Following our biannual member survey in early 2008, it emerged that one of the services expected from SAICA by our members is the delivery of sufficient, valuable and relevant networking events. These include member to member and member to public events. These regional events are over and above the seminars and workshops hosted by SAICA.
To date, during 2009, more than five thousand members have attended our events across the country, and including in the United Kingdom. Events vary from business breakfasts hosting up to 250 members addressing topical industry issues, from the latest economic trends to discussions on leadership and strategy. Our events provide members with opportunities to meet other members and potential business partners. Other events include, golf days, women in accounting breakfasts, armchair discussions and young CAs(SA) events. Our premier events remain our national and regional annual dinners.
Industry specialists and exceptionally high calibre speakers are secured to address the attendees at these events. This year, Minister Trevor Manuel addressed guests at our national annual dinner, Dr Azhar Jammine, CEO Econometrix and Dennis Dykes, Chief Economist at Nedbank walked us through some of their thoughts on the latest macro and micro economic trends, Brand Pretorius, Executive Chairman McCarthy Motor Holdings Ltd and Tom Boardman, Chief Executive Nedbank Ltd, shared their experiences and leadership strategies as they reflected on their careers.
We will continue to facilitate a wide range of networking opportunities for our members on a regional basis, and look forward to seeing as many as possible of our members together with their business partners at these events in the future.