The One Young World Summit 2013 will take place in Johannesburg, the economic power house of South Africa and successful host of the FIFA World Cup Final. Find out more about what the city has to offer when the Summit arrives in October.
Johannesburg, also known as ‘eGoli’ meaning place of gold, is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. From its modest beginnings as a mining town in the 1800s, the city has been rebuilt four times within a century, starting off as a tented camp, which then grew to a tin shanty town, then to four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and finally to a modern city with its skyline boasting skyscrapers.
Modern-day Johannesburg is the economic and financial hub of South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. While mining remains a predominant activity, with 40% of the world’s gold being mined within the greater Johannesburg region, Johannesburg has diversified into service and trade as well as high-value manufacturing. Johannesburg contributes approximately 16% to the gross domestic product of South Africa.
Johannesburg is one of the most accessible points in Africa; with O.R. Tambo international Airport being the largest and busiest airport in Africa, hosting over 50 airlines. In addition to O.R. Tambo international, Lanseria international Airport is conveniently situated on the other side of Johannesburg.
In 2010 South Africa successfully hosted the FiFA World Cup. Five new stadiums were constructed and Johannesburg’s public transportation infrastructure was upgraded, with the introduction of the Gautrain and the first phase of the rea vaya bus system being launched. The opening ceremony and final were held at Johannesburg’s Soccer City in Soweto, the historical home of Noble Peace Laureates Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Former South African President Nelson mandela.
After the success of the FiFA World Cup, Johannesburg has certainly proved itself to be a worthy and capable host, making it an excellent destination for business and leisure tourism as well as sporting, cultural and other events. On 3 September 2011 it was announced that Johannesburg had submitted the winning bid to host One Young World Summit 2013. On announcing the winners David Jones, CEO of Havas Worldwide and One Young World Co-founder, said: “We received amazing bids from superb cities and Johannesburg is a true global icon, a city that has shown it can handle world events with style and exuberance... We are thrilled that the city will be our host for the One Young World Summit 2013.” The Summit will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre and a dazzling opening ceremony will take place at FNB Stadium, better known as Soccer City.
Johannesburg is home to around 3.8 million people; 49% of its population is under the age of 34 and 42% is under the age of 24. South Africa has committed itself to youth development; with community- based youth advisory centres within the city that are managed by the mayor’s Office and with youth participation and representation in Parliament on a national level. The Executive mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Parks Tau, and the City of Johannesburg, eagerly await One Young World Summit 2013 and the legacy it may leave for South Africa and the continent.
|Wednesday 2 October||
|Thursday 3 October||Summit programme & plenary sessions||Sandton Convention Centre|
|Friday 4 October||Summit programme & plenary sessions||Sandton Convention Centre|
|Saturday 5 October||
||Sandton Convention Centre|
|Sunday 6 October||
||Johannesburg & surrounds – various venues TBC|
Subject to confirmation:
- Plenary Sessions and Special Sessions are subject to announcement closer to the summit
- Additional delegate tours may take place on the morning of 2 October
- Breakout sessions hosted by the One Young World Johannesburg 2013 Advisory Board and any other such side-events are in planning and will be announced nearer to the summit
The One Young World Summit 2013 Advisory Board comprises:
Peter Burdin – Bureau Chief, BBC Africa
Nolitha Fakude – Executive Director, Sasol
Thulani Fakude – One Young World Ambassador
Francesco Fattori – SVP Regional Director Africa, Reckitt Benckiser
Neliswa Fente – One Young World Ambassador
Anton Harber – Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
Lynn Madeley – CEO, Havas Southern Africa
Phuti Mahanyele – CEO, Shanduka Group
Phelisa Mangcu – Acting CEO, Johannesburg Tourism Company
Miller Matola – CEO, Brand SA
Rich Mkhondo – Executive: Corporate Affairs, MTN Group
Marlynie Moodley – Head External Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa, McKinsey & Company
Trevor Ncube – Executive Deputy Chairman, Mail & Guardian
Several Members of the One Young World Summit 2013 Advisory Board with His Worship The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, Kate Robertson, Co-Founder of One Young World, and South African One Young World Ambassadors
Please read the One Young World ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ located at http://www.oneyoungworld.com/terms and Terms and Conditions thoroughly before applying to attend the One Young World Johannesburg Summit.
NB: You are only a confirmed Delegate to the One Young World Summit if:
- Application to One Young World has been accepted, meeting all One Young World criteria, AND
- You have received the endorsement of a sponsor, who is covering the full cost of your One Young World Delegate Fee and has paid in full within the time frames set out in agreements made formally between the sponsor and One Young World, AND
- You have completed all required One Young World profile and registration information required by the One Young World Headquarters and logistics teams, AND
- You have complied with and completed all passport and applicable visa application arrangements or provided required documentation to prove such
All candidates (from anywhere in the world) are subject to the same application process and each and every confirmed Delegate is required to have the endorsement of a sponsor (whether a One Young World partner sponsor or an individual private sponsor).
One Young World Delegates are expected to participate fully in every aspect of the summit and the experience is designed to provide exposure to young leaders from all over the world. All Delegates will thus be required stay together in the designated summit hotels, and to participate in all summit events as assigned on the final summit schedule