The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) held its elective AGM over the weekend and its annual Nat Nakasa courageous journalism awards.
At its AGM SANEF committed to playing an active role in the lead up to the 2019 elections. This will include supporting and initiating election training across the industry and launching a campaign to protect the safety of journalists. An important component of this campaign will also include promoting the critical role of the media in elections and a campaign against fake news.
SANEF committed to strengthening its diversity and reach by including our regional convenors on our management committee. The organisation also launched a dedicated sub-committee to strengthen support to community media. There is a commitment to recruiting new community media members into the organisation.
Another significant area of SANEF’s work will be around updating training materials for effective court reporting. Last but not least, SANEF will be continuing its work to ensure that all courts in the land are open and accessible to the media. SANEF has embarked on a particular initiative to ensure that magistrates courts are more accessible to journalists. To this end we have already met with the Magistrates Commission.
Nat Nakasa awards
SANEF held its Nat Nakasa courageous journalism awards.
Nat Nakasa was a South African journalist who died in exile in 1965 at the age of 28, after a brief but dynamic career characterised by his journalistic courage and integrity.
The Nat Nakasa Award is celebrated annually by SANEF in recognition of any media practitioner – journalist, editor, manager or owner – who has shown exceptional integrity and courage in their work.
SANEF judge, veteran journalist and ex-Press Ombud, Joe Thloloe stated, “This year we had the largest number of nominations ever and the quality of the entries was outstanding, and it was out of this cream of South Africa journalism that we selected the winner of the Nat Nakasa Award 2018”.
Thloloe acknowledged the committed and ground-breaking work of the entire #GuptaLeaks team – Pauli van Wyk, Lester Freamon, Adriaan Basson, Richard Poplak, Adi Eyal, Micah Reddy, Susan Comrie, Angelique Serrao, Stefaans Brummer, Antoinette Muller, Marianne Thamm, Sam Sole, Tabelo Timse, Pieter-Louis Myburgh, Craig McKune, Lionel Faull, Rebecca Davis and Sally Evans.
He then announced the overall winner as Branko Brkic, editor of the online publication the Daily Maverick.
The judges had this to say about Branko’s fearless leadership:
A cache of emails – a cache that defined the South African story in the last year – landed on his lap. If he were just another ordinary journalist, he would have heard the words SCOOP! and EXCLUSIVE! dancing in his head. But he was extraordinary and thus did two remarkable things: one, he realised this was not a story his publication could hoard – it belonged to South Africa; and two, he had to protect his sources.
He arranged for the safety of the sources and he put together a team from his own publication, some journalists from the unique South African investigative journalism centre amaBhungane, and from his rivals, Media24, to give us the #GuptaLeaks, the journalism that brought down the Gupta family and their mentor, ex-President Jacob Zuma.
The judges’ citation is attached.
Sanef elective AGM
In terms of our AGM, SANEF is happy to announce the following people have been elected to take the organisation forward and lead our media industry for the next two years. We are proud to announce that more than 50% of all leadership posts including chair and deputy chair are female.
Chair – Mahlatse Mahlase
Deputy Chair- Katy Katopodis
Secretary General – Moipone Malefane
Treasurer – Adriaan Basson
Media Freedom Committee Chair – Sam Mkokeli
Education and Training Chair – Tshamano Makhadi
Diversity and Ethics Chair – Glenda Daniels
Digital and Broadcasting Chair – Sheldon Morais and Diane Hawker
Community Media Chair – Chris Louw
KZN Regional Chair – Judy Sandison
Western Cape Chair – Janet Heard
Eastern Cape Chair – Sibusiso Ngalwa
Gauteng Chair – Reggy Moalusi
Other Council members include Angie Kapelianis, Krivani Pillay, Verashni Pillay, Izak Minnaar, Amina Frense, Ray Louw, Mary Papayya, Portia Kobue, Moses Moyo and Asanda Saul Ngoasheng.
For more information:
Mahlatse Mahlase – SANEF Chair
083 399 2852
Sam Mkokeli – SANEF Media Freedom Sub-Committee Chairperson
082 084 2051
Kate Skinner – SANEF Executive Director
082 926 6404