Alumni Gatherings 2012
Former Partner Lunches
Some familiar faces joined Ernst & Young partners for lunch around the country in the past few months.
In Cape Town, former partners met at the majestic Taj Hotel for a warm winter curry lunch.
Johannesburg and Durban have both opted to have a number of smaller gatherings throughout the year and started by inviting a few former partners to lunch in the new Executive dining room at the Wanderers office.
The lunches were an opportunity to share news of the firm, achievements made in past months, as well as any partner movements. It also gave current and former partners alike a chance to catch up on alumni news and network with one another.
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Annual Alumni Cocktail Event
This year’s annual alumni cocktail parties were held during the month of October.
During the course of these events, over 400 alumni and staff connected around the country.
Cape Town hosted the event at the Table Bay hotel in a private room overlooking the harbour. There was a jazz singer who entertained everyone before Reeza Isaacs, the managing partner gave updates about the past year and partner movements. Chris Whelan, an alumnus who has recently returned to South Africa from Australia gave the toast this year and told stories about his time as a young article clerk.
Johannesburg and Durban held the events at their respective offices and both Ajen Sita and Sugan Palanee, the Africa CEO and Africa head of Markets, gave their own updates in their regions.
While Durban boasted a great band entertaining the guests, Johannesburg had a somewhat different form of entertainment – the coxless four rowers who won gold and made South Africa so proud at the last Olympics in London, joined the event and took the guests through the win minute by exciting minute, followed by a question and answer session chaired by Sean Kerr who has many years of experience in the rowing world.
In addition, Mark Otty was once again visiting the country and joined the Johannesburg cocktail party and gave us some more insight into Ernst & Young and EMEIA as well as how important he believes Africa is globally right now.
Lastly, the inaugural edition of the South African alumni magazine, “Connect” was launched at these events.
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