Since the beginning of the year the Western Cape has been a showcase of exhibitions and events, from mining to lifestyle and sport events. A measure of self-sufficiency in the exhibition and event industry allows provincial end-users to contract local suppliers in the exhibition and event industry without having to source talent from elsewhere in the country. This also speaks in favour of the retention of economic value in the province and for employment opportunities. Being at the forefront of infrastructure supplies and installations including for the Mining Indaba, the Women's Show and the Stormers' Super 14 rugby kick-off party, Oasys is digging in its heels to deliver as a Cape regional company.
The Mining Indaba was held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 1 to 4 February 2010. The conference was dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa and around 800 companies were represented by the 3500 delegates, with 200 sponsors and 40 delegates from government. Oasys built the infrastructure for this three and a half day event. Chief Operating Officer for Oasys Cape Town, Graham Jeffery, is upbeat about the signing of a three year contract with the organisers, “We have been building the infrastructure for this conference for the past three years. The contract was renewed, because we have constantly delivered to specifications.”
Jonathan Moore, Vice President of Mining Indaba, commented, “It was with great creativity and attention to detail that the infrastructure of Mining Indaba was designed and constructed. It was important that everyone concerned with the development of this conference gave their utmost, as it directly influences the success of the conference and future events.”
Shortly after the Mining Indaba, Oasys built the infrastructure for the Women's Show, also hosted by the CTICC in February. “The show attracts women from all walks of life. Women seem to be immune to the recession and we have seen immense growth in the popularity of the show in the past two years,” says Amy Brown, Communications Manager for the event. This year's event was held in conjunction with the Natural & Organics Products Exhibition, which together attracted 30 155 visitors and showcased over 250 companies' products and services. The Exhibition will also be hosted in Johannesburg at the Coca-Cola Dome in August 2010.
Rugby fans have been looking forward to the 2010 Super 14 rugby season with enthusiasm and the Stormers' kick-off party, open to all fans, was well attended. Oasys sponsored the infrastructure for this event. Says Jeffery, “The order book for Oasys is looking good, as we will be building the entire infrastructure for the fan park during the rugby season this year and also two marquees at the Springboks vs. French test match to be held at Newlands in June.”