South Africa

"The main objective of SAJA is to stand as a strong umbrella organization for journalists unions and associations in the sub- region in order to promote integration, information sharing and allowing the national unions to build up and face local challenges with regional and international support ”

South Africa

Media Workers Union of South Africa
Contact person:
Lungile Shozi, President
Tel: +27 11 337 1019
Fax: +27 11 337 1806


Contact person: Michael Schmidt, Administrative Secretray
Tel: +27 11 341 0767
Fax: +27 11 325 2631
The Media Workers Association of South Africa (MWASA) is the strongest media workers union in South Africa representing more than 17 000 media workers. Journalists remain unorganized. MWASA established as WASA (Writers Association of South Africa) - in The World newspaper. In 1985- became MWASA.

In 2010 a journalists association was launched. The Professional Journalists Association (ProJourn) was established at its founding congress in Johannesburg on 13 March 2010. It is the result of extensive consultations over more than two years in the national journalism community. It is an initiative endorsed by the Press Ombudsman, the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF), the Southern Africa Journalists' Association (SAJA), the Southern African Freelancers' Association (SAFREA), leading members of the country's Press Clubs, journalism educators and a wide range of writers' associations and hundreds of individual journalists. ProJourn seeks to defend the rights of working journalists in their professional work and in their reflection of the voices of the public.