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  • Statement: Passing of Professor Russel Botman

    For immediate release: Saturday 28 June 2014

    The Media24 board and management team express their profound sadness at the sudden passing of Professor Russel Botman (60), who died at his home last night.

    Professor Botman was a highly regarded member of our board whose quiet authority and sharp intellectual and philosophical insight into the role and strategic course of Media24 were deeply valued. On top of it, he was just such a lovely man. His death, so shortly after the passing of Professor Jakes Gerwel, our previous chairman, comes as a double blow for Media24.

    Professor Botman served as a director of Media24 since April 2005. He and his wife, Beryl, had close ties to the company. In particular they supported Kuier magazine’s community education projects and for a long time Beryl, who is an education specialist, answered learners and parents’ questions in a regular column in Kuier called Vra Beryl. Kay Karriem, Kuier’s editor, said it was an honour for the magazine to have been able to “tell the family’s story” and that she would always remember the warm welcome the team received into their home.

    Media24 chair Professor Rachel Jafta, who knew Prof Botman well, both as a fellow board member and a colleague at the university, conveyed her deep sadness at his passing. She will remember him as a peacemaker, always opting for reconciliation rather than confrontation, and will never forget his “respectful, warm and approachable nature and delightful sense of humour”.

    Professor Botman was rector and vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University since 2007 and was reappointed for a second five-year term in 2012. During his early career he made his mark as a church leader and champion of socioeconomic rights. He served as dean of the University of the Western Cape’s theology faculty before joining Stellenbosch University in 2000 where he was vice-rector of the Centre for Teaching and Learning until 2007. He served on many boards and was the motivating force behind the university’s HOPE Project which drives its transformation and positioning in the 21st century. Under his leadership Stellenbosch University has made three rankings of the world’s top universities.

    We have lost a true mentor and role model. Our thoughts are with Beryl and their children. We will miss him.

    Esmaré Weideman, Media24 CEO

  • Design24 top designs announced

    5 April 2014

    Design24 top designs announced

    • Media24 reveals top three proposals to reimagine the façade of the landmark Naspers Centre
    • Announcement brings the Design24 competition to a close
    • Three designers awarded equal share of R320 000 prize money

    Media24 has revealed the judges’ most favoured designs submitted for Design24, a design competition seeking concept ideas to reimagine and rejuvenate the Naspers Centre on Cape Town’s Foreshore.

    The prize money of R320 000 was to be awarded to one winner and two runners-up who would receive R200 000, R80 000 and R40 000 respectively. However, none of the designs submitted met all the criteria, and thus do not qualify for an award. But although there was no clear winner, Media24 decided to reward the three favoured designs. “Some of the entries truly reimagined the iconic Naspers Centre, so even though there wasn’t a clear winner we decided to split the prize money equally between the top three entries as recognition of their artistic contribution,” said Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman.

    They are, in no particular order:
    • Cape Town-based Tsai Design Studio, whose design titled Urban Sculpture imagined a folded sheath wrapped around the building, with a prominent media wall facing Walter Sisulu Avenue.
    • MLB Architects, based in Cape Town and Johannesburg, whose design titled Reimagining an Icon used glass, mesh and green planting to create an entirely new silhouette for the building.
    • Pretoria-based DBM Architects, whose design titled Roots imagined tangled roots reaching up the full height of the building, in reference to Media24’s 100-year history in Cape Town.

    Anika Ebrahim, head of Corporate Communications for Media24, said: “The curators and judges were asked to find three winners from over 90 submissions. While most submissions met different aspects of the brief, we were looking for ideas that would completely reimagine this 52-year old icon. The primary intention behind Design24 was to find striking, inspiring ideas that would transform our head office building to reflect a multiplatform media company on the move. The designs selected have done that, albeit falling short of the cost criteria.”

    The competition drew 94 entries from architects and designers across South Africa, in response to a brief that called for ideas to rejuvenate the building’s exterior façade. Entries were judged by two panels and were assessed against six criteria: aesthetic value, sustainability, cost, technical feasibility, buildability and, lastly, a reflection of all four World Design Capital themes. Design24 is an official World Design Capital project.

    Eight finalists and ten ‘cool ideas’ from the entries were revealed and displayed and the top three entries were announced at a function on Nasdak, on top of the Naspers Centre, on Friday night. Weideman said: “We thank the many architects, graphic designers, artists, industrial designers, urban planners, students and even a journalist who took part in this exciting competition. We were inspired by the imagination and creativity of many of the designs. Our implementation team will now be tasked with the challenge to find the best design solution – which could include elements of the top three designs – within our modest budget. Though this is the end of the competition, it is only the first phase of the exciting journey to reinstate our building as an icon of the future Foreshore.”

    -Ends-

    NOTES TO EDITORS
    For more information contact:
    • Anika Ebrahim, Media24 Head of Corporate Communication: anika.ebrahim@media24.com
    • Hilary Alexander, Design24 project manager: hilary@topcopycomms.com
    • For media enquiries and high resolution images: Judy Bryant on judybryant@telkomsa.net

    About the Design24 judging process

    Design24 entries were initially assessed by an independent curators’ panel of design, engineering, architecture and construction specialists who reviewed the entries against six predetermined criteria. The panel presented a long-list of possible winners to a second panel comprising Media24 and Naspers leadership, assisted by two technical advisors.

    About the Design24 judges

    The judging panel comprised members of Media24’s and Naspers’s management teams. The panel also included two technical advisors: Professor Alta Steenkamp, Director of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at University of Cape Town; and Simon Gill, a buildings engineer and leader of the Integrated Buildings Team at Arup Cape Town.


    About the Design24 curators

    Paul Duncan – Design specialist
    Paul Duncan is a former editorial director at Conde Nast Independent Magazines and former editor of Conde Nast House & Garden (South Africa). Currently an independent media consultant, Paul was previously head of design for homeware at Woolworths in South Africa and was the curator convenor for the World Design Capital 2014. He has written many books on design and interiors, and was responsible for the abridgement and picture research for Nelson Mandela’s Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom. He lives in Cape Town.

    Luyanda Mpahlwa – Architect
    Luyanda Mpahlwa is an award winning architect/ urban designer and principal of Cape Town based firm Design Space Africa. His scheme for the 10×10 Low Cost housing project in Mitchells Plain was internationally recognised for its contribution towards improving people’s lives. Luyanda is a thought leader in urban issues, contributing to and participating in several urban forums and initiatives, as well as mentoring younger designers. He was involved with the WDC programme from the bid stages and was part of the winning Cape Town delegation to Taipei. Luyanda was also on the World Design Capital curatorial panel.

    Rashiq Fataar – Urbanist
    Rashiq Fataar is the founder of Our Future Cities, a non-profit organisation that inspires dialogue about the urban development of Cape Town and other cities. He is also the CEO of urbanism think tank Future Cape Town. As an independent consultant, speaker and writer, Rashiq works at the intersection of urbanism, new media and economics. He holds an Actuarial Science degree from the University of Cape Town and currently serves on the Board of Cape Town Tourism.

    Simon Gill – Buildings engineer
    As a building services engineer, Simon leads the integrated buildings team in Cape Town for multidisciplinary consultancy Arup. His work in Cape Town, Mauritius, Belgrade, Belfast, Moscow, Amsterdam and the UK gives him a global understanding of integrated design, incorporating mechanical, electrical, structural and façade engineering disciplines, among others. He has led teams on award-winning projects including the six star Greenstar Silo 1 office and Silo 2 residential buildings at the V&A Waterfront.

    Sean Cowgill – Quantity surveyor
    Sean Cowgill is a quantity surveyor and director of De Leeuw Group Cape Town. He has specialist knowledge in building and property economics, building contracts and post contract administration and cost control. As quantity surveyor and property economist, he has provided expert advice and insight on numerous commercial, residential, retail, hotel and infrastructure construction projects in South Africa, Africa and the United Kingdom.

    ABOUT MEDIA24: Media24 is Africa's leading media company with interests in newspapers, magazines, digital publishing, printing, distribution, book publishing en ecommerce. It is part of Naspers, a multinational group of media and ecommerce platforms. www.media24.com

    ABOUT CAPE TOWN DESIGN NPC: Cape Town Design NPC is the implementation company of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the implementation company is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the WDC 2014 host city agreements are met, and that the programme delivery is aligned with the vision of bridging historic divides and repositioning the city for a sustainable, inclusive future through design. www.wdccapetown2014.com

    ABOUT THE WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL 2014 DESIGNATION: The World Design Capital is an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) - an international non-governmental organisation that aims to protect and promote the profession of industrial design. The World Design Capital is a city promotion project that celebrates the merits of design. Held biennially, it seeks to highlight the accomplishments of cities that are truly leveraging design as a tool to improve the social, cultural and economic life of cities, throughout a yearlong programme of design-related events. www.icsid.org

  • Wicus Pretorius appointed as the new editor of Tuis/Home magazine

    Tuis/Home is pleased to announce the appointment of Wicus Pretorius as the magazine’s new editor. Wicus is a seasoned journalist and experienced editor with a passion for the home and décor industry.

    After studying at the University of Stellenbosch, he started his career as a teacher and soon made the leap into the world of media as a sub-editor at Die Burger. Since then, he has had a five-year stint as the editor of TV-Plus and several editorial roles at Huisgenoot/You, most recently as deputy editor.

    Wicus has a keen understanding of what makes the Tuis/Home reader tick and has an exciting vision for how the brand can be further expanded, digitally and otherwise.  

    “I’m very excited to be joining the Tuis/Home team. I have been an avid reader of the magazine for years. I am looking forward to issues filled to the brim with beautiful homes, inspiring décor and hands-on DIY projects. There is nothing better than the feeling of beautifying your own home!” says Wicus.

    "Wicus brings years of experience, in both management and journalism, to the fold. Add to that his passion for the Tuis/Home brand and you have a winning formula to take the magazine to even greater heights,” says Liezl de Swardt, General Manager of Media24 Women’s Interest Division.

    Wicus follows in the footsteps of Editor Anneke Blaise, who sadly passed away in February this year after a short illness. Wicus will join the Tuis/Home team in June 2014.   

    The Tuis/Home brand also celebrates its first decade this year and is proud to be the No. 1 magazine in the Home & Garden category in SA. With a circulation of 80 970 (ABC: Oct-Dec 2013) it is miles ahead of its closest competitor. The magazine makes life so much easier if you want to be original in your home and garden or entertain from your kitchen. It is not only about beautiful living – showcasing stunning reader and designer homes – but also enabling the reader and adding value to your property with step-by-step décor and DIY projects.

    Several sought-after stand-alone issues are published under the Tuis/Home brand annually, with no less than three such brand extensions hitting the shelves in 2014. In recent years, the brand has also expanded into digital arenas, with Home being part of the successful Dailyfix.co.za website and Tuis available as a mobi-site – tuis.co.za. In addition, the brand is part of Media24’s online store, Spree, and MyEdit, the content app for smartphones and tablets.

  • NASPERS ANNOUNCES CEO AND CHAIRMAN’S SUCCESSORS

    South Africa, Cape Town, 22 February 2014: Naspers Limited (JSE: NPN, LSE:
    NPSN) today announced that its CEO, Koos Bekker, will be succeeded by Bob van Dijk,
    currently Naspers’s most senior ecommerce chief.

    Bob (41) holds an MSc Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam (cum laude),
    plus an MBA from Insead in France (Dean’s List). Among other experience, he headed
    up eBay Germany, that group’s biggest market outside the US, and was COO of
    Schibsted’s Classifieds.

    “In view of our strong development focus on ecommerce, the board believes that Bob has
    the skills to lead us into the next phase of our growth,” said Ton Vosloo, Naspers chair.
    Bob takes over on 1 April.

    Koos (61) will stand down from the Naspers board for a year, to allow Bob the space to
    settle in with both Naspers top management and the board. Koos intends to travel widely
    and research where the group’s next spurt of growth may come from, once ecommerce
    has reached maturity. He will also stay on the Tencent board. In April 2015, Ton Vosloo
    intends to step down as chair, when Koos will succeed him.

    Koos participated in four technology spurts with the group. In 1985, as a consequence of
    a paper Koos wrote at Columbia University, a young group in their early thirties launched
    M-Net, one of the first such pay-television services outside the US. At the time, Naspers
    was a 26% backer and Ton Vosloo the M-Net chair. Today this group operates pay TV
    across 48 countries in Africa and serves some 7 million households.
    In 1991 the MultiChoice team under Koos, together with partners, launched the mobile
    phone operator MTN. Today MTN is the biggest mobile operator in Africa and one of the
    largest companies on the JSE.

    In 1997 Koos replaced Ton Vosloo as CEO of Naspers itself and the group ventured into
    the internet. After stumbling a few times, this is now Naspers’s biggest business segment.
    Around 2008 the group entered ecommerce. It is investing heavily in an ambitious effort
    to become a global player in classifieds and transactional ecommerce.

    When M-Net was formed in 1985, Naspers was a public but unlisted company with an
    implied market capitalisation of R24 million. When Koos moved into Naspers as CEO in
    1997, the then listed group had a market cap of R5,6 billion.

    Today Naspers’s market capitalisation is R500 billion (US$45 billion). It is the largest
    media group outside the US and China, larger than any in Europe.

    R1 invested in Naspers when M-Net was formed in 1985 would have turned into R5 700
    today (excluding dividends). And R1 invested in October 1997, when Koos became
    Naspers CEO, would be worth R24 today (without dividends).

    “We are also proud of the resonance our growth has in the South African economy, via
    the thousands of people we employ directly and the tens of thousands in the broader
    ecosystems of our businesses,” said Ton Vosloo.

    Koos expressed his gratitude to his Naspers colleagues and board members for the
    opportunity to work with them. “It’s been fun,” he said. “I couldn’t have wished for a
    more interesting life. Now I hope to travel to places like Seoul and San Francisco where
    the future is being manufactured, and see if there are new technologies we should be
    trying out. Plus experience a few oddball spots. When Ton steps down, I’ll rejoin the
    board, hopefully with fresh ideas.”

    Bob looks forward to taking over on 1 April. He lives in the Netherlands with his wife
    Tina, a senior finance executive, and two young daughters. He is a keen sportsman and
    speaks five languages. “Naspers is a great company and I’m honoured to lead an
    excellent team,” said Bob.

    More information on the group is available on the website www.naspers.com.

    Contact:
    Meloy Horn, Head of Investor Relations
    Tel: +27 11 289 3320
    +27 11 289 4446
    Mobile: +27 82 772 7123

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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    “seek”, “will”, “plan”, “could”, “may”, “endeavour” and similar expressions are intended to
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    statements. While these forward-looking statements represent our judgements and future
    expectations, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors could cause actual
    developments and results to differ materially from our expectations. These include numerous
    factors that could adversely affect our businesses and financial performance. We are not under
    any obligation to (and expressly disclaim any such obligation to) update or alter our forwardlooking
    statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors
    are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained herein.

  • Jo-Ann Held (Strauss) appointed as director of Media24

    Media24 has announced that Jo-Ann Held has been appointed as a director of this company.
     
    Jo-Ann is a media entrepreneur who, among others, presents and has produced her own prime time TV show. She also has several corporate enterprises and is a director of Partnership Investments, a company with interests in media, mining and property. She also serves on the Western Cape Board of Ubuntu Botho (part of Sanlam) and the board of M&C Saatchi Abel, one of SA’s leading advertising agencies. She obtained a BCom (Law) degree at Stellenbosch University.
     
    Jo-Ann is a former Miss South Africa, was a presenter of Pasella and is still involved as a presenter at Top Billing. She is a popular speaker about various subjects such as gender issues, the new business environment and corporate transformation. She is actively involved in several charity initiatives.

  • Media24 PICA winners

    Several Media24 staffers and publications won awards at last night’s 2013 MPASA PICA Awards, which took place at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Resort.

    EDITORIAL PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS:

    Publishing Columnist of the Year – Consumer
    WINNER: Adam Cooke – “Man to Man: a series of columns” – Men’s Health, Media24

    Profile Writer of the Year – Consumer
    WINNER: Erns Grundling – “Suidwes se Storieman” – Weg!, Media24

    Health and Wellness Writer of the Year
    WINNER: Gordon Laws – “King of the Fat Guys” – Men’s Health, Media24

    Travel Writer of the Year
    WINNER: Will Bendix – “The Alchemy of Gambia” – ZigZag, Media24

    Non-Professional Writer of the Year – Consumer
    WINNER: Annerie du Plooy – “Ter Gedagtenis aan Henk” – SARIE, Media24

    Designer of the Year (Layout of the Year) – Consumer
    WINNERS: Robert Cillers and Clinton Jurgens – “A Bunch of Losers” – Men’s Health, Media24

    Visual Production of the Year – Consumer
    WINNERS: Crystal Birch and Jonathan Taylor – “Triple Threat” – FHM, Media24

    Visual Production of the Year – Customer
    WINNERS: Tina-Marié Malherbe, Dirk Pieters, Marianne Burke – “Fade to Blue” – Plascon Spaces, New Media Publishing

    OVERALL PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS:

    Philip Tyler Trophy – Launch/Relaunch
    WINNER: VISI – New Media Publishing

    Annuals, Directories, Product Guides & Special Editions
    WINNER: SARIE FOOD – SARIE KOS, Media24

    Supplements
    WINNER: “Boerekos” – Landbouweekblad – Media24

    Online Solutions
    WINNER: www.sarie.com – (SARIE), Media24

    CUSTOMER PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS:

    Retail & Consumer Goods
    WINNER: Woolworths TASTE – New Media Publishing
    HIGHLY COMMENDED: W, New Media Publishing

    CONSUMER PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS:

    General Interest (Male & Female)
    WINNER: SARIE – Media 24

    International General Interest (Male & Female)
    WINNER: Men’s Health – Media24

    Décor, Crafts, Food & Gardening
    WINNER: SARIE KOS – Media24

    Consumer Cover of the Year
    WINNER: VISI – New Media Publishing

    EDITOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS:

    Jane Raphaely Consumer Editor of the Year
    WINNER: Michelle van Breda – SARIE, Media24

    MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR AWARDS:

    Customer Magazine of the Year
    WINNER: Woolworths TASTE – New Media Publishing

    Rossi Trophy for Consumer Magazine of the Year
    WINNER: SARIE – Media24

    For more information about the MPASA PICA Awards, visit www.mpasa.org.za and click on the PICA 2013 banner.

  • Wanted: a new face for Cape Town's landmark media building

    •     Media24 launches design competition to rejuvenate the façade of its 26-storey head office, Naspers Centre, on Cape Town's Foreshore
    •   Interested parties from across South Africa are invited to submit their conceptual design proposals as part of the World Design Capital 2014 official programme

    Media24 is partnering with Cape Town Design NPC to launch a competition for interested parties in South Africa, from architects, graphic designers and urban planners to innovators and novice artists, to submit design proposals to reimagine the façade of its head office, the landmark Naspers Centre, on Cape Town’s Foreshore.

    Built in 1962, the building was the tallest in Africa at the time. At 26 storeys it is still a prominent feature of Cape Town's skyline. With Cape Town's designation as World Design Capital 2014, the media company is using the city’s year of design as a chance to redesign the building’s exterior. For the competition, Media24 provides a blank canvas to South Africa’s brightest minds to inspire creative thinking and pioneer design innovation.

  • Media24 mourns the passing Prof Jakes Gerwel

    Wednesday 28 November

    Today Media24 mourns the passing of its chairman, Professor Jakes Gerwel, following a short illness.

    Gerwel served as the chairman of Media24 since 2007 when he took over the reins from Ton Vosloo, current chairman of Naspers. Gerwel also served on Naspers’s board of directors and chaired Welkom Yizani, Media24’s black empowerment partner, since its inception in 2006.

    Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman was devastated by the news. “Prof was not only a wonderful chairman, but also a true mentor.  His quiet yet incisive leadership and insight into the media – and Media24 in particular – grounded us all. The first thing he always asked me, in our regular chats, was ‘And how are the people?’ He really loved this company. We have lost a father figure. Our thoughts are with his wife Phoebe and his family.”

    Fellow directors on the Media24 board said the following:

    Ruda Landman: “End of an era, of someone who made a difference during this crucial period in our country.”

    Prof Rachel Jafta: “We’ll miss his dignified presence in so many aspects of our lives.”

    Prof Gerwel made a valuable contribution to the group and will be sorely missed by the board and all employees of Media24.

  • NASPERS CHAIRMAN AWARDS TOP PRIZES

    31 August 2012

    Cape Town

    Today Ton Vosloo, chairman of Naspers, presented the group’s top prizes at a luncheon after the company’s annual general meeting.

    This year the Phil Weber Award, the highest accolade for performance in the group, was shared by Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press, and Basil Sgourdos, chief financial officer of MIH.

    As editor-in-chief of City Press, Ferial Haffajee is one of the respected and fearless editors of her generation. Her track record as a trailblazing journalist is now evident in a culture of excellence at City Press, which she has steered since 2009. Ferial believes it is vital for the country to have a robust, independent media and she is at the forefront of defending this.


    As CFO of MIH, Basil is known for his drive, commitment and perseverance. His exceptional knowledge of the group’s pay-TV business and expertise on the subject of the internet enable him to make valuable inputs – not just as financial chief, but as a consummate user.

    The Chairman’s Award recognises a staff member who has walked the extra mile. This year, the award went to two people who demonstrated their loyalty, determination and commitment daily: Isak Maklein and Christine Malinga.

    Isak is an assistant team leader at Leserskring/Leisure Books. He has made valuable input and acted as a role model in fostering customer urgency, self-management and capacity building of the team.

    The second recipient of the Chairman’s Award was Christine Malinga, a valued member of the Beeld team for over 20 years and an inspiration to her colleagues.

    Mr Vosloo also thanked the group’s employees for their contribution to the excellent financial results Naspers reported on at the annual general meeting. He noted this was an exciting but challenging time to be working in the global media business. “Change is happening more rapidly than ever and we’re facing some truly complex issues. In the face of these, Naspers continues to grow, guided by its core strategies: the organic growth of our existing businesses and adding a few acquisitions that add value to our group. This strategy has served us well to date. I’m confident it will continue to underpin our success.”


  • Media24 donates R24 million to new CSI project

    28 June 2012

    NEWS

    Media24 has donated R24 million worth of free advertising space to 12 non-profit organisations and 12 small businesses to assist them with media exposure. This donation forms part of the group’s ‘Giving you space to Grow’ project aimed at community development and growth.

    BUSINESS

    Twenty-four small businesses and non-profit organisations will benefit from a Media24 donation of free advertising space worth R24 million. As part of this community development project, each organisation will receive advertising coverage worth R1 million within various Media24 publications, including newspapers, magazines and several online titles.

    MEDIA24 DONATES R24 MILLION

    Media24 has launched a multi-million rand project to give selected non-profit organisations and small businesses a boost by making advertising space to the value of R24 million available, allowing them to market their services and projects in the group’s newspapers, magazines and online titles. This ‘Giving you space to Grow’ project is a focused initiative to combine the efforts of the media company’s myriad social investments under one umbrella and to make a significant difference in the visibility of these 24 organisations and businesses.

    “Media24 is excited about launching this initiative, aimed at being of value to communities,” says Esmaré Weideman, CEO: Media24. “With ‘Giving you space to Grow’ we are focusing our contribution to socio-economic development and enterprise development on making a real difference within the context of broad-based black economic empowerment. By donating advertising space and editorial coverage, we are helping 12 non-profit organisations to get more exposure for the huge contributions they are already making to the social fibre of our community. In addition, we are also supporting 12 small businesses whose entrepreneurship initiatives are aiding economic progress at local levels.”

    Media24’s influential variety of publications will assist the project to make a contribution to the sterling work these 24 organisations are already doing. The beneficiaries will each receive advertising space to the value of R1 million and the advertisements will run in various Media24 magazines, newspapers and online titles from 1 August until 31 December this year.

    Media24’s contribution won’t only be limited to advertising space – several publications have also committed their editorial support for the project. Some of South Africa’s most influential titles such as YOU, NewsNow, go! and Finweek have chosen “partners” that fit in with their various brands from this list of 24 organisations. The titles will report about these organisations to support their work in the communities.

    Project Manager Adrie Jurgensen says ‘Giving you space to Grow’ is a wonderful way of honouring organisations and people who perform community work with great enthusiasm and empathy – and to also give entrepreneurs the opportunity to market their businesses to the broader public. “There are many different ways of getting involved with projects in South Africa. Merely dishing out money is not always the answer,” she says. “Media24 wants to make a difference by doing what we do best, by telling ordinary people’s stories. South Africa has such a wealth of stories about hope and success, as well as stories about trials and tribulations. We can all learn from what others do to help people. With this project we can help to tell South Africans stories about the remarkable work done daily.”

    The 12 non-profit organisations which will benefit from the donation are: Badisa, Junior Achievement SA, the Make a Difference Foundation, FunDza, World Wildlife Fund, grassroots ad agency The Movement, Reach for a Dream, Charity Aid Foundation SA, FAMSA, the sport and education NGO the JAG Foundation, help2read and the Shanduka Black Umbrellas. The 12 small businesses that will benefit from this project all form part of the Shanduka Black Umbrellas, an organisation supporting new businesses.

    Magdél Steyn from the JAG Foundation, one of the organisations selected, says, “This Media24 initiative will help us reach higher heights with our projects and this will create a bigger difference in the lives of more children. It is a huge honour and opportunity to be one of the 12 businesses chosen to benefit from this enormous project and we thank Media24 and their management for such an incredible opportunity.”

    Visit www.csi24.co.za for more information.

    QUOTES:

    “What an incredible initiative. Nowadays media coverage is priceless and this is exactly what we needed to convey our good stories and to tell the public what we need,” says Annemarie Bezuidenhout, marketing manager of Badisa, an organisation which provides social services to those in need.

    “The FunDza Trust is delighted about the opportunity Media24 has given us. With their support, we will be able to reach out to more young South Africans and nurture a love for reading,” says Nicci Giles of The FunDza Literacy Trust.