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The Highlands Panorama News holds accredited membership of, or is assocciated with the following media organizations:


Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) – formerly known as the Community Press Association of Southern Africa.

At the association’s Annual General Meeting held in September 2003, the major publishing groups decided to withdraw from the CPA and take up membership in NASA. The main reason for their withdrawal was to offer truly independent publishers a platform to transform the association into an industry body looking after their specific interests. Following the withdrawal, a review process was undertaken to identify the needs of independent publishers, and to determine how the CPA could be restructured to meet this objective. On September 18, 2004 the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) was established in Johannesburg at a plenary summit of independent grassroots publishers from across South Africa. The new regional umbrella body incorporates South Africa’s 125 year old Community Press Association (CPA) and the Independent Media Alliance (IMA) lobby group, and has been accepted as a constituent member of the PMSA cluster of media advocacy associations. AIP currently represents over 350 members and intends to represent the majority of South Africa’s small independent newspapers. AIP seeks to become the primary clearing house for research, policy debate and the setting of industry standards for the grassroots media sector.

Highlands Panorama Nuus is `n mede stigterslid van BNI Longtom tak in Lydenburg.

BNI is verbind tot die uitbou van lede se besigheid deur middel van verwysings na besighede.  Kontak ons vir meer besonderhede.

ABC Grassroots

The ABC is a non-profit organisation registered in terms of Section 21 of the Companies’ Act, based on a bi-partite agreement between advertiser and advertising agencies and media owners.

The primary function is the certification and provision of accurate and comparable circulation figures, to assist the bi-partite groupings (advertisers/marketers and publishers) in the buying and selling of advertising and promotional material. This is achieved through agreement or auditing standards, on the certificates and on the reports submitted. The affairs of the Bureau are managed by a Board of Directors, elected every year by the Annual General Meeting. The day to day activities of the Bureau are handled by a permanent staff headed by the General Manager. Publisher members are requested to submit audited figures verifying their circulation, by means of a circulation certificate. The audit of the certificate must be conducted by a Registered Accountant and Auditor who must have full access to all financial accounts and other relevant records connected with the publication for the purpose of a complete and accurate ABC audit. The Bureau does random check audits to verify the information prepared by the publisher.


The FCJ (Forum of Community Journalists) is an independent, non-profit, non-racial and voluntary organisation striving to promote and express the interests of all journalists employed on a permanent or freelance basis at regional community newspapers in South Africa.

Representing some 400+ journalists from among the estimated 500 community newspapers across the country, the FCJ takes great pride in their duty to safeguard press freedom as the corner stone of any healthy democracy. The national management committee also comprise a group of volunteers, with Print Media South Africa (PMSA) rendering an administrative service in regard to office space and an administrator, Ms Malesedi Dlamini. Over the last 17 years, the FCJ’s main mandate remained the same: To provide training to its members through initiatives such as their four regional seminars and one national seminar annually. The national seminar coincides with the FCJ’s prestigious Awards for Community Press, Sanlam being the main sponsor of the event for the past 17 years. This event, again sponsored by Sanlam this year, is regarded as the “Oscars” of the South African community press industry. The regional seminars include one for Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo (also called No Guts, No Glory), one for Kwazulu-Natal, one for North West and the Free State and one for the Cape. Training is provided free of charge in the form of editorial talks and workshops by industry leaders and members of the country’s top tertiary institutions. Training seminars are scheduled over a one or two day period to accommodate newspapers who cannot afford to go without their journalists for a longer period of time. This is especially the case with emerging publications and journalists from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Being free, these seminars provide many a training opportunity which, under normal circumstances, would not have been possible or even affordable. The seminars are therefore extremely popular.


Capro Limited is an independent representative body of media owners that specifically represents community newspapers in Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe) to advertisers and advertising agencies in South Africa. Since its inception in 1950 it has played an important role in the development of the community newspaper market. (Click on the CAPRO Ltd logo for more information – opens in a PDF file)


Newsclip is a Johannesburg-based 360-degree media monitoring company, with nearly three decades of experience in providing clients with up-to-the-minute access to clips obtained in the monitoring process.


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