Leverage BRICS media partnerships to promote Africa’s development

Chairperson of Sekunjalo Group Dr Iqbal Survé has called for BRICS countries to support independent journalism in the face of fake news and disinformation and media attacks against independent media voices. He was speaking during the 6th BRICS Media Forum held at Houghton Hotel on Saturday. Picture: Itumeleng English / African News Agency (ANA). Good […]

BRICS Media Forum: A pivotal platform for global information diversity

The BRICS alliance – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – represents nearly half of the world’s population and a significant portion of the global economy. As such, the influence these nations wield in shaping media narratives is immense. The forum, whose theme is: “BRICS and Africa: Strengthening Media Dialogue for a Shared & […]

Africa and BRICS – a partnership for tomorrow

Ahead of the BRICS Summit, Dr Iqbal Survé shares some insights pertaining to the theme of this year’s meeting: BRICS and Africa: Uniting for Development, Integration, and Industrialisation. In the global landscape, Africa has long been perceived as a continent with untapped potential, rife with abundant resources and opportunities. The emergence of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, […]

How Madiba showed that doing good can transcend bitterness

Nelson Mandela (Madiba), the father of our democracy here in South Africa, was an iconic leader who not only transformed the country, but inspired the world, says the writer. Nelson Mandela (Madiba), the father of our democracy here in South Africa, was an iconic leader who not only transformed the country, but inspired the world. […]

How Madiba showed that doing good can transcend bitterness

Nelson Mandela (Madiba), the father of our democracy here in South Africa, was an iconic leader who not only transformed the country but inspired the world. He left an indelible mark through his unwavering commitment to justice, compassion, and forgiveness. Today, as South Africa faces increasing challenges, it is crucial to revisit Mandela’s teachings and […]

South Africa’s youth must unite to build tomorrow and save the nation

That you, our leaders of tomorrow, face a mountain of challenges, created largely by the failures of your predecessors, needs no explaining. But, amidst these obstacles, lies an extraordinary opportunity for you, as the youth of South Africa, to come together, bridge the divides, and steer the nation towards a brighter future. Believing in the […]

Believe in the country you want it to be – and make it happen

It is time for the youth to embrace their role as catalysts for change, and work together to build a nation that embodies the values of integrity, equality, and prosperity for all, says the writer. Picture: ANA Archives Believe in the country we want it to be, to make it happen… This is not so […]

A personal tribute to Dr Dennis George

Age and experience never really prepare one for the loss of dear friends and colleagues. For South Africa, however, the recent passing of Dr Dennis George is a tragedy, as we have lost yet one more soul of the soil who fought the good fight and helped us realise freedom and democracy. For me personally, […]

Media Freedom and the End Game

Over the past couple of years or so, Independent Media has written several articles and opinion pieces on media freedom, the threat to this hard won right, even questioning whether we do, in fact, have a free media to lose. It’s time to pen another. Notification of a media summit happening in KZN hosted by […]

Freedom Day message from Dr Iqbal Survé

Freedom Day in South Africa is celebrated on 27 April every year, when the country commemorates its first democratic elections, which took place in 1994. Dr Iqbal Survé discusses his view of the critical issues still facing ‘Freedom for All’. Freedom is not just a word; it is a feeling that should unite us all. […]