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06 August 2010

Social Justice Organisations denounce the arrest of Sunday Times journalist, Mzilikazi wa Afrika

A free press is essential to democracy, transparency and the attainment of equality
6 August 2010

We are organisations that campaign for social justice. The success of our work is dependent on respect for the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights. The right to free expression and freedom of the press and other media are essential components of democracy. That is why they are contained in the Bill of Rights. They are one of the essential means by which all people in South Africa, especially the vulnerable, exploited and poor, can hold government and the powerful private business sector to account.

This week Mzilikazi wa Afrika, a Sunday Times journalist, was arrested in Rosebank Johannesburg. The circumstances, manner and cause of his arrest all seem to point to intimidation by the state and attempts to suppress freedom of expression.

The arrest follows the exposure by the Sunday Times of questionable dealings by the National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele. It comes during a national debate over proposed legislation to curtail press freedom, i.e. proposals for a new Protection of Information Act, changes to the Criminal Procedure Act and the ANC's proposals to establish a media tribunal.

We therefore unequivocally condemn the arrest of wa Afrika.

The media in South Africa, as anywhere else in the world, is very powerful and influential. We are not blind to its many shortcomings. The quality of journalism in South Africa is often mediocre. Newspapers, magazines and television sometimes make serious errors, permit unethical advertising and sometimes make false or charges against individuals.

We are concerned that the main media houses are overly concentrated in the hands of a few large corporations and consequently primarily represent the interests of a relatively small affluent portion of the population, thereby paying insufficient attention to the interests of poor and working class people.

There is undoubtedly a need for a better, more equal and more socially responsible media. There is a need for an informed public debate about the media, which the media should listen to. There is a need to democratise the media. There is a need for civil society oversight of the SABC to ensure that it is truly a public and politically independent broadcaster. There is a need to re-examine the institutions that are meant to govern the media and protect people from it abusing its power. There is a need to strengthen and enforce media ethics and to examine how this can be done.

But having said all this we restate that the non-negotiable starting point for this discussion is agreement that a free press plays a critical role in holding government, the private sector and their media competitors to account. Draconian anti-media legislation will make this impossible.

Over recent years there have been many occasions when serious media investigation and publication has helped to root out corruption and, expose wrongdoing and unethical conduct. This is vital to the reconstruction of SA. Thus the exposure and ultimate conviction of corrupt former Police Commissioner,

Jackie Selebi, was a direct result of investigative work by the Mail & Guardian and others. Thabo Mbeki's deadly AIDS denialism was justifiably the source of media condemnation. The media's role in highlighting campaigns for social justice is also critical, for example the shortage of school libraries, the rollout of an unsafe circumcision device in Kwazulu-Natal, the failure to provide private toilets in parts of Khayelitsha, the harassment faced by sex workers and hate crimes against foreigners, womenand gays and lesbians.

Unfortunately, we believe the crackdown on the media being encouraged by parts of government, some in the ANC and probably influential 'tenderpreneurs' and predatory elites is not aimed at improving the quality and responsibility of the media, or making it more equal. Instead it is aimed at hiding corruption, frustrating accountability and covering up service delivery failure. These are problems that now permeate every level of government; at national level, in all nine provinces and in most districts.

The Constitution was won by the sweat and blood of people who opposed and defeated apartheid censorship and repression. A brave, even if unfree, media played a part in this. We therefore wish to issue a warning to

the Cabinet and all those groups and individuals that we will campaign against all attempts to undermine press freedom and the Constitution. We are committed to equality, social justice and honest government. We will

defend the Bill of Rights. We will not be intimidated and we will not stand by and let the erosion of our fundamental freedoms happen.

Released by (in alphabetical order):

AIDC, Anti Privatisation Forum, Community Media Trust, Equal Education, Lesbian and Gay Equality Project (LGEP), Social Justice Coalition, SECTION27, Students for Law and Social Justice, SWEAT, Treatment Action Campaign


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SOS News SOS press statement - 6 August - for immediate release



6 AUGUST 2010

The SOS Campaign representing trade unions (including Cosatu, Fedusa and Bemawu), NGOs (including Media Monitoring Africa, the Freedom of Expression Institute and Misa-SA), CBOs, industry related bodies (including SASFED), academics and freedom of expression activists notes with dismay the seemingly endless governance problems at the SABC.

From media reports it appears that the Chair of the Board, Dr Ben Ngubane and the CEO, Mr. Solly Mokoetle are again involved in decisions that flout good corporate governance practices and procedures. It appears that the CEO, Mr Solly Mokoetle, without Board approval, has authorised additional bonuses to staff. These discretionary bonuses related to the World Cup are reportedly costing the public broadcaster R4.5m – and this at a time of great financial strain for the broadcaster. Further, there seems to be some controversy around whether these payments were in fact in lieu of overtime.

The interim Board of the SABC arranged a R1.47bn government guarantee in 2009 to pay back the SABC’s debts and further to assist with the implementation of a much needed turn-around strategy. The understanding from National Treasury was that the starting point was that all unnecessary spending would be strictly curtailed. So even if the CEO did not require specific Board approval for the World Cup bonuses, the wisdom of the decision must surely be questioned.

The Coalition believes that the ongoing crises at our public broadcaster have become so serious that urgent intervention from Parliament is, sadly, once again required.

We believe the following interventions should be undertaken by the Board:
  1. First, the Board needs to pass a resolution of no-confidence in the Chair for non-compliance with Board procedures and decisions.
  2. Second, the Board needs to pass a resolution to send a formal letter to the Speaker of Parliament requesting the National Assembly to initiate an enquiry into the alleged misconduct of the Chair with a view to removing him from the Board on the grounds of misconduct in terms of the sections 15, and 15A of the Broadcasting Act.
If the Board is effectively paralysed and cannot act in the ways we suggest, then we call upon Parliament to act. Parliament must (as it is legally entitled, indeed required, to do in times of crisis involving the SABC) initiate its own enquiry into what appear to be serious violations of corporate governance processes involving the Chair of the SABC Board. If after due enquiry it is clear that such violations have taken place, then Parliament must act to remove the Chair. Parliament cannot afford to drag out these crises in the same way it did over the crises that plagued the previous SABC Board.

SOS notes that the Board has been in office for the last seven months and yet we have little to show for this. No new vision for the SABC appears to have been crafted and the much-talked-about turnaround strategy is still not forthcoming. Further, communication with the general public in terms of its numerous corporate governance breaches and crises has been grudgingly scarce. For the most part the public has been forced to rely on media leaks.

SOS reiterates once again the critical importance of the SABC fostering a culture of transparency and communication. As a public broadcaster, the SABC’s main stakeholder is the public. Hence the SABC needs to ensure that its decision-making and governance processes – and the details of the crises and how they are being handled – are effectively communicated to the nation.
Further, SOS is considering taking up the numerous corporate governance breaches with the Public Protector. It is critical to restore the credibility of the SABC and this may be one important way.

Finally, SOS notes the comments made in today’s Mail & Guardian newspaper that there are further crises around the appointment of the Head of News and that allegedly divisions have arisen in terms of the disciplining of the CEO, Solly Mokoetle. SOS believes that this further confirms the need for the proposals we have outlined above.

For more information please contact:

Kate Skinner – SOS Coordinator - 082-926-6404
William Bird – Executive Director Media Monitoring Africa – 082-887-1370
Siphiwe Segodi – Freedom of Expression Network – 072-655-4177
Matankana Mothapo – Spokesperson Communications Workers Union – 082-759-0900
Hannes du Buisson – President Broadcasting Electronic and Media Workers Union – 082-920-8669
Marc Schwinges – Communications SASFED – 083-901-2000
Ayesha Kadjee – Executive Director FXI – 083-500-7486

Out In Africa comes to East London and Plett

We are delighted to be in Plett and East London for the first time, and take this opportunity to thank you for attending the Festival, and our sponsors who make it all possible: Atlantic Philanthropies, the National Lottery and Avis for their cars.

This Film Festival is about promoting Human and LGBTI Rights through visibility, creating awareness of difference and diversity, and promoting social tolerance. It is also about celebration, and that’s what this week will be – an opportunity for LGBTI people in the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape to gather and socialise, to build networks that will strengthen our movement.
Our partner in Plett is Gerrie van der Walt and his team. Entrance fee is R30 except cheese & wine events before certain screenings – check and for updates.

Our partner for the event in East London is the Eastern Cape LGBT Forum. Entrance is free and ECLGBTF will be co-ordinating transport to and from Latimer’s Landing, the Festival venue. There is a braai on Saturday evening and it will be necessary to book for this. If you are interested in attending please contact ECLGBTF.
We thank Gerrie and the ECLGBTF them for their assistance in making these Festivals happen.
In Plett, we're showing from Thursday 5th to Monday 9th at the Plett Movie House in Market Square, Beacon Way. We'll be showing Anyone and Everyone, Baby Formula, Dykeumentary, Noah's Arc (the whole of Season 1), and Shank.

In East London, we're showing on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th at Latimers Landing, at the E. L. Waterfront. We'll be showing Inkanyezi Yobusuku, My Son the Bride, Possessed by Demons, Anyone & Everyone, Underneath, and Noah's Arc (the whole of Season 1).

Kind regards
The OIA team

10th East European Forum deadline: 3 Sept 2010

Apply for the East European Forum and find funding and support for your documentary film!
Application deadline: 3 September 2010

To fill out the application form, please go to:

East European Forum 2010

  • This year the Forum celebrates its 10th anniversary! For the whole decade it has been the region's largest meeting of East European documentary filmmakers and leading European commissioning editors, distributors, buyers and film fund representatives. Directors and independent producers offer their projects for co-production, pre-sales or any other form of financial support. To this date, some 60 documentary films have been made with the support of the Forum.
  • Newly, we will introduce Feedback Round Tables after project presentations. Designed to enhance the positive and focused feedback from commissioners, they also offer an exceptional networking opportunity for the participants with a much smaller group of broadcasters in a more intimate setting. Each project will get up to five times more space for discussion compared to the traditional pitch format. In addition, after the Feedback Round Tables, the filmmaking teams can also engage in in-depth, one-on-one meetings with broadcasters based on comments received at the round tables.
  • Projects Presentations will be delivered prior to the feedback round tables to a large group of visitors and approx. 25 broadcasters representing companies from around Europe and North America, including MDR/ARD, Channel 4, BBC, ARTE, POV, ITVS, ORF and many others. Doc Presentations will provide a relaxed and flexible environment for the participants, with more time available for each project.

During its existence, the Forum has become a prestigious meeting place that has, since 2001, hosted 510 East European filmmakers and producers, over 60 TV commissioning editors and dozens of international distributors, buyers and festival programmers.

The workshop, sidebar programme and public presentations will be attended by more than 120 documentary professionals.

Deadline: September 3, 2010
Forum Workshop: October 21 - 24, 2010
Doc Presentations and Feedback Round Tables: October 25 - 26, 2010
Industry Networking Programme for Participants: October 27 - 30, 2010

Directors and producers with their own creative projects. Participants must be proficient in English. All parts of the programme must be attended by both the director and the producer. The East European Forum focuses mainly on Central and East European creative documentary projects, with the director and/or producer based in the region.

€ 100/selected project + € 250 contribution for accommodation per project

For more information, please visit:

Hana Rezkova
Institute of Documentary Film
Skolska 12, 110 00 Prague 1

03 August 2010

Produire au Sud workshop 2010 - Call for submissions


November 23-30, 2010 - Nantes (France)

Call for submissions June 25 to August 27, 2010

The 3 Continents invites young producers from Asia, Africa and South America to submit their film projects for the next Produire au Sud workshop in Nantes.

Produire au Sud - Nantes (France) is an intensive workshop for producers and directors, organised by the French association Les 3 Continents.

Produire au Sud (PAS) accompanies films in development and supports selected teams consisting of two persons (producer and director) in acquiring professional skills and tools on international co-production, during an intensive one week seminar, where they benefit from customized training and individual consulting lead by European cinema et audiovisual industry professionals.

Your submission in three steps :

Before August 27, 2010 - you have to fill the entry form at

Before August 27, 2010 - send us the required documents (CV, synopsis, treatments,…) by email at

- send us the previous films dvd of the director by regular mail at the following adress :
Les 3 Continents – Produire au Sud c/o Guillaume Mainguet
BP 43302 - 44033 Nantes – Cedex 1 – France

Herewith, you could find more informations about submissions.

Contact in Nantes
Les 3 Continents - Produire au Sud
Guillaume Mainguet – Head of Produire au Sud and Industry
Phone : + 33(0)2 40 69 74 14

02 August 2010

2010 DFA AGM

2010 DFA AGM Postponement reminder

Please note that the DFA AGM that was originally scheduled for the 4th of August has been postponed and will NOT be taking place this Wednesday, but instead has been scheduled for the 2nd of September 2010.

Please RSVP your attendance to or let us know if you need a proxy form for your vote. The venues for both Jo'burg and cape Town will be confirmed and announced shortly.

If you have not sent a nomination form in yet, and are a paid up member for the 2009/10 year, as can be seen in the Members Directory here, please do so now. The Nomination form can be download here.