The Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu‑Natal presents CCS Seminar: “Campaigning for South African media democracy”

Presenter: Kate Skinner

Date: Monday 22 August 2011

Time: 12:30‑14:00

Venue: CCS Seminar Room, 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College


South Africa is burdened by a state broadcaster with debilitating political and economic biases. The Save our SABC coalition and its successor “SOS: Support Public Broadcasting” have been joined by the Right2Know campaign to mobilise ordinary people for reform of media and information. The South African government has recognised the power of these civil society initiatives but a great deal more watchdogging is required. What is the state of the struggle for genuine rights of speech, information and access when it comes to the SABC? How do we move further, to democratise a print media driven by the profit motive and mainly controlled by foreign multinational corporations?


Kate Skinner has been involved in media, advocacy and development issues since 1994. She has worked for trade unions, NGOs and briefly for government. She headed the communications department for the South African Democratic Teachers Union, SADTU where she launched the monthly union publication – the Educator’s Voice – with a monthly circulation of 120 000 newspapers. She headed the communications department of the rural water and sanitation NGO, the Mvula Trust. She advised the Minister of Provincial and Local Government on media strategies post the 2000 local government elections and worked for a number of independent TV production houses including Kagiso Education Television and Traffic on new project development and research. Most recently she has been co‑ordinating the civil society coalition “SOS: Support Public Broadcasting”, previously the “Save our SABC” Coalition. For the last ten years Kate has sat on the board of the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI).

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