The SAFREAN: November 2016

Bringing you the latest news in South African freelancing



Dear Safreans,
I imagine we're all in the same freelancing boat here, rushing around trying to chase down what's left of this year.

Even though there are just a few short weeks left of the year, I'm pleased to be able to say that SAFREA continues to grow:

Our membership numbers are up, our event attendance is improving and Safreans are getting noticed! By the way, if you haven't read SAFREA member James Oatway's interview with our new partner Media Update in their newsletter, be sure to check our SAFREA in the News section below. James was recently awarded the Mohamed Amin Photographic Award at the 2016 CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards. 

We have some great end-of-year regional events that you should definitely mark in your calendar – remember, these events provide a fantastic opportunity for you to network and find possible new work for 2017. We also have a couple great reviews of recent regional events that you can catch up on if you missed out. See more info below.

Also, be sure to read SAFREA's latest press release that rejects calls made by media outlets for 'volunteer' writers. 

And keep an eye out for SAFREA's first annual SA Freelance Industry & Rates Report, which will be released in the new year. The report looks deeper into the media freelance industry and just how much employers are paying for our services.

I'm sure everyone is feeling pretty tired and trampled on and ready for vacation, but we don't have long to go now. Here's to one last push, Safreans. Happy November!



Not sure if you've noticed, but we've had a lot going on recently. Here's a quick look back at a very productive month.

Look out for more news and updates on the SAFREA website and social media outlets. 


  • Saturday, 26 November @ 12pm - 1:30pm
    Gauteng South Region Presents: Dave Henderson on Entrepreneurship: Join SAFREA Gauteng South for their final event of the year and hear digital publishing and entrepreneurship guru, Dave Henderson speak. This event is free to all SAFREA members, R50 for nonmembers and R20 for full-time students (cash at the door).
  • Monday, 14 November @ 8:30am -11am
    KZN Region Presents: Personal Branding For Freelancers: SAFREA KZN is excited to host SImon Grainger, a highly successful strategist, specialising in Brand Management. This event is free to all SAFREA members and R30 for nonmembers. The event is listed on SAFREA's Google Group and a flyer will be posted on the SAFREA website soonest.


This month, we're featuring Tamara Oberholster, freelance writer and editor based in Johannesburg. Tamara has worked in advertising, public relations, copy writing and journalism. Her clients include non-profit organisations, media houses and businesses.

You'll find the link to Tamara's informative website, as well as details on how to get in touch with her directly, by visiting her SAFREA profile, here

Did you know that as a spotlighted member, Tamara will now be featured on all of SAFREA's social media platforms. How great is that? What a way to get exposure as a freelancer. 

It's about time you ask yourself: how's my profile looking?

We checked in with last month's featured member, Wayne Banks, who had this to say about being featured in the SAFREAN

"It was great to get some PR. I got a few more hits on my website, which I'm guessing were linked to this membership feature. Thanks, SAFREA!"


At SAFREA, we're always on the lookout for time-saving tricks and business insights to help our members take their careers to the next level. 

We all want to be associated with a reliable, accredited organisation, so it’s our goal to make sure your name stands out. That means, giving you the tools you need to succeed.

This month, we're inviting you to check out the recently designed time tracking system created by our very own SAFREA member and IT professional, Sean Walsh. We first heard about this awesome tool via SAFREA's Google Group. Has anyone used it yet? Let us know. We're keen to give Sean some feedback. 

Ixesha is a new time tracking and invoicing system that's ideal for freelancers, consultants and small businesses. It lets you track your time and expenses on projects and then generate invoices using those items. There are more advanced features like setting budgets, creating project teams, and planning your time/calendar, and there are also a number of reports that show your project profitability, billable ratios, planned billing performance, etc. It's free to try for 3 months. You can find more information at - including a demo company that you can log into and play around with.

The SAFREA Google Group is a great way to find out what's happening in our organisation. BUT, and it's a big BUT!! Please keep in mind that the SAFREA Google Group is not the only place we broadcast important information. Follow SAFREA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, join your regional meetup at and check out our news and events section on the SAFREA website. We're doing our darndest to keep all these channels updated and we encourage you to take advantage of them!


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