Professional Journalists' Association

Steering Committee

Wire Service



Justin Arenstein 

(African Eye News Service, Nelspruit). 

Justin Arenstein is founder of the pioneering rural investigative news agency, African Eye News Service (AENS). His award-winning investigations have toppled two provincial governments, ousted 10 senior politicians and one ambassador from public office, and prompted the dismantling of six provincial parastatals. He currently trains rural journalists, and spearheaded the establishment of the Associated Independent Reporters for South African grassroots newspapers and the Forum for African Investigative Reporters for better transnational media cooperation. 

editor (at) africanpress (dot) com 

Jedi Ramalapa

(Inter-Press Service Africa, Johannesburg)

My experience in the news room commenced as an SABC bi-media reporter 2001 (TV and Radio News).  After its disbandment, worked as a radio reporter, focusing on Science, Environment, Climate Change and Health reporting.  I've also worked as a news reader for SAfm & Radio2000, and voice-over artist for Special Assignment.  I then co-produced and presented This Life – SABC’s new 30min Podcast, radio news journalist and (part-time) producer for Special Assignment before joining IPS. My career highlights include training scientists in media communication in Mozambique, reporting on the Second High level UN Climate Change talks in Canada 2005, reporting on 2006-Lebanon Israeli War and being awarded the  UN  Reham El Farrah Journalism Fellowship, in NYC in 2008. 

jedi (dot) ramalapa (at) gmail (dot) com 

Anso Thom

(Heath-e News Service, Cape Town)

Anso Thom started working as a journalist in 1990 with the community newspapers. Joined The Citizen in 1994 and worked as a crime reporter. Went to The Star in 1995 as their Chief Crime Reporter and later joined the political desk before becoming health reporter. Joined Health-e News Service in 1999 in Cape Town and have been there since. I am currently the Print Editor. Health-e supplies in-depth analytical reporting on public health issues to newspapers, radio and television. 

anso (at) health-e (dot) org (dot) za