by Cara Giraudeau

Talking sport

Durban to host Sports and Events expo

Mike Tsotetsi; Chief Executive of CATHSSETA
Mr, Mike Tsotetsi, CEO.jpg


THE all-important Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) has again thrown its weight behind the forthcoming Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) conference.


CATHSSETA has signed on as a conference partner sponsor for the second year and Sugen Pillay, the Business Development Director of Thebe Exhibitions and Projects, the organisers of SETE, said he was thrilled about the involvement of the official training authority for sport and tourism.


“CATHSSETA focuses on skills development and obviously this is an important element in tourism, especially in the sports sector as it is a new industry in South Africa,” he said, adding that getting the authority on board again was a “nice fit” as well as being critical.


The SETE exhibition and conference will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre from September 10-13, 2013 and at this year’s conference, skills development will be an important area of debate throughout the duration of the  event.


Sport Tourism is now the fastest growing sector in the global travel industry and South Africa is increasingly being seen as a major sports and events destination. Sport Tourism is a USD $180-billion industry globally. (*Sports Travel Magazine May 2012)


However, there is a skills shortage and now CATHSSETA will be conducting a skills audit so that by the time the conference takes place, the authority will be in a position to determine exactly where the gaps and opportunities are, Pillay explained.


“Sports Federations often find that they need to bid for international events, but don’t have the skills to put the bid together. Furthermore, marketing organisations which are trying to promote sports events, do not know what skills are necessary. These are the types of issues that the conference will address with our CATHSSETA partners,” he said.


Conference delegates will also get to learn about best practice and how other destinations handle their Sport Tourism strategy.


Said Mike Tsotetsi, CATHSSETA Chief Executive: “Sport Tourism has definitely claimed its position in the global tourism market and for that reason, South Africa must ensure that it not only provides world-class venues, but world-class service in terms of the skills and knowledge base of its workforce”. 


“Our intention is to provide solutions to the skills gap which currently exists in this sector, while ensuring that issues of transformation and skills transfer remain at the forefront of the country’s skills development agenda. This is more so now than ever before, because our country continues to display amazing competitiveness in the field of Sport Tourism and it is our responsibility to see to the skilling of our people and to help build an even bigger reputation for the experts in this field.”


The influential South African Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is also on board the SETE event, which has the full backing of the KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the region’s marketing body, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.


For more information, visit  like  on Facebook, follow @SETE_ZA on Twitter. Or contact Rene Staack on +27 (0)11 549 8300, or email


For Exhibition stand bookings, please contact Robyn Harvey via email or +27 82 489 9478.


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