SAMIC 2017: 5-7 April
SAMIC 2017 / The Venue
Sun Boardwalk ICC

The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Port Elizabeth offers 5-star hotel accommodation only a few minutes away from the Blue Flag awarded Hobie Beach. Not only popular for its 5-star hotel, The Boardwalk is also a unique entertainment, dining and conference venue. Famous for being the only licensed casino in Port Elizabeth, The Boardwalk Casino offers 24-hour entertainment with smoking and non-smoking facilities.

The Boardwalk is home to the International Convention Centre (ICC), the largest conference venue in Port Elizabeth. This multifunctional space is made up of separate conference rooms and meeting rooms.

This facility has hosted many prestigious events and incentives and they have the experience it takes to make an event a success. Excellent service is what they are known for.

Nelson Mandela Bay - Port Elizabeth

Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch and Colchester) is named after Nelson Mandela - humanitarian, freedom fighter and world icon of peace.

The Metro is the only city in Africa to be served by two ports – those of Port Elizabeth and Ngqura, Africa’s most modern deep-water harbour.

It- is located 763 km east of Cape Town, is regarded as the "official" gateway to the scenic Eastern Cape Province and the world renowned Garden Route. The Metro is sometimes referred to (by the people who know her best) as the "friendly city" or the "water sport capital of Africa". Nelson Mandela Bay is also recognised as both the Mohair and Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World.

Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, overlooking Algoa Bay, this bustling port city flaunts an atmosphere of relaxed year-round fun and excitement. The breath-taking seashore boasts a perfect combination of warm water, protected beaches and invigorating sea breezes. Here you will find some of the world's best sailing venues, first-rate scuba diving with colourful coral species, beautiful reefs and shipwrecks, near perfect conditions for wind-surfing, angling, snorkelling, kite-surfing, fly-fishing and canoeing.

Nelson Mandela Bay has received the "Cleanest Metro in South Africa Award" and "Blue Flag Status" has again been awarded to most of the beaches. This is an international award only given to those beaches that meet excellence in safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.

Another drawcard to the metro is the charming architectural profile which follows a chronological historical pattern throughout the city - starting with Victorian styles, followed by art nouveau, art deco and modern buildings. The biggest number of art deco buildings in South Africa is to be found in the city centre of Port Elizabeth!

Nelson Mandela Bay is also the gateway to more than a million hectares of the malaria free game reserves of the Eastern Cape. This includes the Addo Elephant National Park as well as numerous private and upmarket reserves offering the 'big five" experience. The city that boasts the Big 7 (Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Humpback Whale and Great White Shark) all within 45 minutes of the city.

The infrastructure and accommodation facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay make this the perfect basis from where to experience and explore what the metro, the region and the surrounds have to offer. The constructive efforts of the local Town Council to make the metro one of the most growth-oriented cities in the "new" South Africa are eminent in the sound infrastructure, sophisticated services, communication systems and health care services available.

The financial infrastructure of Nelson Mandela Bay is also well established. All the major banks, building societies, insurance companies, as well telephone companies, have their provincial regional offices in Nelson Mandela Bay. They are connected with all the major financial centres of Southern Africa and the rest of the world. Their managements have international exposure and their administrations are based on the most advanced technology.

The port of Port Elizabeth, with its proximity to a heavily industrialized city, intensively farmed areas and the Coega Deep Water Harbour, has facilities for the handling of all commodities - bulk, general and container cargo. Being the centre of the country's motor vehicle manufacturing industry, the port imports large volumes of containerized components and raw materials for this industry. Today employment in the metro is mainly by the automotive, auto component, food, pharmaceutical, tourism, agriculture, textile and rubber industries. Nelson Mandela Bay has been dubbed the "Detroit of South Africa" while Uitenhage is host to Volkswagen SA, Port Elizabeth is home to General Motors and Ford Motor Corporation.

Since starting commercial operations in 2009, the Ngqura Container Terminal has complemented the South African port system as a transhipment hub.

The Container Terminal, which boast world class superstructure, has a current capacity of 1 200 000 Teus for 3 Berths and will later increase to a 2.8 million Teu capacity for 4 Berths.

The terminal has increased South African trade with the world, generating much needed jobs in the economy while promoting international trade for SADC countries.

The Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) has been designed as a state-of-the-art transhipment hub, servicing traffic from the East, South America, and West African markets. The deepest container terminal in Southern Africa boasting a 16 meter draft, NCT has seen a steady improvement in volume growth and operational performance.