INDABA Newsletter | March 2019

Busy month ahead for the Press Club

The National Press Club is looking forward to a busy month. We have several events confirmed. Please check your emails for details of specific events, some of them will have exciting raffle prizes to win! We also share these events on our Facebook Page, feel free to share with colleagues.

The following dates have been confirmed for March:

  • 14 March: discussion evening with Vault2120 at Court Classique Hotel.
  • 18 March: discussion evening with the National Consumer Tribunal at at Court Classique Hotel.
  • 28 March: Annual General Meeting at the National Zoological Gardens (official invitation and necessary documents will be circulated in time).

There are two networking hosting slots open for 2019, please contact us for more information if your company would like to host the NPC.

SANParks sponsors prizes

South African National Parks has agreed to sponsor three prizes for 2019 for the Journalist or Photographer of the month competitions. SANParks agreed to sponsor three three-night midweek stays in any national park for two people.

Jos Charle, chairperson of the NPC, says they are thankful for this sponsorship and says this adds even more value for members entering the monthly competitions.

Please look out for this additional prize in future competitions.

CFDC hosts Press Club

Thank you very much to the Council for Debt Collectors for hosting a very successful press club networking forum at their new offices in Menlo Park.

Advocate Andries Cornelius addressed the club members on the state of debt collection in South Africa.

Photo: Tshego Monyamane, freelance journalist and Merriam Mahlangu, from the Debt Collectors networking at the event.

Meet our competition judge

Doreen Gough has been appointed by the executive committee to judge the Journalist and Photographer of the month competitions. Both competitions are sponsored by the National Hospital Network.

Doreen has the meticulous task to go through them and judge them according to the guidelines provided by the executive committee. She is an founding and honorary member of the NPC.

We asked her a few questions to find out more about her life and to get a few tips on what she is looking for in those competition entries. Read the whole article here and take note of her tips!

Winner donates her prize

Congratulations to Nation Nyoka who won our February journalism competition with her article Precarious lives of recyclers!

She received R2000 cash and a R500 Leriba Hotel voucher. Nation decided to give her prize money to the subject of one of her articles she entered, Godfrey Mngomezulu, who is unemployed. You can read the article about Godfrey here.

Doreen Gough, judge of the competition said it was difficult to choose a winner as the quality of entries was high, well-written and focused on many current issues. However, she decided that Nation Nyoka was the winner with her article Precarious lives of recyclers.

Doreen said: “It addressed a big issue of waste and recycling and the human beings who eke out a living by picking up our trash to exchange for whatever money they can get in order to survive. It is sympathetically written and highlights a section of the community who are invisible to those of us lucky enough to live securely and comfortably.” Read the winning article here..

Enter the March competition

Enter our March 2019 photographic competition open to ALL paid-up members – in partnership with the National Hospital Network. You could win a R3000 cash prize and R500 Leriba Hotel restaurant voucher!

Send your entry to by Sunday 24 March 2019. Please do not include more than three photographs in your entry. The theme of the competition: Hands that care. Please state in your entry that this is your own original work.

Photo: Winning photo of the January competition by Tanya Aucamp.

Welcome to new NPC members

The National Press Club welcomes the following new members: Shalate Portia Davhana ‐ TUT, Douglas Ntozakhe ‐ freelance, Tsholofetso Seeletsa ‐ UNISA, Manash Jyoti Das ‐ Laudium Sun, Xoliswa Salman ‐ DPME, Sipho Mkhwanazi ‐ SANParks, Ursula Human ‐ Plaas Media, Leonie Bolleurs ‐ University of the Free State, Abdelghani Aouifia ‐ Moroccan News Agency, Phokela Lebea ‐ SANParks, Janine Raftopoulos ‐ SANParks, Tshimangazdo Precious Mphaphuli ‐ UNISA, Jack Mokoena ‐ Brandmii Group, Amohelang O’arabile Nathan ‐ Helderberg College of Higher Education, Lacea Loader ‐ University of the Free State, Oyewo Adetola Elizabeth ‐ SMME News, Khensani Mahlangu ‐ Enterprises University of Pretoria, Felicia Nkhwashu ‐ Capital Media, Jo Munnik ‐ CNN, Helena Lobato da Jornada ‐ Ministry of Foreign Relations of Brazil.

Thank you for paying membership fees

Thank you to those press club members who have already paid their membership fees for 2019. Members who have not yet done so, are requested to pay their fees as soon as possible. Membership fees are R300 for full members, R500 for associate members and R150 for student members.


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