Wednesday, 22 May 2019

ALTA 2019 - Conference Dinner



Last night's conference dinner was a fine affair. Held in the Pan Pacific's Grand River Ballroom, staff had made an impressive quick change from conference room to dinner venue.

The theme of the evening was Star Wars, and after pre-dinner drinks in an anteroom, the 150 guests were welcomed into the ballroom by the sound of the Star Wars theme tune and greeted by Stormtroopers and R2D2!

Amanda Wills with a balloon Stormtrooper


The dinner was sponsored by JordProxa, and General Manager John Warner gave a few words to the guests, before Alan Taylor presented, "The Rise of Cobalt - A Laterite Wars Story". Alan raised more than a few laughs from the audience with his comparison's with 007, Jason Bourne and the Star Wars series of movies.

Alan Taylor entertained guests with his dinner speech


The food was excellent quality, as was the wine, and I was lucky enough to enjoy great company at my table. As well as the Taylor's; Alan, Joan, Allison and Rebecca, I enjoyed getting to know David and Amanda Weight better, and chatting to Bryn Harris about our Zambian connection. Also present were Jacques Eksteen - a familiar face from our MEI Conferences, Karin Soldenhoff, and Adrian & Josephine Griffin.


Amanda Weight, Josephine & Adrian Griffin, and Allison Taylor
Luzaan Jooste getting to grips with the Stormtroopers
Adrian Griffin and Alan Taylor

Bryn Harris, Karin Soldenhoff and Jacques Eksteen


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