Putting Mandela’s press freedom priorities into practice

Thomson Foundation's work with South African national broadcaster SABC coincided with Nelson Mandela’s election as president. He famously said, “South Africa should put freedom of its press and media at the top of its priorities” and so the foundation was invited into SABC to help contribute to the changes needed to put Mandela’s philosophy into practice. The foundation restructured news and current affairs and trained more than 150 journalists during an intensive three-month period.

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South Africa


South African Broadcasting Corporation

Project duration

Three months

Project start date



Media reform; South Africa;

In the early 90s, when there were so many political changes in South Africa, we needed to convert from a state broadcaster to a national public broadcaster. The Thomson Foundation were the first people we reached for”

Kieran Maree, SABC training manager

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