MDIF mourns the loss of Siyabonga Africa

MDIF mourns the loss of Siyabonga Africa

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of our former colleague Siyabonga Africa on 19 July. Siya died suddenly at the tragically young age of 35. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. “Siya was unique,” said Bilal Randeree, MDIF Program...
We are hiring| Program Officer vacancy

We are hiring| Program Officer vacancy

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) is a multi-year initiative to accelerate digital innovation among independent media outlets in South Africa, through technical support, capacity building and grant funding. The organisation has recently announced a...
Giving youth a voice in the media

Giving youth a voice in the media

South Africa celebrates Youth Month in June, commemorating the 1976 Soweto student uprising. It serves as a time to reflect on the meaning of being a young person living in South Africa and overcoming various challenges such as unemployment.  Our participants have...
New deals for women’s sports, new awards honours, and more

New deals for women’s sports, new awards honours, and more

With new investment for women’s sports media, global awards recognition for local publishers, and a membership-based training to develop more diverse voices, here are some of the latest innovations from the SAMIP cohort. gsport unveils new commercial deals Women’s...
Big news: African podcasting firm Volume secures MDIF deal

Big news: African podcasting firm Volume secures MDIF deal

Big news in the SAMIP family: African podcasting firm Volume secures MDIF deal Audio start-up Volume has become the latest SAMIP cohort member to secure an investment deal with Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF). Founded in 2017, Volume was one of the first...
Viewfinder digs up the data on deadly rubber bullets

Viewfinder digs up the data on deadly rubber bullets

New investigative journalism, new hires, and coverage of topical news – here’s the latest from the South Africa Media Innovation Program. Counting the cost of rubber bullets Ten years after rubber bullets killed Andries Tatane, investigative start-up Viewfiender...