Ditto on when are you coming to South Africa
My company only generally attends one conference annually: Microsoft DevDays.
Interesting: its always been free before, but this year there is a cost.
I think its to make people serious about attending,
because often people would say they were coming, and then didn't,
frustrating for those who wanted to go but couldn't because it was "full".
Other than that, I have found an online resource that makes a whole lot of sense:http://www.safaribooksonline.com
For a monthly fee you get access to, on the plan we are on, up to 10 books.
Considering programming/IT books are generally minimum $100 each in South Africa,
and they become out of date before you take another breath,
I think this service works really well.
Its cost effective, takes up no space on your self,
and can be shared by staff members,
and you can always get access to the latest books.
This is what we use for training, and it works really well
if you don't have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over ?