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The University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg is proud to be hosting this year’s annual meeting  of members of the World Internet Project scheduled to take place from Wednesday, 7 July to Friday, 10 July 2015.

On Saturday 11th July we may convene for a brief morning session. The Meeting itself will be held from Thursday 8th July. On Wednesday 7th July we are organising a Wits/WIP Conference on ‘the Internet of the next 4 billion’ which we also hope members will be able to attend and contribute to.

On Saturday afternoon, we have planned a visit to Soweto which will give you some insight into South Africa’s apartheid history and its journey to democracy. On Sunday 12th July until Monday morning on the 13th July, we have planned a trip to a game reserve where you can see a wide range of game and enjoy some ‘down time’ in a beautiful African landscape. Please note, you will need to book for this tour and pay a deposit early if you want to join us on this tour.

We are looking forward to welcoming members from the World Internet Project from around the world and hope that you will be able to make the journey to the Southern tip of Africa.

Please register as soon as possible and look through the information on the meeting, accommodation, visits to Soweto and a wonderful game park.

Please note that if you want to go on the visit to the game drive at the rates we have negotiated, you need to confirm your booking as soon as possible.

  • Click here to register for WIP 2015. If you indicate that you want to book at the conference hotel or the tours, we will send you further information on bookings and deposits.
  • Contact Jo-Anne Petersen if you have are any questions Jo-Anne.Petersen@wits.ac.za



Wednesday, 8 July 09h00 to 17h00
The Internet of the next 4 billion’ – Imagining an Internet of the poor (how) will it deliver an accessible, affordable, open and free flow of information and communication in Africa and the rest of ‘the global South.Wits University in association with World Internet Project will host a conference comparing developments in African countries with those in other countries with similar levels of access and use and a similar reliance on ‘the mobile Internet’ looking at latest evidence and ideas on connecting the unconnected.

We are very keen to receive ideas for papers or presentations or discussions from WIP members on this subject that is highly relevant to our location.

We hope that you will be able to arrive in time to attend and contribute to this important African Internet conference.

Thursday, 9 July 09h00-17h00
World Internet Project Annual Meeting 2015 Following our successful meetings in Bogota and Milan, we have decided that on this day of the 2015 WIP meeting we will organise the programme thematically.We are keen to programme presentations or papers on:

  • Current trends in Internet use and access (eg mobile, social media, ecommerce, media)
  • Comparative studies using WIP data (these could be on substantive issues or on challenges of comparing data)
Friday, 10 July 09h00-17h00
World Internet Project Annual Meeting 2015We will programme country presentations of new WIP members or those who have not previously presented country data.We will also programme any presentations on areas of research that members think should be considered on the next occasion that we review the common questions.In the afternoon, we will hold a business meeting led by Jeff covering new members, next meeting and any other WIP business.
Saturday, 11 July (AM)
Continuation of meeting (if required)
Saturday, 11 July (PM)

Sitting on the edge of Johannesburg is the burgeoning township of Soweto, rich in political history, colourful culture and a deep sense of community has made this micro city a popular tourist attraction. Famous for its  golden hearted hero’s such as Nelson Mandela , Archbishop Desmond Tutu , and many more .From its rocky past to its budding future Soweto has a magnificent story to tell .

We begin our Afternoon tour at 13h30 where your English speaking guide will collect you from the Rosebank Crowne Plaza Hotel. The tour will start with drive past the Orlando Towers where a creative spin on cooling towers captures your eye from afar, we then drive past the Soccer city host of the 2010 FIFA world cup Final, this magnificent piece of architecture resembles an African Pot we call a ‘Calabash’. Thereafter we drive past the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital  – the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere and the third largest hospital in the world after the School of Medicine, Sichuan University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Linkou .

Our second stop at the Hector Pieterson Museum (entrances included) , named after one of the first casualties suffered during the 1976 Soweto uprising.

We then visit Nelson Mandela’s house in Vilakazi street  (entrances included) which was once home to the Revolutionary Icon ‘Madiba’ .

We continue through to Regina Mundi Church (entrances included) a place of refuge for activists and famous for its ‘Madonna and child of Soweto’ depiction .

Our final leg entails a buffet dinner at Sakhumzi Restaurant .The Restaurant is situated on the popular & historic  Vilakazi Street, in Orlando West suburb of Soweto in Johannesburg. The cuisine is African township whilst the ambience aspires to complement heritage tourism  theme

Thereafter your guide shall drop you off at the Rosebank Crowne Plaza Hotel at approx. 20h00

The cost of the tour is R850,-  per person

INCLUDED – Transport in a lux air conditioned vehicle, service of an English speaking guide. Pick up and drop off of all tours is free from central locations, entrances to: Regina Mundi, Hector Pieterson Museum, and Mandela House

Buffet Dinner at  Sakhumzi Restaurant

EXCLUDED: – Beverage with Dinner, any entrances not specified, any items of personal expense, any gratuities

± 13:30 – pick up from hotel

± 14:30 – drive past Baragwaneth hospital

± 14:45 – Drive by Orlando towers and Soccer city

± 15:00 – Hector Pieterson museum

± 15:45 – Regina Mundi Church Nelson Mandela House

± 16:30 – Nelson Mandela House

± 18:30-19:30 – Buffet dinner at Sakhumzi Restaurant

± 20:00 – Drop off at hotel

For further enquiries, please contact reservations@kaylintours.com

Sunday, 12 July
Visit to Welgevonden Game ReserveThis will include and overnight stay at a luxury lodge at the reserve.The cost will be approximately $180 inlcuding transport, meals, game drives and luxury accomodation if you book no



The WIP 2015 Meeting is being hosted by the Network Society project of the Journalism and Media Programme at the University of Witwatersrand.The University is one of the leading research universities in Africa.

Wits Club

The meeting will be held at the Wits Club at the University of Witwatersrand. It is about ten minutes from Rosebank.



A group rate has been negotiated for all delegates attending the World Internet Project Annual Meeting 2015 at the Rosebank Crowne PlazaThe Rosebank Crowne Plaza is a modern Johannesburg Hotel that is ideally located for business and leisure travel.The establishment is only two blocks away from The Rosebank Gautrain station, 30 minutes drive from O.R.Tambo International Airport and a short drive from the Johannesburg and Sandton Business Districts.

The hotel is in walking distance of the Rosebank Mall and the African Craft Market that offers visiting guests a wide array of up-market shopping and dining options.

The hotel’s central location makes it the ideal base to access famous Johannesburg tourist attractions such as the Apartheid Museum, Lion Park and Soweto.

There will be a daily transfer from the hotel to the conference venue and back again.

  • Standard single rooms @ R1600.00 B&B – US$141 per room, per night
  • Standard double rooms @ R1775.00 B&B (max 2 pax) – US$156 per room, per night

*Please note foreign exchange calculations are based on current rate of exchange.

To secure this conference rate please book with the hotel and quote booking reference. WIP2015 as soon as possible.

Click here to submit your accommodation booking enquiry. [reservationsmanager@therosebank.co.za]

*It is important that you reference the group booking code for your enquiry to ensure that you qualify for a discounted rate. If you are planning to go on the visit to the game reserve then note that you should book to check out on Sunday 13th July.



Soweto History TourThe Soweto History tour will take place on Saturday 11th July.We will depart from the Rosebank Crowne Plaza.The tour will be about 6 hours and will include a meal.

Game Reserve Tour

We have the pleasure of offering a safari trip to one of South Africa’s most esteemed private game reserves, about 3 hours from Johannesburg.We will leave on Sunday morning and return on Monday morning.

Welgevonden Private Game Reserve (translating into “Well Found”) comprises 37,000 hectares of diverse landscapes and geology and a plethora of South Africa’s most stunning wildlife in the heart of the rich ecosystem of the Waterberg District in Limpopo.

The cost is from approximately $180 for one night and $330 for two nights including all meals and game drive (see detailed costs below)

Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals and boasts all of Africa’s Big 5.The reserve has one of the largest populations of white rhino of any of Africa’s private reserves as well as kudu, giraffe, zebra, warthog, cheetah, brown hyena, the honey badger, close to 300 bird species and a whole lot more.

The restricted number of vehicles allowed in the park and the fact that the animals have never been hunted means that the they remain largely unphased by human proximity, allowing for particularly close and personal encounters.We will travel by coach to the lodge on Sunday, 12 July AM and return to Johannesburg on Monday, 13 July AM.

The rates per night are:

  • Sediba Private Game Lodge – R 2,095 single (US $182) or R 1,925 sharing (US $167)
  • Nungubane Lodge – R3,090 single or R2,000 sharing
  • Jamila Game Lodge – R2,010 per guest, whether single or sharing


We should be back in Rosebank on Monday by 14h00.

An additional night stay can be booked at a discounted rate as follows:

  • Sediba Private Game Lodge – R 1,676 single (US$147.30) or R 1,540 (US$135.35) sharing
  • Nungubane Lodge – R 2,472 single (US$217.27) or R 1,600 (US$141) sharing
  • Jamila Game Lodge – R 1,878 (US$ 165.06) per guest, whether single or sharing

*Please note foreign exchange calculations are based on conversion rate at the time of publishing.

The rate is subject to change and fluctuation without prior notice.

There are only around 15 rooms available at Sediba Lodge (where we will eat our meals together) so the first ones to book will get these rooms.

To secure your booking please make sure you complete the the registration form indicating whether you want to stay one night or two and also please make a deposit for 50% of the total here and please quote reference: Q101341 De Lanerolle

*It is imperative that you reference the group booking code for your enquiry to ensure that you qualify for a discounted rate.



Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or ideas for WIP 2015.We are here to help.For enquiries relating to the conference arrangements, accomodation, tours or travel, please contact the conference co-ordinator, Jo-Anne Petersen: Jo-Anne.Petersen@wits.ac.za

For enquiries relating to the meeting programme, ideas for papers, presentations or discussions please contact the conference manager, Indra de Lanerolle; Indra.delanerolle@wits.ac.za