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Call for Bids (2022):  Event Management Services for Nat Nakasa Awards (Durban) and Fundraising Dinner (Johannesburg) 

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) invites event management companies to bid to manage one or both distinct and symbolic annual events in the calendar of the organisation.

SANEF is an influential organisation within the media fraternity in South Africa. It is a non-profit organisation whose members are title editors, senior journalists, academics, veteran media practitioners who operate in print, broadcasting, and digital media. The membership also consists of regional and community media editors and journalism trainers from major journalism training institutions across South Africa.

SANEF’s vision is to promote quality and ethical journalism, while reflecting the diversity of South Africa, and to champion freedom of expression.

We advocate for media freedom through statements, policy submissions, research and education and training programmes.

 Event #1: Nat Nakasa Awards (Durban)

Nat Nakasa was a prominent South African journalist and writer who died in exile in 1965 and the awards are held in his honour. The Nat Nakasa Awards rank among SANEF’s flagship events. The main award is handed to an individual or a team of journalists who have shown courage and tenacity in the face of enormous challenges and displayed a commitment to serve South Africans with integrity, resisted censorship, and striven for truth and accuracy in their reporting.

The second award is called the Nat Nakasa Award: Community Media, awarded to ensure that courage is highlighted within the community media sector. This award is dedicated to a community media journalist and/or editor who has shown integrity and reported fearlessly, displayed a commitment to serve the people of South Africa, tenaciously striven to maintain a publication or other medium despite insurmountable obstacles, resisted any censorship and shown courage in making information available to the SA public.

The winners are selected by a jury based on nominations submitted by the public.

SANEF also uses the event to announce the recipient of the SANEF-Wrottesley Award in recognition of excellent service to the organisation and extraordinary commitment to work towards the achievement of the association’s goals.

The Nat Nakasa Awards ceremony, usually in the form of an awards dinner event (in-person and live streamed),  is scheduled for the evening of Saturday 17 September 2022 in Durban.

While SANEF has opened the tender to all, the successful bidder must demonstrate the experience and capacity to organise such a high-profile event in Durban at a reasonable budget.

Bid requirements:

  1. Name of company/individual and contact details including company registration and ID numbers of representatives who will be responsible for the execution of the project 
  1. Company profile and references, including company diversity information 
  1. Experience of organising similar journalism related events – please provide examples and information of hybrid events organised in the recent past

The bidder must outline how they would approach the Nat Nakasa Awards ceremony by providing details on the following:

  1. Event concept/theme  
  1. Venue, including décor reflecting the theme, food, entertainment, MC and live stream production 
  1. Publicity and communications plan to stimulate interest in the awards and events ceremony, including the call for entrants, the awards judging process, the awards ceremony itself (including live stream) and after the awards to publicise the winners as well as providing profiles of the winners 
  1. An itemised budget covering all the activities listed in the proposal 
  1. If shortlisted, the bidder will be required to prepare a slide deck for presentation to the bid committee

 

Event #2: SANEF Fundraising Dinner (Johannesburg) 

In 2016, SANEF decided to hold an annual fundraising dinner for the purpose of mobilising financial resources for the organisation to ensure its sustainability and secure funds for legal costs to safeguard media freedom rights for journalists.

Since 2017, SANEF’s Annual Fundraising dinner coincided with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Black Wednesday.  Annually, SANEF commemorates Black Wednesday to emphasise the importance of media freedom and reflect on the fateful, eventful day of 19 October 1977, when several newspapers aligned with Black Consciousness movements were banned by the then Apartheid government.

Event details:

  • The SANEF Annual Fundraising Dinner (or breakfast in case of a health crisis, such as COVID-19 alert level classification) is scheduled for Friday, 21 October 2022 in Johannesburg.

 A prominent South African or international speaker is normally invited to address the event, to attract corporates to purchase tables, while supporting SANEF.

 Different categories of sponsors need to be secured. The event company will be paid a commission of 10% on all funding raised.

Bid requirements:

  1. Name of company/individual and contact details including company registration and ID numbers of representatives who will be responsible for the execution of the project 
  1. Company profile and references, including company diversity information

 The bidder must demonstrate the experience and ability to fundraise, as well as the capacity to organise such a high-profile event within a reasonable budget – please provide examples and information of journalism or other such fundraising events organised in the recent past

The bidder must outline how they would approach the fundraising event by providing details on the following:

  1. Event concept/theme 

 Venue, including décor reflecting the theme, food, entertainment, MC

 Provide information on the fundraising strategy, list potential funders to be approached to support the cause, and provide an achievable goal of an amount to be raised

 Publicity and communications plan to stimulate interest in the fundraising event, including post-event communication with guests and funders

 An itemised budget covering all the activities listed in the proposal 

  1. If shortlisted, the bidder will be required to prepare a slide deck for presentation to the bid committee

 Tender documents:

Prospective companies and individuals should indicate which event they are bidding for and submit a document that contains the information listed above. Those companies planning to bid for both events must prepare separate presentations and show the distinctive approach for each event.

Date of final submission: Thursday, 12 May 2022 at 16:30 

Contact details for submission:

 Dzudzie Faith Netshisaulu (Office Administrator)

South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF)

The Station, 63 Peter Place, Bryanston, Johannesburg

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.sanef.org.za

 

Please note the decision of the SANEF’s Events Committee is final, and no correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful bidders.