Published, 31 October 2016 by Staff Reporter, Independent Online at 08:14am

South Africa’s largest black-owned media company, Independent Media, on Monday announced significant changes to its senior editorial structure.

The appointments include the announcement of three regional executive editors and changes at 11 of the group’s titles, including six new editor appointments.

Adrian Ephraim, most recently Independent Online (IOL) managing editor, is the Group Digital Content Editor as well as the editor of African Independent for print and online. Ephraim’s successor at IOL will be announced soon.

“Africa is not a strategy,” said Ephraim. “We are all a collection of experiences, cultures and points of view. The continent is not so much a melting pot as it is a fusion of all of us. We have been telling our own stories for a while now and it’s our duty as the media to let people speak for themselves through the use of technology and solid journalism.

“The trajectory of mobile technologies also demands that we respond accordingly and aggressively in this space. I look forward to breaking new ground at Independent Media as we venture beyond our borders,” he said.

Independent Media’s executive chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé said: “Mobile publishing is a key focus for Independent Media in Africa and Ephraim will bring his experience and skills as managing editor of IOL and online news editor of Mail & Guardian previously, to grow audience, social media engagement and revenue in a broader market.

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Published, 26 October 2016 by Nwabisa Masiza, Independent Online at 09:46am

From Russia with love comes the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, on exhibition at the Eclectica Gallery in Cape Town, a venture between Russia’s state news agency Rossiya Segodnya and Independent Media.

The contest is named in honour of Stenin, a Rossiya Segodnya photographer who was killed during the 2014 war in Ukraine.

The exhibition and competition also cemented the partnership between Independent Media and Rossiya Segodnya.

“Independent is delighted to be the leading South African media partner for this exhibition of the winning entries,” said Dr Iqbal Survé, executive chairman of Independent Media.

“It is an opportunity to not only honour Andrei Stenin and photojournalists around the world, but to acknowledge photojournalism as an art and craft in documenting the human story.”

Rossiya Segodnya expressed interest in showcasing a selection of the 6 000 entries from 71 countries worldwide in South Africa, and Independent Media welcomed the opportunity to host the event.

The exhibition is Russia’s only platform to discover new photojournalists and develop high standards for documentary photography in Russia and the world.

Alexander Shtol, director of Rossiya Segodnya’s Photo Information Directorate, said: “ We are very pleased the number of participating countries has surpassed our wildest expectations.

“This can be partly explained by the respect shown for the memory of Andrei Stenin and because the photo industry is in constant development due to the rapid breakthrough of young talent.”

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Published by Independent Media, 10 October 2016 at 11pm

Sekunjalo Investment Holding’s public subsidiary, African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI) Ltd is South Africa’s Most Empowered Company of the Year for 2016 according to the 2013 Code of Good Practice while Vodacom SA is the Most Empowered Company according to the 2007 Code of Good Practice.

Research for the annual survey for South Africa’s Top 100 Most Empowered JSE-listed companies was conducted by empowerment ratings agency Empowerdex. The results, released in partnership with Independent Media’s business publication Business Report, and specialist research and media house Intellidex, were announced at a special function in Johannesburg.

This year’s Most Empowered Companies rankings differ from previous years because many companies have converted to the revised 2013 Codes of Good Practice while others are still operating under the 2007 codes. That is mainly because their industries are yet to establish their own, industry-specific transformation codes or charters, but expect to do so by year-end. According to Empowerdex, there are two sets of rankings this year, one for each group. Except for venture capital and development board companies, the participants in this year’s survey are all the companies listed on the JSE, including AltX.

This is the first year that AEEI qualifies to be in the main rankings of the Most Empowered Companies survey because it was previously classified as a qualifying small enterprise (now termed exempt micro-enterprises). AEEI’s total BEE score of 102.47 points puts it ahead of Oceana Group Ltd (last year’s winner), which scored 97.82 points.

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