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Those words were spoken by Nelson Mandela at the International Press Institute’s 43rd Annual World Congress on 14 February 1994 in Cape Town, and they are just as true now as they were then.
Next year will mark 20 years since IPI held its historic gathering on the eve of South Africa’s first free, multi-racial elections. Next year we will return to Cape Town for the 63rd World Congress and Annual General Assembly. Already speakers are being invited, social events are being planned and partnerships are being established for what promises to be one of the biggest media events of the year.
Although the Congress is being held in Cape Town, it focuses on all of Africa and its challenges.
The 2014 Congress – which will be held in April, just before the South African presidential election - will explore a number of key topics, including: the Chinese Government’s Role in the Developing World, a look at the ‘new’ South Africa and its media 20 years on, new technologies for distributing news in the developing world & their impact on press freedom and many other important and relevant topics. We’ll also have some of the most important and influential media practitioners from Africa and abroad.
This is a conference that you won’t want to miss!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Alison Bethel McKenzie
IPI Executive Director
Welcome to Mzansi!
In 1994, the International Press Institute gathered in Cape Town, South Africa for its annual conference. Freedom was in the air as the historic election would be held just two months later. Now, 20 years on, the IPI will again gather in Cape Town to celebrate freedom and to inspect the state of media freedom. Since that time, Cape Town is a city transformed. It is a favourite spot on the global tourist map and numerous awards and citations have borne testimony to the excellence of the city’s sights and hotels as well as its integration into the rest of the globe as a hot-spot.
Editor-in-chief, City Press, South Africa
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South Africa is a destination of incredible scenic beauty: magnificent mountains, lunar landscapes, restless oceans and enormous horizons that seem to stretch on to forever.