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Business and Leadership Events

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The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, futured by BCX, prestigious awards acknowledges listed companies which have earned the highest returns for their shareholders over the last five years. The awards acknowledge the Top 100 Companies, Top Company, Business Leader and Lifetime Achiever of the year. This much anticipated high profile event is attended by some of South Africa’s most established business leaders.

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For the 6th year, The Directors Event, futured by BCX, will see SA leaders from all spheres tackle the country’s most pressing issues through hard-hitting roundtable discussions moderated by leading media personalities. With an audience of more than 250 influential SA business leaders, the objective of the event is to harness the collective energy to ensure South Africa’s future financial wellness.

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The Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards are designed to shine a light on what is working in the space, celebrate successes and encourage best practice. An initiative of Business Day, in partnership with Fetola, Cold Press Media and Arena Events, the awards provide high-profile, national exposure and recognition to the finalists, as well as ongoing networking opportunities for businesses wanting to make connections with, and learn from, key stakeholders in supplier development.

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Business Day Focus 4.0

The Business Day Focus 4.0 is a full day conference that awakens South African business leaders to the rapidly changing future where the physical, digital and biological sphere merge, bringing with it opportunities for growth; shifting careers and providing previously unthinkable future strategies. We focus on the human story in a digitally disrupted and technologically transformed age, and deliberate the opportunities and challenges for business and the economy of South Africa.

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Standard Bank SME Summit

The Standard Bank SME Summit creates the opportunity for SME’s to gain practical insights into how they can adopt smart strategies that show a measurable return on investment, to take their business to the next level. This full day conference hosted by leading business personalities brings you some of South Africa’s influential industry experts who will share their knowledge, experience and expertise.

Finance and Investment Events

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Financial Mail Top Analyst Awards

The Financial Mail Top Analyst Awards, through the research provided by Intellidex, recognises and rewards South Africa’s top analysts in the institutional stock broking industry. Top analysts are announced in over 40 different research sectors while the best broking houses are named for sales, execution & overall research output.

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Deciding where to invest is one of the most important and complex decisions one can make. Thanks to the Investment Summit, brought to you by Business Day and Financial Mail, there’s no better place to gain insights into unlocking your personal wealth. The Investment Summit caters for all by sharing valuable knowledge of some of South Africa’s most revered financial minds.

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Business Day Investor Relations & Strategic Communications

The financial success of running a listed company is any CEO’s top priority. Communicating the wellbeing of that company is not only a legal requirement, but the cornerstone of sound stakeholder (investor) relations. Understanding exactly how important those corporate communications are, specifically in today’s world, is something executives in a strategic role should master. For the third year, Business Day offers a fresh format delivering relevant, value-for-money content in one, power-packed morning.

Marketing and Media Events

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Sunday Times Top Brands

The eminent annual Sunday Times Top Brands survey continues into its 22nd year and is the longest running consumer brand survey in South Africa. Based on research conducted by TNS, the awards celebrate brands that have stood out from the crowd, providing a representative snapshot of how they have performed. The accolades are presented at a cocktail awards function and a special report is published in Sunday Times.

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2020 will see The Sunday Times Gen Next movement deliver insights into youth brand preference and consumer behaviour for the 17th time! The Youth Marketing Conference, Interactive Showcase and Awards will be charged with a new energy and loads of inspiration for effective youth engagement strategies for brand, marketing, media and advertising professionals in the youth marketing space who hope to better understand consumption habits, trends, and much more.

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The who’s who in local advertising and communications gather under one roof to applaud the accolades handed out to their peers at the Financial Mail AdFocus Awards, which doubles up as the launch of the well-respected AdFocus publication, edited by Jeremy Maggs.

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Arena Holdings is proud to once again host the AMARA’s gala dinner which is the much anticipated annual recruitment awards, which consists of the Publisher’s Award, the Rising Star Award, best Recruitment Advertising Agency, and the best Newsprint Creative, for both the public and private sector.

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Now in its 10th year, The Radio Awards continues to recognise outstanding achievements in the radio industry, and sets a benchmark for all radio stations and professionals to strive towards. The Radio Awards programme is a credible, well-judged transparent programme that promotes and recognises excellence in South African radio, with the objective of ensuring that radio remains one of South Africa’s foremost media choices.

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Financial Mail AdForum

Hosted by a media personality who, with a panel comprising of industry strategists and creatives, embarks on robust discussions on advertising campaigns in various sectors such as retail, fast food and financial services and then engages the audience to red or green card the adverts.

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The Future of Media Conference began as a simple talk shop for media agencies, media owners and brands to engage and discuss the fault-lines in their relationship. It has now grown substantially to become the annual meeting place and melting pot for the country’s media and marketing practitioners.

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The MOST Awards

The MOST Awards celebrate excellence in the media industry and encourages healthy competition, and as a result better service delivery. The annual highlight on the media industry’s networking calendar, not only celebrates the sectors best of the best in terms of service delivery, knowledge and innovation, but this year in particular offers an opportunity to reflect on the successes, challenges and changes in the media industry as revealed by MOST’s research survey, presented by Freshly Ground Insights Global.

Lifestyle Events

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The Sunday Times Lifestyle Gin Awards in partnership with Makro is proud to announce the celebration of creators and retailers of locally and internationally crafted gins and variants. Our panel of expert and celebrity judges will acknowledge excellence and guide readers on the best gins and distilleries in the industry.

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Beer and summer are pretty synonymous… but then again, beer goes well with winter, spring and autumn too. The Sunday Times Lifestyle Beer Awards in partnership with Makro, is proud to announce the celebration of creators and retailers of locally and internationally crafted beers. These awards will be a guide to the best beer on the market and acknowledgement of excellence each beer by our panel of expert judges.

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Sunday Times Literary Awards

The Sunday Times Literary Awards are composed of two awards, fiction and non-fiction, awarded by the Sunday Times. The awards are the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (formerly Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2001-2014) and the Alan Paton Award for works of non-fiction (1989-present) which are presented at an awards gala dinner with the who’s who in the literary world.

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Sunday Times Food Tasting

The Sunday Times is proud to host the Top Food Awards. South Africa’s retailers compete against each other with the ultimate aim of retaining the consumer’s share of wallet, by recognising excellence in specific categories. Reader insight events are hosted once a month where products are taste tested by the readers of Sunday Times, with the assistance of an expert and hosted by Hilary Biller, Sunday Times Food Weekly Editor, TV cook and Cookbook Author.

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The Sunday Times Good Life Experience Event provides a bespoke opportunity for our partners to host an exclusive and engaging lifestyle function for their key consumers as well as potential consumers. A niche audience of 60-80 guests attend the function for a relaxing and engaging evening or weekend event that allows our partners the opportunity to tell their story.

Tailored and Bespoke Events

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Business Day Dialogues

Business Day Breakfast Dialogues incorporate a keynote address and/or an expert panel discussion on a topic (to be agreed in consultation with the sponsoring partner and the Editor). With 100 Business Day readers and industry captains present, this bespoke opportunity provides partners with an excellent thought leadership platform.

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Financial Mail Private Lounge

An exclusive panel discussion hosted by a business commentator for 40 specially invited guests and financial readers. The events are held in a relaxed environment that encourages engagement and conversation over cocktail snacks and drinks. The objective is to provide a thought leadership opportunity for the sponsoring partner, while discussing an engaging topic.

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Sowetan Dialogues

Leading daily newspaper, Sowetan provides a bespoke thought leadership opportunity for our partners through the Sowetan Dialogue breakfast series. Sowetan Dialogues are about entrenching societal stability through promoting dialogue. We have engaged with the country’s foremost public and private sector leaders, and partnered with a variety of clients in achieving their objectives.

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Business Day | Financial Mail Investment Dialogues

This bespoke breakfast event takes the form of a keynote presentation and panel discussion with industry experts, moderated by a leading business commentator. With an audience of 100 guests, this highly interactive environment allows our partner to position themselves as a thought-leader in the investment industry, as well as create the opportunity for them to engage with their audience and bring their business into the spotlight.

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In association with the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards, the Leaders on the Move programme is a novel concept that takes a group of tomorrow’s business leaders to meet South Africa’s top business executives face-to-face in a unique mentorship programme. Facilitated by a leading business commentator, the group travels via luxury coach around Johannesburg, meeting carefully selected business leaders, who impart knowledge that can’t be taught at a business school.

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Women on the Move

With the aim of empowering, educating and inspiring women in South Africa, we invite them to an uplifting, fun filled day where they are motivated and surrounded by top female business leaders and role models. The Sunday Times Women on the Move is a novel concept that takes a group of aspiring women entrepreneurs to meet South Africa’s top female business executives, entrepreneurs and leaders face-to-face in a unique mentorship programme. The sponsoring partner can use the event to encourage the guests’ ambition, empower their confidence, and keep them on track by helping them set goals and work toward achieving them.

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Business Day SME Matters

Leading on from the highly credible and popular annual Business Day TV SME Summit, the SME Matters series provide a unique opportunity to engage directly with medium-sized business owners and entrepreneurs who are actively looking for solutions to take their businesses to the next level.

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Sunday Times Connect

The Sunday Times Connect takes the form of a one on one interview with an industry expert, moderated by a leading business/ media commentator. With an audience of 30 guests, this highly interactive environment allows our partner to position themselves as an industry thought-leader, engage with their key stakeholders, and bring their business into the spotlight.

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Sowetan Entrepreneurship Series

The Sowetan is proud to announce the inaugural Sowetan Entrepreneur Series. This bespoke breakfast event series with 100 guests hosted by leading business and media personalities aims to inspire entrepreneurs in South Africa and provide insights to help grow their business. This bespoke opportunity takes the format of a keynote presentation and panel discussion, followed by networking.

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FM Essentials

Financial Mail Essentials breakfast is aimed to help businesses rethink their transformation strategy to form part of an integrated business plan to yield positive results in boosting the economy.