The GAPP Conference

The GAPP Conference Logo-16.02.2016Book your seat to join award-winning journalist and anchor of M-Net’s Carte Blanche, Derek Watts at the GAPP Business Conference on 16 March 2016, as we map out the future of the printing, packaging and signage industries in the context of the current South African environment. The conference will keep you updated with the latest trends as our industry leaders share their knowledge, tips and insights. Your business strategies will take wings after this conference. It is time get some new ideas and direction to help set your company on the course to future success.   click here to book 

Programme Outline

08h30-09h00 Registration
09h00-10h00 Justice Malala
10h00-10h15 TEA BREAK
10h15-11h15 Mike Horsten
11h15-12h15 Linda Jackson
12h15-13h15 NETWORK LUNCH
13h15-14h15 Laurel Brunner
14h15-15h15 Alec Hogg
15h15 Network Cocktails 

Please note we reserve the right to change the agenda without prior notice. As a delegate at The GAPP Conference you are eligible to free and better parking. Access to the VIP lounge where you can have tea, coffee and free WI-FI.


dw website picDerek Watts has been a household name in South Africa since 1988, when he, together with Ruda Landman, became the first anchor of the MNET news and actuality show Carte Blanche. Derek, who started his television career as an SABC sports reporter in 1985, has been with Carte Blanche ever since, embarking on numerous exciting projects and winning dozens of awards.







Justice Malala

Justice Malala is a political commentator and newspaper columnist. Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times Newspaper and the Financial Mail magazine and a monthly column for DestinyMan magazine. He is the resident political analyst for and eNews Channel Africa.

World renowned political analyst, Justice Malala, will take you “Beyond The Noise,” as he takes us through the South African political arena for the next decade. Whether we like it or not, political questions remain at the heart of doing business in South Africa. What does the future hold for South African politics and what impact will this have on business? SA’s GDP grew by a mere 1.5% in 2014 and economists are sceptical about a better figure in 2015 given Eskom’s massive problems and other challenges. Will the NDP be implemented? Will this blueprint turn SA Inc’s fortunes around? How does all the political noise affect business? Who will succeed President Zuma? In a humorous and informative talk, Malala makes a point of differentiating what really matters about the South African story and what is just noise.






Mr-Alec-HoggAlec Hogg, economist and the ‘voice of business’ in South Africa, will have you “Tap Dancing in a Warp Speed World,” where you will learn how to benefit personally and professionally from our rapidly transforming economic environment. He introduced business radio to the country in 1997 after conceptualising and then presenting the SAFM Market Update weeknights to a national prime-time audience. Earlier in his career he wrote and edited in the print media (Sunday Times, The Star, Rand Daily Mail) and presented and commentated on television (SABC, eTV, CNBC).

“Tap Dancing in a Warp Speed World” is constantly updated and seeks to offer positive suggestions and direct the audience towards opportunities. In essence, it sketches the current state of the world economically and unpacks mega trends like the war between Talent and Capital and Davids overcoming Goliaths. It then provides practical examples of how each of us can position ourselves to use these massive dislocations to personal advantage.



Laurel Brunner pic

UK based Laurel Brunner works with several ISO working groups and convenes a group responsible for standards relating to the environmental impact of graphics technology, including print media.

“Publish or be damned” focuses on how technology has created opportunities for new forms of communications ever since the first cave drawings. Digital technology creates new opportunities at every stage in communications supply lines, from creation to response. It’s a publishing process with print at its very heart. This presentation will explore some of the major trends in the graphic arts. It considers how publishers, printers, packaging companies and all business owners can exploit digital technologies, from IT to output. How can you leverage your competence and expertise to create new business opportunities? What does it take to turn your business into a printing and publishing powerhouse?






_MG_5270Linda Jackson has spent the best part of her career in the food industry, where she has been involved in training, auditing and the implementation of management systems. Join her as she draws the importance of compliance and regulation in order to ensure printed packaging is in line with prescribed standards through her talk titled “Packaging-marketing your due diligence”. This presentation will address the following:

• Key legal requirements for packaging in the food industry.
• Your packaging and food safety – What the consumer needs from your packaging and why
• Marketing or technical – who should have the final say?
• The impact of getting it wrong.

This practical paper will assist in providing understanding of the host of technical issues which often take up valuable marketing space on packaging but are essential for consumer safety and ultimately brand protection.





Mike-HorstenMike Horsten (General Manager: Marketing EMEA for Mimaki Europe), boasting more than 30 years of production and International marketing experience, will discuss the digital revolution of printing in the packaging industry, with the new technologies on offer, not only to packaging but textiles and other substrates.

“Digital in Packaging and Textiles is not a waiting game, it’s on today.”




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