Where media professionals and their clients gather to build a better freelance industry.
The Southern African Freelancers' Association supports, promotes and advocates for freelance workers in the media and communications fields. We offer resources, tools, training and networking events to develop the careers of our members, who range from students to seasoned freelancers.
Our network includes over 500 talented writers, editors, proofreaders, graphic designers, illustrators, researchers, translators, and other media and communications experts. They collectively work with all of Southern Africa’s major media companies and for clients across the globe.
As in the media and communications fields the world over, freelancers are the backbone of this region’s industry. With budgets for full-time staff declining, much of the expertise resides in the freelance community. Clients overseas are increasingly benefitting from Southern African freelancers, who speak natural English, enjoy world-class educational institutions and upskilling courses, and have experience of global working practices.
Connect with a network of experienced freelancers, share insights and experiences and build friendships – online and off.
Members get access to the latest freelance openings and opportunities via our Jobs Board and Jobs Email.
Safrea members get exclusive perks including a lively Google forum, a media card, a monthly newsletter and a blog packed with media tips and tricks.
Safrea’s 500-plus members have thousands of years of collective experience in disciplines from photojournalism to social media content.
What Our Members Say...
“Joining SAFREA was without a doubt the one step that helped me grow my freelance business into a successful enterprise."
"As a creative, I benefit from unparalleled member support and development in the form of training and tools and resources that I need to survive and remain relevant while pursuing my passion."
"Service is quick, knowledge encyclopaedic, and the willingness to help is a major reason why SAFREA works as well as it does"
“SAFREA has helped me to keep up with my role as a freelancer and continue to make an income through freelance activities,"
"I’ve worked as a freelance journalist in a few countries and have never come across anything like SAFREA before. For freelancers all over Southern Africa, it’s a lifeline that staves off isolation."
"I have found the online group interesting to watch and have gained value from much of the participation from members over the years"
"SAFREA deserves eloquent praise. My favourite benefit of membership is the inspirational glow of sharing fellow Safreans' achievements in the weekly 'Wednesday brag' posts on the SAFREA Facebook page and members-only Google forum"
Complete the form to receive the Safrea 2019/2020 SA Media Industry and Rates Report by email. The exclusive report provides the rates that media and communication freelancers charged in 2019/2020, as well as a view of the state of freelancing in South Africa.