EOY news: Come to the conference

On the 28th October South Africa South Africa will be celebrating the first Entrepreneur of the Year® conference and Gala dinner that actually offers real meaning to the SME sector. The events are to be hosted at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel in Johannesburg and with the conference focusing on whether SME's are taking and deserving their rightful place in the South African Economy and the World.

The Gala Dinner is the crowning event where in an array of a most spectacular experiences the audience will experience an awards evening like never before. The awards evening will highlight the finalists from the different categories and finally crown the Entrepreneur of the Year® for South Africa.

The conference to be held during the day boasts the conference facilitation by MC Justice Malala. Justice Malala is one of South Africa's most respected political analysts and newspaper columnists. An award-winning former newspaper editor, Malala currently heads up Avusa's (formerly Johncom's) stable of over 40 magazines.

Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper and the Financial Mail magazine. He also presents a weekly political talk show (The Justice Factor on the independent eNews Channel, Sundays at 9.30am and 12.30pm). He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews Channel. His work has been published internationally in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer. He has also contributed to BBC Online and Deutsche Welle.

Malala will not only MC the conference, which will bring together SME's, Big business and Government, he will also deliver a key note speech which will, without glossing over the realities, give businesspeople and general audiences a true picture of where South Africa is headed politically while leaving them with an uplifting message about the great possibilities for South Africa as demonstrated by the success of the 1994 elections and the mounting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The conference is a must see event, with high profile speakers from the SME sector, big business and the government. The conference will also cover the aspect of personal branding. For entrepreneurs much of your business is conducted because of your personal value in the sector in which you operate. Jenny Handley will take snippets from her well known book: Raise your Profile, and share them with you so that you have the key factors required for you to raise you profile.

The Gala dinner will be a truly theatrical event hosted by Michael Jackson and Justin Cohen, in honour of the exceptional entrepreneurs of the South African economy. Sponsors Business Partners, Sanlam and Sunday Times Its My Business give you great pleasure in offering a truly remarkable event set to raise the bar on all award programmes.

For more information on the EOY Conference and Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards Banquet please contact Naseerah Cassojee on 011 713 6600.