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The much awaited MA begins with 20 vendors to showcase their wares to the world

THE 2024 Meetings Africa is finally upon us.

The three- day trade show begins at Sandton Convention Center, from February 26 to 28.

Business Opportunity Networking Day (BONDay) opens amasango– in isiZulu meaning doors, on 26.

Over 10 000 delegates from all over the world are expected to attend.

Meetings Africa is a Pan-African trade show, where African associations and meetings industry professionals come together to showcase Africa’s diverse offering of business events services and products to global buyers.

During the trade show, delegates also come together to share knowledge as they partner to contribute to transforming and growing the continent’s business events sector.

There’s a diverse line-up of 20 vendors set to showcase their unique and sustainable products at the Sustainability Village, as part of supporting local artisans, such as: 

  1. Afro Sheep: Bucket Hats, Jerseys, Shoes
  2. Matangwa Creations: Pottery
  3. Okuhle: Bar soap, Bath Bombs, Body Scrubs
  4. Journey on P.S Leather World: Handbags, Wallets, Purses
  5. BEE.EK Ceramic: Pottery
  6. Eyitha Tours: Clothes, African Print
  7. Leehle’s Crocheria: Crocheted Products, Bags, Jerseys
  8. Runako Naturals: Hair Products
  9. Season Creations Accessories: Jewellery
  10. Still Flame: Candles
  11. Handmade by Tebogo: Crocheted Products
  12. Great Eye Trading: African Attire
  13. Jst Pati Glass: Glass Products
  14. Snezar Pty (Ltd): Beautiful Watches
  15. Noona Stylez: Accessories
  16. Gogaga: Laser Cut Artwork
  17. Ezemvelo: Skincare Products
  18. Tjiane Creations: Leather Bags
  19. Afrofrocs: Clothing
  20. Icherryefresh: Jewellery

General Mamanger: MIC Sales at SA National Convention Bureau, Bjorn Hufkie says: “The Sustainability Village is an iconic feature of Meetings Africa, and this year, will feature 20 proudly South African vendors. 

Through the products at the sustainability village, we not only promote these businesses and contribute to our country’s economy, but we also invite guests to select a piece of South Africa to take back home with them. It is all part of ensuring that we tell an authentic South African story.

It’s an integral part of what makes South African events truly stand out. We can’t imagine a Meetings Africa without this delightful marketplace in a conference setting.”

Hufkie highlighted, “The village serves as a lively marketplace showcasing the craftsmanship and entrepreneurship of local talents. Initiatives like the Sustainability Village extend market access for artisans, creating a lasting impact beyond the three days of the Meetings Africa show.”

The minister of Tourism Patricia De Lille will officially open the ceremony.

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