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The Telkom Highway Africa New Media Awards are held yearly to reward innovative use of ICTs in Africa. This year’s finalists are Nigel Mugamu (Zimbabwe) and Jaco Liebenberg (South Africa) in the category for Innovative use of Technology for Community Engagement; John Mokwetsi (Zimbabwe) and Prof Anton Harber (South Africa) for Innovative Newsroom; and Dorothy Dadedjo Fouba (Cameroon) and Limbikani Makani Kabweza (Zimbabwe) for the Best IT Blog category. The Awards ceremony is to be held Monday 2 September at the Monument. Michelle Atagana, Managing Editor at Memeburn and one of this year’s judges, talks to Open Source’s Relebone Myambo about the Awards.


Only two weeks remain before registration closes for the 17th Annual Highway Africa Conference -the world’s largest annual gathering of African Journalists.

The Highway Africa Conference is a project of Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa), in partnership with Telkom, Absa Barclays and MTN. Over the years the conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on the interface of journalism and new media.

This year’s conference will take place at Rhodes University from 1 – 2 September.

With the theme, “Speaking Truth to Power? Media, Politics and Accountability”, the event will see journalists, civil society activists and academics deliberating on African media’s role in holding political authority accountable and also how journalists themselves are accountable through codes of conduct and regulatory frameworks. Other sessions at the conference will focus on social media and how ordinary citizens have used the various platforms to further freedom of expression as well as to hold governments and corporates accountable.

The conference will also host various training workshops, book launches and exhibitions linked to the theme, plus evening gala dinners and networking sessions, including the prestigious Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards.

Please register online at

We regret that we are not able to offer scholarships for interested journalists to attend. Please seek sponsorship elsewhere to cover your travel, accommodation, registration fees and airport transfers.

We request you continually check on the website for updates on news and information. We have an exciting programme lined up for you. See you in Grahamstown.

For any conference inquiries please contact Karabo Tledima (Ms), Conference Manager,