The Highway Africa Conference planning has now begun now in earnest. We are all now focused on getting all our systems in place.

Our website has been giving us problems. We will issue a comprehensive update on preparation this week ending 10 July 2009.

For now please note this key information:

– Registration: Registration will open from 20 July to 20 August 2009. A registration form is available from Sibusiso Mtshali (s.mtshali@ru.ac.za) and Luthando Kiti (l.kitit@ru.ac.za)

– Registration Fees: Each delegate should pay their registration fee in advance and send through proof of payment. The fee is USD500 or 4,000 South African Rands. In the past we have not insisted on pre-payment but this year NO delegate will be able to attend the conference activities without having paid their registration fees in advance.

– The conference starts on Sunday 6 September with the Digital Citizen Indaba (DCI). This is Africa’s leading blogging event that focuses on how civil society and journalists can use new media tools to participate meaningfully in the democratisation of their societies. Contact Professor Jane Duncan (jane.duncan@ru.ac.za) should you wish to speak at this event. She is conceptualising the programme now so hurry.

– On 7 and 8 September we will do the usual – plenary sessions, keynote addresses, debates, training workshops, book launches and, as you know, we can throw a party. So yes the social networking will continue to be a part of the conference.

– Our theme is Reporting Africa: 2010, Development & Democracy. Send your ideas for high-level speakers and subjects to Chris Kabwato (c.kabwato@ru.ac.za)

– Scholarships: as usual we have limited scholarships for PRACTISING JOURNALISTS (please do not bother to apply unless you are strictly a journalist). The closing date for applications is 15 July 2009.

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