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EXPERIENCE DAILY MAVERICK LIVE: THE GATHERING 2024 – GET READY TO MAKE YOUR MARK.
Cape Town, [08 February 2024] – With just 5 weeks to go until The Gathering: Twenty Twenty Four, Daily Maverick HQ is abuzz with preparations for our flagship event, scheduled for 14 March 2024 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
We are excited to announce that our team is securing an esteemed speaker lineup to ensure attendees, both in person and virtually, experience the most engaging, empowering, and informed elections-focused event of the year, ahead of South Africans heading to the polls.
Amidst the noise of political discourse, The Gathering offers a refreshing perspective, providing attendees with a seat at the table alongside political leaders and change agents. With over 800 seats already filled, anticipation is high for this exclusive event.
Hosted by Daily Maverick’s dynamic Rebecca Davis, along with our seasoned political analysts and experienced moderators, like Ferial Haffajee and Stephen Grootes, The Gathering 2024 aims to break down political jargon and foster meaningful dialogue. Confirmed speakers include:
From deciphering election intricacies to connecting with local and international change makers, attendees can expect a day filled with clarity, expertise, and engagement that drives solutions-focused discussions and encourages voter awareness & education.
In addition to thought-provoking discussions, The Gathering offers a unique opportunity for attendees to explore Daily Maverick, connect with fellow participants, and engage in activities throughout the day.
Whether in-person at the Cape Town International Convention Centre or joining remotely, The Gathering invites individuals from all walks of life to join a community dedicated to shaping the future of our nation.
Date: 14 March 2024
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Time: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Event starts at: 9am
Join us at The Gathering 2024 and be part of the conversation that helps shape the future of South Africa. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/thegathering2024
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About Daily Maverick:
Daily Maverick is an independent news and analysis platform committed to delivering high-quality journalism that serves as a catalyst for positive change. With a focus on in-depth reporting and insightful commentary, Daily Maverick tackles pressing issues across politics, business, science and society.
Next to rolling blackouts, the youth unemployment crisis in South Africa is arguably the most critical challenge our country faces. The third Statistics SA quarterly labour survey of 2023 recorded a youth unemployment rate of 43,4%. The total number of unemployed youth (15 to 34 years) is 4,6 million.
Tackling youth unemployment requires more than reducing the unemployment rate; it necessitates aligning job opportunities with career aspirations and eliminating barriers to the transition between education and employment. These elements are crucial to realising the demographic dividend and maximising the role of youth in steering South Africa’s developmental future.
In an attempt to be part of the solution, we at Daily Maverick have chosen learning and job creation as one of our key editorial areas of focus.
We all know that finding a job is tough. Finding work that you love is even tougher. Here at Daily Maverick we are acutely aware of how difficult it is for young people to figure out what career paths fit their talents, interests and personalities.
We also know that there are so many mind-boggling work opportunities out there that knowing what training courses, learnerships or degrees to choose, can be a nightmare. We have all been there.
Heather Robertson, editor of DM168 says: “To help young people on their journey to finding their dream jobs, we published an A to Z Career Guide, including the practical, creative and professional sectors in the June 24 edition of our weekly newspaper, DM168. This guide also informed high school students of the courses they need to choose in Grade 9 and the grades they need to get for APS scores to be accepted into their chosen career paths. In addition, we interviewed and profiled people working in these various careers so that young people can get to know what the actual reality of the jobs entails.”
This entire database has now been converted into an online portal for anyone to access, anytime and free of charge.
Robertson says: “Thanks to the brilliance of our talented young deputy audience development manager, Sahra Heuwel, I am thrilled to announce that all this information has been made easily accessible on our website to anyone.”
The guide offers a one-stop destination for individuals seeking in-depth information about their desired careers. Whether you’re exploring career options, planning your educational journey, or contemplating a career switch, this guide provides the essential steps and resources needed for informed decision-making.
Key features include:
The database can be accessed via this link.
For interactive guidance, click here.
Are you a tech-savvy project manager who loves digital media and journalism? Do you have a passion for driving innovation and delivering impactful solutions? If yes, then we have an exciting opportunity for you!
Daily Maverick is a leading independent news platform in South Africa, known for its fearless and insightful reporting on politics, society and culture. We are looking for a Tech Project Manager to join our Product and Tech team and lead various tech projects that are essential to our digital news publishing operations.
As the Tech Project Manager, you will:
To be successful in this role you will need:
This is a remote position, but you can also work from our offices in Cape Town or Johannesburg. You will report to the Product Manager and work within the Product and Tech team.
What we offer:
– A remote-friendly, flexible work environment;
– Generous annual leave;
– Exposure to top talent in the industry and extensive learning opportunities; and
– A salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The position does not offer benefits such as health insurance or a retirement plan. Your remuneration will be based on cost-to-company.
Daily Maverick is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity. In accordance with employment equity goals and targets, preference may be given to candidates from designated groups.
If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] by 27 October 2023. Please include “Tech Project Manager” in the subject line.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Award-winning financial journalist Sikonathi Mantshantsha has joined Scorpio, the Investigative Unit of Daily Maverick, as of 1 July 2019. In addition, Mantshantsha will contribute to Business Maverick, one of the latest additions to Daily Maverick’s growing stable, which focuses on the business stories driving South African economic landscape.
Since 2016, Mantshantsha held the position of Deputy Editor at the Financial Mail. One of his many accolades includes the 2017 Sanlam Journalist of the Year Award.
“It’s a great opportunity to be joining a start-up that has played a great part in SA journalism in the relatively short time it has been around. Daily Maverick has really punched above its weight, particularly exposing the many shenanigans of State Capture. I am privileged to be joining such an ambitious team.”
Business Maverick Editor Tim Cohen looks forward to working with Mantshantsha who will be a valuable member of the team.
“I’m delighted that Sikonathi will be joining the team, primarily as a member of the Scorpio team but helping out too on Business Maverick on an ad hoc basis. Sikonathi is widely recognised as an astute journalist and a bold voice in business journalism, and we at Business Maverick will be honoured to publish his work.
Since its launch in late 2009, Daily Maverick has seen steady growth in readership and influence. This year alone has seen the launch of two important divisions, Business Maverick and Maverick Life. Co-Founder Branko Brkic says their growth is attributed to Daily Maverick’s uncompromising approach to journalism.
Our mission is to Defend Truth in these difficult and testing times for our young democracy, with no fear or favour. Sikonathi is universally respected as a great journalist and fearless man and I personally very much look forward to working with him.
Daily Maverick’s innovative approach to media and their stance on defending the truth, no matter the cost, has gained them much respect among politicians, business leaders and the general public. It is this reputation that will continue to attract quality journalists within the media industry.
If you work in an African news organization and you’re exploring how to deepen relationships with your audience members, we hope you’ll join the Membership Puzzle Project and Daily Maverick for a workshop on audience engagement and membership models on Aug. 21 & 22, in Cape Town.
Journalism is evolving and membership models are helping news organisations improve through community building and generating revenue. This workshop will give you the inspiration, tools, and thought partners you need to begin and succeed at this work.
Who we are:
The Membership Puzzle Project is a public research project at New York University studying how to optimize a news organization for trust, primarily through membership in its many forms. They run the Membership in News Fund, which supports promising experiments in membership around the world. Daily Maverick is one of their grantees and together are hosting this workshop.
Daily Maverick is an independent news, analysis and investigative digital publisher based in South Africa. In August 2018, DM launched Maverick Insider, a membership program and less than a year later, have gained more than 6,500 paying members. DM has also launched new editorial products that have deepened their relationship with their readers.
What we have planned:
The agenda is a work in progress, but expect sessions on the following:
The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 21 and will conclude in the early afternoon on Aug. 22. Registration is free, although attendees will have to cover their travel costs and hotel accommodation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Who can apply?
Registration is open to any staff member of an African news organization, but in order to make this a fairly hands-on workshop, we are planning to limit attendance to 60 people. We ask that each news organization send no more than two people.
It is our mutual belief that you do not have to be a startup or an organization with a membership program to find this workshop helpful. The skill of designing for community and getting closer to audience members will be beneficial for any news organization trying to figure out a sustainable business model in 2019.
Interested in joining us?
We will update this page in the coming weeks with additional logistical information, including hotel information, and a more detailed agenda. We’ll also e-mail that information to registered participants.
Looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town.
The Membership Puzzle Project and Daily Maverick
Thanks to all who participated in our Newsletter Referral Programme. The draw took place on Friday 17th May and the winners are:
* His and hers Bell&Ross watches: Sharon Adlem, Kelin Brak River
* 10X Investments R15,000 Unit Trust: Gary Purtell, Durban
Gary said of his participation in the Newsletter Referral Programme, “I wouldn’t have spread the news if I didn’t think Daily Maverick’s content was worth it!”
* R2,500 Book Hamper: Dhasagan Pillay, Johannesburg
Dhasagan was thrilled to hear he was a winner and said: “You guys are an awesome, awesome read.”
We appreciate the support from our readers so much. After all, we wouldn’t exist without you.
The Henley 3 year MBA is still – after 5 draws – looking for its owner. None of the 5 names that we drew were able to take up the MBA, so we’ll continue to draw names and update readers here.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our sponsors, partners and readers for helping us #spreadthenews.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has made the fight against corruption a priority and his commitment to establishing a directorate within the National Prosecuting Authority aimed at dealing with corruption is a step in the right direction. What can big business do to work in tandem with government in the fight against corruption?
On 27 June, we will address the issues of fighting corruption and policy implementation for sustainable economic growth. “Business Against Corruption” will be a day for business leaders to discuss topics pivotal to corruption, ranging from fighting corruption at a government as well as private sector level, and the responsibility to create a safe space for whistleblowers, to name only a few.
“BLSA commits to putting its resources to such a cause because it is against corruption, malfeasance, fraud and state capture whether it is happening in public or private sector. That’s the reason why we decided to be part of this project – and hold corporate citizenries accountable” says BLSA CEO, Bonang Mohale.
10X Investments, the disruptive asset manager and event co-sponsor, welcomed Daily Maverick’s decision to turn the spotlight on to business after lifting the lid on state capture and other corrupt practices.
“Daily Maverick has done great work bringing corruption and dishonesty in the political sphere to the public’s attention. The authorities have had no choice but to start acting against perpetrators,” said Steven Nathan, 10X’s founder and chief executive officer. “I believe that business leaders should be held to the same high standards.”
Nathan added that while much corruption within government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) had been exposed, people forget that it takes two to tango and that there are two sides to corruption. Now, more than ever it is crucial for business to become more vocal and play a proactive role in fighting corruption at all levels.
The event aims to help mobilise business to take a more proactive stance against corruption and to help build a stronger, more inclusive economy.
Speakers highlights include:
Minister Pravin Gordhan, Public Enterprises
Advocate Shamila Batohi, National Director of Public Prosecutions
Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, Department of Public Service and Administration (Invited)
Bonang Mohale, CEO, BLSA
Dr Achieng Ojwang, Executive Director: UN Global Compact Network
Advocate Andy Mothibi, Chief Executive and Head of the Special Investigations Unit
“This is an important event for Daily Maverick, as we have been committed to the continued fight against corruption. Scorpio, our investigative journalism arm was formed with the clear objective of bringing corruption cases to light. Our journalists work around the clock to ensure all leads are investigated thoroughly,” says Tim Cohen, editor of Business Maverick.
The event takes place on June 27 at Summer lace in Hyde Park. Only a limited amount of tickets are still available. Visit Quicket to book your ticket today.
Respected financial journalist and editor Tim Cohen has joined Daily Maverick’s newly established Business Maverick as of 1 March 2019.
Previously editor of Business Day and the Financial Mail, Cohen returns to Daily Maverick after being part of the original launch team in 2009.
Business Maverick which launches later in the month will look to complement the existing Daily Maverick editorial offering and attract new readers.
“As one of the founder members of Daily Maverick, I’m very excited to be part of the launch of the business dimension, Business Maverick. We intend to bring Daily Maverick’s analysis-rich, data-driven, insightful and fun style of journalism to Business Maverick. We hope to provide new insights, some investigations and broad business and economic analysis to the publication, building on Daily Maverick’s increasingly respected brand.”
As Daily Maverick expands its editorial team, business coverage is a natural extension given the political nature of the South African economy and how business is influenced by policy.
In addition to Cohen’s appointment, DM is growing its newsroom in other areas.
The Scorpio team welcomes Pieter-Louis Myburgh, an exciting addition to our award-winning investigative unit. Having previously collaborated with the team during the #GuptaLeaks, Myburgh has gained a great reputation through his definitive investigations in State Security, State Capture and especially Free State machinations.
“Daily Maverick and Scorpio’s recent work on the #GuptaLeaks, SARS, VBS and the law enforcement environment, to name just a few examples, places it on the forefront of credible, reliable investigative reportage in South Africa. I am thrilled to join this dynamic and important news platform.”
Daily Maverick is in the process of expanding its newsroom with new product verticals in the areas of Business Lifestyle and Civil Society – with other exciting plans for 2019.
Says Branko Brkic, Daily Maverick editor-in-chief :
“Bucking international and local trends, we’re on an aggressive growth path and look forward to finally executing our long-standing plans to establish Daily Maverick as South Africa’s most exciting and trustworthy news platform. Expect much more from us.”
Daily Maverick’s editorial team has grown in 2019 – eight new interns have started in the Cape Town and Joburg offices, joining Nkateko Mabasa and Suné Payne who graduated to full-time reporters after successful internships in 2018.
Daily Maverick’s annual event is dedicated to supporting and showcasing a strong, independent media. It brings together leaders from politics, civil society, the business world and media for a day of engagement, networking, and debate that focuses on the importance of staying vigilant in a world where truth is constantly under attack.
Emma Heap, 10X Investments head of growth, says the disruptive asset manager’s sponsorship of The Gathering is a natural extension of the company’s continuing partnership with Daily Maverick. “Sponsoring The Gathering: Media Edition extends and expands on our dedication to honesty and transparency as we concentrate our efforts around the central theme of defending the truth,” she says.
The event will highlight the potential social consequences of the challenges in the media landscape. Steven Nathan, 10X Investments chief executive officer, will join business and political leaders at this year’s event. Other speakers who have already confirmed their participation include Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Phumzile van Damme, Chris Maroleng, Ferial Haffajee, Rana Ayyub, John Vlismas, Stephen Grootes, MarianneThamm, and many others.
The team of journalists from Daily Maverick’s Scorpio, amaBhungane and News24 – who made up the #Guptaleaks team – were also awarded Nat Nakasa certificates by the panel of four judges.
Branko Brkic, editor of Daily Maverick, is the overall winner of the 2018 Nat Nakasa Award. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Braamfontein on Saturday 23 June, hosted by the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF). Chair of the judging panel, Joe Thloloe, told the audience that the highest number of nominations ever were received this year.
The Nat Nakasa Award is recognised as one of South African media’s top honours and is given to a media practitioner who has followed the example of the late journalist Nat Nakasa in displaying exceptional courage and integrity.
Thloloe said that the competition this year was characterised by “outstanding”
Among those shortlisted for the award were The President’s Keepers author
Jacques Pauw, City Press journalist Poloko Tau and Business Day deputy editor Carol Paton.
Announcing the winner of the award, Thloloe gave a special commendation to the Scorpio investigative team from Daily Maverick, amaBhungane and News24 who worked on the #Guptaleaks emails. Thloloe described their contribution as “committed and groundbreaking”.
But Brkic, said Thloloe, had “set a precedent that the judges can’t ignore” in his editorial handling of the #GuptaLeaks story.
“A cache of emails – a cache that defined the South African story in the last year – landed on his lap,” said Thloloe.
“If [Brkic] were just another ordinary journalist, he would have heard the words
scoop! and exclusive! dancing in his head. But he was extraordinary and thus did two remarkable things: one, he realised this was not a story his publication could hoard – it belonged to South Africa; and two, he had to protect his sources.” Read the full Citation for Nat Nakasa Award winner 2018.
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