The SAFREAN: July 2017

Bringing you the latest news in South African freelancing


Dear Safreans,

Now more than ever we need to stand united as an organisation to support and advocate for the rights and freedoms of media freelancers in Southern Africa. SAFREA condemns the recent harassment of Business Day editor Tim Cohen and editor-at-large, Peter Bruce, and defends the recent lobbying efforts by Academic and Non-Fiction Authors in South Africa (ANFASA) and the South African Guild of Actors (SAGA) regarding concerns about the new Copyright Amendment Bill. We are in this fight together, and must support each other and our partners in strengthening our industry's future.

Thanks to Kim Stevens and Eric Miller for our stunning newsletter photos this month. If you are a photographer and want to add your work to our growing SAFREA image library, please get in touch with our social media manager, Laura Dubber. To find out more about each freelancer, just click on their photo. 

Here's to a month full of unity and growth!



“The effects of the bill on freelancers and all professionals seeking copyright freedoms are immeasurable at this point, but are concerning to say the least,” says SAFREA Chair Laura Rawden regarding the new Copyright Amendment Bill submitted to Parliament last week. Read the full press release: SAFREA supports ANFASA and SAGA on issues in the new Copyright Amendment Bill.

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

Coffee Clubs in July/August

If you've been following along on the SAFREA Google group, you'll know we are busy launching multiple monthly coffee clubs across the country. We've listed a few central ones below, but be sure to check with your Regional Committee to find out about a coffee club near you!

  • 12 July 2017SAFREA Gauteng South's coffee club meets at 10am, at Better Joburg (91 Oxford Road, Saxonwold, Johannesburg)

  • 25 July 2017SAFREA KwaZulu-Natal's coffee club meets at 9am, at The Next Chapter (Quest House, 167 Florida Rd, Windermere, Durban)

  • 1 August 2017: SAFREA Gauteng North's coffee club at 10am, at Industrial Coffee Works (2018 Hendrik Verwoerd Drive, Centurion Central, Centurion)

  • 3 August 2017SAFREA Western Cape's coffee club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 10am, at Bootleggers (27 Somerset Road, Cape Quarter, Green Point, Cape Town)
  • 19 August 2017SAFREA Eastern Cape's coffee club meets at 11am, at Ginger Restaurant (Beach Hotel, Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth)


This month we’re featuring Robert Smit, a Johannesburg-based professional photographer. Robert's skills extend across a range of genres, but he specialises in architecture, events, interior design, travel, products, portraiture, industrial, studio and video. Read about his interesting clients and extensive experience, and find the link to his website and other contact details by visiting his SAFREA profile, here

If you'd like to be next month's featured member, give us a shout!



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. 

This month, we're talking about a writing tool that can go everywhere you go! Check out the write-up on Bear by SAFREA member  Ntsoaki Toloane.

If there's a tip or trick you'd like to share with your fellow Safreans, please let us know!


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