With only 23 days to go to the historic summit of the 2018 World Media Economics and Management Conference in Africa’s ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town from 6-9 May 2018, we continue to share with you, our valued delegates, some of the keynote speakers at this unmissable media business and media management conference:
Dr. Peter Clayton
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Development Rhodes University. Peter Clayton matriculated at Graeme College, Grahamstown in 1975, and went on to study at Rhodes University, being awarded a BSc and BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Physics, and later MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science. He worked in the software industry in Gauteng, South Africa, for a number of years before taking up an academic career at Rhodes University. He rose through the academic ranks to become Professor and Head of Computer Science, and head of the Telkom Distributed Multimedia Research Centre. In 2008, he was appointed as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Development. He serves on a number of national policy and advisory forums for Higher Education, Science and Technology; the South African Qualifications Authority; and the National Research Foundation. Peter received a South African National Science and Technology Forum Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science, Engineering and Technology in 2002. He is also the holder of the Rhodes Vice-Chancellor’s ‘Distinguished Research and Teaching’ awards. He is a non-executive director of the GBS Mutual Bank, and the Chair of the Board of AJOL – Africa Journals OnLine, both based in Grahamstown, South Africa.
Khadija Patel is the editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and co-founder of the The Daily Vox. Khadija pushes words on street corners and was recently recognised as one of 25 individuals who are reshaping influence and engagement in the media. She has been published internationally by Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Quartz and The Daily Maverick, among others, and is currently completing her first book. Since 2015, Khadija has been a research associate with WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa) and previously published a community magazine that was distributed internationally. She is also a respected commentator on television and radio, both locally and internationally.
With a touch of liberal licence, it can be said Styli Charalambous co-founded the Daily Maverick in 2009 with editor-in-chief Branko Brkic. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Styli is now reformed and passionate about the media business following a stint in investment banking in London. He has subsequently helped establish and develop various media start-ups and projects, including Daily Maverick and The Gathering, the country’s premier media and politics conference. His official role at Daily Maverick is that of publisher and CEO which translates into “he who fights fires — sometimes successfully but always only after morning coffee”. In the early days of Daily Maverick, opinion pieces, sport and business articles could be found with his by-line but he has since stepped aside for more qualified creators to do their thing. Among his greatest achievements are the 100-plus payrolls successfully concluded at Daily Maverick (although he insists he no longer keeps count), a co-production role of blonde offspring and dabbling in regime change.
Dr. William Tayeebwa
Dr. William Tayeebwa is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and most prestigious university. He was in 2014 a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, working on ‘Framing of Peace-building by United Nations Radio in the African Great Lakes Region’. Prior to full-time academic work, Dr. Tayeebwa practiced journalism with several Ugandan newspapers. Over the years he has also provided commentary and analysis, including in Swahili and French, on key media issues within the African Great Lakes Region for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); the German Broadcasting Service (DeutcheWelle); the Voice of America (VOA) French Service; as well as to several radio and television stations in Canada. His areas of research, consultancy and publication include the nexus between journalism with conflict, peace-building and the environment.
The Conference programme is now available at http://spi.ru.ac.za/conferenceprograme/.
Thank you to all delegates who have submitted changes to the programme. No further changes will be accepted.
Outstanding registration fees
We urge all registered delegates to ensure that they have paid their respective registration fees by now, unless suitable alternative arrangements have been made with the conference organisers.
Outstanding conference papers
We urge all delegates with outstanding full conference papers to please forward them to Ms Heide Khuhlane (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than 12 mid-day, Southern Africa time, on Monday, 9 April 2018, unless alternative arrangements have been made. Please also inform us of any cancellations to assist the conference organisers.
Reminder of the responsibilities of chairs and moderators
The responsibilities of the chairs (and of moderators of panels) of the research sessions include:
v -Briefly introducing the broad topics being discussed; briefly introducing the presenters and wrapping up the session at its end, when the chair opens up the session to the audience for a Q&A with the presenters.
v -Time-keeping so that the session does not over-run its allotted time, which would affect the next sessions.
v -Reminding presenters to speak to their research papers, and not to read their papers. Conference papers are being uploaded on the conference website and are being pass-word protected for access only by paid-up delegates. Delegates, who will be advised of the password shortly, are kindly asked to read the papers in advance of the conference; and
v – Asking delegates to identify themselves and their organizations when asking speakers
Special Registration now OPEN
Conference registration is OPEN for diplomats, NGOs and other institutions and individuals who may wish to attend the WMEMC summit as observers at a special fee of R2,000 per observer. Please register immediately on the conference website at www.wmemc.org. Registration for observers will close on 20 April 2018.
Airport Transfers & Provisional Bus Times
Kindly note the name of the transport provider, Evolution Tours. There will be a clearly marked Welcome Desk at the Cape Town International Airport with two assistants who will lead delegates to the buses. Delegates are urged to please forward their travel itinerary to email@example.com should they wish to make use of the transport available to transport delegates from the Airport to the Lagoon Beach Hotel – the venue of the WMEMC — by no later than 25 April 2018. The schedule of the shuttle trips between the Airport and the Hotel and back appears below.
These are final shuttle times from either Cape Town International Airport or from the Lagoon Beach Hotel:
Date Bus Times
Saturday 5 May
(From Cape Town International Airport to the Lagoon Beach Hotel)
Sunday 6 May
(From Cape Town International Airport to the Lagoon Beach Hotel)
Thursday 10 May
(From the Lagoon Beach Hotel to Cape Town International Airport)
Conference registration package
The conference registration package covers all teas/coffees and snacks served during the conference’s morning and afternoon breaks (from 7-9 May 2018); all lunches except on the day of the delegates’ arrival on 6 May 2018 when an evening gala reception will be provided to all delegates from 6.30pm; and three dinners (on 6 May, 7 May, and 9 May 2018). In the evening of 8 May 2018, delegates will be free from late afternoon to sample some of Cape Town’s best restaurants.
Water situation in Cape Town
Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and is currently in the midst of a serious drought, although it has received some welcome rains lately. We need your help to conserve the precious resource. Please ‘save like a local’, and keep your water usage to under 50 litres per person per day. Please visit www.capetown.gov.za for more details. Our hotel conference hosts assure us that there will be adequate water for delegates throughout the conference.
Security Tips and Information
The City of Cape Town is relatively safe and friendly. However, you are advised to be cautious of your surroundings at all times and to keep all belongings locked up or away from easy access.
You will be given a conference delegate tag when you register for the WMEMC conference. The tag gives you access to the conference sessions. You also need the tag for access to the lunches, tea breaks and dinners and evening entertainment. Please ensure that you wear it at all times during the conference.
You will also be issued with drinks coupons that entitle you to three drinks for the Welcome Cocktail Reception and the closing Dinner respectively. In addition, a cash bar will be available for those who need more than three drinks at either lunch or dinner.
Dress during the conference will be smart casual with the exception of the formal closing dinner on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, where delegates are expected to dress formally.
The month of May is the last month of autumn in South Africa and bordering on winter. Cape Town tends to experience some rain during this time. We strongly advise you to bring some warm clothing and an umbrella and/or raincoat just in case.
Wi-Fi will be available to delegates at all of the conference venues free of charge, with the details available at registration.
#WMEMC2018 registration will take place on Sunday, 6 May 2018, from 09:00 until 17:00. From 14:00-17:00 delegates are encouraged to tour scenic sites of Cape Town (optional) at own cost. At 18.30 the Conference’s Welcome Cocktail Reception will commence at the Lagoon Hotel until late.
The summit of the WMEMC starts at 08:00 on Monday, 7 May, running until Wednesday, 9 May 2018. The conference will conclude with a closing Gala Dinner and after-dinner party on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, from 18:30 till late. A cash bar will be available for the after-dinner party, which will run until late into the night.
Conference Questions and Assistance
Should you need help or have a question on the Conference, please email the Conference Co-ordinator Heide Khuhlane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at +27-46-603-8921.
We will do our best to regularly keep you abreast of any development that affects the Conference. Please watch this space. We look forward to welcoming and hosting you in Cape Town.
Please book your accommodation NOW at the magnificent Atlantic Ocean-facing Lagoon Beach Hotel. Please quote the following booking code to ensure that you benefit from the discounted hotel accommodation rates for WMEMC delegates: 1942535