Entries by Siyabonga Africa

Remember remember the month of November

In South Africa the month of November is punctuated with fireworks during Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by the local Hindi population, and Guy Fawkes, a British celebration that still brings out the cracker enthusiasts in our country. The South Africa Media Innovation had its own explosive month with events and developments galore. It’s […]

SAMIP grantees make a splash at WAN-IFRA awards

South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) grantees The Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF), Hashtag our SA and Daily Maverick walked away with top prizes and as runners ups in four categories at the WAN-IFRA Digital Media Africa awards on Friday 23 November. The awards ceremony was held after the WAN-IFRA Digital Media Africa conference which took […]

Perfect Pitch 2: Battle of the Revenue Streams

“There is no general model for independent newspapers to replace the one the Internet broke” Clay Shirky After the successful debut of the South Africa Media Innovation Program’s (SAMIP) pitch battle at this year’s Duke Menell Media Exchange, SAMIP is pleased to announce the second run of Perfect Pitch at Code for Africa’s Media Indaba […]

An Octsober month for SAMIP

Octsober is one of those things that you hear about and you wonder what is the point. The premise is simple: abstain from drinking any alcohol throughout the month of October as a detox from most the year as we head into the festive season. It’s a sobering experience and so was the past month […]

OSF and JamLab offer great opportunities for SA journos

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) doesn’t work in a vacuum. We have at times partnered with similar organizations in the pursuit of promoting innovation in journalism in South Africa. In that regard both the Open Society Foundation’s (OSF) Innovation in Journalism program and the Journalism Media Lab (JamLab) have announced two exciting opportunities. […]

Heritage month highlights digital tools and big news for SAMIP

During September South Africa celebrates its heritage. With more than eleven official languages and numerous cultures and religions calling this young democracy home, the ninth month of the year is festival of colours and traditional outfits as the people of the country showcase their various backgrounds. And that vibrancy can be seen with our nine […]

Hashtag Our Stories nets Snap Inc investment

Hashtag Our Stories, a participant in the South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP), has been selected by Snapchat to take part in its inaugural incubator program Yellow. The incubation comes with $150,000 (R2.3m) in funding and business education in exchange for equity. The Hashtag Our Stories team, Sumaiya and Yusuf Omar, will be incubated at […]

Doing it for Madiba

The month of July has been dedicated to former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who’s sacrifice and work during the Apartheid era and into South Africa’s democratic freedom inspired millions. At the South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) we have been inspired to find more ways to assist in the democratisation of our media space by […]

SAMIP finds the next lit startups in Youth Month

The month of June is dedicated to the school pupils who lost their lives during the 16 June 1976 uprising in Soweto. This year marked the 41st anniversary of the Soweto Uprising where 15,000 students gathered at Orlando West Secondary School with the intention of participating in a peaceful march to the nearby Orlando Stadium. […]

May in review: Press Freedom in South Africa

World Press Freedom Day was celebrated earlier 03 May. According the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) the date has been earmarked to: celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who […]