To infinity and beyond
19 March 2018 13:03 (South Africa)


In 2010, we held one of the most talked about events of the year. We gathered some of the biggest names in South African business, media and politics to share the day with us in an intimate theatre environment. The event trended. Worldwide. It made news headlines and above all, it made us think.


What they said about v1.0

"The Gathering will crank your mind open. You will meet people you see in the news and others you didn't know existed, who do things you didn't think were possible. You will cross the line from the current science, to the future fantastic. It was the most mind-opening experience that could happen in one day."

- Stephen Grootes, Eye Witness News


The biggest speaker event of 2012: Countdown to Mangaung

The Gathering gives you the opportunity to experience, in the most intimate of settings, the views and thoughts from some of the most influential thinkers and leaders in our country. This is the confirmed line-up for what will be the speaking event of the year: 



  1. Zwelinzima Vavi (General Secretary - COSATU)
  2. Gwede Mantashe (Secretary General - ANC)
  3. Lindiwe Mazibuko (Parliamentary Leader - DA)
  4. Clem Sunter (Futurist, Author and Scenario Planner)
  5. Jay Naidoo (Founder of COSATU and Civil Activist)
  6. Mark Heywood (Director - Section 27) 
  7. Alan Knott-Craig (Chief Executive - Mxit)
  8. Yvonne Johnston (Marketer-at-large - Brand South Africa)
  9. Greg Marinovich (Pulitzer Prize Winner - Photo Journalist)
  10. Ivo Vegter  (Author, Opinionista and trouble-maker)


This year's event will include a fresher format, with panel discussions and the razor-sharp MC'ing skills of John Vlismas. You couldn't ask for a more Maverick speaking event.

  • Venue: Victory Theatre, Louis Botha Avenue, Houghton
  • Date: Thursday, 15 November 2012
  • Time: 08h30 – 17h00
  • Price: R3,250

Ticket prices include a full 3-course lunch and refreshments throughout the day, with the opportunity to mingle and network after the event with attendees and speakers.

Make sure to book your early bird ticket before the 18th October and get 25% off. To take advantage of this offer, please use the voucher code "EB" in the booking page. 



If you’d like to enquire about various sponsorship opportunities for your brand at the event, please enquire here.

All general event enquiries, please click here.




The fine print:
Have you noticed how fine print is usually in small Italics, so you don't bother reading it and the big corporations can get you to sign away your soul, or your grandmother? No catches here though. You pay us - we show you a good time. Not that kind of good time, mind you, but the classy, smart, controversial and witty kind of good time you've come to expect from the Daily Maverick. Speakers listed above are confirmed for the event but may be subject to change under extenuating circumstances.

The really fine print:
Really? You read down all this way, wasting time to read the fine print when someone else could be booking your seat? Were you waiting for us to tell you seats are limited? Of course, they are! This is a theatre, not FNB Stadium. 

The really, really fine print:
Seriously? Why are you still reading? Just book your seat. Now! We even put another button here for you so you don't have scroll back up.