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Sanlam and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) have received a record 750 entries for the 2013 MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards since the joint awards were established four years ago. Entries closed on 14 February 2014. For the 2012 Awards, 540 entries were received. 11 Apr 2014 Read more >>

Address by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma at the launch of Independent Newspapers and Media SA under new ownership, Cape Town. 4 Mar 2014 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) would like to congratulate and welcome the important announcement made by the State Owned Entities Communicators Association (SOECA) and the State Owned Enterprises Procurement Forum (SOEPF) who both pledged their support for community and small commercial media as defined by the MDDA Act. 26 Feb 2014 Read more >>

The State Owned Entities Communicators Association (SOECA) and the State Owned Enterprises Procurement Forum (SOEPF) have both pledged their support for community and small commercial media as defined by the MDDA Act, the two bodies agreed at a meeting held recently in Pretoria. 25 Feb 2014 Read more >>

The 13th of February is a day where South Africa joins the world in celebrating radio broadcast, a date proclaimed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), as an occasion to draw attention to the unique value of radio, which remains the medium to reach the widest audience and is currently taking up new technological forms and devices. 13 Feb 2014 Read more >>

On 30 January 2014, the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Board sent a notice announcing the imminent end of the tenure of the agency's CEO, Mr Lumko Mtimde, at the end of June this year. 7 Feb 2014 Read more >>

The NCRF has noted with shock the imminent departure of the MDDA's CEO Mr Lumko Mtimde. The NCRF will monitor very closely that this departure is not seen as an opportunity for those against media diversity to take leadership of the MDDA. 6 Feb 2014 Read more >>

MDDA board members farewell and welcome function speech by deputy minister in the presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation, Hon Obed Bapela, MP. 5 Feb 2014 Read more >>

The MDDA Board gives notice of the end of the term of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Lumko Mtimde and thanks him for his outstanding work as the accounting officer of the agency. Mtimde has been at the helm of the agency since 2006 and will be completing his second term of office in June 2014. He has opted not to avail himself for a third term of office, opting to rather consider taking on new responsibilities for his own growth and development. He has led with distinction the cause of media development and diversity and the promotion of the right to freedom of expression and access to information as enshrined in our constitution and has laid a solid foundation for anyone to lead the agency into the next decade. 4 Feb 2014 Read more >>

Sanlam and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), co-sponsors and organisers of the MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards, have extended the deadline for submission of entries for the 2013 community journalism competition. The new deadline for entries is now Friday, 14 February 2014. 30 Jan 2014 Read more >>

Entries for the MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards for the year 2013 are drawing to a close, with just 16 days left to the deadline on 31 January 2014. 16 Jan 2014 Read more >>

The President of the Republic, his Excellency Jacob Zuma, acting in terms of Section 4 (1) (b) read with Section 8 (2) of the MDDA Act, appointed Mr Roland Aloysius Williams to the MDDA Board from January 2014 until December 2016. The president also thanked Ms Nadia Bulbulia and Ms Nothando Migogo, whose terms of office expired in December 2013, for their invaluable contribution and dedication in promoting an environment for media development and diversity in SA. 8 Jan 2014 Read more >>

The MDDA is deeply saddened by the departure of our hero, legend, icon, freedom fighter, isiThwalandwe President Nelson Mandela. President Mandela presided over the establishment of Comtask (Communication Task Group) led by the Deputy President Mbeki which recommended the establishment of the MDDA. Mandela led SA to lead in respect of media freedom and promoting media diversity. MDDA joins the world, fellow South Africans, Madiba family, abaThembu in saluting and mourning the death of our statesman, our former President Nelson Mandela. 6 Dec 2013 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Sanlam, co-sponsors and organisers of the MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards, have announced that they will invest more in the Awards by introducing new categories for the competition. 21 Oct 2013 Read more >>

On Tuesday, 10 September 2013, the MDDA Chief Executive Officer Mr Lumko Mtimde and Program Director Mr Nkopane Maphiri, accompanied by the NCRF Chairperson Mr Sonnyboy Masingi met with Cllr Brutus Mahlaku, Executive Mayor of Metsimaholo Municipality (Sasolburg) and his executive team about the burning down of the station on the evening of 7 September 2013. 12 Sep 2013 Read more >>

The MDDA is shocked to learn of the burning down of Karabo FM (a community radio station based in Sasolburg in the Free State province) on Saturday, 7 September 2013. 10 Sep 2013 Read more >>

On 28 August 2013, the Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane tabled in Parliament the MDDA 2012/13 Annual Report (including the AGSA report on AFS and Performance Information) as required by the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 and MDDA Act. This year, the MDDA is celebrating its ten year anniversary and has always received unqualified audit opinion. Notably, this year it received a Certificate of Excellence for achieving a CLEAN AUDIT opinion from the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA). This is yet more proof of the MDDA's commitment to being one of the leading examples in the area of financial reporting, good governance and accountability within the public sector. 30 Aug 2013 Read more >>

The Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA) has learnt of the passing of the Media Literacy project beneficiary, a young, committed and passionate, Mr Jade Roux. 31 May 2013 Read more >>

The winners of the MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards have been announced at a gala event to present the awards and celebrate excellence in the local media sector. 27 May 2013 Read more >>

The MDDA and Sanlam have announced the finalists for the MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards following the conclusion of judging. The winners will be announced at a gala event to present the Awards this Friday, 24 May 2013, at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg. 23 May 2013 Read more >>

It is all systems go for the MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards to be presented on Friday, 24 May 2013 at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg, near Johannesburg. 16 May 2013 Read more >>

Government Communications and Information System, by Ms L Van Der Merwe MP 15 May 2013 Read more >>

Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Budget Vote Speech by Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Obed Bapela 14 May 2013 Read more >>

Honourable Chairperson
Honourable Minister Collins Chabane
Honourable Deputy Minister Obed Bapela
Honourable Members 10 May 2013 Read more >>

ANC MP Eric Kholwane, chair of the parliamentary committee on communications, addressed the audience at the joint MDDA and DUT event. 6 May 2013 Read more >>

The 3rd of May is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom day, as per the proclamation by the United Nations (UN) at its General Assembly in 1993, in line with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This followed the 26th session of UNESCO General Conference in 1991, which adopted the Windhoek Declaration, a statement of principles calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world. The Declaration affirms that a free press is essential to the existence of democracy and a fundamental human goal. 3 May 2013 Read more >>

Programme Director allow me to thank the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking for inviting me to this celebration and to congratulate the successful class of 2012. It is always good to celebrate success, it motivates both those who are still looking forward to achieving and those who have achieved, but it also motivates those behind the success story, the educators, trainers and parents. 26 Apr 2013 Read more >>

The Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA) held the National Media Literacy & Culture of Reading - the Evaluation Summit on 10-11 April 2013 at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo International Conference Centre in Johannesburg. The summit evaluated the work of the MDDA Media Literacy and Culture of Reading project which was implemented in four provinces namely the Eastern Cape, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State between 2009 and 2012. The project has from 2009 to 2012 provided training to two hundred (200) learners in the four provinces. 15 Apr 2013 Read more >>

Deputy Minister Obed Bapela expressed his support and thanks to the MDDA for their great work in assisting to develop community media and small commercial media in South Africa in his address at the National Media Literacy Summit, which took place in Johannesburg on 10 March 2013. 12 Apr 2013 Read more >>

Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile, Special Advisor to the Minister of Arts and Culture, expressed his support in his address at the MDDA National Media Literacy Summit which took place in Johannesburg on 10 March 2013. 10 Apr 2013 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is hosting the Media Literacy and Culture of Reading - the Evaluation Summit to be held on 10-11 April 2013 at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg. The purpose of the Summit is to evaluate the work that the MDDA Media Literacy project which was implemented in Eastern Cape, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Free State between 2009 and 2012. 10 Apr 2013 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Sanlam are pleased to announce that over 600 entries have been received for the annual MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards for 2012/13, which have now closed for entry, and the adjudication process is now underway. 9 Apr 2013 Read more >>

According to a report by Denise Williams published in the Times Live 18th March 2013 edition, the journalist wrongfully reports that "MDDA CEO Lumko Mtimde told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications on Friday that the newspapers had offered the agency money to help it establish community radio stations and publications." 19 Mar 2013 Read more >>

The President of the Republic, his Excellency Jacob Zuma acting in terms of Section 4 (1) (b); Section 4 (2); Section 7 (1), Section 7 (2) and Section 8 of the MDDA Act appointed the following to the MDDA Board:
  1. Ms Phelisa Nkomo (Chairperson)
  2. Ms Nothando Migogo
  3. Mr Robert D. Nkuna
 5 Mar 2013 Read more >>

The 13th of February, is a day where South Africa joins the world in celebrating radio broadcast, to improve international cooperation among radio broadcasters and encourage decision-makers to create and provide access to information through radio, including community radios. The day is a date proclaimed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as an occasion to draw attention to the unique value of radio, which remains the medium to reach the widest audience and is currently taking up new technological forms and devices. 13 Feb 2013 Read more >>

A written submission to the Print and Digital Media Transformation Task Team (PDMTTT). 1 Feb 2013 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) welcomes Ms Duduzile Phungwayo into its ranks as an HR Specialist, as of 7 January 2013. 15 Jan 2013 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Sanlam join forces for the third year to celebrate excellence in the local and community media industry of South Africa. 14 Jan 2013 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in partnership with Bush Radio are hosting the 12th Media Kidocracy Konference (MKK) 2012 attended by 96 young South Africans, between 10 - 14 December 2012 at Nekkies Resort and Conference Center in Worcester in the Western Cape. The MKK is an annual Bush Radio project that targets young people in the country and in the SADC region to engage on various media platform and how to use media as a tool for communications and expression of their views in a democracy. This year's theme "Youth Participation in Democracy" and encourages youth to be active citizens in development of their own countries. The MKK 2012 programme is mainly panel and roundtable discussions on youth related topics, training workshops and production of in cartoons, comics, photography, print, radio, television, graffiti and online media. 14 Dec 2012 Read more >>

On 6 December 2012, the Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA) and the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) co-hosted a panel discussion themed "Photography as a Media Format" at the 3rd Floor Gallery at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg, as part of celebrating the graduates of the 2012 MPW Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (PDP) program. The aim of the panel discussion was to create a platform to share ideas and experiences of how photography as a media format contributes to telling stories by use of the visual medium like pictures. 13 Dec 2012 Read more >>

Tomorrow is the 35th year after 19 October 1977. South Africa, as it marks the day, celebrates constitutionally guaranteed media freedom, freedom of expression, right to communication and access to information. The Constitution Act No.108 of 1996 protects and provides for the freedom of the media, freedom of expression and access to information. This is further supported by the legislative framework giving effect to the Constitution, including the MDDA Act 14 of 2002, ICASA Act of 2000, Electronic Communications Act of 2005, Broadcasting Act of 1999, Access to Information Act of 2000, etc. including Chapter 9 of the Constitution which sets up institutions to support democracy. South Africa has moved from racial discrimination to a non racial democracy where the rights of ordinary citizens are now protected and enshrined in our Constitution which provides a balance between the freedom of expression and the right to dignity and equality. Free speech and a free media are entrenched in the Constitution and the media operate in an environment free of oppression, persecution and the repressive legislation which sought to restrict and control the media. 18 Oct 2012 Read more >>

The MDDA notes the launch of the Print and Digital Media Transformation Task team (PDMTT) initiated by the Print and Digital Media SA (PDMSA). 28 Sep 2012 Read more >>

The minister in the presidency, the honourable Mr. Collins Chabane, acting in terms of the MDDA Act, tabled the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA)'s Annual Report for the period 2011/12 to parliament on the 20th September 2012. 26 Sep 2012 Read more >>

A case for statutory media regulation 11 Sep 2012 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is participating and supports the National Book Week happening in the Nelson Mandela Metro in the Eastern Cape province between 6-8 September 2012. 7 Sep 2012 Read more >>

The MDDA extends its word of thanks to former cabinet spokesperson and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Mr Jimmy Manyi for his contribution and support of the agency during his tenure as the accounting officer of the GCIS from February 2011. In January 2012, the president of the republic, his excellency Jacob Zuma, acting in terms of Section 4 (1) (b) and Section 4 (1) (c) of the MDDA Act appointed Mr Manyi to sit onto the MDDA Board. 28 Aug 2012 Read more >>

"Working together to create a CARING and PROUD society"
RESPONDENT: Economic inequalities commission - Presenter, Minister Naledi Pandor
Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, SOWETO
05 July 2012
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Today - 18th May 2012, the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Sanlam joined forces again to celebrate excellence in the local media industry of South Africa. The MDDA/Sanlam Local Media Awards 2012 included the inaugural Rantho/Letsebe Community Media Achievement Award and was presented at a gala dinner at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel in Durban, in the KwaZulu-Natal province. 18 May 2012 Read more >>

Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel, Durban, on 16-18 May 2012 15 May 2012 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and SANLAM have joined forces again this year to celebrate excellence in the local media industry of South Africa. The MDDA/SANLAM Local Media Awards 2012 includes the inaugural Rantho/Letsebe Community Media Achievement Award and will be presented at a gala dinner in the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel (329 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga), Durban, on Friday evening the 18th May 2012, 18h30. The Awards Gala Dinner will be attended by the Minister Collins Chabane (Minister in the Presidency), Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Tembisa Ndabeni, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications Chair Skhumbuzo Eric Kholwane, captains of the industry and close to 300 editors, journalists, photographers, broadcasters and peers. 15 May 2012 Read more >>

In 2012 South Africa marks 16 years since the proclamation of our world acclaimed Constitution, which guarantees press freedom, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. 3 May 2012 Read more >>

On Thursday, 26th April 2012, Sentech announced its decision to reduce signal distribution costs for community broadcasters. In its media statement Sentech states that "the average decrease in signal distribution costs facing the community broadcasters is 33% for Community TV services and 65% for Community FM services". 30 Apr 2012 Read more >>

The MDDA sends deep and heartfelt condolences to the Maleka family on the passing away of Mr Lebelo Maleka - Station Manager of Shoshanguve Community Radio. 24 Apr 2012 Read more >>

Canaan Mdletshe's article with headline "Manyi after control of who gets state advertising money" dated 16th April 2012 17 Apr 2012 Read more >>

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), proclaimed the 13th February as an occasion to draw attention to the unique value of radio, which remains the medium to reach the widest audience and is currently taking up new technological forms and devices. South Africa has undergone profound political and economic transformation over the last 17 years, resulting in new and strong political institutions that underpin democracy and a macro economic framework that encourages greater freedom and competition. 14 Apr 2012 Read more >>

On the 21st February 2012, the MDDA jointly with the Association for Communications and Advertising (ACA) and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) reported back to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications on progress made by the organisations on the transformation of the advertising industry following the public hearings held on the matter in June and November of 2011. 22 Feb 2012 Read more >>

Today, the 13th February, South Africa joins the world in celebrating radio broadcasting, improving international cooperation among radio broadcasters and encouraging decision-makers to create and provide access to information through radio, including community radios. The day is a date proclaimed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), as an occasion to draw attention to the unique value of radio, which remains the medium to reach the widest audience and is currently taking up new technological forms and devices. 13 Feb 2012 Read more >>

On 07 February 2012, the Deputy Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in Presidency, Mr Obed Bapela and the MDDA hosted a Media Conference to introduce the new Board members and bid farewell to the outgoing Board members. At the same Conference, the Agency launched the Media Literacy Toolkit with learners and educators from beneficiary schools in the Eastern Cape, North West and KwaZulu-Natal. 9 Feb 2012 Read more >>

The President of the Republic, his Excellency Jacob Zuma acting in terms of Section 4 (1) (b) and Section 4 (1) (c) of the MDDA Act appointed:
  1. Mr Phenyo Nonqane
  2. Ms Rene Alicia Smith
  3. Mr Jimmy Manyi
  4. Mr Thato Mahapa
  5. Ms Ingrid Louw
as new Board members with effect from 01 January 2012 for a term of three years. This appointment follows a Parliamentary public participatory process, through the Portfolio Committee on Communications, which recommended Ms Rene Alicia Smith and Mr Phenyo Nonqane in terms of Section 4 (1) (b) of the MDDA Act. The other three (Ms Ingrid Louw, Mr. Thato Mahapa and Mr. Jimmy Manyi) are appointed by the President in terms of Section 4 (1) (c) taking into consideration Section 15 of the MDDA Act. They are from the commercial print media, commercial broadcast media and Government. 17 Jan 2012 Read more >>

Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa partnered with the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) to promote community media participation at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban, South Africa. 14 Dec 2011 Read more >>

Commission wants company fined 10% of turnover for driving Gold-Net News out of market. 2 Nov 2011 Read more >>

The MDDA/Sanlam Local Media Awards include community print (newspapers and magazines) and community broadcasting (radio and television). 21 Oct 2011 Read more >>

As we mark the 34th year after 19 October 1977, South Africa through a Parliamentary probing in September 2011, has reflected on the degree and lack of transformation of print media in our country. Also, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications in July 2011 reflected on transformational challenges in the advertising and marketing industry. These interventions assisted in assessing and taking stock of whether all citizens (poor and rich, rural or urban, etc.) have choice and access to information, freedom of expression, right to communication in languages of their choice. 20 Oct 2011 Read more >>

The President of the Republic of South Africa (His Excellency, President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma), acting in terms of Section 4 (1) (c) read with Section 7 (2) of the MDDA Act, appointed Mr Thato Mahapa (from the broadcasting industry) with effect from the 19th July until 31st December 2011, to complete the unexpired term of office of Mr Dan Moyane. 25 Jul 2011 Read more >>

The Editor
Mr Nic Dawes, M&G

The article entitled, "The conundrum that is Lumko Mtimde" by Ilham Rawoot, M&G, 17/06/201, is misleading, unfair, dishonest and therefore amounts to bad reporting, having regard to the SA Press Code. Clause 5.1 of the SA Press Code provides that headlines and captions to pictures shall give a reasonable reflection of the contents of the report or picture in question. The headline declares me a conundrum. The meaning of conundrum is a riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a play of words or is anything that puzzles. Ms Rawoot and the M&G sub-editor have not explained which fanciful question was answered by me by a play of words or whether I am anything that puzzles. Instead she says, "Lumko Mtimde, chief executive of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), has been consistently outspoken in his support for a media appeals tribunal. And this contradiction was no less jarring when, late on Wednesday night, the organisation distanced itself from his views." 24 Jun 2011 Read more >>

The Board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is satisfied that Mr Lumko Mtimde, the CEO of the MDDA has consistently emphasised and stated that his views on the proposed Media Appeals Tribunal (MAT) are his own and not those of the MDDA. 17 Jun 2011 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is shocked and saddened this morning after hearing of the untimely death of Mr Letsebe on the 12th June 2011. 13 Jun 2011 Read more >>

The MDDA is sad to announce the passing away of Rev. Dalindyebo A.B Mtimde at his home in Mvenyane village in the Eastern Cape. 24 May 2011 Read more >>

Mr Dan Moyane, who served the MDDA Board as the commercial broadcast media appointee through the National Association of Broadcasters (NABSA) in terms of Section 4(1) (c) of the MDDA Act from January 2009 for a three year term of office which will expire in December 2011, submitted a resignation letter to the President due to his tremendous workload. 14 Apr 2011 Read more >>

The MDDA extends its words of thanks to the former Cabinet Spokesperson and CEO of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Mr Themba Maseko for his support and professional way in which he related with the MDDA during his tenure as the Accounting Officer of the GCIS from June 2006. 4 Feb 2011 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002. 1 Feb 2011 Read more >>

The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) would like to take this opportune time to welcome MDDA newly appointed Board of Directors (Ms. Louise Vale, Ms. Phelisa Nkomo and Ms. Nadia Bulbulia). 27 Jan 2011 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is happy to welcome the following people newly appointed people into the ranks of the Agency, as of the 10th January 2011. 13 Jan 2011 Read more >>

Today, the 14th December 2010 marks a meeting of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Print Media South Africa (PMSA). (PMSA includes Media 24 Ltd, CTP Limited, Independent Newspapers Ltd and Avusa Ltd.) 14 Dec 2010 Read more >>

Local community television channel Cape Town TV (CTV) has been granted a seven-year class license by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). This new license follows two successive 'temporary' one-year licenses that enabled the channel to begin its broadcast operations. 30 Nov 2010 Read more >>

Zithethele, an English and Xhosa newspaper that is distributed in Nelson Mandela every two weeks, has won the award as best grassroots community newspaper in the country, at the annual Sanlam/MDDA Local Media Awards ceremony held in Johannesburg last Friday (19 November). Zithethele is published by The Media Workshop, a media production and training company based in Port Elizabeth. 26 Nov 2010 Read more >>

Sanlam and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) joined forces this year to celebrate excellence in the local media industry of South Africa. The 2010 Sanlam/MDDA Local Media Awards were presented at a gala dinner in Johannesburg on Friday evening. The Awards were attended by close to 300 editors, journalists, photographers, broadcasters and their proud seniors and peers. 25 Nov 2010 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) welcomes the verification of AVUSA Ltd by Emex Trust (IT 4383/05) a SANAS Accredited BEE Verification Agency on the 27th October 2010, as a level 3 B-BBEE contributor. Accordingly, the verification certificates notes a black ownership of 51.38% prior to the acquisition of UHC, which is effective from the 01st November 2010. This acquisition will further improve the current level recognition. 4 Nov 2010 Read more >>

Tuesday 19 October 2010 marked 33 years after 19 October 1977. South Africa is celebrating legislative guarantees of press freedom and editorial independence. South Africa has undergone profound political and economic transformation over the last 16 years, resulting in new and strong political institutions that underpin democracy and a macro economic framework that encourages greater freedom and competition. The Constitution Act of 1996 protects and provides for the freedom of the media, freedom of expression and access to information. This is further supported by the legislative framework giving effect to the constitution, including the MDDA Act of 2002, ICASA Act of 2000, Electronic Communications Act of 2005, Broadcasting Act of 1999, Access to Information Act of 2000, etc. including Chapter 9 of the Constitution which sets up institutions to support democracy. 21 Oct 2010 Read more >>

The MDDA mourns with the entire small commercial and community media sector the passing away of Ms Queen Mkhondwane, editor and publisher of Phumelela Express/Free State Eyes. It is indeed with great sadness that the Agency received the news on the morning of the 4th October 2010, about the sudden death of Queen Mkhondwane. 8 Oct 2010 Read more >>

The Minister in the Presidency, the Honourable Mr Collins Chabane has tabled the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA)'s annual report for the period 2009/10 to Parliament on the 7th September 2010. The Agency has again obtained an unqualified audit opinion, yet another proof of the MDDA's commitment to being one of the leading examples in the area of financial reporting, good governance and accountability within the public sector. The Agency has always received unqualified audit opinion and this year it received a congratulatory note from the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA). 9 Sep 2010 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002. In 2004, broadcast media (SABC, Primedia Broadcasting, MNET, Kagiso Broadcasting, MIDI TV) together with print media (Media 24, CTP, Independent Newspapers and Johnnic Publishing LTD) committed to supporting the noble work of the MDDA for five years. They renewed this commitment from 01 April 2009. 14 Jul 2010 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) convened a Media Literacy and Culture of Reading Summit on 26-27 March 2010 at the Council Chambers, Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality, Mafikeng in the North West. The theme for the summit was “Basic Media Literacy Education - ‘Constructing Views of Reality'”. 5 May 2010 Read more >>

Today, 3rd May, is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom day, as per the proclamation by the United Nations (UN) at its General Assembly in 1993, in line with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This followed the 26th session of UNESCO General Conference in 1991, which adopted the Windhoek Declaration, a statement of principles calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world. The Declaration affirms that a free press is essential to the existence of democracy and a fundamental human goal. 3 May 2010 Read more >>

The theme debated at this Council meeting is very important and central for our democracy, more as it comes many years after the Windhoek Declaration which was endorsed by UNESCO promoting press freedom, independent and pluralistic media. 24 Mar 2010 Read more >>

ECDC invites suitably qualified and competent service providers to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Feasibility Study aimed at informing the process of developing a Provincial Community Television Station to cover the breadth and depth of the Eastern Cape's geographic remit. 24 Feb 2010 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) welcomes the Ownership and Control discussion paper as published by the Authority on the 17th November 2009. Further, MDDA (the Agency) appreciates the democratic and participatory nature of policy-making in our country. This paper is published a few months after the Agency published a “Trends of ownership and control of media in South Africa”, 15 June 2009, which provides some helpful context in respect of broadcasting for this discussion paper. 19 Feb 2010 Read more >>

The MDDA welcomes this opportunity to make comments on the Public Service Broadcasting Bill as published by the Minister on the 28th October 2009. Further, the Agency appreciates the democratic and participatory nature of policy making in our country and also the Agency welcomes the sense of urgency and energy behind the Proposed Bill. 27 Jan 2010 Read more >>

Today, 1st December, marks the 20th World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day was established by the World Health Organisation in 1998 to provide governments, national AIDS programs, faith organisations, community organisations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. 1 Dec 2009 Read more >>

The article published by Fin24.com on the 13th November 2009 titled “Bogus CV earns MDDA promotion" is regrettable. 16 Nov 2009 Read more >>

On the 08 October 2009, the Agency introduced and welcomed Mr Harry Letsebe who has been promoted to fill the shoes of Ms Jayshree Pather as the new Projects Director. 4 Nov 2009 Read more >>

Capricorn FM and YFM are part of the new broadcasting service licensees to sign a funding agreement commencing 01 April 2009 with the MDDA (a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002) for a period as long as the broadcast service licensees hold the individual commercial sound broadcasting license. 13 Oct 2009 Read more >>

“On behalf of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), I would like to thank you, Ms Jayshree Pather, for your contribution towards facilitation of development and diversity in the South African media and to the promotion of the right to freedom of expression and access to information as enshrined in our Constitution,” said the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lumko Mtimde, in his farewell message. 8 Oct 2009 Read more >>

In the financial year 2008/9, the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) an Agency established by the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002 in partnership with the major print and broadcast media industry to create, support, promote and encourage an enabling environment for media development and diversity that is conducive to public discourse and which reflects the needs and aspirations of all South Africans, commissioned Z-Coms to conduct research on the trends in ownership and control of media in South Africa. 3 Aug 2009 Read more >>

The Agency has had a successful five years. As of 31st March 2009, we have supported 239 projects and awarded grants amounting to about R77m cumulatively. You have seen the different community and small commercial media products available in the different District Municipality, a number of people have been trained, just in the year 2008/9 we have trained about 553 people from the community and small commercial media projects. 3 Aug 2009 Read more >>

Algoa FM and OFM is one of the new broadcasting service licensees to sign a funding agreement commencing 01 April 2009 with the MDDA (a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002) for a period as long as the broadcast service licensees hold the individual commercial sound broadcasting license. 8 Jul 2009 Read more >>

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), in partnership with the South African Editors Forum, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), is holding a one-day stakeholder workshop and strategy meeting: 'Reporting on Race, Racism, Migrants and Xenophobia in the Community/Small Commercial Media' in Johannesburg on 4 June. 4 Jun 2009 Read more >>

It is with great sadness that the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), the community and small commercial media mourn the passing away of Nosipho Nicolette Tladi, the founder and editor of Nemato Voice. 1 Jun 2009 Read more >>

Broadcast media (SABC, Primedia Broadcasting, M-Net, Kagiso Broadcasting, MIDI TV) together with print media (Media 24, CTP, Independent Newspapers and Avusa) in 2004 committed to supporting the noble work of the MDDA (a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002) for five years. 15 May 2009 Read more >>

This year's World Press Freedom Day, Sunday 3rd May 2009, marks the 18th anniversary of the 1991 Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world, adopted at a UNESCO seminar. The Declaration affirms that a free press is essential to the existence of democracy and a fundamental human goal. 5 May 2009 Read more >>

The University of the Witwatersrand and Kagiso Media have concluded a partnership agreement that will see the company contribute R1.8 million to the establishment of a new radio training facility at the university. 4 May 2009 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency's (MDDA) first Media Literacy and Culture of Reading Summit, a programme intended to promote media awareness, media literacy and the culture of reading amongst learners, was launched at the council chambers of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape, on the 28th and 29th March 2009. 20 Apr 2009 Read more >>

iDike-lethu News has been launched at its offices on 26 Mallock Street in Alice, in the Eastern Cape. The launch, which was attended by dignitaries such as the Mayor of Inkonkobe Municipality - Alice (Councillor Anele Ntsangane), local leaders, the local pastors, Station Manager of Forte FM (Ms Vuyelwa Mdazana) and the Chief Executive Officer of the MDDA (Lumko Mtimde), was the penultimate phase of a week-long roadshow. The team of Hope Media, who are the publishers of iDike-lethu, had travelled the whole of Nkonkobe Local Municipality to raise awareness on the newspaper to the community and also to show their gratitude for the vote of confidence the newspaper has enjoyed since its inception. 3 Apr 2009 Read more >>

More voices, more information, more communication platforms, democracy is benefitting. These are the words of Lumko Mtimde, the Chief Executive of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) as he announced the going on air of Inanda FM on Friday 27th March 2009. 2 Apr 2009 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency would like to congratulate Ms Mbali Dhlomo, a KwaZulu-Natal-based Editor and Founder of Genuine magazine and Intuthuko newspaper. Ms Dhlomo has been nominated as the Fellow from South Africa for the 2009 Eisenhower Fellowships' Multi National Program. 1 Apr 2009 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency wishes to convey its joy and a congratulatory note to Vibe FM, who went on air on Friday 20th of March 2009. Vibe FM is situated in KwaMashu within the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality. 1 Apr 2009 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is convening a Media Literacy and Culture of Reading Summit on the weekend of Saturday 28 - 29 March 2009 at the Council Chambers, Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Mt Ayliff, in the Eastern Cape. The theme for the summit is “Basic media literacy education - ‘Constructing Views of Reality'”. 25 Mar 2009 Read more >>

Primedia Broadcasting was one of the first broadcast media owners who committed to support the noble work of the MDDA (a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002) in October 2004 for five years. 24 Feb 2009 Read more >>

In its five years operational, the MDDA has made its mark in developing and diversifying the media landscape, through the guidance of the MDDA Board, the dedication of management and staff, and the adherence to the dictates of the Public Finance and Management Act. 16 Feb 2009 Read more >>

Five years ago, Johannesburg-based community station Radio Today was on the brink of collapse, with SARS pounding at its door for unpaid taxes. Last week, it celebrated having paid off all its debts after half a decade of uphill battle by a largely volunteer board of directors. 15 Feb 2009 Read more >>

Our eyes and ears are attentive to the mainstream media as the most influential platform in the coming elections. But it's also important that there are also many other smaller players that can add to the diversity of coverage. 11 Feb 2009 Read more >>

The address by the Minister in the Presidency Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang at a breakfast briefing to introduce new board members of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). 11 Feb 2009 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002. 29 Jan 2009 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) welcomes the new Chief Financial Officer, Mr Mshiyeni Godfrey Gungqisa, who joined the Agency on the 1st of December 2008. Mr Gungqisa left SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency) at the end of November and joins the MDDA to fill in the shoes of Mr Mbuyiseni Jafta who left the Agency in September to pursue other avenues. 15 Dec 2008 Read more >>

Santa came early for MDDA (Media Development and Diversity Agency) staff members as they got spoiled and pampered at the fabulous Misty Hills, north of Johannesburg on Thursday 04 December. The Agency crew went all out to celebrate a well deserved Christmas Party, combined with a wellness afternoon, which ended with an evening of much feasting at Carnivore Restaurant. 12 Dec 2008 Read more >>

Alfred Nzo Community Radio held its first year anniversary celebration on Friday 21st November 2008 at the Matatiele Municipality Hall. The station hit the airwaves for the first time on 21 November 2007. 10 Dec 2008 Read more >>

Coal City is one of the community media projects funded by the MDDA, and it gives us great pleasure to know that they are making strides in social development and providing relevant information to communities that were formerly deprived of any form of media,” said Mr Lumko Mtimde, Chief Executive Officer of the MDDA. 10 Dec 2008 Read more >>

The morning of the 21st November 2008 saw Alfred Nzo Community Radio celebrating its first anniversary of going on air at a function held at the Matatiele town hall. 9 Dec 2008 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002. 8 Dec 2008 Read more >>

The third of November 2008 marked a very important day on the calendar of Free State Community Media. It was the first-ever community media award ceremony organised by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Mangaung Local Municipality (MLM). It is also the first of such events organised at provincial level. 5 Nov 2008 Read more >>

The Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is expected to open the R1.2 million Moletsi FM community radio station building in Limpopo. 28 Oct 2008 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency is a statutory development agency for promoting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies to assist in (amongst others) developing community and small commercial media in South Africa, in terms of the MDDA Act no 14 of 2002. 6 Oct 2008 Read more >>

“On behalf of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), I would like to thank you Dr Pahad for your contribution towards facilitation of development and diversity in the South African media and to the promotion of the right to freedom of expression and access to information as enshrined in our Constitution.” 2 Oct 2008 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) will participate in this year's Highway Africa Conference taking place at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 4 Sep 2008 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002. 18 Aug 2008 Read more >>

Written nominations are invited for persons to be appointed on the Board of the abovementioned Agency in terms of the Media Development and Diversity Act (Act No. 14 of 2002). 18 Aug 2008 Read more >>

“As a sport's presenter, I'm very pleased that The Voice of Thembisa gave me the opportunity to stay close to the sport that I used to play at school and also keep my community inspired and involved in the game of soccer.” Says Mr. Arnold Rankoko, winner of the Best Presenter Radio, in the Telkom Charity Cup Awards 31 Jul 2008 Read more >>

Today, we all celebrate the life of a revered statesman, a freedom fighter and the country's first democratically elected President, who spent his life serving his people. The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) joins the people of Mvezo, Qunu, Eastern Cape, South Africa, the African continent and the whole world in honoring this hero, the son of the soil for a remarkable life, courage and vision, who fought tirelessly for our freedom. We also celebrate what South Africa has achieved over the past years under the leadership of your party, the ANC. 18 Jul 2008 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002. 8 Jul 2008 Read more >>

The inaugural Community Media Awards winners were announced at a glittering ceremony at the Theatre on the Track, Kyalami in Johannesburg on Friday 30th June 2008. 30 Jun 2008 Read more >>

Dr Zweli Mkhize, the MEC for Finance and Economic Development, addressed the launch of the Zululand Community Radio station and ICT centre at Ulundi Sports Ground on 21 January 2008. 22 Jan 2008 Read more >>

The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is a statutory development agency for promoting, supporting and ensuring media development and diversity, set up as a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting media companies, in terms of the MDDA Act No. 14 of 2002. 7 Jan 2008 Read more >>