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Good Business Practice for 2018

Opportunities are abound but they are only opportunities if you can commit to them

We all want to get the most out of the year and at the end of 2017 it will be great to look back at the year’s growth and achievements and feel proud about the part we played in making it all happen.

Whatever opportunities we discover along our journey this year, we will all be expecting the same results – namely growth and improvement. To be better and have more – a stronger business, more clients, a bigger paycheck, better personal relationships, better health…
When it comes to everyday business these ‘opportunities’ seldom look like the stuff of dreams – out of the box, ready to go and handed to us on a silver platter. Most opportunities appear barely formed, a glimmer of future potential, and demand our vision, commitment and effort before they ultimately produce results.
Like a mentor needs to teach their pupil well and lead by example, opportunities need an environment of good business practices in which to flourish.

Cast you Goals in stone and your plans in sand

A goal without a plan is just a wish

Since no plan survives contact with reality, we need to be ready to adjust to new information and keep learning. Be prepared to make some mistakes in reaching for a goal. Learn as a team to move on from a mistake and resolve to grow from the experience.

Connect with your team

Nothing happens in a vacuum and no man is an island

A connected, focused and cohesive team is a thing of beauty to see in action. Team Building is an effective tool to forge stronger bonds, trust and improve overall communication and understanding in a team. A strong team will be more likely to realise their goals in a shorter period of time than a weaker team. Instead of using Team Building later in the year as a corrective tool, use Team Building as a tool early in the year to get the team focussed and on track. And then keep the momentum going by planning further Team Building sessions during the year.

Communication is the key

Without communication there is no understanding

One of the most important aspects of good communication is, to be honest. One of the hardest communication skills is the courage to say what you think at the right time and to the right people when it matters most.  Remember listening without formulating your response is the core of effective communication.

Honesty wins the day

If it’s not right don’t do it, if it’s not true don’t say it

We are all accountable for our own actions and it is important to recognise our responsibility in our actions. If you did something wrong or regrettable take ownership of the action and take steps to correct the situation. Things swept under the mat find their way out, usually explosively, and lies get caught out. Honesty can be difficult in the short-term but you will certainly sleep better in the long run.

You need to be the change you want to see” don’t wait for someone else to get the ball rolling, make a personal effort to get the year off to a great start.

Start your year on the right foot

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Intundla Celebrates

Intundla Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary after the devastating fire at the Game Lodge

Intundla celebrates 10 years since our new beginning!

In September Intundla Celebrates the 10 Year Anniversary of the devastating fire at the Game Lodge. It was a Sunday morning on the 2nd September 2007, when Teneale du Plessis received that dreadful call with only a few piercing words... "it's burning, it's all gone."

Watching the Lodge burn

So started the panic of that horrible day! At the lodge, some of the guests helped the staff remove furniture from the conference rooms and equipment from the reception area. Some even climbed on the roofs of the chalets in an effort to wet the thatch with garden hoses. Soon though, the gas bottles started exploding and everyone had to retreat to the other side of the dam. From where we simply watched the beautiful lodge burn to the ground within an hour.

Power surge caused the fire

It was later discovered that the fire was started by a power surge. After the initial damage to the Game Lodge and Conference Venue, the fire continued to rage, turning into a 3-day veld fire. The fire threatening to come back and burn what little was left.

Wedding Chapel stood untouched

Once the larger flames had died down and the smoke had disappeared a clear image of the untouched Wedding Chapel with its beautiful garden was an unbelievable site to behold. The path of the fire was clear to be seen and had somehow left the chapel and surrounding garden untouched! This Wedding Chapel still stands today, and many happy couples have said "I DO" in this chapel since then.


As we rebuilt, all our staff; housekeepers, chef's, barmen, duty managers, everyone was available to help restore the beautiful lodge. Six months after the fire the Lodge and Conference Venue outside Pretoria was once again open for business.

With grateful hearts

In September every year, we remember the scorching heat of that day and the additional heat of the fire and how we had to start over. Today we are grateful we have come so far after this crippling event. Today we celebrate our beautiful bush venue and what Intundla has become!

2007 Fire at the Game Lodge

2017 The Lodge Today

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10 Years after the Fire, still growing and thriving

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Corporate Wellness at Intundla Conference and Team Building Venue

Because a healthier, happier person lives with more abundance, more energy and creativity, we are now adding a healthier side to the conferencing and team building at Intundla. We have teamed up with two South African Companies, Nurish and FitFirst, and they are bringing healthy back. And of course you know that at Intundla we want only the best for your body, mind, and soul, which we achieve through superior quality natural produce, great service, fabulous entertainment, magnificent outdoors, peaceful surroundings, and a comfortable bed, all so that you can perform to your optimum.

Nurish is a juicing company that strives to transform lives through conscious nutritional choices. Adding a fresh juice cleanse to your conferencing program can help to improve the digestion of your team and recharge them with renewed energy. This can be added to your normal meal plan or they can cleanse or detox completely instead of meals. Most people will absorb far more nutrients from juice than from eating whole foods and the nutrients enter your bloodstream more rapidly and are absorbed better for use throughout your body. This rapid absorption is what makes raw juice such a powerful cleanser.

FitFirst - where fitness meets fun, and results flow as a by-product. We’ve found that you look and feel your best when you love what you’re doing, not when you’re obsessing over calories. Our sessions are about quality, not quantity, and take a total of 30 minutes. Did you know that 1800 mississippis is all you need for an adrenaline pumping, fat blasting workout that will leave you wanting more.

Get your blood flowing and endorphins rolling, with some pumping workout tunes. These sessions are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) sessions that incorporate a perfect combination of cardio and body weight exercises for a full body workout. These short, intense workouts are proven to be very effective for memory retention, creativity, problem solving and mindfulness, all which you can tackle again more effectively after your workout session.

And because how you perform matters to us at Intundla, we also cater for Banting or gluten and wheat free diets.

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Corporate Wellness means Success for Everyone

Intundla is a popular conference and team building venue near Pretoria. Probably because of our location and bush setting overlooking a stunning dam, together with good service, great food, etc. And because of this we see and meet many groups of people coming from various companies and different backgrounds. The one thing we've seen surfacing is the term Corporate Wellness.

If you are thinking that Corporate Wellness is just a soft issue that you will address once you have more time, more money, or more real problems .. then think again! Corporate wellness is now more important than ever and you could be saving (and making) your company a lot of money.

What is Corporate Wellness?

Corporate Wellness is an investment a company makes in their employees by creating an environment that induces a healthier, happier employee and a more relaxed workplace. The aim for corporate wellness is to improve the overall productivity, health and morale of staff, while reducing stress levels in the workplace. All together healthier, happier, active, productive people working together. Isn't this how it’s supposed to be?

Business outcomes could include lower absenteeism, higher job satisfaction, which means greater work productivity, and in turn leads to better employee retention, and lower health care costs.

So now that you know what corporate wellness is and how you can benefit from it, how can you achieve this?

To start there are a couple of things you need:

As with everything you need a plan of action.

You need a program that is both simple and practical.

You’re work environment needs to be shifted towards a health-conscious workplace.

Your wellness program needs to be holistic and incorporated into the work structure.

The wellness program needs to offer education as well as lifestyle support.

Once you've created an environment where healthy and happy is key, people will move towards appreciating themselves, and striving to become the best they can be will be a natural follow-on from that. Everyone benefits, and a healthier, happier employee means a happy, healthy company.

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Get the most out of your Business Meetings

From a Conference Venue’s perspective we certainly understand that for a successful meeting to run smoothly you need to have the right venue, the required equipment, refreshments and food that will sustain your energy throughout the meeting.  But once the doors are closed and the group seated, how do you get the most from the meeting?

Stay on Track

Have clear goals for the meeting, and make sure everyone knows what needs to be achieved and are committed to the success of the meeting. Prior to the meeting give notice of the objectives and the expected results, allowing attendees to prepare in advance. For example If you are looking to improve the quality of your service providers don’t waste time raising the topic at the meeting to be nodded at and kicked around, make sure that some solid contacts and references are brought to the meeting so immediate action can be taken.

Invite all the key people

Though it may be comforting to have people in front of you that will nod, laugh at your humour and agree to all the points of the meeting, once the pens and pads are filed away in the delegates office drawers, did anything actually get achieved? Having the right people attend will make all the difference.
If you are meeting with many department heads and need to deal with issues specific with each department, don’t drag the rest of them along just so they can wait their turn. Rather break the meeting up into 15 minute slots and deal with each separately, if there needs to be some cooperation or cohesion between departments then have the right people present for that specific aspect.

Restrain monopolisers

It is great to have your participants engaged and contributing to the meeting especially if they are all decision makers. However, nothing kills the momentum and effectiveness of a meeting faster than a meeting hijacker. Be tactful and move the meeting on smartly, and you will avoid having to come back again to accomplish the original objectives of the initial meeting.

Time is your friend

Nothing kills creative thought faster than dragging out a meeting and cramming as much as possible into it. Break the sessions up into 60 minute slots, with short breaks for refreshments. Taking a break from hammering at an issue will allow the information to be digested and may foster some innovative solutions.

Limit mobile distractions

If people are allowed to bring their phones or tablets into a meeting (other than for presentation purposes) then there is a strong possibility that they will be sneaking a peek at their messages and getting distracted.

Action steps and Follow through

Put the main points of the meeting in writing, the decisions reached and the responsibilities assigned. Don’t wait for time to pass, make sure this is in their inboxes the following day of the meeting.  Follow up on the memo to keep people on track.

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Mindfulness could be your answer to be more fecund at Work

According to Psychology Today – “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

But what does all this mean to you and how can this help you to be more productive? Recent studies show that it is a good way to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, all things that can keep us from functioning at our optimum.

We live busy lives. From the moment you wake up in the morning your focus is divided between a multitude of things vying for your attention. You grab your smartphone next to your bed and it only gets worse, emails, social sites, etc. While brushing your teeth you tend to the kids and the dog! Missing out on the beautiful sunrise, or the way the dog waggled its tail at your kid’s funny antics.

Once at the office your day is a one big blur of activities, paperwork, phone calls and people. Driving home after work is no better with high volumes of traffic, noise, billboards, shouting and hooting. Till you finally get home wanting to collapse on the couch like a stack of cards, but this is a privilege of few.

It is no wonder then that we feel stressed, overworked and anxious. What mindfulness teaches us is to be present in the moment, to be aware of our surroundings, our thoughts and feelings, without judgement.

At the office this would mean being fully present while chatting to a colleague, being aware of your emotions and thoughts, even if they are negative without judging them. Then gently steering your thoughts into a more positive direction.

So how do we achieve mindfulness?

Mostly a sense of mindfulness can be practised using some form of meditation and perhaps a mantra or word that you focus on. As with anything else the more you practise the better you get so don’t give up on yourself. Once you’ve mastered meditation you should practise mindfulness in a more informal way throughout your day, focusing your attention on your moment-to-moment sensations during everyday activities.

This is how to apply mindfulness in an informal manner:

  • Start by focussing your attention to the different sensations in your body.
  • Take a deep breath through your nose.
  • Breathe out through your mouth.
  • Think of a word that sums up how you’re feeling at the moment.
  • If it is a negative thought gently move the word to the side.
  • If the word is positive dwell on it for a moment.
  • Notice the sensations in your body.
  • See what’s in front of you.
  • Proceed with your work fully engaged while still noticing sight, touch and sound and savouring every sense.

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How to Boost your Creativity

We all know that kids are pretty creative. You just have to look at any five year old playing to be utterly amazed at their creativity. Have you ever wondered then, how and when we lose our creative geniuses, or do we lose them, maybe they just hibernate a bit? As a Conference Venue we always aim to give our clients an experience that they will remember and sometimes you need extra creativity to make that happen. Which apparently we do because they keep coming back! Here is what we’ve learned about creativity.

We’ve learned that the biggest enemy of creativity is fear, we probably all know this on some deeper level. And of course we’re not born with fear it is something that creeps up on us and we become more afraid about more things over time, and by the time we’ve reached adulthood, well we’re pretty scared! So what are we most afraid of? Possible the biggest fear all adults face is losing face! This fear starts from a relatively young age already when we start competing for things like attention, praise and recognition. And escalates in our teenage years when we’d rather disappear into a crowd than stand out and get any attention!

So if fear is an enemy of creativity how do we combat fear? Well a surprising insight is that creativity is also an enemy of fear! Taking any steps of action in a creative manner boosts self-esteem that in turn decreases fear.

So let’s look at fear a bit closer.

F – False

E – Evidence

A – Appearing

R – Real

Things (kids do) that we can do to increase our Creativity

Become curious again

If you look at any child they have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and how things work. The more you engage your mind in exploring new and interesting things, the more your creative juices will start flowing.

Take risks

Kids are less concerned with what others will think and more focused on the outcome – having fun! Along the way they learn a lot.

Keep trying

Have you ever looked at a small child mastering a skill like standing or walking? They just go at it over and over and over without ever giving up. They’re not afraid of failing even though they keep falling!


Don’t be afraid to dream again, and to dream BIG!

If you think your Team could do with some creativity boosting then come to our Conference and Team building Venue near Pretoria, only 30 minutes away and situated in a prime Game Reserve. This is the perfect venue to come and inspire your creative genius!

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5 Ways to make a lasting Impression at a Corporate Function

At Intundla Conference Venue in Gauteng we know only too well how many Corporate Functions and Events you have to attend this time of the year. Most of us will attend at least one during the course of the year but for some the highlight on their calendar will be when they can actually stay at home one night! The thing is that it really doesn’t matter how many functions you attend, what really matters is WHAT you do at them. This is an opportune occasion to make an impression on the right people to further your career. You never know when the impression you leave with someone could be instrumental in your advancement.

Here are 5 ways to make sure that you don’t only leave a decent impression but that people actually remember you.

1. Bring your A Game

This means that you not only arrive dressed well, but that you come with a positive mind and a winning smile. This way you are mentally prepared to engage with people.

2. Be a good listener

Contrary to popular belief it is not the best talkers that are remembered, but the best listeners. Actively listening means you are engaged in what the other person is saying and listening to understand. Ask open-ended questions to get people talking about themselves, their interests, hobbies etc. Every conversation does not have to be about work!

3. Know who you are

When asked know what makes you unique and stand out from the rest. Have a success story ready, people relate well to stories and remember them for longer. Never talk down about your boss, colleagues or anyone else. Rather have a compliment to share about someone that you work with. Importantly be authentic.

4. Stand out

Blending in won’t help you get ahead. Don’t be a wall flower, you have to take action and be seen to be found. Smile and make eye contact and proactively introduce yourself to others.

5. Think Smart don’t Be Smart

Thinking smart and on your feet is different from being smart and acting like you know everything. No one likes a know-it-all. Be open to learn from others and to listen to someone’s point of view that might vary from yours. This is the only way you grow.

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3 Sins of a deadly meeting

Meetings are very important in any business, but not always as effective as they should be. At Intundla Conference Venue we make it our business to ensure that your meeting is successful. We provide the perfect location set in a tranquil bush setting, so fewer distractions. Our Conference Venue is only 30 minutes from Pretoria which makes travelling here a breeze, and our friendly staff is at hand to guarantee you get the most from your time spent at Intundla.

We’ve taken a look at some of the reasons why meetings fail

1. Wrong Time

You might think that the best day for a meeting is Monday or Friday. Those days already seem like they’re the less productive, so why not have your meetings scheduled then? Though Mondays and Fridays are the least productive days of the week that should be a reason NOT to have your meetings on those days. If you take your meetings seriously, you plan them when you’re most likely to have a lively productive bunch of people attend them. The other reason not to have your meetings on either of these days is because you’re more likely to have attendance issues. You need 100% attendance for your meeting’s success and you need people to be fully engaged. Plan your meetings for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Best time of the day is afternoon or mid-morning, but not too late and not too soon after lunch hour. People tend to watch the clock if the meeting is scheduled too late in the afternoon, and are prone to be a bit more sluggish if it’s shortly after lunch.

Related article: Using Workshops to Achieve your Company Objectives

2. Too long

We’ve all had to sit through a meeting that just went on and on without accomplishing anything. Start tracking the cost of your meetings, and hold people accountable. This will create a sense of importance and will help you achieve twice as much in half the time. Meetings that run too long are probably guilty of one or more of the following:

  • No clear objectives or agenda
  • One/two people dominate the meeting
  • Time wasted on low-priority matters
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Attendees are unprepared
  • No accountability
  • No plan of action

3. Attendees don’t take the Meeting Seriously

If this is the case your meeting is doomed before you’ve even started. People will arrive late, unprepared, not be engaged and sit doodling. Firstly it is a mind-set. If people are viewing the meeting as non-work they won’t take it seriously either. By orchestrating effective and productive meetings with clear goals and call-to-actions, and by holding people accountable, you can create a culture where meetings are viewed just as important as any other part of their job. In fact why not take it a step further and have a workshop on effective meetings.

Related article: How to run effective Meetings and Conferences

Most importantly, practice makes perfect. Meetings are like any other part of business or life. You will only improve if you commit to getting better. Monitor what works and what doesn’t and hold people accountable.

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What is the biggest challenge that Leaders around the world are facing today?

The challenge that everyone faces is dealing with change. Businesses around the world today are facing challenges on the fronts of technology, communication, and organisational, world-wide competition, social, financial and political change. The world is constantly changing and the question is how do you deal with change? Do you get overwhelmed by it or do you ride the wave or are you guiding the change.

We look at the top 3 Challenges Companies are facing.

  1. Communication
    If you look back only 10 years you will see just how much has changed. The world of digital communication, and the speed of communication. We now live in a world where we constantly have a need to be in touch but at the same time we have to filter through a myriad of information. Companies are faced with the challenge of keeping in touch with their clients, and staying top of mind, without bombarding them with sales information.
  1. Technology
    One of the biggest changes in technology is possibly our communication devices and platforms. Digital communication, social media and smart phones have dramatically changed the way we communicate with our clients. If you are not able to communicate effectively to your clients on their preferred choice of device and social platform then you are losing ground.
  1. Accountability
    Information is now at everyone’s fingertips through search engines like Google and Social media sites like Facebook. Businesses are forced to be more transparent in their decision making and marketing. Before the consumer didn’t really have a voice, but with the internet and especially social media, companies don’t get away with bad service or inferior products any longer.

Related article: Building Strong Customer Relationships is Vital for your Company’s Survival

In this fast changing world you cannot keep doing things the way you’ve been doing them for the last decade and expect good results. You have to keep up with the change, keep moving forward in order to be successful. You have to be willing to experiment with innovation and new ideas and you have to realise that failure isn’t fatal as long as you keep moving forward.

Intundla Conference Venue offers the perfect environment to meet with your team or employers, strategizing about the challenges you as a company face. Ideally situated only 55 minutes from OR Tambo / Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Pretoria, in a perfect tranquil bush setting.

Let us know in the Comments section below, what are some of the challenges you face in business?

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We have it all at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa

If you’ve ever wondered what makes Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa so popular, the answer is because we have it all. We have the great advantage of location – close enough to get here easily but far enough to instill that out-of-the-city feeling. We have 7 Conference Rooms, the best outdoor Team Building facilities and great Accommodation.

We have also just started implementing the first phase of upgrading our rooms. The new beds are arriving in this week and we will have brand new linen as well as duvets for each bed. We are very excited about this new development and think our clients will be too! Our next phase will be the headboards in the rooms and will start early next month.

Come visit us at Intundla and see for yourself.

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How to Create a Mind-blowing Presentation

Whether you are giving a talk to a few people from your office as part of your regular conference or team build or having to deliver an authoritative speech to thousands, it doesn’t matter. The same principles apply and you still have to engage your audience and avoid the embarrassment of them stifling some yawns or worse falling asleep. But not everyone has had training as a public speaker and for most this can be a daunting task even if you know your audience really well and work alongside them on a daily basis.

At Intundla Conference Venue we provide you with everything you need to ensure a successful event, our Conference Venue is close enough to Pretoria’s main business hub, but far enough away to instil that “out of office” feeling where your audience can focus on your presentation without any distractions. You have a choice of 9 meeting rooms that can be arranged to suit your audience size and requirements and our Conference Co-ordinating Team are dedicated to helping you get the maximum value from your conferencing experience. The rest is up to you.

Here is a framework of how to give that killer speech.

Research your Audience

This is the best place to start regardless of what you need to talk about. You can’t even begin to create your speech until you know your audience. What are their fears, their hopes, their concerns, what do they need help with and what are their expectations? 

Open with a Bang!

The most important part of your speech is the first couple of minutes as well as the last at the end of your presentation. People aren’t interested in your biography or a commercial ad about your company, they are interested in themselves only so talk to their interests. The best way to open your talk is by giving your audience a framework of what your presentation is about and deliver it in a fascinating and intriguing way.

Rethink your PowerPoint Presentation

Most of us have been on the receiving end of a presentation we call “death by PowerPoint”. This is where the speaker uses his PowerPoint slideshow as an outline mostly for their own benefit as notes or as visual note keeping for the audience. Instead use your PowerPoint to engage your audience on an emotional level. Think of your visuals as the music to a great movie – in a movie it is the music that helps to create the feelings of love or fear or drama.

Engage your Audience

Think about ways to engage your audience so that for the next 40 minutes it is not only you that will be doing all the talking. Rather how can you get your audience to tell their own stories and to teach each other? Engage them in a brainstorm session with you or play a game. Try not to limit yourself or your audience by placing them in a box.

Think Body Language

It doesn’t matter who you are talking to and what you say. If your body language says something else that person will believe your body language and not what you say. It is the same when giving a presentation. What is your body language telling your audience? When you are more focused on engaging with your audience than with your own nervousness your body will follow suit.

Create follow-up Opportunities

Your relationship with your audience shouldn’t end when your presentation is over. Think of ways to stay connected with your audience even after they leave. What can you leave with them or what can you send them? In our world where social media is rife it is easier than ever to stay connected.

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Get a Lunch-time Revitalising Massage with your Next Conference at Intundla

Intundla Conference Venue Gauteng now offers our Conference Groups a quick 5 to 10 minute revitalizing neck and shoulder massage in the serene scenery on the lawn under the trees, overlooking the dam.  Come and unwind and recuperate during your lunch break, 3 of your conference delegates can slip away at a time to get rid of their stress, sore muscles and tiredness and ready themselves for the afternoon session in the conference room.

The effects of stress is numerous but one thing is for sure, if you are stressed and tired your concentration levels drop. The best cure for stress is to stop what you’re doing, give yourself a break. Put work on hiatus and do something else. Your mind will start to get used to being stressed and the only way you can break free of the cycle of stress is to change what you’re doing. There are lots of relaxation techniques available but one of the best ways is breathing. Take deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling while concentrating on each breath as it fills your lungs. Keep focussing all your attention on your breathing until you are thinking and feeling nothing else. You can gain an enormous amount of benefit from this technique and even more so if it’s combined with the great outdoors and a gently massage to ebb away at those sore muscles, concerns and stress.

Related article: Conference Attendees 10 Best Stress Busters

We can handle groups of up to 36 people in the hour and it will cost R800/hour for this service. The Lunch-time Revitalising Massages must be booked in advance, so discuss your company needs with our friendly Conference Co-ordinators.

Good news is that we are also in the process of building a Spa at the Game Lodge itself! We promise to keep you posted with photos, plans and the progress.

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Intundla Conference Venue hosts PCO Alliance

Intundla Conference Venue near Pretoria had the honour to host the PCO Alliance Network for their Year-end and Christmas function. PCO Alliance was founded in 2005 by Jacqueline Stumke and started out so that PCO’s (Professional Conference Organisers) could have the opportunity to network with one another and share their experiences of Venues and Service Providers, discussing fees charged for diverse projects and other industry-related information.

The evening was jam-packed with fun and excitement and started with the ladies getting massages overlooking the dam. A saxophonist played beautifully while everyone was enjoying some refreshing drinks after a hot day and exchanging gifts. Dinner was a Boma-styled Braai with entertainment by the ever popular Blast Entertainment Music Specialists.

Intundla Conference Venue is only 55 minutes from OR Tambo Gauteng and 30 minutes from Pretoria and has 8 Conference Rooms, Restaurant, Boma, Wine Cellar and much more and is the perfect breakaway venue for Conferences, Team building, Functions and Events.

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What we’ve learned from the disaster of 6 years ago at our Conference Venue and Lodge near Pretoria

It’s been 6 years since the devastating fire burned down our Conference Venue and Lodge near Pretoria. Even though there’s not a trace left of the fire and ashes, memories of the horrid event will take longer to fade. In light of all the recent floods that hit the Cape we thought to share what we’ve learned from our encounter with disaster.

Related article: 6 Years on from the devastating fire that destroyed the Game Lodge and Conference Venue

Always be prepared for a disaster even though you think you’ll never have to
You might think that your business is safe from disaster and having a contingency plan is something you can put on the back burner. The best way to overcome a disaster is to have a plan of action BEFORE it hits you.

Make sure you have backups of all your data
This includes lists of suppliers, clients, bookings, employees and everything your business relies on for operation. Keep all your important documents and backup copies at an off-site location. When disaster struck our Conference Venue all our records were destroyed in the fire and we didn’t know which conference clients were coming and what their requirements were. We did however do everything we could for our clients and arranged with a neighbouring Lodge to accommodate all our booked conferences while our kitchen staff was on hand for all the catering needs.

Identify critical business tools that would need to be recovered first
For us one of the things that hit us the hardest was losing our database. But we’ve learned from this and now we have a cloud-based database and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System so that we can provide an even better service to our clients.

Take photographs and videos of your assets
This will make things a lot easier for insurance companies to assess the damage.

Have an emergency response plan
Make sure you have reliable ways to communicate with your employees during an emergency, but also make sure everyone knows exactly what to do during an emergency. Write out every step of the plan and assign responsibilities to employees, also practise your plan and make sure everyone knows what measures to take to preserve life and limit property losses. We were very fortunate that no lives were lost during the fire.

Deliver Bad News Early
When faced with a natural disaster the sooner you can let your clients know the better. It is a hard thing to do especially when you can’t give a definitive date or time when the situation will be resolved but as long as you can show your clients you’re doing everything you can for them they should understand. After the fire burned down our Conference Venue we notified our clients as soon as we could but also informed them of the plan we had made for them by accommodating them at the neighbouring lodge. The response was one of sympathy and understanding but also appreciation for going the extra mile for them.

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Accept the Situation and move Forward
Any disaster will be an emotional time and there will be times when you feel like giving up. But as we started rebuilding our once beautiful Conference Venue and Lodge we got strength from everyone’s support. All the Intundla employees – housekeepers, chefs, barmen, duty managers, everyone was available and willing to help restore our lovely lodge. And six months after the fire the Lodge and Conference Venue outside Pretoria was once again open for business and today looking more magnificent than ever. So make use of the resources you have in people, you will need it. We are still grateful to one and all that helped during this difficult time and we wouldn’t have been able to continue without them.

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How to Inspire your Team at your next Conference

You’ve booked the Conference Venue for your next conference in Gauteng and you have your agenda. But how do you inspire your team to greater heights during this conference? Richard Branson states that getting your employees to participate in company events is one way to get them inspired. Make sure your conference is at a venue where they can feel like they’re getting away from it all. Our Conference Venue offers just that and you won’t have to travel far. The Conference Venue is located in prime game reserve surroundings in Gauteng. Close enough to Pretoria’s main business hub, but far enough away to instil that “out of office” feeling where you can focus on business without any distractions.

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

Here are 5 more ways of building trust and inspiring people

1. Recognition through Opportunity
Mostly when we think of recognition we think about praise and awards, the awards could be in the form of incentives or more inherent like company benefits. But the most meaningful form of recognition is in the form of offering employees opportunity. This is the one thing that truly shows them that you value them and trust them. Use your next conference as an opportunity to do this. Involve everyone in the planning and strategizing. Also involve people in deciding what Teambuilding activities they would like to do. Give someone the opportunity to speak at the conference, this will empower them and make you an inspirational leader.

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2. Get good at Communication
Most employees at some point feel that they are not listened to or that they are not aware of things that are happening in the company, information they need in order to excel at their jobs. If you can get good at communicating to your team not only will they feel more valued, this will also ensure they have more confidence in you as a leader. Start by communicating everything about your upcoming conference to your team. Get their input for the agenda, find out what is important to them and what is not. The more you can get your team involved in brainstorming the path to success, the more you will be able to get them connected both at the head and the heart.

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3. Don’t assume anything
The biggest mistake you can make is assuming things. Assuming everyone understands what you want, assuming you have everyone on board for your vision. Talk to people, listen to what people say. There is only one way of really knowing and that is by asking. Take time to really understand the people that are helping you achieve your goals. Don’t think that your enthusiasm and energy for a project will automatically become theirs. Use your next conference to pro-actively communicate your vision to your team.

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4. Be authentic
Your team will value you as a leader more if you are authentic.  Being you will also attract the right kind of people. People will know who they’re dealing with and will find it easier to communicate to you about obstacles as well as innovative ideas that they might have. Ultimately, it is a relationship based on trust that inspires employees to perform. And it is only in an environment of trust that your company can thrive.

5. Keep your team engaged
One sure way of achieving this is to challenge your team. Instead of tackling all the difficult tasks yourself, and taking everything on, give your team the challenges and you will see them thrive. There is nothing like a challenge to make someone want to come to work every day. If you’re still wary of giving your team a big challenge in the workplace, then start at your next conference. At Intundla we have a selection of fantastic challenges in our Teambuilding activities like Raft Building and Team Racing. Challenges that will bring out the best in your team and that will inspire them to be better and that will inspire you as leader to trust them with more.

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Intundla Conference & Teambuilding Venue – Pretoria, Gauteng

Intundla Conference Venue is the perfect location for your next Conference. The Game Lodge is located in prime Game Reserve surroundings and just outside Pretoria in Gauteng. Close enough for travelling but just far enough away so you can focus on business without any distractions. Intundla has 9 meeting rooms and can accommodate up to 220 people Cinema style.

Ideal for Teambuilding like Treasure Hunts, Potjiekos Competitions, Survivor, Adventure Games and all outdoor Team Building Exercises that require plenty of space and fresh air. Next to the lodge is a stunning lake that is perfect for water based Team Building Activities such as Raft Building and Canoe Races.

Our Team is dedicated to helping you get the maximum value from your Conferencing and Teambuilding experience at Intundla.

Below are pictures of some of our Conference and Teambuilding groups we’ve had this year.

Intundla Conference Groups


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