Independent shakes up senior editorial structure

Published, 31 October 2016 by Staff Reporter, Independent Online at 08:14am

South Africa’s largest black-owned media company, Independent Media, on Monday announced significant changes to its senior editorial structure.

The appointments include the announcement of three regional executive editors and changes at 11 of the group’s titles, including six new editor appointments.

Adrian Ephraim, most recently Independent Online (IOL) managing editor, is the Group Digital Content Editor as well as the editor of African Independent for print and online. Ephraim’s successor at IOL will be announced soon.

“Africa is not a strategy,” said Ephraim. “We are all a collection of experiences, cultures and points of view. The continent is not so much a melting pot as it is a fusion of all of us. We have been telling our own stories for a while now and it’s our duty as the media to let people speak for themselves through the use of technology and solid journalism.

“The trajectory of mobile technologies also demands that we respond accordingly and aggressively in this space. I look forward to breaking new ground at Independent Media as we venture beyond our borders,” he said.

Independent Media’s executive chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé said: “Mobile publishing is a key focus for Independent Media in Africa and Ephraim will bring his experience and skills as managing editor of IOL and online news editor of Mail & Guardian previously, to grow audience, social media engagement and revenue in a broader market.

 

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Top news photos on show at Cape gallery

Published, 26 October 2016 by Nwabisa Masiza, Independent Online at 09:46am

From Russia with love comes the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, on exhibition at the Eclectica Gallery in Cape Town, a venture between Russia’s state news agency Rossiya Segodnya and Independent Media.

The contest is named in honour of Stenin, a Rossiya Segodnya photographer who was killed during the 2014 war in Ukraine.

The exhibition and competition also cemented the partnership between Independent Media and Rossiya Segodnya.

“Independent is delighted to be the leading South African media partner for this exhibition of the winning entries,” said Dr Iqbal Survé, executive chairman of Independent Media.

“It is an opportunity to not only honour Andrei Stenin and photojournalists around the world, but to acknowledge photojournalism as an art and craft in documenting the human story.”

Rossiya Segodnya expressed interest in showcasing a selection of the 6 000 entries from 71 countries worldwide in South Africa, and Independent Media welcomed the opportunity to host the event.

The exhibition is Russia’s only platform to discover new photojournalists and develop high standards for documentary photography in Russia and the world.

Alexander Shtol, director of Rossiya Segodnya’s Photo Information Directorate, said: “ We are very pleased the number of participating countries has surpassed our wildest expectations.

“This can be partly explained by the respect shown for the memory of Andrei Stenin and because the photo industry is in constant development due to the rapid breakthrough of young talent.”

 

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AEEI and Vodacom SA ranked top most empowered companies 2016

Published by Independent Media, 10 October 2016 at 11pm

Sekunjalo Investment Holding’s public subsidiary, African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) Ltd is South Africa’s Most Empowered Company of the Year for 2016 according to 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.

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 Ltd (last year’s winner), which scored 97.82 points.

 

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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 (www.iol.co.za); 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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