The names for the US/International blogger tour of South Africa, organised by Simon Barber of the International Marketing Council, have been released. It’s a draft list so some bloggers may still be added or will fall away, but its pretty close to being set in stone.
The tour dates will be from the 29 November to 9 December. It will start in Cape town and go via Stellenbosch, Darling, Alexander Bay, Port Nolloth, Carltonville, Magaliesberg, Cradle area and then eventually end in Soweto and Johannesburg. The idea was to provide an all-round view of the country, showing all the nooks and crannies, rather than just the main centres.
Some of your suggestions such as David Sasaki and a request for some local bloggers on the tour are there. You may notice that unfortunately some personal favourites such as the hardcore tech/web 2.0 bloggers requested by some are not on the tour, but the tour organisers (IMC) wanted to ensure that there was a wide representation of bloggers from many sectors such as science, entertainment and politics not just bloggers from the world of Web 2.0. I know it’s hard to believe sometimes, but there is more to life than webtwopointzero, otherwise also known as webtwopointego. Personally, I’m chuffed to see the Huffingtonpost represented on the tour and also Chris Morrison from VentureBeat. Zadi Diaz looks cool too.
It’s not a bad choice of bloggers to tour the country — and by all accounts its going to be a great tour. I’m personally trying to organise/throw-together a meet-up in Cape Town for local bloggers and the blogger tour. If I can get my act together and my filofax sticky-taped together, details of that soon will be released. No I don’t own a filofax. What’s a filofax?
Bloggers touring South Africa (draft list):
Renee Blodgett (www.downtheavenue.com)
Zadi Diaz (www.zadidiaz.com)
Mona Gable (www.huffingtonpost.com/mona-gable)
John Gartner (www.matternetwork.com)
Chris Morrison (www.venturebeat.com)
David Sasaki (globalvoicesonline.org)
Eliane Fioret (www.ubergizmo.com)
Graeme Wood (www.theatlantic.com)
…and the South Africans onboard the tour who will be blogging from the inside:
Nick Haralambous (www.sarocks.co.za)
Ndumiso Ngcobo (www.thoughtleader.co.za/silwane)
Simon Barber (organiser) — (www.brandsouthafricablog.com, www.izwi.com )