INDABA Newsletter | October 2011

Networking forum

We are looking forward to the annual networking forum presented by North-West University, the sponsors of our Journalist of the Year competition.

Hear more about the 2012 National Press Club/North-West University Journalist of the Year competition.

The university will also share information about a new environmental impact study for the Department of Environmental Affairs and the North West Provincial Government, at its Potchefstroom campus.

Great raffle prizes on offer!

When: Thursday, 27 October 2011
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Where: CSIR International Convention Centre, Meiring Naud� Road, Brummeria, Pretoria

We look forward to seeing you there!

Inaugural Percy Qoboza memorial lecture a milestone

“Keep the South African media on the high road” � Kobus van Rooyen.
“I salute the National Press Club for honouring the legacy of my father” � Thokozile Qoboza.

The National Press Club entered a new strategic phase with the presentation of the inaugural Percy Qoboza memorial lecture on Black Wednesday, 19 October.

Presented in cooperation with the Department of Communication Science at Unisa, Prof Kobus van Rooyen, Chairperson of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa delivered the lecture themed ‘The South African media � the high road’. This was followed by an interactive panel discussion with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Eyewitness News’ Katy Katopodis and Unisa communications professor, Pieter Fourie. The lecture was also attended by the late Percy Qoboza’s two daughters, Thokozile and Pinky, who gave their full support to the project.

During the lecture club Chairman Yusuf Abramjee announced the National Press Club-Percy Qoboza study bursary for an honours student in communication at Unisa. The club will be part of the annual selection process.

Ex-ambassador Evita Bezuidenhout graces club’s first business breakfast

Evita Bezuidenhout certainly caused a stir when she arrived unexpectedly at the National Press Club’s first ever business breakfast recently where the book of her sister Bambi Kellerman was launched.

Bezuidenhout warned that she was taking legal action against her sister an nobody should buy the book. However, Kellerman charmed the audience and she signed many books for the attending audience.

Similar business breakfasts will follow.

They all lined up for Bambi to sign their books.

Look out our new corporate identity!

October saw the launch of the club’s new corporate identity � modernised logo, modern colours and a brand new-state-of-art website. Visit and see for yourself.

Thanks to Esquire Technologies who sponsored T-shirts to mark the new identity launch, bearing the slogan ‘Don’t mess with the press’. Collect your new T-shirt at Thursday’s networking forum.

Story of the month: Barry Bateman and the Jaca revelations

The spotlight remained on the Tshwane Metro and the question of the deputy Metro Police chief, Ndumiso Jaca. Jaca has been suspended for using false number plates on two vehicles, and all of this as a result of an investigation by EyeWitnessNews reporter, Barry Bateman. Barry uncovered evidence that shows someone, at least, knew of this problem quite some time ago. He got his hands on e-mails showing at least 20 people knew about this over a year ago. It began with a mail from Tshwane Metro Police Director, Jenny Malan, sent out to about 20 people saying subordinates with travel allowances should take their vehicles for roadworthy tests. A series of e-mails followed and then on 22 October an official objected to the need for roadworthy testing, saying Malan should check the e-Natis status of Jaca’s car. So it is clear that top officials were aware there was a problem.

Well done Barry!

Rector of the University of North-West’s Potchefstroom Campus receives agricultural award

Prof Herman van Schalkwyk, rector of the North West University’s Potchefstroom campus is the Agriculturist of the Year of Agricultural Writers SA North.

He was previously the agricultural sciences dean at the University of the Free State.

As well-known agricultural economist and academic, he has published six academic books, about 70 popular scientific articles and 117 research and project reports. He also presented 77 papers at national and 38 at international conferences and was promotor/co-promotor for 24 PhD students.

Among others, he was also a member of the Agricultural Marketing Board and vice-chairperson of the Land Bank.

North-West University is the sponsor of the National Press Club’s annual Journalist of the Year competition.

Maria Ramos is Africa’s Business Woman of the Year

Absa Group Chief Executive Maria Ramos is the Africa Business Woman of the Year.

This is an inaugural award of CNBC Africa � the All Africa Business Leaders Awards. The awards celebrate visionary, strategic and entrepreneurial business leadership on the African continent.

Earlier this month, Ramos was ranked 7th in the top 10 of Fortune Magazine’s ’50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ annual survey, up from 11th place in the same survey last year. She was named the 8th most influential woman in Africa by the inaugural edition of Forbes Africa.

Absa is the sponsor of the National Press Club’s secretariat.

Maria Ramos – Africa’s Businesswoman of the Year.

New members

The National Press Club welcomes the following new members and hopes to see them at club events soon:

Andile Mpiyane � student, Thabiso Sithole � SABC, Gaone Dixon & Nosipho Theyise � International Organisation for Migration, Antoinette Badimo & Kenosi Machepa � South African Weather Service, Thabitha Serumula � Critical Media and Santa Bronkhorst � Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

Photograph of the month

It is filmed – forever!
Photographer – Corn�l van Heerden

Submit a photograph

Each month a photograph is selected and featured on our website and in this newsletter from those submitted by our members.

To submit a photograph, please send it as an attachment to for consideration.


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