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Partner Organisations

The organisations that we work with


SANEF partners and works closely with,  the following media organisations. SANEF cooperates through hosting workshops, writing submissions and other media activities. Our express purpose is to shape and grow the media industry both within South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa and Internationally. 

South African Organisations



The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism is a non-profit company founded to develop investigative journalism that is in the public interest. Its main goal is to promote free media, transparency and accountability within the democratic dispensation.

Association for Independent Publishers


The Association of Independent Publishers is an organisation with the main objective of advancing the interests of the local grassroots independent print media sector in South Africa.

Broadcast Complaints Commission of South Africa


The BCCSA is an Independent Judicial Tribunal established in 1993 by the National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”). The BCCSA is a body corporate formed to promote freedom of speech, the free flow of information and the maintenance of high standards of broadcasting in South Africa.

Cape Town Press Club

The Cape Town Press Club is a representative body that promotes free speech in a non-partisan environment and consists of media representatives members, amongst others, journalists, editors and retired members of the media.

Children’s Radio Foundation

The Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit organization that gives young people tools and skills to express their ideas and share their stories. Founded by Elizabeth Sachs in 2006, CRF has created a network of more than 1700 trained youth radio reporters across six countries in Africa, who broadcast on local and national radio stations and via social media.

Code for Africa 

Code for Africa is an initiative focused on the building of civic technology capacity amongst citizens and the media. It aims to empower citizens to help the government to improve its services. Code for Africa has worked closely with SANEF to build the capacity of journalists to use a number of online tools to gather and analyse data for the purpose of better understanding South Africa’s 2019 provincial and national elections.

Communications Workers’ Union

Communications Workers’ Union aims to promote, advance and protect workers interests in communication industries like Telkom (in telecommunication), Sapo (in the postal industry), SABC (in the broadcasting industry), Vodacom and MTN (in the cellular industry). Communications Workers’ Union also advances the interests of its members in government institutions like the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and the Department Of Communication. CWU is a member union of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

First Draft

First Draft is an organisation dedicated to supporting journalists, academics and technologists working to address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. First Draft hosts a global verification and collaborative investigation network through its CrossCheck International initiative. First Draft works in partnership with its expanding community to conduct innovative and experimental research projects, and it continuously develops online and offline training designed to expand and embed best practices in newsrooms and journalism schools around the world. First Draft has started working in South Africa and has run a number of training workshops.

Freedom of Expression Institute

The Freedom of Expression Institute was established in 1994, with the purpose of defending freedom of expression, to oppose censorship, to promote access to information and knowledge, and to promote media diversity.

Gender Links

Gender Links is an organisation that promotes gender equality and justice across fifteen countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. It is well known for its research studies.


The worlds of hackers and journalists are coming together, as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires. Journalists call themselves “hacks,” someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds. This group aims to bring all these people together — those who are working to help people make sense of their world. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter and visualize information, and for journalists who use technology to find and tell stories.

Institute for the Advancement of Journalism

Institute for the Advancement of Journalism is a journalism and communications training institute which provides training for journalists and media practitioners.

Interactive Advertising Bureau South Africa

The Interactive Advertising Bureau South Africa (IAB SA) is a member-driven organisation that promotes digital growth in the marketing, advertising and communications sector. We are an independent, voluntary, non-profit association focused on growing and sustaining a vibrant and profitable digital industry within South Africa. The IAB SA currently represents more than 150 members including online publishers, brands and educational institutions, as well as creative, media and digital marketing and advertising agencies. The IAB SA represents the South African digital industry to all sectors, including the marketing and advertising community, the media, the South African government and the public. Our aim is to provide our members with a platform where they can engage and interact with each other and address digital issues of common interest, thereby stimulating learning and growth within the South African digital space. Through our Regulatory Affairs Council, we work to ensure that rights and freedoms pertinent to our members’ interests are enhanced and protected.


Jamlab is a project of Wits University and other partners. It aims to improve media innovation in SA and Africa.

Media Development and Diversity Agency

The Media Development and Diversity Agency is a statutory development agency for promoting and ensuring media development and diversity. MDDA in partnership with the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies aims to assist in, amongst others, developing community and small commercial media in South Africa.

Media Monitoring Africa

Media Monitoring Africa is a monitoring-based organization that uses technology, social media and data tools, in order to act as a watchdog, taking on a role to promote ethical and fair journalism which supports human rights.

Media Workers Association of South Africa

The Media Workers Association of South Africa is a union which represents more than 17 000 journalists and media practitioners in South Africa.

National Association of Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters engages with policy makers in order to promote an industry grounded in the principles of democracy, diversity and freedom of expression.

National Press Club of South Africa

The aim of the National Press Club of South Africa is to promote the professional and social interests of its members in the media fraternity.

PEN South Africa

PENSA is an organisation that represents writers of the world, in defending free-expression and encouraging literature.

Press Council of South Africa

The Press Council, the Press Ombud and the Appeals Panel are an independent co-regulatory mechanism set up by the print and online media to provide impartial, expeditious and cost-effective adjudication to settle disputes between newspapers, magazines and online publications, on the one hand, and members of the public, on the other, over the editorial content of publications.


The Right2Know Campaign launched in August 2010 is a movement with the central focus on freedom of expression and access to information, in order to meet South African citizens’ social, economic, political and ecological needs.


SAMIP is a media innovation project that seeks to accelerate digital media innovation.

South African Communications Association

The South African Communications Association is a professional body that represents academics from around Southern Africa working in communications and related fields.

Southern Africa Freelancers’ Association

The Southern African Freelancers’ Association advocates for and supports freelance workers in the communications fields, through providing resources, tools, training and networking to strengthen freelance careers.

Support Public Broadcasting

SOS is a Civil Society Coalition, which campaigns for the SABC, a public broadcaster to serve the public interest.

Quote This Woman+

Quote This Woman+ is a non-profit organisation based in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, but working throughout South Africa. It aims to contribute to gender transformation of the media landscape through the use of woman+ voices and narratives that better correlate to South African demographics. And build a body of woman+ experts in traditionally male-dominated fields to appear on panels and in the news, and collating new narratives from this database with the aim of broadening the news agenda.

International Organisations

Africa Check

Africa Check is a non-profit organisation established to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa. The goal of Africa Check is to raise the quality of information available to society across the continent.

African Editors’ Forum

The African Editors’ Forum is a body of Editors and senior editorial executives from all over Africa. Its member are committed to building editors’ organisations in regions all over the continent and give senior editors a voice and a communications network that allows them to report without intimidation and censorship.

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. CPJ defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ is made up of about 40 experts around the world, with headquarters in New York City. When press freedom violations occur, CPJ mobilizes a network of correspondents who report and take action on behalf of those targeted. CPJ reports on violations in repressive countries, conflict zones, and established democracies alike. A board of prominent journalists from around the world helps guide CPJ’s activities.

Freedom House

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organisation dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. Freedom House analyses the challenges to freedom, advocates for greater political rights and civil liberties, and supports frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organisation to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

Media Institute of Southern Africa

The Media Institute of Southern Africa, based in Namibia, is an organized group of activists advocating for the specific social agenda of media freedom and freedom of expression, with the purpose of changing Southern Africa to make it a safer environment for media workers.

Reporters without Borders

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) promotes and defends the freedom to be informed and to inform others throughout the world. RSF defends journalists (both professional and non-professional) who may hold opposing views as long as they are committed to reporting reality as they see it, in an independent manner. RSF regards media freedom as the basic human right to be informed and to inform others.

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is dedicated to exploring the future of journalism worldwide through debate, engagement, and research. The Institute values independent journalism, the power of news, and the importance of an informed public. Reuters is committed to the timeless journalistic aspiration of seeking truth and reporting it, as well as the ongoing work of remaking the profession and the organisations that enable it. Its focus is on journalism, the media industry, and the public that they serve.

Southern African Editors’ Forum

The Southern African Editors’ Forum was launched 2003 in Johannesburg by representatives from 10 countries of the Southern African region, except Angola. SAEF has over the year’s maintained close partnership with Sanef, but they have separate operations.

West African Editors’ Forum

The West African Editors’ Forum was launched in October 2005, prior to years of difficulty in establishing national forums within the West African region. East and Central Africa experienced similar problems and have not yet formally launched editors’ forums, however they are represented on the WAEF steering committee. As yet, there has been no success in establishing editors’ forums in North Africa.

World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers is a global organisation which aims to protect the rights of journalists around the world, to operate free media and provide its members with professional services to help their businesses prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in open societies.

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