Delegation from Ladysmith, South Africa Visits Hattiesburg

November 16th, 2010
Hattiesburg, Miss- The City of Hattiesburg will be hosting a delegation from Ladysmith, South Africa from Wednesday, November 17, 2010 until Saturday, November 20, 2010. The delegation will include Mayor Dudu Mazibuko, members of her office, and six business leaders of Ladysmith.
Mayor Johnny L. DuPree extended an invitation to Hattiesburg earlier this year with a vision of developing partnerships between the cities through economic development and education. “It is by taking opportunities such as these, not only are we able to support cities like Ladysmith, we are also learning of ways to improve Hattiesburg. When we expand our resources it has always been beneficial to both parties involved,” said Mayor DuPree.
During the delegation’s visit to Hattiesburg, Mayor DuPree will showcase the local higher education opportunities that are available for students from Kwazulu Natal University by visiting the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University. The City of Hattiesburg will also host an Economic Summit at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 19, 2010 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center. The summit will include the Ladysmith, South Africa Delegation, ADP, Pinebelt Mayors’ Association, The University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, and local business leaders. The summit’s focus will highlight the commonalities between Ladysmith and Hattiesburg and community program partnerships.
Special thanks to the following sponsors who helped support this event: VisitHattiesburg, Mississippi Power Company, ADP, South Mississippi Electric Power Association, Hattiesburg Historic Downtown Association, University of Southern Mississippi, and William Carey University.

The Media is invited to the following events throughout the week:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Press Conference at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in the Executive Conference Room

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.

USM Luncheon and Presentations in the President’s Dining Room

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.

William Carey University to receive visiting South African Delegation in the Sarah Gillespie Museum

Wednesday, November 18, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

William Carey University to host a dinner in the Glass Room of the Thomas Business Building

Thursday, November 19, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.

Economic Summit at the Lake Terrace Convention Center

Thursday, November 19, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.

Press Conference following Economic Summit at the Lake Terrace Convention Center