It’s conference time!

It’s conference time!

From September 9 to 12 the Professional Movers’ Association (PMA) will hold its annual conference in the Drakensberg, where 150 delegates are expected to gather.

The PMA was founded in 1959, with the original purpose of helping members apply for the transport permits that were necessary then. Now its main objective is to represent a guarantee of superior service, quality and peace of mind.

This year, the conference will be held at Cathedral Peak Hotel, nestled in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg mountain range, a World Heritage Site. On arrival, guests will be treated to a welcome dinner as well as a special performance by the world-renowned Drakensberg Boys’ Choir.

The theme for this year’s conference is Moving Mountains – Building Bridges. Jose Rodrigues, the congress chair, explains: “The challenge for individuals and organisations to move mountain-like obstacles both in mindset and physical hands-on management has never been greater. After the recession of 2009, people have looked to 2010 as a source of hope and optimism. The PMA plans to focus on this optimism during the conference, and hopes for an exciting year ahead with businesses refocusing on the economy after the hype of the World Cup.”

Although the speakers have yet to be confirmed, the organisers have assured FOCUS that a top-notch line-up will be secured. Naturally guests will also have plenty of time to network with PMA members and sponsors alike.

While there will be a strong business element to the conference, delegates can also expect great big dollops of fun on the menu. Guests will participate in a golf, tennis and bowls tournament organised by the committee, and will also have the opportunity to partake in a number of optional relaxation activities including horse-riding, quad biking and even helicopter rides.

Further information is available from Wendy Weatherburn (tel 011 770 7755 or email

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