​Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation to the 2nd BRICS Urbanisation Forum and 3rd Friendship Cities and Local Government Cooperation Forum to be held 26-29 November 2013, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (ICC), Durban, South Africa. The meetings will be held under the theme “Towards sustainable urbanisation”.
The purpose of the meetings is to provide a platform for member countries to develop a common approach that will facilitate cooperation and exchange of information on urbanisation challenges.

The objectives of the conference are to coordinate efforts to learn from best practices and access available technologies in order to better manage and plan for the rapid rate of urbanisation in the BRICS partner countries.
The event will provide a platform for networking and exchanging of ideas. It also brings together senior government leaders and officials, city Managers, urban development managers, and other important stakeholders from around the world.

The agenda of the meetings is intended to ensure that key issues of urbanisation are placed on the global agenda of the BRICS member countries. The thematic issues will focus on Building productive and sustainable urban economies; Livelihood survival strategies in urban environments; Creating inclusive urban spaces; Decentralisation of powers and functions as well as Spatial and economic interface
Applications for accreditation should include on the attached excel form, the following:

Full Names
Name of media house
Designation (e.g., reporter, photographer)
ID/passport number
Physical Address
Contact details: Tel, Cell and Email

Please forward the above details by no later than, 24 November 2013 to both officials below:
Ms Takalani Sithi: Takalani@gcis.gov.za cell: 078 252 3722
Ms Thando Biyela: Thando.Biyela@kzncogta.gov.za cell 0794972817
NB: No media will be allowed access to the Conference venues without prior accreditation.
Enquiries: Ms Tsakani Baloyi (COGTA) on 0820520892
Ms Lokile (COGTA) on 0722964336
Mr Lennox Mabaso (KZN COGTA) on 0828842403
Ms Sohana Singh (eThekwini) on 0313114805
Issued by Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on behalf of the Department Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs