The Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) is pleased to announce election of its leader, Maganizo Fly Mazeze to the post of president of the Southern Africa Journalists Association (SAJA) at the end of its (SAJA’s) two-day regional congress held in the Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, from 26-27 November, 2011. The conference’s theme was consolidating journalists and media workers’ trade union rights and media freedom agenda in SADC.
Mr Mazeze has been elected into the position of the regional umbrella body for media related trade and workers unions for a three-year term. He takes over from Foster Dongozi of Zimbabwe, who has been at the helm of SAJA for the past six years.
In his acceptance speech after being elected, the new SAJA president said the challenges facing the media regarding remuneration and better working conditions in the region were similar. Mr Mazeze pledged that his new executive committee of five members will build on the prevailing successes of the organization to propel SAJA to grow into a forceful and influential regional trade union body. He said SAJA would try to use reason and not confrontation in addressing labour challenges facing the media in Southern Africa.
The JUMA president also said there is need to build the skills and knowledge capacity of unionists to ensure an organized, meaningful and purposeful fight for better working conditions and labour rights for journalists. The election of Mr Mazeze to the regional body will also increase visibility of JUMA activities in the region. For enquiries phone the below number.
JUMA’s Secretary General