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28 AUG MEDIA REGISTRATION FOR THE SEVENTH AFRICITIES SUMMIT IS NOW OPEN

NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST

MEDIA ADVISORY NOTE

 Media Registration for the seventh Africities Summit is now open:

The City of Johannesburg is the proud host of the Seventh Africities Summit from 29 November to 03 December 2015.The summit, which is held every three years, is organised by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA).

According to the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Cllr Mpho Parks Tau, the Africities Summit brings African local authorities together to exchange ideas on how best to improve development within government. He further explains that this event brings together elected local and regional officials from across the continent to identify policy approaches that encourage sustainable development of African cities and local governments.

“As the City of Johannesburg, we feel privileged to host the Africities Summit 2015. This event has developed into a premier showcase of tried and tested developmental innovations by local governments and cities of our continent,’’ said Mayor Tau.

The central theme of the Africities Summit this year is: “Shaping the future of Africa with the people – The contribution of African local authorities to AGENDA 2063 of the African Union”.

The gathering encourages discussion among all stakeholders on the African Union’s 2063 vision, which aims to advance the socioeconomic transformation of the continent.  One of the key objectives of Agenda 2063 is the encouragement of all Africans to jointly work together to build change as well as to increase inter-continent trade and relations.

The theme for the Summit seeks to persuade governments to define the vision and the role that local government will play towards the development of a new and better Africa by 2063, when Africa will be celebrating 100 years as a free continent. Central to the dialogue will be the developmental role that local governments play in their immediate communities, with topics such as Urban Safety, Eco-Mobility, Public Transport, Green Buildings and Skills Development, amongst others, being discussed.

“More than ever before, African cities are at the forefront of rapidly accelerating change. Africa’s prospects in 2015 are remarkably different from what they were in 2000: African economies have grown at rates rivalling those of East Asia – averaging 6% in 2013. Such growth is driven by natural resources, a vibrant services sector, rising private investment, increased exports and improved agricultural production,” concludes Mayor Tau.

Members of the media are urged to apply for media accreditation online on:

www.africities2015.org/register-for-the-summit/

MEDIA Accreditation Guidelines

All members of the media wishing to cover the Africities 2015 Summit are encouraged to register online for media accreditation.

Two methods of registration are available:

Online system: The online accreditation form is available at africities2015.org/register-for-the-summit/
E-mail: After completing the accreditation form available at africities2015.org/register-for-the-summit/
The form and scanned copies of all the required documents should be sent via e-mail to Ziyanda Mtshali on ziyandapco@izwimultimedia.co.za

MEDIA BASED OUTSIDE SOUTH AFRICA

The following accreditation process applies only to media personnel based outside South Africa. Media must supply the documents listed below when applying for press accreditation. Your press registration will not be considered if required documents are not submitted at the time of registration. Accredited media from previous years are not automatically granted accreditation rights in 2015.

Required documents to accompany application form

Two passport size photographs not more than six months old;
A letter of assignment on a letterhead from the journalist’s organization indicating his/ her function;
Copy of a valid professional press card or equivalent identification
It is also advisable to carry hard copies of all the required documents in case of any necessary checks.
Applications should reach Miss Ziyanda Mtshali before 20 November 2015
Please fill in ALL the following information on the registration form as they are required for your registration to be processed;
·         Family Name/ Surname               

·         Full First Name

·         Initials  

·         Title      

·         Organisation     

·         Designation       

·         Gender               

·         Nationality         

·         ID Number (Compulsory for South African)         

·         Passport Number (Only for Foreign Nationals)  

·         Date Birth Date (Compulsory for Foreign National  only)               

·         Country of Issue (Compulsory for Foreign National only)            

·         Passport Expiry Date (Compulsory for Foreign Nationals only)    

·         Email

·         Mobile number

MEDIA BASED IN SOUTH AFRICA

All media personnel operating from within South Africa must apply for accreditation.  Accredited media from previous years are not automatically granted accreditation rights in 2015.

Media based in South Africa should supply the following information:

Full Names (as in ID or Passport)
ID or Passport Number
Name of Media organization
Designation (Reporter, Photographer etc)
Contact Numbers
Email address
Please fill in ALL the following information on the registration form as they are required for your registration to be processed;
·         Family Name/ Surname               

·         Full First Name

·         Initials  

·         Title      

·         Organisation     

·         Designation       

·         Gender               

·         Nationality         

·         ID Number (Compulsory for South African)         

·         Passport Number (Only for Foreign Nationals)  

·         Date Birth Date (Compulsory for Foreign National  only)               

·         Country of Issue (Compulsory for Foreign National only)            

·         Passport Expiry Date (Compulsory for Foreign Nationals only)    

·         Email

·         Mobile number
The above information must be provided on or before 20 November 2015 to the following:

Ziyanda Mtshali at ziyandapco@izwimultimedia.co.za

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Access to media facilities will be available only to accredited media representatives. Accreditation is open to journalists, broadcasters, photographers, film and television camera crew and technicians.
Applications for accreditation should be made on the media accreditation form or on photocopies made from it.
The press badges will be issued at the Michelangelo Hotel, Sandton. (This involves being photographed before the card is processed).
Journalists are advised to make sure they arrive in South Africa in good time so as to have the documentation done before the meetings start. Journalists are also advised to arrive at summit venues early to ensure that they clear all entry procedures before the meetings start.
Accredited media will receive COMPLIMENTARY conference registration to the 2015 Africities Summit which provides access to all open sessions, exhibition hall, and food and beverage functions held at the convention centre (i.e. breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception). Press access does not include access to the Mayoral Dinner, or invitation-only events.
Please note that the media organisation must meet the following standards:
NEWS AGENCIES: Press access is reserved for qualifying news agencies. This may include but not limited to: business-to-business trade publications (either print and/or online), business-to-consumer publications (either print or online), and/or national and international newspapers, magazines, radio and TV news channels. Each application will be carefully reviewed to ensure that the credentials are met. Regardless of job title, press accreditation will not be granted if your organisation does not meet the aforementioned standard as a news agency.
EDITORIAL TITLES: Press credentials are reserved for qualified editorial professionals ONLY.
Acceptable editorial titles: editor, writer, contributor, columnist, author, correspondent, journalist, reporter, producer, cameraman, or any other title that indicates your position is that of a content nature.

FREELANCE WRITERS: If you are a freelance writer commissioned by a magazine or newspaper to cover the event, then you will need to provide a letter from the publication you will be representing. The letter must be signed by the head of the editorial department and be written on the publication’s letterhead. In addition you would need to bring one of the above reference items. Please note: If the publication does not meet the criteria, your application for press access will be denied. The letter of recommendation will need to be provided in addition to standard press application required materials.

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NOTE:

Press credentials will not be granted to any individuals holding a title of publisher, sales, corporate media executive, marketing or any other non-editorial professional who does not meet the qualification criteria. In addition, any individuals from an organisation, which recommends, advises, or consults regardless of title, will not be granted press credentials. They may register as a conference delegate at the current published rate.
Organisers of the seventh Africities Summit reserve the right, at its sole discretion, to deny or withdraw the accreditation of any member misusing press credentials conferred upon them or who do not meet the qualifying criteria.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

PASSPORTS & VISA:

Members of the media from those countries exempted from visa requirements to South Africa need not apply for visas.
All other applicants must comply with the South African visa requirements.
Journalists should contact the nearest South African Diplomatic or Consular Mission to request for South African visa.
Yellow fever cards will be required at the ports of entry for journalists travelling from yellow fever designated countries

CUSTOMS CLEARANCE FOR MEDIA EQUIPMENT

Accredited media personnel bringing technical equipment with them to South Africa will be subject to full Customs Control. Therefore, journalists are requested to send their list of equipment (two copies) together with their application for accreditation. (See media equipment form at africities2015.org/media/
Journalists bringing in heavy equipment that will require space outside of the plenary halls will need to relay this information before 15 October 2015 to the following officials:
Ziyanda Mtshali

+2778 143 0553

ziyandapco@izwimultimedia.co.za

OR

Tshepiso Molefi

+2783 333 8191

tshepipco@izwimultimedia.co.za

MEDIA FACILITIES

Access to media facilities will be available only to accredited media representatives.
A media centre, with facilities for print, online and electronic media will be available at the summit venue.
Focal person for the media centre facilities is:

Tshepiso Molefi

+27083 333 8191

tshepipco@izwimultimedia.co.za

REQUESTS FOR INTERVIEWS WITH UCLGA & CITY OF JOBURG LEADERSHIP

Journalists wishing to interview the leadership of UCLGA and The City of Joburg during the summit should submit their requests to ziyandapco@izwimultimedia.co.za

MEDIA BRIEFINGS BY UCLGA & CITY OF JOBURG LEADERSHIP

Briefings by leaders of the various UCLGA organs and programmes will take place at the conference centre. Journalists will be given advance notice of the briefing time, venue and speakers.
Other partner organisations of UCLGA occasionally request facilities for media briefings during the summit. Journalists will be notified of such briefings through postings in the media centre

MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE SUMMIT

Opening and closing sessions during the meetings are open to journalists, depending on availability of space within the meeting rooms. Media practitioners will be informed of how to enter the plenary halls in the following ways:
A guideline will be circulated to all media on the Africities and on the Africities website
A briefing session will be held for all media during the summit.
A notice will be circulated regarding the time and date of the briefing.
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For the latest Africities 2015 news.
LIVE STREAMING

Open sessions of the Summit and related meetings will be streaming live, as well as the press conferences by UCLGA leadership. These feeds will be available through the media centre
Enquiries regarding live streaming should be directed to: tshepipco@izwimultimedia.co.za

 TELEPHONES AND FAXES

Telephone facilities will be available on a commercial basis.

 ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT

Accommodation and transport will be on self-arrangement basis. Journalists are advised to make their booking early to avoid last minute inconveniences. A list of Sandton hotels is available on the Africities website. Members of the media are advised to book at the Garden Court Hotel, Sandton, which will have a daily shuttle to the conference centre.

ARRIVAL

International flights to Johannesburg arrive at OR Tambo International Airport. Sandton Convention Centre is located about 30-40 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport.
Transport from the airport is available in the form of hire car, taxis and shuttle buses. (An average taxi fare from the airport to Sandton ranges from R300 – R600.
The Gautrain, a rapid underground train service operates between the airport and Sandton.
A Help Desk will be open at OR Tambo International Airport to assist media with transport, directions to media hotels and the Media Centre.

BANKING & CURRENCY

>The South African Rand is the unit currency of South Africa and bank notes are produced in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and ,10. The Rand is divided into 100 cents.
Commercial banks, hotels and international airports have facilities for exchanging most internationally recognised currencies and travellers’ cheques.
In addition, most banks have cash dispensing machines, which accept major international credit cards. Similarly, most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards.
TIME: The time in Johannesburg is UTC/GMT +2 hours.