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We have to make Africans believe in ourselves before we can expect the world to believe in us. Former president of the Republic of Mozambique, H.E. Joaquim Chissano (above) giving the keynote address at Input2008 on opening night 4 May.

Below…and the registration carries on… 

As from 7 May Input 2008 Joburg opens free registration for all industry and interested people…

below: who’s got the mic at input2008…

Below: Harry Belafonte and James Early (right back) arrive at the Input 2008 Opening night as guests… Harry Belafonte will deliver the keynote address at tonight’s launch of the Human Bondage Project…


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The Input 2008 Guide – Practical Information

Welcome to Johannesburg!

This melting pot of cultures, some ancient and some modern, located in the province of Gauteng, (meaning place of gold) will showcase African hospitality at its best. There is not a single word for stranger in our indigenous languages, therefore, please feel welcome.


With preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup well underway, there is a fair amount of construction taking place at OR Tambo International Airport. There is minimal disruption at the Domestic terminal, however, there is considerable change at the International terminals.

When you emerge from either A1 or A2 arrivals terminals, please look for the Input 2008 banner and Hostess/Host. You will be directed to the pick-up point for SoWhere 2, located just outside both sections of the arrivals terminals.

At the Domestic terminal there will be an Input banner, hostess and table. Again, please identify yourself to the Input staff and you will be escorted to the So Where 2 embarcation point – just outside the terminal.


May is Autumn in South Africa, so bring a stout jacket and warm shoes for the mornings and evenings. Temperatures can rise to the early 20s (18-22 degrees Centigrade) at midday but can fall to anything between -2 and 8 degrees Centigrade in the mornings and evenings. In short: Come prepared for anything from sudden cold spells to unseasonably warm Autumn weather.


Delegates are reminded and strongly urged to book reliable and safe transport to and from the airport with Input’s preferred transport company SoWhere2.

Should delegates prefer to pay for this transport service upon arrival only, this can be easily arranged with SoWhere2. However, it is vital that you book your transport before arriving at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Payment can then be made upon arrival.

To book your airport transfers now and to contact SoWhere2, visit: or email


A limited shuttle service will be in operation between popular Sandton hotels and the Convention Centre. Please ask at the Information Desk for a schedule. A representative of So Where 2 transport will be based at the Information Desk should you wish to make private bookings.


Most delegates should by now have confirmed or at least booked accommodation in Johannesburg. Should you require sound advice on accommodation found on the internet or for more information on the hotels we have secured packages with please contact


Gauteng has a wide array of places of interest. Book your place on the free tour for Input delegates on Saturday 3rd May. Experience our history at the Apartheid Museum and the Hector Pieterson Memorial and visit the Cradle of Human Kind – and go Back to the beginning.

Sandton is the commercial heart of South Africa, and it has a wide array of restaurants, shops and cinemas. Take a stroll around, but do not miss the Input 2008 sessions.

There is a wide offering of entertainment in Johannesburg. Please enquire at the Information Desk for further information.


Input 2008 takes place in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre (SCC). Most of the Input activity will take place on Level Two (see your catalogue for more detailed maps of the rooms being used in the SCC and the area surrounding the Convention Centre).

On Level Two you will find the Registration area, Information Desk, Red, Blue and Green viewing rooms, the Producers’ Hour space (Ngugi wa Thiongo Square), the Ben Okri Boardroom, the Shop Stewards’ room, the Bessie Head Media room and the Nuruddin Farah Video-on-Demand Room.


SCC Level Two Foyer

Opening hours

Sunday May 4th: 12h00 to 17h00

Monday May 5th to Friday May 9th: 9h00 -16h00

If you have not pre-registered and paid, you may register for the conference on the spot at the Registration Area on Level Two. Payments may be made by credit card (we regret not Amex or Diner’s Club) or in cash (South African Rands).

When you register you will receive a bag with the Input 2008 catalogue and your Input 2008 badge. Delegates are requested to wear their badges at all times.

Please note that you will not be allowed into the Gala Dinner if you do not have your Input 2008 badge.

Input delegates may be identified by their badge colour:

Board Members – Green

Delegates – Red

Guests – Blue

National Coordinators – Yellow

Shop Stewards – Orange

Staff – Orange


Sandton Convention Centre Level Two

Opening hours

Sunday May 4th: 12h00 to 20h00

Monday May 5th to Saturday May 10th: 08h30 to 19h00


The Sandton Convention Centre is fully wheelchair-accessible and designed to cater for people with disabilities.


Beverages and light snacks will be served from 09h00 to 19h00 in the DuBois and Buchi Emecheta Bars on Level Two. These may be purchased, from the waiters who will be servicing all the designated open sitting areas, including the smoking balconies outside.

A buffet service will be available on two levels within the SCC. For your convenience two restaurants – Maude Street Cafe and Maraschino’s are situated next door and across the road from the SCC, at street level. These cafes serve a wide selection of light and more substantial meals.


Smoking is permitted only on the balconies surrounding Level Two. It is forbidden by law to smoke in enclosed spaces and infringers may be prosecuted.

Eating is only permitted in the designated eating areas. No eating may take place in the viewing rooms, media room, I-cafe and Video-on-Demand room. This is to ensure that no damage is caused to equipment and other delegates are not inconvenienced.


The working language at Input is English. During the discussions following each screening session, we provide simultaneous translation between English and French. Headsets are available from the Information Desk in the foyer and may be borrowed by leaving an ID card or passport.


Opening Night Reception and Cocktail Function

Time: 18h00 for 18h30

Venue: Pavillion, Level 5

Admission is free

Gala Dinner/ Mid-Week Party

Time: 19h00

Venue: Pavillion, Level 5

Admission: R200

You will be treated to the best of African cuisine, the finest wines from the Cape and entertained like queens and kings as we showcase our local entertainers.

If you have not pre-registered for this event and you wish to attend, please buy your ticket from the registration Desk. There will be spectacular entertainment, an opportunity to network as well as to dance the night away.

For more information, please contact or consult the Input 2008 catalogue that you can collect from the Registration Desk.

We look forward to seeing you at Input 2008....

Input 2008 Team

What’s in a Name?

The main Input 2008 Committee Rooms have been named after notable South Africans. Here is a brief guide to who’s-who…click on the highlighted names to be directed to more information.

Committee Room 1: The Herman Charles Bosman Room

Herman Charles Bosman (1905-1951) was an Afrikaans South African author and journalist who wrote in English, lived a bohemian and colourful life and is regarded as one of the country’s best short story writers.

Committee Room 2: The Zakes Mda Room

Zakes Mda (1948- ) is a celebrated and award-winning South African author. He is also a composer, playwright, filmmaker and painter. He is professor of creative writing at Ohio University and commutes between the USA and South Africa. His latest titles include The Whale Caller and Cion.

Committee Room 3: The Lewis Nkosi Room

Lewis Nkosi (1936- ) worked for years as an editor and journalist and later became a prolific essayist, playwright and author. He is best known for his commentary on contemporary Africa and is regarded by many as one of the architects of black consciousness in South Africa. He resides in Switzerland and visits South Africa regularly.

Committee Room 4: The Miriam Tlali Room

Miriam Tlali (1933-) is the first black woman to have published a novel in South Africa and remains a keen critic – through fiction and non-fiction – of injustice in society. She was the co-founder of the radical arts journal Staffrider and sits on the board of Skotaville Press.

Committee Room 5: The Es’kia Mphahlele Room

Es’kia Mphahlele (1919- ) is a South African novelist, autobiographer, and critic who was banned under Apartheid for many years. He spent much time on the continent, returned to South Africa in 1978 and remains a respected commentator on Africa and African literature.

Producer’s Hour & I-Cafe

The Producer’s Hour

The Input programme has built into it special one hour sessions twice daily (1-2pm & 6-7pm) where the producers of programmes shown in preceding sessions will be available to interact with delegates.

Delegates are encouraged to attend these sessions for more debate and practical networking with producers from around the world.

Internet Cafe

An internet cafe equipped with 20 PC’s is available on-site for all Input delegates as well as free wireless www connection for the duration of the conference.

Video library available at Input 2008

From left to right: stills from Chakia & Sneakers (Singapore), Mississippi Cold Case (Canada), Badly Drawn Roy (Ireland) and The Stones of the Kingdom (Brazil).

Because the Input conference runs parallel screening and discussion sessions, delegates will have to choose the sessions they wish to attend.

Now we know that there are programmes you would not want to miss – which is why we have an on-site video library available to all Input delegates!

The library allows all registered delegates to view any of the films & programmes on-site at the Sandton Convention Centre. The programmes must already have been screened in a session in order to be viewed.

The video library is equipped with 20 viewing stations which can seat up to 3 viewers at a time. Viewing stations can be reserved a day before for a maximum of one and a half hours per session.

The video library will be open from Monday 5th to Saturday 10th May from 9am-9pm daily.

Airport Transfers for Input 2008

The company SoWhere2 is the preferred airport transport company for Input 2008 that offers Input delegates an efficient and reliable airport transfer, taxi and chauffeur booking service to and from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

This is for registered Input 2008 delegates only. If you still have to register for Input, you can do so on the website by clicking this link.

For more information and to book your airport transfers now visit: or email

SoWhere2 offers an excellent fleet of safe and comfortable cars with outstanding drivers and the latest technologies to ensure clients are satisfied, safe and secure. Their services are backed by sophisticated databases offering secure online bookings, credit card payments, efficient scheduling and co-ordinated customer relations.

As an Input delegate you can be assured of:

* A meet and greet service at the airport

* 100% dependability with safe, reliable and comfortable vehicles

* Full insurance cover and legal protection

* Friendly, safety-conscious and well-informed staff.

All the best with your travel plans! – the Input 2008 organising team.