With only 39 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 management conference:
Professor Dumisani Moyo
Dumisani is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism, Film and Television in the School of Communication, University of Johannesburg. He holds a doctorate in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Oslo (2006). Prior to joining UJ in 2016, he worked as Regional Programme Manager, Media and Access to Information at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), where he led the Foundation’s efforts to promote media freedom, media diversity, access to information and ICTs for development. His previous professional experience includes Senior Lecturer and Head of Department (Wits University); Visiting Lecturer (University of Addis Ababa); Research Fellow (University of Oslo); Fulbright Scholar (College of Lake County and William Rainey Harper College, Illinois); and Lecturer (University of Zimbabwe). Dumisani has, in the process, served as an independent consultant for several NGOs, donor organisations and multilateral organisations on a wide range of assignments, including project evaluations, strategic planning/review and research projects focusing mainly on media and democracy and media and development in Southern Africa. His research interests include a diverse range of topics, which include media policy and regulation in Africa; and (new and alternative) media and political engagement in Africa; journalism in the digital era; and media an elections. His major works include two co-authored books: Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities (Wits University Press); and Media Policy in a Changing Southern Africa: Critical Reflections on Media Reforms in the Global Age (University of South Africa Press).
The Conference programme and research papers will be made available as of next week at www.wmemc.org.
#WMEMC2018 extends warm gratitude to all delegates who have registered for this landmark conference that will be hosted in Africa for the first time in nearly 30 years since its founding. We are delighted to host you, and look forward to welcoming you in May.
Outstanding registration fees
We urge all registered delegates to ensure that they have paid their respective registration fees by no later than Monday, 26 March 2018.
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
Delegates are urged to please forward their travel itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org should they wish to make use of the transport available to transport delegates from the Cape Town International Airport to the Lagoon Beach Hotel, the venue of the Conference, on Sunday, 6 May 2018, and returning to the Airport on Thursday, 10 May 2018. The schedule of the shuttle trips between the Airport and the Hotel and back will be made available closer to the Conference.
Water situation in Cape Town
Cape Town is in a water-scarce region and is currently in the midst of a serious drought. 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, and Cape Town has just also received some most welcome rains.
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, 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 venues free of charge, with the details available at registration.
The full conference papers will be made available soon on the conference website at www.wmemc.org. Delegates will be required to login using a password that will be provided in order to view the papers. The password will be sent to all registered delegates. Non-delegates will not have access to the papers, which authors will be free to offer for publication in academic journals after the conference.
#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 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, 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 email@example.com 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.