Monday, September 11, 2006

Highway Africa kicks of at Rhodes


This year marks the 10th anniversary of Highway Africa. It is an initiative of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes. HA Director Chris Kabwato is based in the School. The School of Journalism and Media Studies is partnered with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and a number of other partners, donors and sponsors.

More than 500 journalists from 40 African countries are expected to attend the event. Highway Africa’s website comments that the conference will be “a time for critical reflection on and celebration of the role that new media has played - and will play - in democracy and development.”
“This watershed conference will assess the state of African media, especially in regard to harnessing new technologies, by looking ahead as well as back.”

The Conference was opened last night (Sunday 10 September), with a number of dignitaries including Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Saleem Badat gathering to welcome delegates. Led by Professor Guy Berger, Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies, guests placed items into a ‘time capsule’ — a box which will be sealed and only re-opened in 10 years’ time. The ‘time capsule’ contained, among other things, an old cellular phone, Professor Berger’s first laptop and a bottle of good South African red wine!

For more details about Highway Africa, and for a full programme of speakers and events, visit

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