The SAFREAN: July 2018

Bringing you the latest news in Southern
African freelancing


Dear SAFREA members

I am relieved and excited that Exco is finally constituted. Our team is eager to begin the real work in advocating for our members and exploring ways in which we can bring more value to your SAFREA membership. Our new committee, while smaller than we would have liked, is made up of members who are dedicating unpaid hours to an often exhausting job.

Since January, Exco has been determined to maintain an open-door policy but I am concerned that members have not taken us up on this in a constructive manner. Nevertheless, Exco remains committed to transparency, building our membership, kicking off our mentorship programme and looking at new partnerships and collaborations that will be of benefit to members.

Meneesha Govender
Gauteng South
Tiffany Markman, well-known freelance copywriter and one of SAFREA's valued members, shared her knowledge at Gauteng South's event on 18 July. Members who attended were inspired by her talk on mastering the freelance mentality.
Gauteng North
Gauteng North held their Coffee Club at Blue Crane Restaurant on Friday, 3 August. Some of us celebrated women's month with flowers, but everyone enjoyed the quiet tranquility of the bird sanctuary. 
Durban freelancers met on Friday, 27 July, to engage with Isolezwe Editor, Slindile Khanyile, on the challenges and opportunities for media practitioners in 2018. 
Western Cape
Safreans got a visit from Lois Strachan and her delightful guide dog Fiji in Noordhoek in the Western Cape on Thursday, 26 July. Lois shared tips on improving freelancers’ public speaking and self-promotion skills.


7 September, 10:00Gauteng North Coffee Club, Blue Crane Restaurant, Nieuw Muckleneuk

Western Cape: The Western Cape's plans have not been finalised yet - keep an eye on social media for notices.


Curwyn Mapaling
This month we chat to Curwyn Mapaling, who was the research assistant for the latest SA  Freelance Media Industry & Rates Report. He also acted as impartial elections officer when the new committees were elected earlier this year. 

What does a day in your life look like?
Pretty simple … gym, university (work), home (work some more). Lots of work in varying amounts on different days and not always in any particular order.
How did you get from psychology and community counselling to copy editing?
I was first introduced to copy editing by a friend in 2016, while I was an intern psychologist and completing my MA in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling. It was something I did in my spare time which I found interesting, as it provided me with an opportunity to read other material than what was being prescribed by any of my supervisors (I had about five) at the time. 
Does the one field complement the other? How?
The one is very structured while the other allows me a lot more flexibility. I have found that the transferable skills gained through mypreviouscounselling and clinical training have been a huge asset in the other spaces where I have found myself working since then.   
What type of editing do you do? (Academic/corporate?)
I mostly do academic editing, (auxiliary) learning materials development and survey construction for higher education publishers, as well as for associations operating within the higher education context. 
You are a freelancer with a full-time job. How do you juggle all your work?
I am learning new ways to manage all my work on a daily basis. I enjoy structure, so I findorganising all my work to be an exciting challenge. BUT, inevitably, one of the balls do drop from time to time. There is no substitute for constant and thorough planning.    
Is there any advice you could give to people who have full-time jobs and are freelancing on the side?
Be honest with yourself and take care of yourself. Don’t take on something if you are unsure about itto begin with. Self-care is important in any profession and of even more significance if you are going to extend yourself to responsibilities and commitments outside your “day job”. I have observed and learnt that if something is truly important to us, we will make/find/set aside time for it. If we are not getting around to something, then that usually says something too.
What does SAFREA mean to you?
I have been a member of SAFREA for almost a year now and I can honestly say that it has added value to my life as a young, inexperienced freelancer. Although I have not been in contact with many of the members (I will speak about those who I have been in contact with – they know who they are), it has been valuable to be connected to a group of much more experienced individuals who not only have my best interests at heart, but who also believe in me. I also feel a sense of accountability as I now represent a body that is greater than myself – similar to how I regard my registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPSCA) and the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA).
What inspires you?
Life, its fullness and its flaws; its rawness.
What is your work/life motto?
Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu 
[Ubuntu; I am because WE are and, since we are, therefore I am (Mbiti, 1969)]

Thanks Curwyn, those are some deep words.




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 Meneesha Govender recaps her initiation into freelancehood to make the rest of us feel less alone. 



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