29 August 2013

The 17th annual Highway Africa Conference, one of Africa’s largest gatherings of journalists, media practitioners and media owners under one roof, gets underway in Grahamstown on Sunday.

Highway Africa has traditionally been at the centre of debates on journalism, media and technology and this year’s instalment will be no different. The theme of this year’s two-day event is: Speaking truth to power? Media, Politics and Accountability.

As part of the Barclays Africa Group’s (formerly Absa Group) commitment to investing in Citizenship, the pan-Africa financial services group will host a Business Journalism Master Class at the conference. The journalism programme provides mid-career business journalists with a high-level refresher course to report on complex financial matters. As an official conference partner, Barclays Africa will also host the Africa Dinner on Sunday where Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, will be the main speaker.

Kennedy Bungane, Chief Executive of Barclays Africa and Head of Africa Strategy, says: “We need to take an active role in the development of Africa’s media and this investment assists in empowering journalists with critical skills to be even better at their craft. We believe the media is best placed to tell the African story but the growth and development of an effective media across Africa is central to making sure this happens.”

Bungane adds: “Our 11-year partnership with Rhodes University through Highway Africa underscores our commitment to the economic and social development of the continent. With a presence in 13 African countries, our association with this event adds impetus to our goal of becoming the ‘Go-To’ bank in Africa.”