15 & 16 November 2023 | Western Cape


Higher Education Institutions in a world of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Dear MACE members,

We are excited to inform you that the National Conference & Excellence Awards will take place on the 15th and 16th of November 2023 at the University of the Western Cape, Belville Campus.

The conference will feature a distinguished line-up of speakers. The event will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive workshops that will cover a range of topics relevant to marketing, advancement, communication, branding and alumni relations.

The conference will be a valuable opportunity for you to gain insights into the latest trends and best practices in the higher education sector.

Please look out for additional information and details about the Conference and Excellence Awards and the program in the next few weeks.

Host: University of the Western Cape (UWC), Belville Campus
Facilitators: Prof Anesh Singh & Mr Gasant Abarder
Date: 15 & 16 November 2023
Venue: UWC – Belville Campus
Times: 8:30 on 15 November 2023 to 22:00 on 16 November 2023
Theme: Higher Education Institutions in a world of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Cost: Member Institutions: R4000 per delegate (Including Excellence Awards Dinner)

Non-Member Institutions: R4600 per delegate (Including Excellence Awards Dinner)

(Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements)


Click on this link and register by Monday 6 November 2023:


Who Should Attend?

All professionals and practitioners in the marketing, advancement, and communication areas of the Higher Education Institutions in South Africa.



We look forward to your attendance.

Silvanus Welcome
MACE: National Chairperson

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Speakers, Panellist & Facilitators


Programme Facilitator

Prof. Anesh Singh

Director: Institutional Advancement at University of the Western Cape

Programme Facilitator

Mr. Gasant Abarder

Media, Marketing and Communications manager for the University of the Western Cape

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Max Price

Emeritus Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
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Mr. Gary Ndlovu

Media Solutions Architect – Multimedia Worx


Mr. Martin Viljoen

Media Manager: Stellenbosch University


Ms. Yenani Madikwa

Creative Director & Brand Strategist
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Ms. Shelagh Gastrow

Advisor to the higher education, non-profit and philanthropy sectors


Mr. Peter Maher

Director: Alumni Relations – University of the Witwatersrand


Ms. Tracy Muller

Head of Advice and Philanthropy at Nedbank Wealth Management (SA)



Ms. Nomonde Mbadi

Director: Student Recruitment Services – University of the Free State
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Ms. Isabel de Necker

Senior Marketing Manager at University of Pretoria
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Ms. Phuti Mothapo

President of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA)
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Mr. Derek Stocken

Institutional Marketing and Branding Specialist


Ms. Ilze Olivier

Independent Consultant specialising in Strategic Communication