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Safrea unveils updated Advocacy Framework
A drive to strengthen the Southern African freelance community. 11 Sep 2023 Read more

New exco ready to take Safrea forward
Safrea (Southern African Freelancers' Association) is proud to announce its newly elected executive committee for the next 12-month term after its recent annual general meeting. "This team of volunteers bring a unique blend of expertise, institutional knowledge and fresh ideas to the table, ready to take Safrea forward," said Hush Naidoo, new chairperson of Safrea. 10 Aug 2023 Read more

Safrea joins the call to halt attacks on journalists in KZN
The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) joined in the call for an end to attacks on journalists in KwaZulu-Natal that prevents them from doing their job. 21 Jun 2018 Read more

Safrea examines the future of freelancing at Madex 2018
If Wi-Fi is the new currency and mobility is the new black, then freelancing is the vanguard of a new business order. As technology continues to transform ahead of the economy, traditional business models struggle to adapt to the growth potential of an independent work base. 10 May 2018 Read more

Safrea releases latest SA freelance trends report
The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) has released new insights into the South African freelance landscape through its 2017-2018 SA Media Freelance Industry and Rates Report. 20 Apr 2018 Read more

Safrea condemns assault of journalist outside Parliament
The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) is alarmed at the way Netwerk24 photojournalist Adrian de Kock was treated at the hands of EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu outside Parliament on 20 March 2018. 22 Mar 2018 Read more

Safrea denounces 'Internet Censorship Bill'
The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) notes with concern the passing of the Films and Publications Amendment Bill, which authorises the Films and Publications Board to regulate online content, in Parliament on 6 March, 2018. 19 Mar 2018 Read more

Safrea and Gentle Reminders Club support prompt payment of freelancers
Recognising the need to encourage clients to settle invoices timeously, the Southern African Freelancers' Association has put its name behind a business community service that works to do just that. 1 Mar 2018 Read more

Safrea launches 2018 freelancer rates survey
The 2017/2018 SA Freelance Media Industry and Rates Survey is live! This is a critical tool to gather relevant information on the sector and most importantly, to assess current rates trends which we believe will help set the financial parameters for freelancing businesses. 23 Feb 2018 Read more

Google-Getty deal is good, but more needs to be done
Safrea applauds the partnership between Google and Getty Images that was announced earlier this month with a view to preventing photographic copyright infringement. 22 Feb 2018 Read more

Safrea denounces jailing of journalists
For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work has reached a record high, marking a new low for press freedom. 18 Dec 2017 Read more

Southern African Freelancers' Association applauds victory for media independence
It is with great excitement that Safrea shares the news of two major wins for a more independent public broadcaster and greater media freedom in South Africa. 25 Oct 2017 Read more

Safrea concerned about new Copyright Amendment Bill
The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) has announced its concerns after the new Copyright Amendment Bill was submitted to parliament today. Safrea said it supported lobbying efforts from the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors in South Africa (Anfasa) and the South African Guild of Actors (Saga) on issues pertaining to the new bill. 30 Jun 2017 Read more

Safrea concerned over possible press infringements by Northern Cape premier's office
The Southern African Freelancers' Association expresses concern about alleged infringements of constitutional press freedoms by members of the Northern Cape Office of the Premier. 16 May 2017 Read more

Safrea presents career-building tips for freelance creatives at Madex event in Johannesburg
Freelance creatives looking to get an edge in the job market are the focus of an upcoming session from The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) at Madex in Johannesburg. 15 May 2017 Read more

Safrea releases first-ever freelance media trends and income report
The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) has released groundbreaking research into the local freelance economy with the 2016 SA Freelance Media Industry and Rates Report. 25 Jan 2017 Read more

Safrea supports CPJ and jailed journalists worldwide
Safrea supports the dedicated work and commitment shown by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in publishing their 2016 prison census, which documents the 259 journalists currently jailed worldwide. 13 Jan 2017 Read more

Safrea rejects calls for 'volunteer' and low-paid journalists
Safrea rejects a recent call by Mail & Guardian Africa for 'volunteers' to submit news and opinion content. The body, which represents freelance media professionals in southern Africa, sees the call as part of a worrying trend of devaluing media talent in the local news industry. 28 Oct 2016 Read more

Safrea's James Oatway wins 2016 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award
Safrea is proud to announce that James Oatway, independent South African photographer and Safrea member, has been awarded the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award 2016 in the Mohamed Amin Photographic Award category ( 21 Oct 2016 Read more

Safrea's Western Cape regional committee announces upcoming Langa event
Safrea's Western Cape regional committee is pleased to announce its upcoming #PitchThisStory event to be held in Langa at ikhaya Le Langa on Sunday, 30 October, from 10h00-12h00. 12 Oct 2016 Read more

Safrea and AFJK announce alliance to advocate for media freelancers of Africa
The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) and the Association of Freelancer Journalists Kenya (AFJK) have announced the launch of the Alliance of African Media Associations (AAMA), a cooperative partnership that acts to support the rights, skills and general recognition of media practitioners in Africa. 1 Sep 2016 Read more

Safrea Stands Beside SALC in a Commitment to Support Journalists' Freedom of Expression
Safrea sends its deepest sympathies to Mr Mutungamiri and to all journalists who have been subjected to threats and violence. We fully support SALC's efforts to end the harassment taking place in Lesotho, and encourage action to protect journalists across South Africa. 19 Jul 2016 Read more

Safrea Joins Voices of Protest Against SABC
The Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) adds its voice to protests against the suspension of three senior South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists apparently for contravening an order prohibiting them from covering a Right2Know protest outside the public broadcaster's headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. 29 Jun 2016 Read more

Safrea Chair to campaign against low freelance rates
New chairperson of the Southern African Freelancers' Association (Safrea) Laura Rawden has pledged to spearhead a campaign to ensure freelancers earn fair rates of pay. 3 Jun 2016 Read more

Safrea: 'Low pay is killing journalism'
Safrea, the Southern African Freelancers Association, has slammed the collapse in freelance editorial rates in South Africa as "threatening to kill journalism". 22 Mar 2016 Read more

The Southern African Freelancers Association (Safrea) stands opposed to unpaid internships
After a spate of national unpaid internship offers and the resulting debate on social media in South Africa, Safrea feels that it is necessary for the organisation, as a representative of media freelancers and with a healthy student membership category, to clarify our stance on the matter. 21 Jan 2016 Read more