Thank You Note
ILIOS Conferences (PTY) Ltd
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The 14th International Winelands was a resounding success. We would like to thank everyone who
participated in and attended this conference.
The organising of an international conference is a challenging and complex task that requires the
support of a number of individuals and institutions. I would therefore also like to express a sincere
word of thanks to the following:
Our Sponsors - HSH Global, the Ford Foundation, KPMG and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
All the organisers of the various Pre - Conference Workshops - the Urban Design Institute of South
Africa , Digilead , the Greater Tygerberg Partnership , CORC -Stellenbosch Municipality and the
Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the USA ,The Democratic Governance and Rights Unit at the
University of Cape Town and the Professors from the Ziljstra Center who ran the workshop for
students on Writing of a Research Paper.
The SPL staff was extremely supportive and special mention must be made of the invaluable advice
given by Professors Johan Burger , Erwin Schwella and Mark Swilling. Professor Kobus Muller and
Karel van der Molen who were involved in the organising of previous Winelands Conferences,
provided sound advice and support. Francois Theron made sure that all the detail planning was
The papers delivered were all of a very high academic standard and all the presenters are thanked
for the time and effort that they put into the research on which they based their papers. All the
sessions were chaired very ably and professionally - thank you to the session chairpersons. The
conference ended on a very positive and exciting note with an inspirational speech by Mr. Alan
Knott -Craig - a dynamic young South African entrepreneur.
The Spier Wine Estate is a wonderful conference venue-the management of the Centre is thanked
for their outstanding customer service. Finally ,the complex logistics of managing the conference
was done superbly by Mr Riedwaan Jacobs ,the MD of Ilios Conferences and his entire team.
Thank you to everyone involved in making the 2014 Winelands Conference a resounding success.