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

Johannesburg, 26 Oct 2010
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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 master, Warwick wines
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
Seats available at R2 800

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