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SAMRA Annual Conference 2015 Auction: Are You Feeling Lucky…?


We have released 10 spaces for the SAMRA Annual Conference 2015, up for auction at a special rate!

These full package spaces include:

  • Conference attendance on 13 and 14 May 2015 – see the fantastic line-up below!
  • Lunch on arrival on 12 May 2015, as well as dinner and accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation on 13 and 14 May 2015
  • Breakfast on 15 May 2015

How it works: Fill in the online bid form (see below), indicating your choice of bid for a spot, and if you are quick on the draw, one of the available spots will be yours! Bidding closes at 16h00 (GMT + 2:00) on Wednesday 6 May 2015.

THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES FOR FULL PACKAGE DELEGATES

The conference programme is really special this year. Three excellent guest speakers will be sharing their wisdom, humour and enthusiasm, and the research papers being presented are all in the running for the coveted SAMRA Overall Paper award, amongst others. This really is set to be a pivotal conference that will propel us into the future of the insights industry.

Overnight delegates will arrive on Tuesday 12 May 2015 to a scrumptious buffet lunch served from 12h00 onwards. You can check in from 14h00, and the afternoon is set aside for leisure time, enjoying the magnificent setting and perhaps partaking in one of the many activities on offer (see below).

We will all meet up at 18h00 for an evening of networking, meeting new colleagues and catching up with old friends at a braai (barbeque, for our overseas guests).

Wednesday 13 May 2015 is the start of the main event, so grab breakfast early, with delegate registration starting at 07h45 and the opening of conference promptly at 08h30. We finish the first day of conference at 18h15 (including a build-a-burger lunch), after which full delegates will enjoy a buffet dinner and some more networking.

Thursday kicks off with another Full English breakfast buffet, registration (for day delegates only) and the opening of the day’s proceedings at 08h30. We finish a bit earlier on Day 2, to allow for preparation for the grand awards dinner, which starts from 19h00. Don’t forget to dress up: this is a formal affair!

Finally, we meet for a breakfast buffet on Friday morning, before checkout and departure by 10h00.

For the full conference programme: Delegates Schedule of Events_29 Apr 2015

SAC2015 Cover

ABOUT THE CATHEDRAL PEAK HOTEL

The Cathedral Peak Hotel is nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range, a World Heritage Site.

Cathedral Peak Hotel’s many indoor facilities include table tennis, a games room, and a fully equipped gym with steam bath. The Peak Performance Vitality Centre is available nearby. Enjoy a game of pool, darts or sport on the big screen in the well-known Harry’s Bar or relax in the comfort of Albert’s Cocktail Bar with the ambience of a roaring log fire complete with separate smokers’ lounge.

Cathedral Peak Hotel guests enjoy free daily guided hikes, including walks to Bushman paintings and beautiful waterfalls. There is a choice of 18 different walks and hikes, ranging from gentle river-side ambles to the challenging hike and climb to the summit of Cathedral Peak itself. Bird-spotting enthusiasts can tick off some of the 121 resident species recorded. In addition there is archery, horse and pony rides, mountain bike trails (bikes can be hired), a marked jogging route, tennis, squash, bowls, outdoor chess, beach volleyball, badminton, floodlit mini-adventure golf, a 10m climbing tower, heated and cold outdoor swimming pools and fly fishing, and helicopter sightseeing flights are available nearby.

The immaculate 9-hole golf course situated on the hotel property offers alternate tees for an 18-hole game. The club house boasts rest rooms, a lounge area, pub (Philip’s Pholy) and a terrace with panoramic Drakensberg mountain views – the perfect 19th hole. The length of the course is 5542m and the course is graded a par 70.

Cathedral Peak Hotel

GETTING THERE

The hotel is 250 km from Durban and 400 km from Johannesburg.

Driving: From Johannesburg the best route is past Harrismith towards Durban and down Van Reenen’s Pass, then exiting towards and passing Bergville, turning right towards Cathedral Peak and the hotel. From Durban the best road is the N3 towards Johannesburg, through the Mooi Plaza toll gate, passing the Escourt Shell Ultra City, and then turning left at the Bergville/Colenso turn off, and left again towards Bergville/Winterton (R74). From Winterton you turn left at the “Central Berg” sign, right at the “Cathedral Peak” sign, and at the T-junction right towards Bergville. Take the first left turn at the Cathedral Peak sign.

Taking the Conference Bus: There are a few spaces left on the bus leaving from Bryanston (The Campus) in Johannesburg at 07h00 on Tuesday 12 May 2015, so if you would like to buy a ticket (R 900 ex VAT), please get in touch urgently (info@samra.co.za). Unfortunately, the shuttle from Durban is fully booked.

The last 20km of this road is a beautiful twisting road through rural villages, which warrants a slow speed, both to take in the scenery and for safety reasons.

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