To Dear Mr Ngalwa, The South African National Editors’ Forum Chairman

Your correspondence to the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and copied to me refers.

It is clear from SANEF’s correspondence to the PIC, that your organisation is driven by a hidden agenda and one which is not related to media freedom, freedom of expression or the protection of jobs in the media industry.

For the purposes of this communication, I will confine myself to addressing the blatant misrepresentation of the facts related to the commercial aspects of our business. The unfounded allegations of editorial interference are addressed by Independent Media’s editors in their own statement which is attached for easy reference.

The arrogance displayed by SANEF in its correspondence to the PIC cannot go unchallenged.

SANEF is an NGO/voluntary organisation, which has regrettably strayed into areas which it should not be involved in. The most basic principle of journalism is to gather all sides of the story and request information from the people that you are writing about. Once again, SANEF has failed to contact Independent Media or me to get clarity about matters pertaining to Independent Media and its business.

Please read the full statement here ExecChair letter to SANEF 26Feb21 (003)

Published 11 August 2020 by Dr Iqbal Survé

Dr Iqbal Survé is the chairperson of Sekunjalo Investment Holdings. File picture: Ian Landsberg/African News Agency (ANA)

It has been a couple of weeks since I have written, not for lack of anything to say, but rather because there is too much – not all of it would make for polite reading, though.

It seems rather obvious to state that people are poor and desperate. But they are, and in the short term it is probably only going to get worse.

The economy is in bad shape and no amount of foreign aid, or government lip service to the people, is going to bail us out. We have sunk too far. Yet, having said that, all is not quite lost, because as the old saying goes, when the “going gets tough, the tough get going”.

South Africans are inherently resourceful people, and right now we need to dig deep and come up with the plan – by ourselves and for our families and communities. We cannot afford to rely on others to do it for us, nor should we.

For too long we have put our destiny into the hands of others, many of whom do not have our best interests at heart, only their own.

Please read the full article here.

Published 20 July 2020 by Independent Media

The listening device found at Dr Iqbal Survé’s office. Picture: Supplied

Evidence of espionage against the Sekunjalo Group, Independent Media and Dr Iqbal Survé, has led to criminal charges being laid with the South African Police Services (SAPS) for investigation.

The Sekunjalo Group (Sekunjalo), Independent Media and the chairman of both organisations, Dr Iqbal Survé, have opened a criminal case in connection with the recent discovery of unlawful espionage perpetrated against them.

More than a month ago, Sekunjalo appointed a private security service provider, who discovered that illegal surveillance had been conducted against Dr Survé, his family and senior executives of Independent Media, AYO Technology Solutions (AYO) and African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI).

This is the second case in the past month that has been opened. The first case is currently being investigated by law enforcement and involves the presence of an unknown substance planted in Dr Survé’s vehicle. Specific threats to Dr Survé’s life were also noted.

Please read the full article here.