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Applications For Emergency Funding For Journalists In Distress Due To Covid-19 National Disaster

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) in conjunction with the Social Justice Initiative (SJI) is inviting applications for emergency funding for journalists who have lost their livelihoods as a direct result of the Covid-19 national disaster.

SANEF has received limited donations from MTN South Africa for journalists in crisis to distribute as emergency funding in this time of need.

SANEF has set up a team of industry stalwarts including representatives from the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) and the freelancers’ association (SAFREA) to process the applications.

Only freelance, contract or permanently employed journalists, including multimedia journalists who have been retrenched or had their contracts cancelled since the implementation of the national lockdown on 26 March 2020 are eligible to apply for emergency funding. Click here to download the application form

The purpose of the funding is to assist those in dire need with a small donation of R5000 to purchase necessities like food and clothing.

The independent panel will adjudicate all applications and award a fixed amount to each applicant who qualifies for the once-off payment. The panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 July 2020.

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