Sanef’s existence is a tribute to the willingness of media leaders to unite across political and ideological barriers. The organisation was fundamentally a merging of two previously polarised groups – The Black Editors’ Forum, motivated by strong Africanist and black consciousness beliefs, and the Conference of Editors, largely made up of white, male, middle-class English and Afrikaans newspaper editors.
The organisation’s history has been characterised by vigorous debate of controversial topics within the media industry.
Read Part of the Story, Sanef’s 10th anniversary publication, to learn more about Sanef from its inception through the early years of its existence in South Africa’s fledgling democracy, and about its vision for the future.
Sanef’s founder members include the following important editors and senior journalists.