Frequently Asked Questions - JOWSCO
WSSD logistics information line
Tel: +27 (0) 83 141 for the 24 hour, (operational August 10th - September 10th)
The South African government, represented by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, offered to host the WSSD. It set up the Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO) to manage and arrange the logistics of the Summit, in terms of providing accommodation and travel for delegates and acting as a central coordination point for all other events running in parallel to the WSSD.
JOWSCO has arranged for the Wanderers Stadium to be temporarily turned in to a logistical hub and exhibition space called Ubuntu Village for the duration of the Summit.
World Summit Company
Grayston Drive & Linden Road
+27 11 303 8200
Fax: +27 11 303 8292
Summit hosts (i.e. JOWSCO) have contracted the company Global
Conferences DMC to process travel and accommodation bookings for WSSD
delegates and those attending other events occurring in Johannesburg.
They have block booked nearly all of the hotel and B&B accommodation
in the Johannesburg area. This means that if you phone direct you will
be told the facility is full due to the WSSD, meaning you have to
contact DMC to make a booking.
are taking bookings via their online facility at www.wssddmc.com.
However, responses to online accommodation requests have been slow or
Forum has circumvented this process by opting for short-term rental
apartments. Unfortunately our location is now fully booked but this is
an option you could investigate via the Internet. As for travel we have
booked flights via our regular travel agents. A Travel
Advice sheet has been compiled for our staff, with guidelines on
climate, arrivals, money, telecommunications, etc.
also be arranging to make our delegation’s trip to WSSD carbon
neutral. You can measure your delegation’s CO2 contribution
and make a positive contribution back via Johannesburg
province of Gautang has been subdivided in to 10 zones (map)
for accommodation and transport purposes throughout the Summit period.
These zones are:
Sandton & surrounds
Randburg & surrounds
Magaliesburg & Muldersdrift
Airports & surrounds
South East Rand
inter-zone transport system will be put in place to transport delegates
in to Ubuntu Village (Zone 1). Shuttle services will then operate across
Zone 1 to the WSSD (also Zone 1) and down to the Global People’s Forum
(Zone 4). The inter-zone system will link the
following with Ubuntu Village:
+27 11 463 4300
11 463 7878
Specific contacts are:
Manager: Groups Accommodation
Manager: Function Rooms
Manager: Hotel Accommodations
Sally Ann Raith Riches
Manager: Lodgings (bed-and-breakfast establishments and others)
Village will be open daily 9am-10pm between 17th August – 7th
September in the grounds of the Wanderers’ Club, North Road, Ilovo -
about 25 minutes away from the Sandton Convention Center.
about Ubuntu Village should be directed to JOWSCO.
Village will be the service and recreational hub of the WSSD, as well as
serving as the overflow area for Sandton Convention Center. It will be
the central point for participants at all parallel events to the WSSD
and enable the governments, organizations and stakeholders to interact
on common ground. It will house various cultural, educational and
entertainment attractions, including:
following service/facilities will also be available at Ubuntu Village:
Currently registration details for Ubuntu Village are sketchy. There has been talk of a ‘Welcome Card’ being available from Ubuntu Village and the Global People’s Forum, which would allow for access to Village facilities and inter-zone transport. The original cost for these was projected as $60. However, there is no information on this on the Ubuntu Village or JOWSCO websites.
events are sustainable development events/activities taking place
outside of the WSSD venue (Sandton Convention Center) but within
Johannesburg, or elsewhere in South Africa, between 10th
August and 10th September. For example, the Global
People’s Forum and Ubuntu Village are parallel
the Summit hosts, have had a process of allocating space to, and
recognizing, official parallel events (which are entitled to such
benefits as volunteers support, linkages to registration and logistics
system, etc.). However, there will also be many unofficial events
running in parallel to the WSSD.
JOWSCO official parallel events application process closed on 31st
May. However, if you have queries please contact:
+27 11 303 8200
+27 11 303
Forum has compiled an overview list of the WSSD’s parallel events,
with links to appropriate websites. This can be found on the Initiatives
Page of our website. Stakeholder Forum also
has a draft Calendar of Summit Events running before, during and after the Summit.
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