New CEO at city’s convention centre

Taubie Motlhabane

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has appointed Taubie Motlhabane as their new CEO.

Ms Motlhabane will formally take over the position from Julie-May Ellingson at the end of January. Motlhabane holds a Master’s degree in global marketing as well as a Bachelor’s degree in communications, alongside over 29 years experience in both the private and public business sphere.

Some of her previous roles included executive director of Tshwane Convention & Visitor Bureau and business tourism manager for South African Tourism.

Deon Cloete, the chairman of the CTICC board, said Ms Motlhabane’s expertise is complimented by her extensive knowledge in strategy development, business planning, the business events industry and marketing.

“It is clear to us that she will add significant value as CEO of the CTICC. We look forward to having her at the helm, leading the CTICC team.”

The outgoing chairperson, Ms Ellingson, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working at the CTICC, and it is with pride that I hand over to another knowledgeable, passionate, and strong woman. I wish Taubie all the best and I am sure the CTICC will continue to go from strength to strength”.

She said the CTICC has over the years been the venue for a myriad congresses, major trade fairs, exhibitions and festivals. 

“The centre’s success can be attributed to a passionate CTICC team that focuses on attracting and hosting events seamlessly. The addition of CTICC 2 is testament to this success, and something I am particularly proud to have lead and completed during my time at the convention centre. The CTICC has not only grown its footprint over the past five years but also its revenues, operating profit and, most importantly, its overall economic contribution. This year we increased our revenue by over 11%, created 14 620 direct and indirect jobs and contributed R4.5bn to the Western Cape Gross Geographical Product (GGP) and R6.5bn to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

Ms Motlhabane said she was excited about building on the success of the conferencing complex. 

“I know that the sector is a dynamic industry, and one with so much potential. I intend to strategically harness and unlock this possibility and essentially build on the centre’s stellar reputation on the global stage.”