Conference Consultancy South Africa (ConfSA) was founded by Pieter Swart, CMP, CMM in 1998. His planning career started over 20 years ago in various high offices. He was an executive committee member of the first ever multi-lateral conference hosted in South Africa. Backed by more than a decade of experience, he established ConfSA as a macro event management firm, one of the most successful business tourism firms in South Africa. ConfSA is well established and recognised in the industry for excellence.
Conference Consultancy South Africa (Pty) Ltd (ConfSA) is a progressive and dynamic live event management company, steered by a team of highly skilled and experienced Business Events Strategists, thought leaders and innovators. We hold the only Certifications in Meeting Management (CMM) and Digital Event Strategist (DES) in Africa and have 3 Certified Meeting Professionals (CMPs). Recent local and international awards include Global Meetings Executive of the Year, 2015 by PCMA, Best Conference and Event Management Company in 2016 by SAACI and Top 40 Women in Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) in 2016 by the Planner Magazine.
ConfSA provides a complete conference management solution, providing all the services in the event management ecosystem to achieve the desired outcomes, objectives and targets. We have defined our service offering in our Event Architecture™ model that is offered to our clients as a full package solution or on a separate and individual basis to meet specific requirements.
Our service offering model includes:
ConfSA CONCEPT – Define, Design, Manage & Assess
ConfSA CONNECT– Registration & Accreditation, Booking & Ticketing, Mobile App, Matchmaking & Lead Generation
ConfSA DIGITAL – Plan, Create, Measure, Digital & Hybrid Events
ConfSA ACADEMY – Event Architecture Workshops
In addition to face-to-face engagement concepts, we are the first company to specialise in Hybrid Meetings as part of our digital events strategy to engage on-line audiences in live events and generate content for on-demand access.
These offerings are applied in Conference, Congress, Convention, Exhibition, Functions (Gala Dinners, Cocktail & Network events, Product launches etc.) assignments. We also share our acquired knowledge and experience together with our tools, processes and procedures in open enrolment and in-house competence development workshops.
Event Architecture™ Essential – Principles, Procedures & Tool of Event Management
Event Architecture™ Premier – Strategic design considerations of Event Management
Event Architecture™ International Master Classes – Speciality training by global experts and thought leaders
Our experience include assignments in 16 international destinations across Africa, America, Europe, Asia and Australasia ranging from micro (<100) to macro (>18,000+) people events.
Good to Great Together, this is our mantra and commitment to our clients.
ConfSA operates an advanced delegate administration software system that enables ConfSA to offer our clients the full range of secure cloud-based delegate/participant/guest administration and management services. The powerful reporting system keeps our clients informed of delegate registrations, accommodation and transfer bookings – all in real time.
We offer our clients a solid partnership on all aspects of event planning and management. We provide a macro event management services with skilled and experienced staff working on state-of-the-art event management systems. Our strategic processes and operational tool sets have been audited and found compliant with international best practice standards. We produce new events, we organise & co-ordinate events for existing clients, we consult on-behalf of clients and we offer competence development services. Our firm is client orientated, result driven and quality inspired.
ConfSA currently employs three Certified Meeting Planners (CMP’s) who are supported by a core team of experienced and skilled specialists, support- and contracted staff who render planning, co-ordination, management and essential support services. Additional specialised staff is contracted on event project specific requirements. We also have access to more than 200 event management trainees whom we employ on a temporary basis for on-site support services such as registration, host/hostess, ushering and other general duties.
Declaration on commissions
As one of very few event management firms in South Africa that operates solely on a professional management fee structure. We commit ConfSA to serving our clients’ best interest – at all times. This transparent model significantly reduces the cost of hosting events and allows us to negotiate the best possible rates/fees from service providers. These include venues, accommodation establishments, audio visual suppliers and IT suppliers. An important aspect of this model of operation is that we ensure that all potential commission able income reverts back to the client budget either as a nett saving or supplementary income. ConfSA does NOT accept any form of commission from suppliers. We are entirely transparent on all aspects of our operations.
Our commitment to you, our client
We will apply our extensive experience, skills and knowledge, acquired from our history of successful event management assignments, to ensure the success of your next event. Our service is comprehensive, efficient and totally transparent, yet tailored to meet your individual requirements. We will ensure a pleasant organising experience for all concerned.
CMM – Certification in Meeting Management
The CMM programme deals with the business of meetings as well as business management modules related to meetings. This programme selects, educates, and certifies meeting and event professionals at management level and develops their strategic decision-making abilities to manage and deliver exceptional meetings and events. Two CMM programme classes are hosted annually: one in the USA and one in Europe. Each class accommodates 56 selected candidates. The programme content is updated continuously to match today’s evolving international business requirements.
Pieter Swart, CMP became the first person in Africa to attain CMM in 2010 and is the only CMM in South Africa
CMP – Certified Meeting Professional
Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) is the international benchmark qualification for a professional conference organiser (PCO). Pieter Swart CMP CMM, Danielle Henn CMP and Corné Engelbrecht CMP obtained this distinguished certification and by so doing became the first SAACI Accredited International PCO in Africa with the CMP designation. They were among the first 8 CMPs in Africa that obtained the certification in 2006. CMP is a trademark of the Convention Industry Council based in Washington DC, USA.
DES – Digital Event Strategist
Digital Event Strategist (DES) is and international certification from PCMA’s Digital Experience Institute this certification shows authority on planning, producing and measurement of Digital and Hybrid events.
Kyle Smith DES became the first person in Africa to achieve this certification. DES is a trademark of the DEI.