AEEI tops empowerment rankings

Published by Independent Online, 07 October 2016 at 08:45am

Empowerdex’s latest most empowered company survey shows African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) tops the list.

This based on the 2013 Code of Good Practice, while Vodacom SA is the Most Empowered Company according to the 2007 Code of Good Practice.

Research for the annual survey for South Africa’s Top 100 Most Empowered JSE-listed companies was conducted by empowerment ratings agency Empowerdex. The results, released in partnership with Independent Media’s business publication Business Report, and specialist research and media house Intellidex, were announced at a special function in Johannesburg on Thursday night.

This year’s Most Empowered Companies rankings differ from previous years because many companies have converted to the revised 2013 Codes of Good Practice, while others are still operating under the 2007 codes.

That is mainly because their industries are yet to establish their own, industry-specific transformation codes or charters, but expect to do so by year-end. According to Empowerdex, there are two sets of rankings this year, one for each group. Except for venture capital and development board companies, the participants in this year’s survey are all the companies listed on the JSE, including AltX.

This is the first year that AEEI qualifies to be in the main rankings of the Most Empowered Companies survey because it was previously classified as a qualifying small enterprise (now termed exempt micro-enterprises). AEEI’s total BEE score of 102.47 points puts it ahead of Oceana Group (last year’s winner), which scored 97.82 points.


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Awards put SA on the forefront of innovation

Published by Independent Media, 30 September 2016 at 2:49pm

Independent Media scooped two top awards at the inaugural Digital Media Africa Awards organised by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA). The awards took place in Sandton, Johannesburg on Thursday night.

Independent Media was the winner, in the category of Best Tablet Publishing for its IOL App, as well as in the category, Best Use of Online Video for the video, What would you take a bullet for.

Team Independent were also runner ups in the following categories: Best News Website (; Best Entertainment and Lifestyle Website (Condé Nast House & Garden); Best Entertainment and Lifestyle Mobile Service (Condé Nast House & Garden App) and Best New Product (Loot/Isolezwe)

“This is a wonderful reward for the creativity and talent of our new media teams. Awards such as these are great for the industry and certainly positions South Africa at the forefront of media innovation in Africa. I’m very proud of my team”, said Executive Chairman of Independent Media, Dr Iqbal Survé.

The awards ceremony was attended by over 300 delegates from more than 16 countries.

WAN-IFRA’s African Digital Media Awards recognise publishers who have adopted digital media and mobile strategies as part of their total product offering to meet the major changes in how people consume news and information today.

The night was celebrated in style, with DJ for the night, Rita Ray. DJ Rita Ray is a Club DJ, broadcaster, presenter, curator, performer and compiler.  She presents the African music review for Focus On Africa on the BBC World Service.


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Clinton initiative honours Indy’s chairman

Published by Staff Writer, 19 September 2016 at 09:11am

Former US president Bill Clinton hosted a private cocktail reception in New York on Sunday night to honour the founding members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Among those to be honoured is the executive chairman of the Sekunjalo Group and Independent Media, Dr Iqbal Survé.

The CGI, an initiative of the Clinton Global Foundation, was established by Bill Clinton in 2005.

The organisation convenes global leaders around the world to contribute innovative solutions towards tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues.

The annual meetings have brought together heads of state, NGOs,business leaders, Nobel Prize laureates, philanthropists and members of the media from across the globe.

This year’s annual meeting in New York is the last meeting of the CGI, because of Hillary Clinton’s promising campaign for the presidency of the US.

“These groups of people have contributed to the philanthropic goals of CGI, which is committed to human and children’s rights, climate change, health, education and social justice, which speaks to just some of the social impact initiatives that have been addressed by the committee.

“CGI members have made more than 3 400 commitments to action towards improving the lives of people and changing the world. To date, over 430 million people have been impacted across 180 countries in the world,” said Bill Clinton.

Survé has served on the CGI since its inception in 2005, when he was recommended by Nelson Mandela on the invitation of Bill Clinton.


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VIDEO: Jimmy Nevis entertains at Sekunjalo Edujazz 2016

Published, June 06 2016 by Independent Online at 08:44am
Sekunjalo and African Equity Empowerments Investments Limited (AEEI) hosted the 16th Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert at the Artscape on the 4th of June. The concert not only supports local music development through fund-raising, but provides a platform for aspiring musicians from underprivileged communities to showcase their talent.

These young bands are given the chance to work with established headline artists and some of the greatest music educators South Africa has to offer. Extensive workshops are conducted by their mentors to help musicians with skills and experience in live performances.

Also performing on the night were two exciting home-grown jazz bands; The Belhar Music Collective, a sensational group of young people who began their musical journey in church and have already performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the Artscape Jazz Festival; and The Edujazz Big Band, comprising top music students from the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and Rondebosch Boys High School, and fresh off their performance at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This year’s mentors are Keith Tabisher (FET Curriculum planner for the Western Cape) and renowned jazz educator, Terrence Scarr.
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Meet the film-maker behind Action Kommandant

Published June 17, 2016 by Gasant Abarder, Cape Argus at 09:23am
Gasant Abarder spoke to Nadine Cloete, who has won acclaim for her documentary telling the story of young anti-apartheid fighter Ashley Kriel.

Cape Town – It was in 1987, the year film-maker Nadine Cloete was born, that a security policeman brutally murdered anti-apartheid activist Ashley Kriel. Exactly 29 years later this year, Nadine has immortalised in film his sacrifice in the Struggle for a free South Africa.
So committed was she to ensuring his story was told, that she devoted a third of her life to producing Action Kommandant – the Untold Story of Revolutionary Freedom Fighter Ashley Kriel.
The film has been showed to seven sold-out screenings at this year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Action Kommandant won the festival’s audience award for Best South African Film.
I was lucky enough to get a seat to the South African premiere and was among many of Ashley’s contemporaries and peers from Bonteheuwel and beyond.
In the film, Nadine uses them and Ashley’s closest family as the devices to tell his story. It is a gripping account that has light moments as it moves from his early years as a 13-year-old upstart, primary school activist, fighting for textbooks, to leaving you outraged at his untimely death.

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Youth skills at heart of Edujazz concert

Published, 02 June 2016 by Sandiso Phaliso, Cape Times at 22:43pm
The Sekunjalo Edujazz concert is set to entertain and empower the Mother City, with this year’s edition of the annual fund-raising event taking place at the Artscape Theatre tomorrow evening.
Celebrating its 16th year of supporting local talent, Cape Town’s own Jimmy Nevis will be the main artist at tomorrow’s concert.
Also performing on the night are two exciting home-grown jazz bands, The Belhar Music Collective and The Edujazz Big Band.
Belhar Music Collective music director Keith Tabisher said he was excited to be sharing the stage with Nevis.
“We have been working so hard for this event, and it will be a wonderful experience as we will be collaborating on two songs with Jimmy (Nevis),” he said.
The concert not only supports local music development through fund-raising, but provides a platform for aspiring musicians from underprivileged communities to showcase their talent.
These young bands are given the chance to work with established headline artists and some of the greatest music educators South Africa has to offer. Extensive workshops are conducted by their mentors to help musicians with skills and experience in live performances.

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Independent Media grows market share

Published, May 17 2016 by Aziz Hartley, Cape Times at 23:04pm

Independent Media (IM) grew its share of the daily newspaper market by 3.2% and the weekend newspaper market by 1.6% compared to the same period last year.

These results were released by the Audited Bureau of Circulation (ABC), which measures newspapers and magazine performance.

In the past quarter, total circulation of South African newspapers declined marginally by 0.78%: daily newspapers declined by 2.6%, while weekly newspapers remained static and weekend newspapers declined by 3%.

Local newspapers’ circulation increased by a marginal 0.5%.

Five of IM’s daily newspapers showed solid performance in the period January to March 2016: Isolezwe, which grew by 4%, and The Star, which grew by 2%, were the strongest performers in the group.
The Pretoria News, Cape Argus and The Mercury showed marginal growth.

Four out of the six weekend newspapers which showed an increase were in the IM stable. The Saturday Star grew by an encouraging 3% while Independent on Saturday, Pretoria News Saturday and Weekend Argus each grew by 1%.

IM’s market strength was further reinforced by the solid performance of its magazine division, Conde Nast Indep-endent, which showed an overall increase of 1.1% compared to the previous quarter: GQ was up by 2.6%, Glamour by 1% and House & Garden remained stable.

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New vision for Cape Times 140 years later

Published, May 19 2016 by Dougie Oakes and Carlo Petersen, Cape Times at 23:00pm
For 140 years the Cape Times has been one of South Africa’s pre-eminent newspapers of record.
We have brought the always unfolding story of our country to our readers in various ways, including by horseback, telegram, telephone, telex, tape recorder, e-mail, smartphone and internet, and by long-hand, shorthand, typewriter and computer.
And, make no mistake, in our rapidly evolving world, there will still be many other ways of recording and disseminating the news.
Our reporters have seen and written about much that we, as South Africans, can be ashamed of. But we’ve also recorded events that can make us enormously proud.

Over the years, we’ve brought our readers stories about riches and poverty, about natural disasters, about pestilence and prejudice, about sporting triumphs, about incredible political changes and much, much more.

Who would have thought, for instance, that when the National Party came into power in 1948 on a promise of Afrikaner dominance and apartheid, that so many of us would see democracy being attained in our lifetime?

There were dark days – and it was tough. And many people went to prison or paid the ultimate price in a long, and often bitter, fight for freedom.

But through the Struggle years, the Cape Times was there to tell their stories. We even told the stories of those who continued to believe in apartheid.

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