finishing Postgrad in Business Admin with GIBS and a graduate In BEngTech: Electrical engineering specializing in Electronics. Nndondeni currently is working as Radio Configuration Specialist Engineer at MTN and has served in roles suchs as Software Engineer, RF engineer, Support and Deployment engineer at SAAB grintek, Huawei & Teoco respectively. Nndodeni is passionate about the 4th IR and Jobs of the future.
JT Communication Solutions
Vanessa Perumal is the MD of JT Communication Solutions. She moved from mainstream journalism to launch JTComms a media, communications, PR and digital media agency. Vanessa is a pan Africanist and a Social entrepreneur and a believer of digital disruption as a solution to social transformation. She is a Connector, Lobbyist, Human rights Activists. Innovator, Visionary, Media strategist and a mom who loves travelling.
ICT Consultant and member of SACIA
Highly knowledgeable and experienced mobile commerce and digital executive focusing on emerging markets. Anthonie build and grow businesses, launching new products and innovating solutions.
Anthonie has than 20+ years experience of entertainment media experience, developing strategies for rapid business growth and an in-depth understanding of all aspects of digital commerce and a key focus on Sub- Saharan territories.
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The conference will carry a number of high profile keynote speakers and we can expect multiple presentations of great value across focused breakaway sessions and knowledge cafés.
Plenary, Breakaway Sessions
and Knowledge Cafés
|COMMTREND Registration Fees||Price|
R 3 850.00
Students - Full Conference (Youth Development Session & FDC)
R 1 500.00
R 1 500.00
|COMMTREND Day Registrations||Price|
R 1 950.00
Students (Full Day Conference – ONLY – 23rd October)
R 1 000.00
Freelancers (Workshop (Select One) – ONLY – 22nd October)
R 1 000.00
Freelancers (Full Day Conference – ONLY – 23rd October)
R 1 000.00
R 1 950.00
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