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National Press Club elects new executive committee

Jos Charle, a former chairman who recently joined Capital Media, has been elected chairperson of the National Press Club. Willem van der Putte of Independent Newspapers, has been re-elected deputy chairperson. Lali van Zuydam of the Embassy of France in South Africa, was elected as the public relations officer. Martin van Niekerk of Junxion Communications was re-elected treasurer. Read the release

Press club discussion evenings

The past year saw the spontaneous introduction of discussion evenings at the National Press Club. These evenings just happened and it worked. We discussed the court case between Moneyweb and Fin24, the dramas at the SABC, the role of women in the newsroom - to name a few. At our annual Percy Qoboza lecture, Kevin Ritchie addressed the role of the media in post-Apartheid South Africa. We hosted several newsmakers at media briefings throughout the year. Some briefings were more controversial than others and some made the news for the wrong reasons. We also celebrated our annual highlight on our calendar - our newsmaker event, sponsored by the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. To become involved in the press club, contact the secretariat on

Networking function

The next networking forum will be held on 31 August 2017, hosted by Denel. More information from the secretariat.

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Read the December 2017 issue of Indaba, our monthly newsletter. Previous issues are also available

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