Invitation from SACIA Board Chair

Dear Friends,

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.

Yours sincerely,
Stephen Motau
Chair: SACIA Board

Why attend the conference?


The Conference will be a high-profile event aimed at the broadcast, communications, live events, content creation and pro-AV industries throughout Southern Africa.


Anticipate an exciting Programme & Keynote Speakers

Knowledge cafés and panel discussions, breakaway sessions, and workshops/hands-on tutorials.


Build long-term relationships with SACIA

The opportunity to build a long-term relationship with SACIA.


Engage in Networking Opportunities

Connect with like-minded industry members and delegates.


Share best practices

The opportunity to share best practices with SACIA members.


Look forward to Diverse Content

Engage in conversations that matter through the diversity of content and knowledge cafés.


Be part of a loyal and dedicated Community

The opportunity to become part of a loyal and dedicated community.


Celebrate SACIA

10 Years of commitment to standards, training and certification.


Plenary will carry a number of High Profile Key Note Speakers and we can expect multiple presentations of great value across focused breakaway sessions.

Opening Keynote Speakers

Danny K & Kabelo Mabalane

Anthony Poplett

Watcha Streaming

Roman Magis


Stefano S. Cavaglieri

Cavaglieri Swiss National Sound Archives

Angus Clarke

TV Studio Lighting Infrastructure Consultant and Trainer

Nicci Stewart

The Wot-if? Trust

Chimwemwe Sumani

Malawi National Library Service

Jean-Pierre Evain


Thabisho Mocumi

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Ted Scott

NBC - Namibian Broadcasting Corporation

Mags Shivanda

Avidity Media Group

Martin Pienaar

Mindworx Consulting

Candice Goodman


Uwe Beckman

SASC President

Dave Larsen

Africa Media Online and Forensic Audio Lab

Lara Utian-Preston

Red Flag Media & The Ladima Foundation

Prof. Dr. habil. Claude-Hélène Mayer

University of Johannesburg

George Durant

Red Pepper

Tim Genders

WAPA and Project Isizwe

Retha Buys


Bafana Mthembu

DNA Brand Architects

Nndondeni Mudau


Vanessa Perumal

JT Communication Solutions

Anthonie Van der Walt

ICT Consultant and member of SACIA

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.

22 October 2019


23 October 2019

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

Conference Supporting Organisations

Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa

19 Richards Dr, Halfway House,
Midrand, 1685


C: +27(0)84 469 3704


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