MTN SA donates R5OO OOO to SANEF
The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has launched a relief fund for journalists who have lost their jobs during lockdown.
A statement that was issued by the SANEF explained that the Social Justice Initiative (SJI) is acting as a fiscal host for the fund and will be playing an oversight role to ensure that all funds are fairly and transparently distributed.
“In making the announcement today, we want to express our warm gratitude to MTN SA for their contribution of R500 000 to start the fund and for their further commitment to lobby other corporates to contribute,” said Mahlatse Mahlase who is SANEF’s chairperson.
Balungile Dlamini, who is a qualified journalist by profession but is unemployed, said she was happy for those journalists who will be receiving the money because if there was no corona their jobs would be secured.
“The struggle of being unemployed is real, you just sit at home wondering if you will ever be employed. Corona was not their fault, what MTN SA did showed that they feel their pain of being unemployed,” Dlamini added.
Executive of Corporate Affairs at MTN South Africa, Jacqui O’ Sullivan said that all South Africans owe a huge debt of gratitude to the reporters and editors who have collected and provided valuable information that is helping save lives.