With only 10 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:
SUSAN VALENTINE is Manager of the Opening Journalism portfolio in the Programme on Independent Journalism at the Open Society Foundations, based in London. Her portfolio is focused on support to agile initiatives producing independent and open journalism, especially where trustworthy information is scarce and difficult to produce. These include start-ups seeking to enrich the public debate; news outlets determined to grow through being better connect with their audiences; and organizations experimenting with new ideas that can be replicated. Prior to joining OSF, Sue was the Africa Programme Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent organization that works to safeguard media freedom worldwide. Previously she worked as a journalist, trainer and media consultant. Sue has held senior positions in South Africa’s mainstream media (The Star and SABC Radio), as well as in civil society groups (the Institute for Democracy in South Africa), and has covered the transition to democracy and the struggle for HIV/AIDS treatment. During her career she has helped launch various initiatives including the Children’s Radio Foundation and the online news agency Health-e News. In 2002-2003 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She remains fascinated by the power of storytelling to connect people.
Lisa MacLeod is Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar Group, publisher of some of the country’s largest websites like TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and BusinessLIVE. Her role is to manage Tiso’s websites and digital teams, as well as implement sustainable monetisation strategies for the business. Tiso’s digital audience is more than 6-million unique browsers monthly, across 16 different websites. Lisa was previously GM of Digital for Media24’s 24.com, and prior to that spent 12 years in London at the Financial Times, helping to drive their print to digital integration projects. She was Head of Operations for FT.com, widely thought to be the most successful paid website in media, and FT Managing Editor, overseeing staffing, strategic planning and budgets for the FT globally.
Nhlanhla Ngwenya is currently managing the OSISA Media Programme. He is the former director of MISA-Zimbabwe, an organisation that actively lobbies around the adoption of adequate safeguards for the enjoyment of freedom of expression, media freedom and access to information. He joined the organisation in January 2010 from the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe, where he was the founding Research and Monitoring Coordinator for 10 years. Mr Ngwenya’s experience and interest in the media largely reflects his academic background, which is steeped in communication studies. He currently holds a Masters in International Development Management (University of Bradford, UK); Masters in Media and Communications Studies (University of Zimbabwe); Post Graduate Diploma in Media and Communications Studies (University of Zimbabwe); BA Honours in Linguistics (University of Zimbabwe). Mr Ngwenya has also written articles on the media and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe which were published in the mainstream media and in other regional journals. He has also presented several papers on the same subject locally, regionally and internationally.
Professor, Dr Ravinder Rena
Professor, Dr Ravinder Rena is a profound academician and distinguished scholar in economics, writer, editor and adviser with over 25 years of teaching and research experience in Asia-Pacific, Africa and European continents. He has been an independent consultant and training expert. Prof Rena is currently working as Professor at the NWU School of Business and Governance, North-West University, South Africa. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Economics for Master’s and Doctoral Programmes at Monarch Business School, Monarch University, Hagendorn, Zug, Switzerland. Previously, he worked as a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. He also served as Professor and the Coordinator, Joint African Master’s Programme (JAMP), Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). He also worked as the Head of Economics, Department of Business Studies, the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Papua New Guinea. Prof. Rena earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Economics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, with an achievement of University Gold Medal (for the Best Ph.D. candidates/ thesis in the field of Economics/ Commerce/ Business Management). He obtained his M.A., B.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D from Osmania University and B.A., and LL.B., from Kakatiya University, Warangal, India. He got the prestigious Award of the Best Researcher 2011 from Namibia University of Science and Technology and is also the recipient of the esteemed Award -Man of the Year 2012 which was bestowed upon him by the American Biographic Institute (ABI), USA. Based on his extraordinary research contributions, American Historical Society, USA, has enlisted his profile in the World Who is Who International. He wrote 10 books and published more than 115 articles in reputable national and International peer-reviewed Journals. Besides, he has published more than 150 articles in newspapers and magazines and websites and presented over 30 papers at national and international conferences and seminars. He is founding Editor-In-Chief of an International Journal of Education Economics and Development (IJEED), which is IBSS and Scopus indexed Journal. He has been a keynote speaker for various national and international conferences in Europe, America, Africa and Asian continents. He has widely written in the areas of Economics of Education, Development Economics and Inclusive growth, Globalization and Higher Education, Microfinance, Rural Entrepreneurship, WTO, Sustainable development, FDIs, development aid. He supervised PhDs, M.Phils and Master’s theses and dissertations across the globe. He has also been an examiner for Masters and PhDs of different Universities of Africa, Europe, Asia, America and Australia. He has travelled to over 30 countries in the world.
The Conference programme is now available at http://spi.ru.ac.za/conferenceprograme/.
Conference papers can now be viewed on the conference website. Please use the following credentials:
Username: WMEMC2018, Password: !WMEMC2018
Outstanding registration fees
We urge all registered delegates to ensure that they have paid their respective registration fees by no later than 25 April 2018, unless suitable alternative arrangements have been made with the conference organisers.
#WMEMC2018 IMPORTANT CONTACT LIST & INFORMATION GUIDE
NAME DESIGNATION CONTACT NUMBER
AMBULANCE ER24 084124
POLICE FLYING SQUAD 10111
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MILNERTON MEDI-CLINIC HEALTH 021 529 9000
MILNERTON FIRE DEPT FIRE & SAFETY 021 550 1348
DR TYGA STANDBY DOCTOR 083 655 8899
DR MARION STANDBY DENTIST 084 222 2204
MR FRANCIS MDLONGWA SPI DIRECTOR 082 909 6977
MS HEIDE KHUHLANE CONFERENCE CO-ORDINATOR 072 294 8748
MS SIBO MBENGASHE SPI FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR 074 328 8718
D OPPERMAN SECURITY MANAGER 082 680 8779
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FINAL Call for Airport Transfers bookings
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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 questions.
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.
Conference Open Bar
Please be advised that there will be a cash bar available for delegates to use should they wish to purchase drinks over and above what is provided by 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, 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 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