OSISA

  • The SAEF mission also encourages the institution of a system of Citizen Reporting in the other southern African countries that are as yet to hold elections like Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia, so as to increase public awareness of the upcoming elections and the need for people to express their choices by voting.
  • We propose that the SAEF mission to the other three countries be a 10-day mission excluding travel. This will allow the mission to thoroughly scrutinise newspaper reports and broadcasts two months leading to the polling day instead of doing a rushed job.
June 19th, 2014
  • The SAEF mission also encourages the institution of a system of Citizen Reporting in the other southern African countries that are as yet to hold elections like Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia, so as to increase public awareness of the upcoming elections and the need for people to express their choices by voting.
  • We propose that the SAEF mission to the other three countries be a 10-day mission excluding travel. This will allow the mission to thoroughly scrutinise newspaper reports and broadcasts two months leading to the polling day instead of doing a rushed job.
  • There should be specific budgets for the following:
    • Ground transport - a microbus to ferry the SAEF mission, internal flight tickets to send other members of the mission to other regions or provinces
    • Out of town accommodation – to specifically cater for mission members sent out of town
    • Freelance analysts and feature writers – It is important to tap into such local expertise for readers elsewhere in southern Africa to get a full picture of the issues at hand. SAEF would like to pay for such analyses and features and be able to syndicate them.

The mission comprised six editors and the SAEF director. The six are Emang Bokhutlo, editor of The Voice in Botswana and treasurer of the Botswana Editors’ Forum who travelled to Thylo; Lawrence Keketso, deputy chairperson of the Lesotho Editors’ Forum who remained in Blantyre; Manuel Camilo Ntave, retired editor of Radio Mozambique who travelled to Mulanje, Raymond Louw, deputy chairperson of the Freedom Committee at the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) who remained in Blantyre, Ncamsile Matsebula, editor-in-chief of the Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services who travelled to Mulanje; Patson Phiri secretary general of SAEF Zambia who travelled to Lilongwe and SAEF executive director, Elizabeth Kalambo M’ule who remained in Blantyre.

Elizabeth Kalambo M’ule - SAEF Executive Director

Jovial Rantao - SAEF Chairperson

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