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DURBAN ICC CELEBRATES ITS MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2023

The accomplishments of the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre

(Durban ICC) were highlighted as the Municipal entity released its annual report.

Lindiwe Rakharebe, Chief Executive Officer of the Durban ICC said they celebrate

the centre’s major achievements during the 2022/23 financial year.

“The accomplishments are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our

team, as well as our commitment to driving economic growth and community

development.”


The Durban ICC demonstrated a remarkable recovery after the Covid-19

pandemic in its financial performance during the 2022/23 financial year. The entity

reported a substantial increase in revenue, reflecting a positive trajectory and a

return to pre-pandemic trading conditions. The centre posted a top-line revenue

figure of R180 million, representing a 65 percent improvement from the previous

year’s revenue of R109 million.


Additionally, the Durban ICC proudly announced its achievement of receiving a

clean, unqualified audit opinion for the ninth year from the Auditor General of

South Africa. Commenting on this accomplishment, the entity’s Chief Financial

Officer Melanie Rambally said: “This achievement is testament to our unwavering

commitment to sound financial management, transparency, and accountability,

and underscores our steadfast dedication to upholding the highest standards of

governance and integrity in all our operations.”


This past year, the Durban ICC also achieved a perfect score of 100 percent on its

performance scorecard with its shareholder, eThekwini Municipality. The entity

continued to deliver on its mandate to generate positive economic impact, job

creation and raise brand awareness for the destination by meeting and exceeding

its key performance indicators.


The centre made a significant contribution to the economy, with a contribution of

R5.7 billion to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the 2022/23

financial year. Additionally, the centre created and/or sustained over 11 000 jobs,

further boosting the country’s economic recovery and development.


Durban ICC’s Chief Operations Officer John Aritho highlighted the prestigious

accolades they have received at the World Travel Awards and World MICE

Awards, reaffirming its position as a leader in the global meetings and events

industry. The centre was recognised for its excellence as “Africa’s Leading

Meetings and Conference Centre” and “South Africa’s Best Convention Centre.”

Aritho went on to share the centre’s significant contribution to its communities

through its environmental, social, and governance projects.


Chief Executive Officer at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) Lindiwe Rakharebe, City Manager Musa Mbhele, and Durban ICC Board Chairperson Dr Mduduzi Bophela celebrate the awards won by the Durban ICC making it the best in Africa.
Chief Executive Officer at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) Lindiwe Rakharebe, City Manager Musa Mbhele, and Durban ICC Board Chairperson Dr Mduduzi Bophela celebrate the awards won by the Durban ICC making it the best in Africa.

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