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Renewal of Press Cards for May 29 National and Provincial 2024 Elections

Urgent Appeal: Renewal of Press Cards for 2024 May 29 National and Provincial Elections

Dear Editors and Media Houses,

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has issued an urgent appeal to the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) to notify media houses about the imperative need to ensure that their teams possess renewed or updated press cards ahead of the 2024 May national and provincial elections.

Press cards serve as indispensable tools for facilitating smooth access to voting or polling stations. They are readily recognized and accepted by both the members of the South African Police Services and the IEC electoral staff across all voting stations. In the interests of ensuring seamless coverage of this critical event, it is imperative that all media personnel possess valid and up-to-date press cards.

Furthermore, it is essential to highlight that press cards are critical for the application for accreditation at the IEC regional and national results operation centres throughout the country. The application deadline for accreditation at these centres is fast approaching, with closure set for May 10. Alternatively, an official editor’s letter with a company letter head authorising journalists and photojournalists with their ID details.

We urge all media houses to prioritise the renewal or update of press cards for their respective teams to ensure unhindered access to voting stations and accreditation at the IEC results operation centres. Failure to do so may impede the ability of media personnel to fulfil their crucial role in providing accurate and timely coverage of the elections.

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated, as it contributes to upholding the integrity and transparency of the electoral process.

Please find attached the Press card application form to complete with your recent jpeg picture, your Press card can either be collected or sent to your physical address.

Collection address: 20 Christal Ave Naturena (JHB SOUTH)

Cost per Press card is R250 excluding courier/delivery cost. Banking details are included on the Press card application.

If you require your Press card to be delivered mention this in your mail to Lionel so that the courier cost can be communicated to you.

Kindly send your completed form or communication to: [email protected]

For any inquiries or assistance regarding press card renewal or accreditation, please contact Mr Lionel Jeffreys Cell: 0836026408.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Note to Editors:

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is a non-profit organisation whose members are editors, senior journalists, and journalism trainers from all areas of South African media. We are committed to championing South Africa’s hard-won freedom of expression and promoting quality, ethics, and diversity in the South African media. We promote excellence in journalism through fighting for media freedom, writing policy submissions, research, and education and training programmes. SANEF is not a union.

For more information please contact:

Dzudzie Netshisaulu – Office Administrator – 0790297656

Email: [email protected]

Hopewell Radebe – Projects Manager – 0835821734

Email: [email protected]

Reggy Moalusi – SANEF Executive Director

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @SAEditorsForum

Website: www.sanef.org.za

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