2018 ACSG Conference

12 - 16 March 2018

The Hilton, Sandton, South Africa



acsg keynote speaker

Ute-Christine Klehe

Keynote Speaker, Prof Ute-Christine Klehe chairs the team of Work and Organisational Psychology at Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany after a career at different psychology and management departments across Germany (Philipps Universitär Marburg), Canada (University of Toronto), Switzerland (University of Zurich) and the Netherlands (University of Amsterdam). Her research addresses candidate reactions during personnel selection with a particular focus on antecedents and consequences of their self-presentation behaviour, as well as career self-management during career transitions, and typical versus maximum performance.

Ute-Christine's work on Assessment Centres focuses primarily on candidates’ self-presentation behaviour. An ongoing stream of research focuses on candidates’ conscious and deceptive faking during personnel selection, something that has up to now been widely studied for personality inventories and interviews, but has hardly been extended to the domain of Assessment Centres. She also focuses on both the antecedents and the consequences of faking during Assessment Centers.

Her research has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Vocational Psychology, the International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Human Performance and others.

acsg opening speaker

Cathy Sims

Opening Speaker, Cathy Sims is the founding member and Executive Director of the South African Graduate Employers Association (SAGEA). SAGEA represents over 330 talent managers across more than 200 organisations. Her previous experience includes HR Manager for leading international management consulting firm, Accenture (1991 to 2004) and the University of Cape Town as Head of Employer Relations/Deputy Director of Careers (2004 to 2013).

SAGEA was founded in 2004 with a small group of dedicated employers who had an interest in pursuing a build-strategy as part of their talent programmes. SAGEA has since grown to represent more than 200 organisations with the key objective to enhance the performance of each and every member. We do this by providing in-depth benchmarks of best practice across the entire graduate employment lifecycle from attraction to retention. In addition, we provide key insights from young talent as to their hopes and dreams of what a fulfilling career looks like in South Africa. Our regular networking events and conferences allow us to share best practice and case studies highlighting new and innovative ways of extending our practice. Cathy will share with you key trends in building future talent and in-depth insight into how colleagues working in the assessment space can assist in navigating sought after talent in the future.

General Information

  • The closest airport to Sandton, South Africa is OR Tambo International Airport.
  • An attendance certificate will be emailed to each delegate after conference.
  • Banking and foreign exchange - all South Africa's major banks are represented in Sandton and are equipped to exchange foreign currency. All banks have ATM machines. You should also be able to exchange foreign currency at the bigger hotels in and around Sandton.
    • All major credit cards are accepted in most shops and hotels in South Africa, with American Express and Diners Club enjoying less universal acceptance than MasterCard and Visa. If you have a so-called "chip card," you will be required to enter a pin code. Pin-based debit cards are often accepted too.
    • The South African currency is the Rand which is divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; and coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation, both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c.
    • Value Added Tax (VAT) in South Africa is charged at 14% on most goods and services. Prices on displayed articles in shops include VAT.
  • Car hire and driving in South Africa - delegates that wish to hire a car can do so at any of the car rental agencies at OR Tambo International Airport. International driver's licences are recognised throughout South Africa. Please note that we drive on the left side of the road.
  • Catering - breakfast is included in the accommodation rate for guests staying at the Hilton. Lunch is served for delegates. Any other meals will be for your own account.
  • Dress during workshops and conference - smart casual / business smart casual.
  • Internet - Wi-Fi is available at the Hilton conference centre.
  • Insurance - Neither the ACSG nor the venue can accept liability for any personal injuries sustained or loss or damage to property belonging to delegates or persons accompanying them during or as a result of the congress. You and your guests are strongly advised to purchase sufficient travel insurance for the duration of your travel, congress and tours.
  • Language - South Africans speak English and 10 other official languages. Some words that you may encounter are:
    • ag (agh) – Generally used at the beginning of a sentence, to express resignation or irritation, as in: "Ag no man! What did you do that for?"
    • braai (br-eye) – An outdoor barbecue, where meat such as steak, chicken and boerewors are cooked, served with pap and bredie.
    • bru (brew) – A term of affection, shortened from Afrikaans broer, meaning "brother". An example would be, "Hey, my bru, howzit?
    • eish (aysh) – Used to express surprise, wonder, frustration or outrage: "Eish! That cut was eina!"
    • howzit – A traditional South African greeting that translates roughly as "How are you?", "How are things?", or simply "Hello".
    • ja (yaa) – Yes.
    • just now – If a South African tells you they will do something "just now", they mean they'll do it in the near future – not immediately, as in, "I'll do the dishes just now."
    • lekker (lekk-irr with a rolling r) – Nice, good, great, cool or tasty.
    • robots – Traffic lights.
    • taxi – Not a metered car with a single occupant, but a minibus used to transport a larger number of people, and the most common way of getting around in South Africa.



    Read more at: www.southafrica.net

  • Letter of Invitation - The ACSG will gladly provide a letter of invitation to assist delegates with visa applications.
  • There is parking available at the conference venue.
  • Public transport available from OR Tambo International Airport to the Hilton in Sandton. It is highly recommended that you use the Gautrain.
  • Shuttle service - you are welcome to ask the ACSG to assist with shuttle transfers from OR Tambo International Airport to the Hilton.
  • Vaccinations - If you're an adult, you won't need any inoculations unless you're travelling from or via a yellow-fever endemic area (the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America), in which case you will need certification to prove your inoculation status when you arrive in South Africa.


    Read more at: www.southafrica.net
  • Venue
    Hilton Sandton
    138 Rivonia Road
    Sandown
    Sandton 2196
    South Africa
    Tel: +27 11 322 1888
    Email: sandton.reservations@hilton.com
  • Visas - Delegates are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visas for entry into South Africa. Please be advised that all visitors to South Africa are required to have two blank pages in their passports, without which you will be denied entry. For more information please visit http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/applying-for-sa-visa or your local South African Embassy or High Commission.
  • Time Zone - GMT +2. South Africa does not have daylight saving time.
  • Weather - March falls at the end of summer in South Africa and the weather in and around Sandton is pleasant and warm. Temperatures vary between 15 and 33 °C (60 - 90 °F)

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