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The SAFREAN: December 2017

As the year draws to a close, we'd like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. You are what this professional association is all about. Freelancing isn't easy, and having a community that understands the unique challenges can be a huge help. 

For those of you who are taking some time off to enjoy the festive season, we wish you a relaxing holiday. And for our members who are working right through, we hope that there will be at least a glass of something nice and a mince pie or two on your desk. 

This month, our awesome photographs have been provided by River Leask, a young creative from the Windy City in the Eastern Cape. 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

Here's to a wonderful 2018.

The SAFREAN: November 2017

Dear Safreans,

The year may be drawing to a close, but there's still a lot happening at SAFREA. First and foremost, allow us to introduce our newly-elected Executive and Oversight Committees, who were inaugurated in mid-October.

We are confident that Ravin, Stephen and the rest of the team will steer SAFREA into exciting new waters and thank them for making time to take on these new roles. 

Special thanks also to the talented Natalie Field for our beautiful newsletter photos this month. Some of you may have spotted Natalie at the Photo & Film Expo in Joburg a couple of weeks ago, where she gave an informative talk.

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

Wishing you all a super-charged November.

The SAFREAN: October 2017

Dear Safreans,

Change is afoot! The electoral process is ongoing, but our new Exco and Oversight committees should be inaugurated and in action within the next couple of weeks. We trust that they will help guide SAFREA forward into a world of new possibilities in 2018. Watch this space for updates.

If you haven't yet followed SAFREA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram, we'd like to encourage you to do so. Our social media team keep the platforms buzzing with freelancing news and tips - and it's a great way to engage with your fellow Safreans. Plus, every Wednesday we showcase work by members - helping boost your reach. If you have something worth sharing, send it over and we'll see what we can do.

Special thanks to Alec Smith for our awesome 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

Wishing you all a productive October.

The SAFREAN: September 2017

Dear Safreans,

We are so grateful to everyone for contributing their time and energy for the betterment of this organisation's future. With your help, we've established new regional committees across the country as well as a strong national social media team. We're looking forward to this exciting next chapter full of creative energy. To all of the 41 members who have put their hands up to volunteer (nearly 1 in 10 SAFREA members), we say a big THANK YOU!

Thanks also to Eric Miller and Kim Stevens 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 fulfilling September!

The SAFREAN: August Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

Interim elections are coming up, and SAFREA needs your participation and support! 

  • Should you wish to serve on your regional committee or nominate another member to do so, please email Bruce before noon on Monday, 14 August 2017.
  • To view and read members' profiles in your region, type your region's name in the search box here.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our member spotlight, upcoming coffee dates and recent write ups below.

Thanks to Craig Strachan 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. 

The SAFREAN: July Newsletter

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 SAFREAN: June Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

As we move through June, I want to encourage collaboration within our association. By working together as a community, I know we can make SAFREA great. 

That means getting in touch if you have ideas, reaching out if you have questions or concerns, and letting me know if you come across any issues such as bugs on the website, problems with the Google group or just need a friend to laugh/cry/celebrate with!

Feel free to email me at

Special thanks to Kim StevensAlec Smith, and Eric Miller for their photo contributions in this month's newsletter. If you'd like to take part in our SAFREA social media library, please get in touch with our social media manager, Laura Dubber. To find out more about each freelancer, just click on their photo.

The SAFREAN: May Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

What a difference a year makes! SAFREA’s newly appointed exco met for the first time last week, and let me  just say, we’ve got plans. There’s some dynamite energy walking among us and we’re putting it all to good use. Think: a revised rates report drawing from more data for 2018, a plan to raise membership numbers, as well as a fresh focus on our social media and PR campaigns. Yes, SAFREA is running on high gear thanks to its contributing members!

Thanks also to Keith Murray and Kambani Ramano 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. 

Wishing you all a productive month!

The SAFREAN: April Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

This week marks the start of our regional AGMs, which means you will have either already received an annual report from your regional chair or can expect one soon. Then, stay tuned for our national AGM, which commences on 27 April and ends on 30 April.   

Want to get involved in SAFREA? There's still time! The deadline to volunteer or nominate a member to serve on Exco is 17 April. Simply email your interest or nominee's name to Bruce at   

Remember, volunteers are the backbone of SAFREA. They help strengthen our association and bring positive change. Our membership numbers are growing, as is our reputation. To keep this up, we need your help!  

I’m looking forward to the great energy and added value of our new regional and executive committee members. Wishing you all a great AGM and a productive April!  

The SAFREAN: March Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

Our April AGM is fast approaching, which is an exciting time for SAFREA. We will be electing new regional and executive committee members - and we want you to get involved!

SAFREA is built on the passion of its volunteers. This is your chance to join the team, and help our organisation grow even more in 2017. If you're interested in getting involved - or you know a member who you'd like to nominate, please get in touch. For regional committee volunteers, you can contact your local chair here. For executive volunteers, please get in touch with me or Bruce
Now that the year is in full swing, we are happy to report that our membership is growing - and that includes student members. In efforts to better understand how we can serve our younger members, we've recently conducted a student survey. The results show the next generation of freelancers to be highly motivated and enthusiastic. Great news! We want to continue to foster this attitude with a mentorship programme for student members. Those interested in taking part and sharing your skills and experiences should email me directly.
I hope you are looking ahead with great enthusiasm at this next year with SAFREA. Here's to a fruitful March.

The SAFREAN: February Newsletter

Dear Safreans,

Can you believe it's already February 2017? In the mad rush that is the first few weeks of the new year, I encourage you to take a few minutes to enjoy being a freelance media professional. Even if it's just one project a month that gets you smiling - take it on. Let it remind you why you got into the industry in the first place.

Like everyone else, SAFREA has had a busy start to the year. Our first annual Freelance Media Industry and Rates Report has received quite a bit of media coverage. And thanks to you, it's been shared across multiple social media platforms. Not only does this report give us the opportunity to talk about SAFREA, but it also draws attention to the realities of being in this business.

If you haven't read the full report, you can check out the press release plus all the great coverage we've received via BizCommunity, Media Update, SAFM and The Marketing Site to name a few, in our SAFREA in the News 

Lastly, if you're a student member of SAFREA, please take a moment to fill out this survey, here. Your answers will help us gain valuable insights as to what you expect from SAFREA and how we can best assist you. Deadline is this Friday (10 February) so please do it today!

Looking ahead to the rest of this year, we hope to continue getting the SAFREA name out there, to bring in new members and to support the freelance industry. That said we want to say thanks to you - we appreciate all that you do as members to make SAFREA a great organisation.

Here's to a productive and enjoyable month!

The SAFREAN: SAFREA December Newsletter

You are reading the final SAFREA newsletter for 2016! 

As we sign off from what has been an eventful year, to say the least, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the well-wishes on the birth of our son, Oliver. So far, it’s been a crazy happy adventure, and I know it’s just beginning. 

I hope this year has been a productive one for you and that SAFREA has contributed to your successes in some way. As an organisation committed to providing advocacy and support to its members, SAFREA has become the most reliable resource for media freelancers in South Africa. My wish for next year is that we continue to feel proud of this incredible community we’ve built. 

If you know a freelancer who would benefit from joining SAFREA, consider purchasing an annual membership for them – it makes a great holiday gift. If you'd like to sponsor a new member, please get in touch with Bruce at

Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into this year. I look forward to 2017 and all that it brings.

The SAFREAN: SAFREA November Newsletter

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!

The SAFREAN: October Newsletter

I can't believe how fast this year is flying by. What a privilege it is to continue to be able to write about SAFREA's achievements on a monthly basis. I hope you'll take a minute to read about all that  we've been up to.

I'm excited to announce that we have an official 'legal partner' at SAFREA. 
Legalese, a South African creative legal agency, provides packages for freelancers that cover consultation, terms of engagement (i.e. contracts and other legal advice/documents), as well as IP protection consultation and strategy. They also produce content on freelance-relevant legal topics and support:. We're looking forward to what this partnership will mean for SAFREA members. Keep an eye out for developments as things heat up! 

SAFREA members have been hard at work finalising our new Rates Card with the support of SAFREA executive committee member, Bazil Raubach. Stay tuned!

The Western Cape is putting on a great regional event this month. If you're in town at the end of October, you won't want to miss our #PitchThisStory event in Langa. Check out the details in our 'upcoming events' section, below. Also, see our 'SAFREA in the news' section to read our press release on the event.

If you're scratching your head, wondering who's behind all these great initiatives, it's time to realise the truth: it ain't Santa.

Guys! It's SAFREA members, just like you and me, volunteering their time to move this association forward. So, if you'd like to kick you relationship with SAFREA up a notch, we encourage you to speak to your regional committees to see how you can become more active as a member. And, if you're keen to join your regional committee, get in touch with them. I know they'd love to have you. See the list of regional committee members, here.

Remember, SAFREA is exactly what WE put into it.

Wishing you all the best, and looking forward to another groundbreaking month for all SAFREA freelancers!

The SAFREAN: SAFREA September Newsletter

I’m feeling quite energised from this past month which saw some great SAFREA initiatives being actioned. As our organisation begins to make waves, I want to be sure you’re all aware of the part you play in the success we’re seeing. There's enthusiasm geared towards regional events and a sense of pride around our organisation as a whole. I'm thrilled to say it's really starting to have a positive effect.

See what we've been up to in the September issue of The SAFREAN!

The Safrean: SAFREA August Newsletter

I have to say I'm feeling pretty proud to have my name next to SAFREA these days. I hope you are too. With our new logo and updated website, we're working hard to bring our organisation into the limelight. We want to make SAFREA the first place South African media freelancers turn for advocacy and support. With your help, we're growing SAFREA into an association of the future. So, please, share regional and national events with your friends and colleagues!

Remember, SAFREA is run by volunteers, and we're always interested in finding ways to improve what we do. Please get in touch with us if you have comments or questions – we take all of our members' input seriously.

In the meantime, have a look at the great highlights we're sharing in the August edition of The Safrean!

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