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Eugene Saldanha Fellowship in Social Justice Journalism

 

In honour of its late founding director, CAF Southern Africa, together with a number of friends, colleagues and family members established the Eugene Saldanha Memorial Fund in 2007. The purpose of the Fund is to recognise the leadership role played by Eugene in the civil society sector by advancing the work and values which he prized. Eugene believed in the critical role of the sector in building and maintaining constitutional democracy; he set up and led two important NGOs:  the Non Profit Partnership and then CAF Southern Africa. He was influential in advocating for parliamentary reforms in regard to the enabling environment for civil society organisations, and was a leader in lobbying government to fulfil its responsibility to the sector. In particular Eugene fought for civil society sustainability through reform of ineffective government institutions such as the Lotteries and National Development Agency (NDA). Freedom of the press was for Eugene an absolute non-negotiable; within that independence he wanted to see increased exposure of persistent injustice, inequity and discrimination.

 

To honour the ideals by which Eugene lived  initial funds were raised after his death to support the furtherance of social justice initiatives in South Africa. These initial funds were contributed by international private foundations (including the Charities Aid Foundation) with which Eugene was associated during his lifetime, and the generosity of colleagues, family and friends. The Fund was set up as a tax-exempt entity within CAF Southern Africa. A voluntary committee is responsible for governance and strategy of the Fund. The five committee members are:

  • Allan Wentzel – Chair (the founding chairman of CAF Southern Africa)
  • Anastasia Peters-Francis -  representing the Saldanha family
  • Karuna Singh – nominated by the Saldanha family
  • Christa Kuljian – former director of the Mott Foundation
  • Kwanele Sosibo – first Eugene Saldanha Memorial Fund Fellow and now reporter at the Mail and Guardian

Following consultation with social justice practitioners, and in recognition of Eugene's commitment to journalistic integrity, the Eugene Saldanha Memorial Fund governing committee agreed to focus on support for increased and improved media coverage of social justice issues - especially by young and aspiring journalists. This led to the partnership of CAF Southern Africa with Mail & Guardian in 2010 and the creation of a Fellowship in Social Justice Journalism.

The first Eugene Saldanha Fellow in Social Justice Journalism, Kwanele Sosibo, began work in January 2011.  Kwanele and each of the Fellows coming after him received expert mentorship from experienced Mail & Guardian investigative journalists, and researched and published over 40 articles on critical social justice.  (To read Kwanele’s articles click here).  At the beginning of 2012 Kwanele was appointed as a permanent journalist within the Mail & Guardian's newsroom.

 
The 2012 Fellow Heidi Swart’s articles can be found here, and the 2013 Fellow Manqoba Nxumalo’s here.

 

rapula 9172 2Rapula Moatshe is the 2014 Eugene Saldanha fellow. He obtained a freelance journalism diploma in 2000 and went on to study BA Communication Science through Unisa. To learn more about Rapula and to read his articles, click here.

 

The Fund encourages donations from private and corporate donors and the general public to cover the costs of the Fellowship.


Investing in this important Fellowship


In order to sustain the Fellowship beyond 2012 new funds are needed.  The Fund encourages donations from private and corporate donors and the general public and invites you to consider investing in the Fund.

For further information please contact Colleen du Toit, CEO Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to make a donation please see banking details below:


Banking details for the Fund are:


Bank:                     Nedbank    
Branch:                  Parktown
Branch code:          194405
Account Type:         Current
Account name:        CAF Eugene Saldanha Memorial Fund
Account Number:    1944208542