Renowned Speakers and Engaging Evening Functions announced for the 9th International Macadamia Symposium

The 9th International Macadamia Symposium (IMS’23) is excited to announce an exceptional lineup of renowned speakers, both local and international, who will bring their expertise and insights to this prestigious event.

They will share their extensive knowledge on various topics, providing delegates with valuable insights and fresh perspectives. From global market trends to precision agriculture, flowering and pollination, post-harvest techniques, and pest management to name a few, the sessions promise to cover a wide range of critical subjects impacting the macadamia industry.

Taking place from 18 – 21 September 2023, the IMS’23 promises to be a captivating gathering of macadamia industry professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts from around the globe.
Lizel Pretorius, CEO of Macadamias South Africa NPC (SAMAC) and representative of IMS’23 committee, has expressed her excitement regarding the captivating evening functions offered by the IMS. These events have been thoughtfully designed to foster networking opportunities and create an immersive experience for all participants.

This year, our focus is on creating an atmosphere of collaboration and unity as we work towards a shared vision of collective success. Our powerful slogan, Moving Forward Together, embodies this effort.

To support this vision, we are thrilled to welcome the world-renowned Drum Café on 19 September 2023, who will ignite our delegates’ spirits with their exhilarating Interactive drumming session. This immersive experience allows participants to embrace the vibrant rhythm and energy of Africa, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of our host country.”

In the spirit of Heritage Month delegates can experience the essence of South Africa’s rich culture and culinary delights, where delegates can indulge in a delightful journey of traditional flavours and dishes. This celebration of our diverse heritage promises an unforgettable evening.

On 20 September 2023 we will close off Under African Stars with a Cocktail Event next to the Zimbali swimming pool. We invite our fellow attendees for a memorable evening where networking and engagement take centre stage. Delegates have the opportunity to mingle with industry professionals, and forge valuable connections in a relaxed and enchanting setting.

“These evening functions offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with peers and create lasting memories,” Lizel continued. “We believe in providing a holistic event that combines knowledge sharing with cultural celebrations, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.”

The symposium culminates on a high note with engaging farm visits that will provide attendees with a unique opportunity for a show-and-tell experience and a firsthand glimpse into the intricacies of macadamia farming in South Africa.

Lizel says these visits offer a remarkable chance to witness the cultivation practices, sustainable techniques, and cutting-edge innovations employed by local macadamia farmers. “It promises to be a captivating conclusion that further deepens the understanding and appreciation of the macadamia industry in our country.”

The IMS’23 is an unmissable event for anyone involved in the macadamia industry, offering a unique platform for learning, networking, and engagement.

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