Mon, 24 May | Pretoria

Africa Communications Week 2021: the South African edition

A week-long series of discussions, workshops, tours and celebrations at Freedom Park Heritage Site & Museum in Pretoria
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Africa Communications Week 2021: the South African edition

Time & Location

24 May, 11:00 – 28 May, 18:00
Pretoria, koch st &, 7th Ave, Salvokop, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa

About the event

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Theme: Changing the perception on Africa: saving lives, saving livelihoods

DAY 1: Opening of Africa Communications Week 2021: the South African edition

Monday, 24 May 2021

Time: 11:00- 18:00

Venue: //hapo restaurant, Freedom Park Heritage Site & Museum,  and livestream on social media platforms


  • Vaccine rollout in Africa; saving lives and saving livelihoods - how do we tell our stories? How do we collaborate?
  • The importance of communications as a strategic tool for development
  • 2021 as the AU’s Year of the Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want

11:00 - 12.15: Addresses by Freedom Park, CEO: Ms Jane Mufamadi

12.15  - 13.00: Panel discussion on the importance of strategic communications for Africa's development with representatives from SADC, SANEF and FCA

DAY 2: Africa Day Celebrations hosted by Freedom Park

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Venue:  Amphitheatre & Isivivane, Freedom Park Heritage Site & Museum, Pretoria

Time: 09:00 - 18:00


  • Social cohesion through the arts
  • Freedom Park’s message for Africa Day

08.30 - 10.30: Silencing the Gun event hosted by .Africa

10.30 - 11.30: Freedom Park Tour

11.30 - 13.00: Africa Day Celebration

2.30 - 4.30: Freedom Park Webinar in partnership with UNISA

Theme:  Pan Africanism and Africa Liberation in the era of the COVID-19 Pandemic

DAY 3 : Media workshop for Press Attachés based in South Africa

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Venue:  The Sanctuary, Freedom Park Heritage Site & Museum Pretoria

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Practical day of learning, sharing and collaboration between press attaches, media and communicators

10.00 - 13.00 Presentations from Facebook, SABC, Twitter & Google on combating fake news, proactive media coverage on African issues, tech tools, policies and the digitisation of Arts & Culture

13.00 - 13.30: Presentation on the significance of Freedom Park

14.00 - 14.30: Presentation by Media Monitoring Africa

14.30 - 15.00: GCIS Presentation on their research

DAY 4: Webinar hosted by the Africa Peer Review Mechanism 

Thursday, 27 May 2021 - APRM webinar

Venue: Zoom with livestream to social media platforms

Time: 10:00 - 16:30

11.20 – 11.30: APRM and The Media (The role of African Governments in protecting the 4th estate, as a cornerstone of constitutional democracy - Minister of Public Service and Administration Mr. Senzo Mchunu

11.30 – 11.40  The APRM 2nd Generation Review and the role of the Media: NGC Chairperson: Thulani Tshefuta

11.40 – 11.50 The role of the media in promoting awareness of the APRM and its activities: Thematic Chairperson Communication and Publicity - Mrs Thulisile Lubisi

11.50 - 12.00  The future of media culture and heritage– TAEF representative

12.00 – 12.20 Questions and Answers facilitated by TAEF

12.20 – 12.30 Vote of thanks - Country APRM Secretariat: Dr Patrick Sokhela

Follow the conversation on #APRMWebinar

4.00: National Reading Coalition session

DAY 5: Closing Day

Friday, 28 May 2021

Venue: The Sanctuary, Freedom Park Heritage Site & Museum, Pretoria

Time: 11:00 - 18:00

11.00  - 11.30: Opening remarks and reflects from the week by the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture Director General, Mr V Mkhize

11.30 - 13.00: Panel discussion on the business of communications 

13.00: Closing remarks and thanks

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