Entries by Siyabonga Africa

And the next lit news startup is…

GSport 4 Girls, Politcally Aweh and Quintessential ZA walked away with the grand prize at the SAMIP/Duke Menell Media Exchange’s first ever pitch battle called Perfect Pitch. The three winners were part of a group of eight invited startups who got the chance to pitch their projects to our esteemed panel of judges consisting of: […]

Are you SA’s next lit news media startup?

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) in partnership with the Duke Menell Media Exchange will be holding a pitch battle, called Perfect Pitch, at this year’s conference, MMX18, which will be held June 8 and 9 at The Forum, The Campus, Bryanston, Johannesburg. The contest will be the culmination of a three-part workshops series […]

Freedom of expression through innovation

April is Freedom Month in South Africa as the country commemorates the first democratic elections that were held in 1994. During this time of reflection it’s pertinent to remember one of the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution, that was adopted in 1996 under the Bill of Rights, is the right to freedom of expression which […]

SAMIP keeps marching on

March marks the end of the first quarter for 2018 for our young programme. The last three months have flown by in fast succession and it feels like yesterday when we introduced our current grantees to each other and began the process of mapping out the year ahead. This month has been one in which […]

Mo’ letters, mo’ work

  As January came to a close and the month of love began, the South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) has been working hard on not only getting our first cohort of participants into the program but also developing strategies for bringing on more participants and increasing our reach and impact. In the first week […]

Kicking off 2018 with a bang

2017 was a rollercoaster year for the South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP): not only did we begin our program, at an event keynoted by Patrick Gaspard, now President of the Open Society Foundation, but we also opened up applications for our first Innovation Challenge that saw more than 200 applications from across South Africa […]