- South Africa is hosting yet another important international gathering, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) congress scheduled to take place from 3-6 June. The organiser of the high-profile event, Newspaper Association of South Africa (NASA) is delighted with the support of major businesses.
Reeling off the enviable list of sponsors, NASA President, Trevor Ncube, said the support is a clear sign of commitment and pride in our country as public and private sectors come together to showcase South Africa.
Remgro, Montblanc, Venfin, Sunday Times, Mondi Shanduka Newsprint, and Mondi will be making the social events happen, whilst the publishing houses Independent Newspapers, Media 24, Caxton, Johncom and Mail and Guardian foot the bills of the congress proper.
Other sponsoring partners include the state communication and information services, the International Marketing Council, the City of Cape Town Mayoral Office, Cape Town Routes Unlimited, Medi Clinic, Amarula, Prins & Prins, 24.com. Mr Ncube is optimistic that the whole event is destined to be the most memorable in the 60-year history of the congress.
The congress’ social events kick off with the invitation only 2nd World Press Golf Challenge on Sunday hosted by Man Roland at championship golf course on Steenberg Golf Estate.
Delegates are also invited to enjoy the very unique location of the Castle of Good Hope for the welcoming reception the same evening. International delegates will then be introduced to different varieties of South African food. Cape crafters will also entertain the guests with their festival of arts and crafts.
President Thabo Mbeki is invited to officially open the ceremony on Monday.
Organisers said international delegates to the WAN congress will enjoy not only four days of intense discussion at Cape Town International Convention Centre, but also a number of special events designed to showcase the diversity and versatility of the country.
Johann Rupert, who hosts the welcome reception, is delighted to be accorded the opportunity to entertain the guests.
“To have the 60th WAN Conference come to Cape Town, the first time on African soil, is truly a privilege,” he said, adding, “hosting the welcome reception offers us the opportunity to show the meaning of African hospitality in an informal occasion. The Castle location is perfect for these 1,500 delegates to move and mingle.”
The host for the gala dinner, Peter Lynch, summed up in the following words: “It is vital that big business gets behind congresses of this nature, not only is this good business practice but shows the world that we can work together harmoniously to make South Africa one of the greatest world locations for meetings and events.”
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