Sanef launches relief fund for journalists


The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) is launching a relief fund for journalists who have lost their livelihoods as a result of COVID-19.

The purpose of the funding is to assist those in dire need with a small donation to purchase necessities like food and clothing. Only freelance, contract or permanently employed journalists who have been retrenched or had their contracts cancelled since the implementation of the national lockdown in March, will be eligible to apply.

According to a statement by Sanef, to process the applications, Sanef has set up a team that includes media stalwarts Mathatha Tsedu and Joe Thloloe, Wandile Fana from the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) and Melody Emmett from the South African Freelancers’ Association (Safrea). Anlo Financial Solutions, a financial services company, will assist with processing.

The chairperson of Sanef, Mahlatse Mahlase, expressed his gratitude to MTN SA for its contribution of R500 000 to start the fund and for their further commitment to lobby other corporates to contribute.

Executive: Corporate Affairs at MTN South Africa, Jacqui O’Sullivan, says all South Africans owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the reporters and editors who have braved harsh conditions every day to provide invaluable information that is helping save lives.

“This is just the first step and far more needs to be done, which is why MTN is encouraging all large corporates, companies in supply chains, clients and individuals who can, to step up and help by contributing to this fund.  This announcement fulfils the promise we made to establish a fund – a promise we made when we launched our Covid-19 Impact on Journalism Report in June 2020.

“This fund is therefore a small first step to assist the industry and thus ultimately to assist all citizens to get the information they need.”

Application forms for the fund, can be downloaded at:, the deadline for all applications is Friday 17 July 2020. –