INDABA Newsletter | April 2019

Rights of journalists discussed

In the execution of their duties journalists are exposed to risks to their physical and mental health and in some cases to their property. On 10 April the National Press Club was hosted by the Club Advocates’ Chambers in Hazelwood to discuss the rights and risks of journalists.

Virginia Keppler, senior journalist at Vrye Weekblad shared her experience of the challenges she experienced after she broke her knee whilst covering protest action for The Citizen last year.

The panel, consisting of facilitator Ntando Makhubu, news editor of the Pretoria News and executive committee member of the National Press Club; Herman Scholtz, news editor of Rapport and media law expert and Adv Gideon van der Westhuizen of the Club Advocates’ Chambers, who is experienced in Labour Law discussed this important topic.

Photo’s: Virginia Keppler and Adv Gideon van der Westhuizen. Photo’s by Frans Waga Sello Machate.

Thank you to the NZG for hosting the AGM

Thank you to the National Zoological Gardens for hosting our Annual General Meeting end of March. The AGM was well attended by club members. Members reflected on the discussions complimenting the outgoing executive committee on their hard work in the past year.

A new executive committee was elected and they will soon meet to elect the different portfolios as is stipulated by the club’s constitution. A news release will be sent to members to announce this.

There won’t be a networking event at the end of April due to all the public holidays. However, there will be enough events in May to make up for this. Keep an eye on your inbox for invitations to upcoming events.

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

How to write a winning article

Every second month the NPC runs a journalism competition for full time members. We asked Ntando Makhubu, news editor of the Pretoria News, to give us some tips on how to write a winning article.

These tips will also be useful for any journalist competing in the ever increasing freelancing market or just to revisit your journalistic principles. Click here to read the whole article.

Photo: Ntando Makhubu. Photo by Frans Sello Waga Machate.

Congrats to our March winner

Congratulations to Frans Sello Waga Machate for winning our March 2019 National Hospital Network photographic competition! He won R3000 and a R500 Leriba Hotel voucher.

We asked Frans for his comment on his win: “It’s really an honour for me to be the recipient of this NHN/NPC Photo of the month of March, this is only a testimony to attention to detail, dedication and perseverance. There can only be one winner at a time, so one need not to lose hope for your time to win is coming as long you give attention to the brief!” Thank you to our sponsors for the opportunity to have this competition for our members. Remember this competition is open to all members. Keep your eyes open for the details and theme in May.

Photo: Frans with Morné Myburgh from the National Hospital Network

April competition details

Journalists are invited to enter our April journalism competition, open to paid‐up full members. You stand a chance to win a R2000 cash prize and a R500 restaurant voucher from Leriba Hotel!

To enter you have to submit your best work (any platform or medium) published in March 2019. If you need more details, please send an email to

Entries close on Monday 22 April 2019 and should be sent to

Interesting article from Poynter recently published an interesting article by Roy Peter Clark: Passing the smell test: How journalists grow a third nostril.

“Let’s hear it for the nose. Journalists have all kinds of noses, or maybe just one nose, but a nose with a third nostril.

Among professionals, journalists are the dogs. They are guide dogs and watchdogs, trackers and pointers, but never lap dogs. They stand guard in the public’s yard. When danger, or even uncertainty, approaches, they bark. It’s a form of news telling. Hey, pay attention! Look at this! This guy doesn’t smell right!”

To read the article click here.

Welcome to new NPC members

The National Press Club welcomes the following new members:
Shadi Puoane ‐ GCIS ‐ Associate member, Promise Ribane ‐ Land Bank ‐ Associate member, Natasha van der Berg ‐ SACPCMP ‐ Associate member.

Welcome and we hope to see you at an event soon.

To join the NPC, click on the link here and complete the form.

Membership fees unchanged from 2018

Thank you to those press club members who have already paid their membership fees for 2019.

It was announced at the AGM that membership fees won’t be raised this year. Members who have not yet paid for 2019, 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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