Wednesday, October 27, 2010

SA's smart set for The Daily Maverick's The Gathering

THE DAILY MAVERICK, Johannesburg, 26 Oct 2010

SA's smart set for The Daily Maverick's The Gathering, Zwelinzima Vavi, Michael Jordaan, Nic Dawes, Jovan Regasek and Ray Hartley are among the business, media and political heavyweights set to meet at The Daily Maverick's gathering of minds on the first Thursday of November.

Sandton, Friday 22 October 2010 – South Africa's top thinkers in business, politics and the media will be meeting for a day of analysis, discussion and ideas at The Daily Maverick's The Gathering, which is set to take place at The Theatre on the Square, in Sandton, on 4 November 2010.

The full-day session is all about clever people connecting, and talking on issues they know the best and care about most. "The Daily Maverick has established itself as the news and analysis site for people who matter, so it is fitting that our first gathering will feature well-connected, smart thinkers that intelligent people would most like to meet and hear from," says editor Branko Brkic.

Speakers at The Daily Maverick's first Gathering, with Kieno Kammies as MC, include:

Zwelinzima Vavi, general-secretary of Cosatu Michael Jordaan, CEO of First National Bank Nic Dawes, editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian Ray Hartley, Sunday Times editor Jovan Regasek, CEO of ITWeb Richard Mulholland, professional speaker most likely to be confused with a rock star Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and Moxyland Yusuf Abramjee, head of news and corporate affairs, Primedia Yvonne Johnston, brain-mother to Brand SA and marketer-at-large Khaya Dlanga, prolific blogger and troublemaker Ivo Vegter, columnist and analyst Terry Annecke, operations director of BlackStone Tek Victor Dlamini, chairman of Chillibush Stephen Grootes, Eyewitness News reporter Mike Ratcliffe, Wine marketing guru & owner of Warwick & Vilafonté wine estates, Toby Shapshak, editor of Stuff magazine

The Gathering will stretch over the course of one business day and Brkic guarantees that people who participate won't leave without having their ideas challenged. "The Daily Maverick is creating a forum that will bring people who matter together. We want to offer our readers access to the thinking of some of the most influential people in this country."

To keep things intimate and interactive, seating at The Gathering is limited and only 150 guests will make it through the door.

Tickets have been selling swiftly, but there are still a few open spaces. Those who want to be a part of the event can e-mail for more details or to make a booking. Bookings are offered on a first come, first served basis.

A small number of seats are available, at a heavily discounted price, to full-time students.

The Gathering A conference by The Daily Maverick 4 November Theatre on the Square Sandton Johannesburg Seats available at R2 800

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The YPO South African Wine Group launch event in Johannesburg

The launch event of the new YPO South African Wine Group was held at the magnificent 'Marion on Nichol' luxury hotel in Johannebsurg on Thursday evening the 7th of October. With almost 20 YPO/WPO members present, fellow YPO'er Mike Ratcliffe, co-owner of Vilafonte Vineyards and Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch welcomed guests and presented the plans for the future of the Wine Network. Under the auspices of the YPOI Wine Network, Mike has been mandated to increase the range of YPO wine participation around the world given the current focus of the network being predominantly American. This South African event will be followed by events in Cape Town and Durban.
In a further development, a regional Wine Network Chair has been appointed for Johannesburg and a new YPO Wine Group has been formed for Zimbabwe Harare Chapter - thanks Phil Warren.
It can also be confirmed that YPO'er Mitchell Taylor, MD of his family business Mitchell Wines in NSW Australia has been appointed YPO Regional Chairman for Australia - so expect more activities and correspondence in this regard.

The Wine Network continues it's search for willing YPO'ers to take on regional chair positions in Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere in Africa. Please contact me if you are interested.
Here are the pictures:

Click here to learn more about Vilafonte Vineyards - the only South African and Amerian joint winemaking venture.