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The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) now has FINAL confirmation from both the Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams and the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele that media workers and support staff will need the following to go out on assignment during the lock down:

  • ID document;
  • A media card; and
  • A permit – a short document included as annexure C in government gazette No. 43148 – The Disaster Management Regulations released by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, 25 March 2020.
  • Click here to download the Government Gazette :  43148_25-3_COGTA

In terms of foreign journalists, the following is required:

  • Identification/ passport;
  • Confirmation from employer that the person is a working journalist, a letter will do; and
  • Permit – annexure C as mentioned above.

In terms of freelancers:

  • ID document;
  • Letter from media house confirming the journalist is working on their projects; and
  • Permit – annexure C as mentioned above.


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 the 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, education and training programmes. SANEF is not a union.

For more information please contact:

Mahlatse Mahlase – SANEF Chairperson, (083) 399-2852

Mary Papayya – Acting SANEF Media Freedom Chair (082) 379-4957

Judy Sandison – SANEF KZN Convenor 0825713334

Sbu Ngalwa – SANEF Eastern Cape Convenor (073) 404-1415

Janet Heard – SANEF Western Cape SANEF Convenor, 0780419528

Hopewell Radebe – SANEF Acting Gauteng Regional Convenor 083 582 1734

Kate Skinner – SANEF Executive Director – 082 926 6404  

Twitter: @SAEditorsForum

Email: [email protected] Website: www.sanef.org.za


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