Africa Conferences

Gautrain Management Agency is our official transport partner

September 19th, 2018 in Africa Conferences, IABC News

IABC Africa is proud and excited to announce the Gautrain Management Agency as its official transport partner for the 25th Annual IABC Africa Region Conference, taking place on 24 and 25 October 2018, at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs).

All delegates will receive a complementary parking, rail and bus validated ticket.
If you would like to make use of this fantastic and convenient travel method, kindly contact Zanandi Allers to arrange collection of your ticket.

*This offer is only valid for registered delegates who have paid their IABC Africa Regional Conference fee. Further terms and conditions apply.

For more information, contact Zanandi on 072 226 0255 or email




Silver Quill Awards 2018 – Final Deadline

August 29th, 2018 in IABC Events, IABC News, Quill Awards

The 2018 Regional Silver Quill Awards programme recognises business communication excellence across the continent, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious global communication awards.

All entrants into the IABC Africa Silver Quill Awards will be encouraged to enter the 2019 global awards programme, which will be presented at an Excellence Gala as part of the IABC’s World Conference in 2019.



31 August 2018 – Early bird deadline

14 September 2018 – Final deadline

29 September 2018 – Evaluation of the Africa Silver Quill Awards

24 October 2018 – Gala evening hosted at the IABC Africa Regional Conference where the winners of an Africa Silver Quill Award will receive their awards



Members: R 999

Non-members: R 1499


Submission process:

Either via email to, Drop Box or We Transfer. Based on your location, you may hand deliver it to a specific location as well if need be. This will be advised when you enter.


Where can I get help to prepare my Silver Quill entry?

For any additional questions, please email or call 072 226 0255


About the Africa Silver Quill Awards:

This is the third year that the Africa Region embarks on rolling out the Africa Silver awards programme before the global Gold Quill awards process. This is not only to recognise local communication excellence but also to assist and prepare entrants for the global programme. Once you have SILVER – then go for the GOLD!!!


About the global Gold Quill Awards:

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognised and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The Gold Quill Awards honour the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale with a focus on achieving solid business outcomes.


Call for Board Nominations

April 23rd, 2018 in IABC News

IABC Africa launches a call for Regional Board Nominations


Are you willing to give back to the profession you love, grow your leadership skills and meet new people?

We need you!  Consider serving on the IABC Africa Regional Board. We are accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 term, which will begin June 1, 2018.

Submit your nomination by 15 May 2018.


We are seeking nominations for the following Regional Board positions:

  • Vice / Incoming Chair – Please note this position will be a 1-year term (automatic succession from Incoming Chair to Chair and Outgoing Chair.
  • Director of  Professional Development and Certification
  • Director of Chapter Development



We are also seeking volunteers for the following:

  • Cape Town Chapter Board Volunteers
  • Tshwane Chapter Board Volunteers
  • Volunteers to start up peer or working groups across the Africa Region



IABC members in good standing, based in the Africa Region are eligible for nomination. Board nominations are self-nominated. 


Email if you would like to get involved as a board member or volunteer, or if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.


IABC Africa launches Call for Speakers

April 19th, 2018 in Africa Conferences, Africa Events Calendar, IABC News

25th Annual IABC Africa Regional Conference,
Johannesburg, 24-25 October 2018

The International Association of Business Communicators Africa (IABC Africa) invites speaking proposals for our Regional Conference in Johannesburg, 24-25 October 2018.

The conference theme is COMMUNICATION INTERCHANGE – connecting business, technology, culture and people. Our goal is to connect communicators across Africa and the world to inspire, create connections, foster best practices, and promote leadership in business through the communications profession.

The Conference will feature two days of inspiring keynotes and best-practice sessions by experts and business leaders from across Africa.


The Conference
This year IABC Africa will be hosting its 25th Annual Conference, and with such an incredible milestone we would like to make this year’s conference extra special and unforgettable! We want to ensure a high-energy, fast paced conference, much like the vibe of our host city.
There will be no time for yawning this year!
We have also lengthened the time of the networking opportunities to ensure you get adequate time to #createconnections and catch up with old friends and make new ones.

We anticipate this will draw over 80 senior communicators from across Africa.

Presentations must inspire and inform delegates on the challenges of leadership in an ever-changing political, social and workplace landscape.
Participation in the conference provides speakers with the opportunity to gain visibility and recognition as a subject matter expert in front of influential business communication professionals from a wide variety of industries.


The Theme
When thinking about the conference theme: COMMUNICATION INTERCHANGE – connecting business, technology, culture and people, we would like you to imagine our Jo’burg and Pretoria interchanges, jam packed, fast paced and taking you where you need to go…
This year we will cover a wide range of topics, from the latest technology, innovation, and trends in the digital sphere, to the more complex human interactions, cultural diversities, engagement of the people within your organisation as well as external audiences, and then, the even more challenging topics such as reputation across its many facets. Recognising that communication has been abused and misused to create divisions, mistrust and pollute our world with fake news. Exploring how communication should build engagement, create trust, promote transparency and support inclusivity. And dealing with the crisis mode, which has become almost business as usual for most of us today.
We will share case studies from our Gold and Silver Quill awards winners and have the ever-popular student TED talks.
This year we will be introducing and offering our unique CSI initiative to students of the profession – a chance to grow in their profession and give future communicators a view into the real world of work.


Share your experience

Sessions will include keynote speeches (5030 mins + 10 min Q&A), traditional presentation (30 mins + 10min Q&A), Ignite presentation (TED talk style presentation of (7mins), or be part of a themed panel discussion.

We are interested in speakers and content that:

• Represents outstanding business communications that makes a real impact
• Captures the latest knowledge and ideas in the profession
• Leads on how to reinvent our communication practices
• New content that has not been shared before
• Represents the diversity of communications in Africa
• Showcases innovative tools and techniques
• Engages delegates on the dynamics and distinctive challenges for the Africa region
• Case Studies from Gold and Silver Quill winners and PRISM Awards – Best of the Best

This is what IABC looks for in a keynote presenter:

• An authentic, dynamic speaker with a compelling presence who is able to connect with a senior audience in a meaningful way
• Knowledgeable about international business communication and able to articulate the tangible importance and critical value of communication to an organisation
• Prepared to offer innovative content that will resonate with an audience of international business communicators
• Proven ability in terms of presentations to international audiences at commercial business conferences

Speakers must also note the following:

• Help the reviewing committee understand how your session can contribute to the goals of the conference. We want our conference attendees to have a meaningful experience during each session. One way of doing that is to make sure that all sessions are connected to our theme. Make it really clear to the reviewing committee how your session aligns with the track and conference theme.
• Convey your personality. It’s really difficult to assess your abilities as a speaker from a written submission, but it’s not impossible for you to convey your personality through the description of your session. Try to do this as much as possible so we get a sense of who you are.
• Engage participants in problem solving. Conference attendees prefer presenters who engage with them and give them an opportunity to interact. Help the committee understand how you intend to engage attendees (e.g. examples of exercises and case studies of prior engagements) and demonstrate the value of your session.
• Include a video. A video of you speaking enables the reviewing committee to see you in action. Your ability to deliver is just as important as the quality of your content. Without a compelling video, another speaker might be selected because he/she provided evidence of his/her speaking ability.
• Don’t recycle a presentation you’ve already delivered. We aim to keep track of who has presented at previous conferences, so we continue to deliver new insights and ideas.
• Share your experience. Year after year, conference attendees tell us the sessions they value most are those that deal with real challenges and how they have been met through innovative communication strategies. We favour presentations that share experience, tools/techniques and give attendees something they can take back to work to implement.
• Don’t assume that membership and IABC volunteerism is all you need to get a speaking slot. In the eyes of the committee, your content and speaking ability are the most important assets you bring.
• This is not a pitch opportunity. You may not use the conference platform to sell your business services. While we appreciate that you and your company may be subject matter experts, absolutely no sales pitches are allowed in your presentation. We provide you, as a speaker, with a complimentary pass to the conference, where you are welcome to network with delegates before and after your session. Final presentations are due 4 weeks before the conference and are reviewed by the programme advisory committee.

Apply now!

To be considered, read up about the Global Standard and IABC career levels, prepare a short description of your presentation, a bio, and two references, then complete the speaker agreement form which will be sent to you. Sessions will be organised along conference tracks:

• Leadership and Strategy
• Crisis communications
• Technology and Innovation
• The future of communications
• Diversity & Inclusion
• Communication Skills
• Marketing and Brand
• Reputation

Speakers will be selected through a peer-reviewed process, alignment to the IABC Global Standard and the degree to which sessions inform, engage and deliver on the conference theme.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 11 May 2018. We look forward to hearing from you. Keynote speakers and sessions will be announced in the lead-up to the conference.

Please take these guidelines into account when developing your speaker submission:
• Complete all sections of the submission form and assume we know nothing about you – we can’t make decisions on incomplete information
• Stay within the word limits of the submission – this will help us review your submission as well as provide sufficient information for our conference program
• Be clear on how your session will contribute to the goals of the conference
• Convey how attendees will benefit from your session.
• Ensure your presentation is topical and relevant -not a recycled presentation from a previous conference
• Include links to a video of you speaking so we can see you in action – delivery is important as is content

Please note: the IABC does not pay speaker fees – all aspects of the design and content of the conference are delivered on a volunteer basis. No flight or accommodation costs are provided as part of your speaking opportunity. Please consider this when applying. Speakers will be entitled to complimentary standard registration for the conference and associated social activities.

For more information or to apply, email

IABC World Conference Scholarship

April 4th, 2018 in IABC Events, IABC News

2018 World Conference Scholarship Nomination

IABC Africa Region has one 2018 IABC World Conference standard registration scholarship available to all Africa Region members. The World Conference will be held from June 3-6, 2018, in Montreal, Canada.   The scholarship is valid for one (1) standard conference registration, valued at over $1500. The scholarship does not cover additional expenses involved such as for travel, accommodation or meals. These expenses are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient. The individual who is awarded the scholarship will also need to purchase tickets to attend ancillary events on their own, if so desired.


To qualify, you


  • Must be a member of good standing order:
  • Must be a member now as well as effective June 3-6, 2018
  • Must have never previously attended IABC World Conference
  • Could not attend the IABC World Conference without this scholarship
  • Have not already registered for the conference


How to apply


Send us an email covering the following:


  • Outline of your contributions to IABC
  • Statement of need for financial assistance
  • Your plan to communicate your experience at World Conference
  • A 200 word or less explanation on the value you would get from World Conference


Self-nominations are encouraged.  Due to the tight time frame for planning, please send in your nominations by end of business on 26 April, 2018.  Email nominations to

The chosen recipient will be informed directly.


IABC World Conference 2018: 3 – 6 June, Montreal, Canada


Celebrating 13 South African Gold Quills winners

April 26th, 2017 in IABC News, Quill Awards

The International Association of Business Communicators has announced the excellence and merit winners of the 2017 IABC Gold Quill Awards programme.

In total, 227 entries have been awarded, with 74 Excellence and 138 Merit, including 13 South African winners. 


Our South African Gold Quill winners are:


Excellence Award winners

  • Africa Technology Back on Track – Sophia Dower; Barclays Africa
  • TUHF Internal brand refresh – Terri Brown; The Logical Truth
  • Makarapa City – Anglo American created community radio drama – Mooketsi Mocumi, Ann Farndell, Rochelle de Paiva, Pranill Ramchander, Sibusiso Tshabalala; Anglo American South Africa
  • “Pencil me In” Stakeholder Research – SABC Pension Fund
  • Innovative research methods for Sappi’s vast rural workforce – Sappi Communications and DevCom Teams, Sappi Limited South Africa


Merit Award winners

  • Anglo American Employee Indebtedness Programme (Anglo American South Africa): Ann Farndell, Rochelle de Paiva, Mpumi Sithole, Mooketsi Mocumi, Gert Schoeman, Tintswalo Khosa-Gieseke, Carolyn Lewis (Summit), Leigh Nooy (Summit), Olwen Auret (Russell & Associates)
  • Ensuring Stakeholder Confidence in a Fluid Environment, SABC Pension Fund
  • Church & Strategic Clarity: The Rise of Communicating Leaders, Chantalle Schutte, The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa
  • The Abashintshi Social Mobilisation Project, Sappi Communications and DevCom Teams, Development Communication Solutions
  • Sound[W]right: UFS student tone and voice project, Leonie Bolleurs, University of the Free State
  • Nuevo Traditions – a modern interpretation of ancient philosophies, rituals and stories using new technology, Anglo American Platinum
  • Ten years of The DevCom Waybook, Mari Lee, Charmain Lines, Graham Hankin, Development Communication Solutions
  • For such a time as this: A commemorative journey, UFS Department of Communication and Brand Management, University of the Free State


The Gold Quill Awards programme recognises business communication excellence globally, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious global awards programmes. Entries are evaluated against IABC’s standard of excellence, and the feedback from this year’s evaluators indicated that the standard of work in this year’s awards was very strong. 


The awards will be presented at the Excellence Awards Gala, to be held on Tuesday 13 June, as part of the IABC World Conference in Washington, D.C.


For the full article please click here

IABC Africa Excel Award – Nominations are open

April 13th, 2017 in Excel Awards, IABC News

IABC Africa Excel Award

It’s that time of the year again, where we open the call for nominations for IABC Africa’s Excel Award


About the Excel Award

Each year, IABC Africa honours a top-level executive for his or her contribution to business communication. This contribution can include initiating, directing, supporting or sustaining outstanding and effective communication programmes. The Excel Award is frequently given to a chief executive officer, managing director or general manager, who has excelled at leadership communication and support of the communication profession.


The award is largely recognised as the IABC’s highest honour to be bestowed on a business leader, and is now in its fifth decade. There are no restrictions or biases based on the size of the organisation or budget. Nominations for this award can be made by both IABC members and non-members.


Effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders during tough times is crucial to a company’s long-term success and strategic risk management.With the growth of social media, there are now even more tools available for leaders to reach their constituents, and this is further complicated during time of crisis communication.


IABC Africa is looking to recognise a candidate who has demonstrated vision and leadership in his or her commitment to excellent communication, in recent years.


Evaluation criteria

  • Demonstration of exceptional leadership, management and communication skills.
  • Some experience in communicating with global or multicultural audiences is preferred.
  • Use of a communication strategy that demonstrates creativity and innovation and that contributes to the business success of the organisation.
  • Commitment to the communication programmes for all of the organisation’s audiences, both internal and external, and at local, national and international levels.
  • Effective personal communication with all of these audiences. Candidates must be shown to have participated in communication, not simply directed communication staff in their efforts.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.

Nominations to be submitted to by 30 April 2017. Evaluations will take place shortly thereafter, and the winner will be announced in July.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

IABC announces winners of the 2017 Gold Quill Awards

April 13th, 2017 in IABC News, Quill Awards


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                        11 April 2017

IABC announces winners of the 2017 Gold Quill Awards

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced the Excellence and Merit winners of the 2017 Gold Quill Awards program (#IABCGQ). The program recognizes business communication excellence globally, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry.

The awards will be presented at the Excellence Gala, to be held on Tuesday, 13 June, as part of IABC’s World Conference in Washington, D.C.

In total, IABC has recognized 227 entries as world class, announcing 74 Excellence Awards and 153 Merit Awards. Winners come from all over the world, with 16 countries represented in the winners list. They represent a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small.

“The Gold Quill Awards program celebrates business communication’s best practices and the value professional, strategic communication programs bring to an organization’s bottom line, its brand and its reputation,” said Lynn Barter, ABC, MC, chair of the IABC awards committee. “Each entry is evaluated on its own merits against IABC’s Global Standard of excellence in communication. Winning a Gold Quill recognizes exceptional work, innovation and creativity.

“Gold Quill winners represent a global community executing their responsibilities ethically and to the highest standards of the profession. These exemplary practitioners deliver high-impact results for their organizations and clients, taking communication to the next level.”

The winners of the program’s special awards will be announced later this month. The winners of the “Best of the Best” awards and “IABC Gold Quill…of the Year” awards will be announced at the Excellence Gala at the World Conference.

For more information on the Gold Quill Awards, including the full list of winners, go to

For more information on the IABC World Conference (#IABC17), go to http:/


About Gold Quill:

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The Gold Quill Awards honour the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale with a focus on achieving solid business outcomes.

About IABC:

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is the recognized global community of communication professionals representing diverse industries and disciplines. We connect communicators with a global and local network, career opportunities, resources and knowledge—using communication to engage, influence, counsel and execute. At the forefront of the communication profession and setting the global standard, our members are professionals who practice with integrity and passion. For more information, visit


Nilou Derakhshan, Program Manager, Learning and Development, IABC

+1 415.544.4733

Proudly introducing the IABC Cape Town Chapter Board

March 27th, 2017 in Africa Events Calendar, IABC Events, IABC News

From left to right: Maphelo Mvunelwa, Kristina Malther, Ilze Olivier, Jolene Henn, Kimala Ross and Mia Azam


Join us to connect with other communicators in the Western Cape and get an update on some of the latest research in our field.

Our first networking event of 2017 will take place on Thursday, 30 March 2017, 15.30 for 16.00, Protea Hotel, Arthurs Road, Sea Point.

Carol Allers, Chair of IABC Africa Region will take us through trends and predictions for 2017, fresh from the IABC Leadership Institute in Dallas. Daniel Munslow, IABC International Executive Board member, will discuss key results from the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer.

This event is open to both members and non-members and is free of charge. You may invite other professional communicators who might be interested in joining the event and/or the IABC.

To secure your spot, RSVP by Monday, 27 March to

IABC Africa Conference 2016 Unveils Critical Insights

August 26th, 2016 in Africa Conferences, IABC News

IABC Africa Conference 2016 Unveils Critical Insights into the Future of Business Communication


Johannesburg – August 26, 2016 – The annual IABC Africa Regional Conference is set to return to the Vineyard Hotel and Spa from 2-4 November 2016, to address critical issues facing the future of business communication. In its 23rd year, the annual IABC Africa Conference will host established regional business communication leaders and prominent experts, including two international keynote speakers.


Over the three days, the conference will feature more than 20 sessions and workshops spanning across nine key themes impacting the agility of business communication: ‘youthification’, agility, digital communication, risk and resilience, leadership, strategic measurement, business acumen, crisis communication, and cross cultural communication. The event will facilitate engaging conversation and sharing of insights on a variety of topics, with a look at the future of the how communication can remain and increase in its relevance.


“The sophistication of the role of communication and reputation management is evolving as rapidly as business and society are these days, and so it is imperative for organisations to set communication as a core focus area”, says Daniel Munslow, past chair of IABC Africa and member of the International Executive Board. “Conference goers can expect to hear from some of our country’s leading communication minds who will deliver deep insights on the issues we are currently facing,” he added.


Notable keynote speakers include


  • Dianne Chase – 2016/2017 Chair IABC IEB
  • Robin Russell McCasland – FRSA, Director, Employee Communication, Tenet Healthcare, Dallas, Texas;
  • Paul Nel – Head of Open Innovation, Barclays Africa Group;
  • Regine le Roux – Managing Director, Reputation Matters – in a special pre-conference workshop,
  • Dalien René Benecke, Curriculum Chair, Department of Strategic Communication, University of Johannesburg 


Additional sessions feature:



Carol Allers, Chair of IABC Africa, says “in addition to the above keynote and plenary session, the conference also serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for communication practitioners across all sectors, who come together to engage and discover new technological advancements and solutions that enhance business communication practices”.


Headline sponsors for the conference are DevCom, Eskom, Cape Town Tourism and Distell.


To view the full conference agenda, speakers and more click here.


Gallery of Speakers and Sponsors.