The School Business Managers Association is holding their 2nd National Conference at the four-star Southern Sun Hotel at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday and Friday 18-19 May 2017. After a very successful first event, this 2-day event is planning on once again providing a dynamic and engaging conference to Principals and school business managers.

What the SBMA is

The School Business Managers’ Association (SA) is a professional membership organisation for those responsible for school financial administration and management at public schools. The SBMA was established in 2008 to address the professional needs at public schools.

Principals and finance staff encounter many challenges and day to day difficulties at their schools. It has become increasingly evident that they need a professional home where they can network and resolve the many questions they face. Their membership includes Principals, School Business Managers, Bursars, Finance Officers, Administrators, Admission Clerks and others who fulfil this important role. The association is run by Business Managers who are full-time employees at their respective schools. Find out more about the SBMA here.

What the conference is all about

This is the SBMA’s 2nd National Conference and will be held at the four-star Southern Sun Hotel at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.

The Conference starts on Thursday 18 May 2017 at 08:00. Delegates that will make use of air travel are encouraged to arrive at the airport the day before on 17 May 2017.  A shuttle service to the venue is available from outside the InterContinental Hotel (Opposite International arrival hall). Check in time is from 14:00.

The conference covers a full two days of industry leading talks, opportunities to connect with other business managers, a full gala dinner event as well as entertaining presentations to inspire school business and finance managers.

And at only R1500.00 per person, the 2-day event is a steal!!  The accommodation for SBMA members has been generously discounted by the hotel and further discounted by the SBMA to only R1000.00 per person including breakfast per day.  Sharing rates also available at R1625.00 per room (max 2 persons).


For further details and request for a registration form please contact the Treasurer, Sharon Nortje on 082 3066 877 or email [email protected]. Please note that the conference is only for member schools. Sharon can also assist on how your school can become a member.

How suppliers can be involved

As a school supplier, you can exhibit at this year’s annual School Business Managers Association National Conference and have the opportunity to connect with Principals, bursars and business managers of the country’s top public schools. By exhibiting you will not only have access to connect with the business managers but will also be helping make the event happen.

Peter Morgan, CEO of SchoolAdvisor had this feedback from last year’s event: ‘It was one of our favourite conferences to exhibit at for two reasons: Firstly, the organisers are friendly and make it their point to come and meet the exhibitors. Secondly,  it is an influential group of school decision makers making every conversation valuable’.

Click here to find out more details on how to exhibit.