Member Testimonials

Member Testimonials

Marina Pearson

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. One of the most generous and encouraging professional associations I've come across.

Writer, Editor, Indexer and Translator, Language Finesse

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2020-06-13T20:58:42+02:00

Writer, Editor, Indexer and Translator, Language Finesse

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. One of the most generous and encouraging professional associations I've come across.

Grant Cyster

For me, the move into the world of freelancing meant attempting to break into a new industry, in a relatively unknown market in which I had zero professional contacts. Unknowns and uncertainties were common. I was fortunate to discover Safrea very early on in my freelance career. The empathy, advice and support I received from fellow members was very helpful. Everyone faces vocational challenges of some kind, but to do so in the absence of any understanding and guidance from those who have walked a similar path can be a very isolating experience. Safrea has played a major role in the development of my freelance career, and for that I am grateful.

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

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2020-06-13T20:59:13+02:00

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

For me, the move into the world of freelancing meant attempting to break into a new industry, in a relatively unknown market in which I had zero professional contacts. Unknowns and uncertainties were common. I was fortunate to discover Safrea very early on in my freelance career. The empathy, advice and support I received from fellow members was very helpful. Everyone faces vocational challenges of some kind, but to do so in the absence of any understanding and guidance from those who have walked a similar path can be a very isolating experience. Safrea has played a major role in the development of my freelance career, and for that I am grateful.

Nosipho Mngoma

What I found most valuable as a student member of Safrea was having access to experienced people in many spheres of media. I benefited not only from direct advice on questions I had but from interactions among Safreans. As a student, I was unsure about a lot of things when dealing with interviewees or employers. The issues dealt with in the members-only group forum helped me to deal with the people I approached for work experience during my studies. My whole concept of what media is and what opportunities are available for me to take advantage of outside of permanent employment was expanded.

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

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2020-06-14T08:18:29+02:00

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

What I found most valuable as a student member of Safrea was having access to experienced people in many spheres of media. I benefited not only from direct advice on questions I had but from interactions among Safreans. As a student, I was unsure about a lot of things when dealing with interviewees or employers. The issues dealt with in the members-only group forum helped me to deal with the people I approached for work experience during my studies. My whole concept of what media is and what opportunities are available for me to take advantage of outside of permanent employment was expanded.

Bettie Lambrecht-Coetzee

Since I joined Safrea, I’ve learnt so much about the business of freelancing as well as the joys of members' achievements.

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

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2020-06-14T08:19:03+02:00

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

Since I joined Safrea, I’ve learnt so much about the business of freelancing as well as the joys of members' achievements.

Gero Lilleike

This experience made me realise how great it is to be a freelancer and reminded me of why I decided to freelance in the first place. It also made me realise how valuable it is to be part of Safrea. I have made many mistakes, but I have done so much right too, and knowing that Safrea has been behind me all the way makes a huge difference, especially when dealing with difficult clients.

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2020-06-14T08:19:23+02:00

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

This experience made me realise how great it is to be a freelancer and reminded me of why I decided to freelance in the first place. It also made me realise how valuable it is to be part of Safrea. I have made many mistakes, but I have done so much right too, and knowing that Safrea has been behind me all the way makes a huge difference, especially when dealing with difficult clients.

Sharon Davis

Safrea has played a very important role as my virtual newsroom for the past 10 years. I've made lifelong friends and business partners through Safrea and although I no longer 'need' the networking available on the members-only group forum, I still get work and press trips (including Seychelles, Uganda and Zambia) directly from the e-group as well as directly from other Safreans where we have built up a trusted working relationship. Safrea is a valuable resource – be it needing help with information, a source or contact when on deadline, or a competent someone to take on some work, advice on work related issues or simply someone to commiserate with you.

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

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2020-06-14T08:19:44+02:00

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

Safrea has played a very important role as my virtual newsroom for the past 10 years. I've made lifelong friends and business partners through Safrea and although I no longer 'need' the networking available on the members-only group forum, I still get work and press trips (including Seychelles, Uganda and Zambia) directly from the e-group as well as directly from other Safreans where we have built up a trusted working relationship. Safrea is a valuable resource – be it needing help with information, a source or contact when on deadline, or a competent someone to take on some work, advice on work related issues or simply someone to commiserate with you.

Fiona Zerbst

I didn’t know what to expect when I joined Safrea. At first, I was nervous to make my voice heard, but when I got to grips with the members-only group forum, I enjoyed some lively, helpful debate. After some months, I made good contacts and in addition I took up work opportunities that came my way. As a result, I now have a regular client I would not have had otherwise. I have expanded my network and made friends, too.

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

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2020-06-14T08:20:05+02:00

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

I didn’t know what to expect when I joined Safrea. At first, I was nervous to make my voice heard, but when I got to grips with the members-only group forum, I enjoyed some lively, helpful debate. After some months, I made good contacts and in addition I took up work opportunities that came my way. As a result, I now have a regular client I would not have had otherwise. I have expanded my network and made friends, too.

Helen Ueckermann

Joining Safrea was without a doubt the one step that helped me grow my freelance business into a successful enterprise. As a newbie sole proprietor working from home I was faced with questions about how to deal with the isolation after many years in a busy newspaper environment, which rates to charge, finding and retaining clients, approaching work I had never done before but wanted to take on. Safreans proved to be friendly creatures, freely sharing their expertise in various fields, enthusiastic about their freelance careers, always encouraging. I can't thank them enough.

Click here to find out more about the benefits of joining Safrea or to work with our members.

Corporate and Personal Finance Writer

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2020-06-14T08:20:27+02:00

Corporate and Personal Finance Writer

Joining Safrea was without a doubt the one step that helped me grow my freelance business into a successful enterprise. As a newbie sole proprietor working from home I was faced with questions about how to deal with the isolation after many years in a busy newspaper environment, which rates to charge, finding and retaining clients, approaching work I had never done before but wanted to take on. Safreans proved to be friendly creatures, freely sharing their expertise in various fields, enthusiastic about their freelance careers, always encouraging. I can't thank them enough. Click here to find out more about the benefits of joining Safrea or to work with our members.

Madi Hanekom

Safrea has an exceptionally supportive members-only group forum with a highly knowledgeable and experienced membership who freely share lessons learnt in the industry. And we are having fun! I have found a freelancers’ home in Safrea and can highly recommend joining the association to all who find themselves in the freelancing space, whether you are old hands, newbies, prospective freelancers or journalism students.

Writer and Coach

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2020-06-14T08:20:48+02:00

Writer and Coach

Safrea has an exceptionally supportive members-only group forum with a highly knowledgeable and experienced membership who freely share lessons learnt in the industry. And we are having fun! I have found a freelancers’ home in Safrea and can highly recommend joining the association to all who find themselves in the freelancing space, whether you are old hands, newbies, prospective freelancers or journalism students.

Runa Prinsloo

Making the decision to go off on your own is never easy. The big world out there looks scary and it feels as if you are about to dive in and swim with the sharks, bleeding with fears and insecurity. However, by joining Safrea and participating in the virtual life of the group, I soon found my strength through the support and answers flowing freely through the arteries of the members-only group forum. I must admit that, like many new Safreans, I had hoped that I would get work merely by joining Safrea. I did not find jobs, but I did find hundreds of others like me that helped me to learn, gain confidence and finally grow to the extent that I can subcontract overflow work and build my own business. So get into the water and swim with those who have collectively learnt how to deal with sharks.

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

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2020-06-14T08:21:08+02:00

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

Making the decision to go off on your own is never easy. The big world out there looks scary and it feels as if you are about to dive in and swim with the sharks, bleeding with fears and insecurity. However, by joining Safrea and participating in the virtual life of the group, I soon found my strength through the support and answers flowing freely through the arteries of the members-only group forum. I must admit that, like many new Safreans, I had hoped that I would get work merely by joining Safrea. I did not find jobs, but I did find hundreds of others like me that helped me to learn, gain confidence and finally grow to the extent that I can subcontract overflow work and build my own business. So get into the water and swim with those who have collectively learnt how to deal with sharks.

Jaco Wolmarans

As a lone freelancer, Safrea helps expand my vision when the four walls of my office start pushing in too close for comfort. The wealth of knowledge and support in this group is priceless. I have no idea how I operated, in isolation, before I joined this family.

Writer and Filmmaker, Wordsource Productions

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2020-06-14T08:21:32+02:00

Writer and Filmmaker, Wordsource Productions

As a lone freelancer, Safrea helps expand my vision when the four walls of my office start pushing in too close for comfort. The wealth of knowledge and support in this group is priceless. I have no idea how I operated, in isolation, before I joined this family.

Niki Moore

Freelancing is extremely fulfilling but ultimately lonely, so I joined Safrea in order to become part of a network. The association has exceeded my wildest expectations. I have found lots of work, made friends all over the country, become involved with interesting people, got insight into the way other people work, received tons of useful information, and gained a sense of community. Safrea rocks!

Writer

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2020-06-14T08:21:56+02:00

Writer

Freelancing is extremely fulfilling but ultimately lonely, so I joined Safrea in order to become part of a network. The association has exceeded my wildest expectations. I have found lots of work, made friends all over the country, become involved with interesting people, got insight into the way other people work, received tons of useful information, and gained a sense of community. Safrea rocks!

Erina

It's wonderful to be able to rely on the generosity of well-connected Safrea colleagues! When I first moved to Cape Town in 2000, I spent an uphill year of freelancing, so I really appreciate being part of this 'virtual newsroom'. The moral support, practical guidelines, banter, grammar 'lessons', sometimes heated discussions, jobs, networking at member evenings, and selfless sharing of tips and information has made freelancing in Cape Town much more profitable and more fun!

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

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2020-06-14T08:22:32+02:00

Company Name, Credentials, etc.

It's wonderful to be able to rely on the generosity of well-connected Safrea colleagues! When I first moved to Cape Town in 2000, I spent an uphill year of freelancing, so I really appreciate being part of this 'virtual newsroom'. The moral support, practical guidelines, banter, grammar 'lessons', sometimes heated discussions, jobs, networking at member evenings, and selfless sharing of tips and information has made freelancing in Cape Town much more profitable and more fun!

Roxanne Reid

Service is quick, knowledge encyclopaedic, and the willingness to help is a major reason why Safrea works as well as it does.

Travel Writer, Editor and Blogger

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2020-07-13T21:44:30+02:00

Travel Writer, Editor and Blogger

Service is quick, knowledge encyclopaedic, and the willingness to help is a major reason why Safrea works as well as it does.

Liz Dewing

I have found the online group interesting to watch and have gained value from much of the participation from members over the years, as well as from those sessions I have attended both online and in person. I mainly want to comment on the amazing job Safrea has done during the coronavirus crisis. Honestly, I’ve been blown away by your practical, energetic and wide-ranging engagement with members: from activating the community to run the various training sessions, to the financial aid you’ve solicited and provided, to finding avenues to employ members on individual assignments, not to mention the ways you have found to bolster morale and find things to be positive about. In times of crisis the true character of things is revealed and what I’ve seen from Safrea thus far has been genuinely inspiring. Well done, I think you should all feel pretty damned proud of yourselves.

To view more training options with Safrea, please click here.

Speech Writer and Trainer, Magnetic North

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2020-07-13T21:48:09+02:00

Speech Writer and Trainer, Magnetic North

I have found the online group interesting to watch and have gained value from much of the participation from members over the years, as well as from those sessions I have attended both online and in person. I mainly want to comment on the amazing job Safrea has done during the coronavirus crisis. Honestly, I’ve been blown away by your practical, energetic and wide-ranging engagement with members: from activating the community to run the various training sessions, to the financial aid you’ve solicited and provided, to finding avenues to employ members on individual assignments, not to mention the ways you have found to bolster morale and find things to be positive about. In times of crisis the true character of things is revealed and what I’ve seen from Safrea thus far has been genuinely inspiring. Well done, I think you should all feel pretty damned proud of yourselves. To view more training options with Safrea, please click here.

James Bainbridge

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 and, through the Facebook page, members-only Google group and regular events, offers the banter and camaraderie enjoyed by office workers. Importantly, as well as networking and socialising opportunities, Safrea provides concrete work leads and contacts through its generous community of Safreans. I’ve already justified several years of membership fees thanks to the commissions that have come my way through Safrea. In addition to the SA Freelance Media Industry & Rates Report published annually by Safrea, the organisation provided unflinching support to struggling freelancers during the coronavirus crisis.”

Travel Writer, Copywriter and Copyeditor

SAFREA
2020-07-13T21:53:31+02:00

Travel Writer, Copywriter and Copyeditor

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 and, through the Facebook page, members-only Google group and regular events, offers the banter and camaraderie enjoyed by office workers. Importantly, as well as networking and socialising opportunities, Safrea provides concrete work leads and contacts through its generous community of Safreans. I’ve already justified several years of membership fees thanks to the commissions that have come my way through Safrea. In addition to the SA Freelance Media Industry & Rates Report published annually by Safrea, the organisation provided unflinching support to struggling freelancers during the coronavirus crisis.”

Antony Jongwe

As a creative, I benefit from unparalleled member support and development in the form of the training, tools and resources that I need to survive and remain relevant while pursuing my passion.

Writer, Editor and Trainer

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2020-08-02T17:11:28+02:00

Writer, Editor and Trainer

As a creative, I benefit from unparalleled member support and development in the form of the training, tools and resources that I need to survive and remain relevant while pursuing my passion.

Tshehla Lesiba Gift

Safrea has helped me to keep up with my role as a freelancer and continue to make an income through freelance activities, even during the pandemic of Covid-19. I have been doing translations and interpretations for various companies, and when I ask where these companies got my contact details from, I often find out that they have found me through the connection and exposure that has been provided by Safrea

Translator

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2020-09-06T19:47:12+02:00

Translator

Safrea has helped me to keep up with my role as a freelancer and continue to make an income through freelance activities, even during the pandemic of Covid-19. I have been doing translations and interpretations for various companies, and when I ask where these companies got my contact details from, I often find out that they have found me through the connection and exposure that has been provided by Safrea
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