Call for Applications Across Southern Africa

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) is pleased to announce a call for independent media organizations from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to apply to join our cohort.

SAMIP Participants

Our participants have included some of South Africa’s most exciting digital publishers, investigative start-ups, narrative-changing non-profits, and more.

SAMIP at Work

4 years. 24 orgs. 30+ trainings and events. $800,000+ in grants. $1 million+ in investments. $300,000+ in capacity building and technical support.

years

media organizations

$830 000+

in grants

$330 000+

in capacity building

$1.24 million+

in investments

$2.25 million+

in external revenue unlocked

Case Studies

Volume

Volume

How Volume is perfecting low-cost, high-quality podcast production to tell stories of the pandemic and beyond.

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Viewfinder

Viewfinder

How Viewfinder is developing revenue streams to support hard-hitting accountability journalism.

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gsport

gsport

How gsport is creating partnerships and commercial sustainability to build the profile of women in sport.

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Hashtag Our Stories

Hashtag Our Stories

How Hashtag Our Stories is building a global network of citizen journalists using mobile tech to tell their own stories.

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OBJECTIVES

Digital native products

Developing new approaches for collecting news and information, reporting and distribution that embrace the possibilities of technology.

New revenue opportunities

Pioneering new sources of revenue to help media companies achieve sustainability while remaining financially independent.

Innovating in distribution

Supporting new models for distributing news that save costs, add value, or reach new audiences.

Supporting underserved languages

Attempting to engage and distribute content to communities in vernacular languages that are under-served.

Reaching rural communities

Testing innovative ways to reach and empower people outside of major urban areas, and those generally under-served by existing news media.

Transitioning to digital

Finding and implementing solutions, products or processes that assist legacy media to transform their businesses.

Team

Bilal Randeree

Program Manager

Bilal Randeree

Bilal is Program Director for Africa & MENA at MDIF. He is a CA(SA) with 15 years’ experience in tech and media. He was former CEO of a media startup in Qatar, Social Media Editor at Al Jazeera, and a Manager in Transaction Services at KPMG.

Khumo Sello

Junior Program Officer

Khumo holds a Masters in Management in Innovation Studies from Wits Business School and a BSc and Honours in Urban and Regional Planning from Wits University. She previously worked as a Project Manager at the South African Cities Network.

Murray Hunter

Digital Media Specialist

Murray Hunter

Murray is a communications and advocacy specialist, previously at the Right2Know Campaign, Open Secrets and amaBhungane. When not at SAMIP, he works on digital privacy, and has published a children’s book about corporate surveillance.

Advisory Committee

Mandla Langa

Mandla Langa, SAMIP advisory committee

Mandla Langa is one of South Africa’s internationally acknowledged contemporary writers, cultural organisers and a veteran of the national liberation struggle. Mandla is a poet, short-story writer, novelist, and cultural activist.

Dinesh Balliah

Dinesh Balliah, SAMIP advisory committee

Dinesh Balliah is a media consultant currently pursuing doctoral research at Wits University in Journalism and Media Studies, studying newsroom convergence and the impact on journalism practice in South Africa.

Mohamed Nanabhay

Mohamed Nanabhay, SAMIP advisory committee

Mohamed Nanabhay is the Deputy CEO of the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), which invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.

Nishant Lalawani

Mandla Langa, SAMIP advisory committee

Nishant Lalawani leads Luminate’s global strategy for funding independent media, including investigative journalism, press freedom, combatting misinformation, and innovative financial models. He also oversees Luminate’s strategy, learning & impact, and partner support teams.

Pontsho Pilane

Dinesh Balliah, SAMIP advisory committee

Pontsho Pilane is a journalist and media trainer who has been a senior writer at Health-e News, and a health journalist at Bhekisisa centre for health journalism. She debuted as a journalist at The Daily Vox, where she wrote primarily about gender and race.

Vincent Maher

Mohamed Nanabhay, SAMIP advisory committee

Vincent Maher is pioneer and strategist in the South Africa digital media industry, currently serving as the Head of Digital Enablement at Multichoice. Prior to joining Multichoice, Maher was the Chief Innovation Officer at Kagiso Media.

CURRENT Participants

FUNDERS

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