Welcome message from the IRFA President & Chairperson
The Institute of Retirement Funds Association will once again be hosting the largest annual industry conference in Africa at the International Convention Centre Durban, from Sunday 29 – Tuesday, 31 July 2018.
Traditionally we attract over 1500 key delegates each year, drawn from across the industry spectrum from service providers, through retirement funds to organised labour and legislators. The IRFA annual conference is quite simply where the decision makers come to share knowledge and trends.
This year’s conference is all about outreach, stakeholder empowerment and financial security and freedom, building on from previous conference themes and aligning these with the theory of human motivation and aspirations developed by renowned psychologist, Abraham Maslow.
Our conference theme of “reaching out for financial security and freedom”, will pull a golden thread through our two previous themes commencing with “navigating the future through changing times” in 2016 and moving through “social development, partnering for change” in 2017. 2018 is the point at which outreach across the spectrum becomes both the aspiration and the anticipated achievement.
Hence the 2018 conference will embrace the policy of inclusiveness in reaching out to the people of Africa, its members, partners and collaborators, and to legislators, retirement fund members and all industry stakeholders through South Africa and north of our borders. Our esteemed speakers and valued delegates will reach out to one another in Durban, ensuring enhanced financial security for all who live on the African continent. The conference aims to re-inforce the appropriate financial acumen and behaviour in empowering retirement fund members and allowing for financial freedom of these members and society at large.
IRFA itself believes that our industry has a significant impact on socio-economic growth and we will continue to promote and use learnings and alliances to reach out to the retirement industry, government and the members of funds in collaborative partnerships to ensure financial acumen, appropriate behaviour and quality retirement lifestyles of and for members of funds and society at large
The management Board of the Institute of Retirement Funds Africa, the staff team, the vice-president welcome you to this auspicious event and in joining us in being part of the change we want to see and be.
Wayne Hiller van Rensburg
IRFA: President & Chairperson