2018 Conference Overview


The Pension Lawyers Association is delighted to invite you to register to attend its 23rd annual conference to be held from Sunday 25th to Tuesday 27th February 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

It has been a year of significant legislative change for retirement funds – the Financial Sector Regulation Act embeds the long-awaited twin peaks regulatory model, the Default investment, preservation and annuitisation regulations have become law and parts of the Protection of Personal Information Act have come into force.  At the same time as having to adapt to new legislation, funds are grappling with issues arising from existing legislation: how to cram umbrella funds into the glass slipper that is the Pension Funds Act; whether there is sufficient protection in the Pension Funds Act for whistleblowers; and how to get delinquent employers to contribute.  Then there are the existential issues of cybercrime and the looming threat of a Government desperately in need of the kind of capital that pension funds hold.

We have assembled many of the pre–eminent practitioners in the field of pensions law and beyond who, through their high quality analysis, practical guidance and thought leadership, will guide you through the most topical legal issues in the retirement funds space.

We invite you to take advantage of early bird registration for the conference, which runs until 14th December 2017. The full conference fees will apply to registrations after that date.


As always, much thought has gone into producing a conference which is thought-provoking and challenging and which offers high quality analysis, but always with a view to its practical application. The conference programme is attached. Please note that whilst most of the sessions and speakers are confirmed, we cannot guarantee that the programme will not be subject to change.


Sunday 25 February – Cocktail Party at the Nasdak, at the top of the Media 24 building in the City -18h30 to 23h00
Monday 26 February – Conference Dinner at Pigalle Restaurant, Green Point – 19h00 to 23h00

You can register at the same time as registering for the conference for either or both of these events for yourself and, if you wish, for your partner.

Transport will be available to and from these venues. Shuttle buses will run from the CTICC to the venues every twenty minutes commencing 30 minutes before each event.


Special rates have been arranged for delegates at the conveniently situated Cullinan and Southern Sun V&A hotels. Delegates must book directly with the hotel of their choice quoting reference #3861146 and ensure that they receive the PLA Conference rate.

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Register now for early bird registration and benefit from a substantial conference fee reduction.  Conference fees exclude attendance at the cocktail party and gala dinner.

EARLY BIRD Registration was open until Thursday 14th December 2017

R4500.00 for PLA Members
R5500.00 for Non-members

Registration from Friday 15th December 2017 until Friday 9th February 2018

R5000.00 for PLA Members
R6000.00 for Non-members

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Contact: Wendy Alexander
Tel: 086 111 1065 or 021 782 6943
Fax: 086 566 7817
Email: admin@pensionlawyers.co.za