How to become a member

WHO QUALIFIES FOR MEMBERSHIP?

Membership is open to any freelance media professional in Southern Africa who specialises in the gathering and dissemination of news, information and/or images. Such a person may work in the print, electronic or digital fields, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, business reports, radio, television and the internet.

They include:

  • journalists
  • fiction and non-fiction authors
  • photographers
  • photojournalist
  • graphic designers
  • illustrators
  • translators
  • editors or sub-editors
  • proofreaders
  • researchers
  • broadcasters
  • project managers
  • web designers and content specialists
  • DTP experts
  • voice-over artists
  • scriptwriters
  • indexers

 

WHICH MEMBERSHIP TYPE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

SAFREA has seven types of membership but new applicants may only apply for Student, Associate or Full. If you consider yourself a suitable candidate for Patron or Corporate and Academic Institution membership, you may contact the SAFREA executive administrator at admin@safrea.co.za giving your reasons.

SAFREA will evaluate all membership applications for compliance with its mandate, vision and mission and in line with membership criteria as revised from time to time. SAFREA has the right to approve or reject such applications.

Student Membership

If you are new to the media industry and are actively studying your chosen profession as a full-time registered student, either through a formal study course or through self-study, you can apply for Student membership.

Student membership is valid for the duration of the study course. On leaving the tertiary institution, Student members may upgrade to Full or Associate status provided they meet the requirements.

Student members are subject to vetting committee approval and must submit proof of full-time registration with a recognised training institution. Student members will be listed on SAFREA’s website.

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Associate Membership

These are full- or part-time employees earning less than 60% of their billable income from freelancing who must meet the same standards of professional ability required of a Full member. These members enjoy the same benefits as Full members but are not eligible to vote in regional or national elections. They do qualify for SAFREA Associate Member media cards and may apply at an appropriate point to the national executive committee, or a body authorised by it, for recognition as a Full or Master Member. Associate members will be listed on SAFREA’s website.

The Associate membership category also can include those new to media who lack the experience and/or proven professional expertise to be recognised as a Full or Master Member. New freelancers are not entitled to a SAFREA media card until such time they prove their competence in their media crafts to a vetting committee appointed by SAFREA. These members will not be listed on SAFREA’s website.

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Full Members

Those who earn more than 60% of their annual billable income from freelancing in media and communications crafts. Such members will have full election and referendum voting rights and qualify for SAFREA Full Member media cards. Full members will be listed on SAFREA’s website and may apply to become Master Members.

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Master Members

Must have been a member of the association for at least five years or an active regional chair or an active member of Exco or Oversight for at least two years. If the two aforementioned criteria don’t apply, the applicant for Master membership may motivate his/her application with supporting evidence of excellence in the industry (awards, high-profile references, quality of work, et cetera). Full members may apply, or be nominated for this category. Master Members will have their own directory on the website affirming their experience and expertise.

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Patron Membership

Persons of high standing in the media, communications or appropriate industries who are prepared to publically support SAFREA’s mandate, vision, mission and values. SAFREA may approach such individuals and offer free Patron membership in recognition of their industry contributions and status. Patrons may have a listing on the website.

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Corporate and Academic Institutions

Corporations and other organisations that endorse SAFREA’s objectives will be entitled to advertise jobs, courses or training and have a link to SAFREA’s website. Although a membership fee is stated in the membership benefits comparison table, the actual fee will be negotiated on a case by case basis.

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Retiree Member

SAFREA members who have retired from providing freelance media and communications services for payment are eligible for retiree membership at reduced rates.

Each application is considered individually and will be judged according to protocols in use at that time.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP?

SAFREA advocates for and supports freelance workers in the communications fields. We provide members with resources, tools, training and networking that helps strengthen freelance careers. While we provide a platform for freelance employers to connect with our members, SAFREA does not provide work for freelancers and is not an employment agency.

  • Membership of a professional body that addresses topical issues such as rates of pay, copyright and contracts
  • Belonging to an organisation that creates beneficial relationships between freelancers and their clients, through constructive negotiation, information exchange and agreed protocols
  • Online database of members accessible to anyone who could use freelance subcontractors
  • Members-only e-group for networking, discussion and sourcing information
  • Regular networking meetings with guest speakers
  • Opportunity for increased work
  • Skills upgrades and courses at reduced fees
  • Rates, terms and conditions guide
  • Immense knowledge base within the membership to call on
  • Support from other freelancers, via the Google Group, networking meetings, and one-to-one contact. Professional website that acts as a huge resource of information

Google group: Some members receive automatic access to the member-only e-group (check your chosen category below). You will start to receive emails from the group as soon as your payment has been processed. If you prefer, you can choose to receive a daily digest of emails or you can read the messages on the Google group website.

Profile on website: Members (other than Associates who are inexperienced and new to media) are entitled to a listing in the member directory on this website, which can be searched by name, area and fields of work. This is searchable by any visitor to the SAFREA website, so you should use it to sell yourself.

Media card: To enable us to create your SAFREA media card, you will need to upload a portrait-style photograph to your profile on the SAFREA website. The media card shows your full name, your membership type and your membership expiry date, as well as your photograph. Instructions on how to do this will be given once payment is made.

Training: SAFREA offers all paid-up members discounted access to media and other training courses run by SAFREANs across South Africa and in diverse disciplines. Look for a coming update on the latest training and courses available or email us for more information.

Mentoring: Veteran/experienced SAFREANs make themselves available to mentor new SAFREANs in different ways: via the Google Group, informally via email or phone, in person or on an ongoing basis as part of a longer relationship. The details depend on both mentor and protégée and are agreed between them. If you would like to make yourself available as a mentor in your discipline, or if you would like to add yourself to the list of potential protégées, please email us.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR APPROVING MEMBERSHIPS?

When you submit your online application form, you will receive an automated email to confirm that your application is in progress. If we need further information from you, we will email within a few days to ask for specific documents or details. Once we have received any additional information, it will take about a week for our membership committee to check your credentials and give approval.

Once approved, you will receive an automated email providing details of how and what to pay.

Once you have paid, you will receive a further automated email providing details of your membership benefits and how to login and access them. You will also receive notification of your SAFREA Google group membership and will begin to receive members-only emails.

If you are not sure which membership type is right for you and you have read the information on this page, apply as an Associate member and ask for clarification when you write about yourself on the application form.

Membership benefits comparison tables

Full Membership

Annual feeR550.00
Application

Must state in online application that he/she makes at least 60% of all billable income from freelancing.
Once approved, can pay in full.

Qualification requirements and vetting

Applicant's declaration that they receive at least 60% of their billable income from freelancing in media and communications. Subject to approval by vetting committee, Applicants must complete a 100 to 250-word biography in the appropriate online application field.

Access to members-only Google groupYes
Access to members-only resources on websiteYes
Access to meetingsYes
Access to discounted training negotiated by SAFREAYes
Personal profile on websiteYes
Renewable after first year?Yes
Membership/media cardIncluded
Voting rightsYes

Associate

Annual feeR550.00
Application

Must apply online. Applicants must state in their biography whether or not they earn money from freelancing.

Qualification requirements and vetting

Associate members are subject to vetting committee approval and must meet similar standards of professional ability to those required of a Full member. They must complete a 100 to 250-word biography in the appropriate online application field.

Access to members-only Google groupYes
Access to members-only resources on websiteYes
Access to meetingsYes
Access to discounted training negotiated by SAFREAYes
Personal profile on websiteYes
Renewable after first year?Yes
Membership/media cardincluded
Voting rightsNo

Associate (inexperienced and new to media) Membership

Annual feeR500.00
Application

Must apply online. Must state in biography, experience gained and qualifications obtained and the reason for wishing to join SAFREA.

Qualification requirements and vetting

It must be clearly understood by this category of applicant that SAFREA is not a training college and that an adequate writing skill is required to gain approval. The applicant must complete a 200-word biography stating schooling and tertiary qualifications, aspirations, experienced gained and the reason for wishing to join SAFREA.

Access to members-only Google groupYes
Access to members-only resources on websiteYes
Access to meetingsYes
Access to discounted training negotiated by SAFREAYes
Personal profile on websiteNo
Renewable after first year?Yes
Membership/media cardNo
Voting rightsNo

Student Membership

Annual feeR165.00
Application

Must apply online and provide a biography of at least 150 words.

Qualification requirements and vetting

Must submit documentation proving full-time registered student status with a recognised training institution.

Access to members-only Google groupYes
Access to members-only resources on websiteYes
Access to meetingsYes
Access to discounted training negotiated by SAFREAYes
Personal profile on websiteYes
Renewable after first year?Yes
Membership/media cardYes, at an extra R15
Voting rightsNo

Master Membership

Annual feeR550.00
Application

Must have been a Full member for five years or meet other criteria as outlined below. Application is made via email to the SAFREA administrator at admin@safrea.co.za, together with the necessary motivation and supporting documentation, if necessary. An administrative accreditation payment of R250 will be levied.

Qualification requirements and vetting

Must have been a member of the association for at least five years or an active regional chair or an active member of Exco or Oversight for at least two years. If the two aforementioned criteria don?t apply, the applicant for Master membership may motivate his/her application with supporting evidence of excellence in the industry (awards, high-profile references, quality of work, et cetera). Full members may apply, or be nominated for this category.

Access to members-only Google groupYes
Access to members-only resources on websiteYes
Access to meetingsYes
Access to discounted training negotiated by SAFREAYes
Personal profile on websiteYes
Renewable after first year?Yes
Membership/media cardYes
Voting rightsYes

Patron Membership

Annual feeFree
Application

Persons of high standing in the media, communications or appropriate industries who are prepared to publicly support SAFREA's mandate, vision, mission and values. SAFREA may approach such individuals and offer free Patron membership in recognition of their industry contributions and status. Patrons may have a listing on the website and be members of the SAFREA Google Group.

Qualification requirements and vetting

n/a

Access to members-only Google groupYes
Access to members-only resources on websiteYes
Access to meetingsYes
Access to discounted training negotiated by SAFREAYes
Personal profile on websiteYes
Renewable after first year?Yes
Membership/media cardNo
Voting rightsNo

Corporate and Academic Institutions

Annual feeR1,500.00
Application

Qualification requirements and vetting

Supporters of SAFREA to be granted advertising rights.

Access to members-only Google groupNo
Access to members-only resources on websiteNo
Access to meetingsNo
Access to discounted training negotiated by SAFREANo
Personal profile on websiteNo
Renewable after first year?Yes
Membership/media card
Voting rightsNo

Retiree

Annual feeR150.00
Application

Open to members who have retired from freelance media and communications services

Qualification requirements and vetting

Vetting committee

Access to members-only Google groupYes
Access to members-only resources on websiteYes
Access to meetingsYes
Access to discounted training negotiated by SAFREANo
Personal profile on websiteNo
Renewable after first year?Yes
Membership/media cardNo
Voting rightsYes

HOW DO I JOIN?

Ready to join? Just hit the button below, and remember to select thetype of membership that's right for you!

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