Monday, May 22
TT Training Full Day
16:00 – 18:00 Liberty Forum Registration Open
Tuesday, May 23 Property Titling Day Trip
Initiated in 2010 in Ngwathe (Parys), Free State, the FMF’s Khaya Lam ("My Home") Land Reform Project serves to convert land currently held under a complex variety of restrictive tenures and apartheid titles to unambiguous, freely tradable ownership. Join us for a special trip to Tumahole to meet some of the recipients of title deeds. On the way, Project Coordinator Perry Feldman will describe the project, now active in four more municipalities with a total of 1,105 titles in Ngwathe and another 3,200 elsewhere. An estimated 5 million need to be transferred countrywide to erase aparheid’s property crime. Visit some of the houses, meet Ngwathe Mayor, Ms. Joey Mochela, and see firsthand the presentation of 54 titles sponsored by Atlas Network board member Gerry Ohrstrom. Afterwards we will have lunch with the new recipients to get a real "feel" for what it means to black South Africans who were banned from owning land for 78 years, to finally have ownership of their homes. Registration for this trip is free, but you will need to indicate your participation by reserving a ticket when you register for the Africa Liberty Forum.
Property Titling Day Schedule
08:00 Depart Radisson
10:00 Arrive Tumahole (Parys)
10.30 – 11:45 Welcome
Interviews with some recipients describing what a title deed means to them (through an interpreter where necessary)
11:45 – 12:15 Property titling presentations
12:15 – 14:00 Lunch with recipients
14:00 – 15:00 Brief tour of part of Tumahole and visit to homes of two or three recipients
15:00 Depart Tumahole (Parys)
17:00 Arrive Radisson
Wednesday, May 24 – Africa Liberty Forum Day 1
09:00 – 10:00 Registration - Location: 12th Floor Foyer
10:00 – 11:00 Welcome - Location: JSE 1& 2
Representatives of from Africa Liberty Forum’s co-hosting organizations will kick off the conference with remarks about what we want to achieve during this critical moment in the history of South Africa and the continent.
Confirmed Speakers: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA) | Ayanda Khumalo (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
Speed Networking - Location: 12th Floor Foyer
A great Liberty Forum tradition! In a “speed dating” format, you will quickly meet new freedom champions and hear new perspectives. A great way to expand your contacts and experience the diversity of Atlas Network's worldwide partners.
11:00 – 12:15 Will liberty take root in Africa? - Location: JSE 1 & 2
Our first plenary session showcases the perspectives of accomplished individuals from the world of think tanks, journalism, and business – hailing from south, west, and east Africa – on a big question. Will liberty take root in Africa? And if so, how can we play a role in accelerating this progress?
Moderator: Terry Markman (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
Confirmed speakers: John Kane-Berman (Institute of Race Relations, South Africa) | Andrew Mwenda (journalist, Uganda) | Bright Simons (mPedigree)
12:15 – 14:15 Lunch programme - Morality, property, and prosperity VS confiscation and cronyism - Location: JSE 1 & 2
Many Africans are aware of the institutional problems that impede progress in their societies. Too few have developed a vision of what might replace the status quo. Dr. Tom G. Palmer is one of the world’s foremost scholars on classical liberal ideas. In recent years, he changed the lives of millions of readers of volumes he has edited, including The Morality of Capitalism; Peace, Love and Liberty; and Self-Control or State Control: You Decide.
Confirmed speaker: Tom Palmer (Atlas Network, USA)
Crowdsource Liberty 60-second pitches
14:15 – 15:15 - Breakout Sessions
A) Entrepreneurs and the future of Africa - Location: JSE 3
Confirmed speakers: Mike Hull (Hull Consulting Engineers, South Africa) | Chris Becker (Investec Bank Limited, South Africa) | Unathi Kwaza (Independent Entrepreneurship Group, South Africa)
Moderator: Jayne Boccaleone (J&C Communications, South Africa)
B) Educating the next generation - Location: Nasdaq
Creating a future more hospitable to the ideas of freedom necessarily begins with creating awareness of them – and hunger for pro-liberty reforms – among today’s students. In this session, learn about the inroads being made with the next generation in various parts of Africa.
Moderator: Lisa Harraway (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
Confirmed Speakers: Piet le Roux (Akademia, South Africa) | Nathan Tjirimuji (Chevauchee, Namibia) | Peter Bismark (Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation, Ghana)
Crowdsource Liberty - Location: 12th Floor Foyer
Too often, conferences ask you sit down and stay quiet. Not here! You are invited to speak up and exchange ideas in the 12th Floor Foyer where graduates of Atlas Network’s recent regional think tank training are ready to discuss projects under development to advance liberty. Play an active role in sharpening their plans to make a difference!
15:30 – 16:45 - Breakout sessions
A) Rule of Law essential for liberty - Location: JSE 3
John Locke wrote that “Persons have a right or liberty to (1) follow their own will in all things that the law has not prohibited and (2) not be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, and arbitrary wills of others.” Yet we see new encroachments upon the rule of law with increasing frequency. What can be done to reign in arbitrary power so that citizens can exercise their natural liberties with certainty?
Moderator – active: Tom Palmer (Atlas Network, USA)
Confirmed speakers: Rex van Schalkwyk (former Judge of the Supreme Court, South Africa) | Leon Louw (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
B) Think tank projects that can yield real increases in economic freedom - Location: Nasdaq
This session showcases think tank projects that take aim at increasing economic freedom, as measured by indices such as the Economic Freedom of the World report by Fraser Institute. Learn about practical efforts to affect policy in the direction of freedom.
Moderator: Elisa Bishop (Atlas Network, USA)
Confirmed speakers: Martin van Staden (Free Market Foundation, South Africa) | Franklin Cudjoe (Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation, Ghana) | Gisèle Dutheuil (Audace Institut Afrique, Cote d’Ivoire) | Donatien Kouakou ADOU (Audace Institut Afrique, Cote d’Ivoire)
Crowdsource Liberty - Location: 12th Floor Foyer
Another chance to participate in our interactive session in the 12th Floor Foyer. Graduates of Atlas Network’s recent regional think tank training want your ideas and feedback to sharpen new plans they’ve developed to advance liberty!
18:30 – 2130 Gala Africa Liberty Dinner - Location: JSE 1 & 2
South Africa: From miracle democracy to growing despondency (1900-1930)
Introduction remarks: Temba Nolutshungu (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
Keynote speaker: Tim Modise (Journalist, TV and radio presenter, South Africa)
Registration (1830-1900) - Location: 12th Floor Foyer
Regional Liberty Awards (1930-2000) - Location: JSE 1 & 2
Dinner (2000-2130) - Location: JSE 1 & 2
Thursday, May 25 – Africa Liberty Forum Day 2
09:00 – 09:30 Registration - Location: 12th Floor Foyer
09:30 – 10:45 - Breakout Sessions
A) Mobilising new audiences for liberty - Location: JSE 3
How do we craft strong messages and use new technology to activate new audiences to help the cause of liberty? This session looks at what has worked in different settings.
Moderator: David Ansara (EU Chamber of Commerce & Industry, South Africa)
Confirmed Speakers: Gareth Cliff (Cliff Central, South Africa) | Matt Kibbe (Free the People, USA) | Japheth Omojuwa (AfricanLiberty.org, Nigeria) | Olumayowa Okediran (African Students for Liberty, Nigeria) | Aboagye Mintah (Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation, Ghana)
B) Achieving outcomes by designing smart campaigns - Location: Nasdaq
Donors are no longer interested in support projects with “good aims” but “nebulous results.” Learn how different organizations are thoughtfully designing campaigns to achieve measurable and important outcomes.
Moderator: Eustace Davie (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
Confirmed Speakers: Terry Markman (Free Market Foundation, South Africa) | Garreth Bloor (Independent Entrepreneurship Group, South Africa) | Ghalib Galant (Accountability Now, South Africa) | Francis Antonie (Helen Suzman Foundation, South Africa)
11:00 – 12:15 Transformation through growth - Location: JSE 1 & 2
Many policy efforts focus on redistributing existing wealth, but lasting improvement in living standards requires generating new wealth. What are the policy obstacles to achieving inclusive growth that will benefit all sectors of society?
Confirmed Speakers: Ann Bernstein (Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa) | Leon Louw (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
Moderator: David Steward (FW de Klerk Foundation, South Africa)
12:30 – 14:00 Closing Lunch programme - Location: JSE 1 & 2
Shark Tank Contest
A special competition to award seed funding to a promising new project to advance the ideas of liberty.
Competitors: Michael Howe-Ely, (Ineng, South Africa) | Peter Bismark Kwofie (Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation, Ghana) | Jasson Urbach (Free Market Foundation/Durban, South Africa)
Moderator: Brad Lips
Judges: Walter Gardiner, Free Market Foundation | Terry Kibbe, Free the People | Johanna Mcdowell, Independent Agency Search and Selection Company | Chris Becker, Investec Bank Limited
Apartheid, Mandela, and socialism: Time for change
Introduction remarks: Eustace Davie (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
Confirmed Speaker: Temba Nolutshungu (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
Confirmed Speaker: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
Friday, May 26 & Saturday, May 27
2-Day Safari (Post-Event Option)