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Twelve years is a long enough time doing something as crazy and exhilarating as Highway
Africa. In middle age I have to protect my heart. But still I continue with the madness…
I thought instead of the usual listing of names of people I would like to thank I should, in
addition to the same old, go a bit on a stream of consciousness.

When I arrived in Grahamstown with my family on 12 January 2004 our last child was
barely three weeks old. He is now in Grade 6 (and, oh, he wears size 7 and is nearly my height).
To end up in Grahamstown, I have to thank someone who took a gamble on me. Guy Berger. A million thank yous for your generosity, wisdom and mentorship.
I would like to thank Professor Larry Strelitz, Head of School of Journalism and Media
Studies, for persisting with me as I struggle to form a new identity as an academic. I
have deepened my appreciation of cultural studies as a result of the numerous engaging
conversations with Prof Strelitz. I remain very hopeful that one day I might actually wear those
red PhD robes…

In my decade or so at Rhodes I have been amazed at the level of support I received from
the Office of the Vice Chancellor. Dr Saleem Badat was a champion of the conference from the
outset of his tenure. Dr Mabizela, our current VC, came on board when he was Deputy VC and
he has always been readily accessible to me. Dr Peter Clayton, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Development, has been
very consistent in his support over the years. I am most grateful to these leaders.
I would like to thank Professor Anthea Garman and colleagues who serve on the Highway Africa Steering Committee. Our
monthly meetings were critical in shaping the content of the conferences of the past three years.
Over the years so many young peoples have passed through our offices – they would come in wet behind the ears and two
or years later they would transform into confident, articulate and ambitious. Though they may not have stayed long, we always
parted on good terms. Of all my work, it is the mentorship component that I am most proud of – the fact that young people
had their first job at Highway Africa and we prepared them for the life of work.
The Highway Africa conference probably could never really work anywhere else. We tried Cape Town in 2011 and it didn’t
really happen. Our secret weapon in Grahamstown? Students. These are the real stars of our show. I want to thank them for all the diligent work they do – their positive attitude and their willingness to go that extra mile.
In addition to our army of student many staff members drawn from the School of Journalism and the wider university assist
in the delivery of the conference. I deeply appreciate my colleagues’ professionalism and ability to find creative solutions to any challenge that arises.

At the heart of this vast project is good will. The leadership of the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) and the
African Editors Forum (TAEF) has always been generous to me. Tolerant of our mistakes, they have embraced this conference
as their own and annually dedicate time to travel and be part of the intense deliberations. I remain forever in debt to you
colleagues.
Highway Africa is totally outside-funded in terms of salaries and operational costs. For us to have survived (and probably
thrived too) it is because of the generosity and unwavering support of our longstanding sponsors – Telkom, Barclays, MTN,
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA, South Africa). A
few years ago the Gates Foundation gave us a grant that sustained us over a 5 year period covering both programme and
operational costs. Similarly South Africa’s old Department of Communications (now Telecommunications and Postal Services)
generously supported us over a 10 year period.
But what I have learned over the past decade is that relationships are NOT built around institutions. People relate to
people. Highway Africa is as personal as it gets. I am most grateful to the champions of our “movement” over the years – Thuli
Sekgololo and Patricia Sizani (Telkom), Pearl Majola, Lerato Seheri and Silvanus Mabaso (MTN), Benedict Komeke and Dumisani Moyo (OSISA), Ben Akoh and Marie N’guettia (OSIWA), Hilda Makena and Albi Modise (DEA).
I would also like to express my deep appreciation for the Grahamstown community for making me feel I belong and for
giving me the gift of a beautiful language, IsiXhosa.

I would like to thank my children’s friends and their parents. As I inch closer to the conference dates those numerous
playdates and sleepovers afford me the space concentrate on my work. I deeply appreciate you – Catherine, Gary, William, Patsy, Orla, Robbie, Jenny and Mahesh.
Finally, yes – I am at the end now, I wish to thank my wonderful children, the reason for my being.
Enkosi.
Chris


 

Telkom-Highway Africa

Molweni, greetings to all and welcome to Grahamstown
for the 19th edition of Highway Africa. Grahamstown is
a small town with a population of just under 95 000 and rich
in heritage sites and schooling. With all the amenities close to
Rhodes University and walking distance, Grahamstown has its
fair bit of petty crime.


For these reasons, it is vitally important for visitors to
know the emergency contact numbers which are listed below.
• Rhodes Campus Protect Unit: 046 603 8146/7 or
046 603 8999
• SAPS: 046 603 9100 or 10111
• Settlers Hospital: 046 602 4444
• Fire Department: 046 622 4444/2923
• Ambulance:10177/046 603 9111
• Netcare: 082 911
• Hi Tec Security: 046 636 1660

Safety and Security hints:
• Always keep an eye of what is happening around you,
• Safe guard your valuables as criminal elements might
be waiting for an opportunity to pounce on the
unsuspected person/s,
• Know your entry / exit points to campus and especially
to the guests living on campus for the duration,
• Unfortunately, muggings are one of the common crimes
that unaware people fall prey to in streets and whilst
shopping, or leaving the local pubs late at night, use
safe well light up routes and not walk in dark areas.
Look around you and be aware of your surroundings.
Remember, an area is not safe just because you are
familiar with it, call a local taxi cab to take you to your
destination.

Walk around assertively and confidently. You must
always try to make eye contact with the people around
you.
• Carry your bag around your neck and diagonally across
your body. Don’t carry it hanging over your shoulder.
Alternatively, clutch your bag and keep it in front of you.
• Put your wallet inside your jacket/coat or your front
pants pocket, not at the back pocket.
• Walk in well-lit busy streets and walk in a group, if
possible.
• If you know or suspect that you are being followed, go
to the nearest well-lit or busy area and call the police.
• On the street, try plan your routes beforehand,
• Try not to make it obvious that it is your first time in
the area,
• Avoid drawing attention by wearing expensive jewellery
and visibly carrying valuable items such as cameras, a
cell phone and binoculars etc.
• Always keep an eye on what is going on around you.
• Rhodes University building are ALL smoke free zones
and thus all are request to comply with the Safety
Regulations on smoking and do not smoking in any of
the buildings or the residence in use.
Finally on behalf of Rhodes University, we wish you all a safe
and fruitful conference for 2015.

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
Arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport: Please note that there are
other Rhodes University conferences taking place at the same
time, so be careful to find the correct transport people at the
airport.
Speakers/Sponsors/Trainers
Upon arrival at the Port Elizabeth Airport, at arrivals, proceed
to the Highway Africa transfers desk. Look out for HA signage.
At the desk, you will be welcomed by conference assistants
who will check you in for airport transfers and you will be
ferried to Grahamstown to registration at the Eden Grove
Complex and then taken to your allocated accommodation
place.
Departure
Please consult the Conference Help Desk at the conference
exhibition area, Eden Grove Complex. A Conference Assistant
will be stationed here and you can confirm your return flight
details and travel plans. It is your responsibility, and not the
organisers, to ensure this confirmation. There will also be a
travel agency desk that will operate for the duration of the
conference.
Self-Paying Delegates
If you are paying your own way to the conference this
means you will be paying for your own registration fee,
accommodation, travel and airport transfers. For assistance in
making these arrangements, please contact Siphokazi Maneli, at
s.maneli@ru.ac.za.

Upon arrival at the Port Elizabeth Airport, at arrivals,
proceed to the Highway Africa transfers desk. Inform the
Conference Assistant that you are self-paying and you will be
checked in and shown to your shuttle. A Conference Assistant
will check you in for airport transfers and you will be ferried
to Grahamstown to your allocated accommodation place.
Departure
Please consult the Conference Help Desk at the conference
exhibition area, Eden Grove Complex. A Conference Assistant
will be stationed here and you can confirm your return flight
details and travel plans. It is your responsibility, and not the
organisers, to ensure this confirmation.
Alternative Independent Transport and
Accommodation (outside Rhodes)
Those who have made alternative accommodation and
transport arrangements should have details of their preferred
pick-up shuttle service and address for accommodation.

Local Transport (in and around Grahamstown)
Transport will be available to ferry delegates from their
accommodation to the conference venue every morning
and to return delegates from the conference to their
accommodation every night. Transport will be available to take
delegates to the official evening functions. Conference ushers
will show you to these shuttles (main departure point being
Eden Grove Complex).
Main Conference Venue
The 2-day conference (30 – 31 August 2015) will be held at the
Eden Grove Complex block, which is the main events venue
for Rhodes University. The conference programme will begin
on Saturday 29th August at 18h30 with an opening Cocktail
Reception, on the first day of conference proper, 30th August
proceedings will commence at 08:30am in the Eden Grove Red
Lecture Room. The conference ends on the evening of the 31st
August with a Farewell Reception.
MEALS NOTE: Teas, lunch and evening meals will be
served during the conference days only, 30-31 August 2015.

Internet Access & Computer Log-ins
In order to use the computers in the AMM building and
browse the web, users need to make use of their individual
username and password credentials supplied at the School of
Journalism (AMM) Admin. Please note that these guest logon
credentials are to be used for both Internet access, and for
logging onto the AMM Computers.

NOTE: Failure to submit a copy of your identity/passport
document will result in a failure for you to access internet
facilities at the conference. This is university protocol and
Highway Africa cannot assist if you fail to do this.
Workspace:
Logging on with a Highway Africa Conference account to the
AMM School of Journalism Computers provides access to the
“Highway Africa Shared Workspace” by means of a shortcut on
the Desktop. Alternatively, this can be accessed by clicking Start
then typing \\amm.ru.ac.za\dfs\Projects\HighwayAfrica in the
search box and pressing Enter.
Printing:
All printing should be sent to the following printers:
AMM WORKSHOP WRITING for A4
AMM WORKSHOP DESIGN for A3
Wireless Access:
Devices can be connected to the HWA2015 wireless network
on wireless enabled devices. The password for logging into this
network is 49brobro.
Workshop SpecificSoftware:
Tableau – This application is installed on the AMM Lab
computers, accessible via Tableau 9 icon on Desktop Outwit
Hub – This application is installed on the AMM Lab computers,
accessible via Outwit hub icon on Desktop.
Google Refine – This application is accessed by clicking
Start > My Computer > double click W:\Highway Africa
Software mapped network drive. Double-click the Google-
Refine shortcut.

Tabula – This application is accessed by clicking
Start > My Computer > double click W:\Highway Africa
Software mapped network drive. Double-click the Tabula
shortcut.
Problems:
Telephone from RU phone:
5179 (Michael – General)
5263 (Andre – logistics, cameras, projectors etc.)

Electricity/Sockets/Plugs
Electricity is 220 Volt. Sockets/Plugs in South Africa are used in
Southern Africa but nowhere else. So it is likely that you will
not have an adapter that works in South Africa. Many of the
bed and breakfasts where you will be staying will have adapters.
But if you want to be sure, you can buy an adapter for South
African socket points at OR Tambo Airport when you arrive.
Wearing Your Conference Tag
You will be given a conference delegate tag when you register
for the conference. The tag gives you access to the conference
sessions. You also need the tag for access to the dinners and
evening entertainment. So, please always wear your tag.

Insurance
You are strongly advised to insure your personal belongings
before leaving home for the full period of your stay. Highway
Africa and Rhodes University cannot be held responsible for
any claims for personal property damaged or lost. You are also
strongly advised to ensure that you have adequate medical
insurance to cover the period of your stay in South Africa.
Medical Information
The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free zone. Medication for
common ailments such as flu and headaches is available, at your
own cost, from the local Grahamstown pharmacies. Staff will
be able to point you in the right direction for pharmacies but
Highway Africa will not be liable for any costs incurred.
Dr Fred Oosthuizen, a General Practitioner, will be on call.
His details are:
Shop 23, Pepper Grove Mall, African Street
Telephone: 046-622-6362
Mobile: (after hours only): +27-82-320-1229