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ASSOCIATION DAY CONFERENCE ALONGSIDE MEETINGS AFRICA
South African Tourism (SAT) hosted an Association Day workshop alongside Meetings Africa yesterday.
Farieda Karod-Domingo delivered a case study on the bid to host The UNi World Congress, taking place in Cape Town in 2014, the year that marks the 20th anniversary of our democracy.
She’s from SASBO, a banking trade union representing 70 000 members. SASBO is affiliated to COSATU as well as UNI, the international trade union which represents 20 million members.
UNI sector conferences take place annually and the world congress is every four years.
The South African Bid committee, which she chairs, was created in 2004.
The organising committee (OC) was tasked to represent South Africa at the closing ceremony of last year’s World Congress held in Japan. “We wanted to show a high impact AV demonstration and give handmade gifts to all 3 000 delegates,” says Karod-Domingo.
The major challenge was money. “The cost of producing a DVD, sourcing gifts, packaging and transport was enormous. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of funding going around within a trade union,” she says.
South Africa’s banks came to the rescue as sponsors and SAT provided the high quality footage needed for the dVd, as well as the transport to Japan.
The first challenge was internal. Trade unions require an export permit for couriering gifts. When she failed to obtain one, she was again saved by SAT, who let the OC use their internal channels.
The next challenge was The Japanese Health Ministry. “They kept sending the customs clearing form back because they wanted to know exactly where the corporate goods were manufactured,” says Karod-Domingo. Because the gifts, two hand crafted place mats and beaded spoons, were produced by a disadvantaged community, Karod-Domingo had to supply the street address of the artist’s township shack.
It was worth the effort. “At the closing ceremony, the entire crowd were on their feet, dancing and blowing vuvuzelas. We set the benchmark for what’s to come in 2014,” she says.