Conference Details

The conference will take place on the 15th and 16th March at The Lord Charles Hotel, in Somerset West, Cape Town.

The theme for the conference is “Don’t Worry Be Happy”

Life is full of uncertainties. An unexpected thunder shower on your lunch break. A flat tyre when you don’t have a spare. A traffic jam on your way to an important meeting. And while you can’t be prepared for all of them, IDU’s stress-free financial management solutions ensure that your business is one thing you don’t have to worry about.

What you can expect from the 2018 Conference

The Conference format will be held as two half day conferences. This is to allow for clients from other centres to fly in on the morning of the conference on Thursday the 15th and out on the afternoon after the conference on Friday 16th. We are conscious of cost and time constraints placed on our clients, and we think this format alleviates this pressure, it also allowed us to keep conference costs to a minimum.

• Get a view of the development roadmap for the forthcoming year
• Delegates get one-to-one access to IDU consultants and experts
• Training and workshops on key modules of the software
• Listen to client case studies
• The opportunity to network with other clients and industry experts
• An opportunity to hear from our key partners and inspirational guest speakers

Conference Packages

Thursday 15th March from 12pm – 17.30pm
Friday 16th March from 8am – 1pm

2 x Half Day Conference + 1 night accommodation (Single) + gala dinner : R5936
2 x Half Day Conference + 1 night accommodation (Sharing) + gala dinner: R5586
2 x Half Day Conference (no accommodation) : R3750
2 x Half Day Conference (no accommodation) + gala dinner: R4315
1 x Half Day Conference (no accommodation): R1875
1 x Half Day Conference (no accommodation) + gala dinner: R2440

Please note the above prices are exclusive of VAT

How to Register

To register for you or your team please click on the Register tab on this site.

Delegate feedback from previous conferences

Always a brilliant conference. Well done again” – Hirt & Carter
Very good conference, thank you!” – University of Johannesburg
Thanks and keep up the good work”. – RCC
Thank you for having me at your conference, I enjoyed it very much as it was such an eye opener and brilliantly organized” - Central Bank of Lesotho
Very valuable information and sessions on relevant and current topics and trends. Future approach (futuristic) theme very good. Enjoyed it”. - Medipost
Thanks again for a well-organized conference. We always came back to our offices with "high charged batteries". Thanks for the positive energy that we experience from the IDU team!” - North West University


The Hotel

Conveniently situated in the glorious Cape Winelands, NH The Lord Charles Hotel is less than half an hour’s drive from Cape Town International Airport and the CBD. The hotel offers easy access to a wide range of local attractions and leisure activities and is located within easy reach of the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl.

NH The Lord Charles Hotel is one of Cape Town’s premier conference and meetings venues and a landmark in the Western Cape leisure tourism landscape, welcoming local and international visitors alike with their signature warm hospitality, excellent service and understated style. Their range of conference venues can accommodate anything from two to six hundred delegates, bringing refined elegance and contemporary flair to any business meeting or special function.

The hotel has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment programme to their key service areas, including guestrooms, the hotel lobby, the restaurants and the conference centre.

Guests to the hotel will enjoy the new “NH Brilliant Basics”: free and easy WiFi access, an even better night’s sleep in perfect comfort and minimalist luxury in the newly redecorated guestrooms and rain effect showers and a sumptuous breakfast to see the day off to the right start. Their conference centre has also been upgraded to offer state-of-the art facilities and equipment to complement our conference and meetings team’s expert assistance.

The Rooms

A tasteful, comfortable haven for relaxation; the hotel offers 156 twin or double bed standard rooms boasting the new brilliant basics. Enjoy free and easy WiFi access, state of the art 42” flat screen TV’s, an even better night’s sleep in perfect comfort and minimalist luxury in the newly redecorated guestrooms and bathrooms with rain effect showers.

Two of the twin bedded rooms are specialized for easy wheelchair access, incorporating bath and shower facilities with custom designed handrails, we ensure that all our physically challenged guests enjoy relaxed comfort.

To Book an additional night’s stay

Should you wish to extend your stay at the hotel, this can be done directly with the hotel.

Please contact +27 21 855 1040 and ask to speak to the reservations department.

When booking an additional night, please let the hotel know that you are part of the IDU Conference, as this will ensure that you do not have to move rooms during your stay and that subject to availability you are offered a preferential conference room rate.  

Airport Transfers

Transfers to and from the airport can be arranged directly with the hotel Travel Desk. The cost of an airport transfer is as follows:

1-3 people R460.00
4-7 people R850.00

To book please email concierge@nh-hotels.co.za with the following information:

Your name, the date and time of arrival and your flight number.

Hotel Contact Details

NH Cape Town The Lord Charles: Broadway Blvd & Main Rd, Heldervue, Cape Town, 7130. Tel: +27 21 855 1040

Guest Speakers

Johnathan Shapiro Born in Cape Town in 1958 and also known as Zapiro. Could not imagine a career in cartooning, so studied architecture at University of Cape Town. Could not imagine a career in architecture, so tried switching to Graphic Design and promptly got conscripted.

While in the army he refused to bear arms and became active in 1983 in the newly-formed United Democratic Front (UDF). His arrest under the Illegal Gatherings Act caused some consternation in the South African Defence Force (SADF) and his being monitored by military intelligence while also participating in the End Conscription Campaign, and designing its logo. His work as a cartoonist began in earnest with a wide range of political and progressive organisations. When the newspaper South began in 1987, he became its editorial cartoonist. He was detained by security police in 1988 shortly before leaving on a Fulbright Scholarship to study media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. New York was an eye-opening experience where he studied under comics masters Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman.

He returned to South Africa in 1991 and with Story Circle produced educational comics including Roxy (Aids education), Tomorrow People (democracy education) and A Trolley Full of Rights (a child abuse prevention comic later used by UNICEF elsewhere in Africa).

He has been editorial cartoonist for the Mail & Guardian since 1994, the Sunday Times since 1998 and The Times since May 2009. Previously he was editorial cartoonist for Sowetan 1994 – 2005, for Cape Argus 1996 -1997, Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury, Pretoria News 2005 – 2008. He has held solo cartoon exhibitions in New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dhaka, Sweden and many in South Africa. He has also exhibited in numerous group shows locally and internationally. He attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland 2003-2006 as one of a group of invited cartoonists. He has been an invited participant and speaker in cartoon events in Cameroon, Botswana, Namibia, Australia, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA. In South Africa he has run workshops for a wide variety of organisations and educational institutions.

Resulting from hard-hitting cartoons about President Jacob Zuma, he has twice been sued by Zuma for defamation. At the end of 2012, Zuma dropped one of the lawsuits (a R5 million claim over the 2008 Lady Justice cartoon). In May 2013, Zuma dropped the earlier R10 million lawsuit from 2006. He has also published seventeen cartoon collections 

Mel Jones Born and raised in Cape Town and a proud resident of Mitchell’s Plain, Mel Jones describes herself as “the favourite” of three siblings.

She is a single mother, comedian, award nominated producer and an energetic MC and entertainer. Her career started taking flight when she was well received at the Spier Amphitheatre only 6 short weeks after doing her very first open mic slot.

Since then, you may have heard her on the radio as co-presenter of a very popular morning show, seen her on SABC3′s Comedy Showcase, the Phat Joe show, the King Size Comedy Tour, the Blacks Only Comedy Show, Mind The Gap, The Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Kings & Queens of Comedy, the critically acclaimed comedy & sketch show, Bitches, the Vodacom Funny Festival where she was their very first female host,Comedy Central and is hugely popular as a corporate comedian and MC. 

She appeared at the Vodacom Funny Festival where she was their very first female host, Comedy Central and there’s a strong possibility that you may have read about her in various magazines (not the ‘bikini’ mags – the edu-tainment ones. Ask her mom, she’s saved every copy). In fact, recently she was the guest editor for Khuluma magazine, Kulula.com’s in-flight magazine.   

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